Go After Them

Teresa Poucher

Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. (Ruth 2:9, 14)

  We have sat beside angels; we have feasted on the bread of life.

And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.” (Ruth 2:16)

  Handfuls of purpose:  The “of” in the verse above indicates a relationship.  It is no longer just about the sheaves or it would have said “on” purpose.  Now it’s about her “purpose.”

  While you were busy with work or daily activities, God is dropping handfuls of purpose.  

  What Ruth gleaned was according to the law; to provide for the poor.  The handfuls of purpose were for mercy (for she was a Moabitess.)

  “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever:” (Deuteronomy 23:3)

  She not only received the law but accepted the purpose: to seek and to save that which is lost.   Boaz was a type of Jesus Christ.  He redeemed Ruth.

  “And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.”  (Ruth 2:18)

  Go into your city with your purpose

So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.” (Ruth 2:23)

  Barley was harvested first; wheat would be harvested about a month later. She continued until the harvest was complete. 

It has intrigued me for years how she was sufficed and left. I just didn’t catch it. One, she took enough to strengthen her and went right back to work. She didn’t say, I have enough for myself, but thought of her mother in law as well. In verse 18, we see she reserved some after she was sufficed and brought it as well. This food was probably roasted barley that had been prepared for consumption (the bread of life.) God used a Gentile to bring forth his purpose, for Ruth is in the genealogy of Jesus. So, we don’t need to be shocked or nervous when we see the drug addicts, or homosexuals come into our churches.

  They are the handfuls of purpose we need to pick up.  

  Ruth didn’t say, I can’t pick this up, it’s not right (per the law); the reaper had a sickle to reap, yet Ruth had to lower (humble)                                                          herself to pick up the remnants.  God will always have a remnant.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:2 3)

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isaiah14:26)

  Go ye therefore, seek and save that which is lost. 

Does my purpose match up with God? Then go after them!

The Magnifying Glass

Teresa Poucher

The enemy of our soul has several tools.  I just want to talk about one of them — a magnifying glass.  When I was a child, I would take a magnifying glass outside and shine it just right and burn a leaf.    No, I didn’t start a real fire; I just scorched a leaf.   

The size of the fire will be determined by the fuel it can consume; how much ”trash” I put on it, as well as the air it receives. I don’t want to trash anyone or anything in a negative way. We are aware of the damage a fire can do. Fire doesn’t just destroy things, but many times, it devastates… lives, hopes, and dreams.

I like to fly in airplanes. Amazing, how small things seem when you are elevated. Things that were once large cannot be seen from a high altitude. Or I can magnify my problems, as the enemy would have me do, and they will appear to be much larger than they are.

What if I take this magnifying glass and use it for good? Let’s say to magnify God. Can I make God bigger than He already is? No! But David said to “magnify” the Lord. “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalms 34:3)

I can’t make God bigger, but when I give him praise, worship, and thanksgiving, He becomes more apparent in my vision, and I will be magnifying my purpose.

After Jesus rose from the dead, ”… he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:22) His breath was the air the fire needed: “… he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

So, I have a choice: Magnify a problem and start a destructive fire, or magnify God and start a Holy Ghost fire that will burn out impurities?

Mountains, Valley’s, Wilderness And Plains

Teresa Poucher

Our life is a journey through mountains, valleys, plains, and wilderness areas. Awhile back I had a post: “Why am I in the valley again?” In that post, we learned many times, we are in the valley to pick something up. Today, I want to go where many people are right now — in the wilderness. Who takes delight in the wilderness?

We know Moses petitioned Pharaoh, “…Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” (Exodus 5:2) I think that’s pretty awesome — a feast in the wilderness. Do you know what Noah Webster called a wilderness? “A desert; a tract of land or region, uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1828)

  Jesus was baptized by John and led of the Spirit into the wilderness. Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years. It lacked water but had wild animals, scorpions, and serpents. Still, God rained manna from heaven, brought forth water out of a rock, and healed them of their snake bites.

So why do I have to go through this wilderness? It’s miserable. I know God is providing for me, but I feel so alone! It’s darkness everywhere I turn. Where are you, God? The only things I see are these four walls. Fever, pain, congestion, weakness, coughing; it’s hard to even breathe. I’m just plain weary, exhausted, and depressed.

Perhaps you’re not sick but maybe you are in jeopardy of losing your job, business, home, or vehicle. Many of us are just plain weary, exhausted, and depressed. How long do I have to stay here?

  It only took one day to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took 40 years to get the Egyptian mentality out of Israel. This could have been an 11-day journey to Canaan.

The Israelites were in bondage. They are having a hard time believing God wants to give them a land that they didn’t plant. One with produce that flows with milk and honey, houses they didn’t build, and vineyards they didn’t plant. It’s just too hard for them to accept. So, they mumble, murmur, doubt, complain and wander.

  Do you have a hard time believing God wants to bless you?

  Why are you here? It may be to test you.

“…to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

  Strong’s Concordance defines the word, “prove” (H5254) as “test.”

  In the valley, we picked something up. In the wilderness, we lay things down. What are some things we may need to lay down? It’s a place, of soul searching, a time of reflection. I remember working out at a gym called “Foxy’s.” Guys would constantly look in the mirror admiring their muscles. Girls wait to get home. They tend to look in the mirror and think they aren’t pretty. Still, each one is looking at a reflection. In the wilderness, we need to look in the mirror of God’s word. He is examining our hearts and motives.

For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James1:23-25)

  Jesus was hungry, tired, and weak when he was 40 days in the wilderness. He didn’t start his ministry until he came out of the wilderness. Peter was having a wilderness experience when he followed Jesus afar off during the trial. This test will be easier to pass if we are close to Jesus. We know Peter repented and God used him mightily when he came out of his wilderness.

I remember God spoke to me: “…be not far from me; for trouble is near; and there is none to help.” (Psalm 22:11) All I remember was trouble was near and there was no one to help. The important part of the scripture is “be not far from me.”

We think of God as being the light of the world and he is, but sometimes God is in the darkness. “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:21)

Most people don’t like darkness; I would venture to say many are afraid of the dark. Why don’t we like darkness? We can’t see what is going on. This is when we must walk by faith and not sight. “I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places…” (Isaiah 45:3) I can’t think of a better place to hide a treasure but in a dark, secret place.

Jesus will be your bread in the wilderness. When you come out of your wilderness it will be with power. God can use you in miracles, signs, and wonders to help others. He has blessings to bestow upon you to let you walk in power and purpose toward your promises, hopes, and dreams — you’re ‘fixing to feast!

I Love My Dog

Teresa Poucher

I love my dog

I’m so thankful God made dogs. ‘Talk about glad to see you when you come back home! They will do a song and a dance for you. Do you think they are worried about your political views or beliefs? They don’t care about your stature, looks, clothes, income, job, or intelligence.

A dog will offer you unconditional love, all for just some food, water, and a little attention. Your dog can read your emotions and act appropriately; even knowing when you are sick, and it will stay by your side.

Maybe you don’t have a dog, but you do have a God! He has an unconditional love for you. It doesn’t matter how imperfect you may be, God still loves you. He is longing to forgive and desires you to come to Him.

We got our dogs as puppies and they were so cute, or we rescued them when they needed help. Whatever the case, we fell in love. It is hard not to love a dog that is crazy about you.

I used to pray and ask God to let others fall in love with Him, but then I changed that prayer. God, let others know how much You love them. To know God is to love Him.

I hope my dog doesn’t show me more love than I manifest to my God, don’t you?

My prayer is that we… “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Does Nakedness Affect Your Hearing?

Teresa Poucher

   Many times, when one goes to the doctor, he’ll say, “Get undressed and put on this gown.”  At that moment I seem to have a hearing deficit.  I didn’t hear what the doctor said, I just want my clothes back on.  I know it’s not always true, but usually, the doctor waits until you have your clothes back on before he lowers the boom or gives you directions.  Because when you’re naked you are surely not thinking straight.

  Adam and Eve were made in the image of God.  I believe they were covered with the righteousness and glory of God.  

“…they were both naked…and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)

We don’t know how long Adam and Eve lived in the garden before they ate the forbidden fruit; it may have been hundreds of years.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked… And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked and hid myself.” (Genesis 3:7, 9-10)

  Thousands of years have come and gone since that tragic day.  Yet the story in one way is still the same:  Many souls are naked and not ashamed.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:17)

   How is it they don’t know they are naked? Not because they are covered with righteousness and the glory of God.  Or because they are innocent, but because they don’t recognize God’s voice speaking to them.  

  So next time I go to the doctor and he tells me to put this gown on, I will be thankful my mind’s not too straight and my hearing’s not too good!

“…clothed, and in his right mind…” (Luke 8:35)

Gentle Reader: I was told this devotion was a little humorous. If so, please don’t let the humor distract from my burden that many people are unaware of their nakedness. Or that they feel no remorse for how they live. We as a nation have become too calloused to sin. Even many so-called Christians have accepted some sins.


You don’t see many greyhounds unless you go to a track where they race. They have a pretty sad life as long as they are winning. After they are done making money for the owner, they get retired. Thankfully, some agencies foster these elegant, quiet, and meek couch potatoes

We adopted two of them. Not only are they sweet, gentle, and thin-skinned, they are amazingly fast. In a sprint, they can go faster than a horse, though it is noticeably short-lived. After their 5-minute run, they will be content to lay on the couch nuzzled with you or maybe without you.

   They are sighthounds — they will run after anything that moves.  You will not catch or stop them.  They have caught several rabbits in our yard as well as a few birds taking flight.

   Unfortunately, if you were to get out of their sight, they might not find their way back home.  A Greyhound’s eyes are only focused on what they see that moment, or should I say, what they are chasing, totally unaware of an approaching car or other dangers.  

   Many times, we are like the greyhound, letting our eyes wander.  Not necessarily on anything bad, but maybe on things that are not profitable.

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” (I Corinthians 6:12)

  We often get fixed on the negatives: Illness, lack of funds, or such like.  Yet if we would stay focused on Jesus and His Word, we would be better off. 

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:7)

Have You Ever Had A Splinter?

Teresa Poucher

Who hasn’t had a splinter? It can be annoying as well as irritating. If you’re blessed, you can pull it out with a pair of tweezers. At other times you may need a magnifying glass to see it. Even then you might not find it. You surely can feel it though.

I have been known to take a pair of nail clippers and just cut a tiny area where I know it has found its new home. Don’t worry, this unwanted guest will be given an eviction notice. If it fails to leave, the evacuation plan will be implemented — It will start to get infected. You just thought this little itsy-bitsy splinter was annoying.

Now you have a red tender spot that you don’t dare touch. Good news:The infection usually will flush that foreign body out. Wha-la! I’m healed.

This reminds me of Song of Solomon 2:15, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

Foxes are beautiful if they are not being a menace to you. They are nocturnal, so they come out at night while we are sleeping and unaware. They love to burrow by the root of the vine, causing the branches and grapes to come under stress and making it difficult to produce good mature fruit. What a sly fox that ole Devil is

Much like little offenses. Funny how we know when someone does us wrong, we know we need to forgive. Yet we tend to ignore those little wrongdoings, sweep them under a rug so to speak. It would behoove us to forgive those as well before we get infected and have crop failure. Don’t we want to get that itsy-bitsy splinter out before we get an infection?

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down…

Teresa Poucher

  I love Daylight Saving Time.  It gives me more time to enjoy the sunshine.  In the winter when the sun goes down, I’m about ready to go to bed.  

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesians 4:26)

I always figured God gives us a day to “be angry and sin not.” Then you better get over it! That way bitterness doesn’t have time to take root. Recently, I saw if I hold on to what has hurt or angered me, the sun goes down and it becomes dark, clouding my vision and making me grope in darkness.

I Know I’m Right

By Teresa Poucher

Everyone knows someone who knows everything. They’ve been there, they’ve done that, they even have the T-shirt. Usually, this person gets under our skin. They haven’t actually been there, but maybe they read the book or watched the movie. They surely haven’t done that, but maybe were present when somebody else did it. They might have a T-shirt, but maybe someone bought it for them. Well, it seems like that anyways.

Truth is, we all think we are right. We don’t want someone to prove us wrong. Some of us will shut someone down before they show us the error of our ways.

Every way of man is right in his own eyes... Proverbs 21:2

  The Bible is amazing.  God’s word is always right.  Could that be the reason why some people don’t want to read it?  It is full of promises, but they are always with conditions.  If I don’t read it, I don’t feel guilty about what I should or shouldn’t do. 

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:25

  Yet when I stop seeing my errors, I stop seeing my need to live for God.  If that’s the case, please tell me I’m wrong.

Are You Looking For A Sign

By Teresa Poucher

If we told someone the signs of his returning are everywhere, many times we get, “they have been saying that for years.” I heard it just yesterday from a believer. If you are reading this, you probably already believe Jesus is coming soon (I hope.) Actually, there are signs you and I see every day that remind us of our walk with God.

The U-TURN sign is the first one to follow – make sure to repent! That means more than just saying, “I’m sorry.” It means to change your direction. If you’re not living for God, do an about-face — “Repent…” (Acts 2:38)

NO PARKING AT ANY TIME: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned…” (II Timothy 3:14), “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1) Keep moving, we’ve got to get our steps in as “…we walk by faith…” (II Corinthians 5:7) We need to exercise our rights to praise the Lord!

When we see a ONE-WAY sign, it should remind us of what Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6) and of what the Apostle Paul wrote: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:5)

I don’t mind a YIELD sign, but must we yield to God? Yield! “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”(James 4:7), “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6) Give God the right-of-way as His way is right with
no U-Turns. Once you are going in the right direction, do not turn back to sin. “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12) Remember Lot’s wife, who “looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26)

The first sign you probably learned was a STOP sign. You will fail your driving test if you fail to stop at this sign. Even if you slow down and do a rolling stop, you will fail. We must stop and get away from the phone, Facebook, YouTube, or whatever keeps us too busy. Make time to spend with God. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

Last but not least, the GREEN LIGHT: It’s not a sign. It’s not a stoplight either. It’s green. It’s time to “Go ye into all the world, and preach…” (Mark 16:15) “Preach” also means to proclaim or to publish, so “Tell it!”

Now we have our signs, will we obey them?