Summary: Life can tend to become a trap of habits and thinking patterns that define us. We have opportunities before us. Leave your comfort zone and do more than you ever dreamed... Bend your back and get to work.
DO WE HAVE A TON OF STUFF WITH AN OUNCE OF FAITH?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
I GUESS I AM STUCK HERE?
THIS TRAP HAS DOOMED BY FAMILY SEVERAL GENERATIONS?
Once when I was a pastor at a small mountain mission church a young man finished his
education and was idle and drew several government programs. His rent and utilities were
paid. He drew so many food stamps that he traded half of them for cash money. He watched
TV all night and slept all day. There was talk in this poor area of Kentucky that able bodied people
would be losing their benefits.
This strong, young man came to the altar one Sunday night and he was broken and crying.
He tarried at the altar, so I went over and was praying with him. He explained to me:
PASTOR, I HAVE TO FIND A GOOD JOB AND I HAVE TO FIND IT SOON as he had a wife and
So we called the church around the young family and prayed for THE LORD TO HELP HIM
FIND A GOOD JOB WITH GOOD PAY. The Spirit of God really moved as the church prayed.
I JUST KNEW HE WAS GOING TO FIND A JOB THE NEXT DAY.
I picked them up for church on the next Sunday night. I was so excited, I knew that week
he had a job. I asked him? He said: NO, I DID NOT FIND A JOB!!! I WAITED BY MY PHONE every
day this week and NO ONE CALLED?
I asked him, WHERE DID YOU APPLY? How many businesses did you visit? How many
applications did you fill out? The answer was --0--... He watched TV all night and slept all
day but HE KEPT THE PHONE RIGHT NEXT TO HIM and he said he knew he would have heard it
if it had rang. He said: I GUESS THE LORD LET ME DOWN????
He never did get a job??? HOW SAD? HE ENDED UP IN PRISON. They feed him and his family
continued drawing a check?
YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND AND BREAK THE THINKING PATTERNS...
ARE WE REALLY LOOKING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY ---
YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO STOOP PRETTY LOW... TO GET UP...
Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for
whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God: 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so
to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18 When she saw that she was
stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
RUTH'S LESSON IS VERY PRACTICAL --- YOU FIND THE WILL OF GOD IN GOING
AND DOING WHAT YOU CAN, WHERE YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN...
As Ruth was in a strange place... Ruth never knew the habits or customs of this strange land.
Ruth BLINDLY FOLLOWS NAOMI... RUTH HAD A MADE UP MIND...
WE MUST QUIT BURNING THE ROADS UP DOING NOTHING ---
WE MUST ARISE ABOVE THE LOTTERY MENTALITY---
LOOK FOR THE OPPORTUNITY--- SEIZE THE MOMENT---
Ruth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears
of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
Ruth has heard about GLEANING.
SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO GATHER, WHEAT, CORN, GRAIN OR WHAT EVER WAS GROWING
FROM THE CORNERS OF THE FIELD.
BUT SHE HAD TO GET UP AND GO... TO GATHER THE THE BLESSINGS...
She did not wait in bed and watch TV?
WHILE STOOPING LOW, RUTH FOUND THE OPPORTUNITY, THE MOMENT OF BLESSINGS...
Ruth 2:17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and
it was about an ephah of barley.
WE TO MUST BE FAITHFUL TO THE CALL OF DUTY...
We must GLEAN from the WORD OF GOD, prayer, and meditation of SPIRITUAL FOOD...
RUTH'S WORK WAS LITTLE BIT? LITTLE BIT HERE? LITTLE BIT THERE...
WE MUST GLEAN WITH GREAT DILIGENCE
SHE HAD TO PAY ATTENTION, SHE HAD TO WATCH, SHE HAD TO WORK AND SWEAT...
GOD REWARDS THOSE THAT BY FAITH OFFER THE OFFERING OF AN HONEST EFFORT.
Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of