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This Is My Prayer: 5/19/2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Heavenly Father, Holy God, we worshop You for Your greatness and goodness. We praise You for Your Holiness. Speak to our hearts and teach it to be HOLY, for You O God, are HOLY. We pray Your holiness will rub off on us and permeate through us and all around us. Help us to take on the beauty of YourHoliness, not only when we are in your presence, but also as we strive to live a holy life every day. Enable us to become more like you each day. Grant us Your Holiness and make us whole like Jesus. It is in His name we pray and ask these things. Amen!
Vic.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/19/2012 10:16PM

    Amen Vic

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/19/2012 11:25AM

    Amen!!
Thank U Vic!

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SONYALATRECE 5/19/2012 7:17AM

    Praise God for whom all blessings flow and holiness!

~Sonya

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/19/2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/19/2012

Genesis 47:27-31
THE DEATH OF A PILGRIM, Lesson 62a

In these verses, we are called to the bedside of old Jacob. Jacob is a man who has lived a hard life. When Jacob went before Pharaoh, he told the Egyptian king that his life had been very difficult, (Gen. 46:9). Jacob certainly has experienced many tragic and painful turns in the road of his life.

He had been forced to leave his home when he was a young man because of trouble between him and his father and brother. He had been deceived by his own uncle for many years. He had worked hard to build a small fortune and raise a family during some very tough times. His beloved wife Rachel died in childbirth. His favorite son Joseph was taken from him and Jacob was led to believe that he was dead for over twenty years. His oldest son Rueben committed adultery with one of Jacob’s wives. Most of his twelve sons were evil men, who were guilty of many sins including adultery, murder and lying to their father.

Now, Jacob is nearing the end of his earthly pilgrimage. He had been uprooted from his home in Canaan and transported to a new home in Egypt. As Jacob nears the end of his journey, we are invited to his beside as he speaks to Joseph and shares with him his final wishes. I am interested in the content of their conversation.

As we listen in on this conversation between Jacob and Joseph, we see more than just an intimate encounter between a father and a son. We are actually given a small glimpse into life itself. I want to share with you a few simple thoughts that present themselves in these verses. There is A Word About Blessings; A Word About Brevity and A Word About Burying. I want to share those thoughts as we look in on “The Death Of A Pilgrim“.

A WORD ABOUT BLESSINGS

Verse 27 gives us a brief catalog of the blessings of Jacob’s life. Surely Jacob thought that his life would end in tragedy. That seems to be what he was thinking after Joseph was presumed dead,( Gen. 37:35).

But, now those hard times seem like a distant nightmare. Jacob and Joseph have been reunited and Jacob is once again enjoying the blessings of the Lord. This verse mentions a few of those.

When this verse says they “grew, and multiplied exceedingly”, it refers to both their physical and material blessings. Their flocks and herds increased. Their numbers also increased. They entered the country with just seventy souls, (Gen. 46:27). When they left 400 years later, their numbers had grown to as many as a few million. The blessings of the Lord in the life of Jacob and his family were many.

As I thought about this, I was reminded of the need to catalog my own blessings. I think it does us good from time to time to take and inventory of the blessings of the Lord in our lives. Have you thought about it lately? Let’s take just a moment to look at what we have and thank God for it. Family, Friends, Finances, Church, Bible, Jesus, Salvation.

Sometimes, we look at our lives and think that we missed out on the blessings that others enjoy. We think our lot is harsh and hard, but I would suggest that God has been very good to every one of us, and we would see that, if we would only take the time to inventory the good things God has done for us!

It would do us good to consider how we have been blessed today and to offer up praises to the Lord for His grace and goodness in our lives. I, for one, have been blessed far more than I ever deserved. God has been good to me and I want to give Him the glory and praise that He deserves.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman (

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
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Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
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When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
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So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
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This Is My Prayer

Friday, May 18, 2012

Merciful Father, Awesome God, our God, we thank You for the Day of Atonement, for Jesus who paid the price for our sins so that we don't have to face the Day of Justice. Because of Jesus and His redeeming blood we have been reconciled to our God by faith through mercy and grace. Enable us never to be separated from our God again. Help us to extend the love and forgivness You have given us to others. Teach us ways we can show You our gratitude for all You have done and still are doing. We praise You; we praise Your name. We thank You in the precious name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!
Vic.

  
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EDITOR 5/19/2012 3:27AM

    Totally in agreement, Vic!

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ANHELIC 5/19/2012 12:12AM

    Thank you for your heart felt prayer. I am also a born again Christian. I will pray for you as well. My God richly bless you Vic as you carry on doing His will
Many Blessings,
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Thank you for adding me as I friend. I will be honored to be yours.
Joan

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/18/2012 9:12PM

    Thank you for the heart felt prayer! Amen!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 5/18/2012 11:34AM

    Wow! Such a wonderful prayer!

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KIMPY225 5/18/2012 9:14AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/18/2012 8:43AM

    Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/18/2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/18/2012

Genesis 46:28-47:12
JOSEPH’S FAMILY REUNION , Lesson 61c


v. 47:27-31 JOSEPH AND A BITTER FAREWELL

In these verses, we are called to the bedside of old Jacob. He believes that the end of his journey is near. He has a few things to say to Joseph before he dies. Let’s listen in because there may just be something here for us too.

v. 47:29-31 A Final Petition – Jacob simply asks his son not to bury him in Egypt. He wants his body taken back to Canaan so that he can be buried in the same place as his fathers, (Gen. 23). Joseph promises to carry out his father’s wishes.

v. 50:1-13 A Final Present – These verses talk about the fulfillment of Joseph’s promise to his father. In fact, Pharaoh had such respect for Jacob that he ordered a royal funeral for him. Joseph took his father’s body, along with the rulers of the land of Egypt, and they traveled to Canaan to mourn Jacob’s death and to bury his body. The funeral made an impression on the inhabitants of Canaan.

It is hard when the people we love and admire pass from the scene. We need to consider the lives they lived and the legacy they left behind. We need to honor the legacy of those who have gone on before. If we were blessed to have had godly parents and a godly heritage, we should honor their desire that we live a good and godly life. In the church we are privileged to walk in the footsteps of some godly people who paved the road of holiness for us. They set a standard of living that we would do well to honor and uphold.

Joseph honored the legacy of his father and carried his corpse home to Canaan. Many years later when Joseph died, he made the same request, (Gen. 50:25). His was honored as well, (Ex. 13:19). Those bones were buried in Canaan by Joshua, (Josh. 24:32).

It may just be that if we will honor the heritage that we have been given, others will honor the heritage we pass down. If we treat the previous generations like they are worthless, others may treat the things we have down the same way.

Conc: Joseph was a man who had his priorities in order. He loved his family and he loved his father. He was also willing to protect his heritage. It may be that the Lord has spoken to you on some level of your life. If He has, you should come to Him as He calls right now. Maybe your relationship with your family needs work. Maybe your relationship with your parents needs work. Maybe you need to get with you children and let them know they are loved.

There is work to do in our homes today. We are way behind and this is a call to get busy dealing with the things that matter.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“To The Work” By William H. Doane (

To the work! To the work! We are servants of God;
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might what our hands find to do.
Refrain
Toiling on, toiling on,
Toiling on, toiling on,
Let us hope and trust,
Let us watch and pray,
And labor till the Master comes.

To the work! To the work! Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!”
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To the work! To the work! There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father exalted shall be,
In the loud swelling chorus, “Salvation is free!”
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To the work! To the work! In the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward,
When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is free!”
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This Is my Prayer:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heavenly Father, Holy and Loving God, help us to never be careless about Your Ways and Your Word. Enable us to not allow anything that has to do with our worship to YOU to become lifeless or a ritual that has lost its depth of meaning and purpose. Keep the discipline of prayer, praise and reading Your Word fresh and alive in our hearts so that we will always have a passionate hunger and thirst for Your presence in our life. Help us never to offer up anything before You that is contrary to the Lord's commands. Teach us to be obedience and faithful to You and Your Word.
These things we pray and ask in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!
Vic.

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 5/17/2012 4:06PM

    Thanks for the prayer. I find that in my own prayer life i struggle with that. Sometimes all i can do is read the bible; the words just won't come. At times I feel he is far away from me; but I know it is just my feelings taking over. emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 5/17/2012 11:01AM

    Amen!!!!

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    Thank you.

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  Thank you for rememeberence as we tend to forget! Bless you and yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.”


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