20, November 2010

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How to Prepare Yourself (1)

‘So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…’ Ruth 4:13 NKJV

Look at the instructions Naomi gave Ruth for approaching Boaz, her future husband, and you’ll see that there’s a certain protocol involved in walking with God. Once you understand it, the things you’ve been waiting for begin to happen. So:

(1) Be sure it’s God’s will for you. Ruth wasn’t looking for just any man, she had a specific one in mind. And because Naomi had done her homework, she was able to tell Ruth where to find him: ‘…he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.’ (Ruth 3:2 NKJV) Research what you want from God before you start claiming things in prayer. Be sure it’s what He wants too! If your name’s not on it, don’t pursue it. Don’t go after something because it looks good in someone else’s life. God has a plan for youone that’s unique and specific. Seek Him and He will reveal it to you. (2) Deal with your past. Naomi said to Ruth, ‘…wash yourself…’ (Ruth 3:3 NKJV) In order to gain acceptance with Boaz, Ruth couldn’t approach him looking and smelling like Moab, the famine-stricken place she’d come from. She needed to settle her past so it didn’t sabotage her future. God will open the door for you, but until you’ve resolved your old issues you won’t be able to walk through it. You can’t receive what He has for you now if you’re still contaminated by what you went through then. Whether it takes six months or six years, sort out your emotional baggage. God says: ‘Forget the former things…I am doing a new thing…I am making a way…’ (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

SoulFood: 2 Chron 22-24, John 12:12-19, Ps 102:1-11, Pr 27:7-9

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