Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Happy Ending – Part 1 – And They Lived happily Ever After

Ruth 4:9-12 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.” And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the Lord will give you from this young woman.”

Last weekend, I was visiting my dad at Bass Lake, California and went to church with him, so I’d like to share the notes from pastor Herk’s Sunday Sermon. The fourth chapter of the book of Ruth has a happy ending, and God can do the same for us. We all want to hear the words: “and they lived happily ever after.” The Bible tells us of Job, Daniel and Joseph, who knew and loved the Lord their God, yet met with great adversity in life (beyond our imagination) and these “pillars of faith” patriarch’s stories all had a “happy ending”. We have to get to the absolute end of ourselves in order to find the beginning of God.

Revelation 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

We must remember that Jesus Christ is the ultimate happy ending. When change the way that we look at life, we change the way that we live. Pastor Herk gave us four truths that lead to a happy life and a happy ending. (1) Don’t think of yourself as a failure. Sure, Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We all have failed miserably in the past, but we are not remembered by our failures. God refuses to identify His redeemed people as a bitter failure, so neither should we. God can see our heart, so be a man or woman after God’s heart.

2 Peter 1:3-4 “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
(2) God has a way of working things out. How we identify ourselves determines our path in life. See yourself as holy people; righteous, blessed, sons and daughters of God through faith, out of the darkness of sin and into the godly light now and forever more. We are sinners saved by grace, however, grace says that we were once identified  as “lost sinner”, but now ‘saved saints”.

Let’s continue my notes on  Pastor Herk’s message on “A Happy Ending” on the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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