“When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her,
then she left speaking unto her.”
On Wednesday nights, we are currently in a study on keys to being steadfast with the Lord. We have looked at the key element of God’s Word as an integral part of us being faithfully steadfast, unmovable, and abounding until the Lord takes home to heaven. We need to regularly and faithfully read God’s Word, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it to help us be steadfast. This past Wednesday, we began examining the key element of prayer in helping us to be steadfast with the Lord. We began this part of our study looking at the worshipful prayer of adoration and expressing our passion for the Lord and what He means to us. When we are passionate about anything, we will adore it and when we adore anything or anyone, we enjoy every moment with them and are more than willing to do anything for them. When we are passionate and adoring, any effort put forth for that thing or person is not seen as a sacrifice or inconvenience at all, but rather a joy and a pleasure. Last Sunday night we studied Psalm 112 and in part of that message we focused our attention on verses 7-8 where God’s Word says this about being passionate and adoring the Lord giving us confidence in living life: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.” In the above verse, we see that Ruth was “stedfastly” committed to her mother in law, Naomi, so she would not leave her, was faithful to her, and willingly served her with her life. This is the kind of Christianity that the world needs to see in followers of Jesus Christ, and this is the kind of steadfast faithfulness we see in the lives of our missionaries we support and the guest we have with us, Pat Russell, who is returning to the Ivory Coast in Africa. He had served there before going to Senegal, Africa, and is going back to pick up where he left off after turning his ministry in Senegal over to another missionary. It is our honor to have Bro. Russell as our guest today, and it would be wonderful to be represented by him and his family in this part of Africa. As we worship the Lord today, let us all listen to the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts from His Word and examine our passion for the Lord and His will for our lives.