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This Is My Prayer, Sun 5/27/2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Heavenly Father, Almighty God, Awesome God! We thank You always that You keep all your promises to us. Help us to understand and remember exactly what Your promises are so we can recall them in our mind, keep them in our hearts, an speak them out loud for others to hear. Enable us Father to push all doubt way from us so we can cling to Your Word and Promises. Help us to remember that Jesus and the gift of eternal life in Him is the ultimate proof that You have already kept Your greatest promise to us. Thank You for Your Everlasting covenants between You our God, and every living soul. It is through Jesus we approach your throne of grace and pray, Amen!
Vic.

  
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DAREDEVILME 5/27/2012 4:57PM

    You have such faith....I envy you that.
Thank you for the goodie today. I send you hugs!
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AVANELL 5/27/2012 4:03PM

    For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

We don't have to wonder if God will do what He says! His promises are Yes and Amen (so be it) in Christ Jesus! He is glorified through us when His promises are manifested in our lives!

Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness to us!

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EDITOR 5/27/2012 3:32PM

    Thank you for our Sunday prayer recalling God is a Promise Keeper!

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PURPLEPEONY 5/27/2012 1:08PM

    What a wonderful God we serve!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/27/2012 10:47AM

    Amen!

"God wants to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)"
"He takes pleasure in prospering His children (Psalm 35:27). "



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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/27/2012 9:22AM

    Amen! Thank you for posting this prayer to start the day!
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MRSJERRYBUSH 5/27/2012 9:04AM

    Amen!

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CARRIEANNE1027 5/27/2012 7:57AM

    Amen! Have a blessed day!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun 5/27/2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/27/2012

Genesis 49:1-12
CONFRONTING THE PROBLEM OF SIN, Lesson 65b


v. 3-4 A MAN WHO COVERED HIS SIN

Jacob deal first with his eldest son Reuben. I would suspect that Rueben expected to hear words of blessing from his dying father. He expected to receive his birthright. He expected to be recognized by Jacob as the head of the family.

When Jacob begins to speak, ho does acknowledge the Place of Reuben’s birth. He also referenced the Potential that Reuben had within the family. He was the firstborn and great things were expected of him.

As Jacob continued his speech, the words Reuben heard next shattered his world and demolished all his hopes, plans and dreams. Jacob looked at his eldest and said that Reuben was “unstable as water.” The word “unstable” means “to boil”. It refers to a pot of boiling water that is in constant motion.
Reuben was like water. Water is an unstable compound. When it is poured out, it always seeks the lowest level. When it is exposed to cold, it freezes. When it is exposed to heat, it boils. Eventually, water will evaporate and disappear. Rueben was just like that. Instead of being a leader among his brethren, he was unstable and ever changing. He was weak!

Jacob told Reuben that he would never “excel”. That is, his descendants would never rise to prominence in the future kingdom. And, they didn’t! A quick survey of Israel’s history demonstrates that very clearly.

The tribe of Reuben receives very little mention in the nation’s history.
Not a single judge, prophet, ruler, military leader, or other important person came out of this tribe.

Reuben was often found on the wrong side of conflicts ( Jud. 5:15-16).
The sons of Korah, who stood against Moses and were swallowed up by the earth, were from this tribe, (Num. 16:1-49).
The tribe of Reuben never did “excel” in the kingdom.

Why was such a harsh prophecy given to Reuben? The answer is right in verse 4. Jacob drags out a sin that had been hidden away for forty years. He says, “because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed.” Jacob is referring to the sin Reuben committed when he committed adultery with his father’s wife Bilhah, (Gen. 35:22). When that sin occurred, we are told in that verse that “Jacob knew it.” Jacob knew what his father son had done, but there is no record of confession and reconciliation.

It seems that this tragic sin was never dealt with by Reuben. For forty years Jacob waited on a confession that never came. He waited on his son to come to him and ask for forgiveness, but he never did. Now, Jacob exposes the sin of Reuben for all to hear. I can see Jacob, with his eyes flashing with anger, as he looks around on the others and says, “he went up to my couch!”

Reuben never dealt with his sin, and it cost him greatly. It cost him his birthright. It cost his descendants. It cost him the respect and blessing of his father. It was a high price to pay for trying to keep his sin a secret.

There is a lesson here for us. We do exactly what Reuben did. When we sin, we often try to keep it hidden away. We may pretend that it never happened. We may act like all is well. We live, look and act like we never did anything wrong. Yet, that secret is always festering in our hearts!

Like Reuben, our Father also knows when we have sinned against Him, (Heb. 4:13; Pro. 15:3; Jer. 2:22-23). He knows and He waits for us to come to Him, confessing our sin and seeking Him in reconciliation. Until we do, we will never prosper spiritually.

God has a plan for dealing with our sins. That plan is called “confession,” (1 John 1:9; Pro. 28:13). In Pro. 28:13, the word “confess” means “to throw down”. It has the idea of ceasing to hide something and to bring it out in to the open. In 1 John 1:9, the word “confess” means “to agree with or to say the same thing as another.”

When we confess our sins, we stop seeking to hide them from God and others. We bring them out into the open, we expose them to the light, and we say the same thing about them that God says about them. When we handle our sins His way, we can expect His forgiveness and His blessings. When we refuse to do it God’s way, we can expect nothing but chastisement and judgment, (Heb. 12:6-12; Rev. 3:19; Pro. 3:11-12). There will come a day when every child of God will stand before Jesus Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ. On that day, many will see their entire life’s work perish in the flames of judgment, because of un-confessed sin, (1 Cor. 3:11-15).

Are you one who is covering sin? Or, are you handling it God’s way?

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Our Of My Bondage” By W. T. Sleeper (1887)

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee!

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of earth's sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life's storm and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee!

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee!

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come! Jesus, I come!
Into the joy and pleasure, Thine own,
Jesus, I come to Thee!
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the flock Thy love doth enfold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/27/2012 1:44PM

    Thank you Vic for a wonderful lesson today.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/27/2012 10:45AM

    Thank You Vic!

Friends!
God sees and knows every moment of our lives. He knows our sins. so If we try to hide them, whom are we hiding them from. Certainly not from God. So, looked into our lives, confront and confess our sins, learn from them and pledge to do our best not to repeat them. Asked God for forgiveness and strength. Remember, when we call out to God, He hears us. When we receive His love, his love empowers us.

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This Is My Prayer, Sat 5/26/2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Heaven Father, Loving God! Jesus is the very expression of the innermost being of Almighty God, our God. He is the Eternal Word of the Living God. You made Yourself known to us in Jesus, through Your Word and Your Spirit. You provide Life and Light through Him. Father, thank You for giving us Your Eternal Word in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for Life and Light in Him. May we treasure Your Word and Christ always in our hearts, and live a life that will bring praise, glory and honor to YOU. It is in His name that we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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BLEGNER1 5/26/2012 5:45PM

    AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/26/2012 12:31PM

    Amen!!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/26/2012 10:56AM

    I agree, AMEN!!!!
Thank you for that wonderful prayer to start my day! Blessings to you!

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STARWARSFAN2 5/26/2012 8:34AM

    Amen.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/26/2012 8:29AM

    Amen

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EDITOR 5/26/2012 8:12AM

    Yes, we are in eternity NOW! Let's pay attention and get it right NOW!

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AVANELL 5/26/2012 8:09AM

    We can look at the life of Jesus that He walked while here on earth and see the will of the Father in manifestation! Thank You, Lord, for living before us and going to the cross to show us what God, the Father, has given us!

Thank you, Vic! God bless you!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat 5/26/2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

JACOB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/26/2012

Genesis 49:1-12
CONFRONTING THE PROBLEM OF SIN, Lesson 65a

The time has come for the old Patriarch Jacob to die. His 147 years have been eventful and difficult, yet they have been blessed. Before he leaves this world, he gathers his sons around his bedside to speak to them one last time.

In these verses Jacob addresses his sons in light of the future. He tells them what will come their way “in the last days.” This is a reference to the kingdom years of Israel.
The details of Jacob’s prophecy to each of his sons, as they stood around his bedside, were amazingly accurate. In fact, this passage has been a favorite of Bible critics. They cannot believe that these words were uttered before the events they described took place.
These prophecies, and their accurate fulfillment, stands as one of the greatest proofs of the inspiration of the Word of God. How did Jacob know things that would take place hundreds of years after his death? The Holy Ghost told him!

As we examine these words of Jacob, we do not have the time in this message to teach about what Jacob had to say to each of his sons. By way of introduction, a quick overview of this chapter is in order. As we consider the Jacob’s words to his sons, we see the sons of Jacob divided into three groups.

Some Were Disqualified – Because of their sin some of these boys were destined for judgment and not blessing. Those disqualified were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Dan.

Some Were Distinguished – Some of Jacob’s sons destined for blessings down the road. God took some of these men, who were mostly insignificant in the family, and elevated them to places of prominence in the future kingdom. Those distinguished were Judah, Zebulon, Issachar, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, and Benjamin.

One Was Different – Joseph stood out among his brethren. He was singled out for a word of special blessing by his father. He was set apart to receive special blessings. In fact, Joseph was given the place of the first born. He received a double portion of his father’s inheritance. That double portion was given to his sons Manasseh and Ephraim.

As I said, we do not have time today to consider Jacob’s words to all of his sons. However, I do want to focus our attention of a few of the sons of Jacob today. The reason I focus on these few is because we share a common problem with them. We share the problem of sin.

If you will notice the words of Jacob in verse 2, he says, “hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” If you will remember “Jacob” is the old man’s birth name. It means “heel-grabber; trickster; or supplanter”. That name identifies Jacob as a man of the flesh. And for years he did live a fleshly life. He was always out to better Jacob, He was always trying to gain an advantage over others.

Then, one night, Jacob met the Master! When he did, his life was changed forever. His name was changed too. No longer was he called “Jacob”. His new name was “Israel”. That name means “Prince with God.” It pictures him as a man of faith, who walks with God. And, that is who Jacob became in his later years.

When he calls his sons to him, he calls them “the sons of Jacob”. I think he is telling them, “You boys are just like I was. You have a sinful, fleshly nature to overcome. You have a sin problem to deal with.”

Doesn’t that describe us all today? If there is one common thread that runs among every person today, it is the common thread of sin. We all have problems with sin! If we do not learn to handle sin the right way, we can be certain that it will handle us. I would like to take the words of Jacob to just a few of his sons and focus on “Confronting The Sin Problem“. I want you to see a Man Who Covered His Sin; some Men Controlled By Their Sin; and a Man Who Confessed His Sin. These examples have some valuable lessons to teach those who will hear them.

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“I Bring My Sins To Thee” By Frances R. Havergal (1870)

I bring my sins to Thee,
The sins I cannot count,
That all may cleansèd be
In Thy once opened Fount;
I bring them, Savior, all to Thee;
The burden is too great for me,
The burden is too great for me.

I bring my grief to Thee,
The grief I cannot tell;
No words shall needed be,
Thou knowest all so well;
I bring the sorrow laid on me,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee.


My life I bring to Thee,
I would not be my own;
O Savior, let me be
Thine ever, Thine alone;
My heart, my life, my all I bring
To Thee, my Savior and my King,
To Thee, my Savior and my King.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 5/26/2012 12:30PM

    Thank you for another wonderful lesson Vic!

Friends!
Remember, we are God's masterpiece. He work on us daily to perfect his creation. No matter where we are in the process, the key is to keep moving forward. Continue reading and hearing His Word. His Word is alive, will heal our hearts and restore our souls. We sins daily with or without knowing that we did! We need to meditate on our days, confront ourselves of the wrong doing daily, admit them, asked God for forgiveness and thanked God by telling him thank you for his Word which light our path and direct our ways. Then, choose to meditate on his Word, knowing that he is leading us in paths of life! Amen!


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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/26/2012 8:28AM

    A wonderful lesson....I want to be the person who confronts MY sin & repents of it. Thank you Vic

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This Is My Prayer, Fri 5/25/2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Heavenly Father, Creator of all living things, You have crown Jesus Lord of Life. For into the dust He breathed life, creating humankind to wear His own image. It was all good. But darkness lurked; the crafty serpent spoke and its deception gave birth to our disobedience and pain, although You never left us alone. To our ancestors Jesus drew near, and from a barren womb, Jesus called forth a nation to become a Light that would bless every family of the earth. But sin imposed its tyranny among them too, until God became one of us. The invisible God became visible in the flesh, born of a faith-filled virgin. He entered our finiteness, our neediness, our messiness, and we saw in our darkness a great light, Jesus. In Him, the ashamed were forgiven, the lonely were loved, the hurting were touched and healed, and even the hostility of nature stood still when He spoke “PEACE”. In His great love for us and in our own hands He gave up even His breath and accepted death’s darkness. But, the slaughtered Lamb was raised from the dead as Lord of Light and Life forever. Thank You Father for Jesus, our Hope, for He alone can remove the world’s sin, sickness, death and fear. May His Church hold fast to True Hope, the faithfulness of Jesus. It is in His name we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 5/25/2012 11:18PM

    Amen!

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EAGLES_WINGS 5/25/2012 6:20PM

    Blessed be the name of the Lord and all the goodness therein. Praise God! Amen.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/25/2012 9:51AM

    Amen!

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AVANELL 5/25/2012 8:34AM

    Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Forever forgiving, forever saving, forever healing, forever delivering, forever.......the Great I AM!

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