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Whether we like it or not, we’re the sum total of the decisions and choices we’ve made up until now. The good news is, if you don’t like where you’re at, you can change your destiny. In this two-part series of the Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, we explore the first chapter of Ruth to see the consequences of bad decisions and God’s mercy to restore his people to his intended blessings and promises.
ABOUT DR. RANDAL S. LANGLEY
Dr. Randal S. Langley is the President of Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG), a world leader in theological and leadership education, providing online degree programs and customized Christian higher-education solutions for churches, ministries and other organizations. Dr. Langley is also president of the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries and is a founding partner and certified life coach, teacher, and trainer for the John C. Maxwell Team. His desire is to help people fulfill their ultimate purpose in life and achieve their God-given dreams.
At its core, the book of Ruth is an in-depth look at the goodness and mercy of God. It illustrates how a wrong decision can take someone out of the intended promises and plan of God and bring them into a place of difficulty and hardship. At the same time, it demonstrates how God can bring restoration and fruitfulness to a situation that started with famine, death and loss.
Elimelech was from Bethlehem in Judah, which means he was one of God’s covenant people. He lived during a time of darkness and spiritual confusion in Israel, and he made the mistake of taking his family to live in the land of Moab. He removed himself, his wife and his children from the protection and blessing of God’s country and settled in a cursed land. This decision would mark his life with tragedy.
Your decisions have a profound impact on the destiny of others.
Not all bad decisions lead to tragedy, but at the very best they lead us away from the blessings and goodness of God.
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QUOTES & SCRIPTURE TO REMEMBER
- “What Satan has meant for destruction, God can turn around and use for our good and bring us back to a place of victory if we turn back to him.” — Dr. Randal S. Langley
- “You’ve got to learn from the mistakes of others, because you can’t possibly live long enough to make all the mistakes yourself.” — Dr. Randal S. Langley
- “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you can afford to pay.” — Dr. Randal S. Langley