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Brave – Faithful

on April 30, 2017

Brave – Faithful 
Ruth 1:15-18

Ruth 2:8-13
Definition of Bravery- “The demonstration of spiritual strength in her face of danger, fear or difficulty.”

More important than physical, financial, etc, is spiritual strength! The world is full of sin… can spiritual fortitude give the ability to change the world as it is!? In danger or fear, men and women should have faith acting out in spirituality. Not that we won’t have such anxiety, but finding our strength through Christ is our job, our responsibility! 

This world puts an overwhelming pressure on the secular world on men, women, children, Christian’s! Being a child of God doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with worldly endeavors… but we can bring on the battle that God will be victorious! Demonstrate a bravery!  
Judges 21:25 – freedom without governing. There was “no” absolute law. 

In Ruth, Naomi’s situation, widowed wife and mother, was through bad leadership! She was affected through no fault of her own aside being lead inappropriately! Her life was impacted because of distrust in the Lord! 

God knows what we’re going through! He’s knows all! Nothing’s more important than your family’s spiritual development! We have an expectation to provide for our family…. 

God provides for His children! Don’t trust a paycheck for certainty in our lives! 

Marry someone that is of equal yolk, your beliefs, or else this could affect your life and how it’s lead. God can work beyond anything we can imagine! Pursue Him! 

God always has a plan! 

Ruth’s decision to follow Naomi, it was spiritual act of bravery, through Jehovah. It would have been easier for her to go and live the way we used to live… that’s easy! Following and leading another lifestyle is more difficult…. 
Big idea: Brave people are faithful people. 
A. SACRIFICE (1:15-18)

Willingness to give up everything you have known and support “comfort.” Ruth was convinced a true relationship with God was more compelling to follow than to go back to her “old ways.” It was a lot of unknown! What are you sacrificing for your faith? (Compelling conviction, what is that?) 
B. TRUST 2:8-13

Trusting God for support and leading.. that’s what Ruth had to do. Ruth sacrificed, trusting, that God would provide. He provided! 
‬‬”So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.”

– ‭‭Ruth‬ ‭2:3

Why does God provide so generously? By trusting and sacrifice! Don’t worry about gain of something… unless God gives it to you! 

God will honor your bravery, you just have to trust Him! 
“And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 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. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.”

– ‭‭Ruth‬ ‭1:15-18‬‬

“Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.””

– ‭‭Ruth‬ ‭2:8-13

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