Lessons from Women in Bible Genealogies: Ruth

Lessons from Women in Bible Genealogies: Ruth

The story of Ruth starts with that of Naomi. 

Naomi was an Israelite woman who left her home in Bethlehem when there was a famine to seek greener pastures in Moab. However she lived through a personal drought in that foreign land because her husband Elimelech died together with her sons Mahlon and Chilion. Naomi was therefore left with her 2 daughter-in-laws Orpah and Ruth.

When Naomi heard that God had provided the Israelites with food, she sought to return to her home in Bethlehem and begged her daughters-in-law not to go with her since she could not provide them with other sons to marry.

Orpan chose to remain but Ruth decided to go with the mother-in-law and gave the famous speech: 
Where you go, I will go. 
Where you live, I will live.
Your people shall be my people
And your God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
Where you go, I will go.  Where you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people And your God my God. (Ruth 1:16)

When the two of them arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth went to work to get food by gleaning in the fields after the reapers and she so happened to land in the field of Boaz. Boaz was a relative of her deceased father-in-law and a rich man. (Ruth 2:1)

Landing on Boaz' field was the hand of God because when she returned home and Naomi asked her in whose field she had gleaned, Ruth told her Boaz and Naomi's informed her that he was a close relative of theirs. 

In the due course of time Boaz married Naomi and thus landed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew as Boax begot Obed by RUTH.

Ruth can therefore teach us the following lessons:
1. Change your garments
2. Position yourself strategically

When Naomi wanted to help her daughter-in-law Ruth get married to Boaz, she told her, "Wash yourself, anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go to the threshing floor. Wait until Boaz has finished eating and drinking and then take note of where he lies. Then go in, uncover his feet, lie down and he shall tell you what to do." (Ruth 3:3-4)

These seem like very forward instructions to give a single Christian woman even in today's standards, but taken in the context of that time and culture they were quite acceptable because close relatives had to perform a duty to those who had been left behind by the deceased. (Ruth 3:12-13)

Ruth did as she was told and positioned herself strategically at Boaz's feet and ended up being his wife and giving birth to Obed. 

Therefore regardless of the type of problem you may be dealing with, find a way to position yourself strategically so that you can solve your problem. 

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Bible Lessons from the Lost Generation

Bible Lessons from the Lost Generation

The "lost generation" in this blog post refers to the Israelites who left slavery in Egypt but died in the wilderness without entering their Promised Land because they annoyed God.

This lost generation was made up of the 603,550 men aged 20 years or more who were counted in the first census. (Numbers 1) 


Believe God
The first lesson that these men can teach us is that you have to believe God.

If God gives you a word about a certain situation, decide to believe Him and doubt those who are telling you the opposite.

God had told the Israelites that He was taking them to their Promised Land but when 10 of the 12 spies they had sent told them, "We are not able to fight those people because they are stronger than us"(Numbers 13:31) and "That land devours its inhabitants and the people we saw there are very big. We even saw giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own eyes and in their eyes" (Numbers 13:32-33) they decided to believe the 10 spies and doubt God. Their reaction made God say they would never enter His Promised Land and that is the reason they died in the wilderness.  


To learn more read Who Are You Listening To?
Who are you listening to?

When God Says Something, It Happens
God said that this whole generation of men aged over 20 years would not enter His Promised Land but their children would enter it.

It may have seemed impossible to them at that time, but it came to pass because God made it happen using the various means discussed in Why Does God Allow Suffering?. Therefore when God says something, know that it is going to happen even if it seems impossible at the time.
Why does God allow suffering?

Therefore if God tells you something, know that He can make it happen even if it seems humanly impossible for He says, My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than  the earth, so are My ways higher than yours and My thoughts above yours. (Isaiah 55:8-9) 


Avoid Generational Curses
God told the Israelite men who had refused to fight for their Promised Land, "Your children whom you said would be victims, I will bring to the Promised Land.(Numbers 14:31)

He continued by saying, "Your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness for 40 years and bear the brunt of your infidelity.(Numbers 14:33) 

So God made the children of these men wander in the wilderness for 40 years waiting for their fathers to die because of the sins of their fathers. Therefore avoid doing things that anger God and bring repurcussions to your children.

Bible Verses for When Couples Fight in Marriage

Bible verses for when couples fight

Bible verses for when couples fight can be divided into:
1. Bible verses to remind couples to incorporate God in their marriage
2. Bible verses to remind couples to be united
3. Bible verses to remind couples to treat each other well
4. Bible verses to remind couples to avoid hurting each other
5. Bible verses to remind couples to resolve conflicts quickly
6. Bible verses to remind couples to forgive each other


Bible verses to remind couples to incorporate God in their marriage
A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
You can therefore strengthen your marriage by intertwining you and your spouse with God.

Trust in God with all your heart and do not rely on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct you. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Bible verses to remind couples to be united
A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife and the two of them shall become one flesh . (Ephesians 5:31)

What God has joined together let no one separate. (Mark 10:9, Matthew 19:6)

Be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)
What God has joined together let no one separate. (Mark 10:9, Matthew 19:6)


Bible verses to remind couples to treat each other well
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted and forgiving just as God forgave you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:32)

Be humble, gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love and making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)

Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other.  (Colossians 3:12-13)

Do not do anything out of self-ambition or conceit. In humility, esteem your spouse as better than yourself. Look out not only for your interests but also for the interests of your spouse. (Adapted Philippians 2:3-4)

Husbands love your wives as yourselves and wives respect your husbands. (Ephesians 5:33)

Above all things put on love since it is the perfect bond. (Colossians 3:14)

Above all things love each other fervently because love covers many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Love is patient and kind. It does not envy and it is not proud or conceited. Love does not behave rudely and it is not selfish or irritable. Love does think evil thoughts or rejoice in evil as it rejoices in good. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Love is patient and kind. It does not envy and it is not proud or conceited. Love does not behave rudely and it is not selfish or irritable. Love does think evil thoughts or rejoice in evil as it rejoices in good. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Bible verses to remind couples to avoid hurting each other
Marriage is honorable and the marriage bed should be kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)

Do not deal treacherously with your wife. (Malachi 2:15)

Do not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

Husbands live with understanding ... so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
Husbands live with understanding ... so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)


Bible verses to remind couples to forgive each other
Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we forgive those who have wronged us. (Matthew 6:12)

Repay no one evil for evil. (Romans 12:17)
I will not repay no one evil for evil. (Adapted Romans 12:17)

Bible verses to remind couples to resolve conflicts quickly
Can two walk together unless they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

Do not let the sun go down on your anger. (Ephesians 4:26)

If as you bring your gift to the altar you remember that your spouse has something against you, leave your gift there and first go to reconcile with your spouse and then come and offer your gift to God. (Adapted Matthew 5:23-24)
Can two walk together unless they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

Does God Hate Me?

Does God Hate Me?

Are you in a situation where you have been asking, "Does God hate me?" 

If you are, learn from the Israelites when they were in the Wilderness of Paran 2 and 10 of the 12 spies they sent to the Promised Land told them that they could not conquer it because there were giants, (Numbers 13:28) strong people (Numbers 13:28) large cities that were protected. (Numbers 13:28)

2 of the 12 spies had a different opinion because Caleb and Joshua insisted that they could conquer it. However the Israelites would not accept their report and even wanted to stone them. (Numbers 14:10)

As a result of accepting the wrong report by the 10 spies, the Israelites cried saying, "Because God hates us, He has brought us from Egypt to deliver us to the Amorites so that they can destroy us. 
Where can we go?
Our brothers have discouraged us saying, "The people are greater and taller than us, the cities are great and fortified to heaven and we have seen giants there." (Deuteronomy 1:26-28) 

The Israelites begun thinking that God hated them because He had brought them from the Egypt to the wilderness and now they had this seemingly impossible challenge of fighting giants, strong people and cities that were fortified to heaven. 

However God did not hate them.

Moses tried to show them this by encouraging them and telling them, 
"Do not be terrified or afraid of them.
The Lord your God Who goes before you, will fight for you the same way He did in Egypt and in the wilderness where you saw how God carried you the way a man carries his son.(Deuteronomy 1:29-31) 

Therefore when you are tempted to think that God hates you because of the problems you are facing, do the following:


Do not fear
Do not fear the problems that are making you think that God hates you.

Click here to learn How Does a Christian Fight Fear?
How does a Christian fight fear

Believe God
Instead of fearing your problems, decide to have faith in God by believing Him.

God had already told the Israelites that He was going to give them their Promised Land and He had delivered them from Egypt and led them through the wilderness taking them to the Promised Land.

God had already told them that their Promised Land would be flowing with milk and honey and the spies confirmed that it truly flowed with milk and honey. 

However, God had not told them that there were also giants, strong people and fortified cities living in their Promised Land. These problems in their Promised Land made them start thinking that God hated them because they thought they were now stuck in the Wilderness because they could not move into their Promised Land because of these problems.

Therefore when you are in such a situation where you are tempted to think that God hates you, remind yourself of what God has done for you in the past because Moses told them, The Lord your God Who goes before you will fight for you the same way He did in Egypt and in the wilderness.(Deuteronomy 1:29-31) 

Reminding yourself of what God has done for you in the past will build your faith and enable you believe that He can still help you win your battles. 

To do this, Keep a Book of Blessings where you write down all the things that God does for you so that you can jog your memory whenever doubts of God's ability surface in your mind.  
The importance of keeping a book of blessings



10 Stress Relief Bible Verses


If you are dealing with a stressful situation, meditate and confess the following stress relief Bible verses. 

It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble me. (Adapted 2 Thessalonians 1:6)

This is an awesome Bible verse to meditate on if your stress is caused by people troubling you.  

Therefore let God avenge you and deal with the people troubling you as He deems fit. 
It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble me. (Adapted 2 Thessalonians 1:6)

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

This is good 
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

We can see an example of this from Jesus because He had submitted for He was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tested by the devil (Matthew 4:1) and after He was then tempted, The devil left him(Matthew 4:11)

Therefore if you are stressed by trials and tribulations, submit yourself to God by trying to do the right thing in His sight and resist the devil by trying not to do the wrong thing. 
I have submitted myself to God, I am resisting the devil and he will flee from me. (James 4:7)

By this time tomorrow (2 Kings 7:1)

This is a good stress relief Bible verse to hang on to if you do not see an end to your stressful situation.

When King Ben-Hadad of Syria besieged Samaria and caused a very severe famine, the Word of God came through Elisha and he said, "Thus says the Lord, By this time tomorrow 1 seah of fine flour shall be sold for 1 shekel and 2 seahs of barley for 1 shekel at the gate of Samaria.(2 Kings 7:1) 

This came to pass and their stressful situation changed dramatically within 24 hours because initially 5 shekels were purchasing 1/4 kab of dove droppings but they could now purchase 5 seahs of fine flour

By this time tomorrow God could have changed my situation. (Adapted 2 Kings 7:1)

I also glory in trouble 
because trouble produces perseverance, 
perseverance produces character, 
character produces hope 
and hope does not disappoint. (Adapted Romans 4:3-5)

This is a good Bible verse to help you bear with your stressful situation because in some situations, God does not remove the stressors until He changes something in your life. 

Therefore as you patiently walk through the troubling situation with Jesus, believe that it is producing perseverance with is building your character and developing your hope in God.  
I also glory in trouble because trouble produces perseverance,  perseverance produces character, character produces hope and hope does not disappoint. (Adapted Romans 4:3-5)

Take counsel together but it will come to nothing. 
Speak the word but it shall not stand because God is with me. (Adapted Isaiah 8:10)

This is a good stress relief Bible verse to encourage yourself if people are plotting evil things against you.

Take counsel together but it will come to nothing. Speak the word but it shall not stand because God is with me. (Adapted Isaiah 8:10)

With the measure they have meted to me so shall it be measured for them. (Adapted Mark 4:24)

This is another awesome Bible verse to help you deal with stress from people. 

We can see a great example of this from the life of Haman because he measured out for Mordechai death by hanging in gallows that were 50 cubits high (Esther 5:14) due to the fact that Mordechai did not Stand or tremble before him. (Esther 5:9) However, God turned it around and Haman was the one who was hanged on those 50 cubit gallows. (Esther 7:9)
With the measure they have meted to me so shall it be measured for them. (Adapted Mark 4:24)

Bless the Lord, O my soul 
and do not forget all His benefits. 
For He forgives all my sins, 
heals all my diseases, 
saves my life from destruction, 
crowns me with lovingkindness and 
satisfies my mouth with good things 
so that my youth is renewed like an eagle's. (Adapted Psalm 103:1-5)

These are awesome Bible verses to help you give thanks to God by not forgetting His benefits in the middle of your stressful situation. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul and do not forget all His benefits. For He forgives all my sins, heals all my diseases, saves my life from destruction, crowns me with lovingkindness and satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like an eagle's. (Psalm 103:1-5)

I leave you with peace. 
My peace I give to you .... 
Do not let your heart be troubled or let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

This is a great Bible verse for praying for peace of mind in your stressful situation.

I leave you with peace. My peace I give to you ... Do not let your heart be troubled or let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

To  come to Jesus, say with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

To receive this rest of Jesus you have to read your Bible so that you can know how He expects you to live and trust Him even if you do not understand.  
Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)





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