S – “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7:35
“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16
O – Ruth is an example of devotion. She was devoted to Naomi and was determined to be faithful to her to death. Paul was writing to the Corinthians about matters concerning relationships and living in this world but I think his point is we are to live with undivided devotion to the Lord. Whatever else we do or whatever relationships we have, it should not take us from our undivided devotion to the Lord. He is first. We should say like Ruth, “wherever you lead, I will follow.”
A – Do I have undivided devotion to the Lord? I can’t say I do. I’m distracted by so many things. People, possessions, life. How do I get to where nothing can take me from my devotion to my Lord. How do I deal with the world as if I had no dealings with it? (v.31) The NLT says to “not become attached” to the things of the world. The original word means to not use it much or excessively. To not use fully or overuse. I guess it means to not be obsessed with this world. To not look to the things of the world as what we need to be happy and fulfilled. God wants us to see Him, to know Him as the primary source of all our needs. He is all we need to survive and be happy.
P – Father, please show me how to live in this world and deal with the world yet stay detached from the world. Will you show me or give me an example? Please be my strength. I am so grateful for your love and grace. But I want to be like Ruth and say that I will follow you no matter what to the death. You are the source of all I need Jesus! I love you!
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S – “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25
“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
O – Judges is hard to read. All the ugly violence and despicable acts are disturbing. The last verse in the book explains why. When everyone does what is right in their own eyes, the result is chaos, pain, and war.
A – We seem to be leaning to this philosophy in present day. Everyone wants to be free to do what they think is right, what feels good but that does not work! As Judges shows, that philosophy ends in violence, immorality, war, rape, and destruction. To the point it is not safe to walk in the street at night. God have mercy!
Jesus paid a high price to redeem me. I want to live in a way that glorifies Him. Please help me Lord!
P – Father, you always know what is best. We may not be under the law for salvation but your laws are there for a reason. They protect us and guide us. We need boundaries. Please guide our nation. Guide our leaders. Help us to walk in submission to you and not to our own desires. You bought us with your life. Help us to walk in a way that glorifies You.
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S – “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 (ESV)
O – Jesus said that whoever drinks His water will NEVER be thirsty again. Once we believe in Him and receive His salvation, we are His forever. He said I will never be thirsty again. I can never lose eternal life once He has granted it. His Spirit lives in me forever..
A/P – Thank you Jesus that I am yours forever! I will never be thirsty again. I will never again be lost in need of salvation. Your promise is true and I believe it. Please use me Lord to share you truth with others.
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S – “…He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things…For in Him we live and move and exist…” Acts 17:25, 28 (NASB)
O – We would not exist apart from God. We do not take another breath apart from Him allowing it. He thought of us, created us and keeps us alive.
A – Do I get this? I would not even exist apart from God! How can I be so arrogant as to think I can decide to live my own life apart from Him? He gives ALL people life and breath. He alone gives us food, air and water. He alone holds the universe together. We human beings are such arrogant, foolish creatures. We think we have power or control when we have none. My very existence comes from my heavenly Father.
Every breath I take is His grace.
Who am I to question Him?
P – I worship you Father! My Lord, my Creator, my God. You are everything and you hold everything together. Thank you for allowing me to live. Thank you for allowing me to know You. Thank you for this moment of breath, of peace, of hope. I love you Father. I trust You. My heart is yours and my life is in Your hands.
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S – “Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever…One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts…The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:2,4,8
O – Every day I will praise you.
One generation tells the other about you.
He is RICH in love.
A – Every day of my life is to be filled with praise to God. And why not?! The reasons to praise Him are countless. As part of the older generation, my goal should be to tell the younger generations all that God has done. Am I?
In this chapter – The LORD is:
Worthy of praise
Slow to anger
Rich in love
Why would I not be praising such a wonderful God?
P – Glory to your name oh LORD! Glory to your name. May your name be lifted up throughout the earth. Be exalted oh Lord. Be exalted in my heart, in my life, in my thoughts and in my words. Be exalted Jesus. May my life bring you honor and praise.
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