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This Is My Prayer, Sun 6/3/2012

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Father, we love You, We worship and adore You , Glorify Thy Name in all the earth. For from the greatest man to an infant child, from space afar to a grain of sand, Tis written plain, It’s everywhere that God is real . Jesus, we love You, We worship and adore You. For we see Your power ten thousand worlds, the order of the universe wherever man goes, our Lord has gone before where foundations He laid and creation morn. Glorify Thy Name in all the earth. Spirit, we love You, We worship and adore You. For though man may go to distant stars, God’s hand laid out the path afar, and to return to earth again, Man can but say, My God How Great Thou Art. Glorify Thy Name in all the earth, this we pray in Jesus ‘ name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/3/2012 10:37PM

    Glorify the Name of our Lord, You are helping so many of us with our faiths. Your blogs are awesome, and you are certainly a great ambassador of God.
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SANDYTOES17 6/3/2012 6:14PM

    That is a wonderful praise prayer Vic!!! Thank you! Ginger

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/3/2012 3:30PM

    Amen
God blessed you!

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GINGERPAWZ 6/3/2012 11:12AM

    Beautiful Poem.

Take care,

Sharon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/3/2012 9:26AM

    Amen! What a beautiful Sunday prayer this morning Vic! As always Vic thank you and God Bless You! emoticon

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EDITOR 6/3/2012 8:05AM

    Glorify Thy Name, Glorify Thy Name. Thank you for our Sunday prayer, Vic and for the goodie. You have a few years on me, and yet I need to step it up in faith so you don't run circles around me. Ha!
You are a sweetheart and there are not many out there. God bless you, SP friend, and keep you in a worship-filled always emoticon.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat 6/2/2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat 6/2/2012

Genesis 50:15-26
GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD, Lesson 67b

v. 20-21 REMEMBERS GOD’S PROVIDENCE

Joseph does not pretend that what his brothers did to him was not evil. It most certainly was. He knew the intent of their heart. After all, he was there when they betrayed him and sold him as a slave. But, Joseph saw deeper than their intentions. In spite of what they were doing, God was doing something far more wonderful. Yes, they sinned against Joseph, but God even used their sin to accomplish His eternal plan.

In one verse Joseph looks back on thirty years of trial and triumph and acknowledges God’s hand in every detail of his life. Joseph knows that the hatred and betrayal, the slavery and the imprisonment, and the loneliness and separation, were all part of a much bigger plan.

God used the valleys and the victories of Joseph’s life to reach Joseph’s brothers; to encourage Jacob; to bring the children of Israel to Egypt; and to literally save the world. Surely, God did mean it for good!

It goes without saying that God will probably not use the events of our lives to accomplish such amazing things in our own lives. It is not likely that He will use the trials and tragedies we face to save nations and accomplish His redemptive plan. However, we can be sure of one thing. As we pass through this life, we can count on the fact that every valley and every victory is a part of His perfect plan for us and that He will use them all for our good and for His glory! That is His promise, (Rom. 8:28; James 1:3; 1 Peter 1:7-8).

We would have to admit that we like the victory more than we like the valley. We like the good days more than we like the bad days. Here is the question that confronts us: are we willing to joyfully endure everything life throws at us knowing that God is behind it all and that He will get glory from it? Are we willing to accept His will, even when it goes against our will, knowing that He will develop us through it? That was Paul’s experience, (2 Cor. 12:7-10, 15). We should strive to make it ours as well.

When we pass through the hard places of life, it is easy to forget that God is in control. The next time life pulls the rug out from under you, remember that God is always with you to catch you, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). Remember that He invites you to come to Him for comfort and consolation, (Matt. 11:28; Phil. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 5:7; Heb. 4:15-16). Remember, no matter what takes place in life, God Meant It For Good!

v. 22-26 RESTS ON GOD’S PROMISE


After a long, productive and happy life, the time came for Joseph to leave this world. When that time came, he made the children of Israel promise to take his bones with them when they come out of Egypt. Joseph is claiming a promise God made to his father many years before, (Gen. 46:2-4). Joseph dies believing that God will visit His people one day and take them to a better land. That is the same assurance the saints have today. We are looking for a visitation from the Lord.

The sad truth of our own mortality bothers many. The fact is, we are all leaving this world, but death is not the end, (John 5:28-29)! Our departed loved one, who died with their faith in Jesus, are with the Lord and there will come a day when the Lord will visit their graves and bring those bodies out, (1 Thes. 4:13-18). They will be raised from the dead in a new and improved edition, (1 Cor. 15:49-57).

Of course, we have an even greater promise than the one given to Israel. Our Lord is preparing a place for us and one day, He will return to get us, (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:20). He may even come for us before we face death, (1 Cor. 15:51-52). But, even if He doesn’t and death’s icy hand places its frigid hold of us some day, rest in His promise that, while this body may return to the ground, the soul goes to rest with Him, (2 Cor. 5:8). What is death, but a door into life - ( 2 Tim. 4:6); “ A Departure” - “A travelers term, a soldiers term, a farmers term, a legal term.” So, whether I go by way of the clods or the clouds, I am a winner either way! I can go to my grave with a promise like that, how about you?

Conc: Joseph left this world clinging to the great promises of a mighty God. He left here right with God and man. He left here with full assurance that God had led him every step of the way. He left here knowing that death was not the end, but that there was a better future down the road.

When your time to leave here comes, and it will, how will you leave? Are you right with your fellow man? Is everything like it should be between you and the rest of God’s family? If there are problems, fix them today. You can and you should!

Do you have the absolute assurance that God’s hand has been active in every part of your life? Or, are there some events that you can’t seem to reconcile just yet? Why not bring those areas of doubt and confusion to the Lord and let Him help you? Why not ask Him to give you peace until you reach that land where everything will make sense?

Can you face your own death with confidence? Do have the assurance that you are saved and that you will spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven? Can you rest in the knowledge that He is coming to get you either in the Rapture or through the door of death? Maybe you are dealing with the death of a loved one and you haven’t quite reached the place where you can see God’s hand in it. Maybe there is no peace in your heart about it. Come to Him and let Him help you with that today.

If the Lord has spoken to you on any level today, you need to come before Him and do what He wants you to do. He is here and He is ready to help, whatever the nature of the problem!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“ This World Is Not My Home” By A. H. Howard (1992)

This world is not my home I'm just passing through
my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Refrain:
O Lord you know I have no friend like you
if Heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore

They're all expecting me and that's one thing I know
my savior pardoned me and now I onward go
I know He'll take me through though I am weak and poor
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Refrain:
O Lord you know I have no friend like you
if Heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore

Just up in Glory Land we'll live eternally
the Saints on every hand are shouting victory
their song of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven's shore
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore
Refrain:
O Lord you know I have no friend like you
if Heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do?
the angels beckon me from Heaven's open door
and I can't feel at home in this world anymore

SHARE THIS LESSON WITH A FRIEND!

This brings our study of the Book of Genesis to and end.


  
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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/3/2012 3:29PM

    Thank you for a great reminder Vic!
Friends,
We should take lesson from Joseph - Don't wait for somebody else to be the peacemaker in our lives. Peace starts with us. Make the first move. Be in agreement with God. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up, but God always wants us to be so full of hope that we just can’t help believing for the best. Remember! God laid out the plan for our lives, God holds our world in His hands

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ANHELIC 6/2/2012 1:56PM

    Great Blog Vic. I had shivers reading it. I remember what Joseph went through from my bible studies before. We have to get right with God here on earth to go to our home in heaven. Sending you many blessings for your work for our God.
God bless you Vic.
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GINGERPAWZ 6/2/2012 1:08PM

    Awesome blog and true about getting your things right with God.

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 6/2/2012 11:53AM

    Great blog!

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This Is My Prayer, Fri 6/1/2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

Loving Father, Faithful God, help us to have that humble, obedient, prayerful spirit of Jesus. Teach us how to pray for each member of our family, for our friend and acquaintances, for all to be blessed with Your peace, love, grace, good health, provisions, protection, and a greater knowledge of Jesus and your Word. Enable us not to be selfish nor lazy in our praying or serving. Show us whom else to pray for. Forgive us when we sin and fall short of Your will. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, our Savior and our King It is in His name we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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EAGLES_WINGS 6/2/2012 7:02AM

    Great thoughts and prayers. Thank you! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/1/2012 11:15PM

    Beautiful prayer! Thank you


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WANTSZU 6/1/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you for such a beautiful prayer. Have a blessed day.

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/1/2012 8:36AM

    emoticonGod is the only way! When his light shines, nothing else can get hurt us! emoticonfor sharing that powerful prayer and truth with us today! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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SWAYDE 6/1/2012 8:29AM

    Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri 6/1/2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri 6/1/2012

Genesis 50:15-26
GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD, Lesson 67a

Over a few months we have spent a lot of time with Joseph and his family. Today, we are bringing our study of this great man of God to a close. Joseph’s life has been a series of trials and tragedies. His has been a road marked by many valleys and few mountains. We have seen the difficult life he had as a child. We have witnessed the hatred and cruelty of his brothers. We have seen him working as a slave. We have seen him falsely accused and imprisoned. We have seen him abandoned and forgotten in that prison.

We have also seen him taken out of that prison and elevated to a position of prestige, power and prominence in Egypt. We watched as Joseph was reunited with his brothers. We saw God use him to bring his brothers to a place of repentance. We saw him reunited with his father. We have seen all the highs and the lows of Joseph’s life. And through every valley and across every mountain, one truth held true: “God Meant it For Good“.

Even as Joseph nears the end of his life in these verses, he continues to display a remarkable faith in his God. It is that faith and confidence that I want to examine for a while today. As I have studied this series of lessons, one thing has been confirmed and reaffirmed in my heart and mind, and that is the truth that God is behind every event that occurs in our lives. There are no accidents. There is no such thing as coincidence. There is only providence and the outworking of the perfect will of God. This is the clear teaching of Scripture, (Isa. 46:9-11; Eph. 1:11; Psa. 135:6).

As Joseph approaches the end of his earthly life, I want to you see some steps Joseph took that demonstrate his absolute confidence in the providence of God. I want to teach on the subject, “ God Meant It For Good“. I would like for us to watch as Joseph Releases His Past; Remembers God’s Providence and Rests On God’s Promises. These steps leave us no doubt that Joseph understood that God was in absolute control of every event in his life. Let’s consider this text and learn the truth that “God Meant It For Good“.

v. 15-19 RELEASES HIS PAST

After the death of Jacob, the brothers of Joseph were worried. They remember all the terrible things they did to Joseph years ago. They remember how they hated him. They remember how they sold him as a slave. They remembered how they covered up his disappearance with the lie that he was dead. They remember these things and many others and they are afraid. They are sure that now that their father is dead, Joseph will seek revenge against them.

So, they come up with a plan. They sent someone to Joseph with a message. They want him to believe that Jacob left word for him to forgive his brothers before he died. When Joseph hears their words, he weeps.

It was never in Joseph’s heart to hold their past over their heads. He had forgiven them for their transgression a long time ago. As Joseph nears the end of his life, he can look back with a clear conscience. We have no record that he harmed no one, and we have no record that he holds a grudge against any one. In fact, he reminds his brothers that he is not in the place of God. In other words, they need not fear Joseph with what they have done wrong; they will eventually face a higher court and an infallible judge! That is a good way to die!

As we pass through life, there will be times when we are hurt by the words and actions of others. It is inevitable, (Luke 17:1). We will be hurt and sometimes, we will be hurt deeply. We cannot help what others do to us, but we can help what we do with the hurts of others. When the hurtful words and harsh deeds of others break our hearts, we really only have two courses of action. We can be angry, hold a grudge and seek revenge. Or, we can forgive them and leave the matter in the hands of God. Here is the scriptural mandate given to us by the Lord, (Matt. 18:21-35; Luke 17:1-5; Eph. 4:32; Rom. 12:17-21).

One day, we will all leave this world. Are you prepared to leave it with a clean conscience toward others? Here is what you need to do:

If you offending party you need to go to them and ask for forgiveness. Until you do, your relationship with God will never be what it could be. ( Matt. 5:23-24)

If you are the offended party, you need to take the matter before the Lord and strive to reach a place of forgiveness. You will never be happy in the Lord; your joy will never be full; and you will never be of use to Him until you have forgiven those who have wronged you. It may be that you will have to confront the person about their sin, (Luke 17:3). Joseph did not sugar coat what his brothers had done to him. It may be that, with the help of God, you can simply forgive them. Either way, you need to deal with the issue before it drains the spiritual life out of you, (Heb. 12:15).

Joseph was able to leave with world with a clean conscience toward others. Will you?

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSNG!
“Just A Little Talk With Jesus” By C. Derricks (1937)

Verse 1:
I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above
And just a little talk with Jesus made me whole

Chorus:
Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry
He will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
And you know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Verse 2:
Sometimes my path seems dreary without a ray of cheer
And then the cloud about me hides the light of day
The mists in me rise and hide the stormy skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way

Chorus

Verse 3:
I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care
And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Chorus

INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!

  
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EAGLES_WINGS 6/2/2012 7:11AM

    emoticonVery real truths. I have an amends which I need to make. I think I am going to do that today! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/1/2012 11:29AM

    That was a great lesson. Joseph is a powerful example of forgiveness. Thanks again.

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LOSTLIME 6/1/2012 8:13AM

    Very true! Very nice hymn.

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This Is My Prayer, Thur 5/31/2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Loving Father, Caring Savior, We lift up to You the areas of our life that are overwhelming and burdensome. We come to You not to complain, but rather to seek Your help. Forgive us when we try to handle every crisis by our own strength instead of depending on Your love and strength. Teach us Lord, to pray that You will take each burden of our heart and enable us to rise above every challenging situation on our life to live to Your glory and praise. This we pray and ask in Your Son's name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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FERGSGIRL2 5/31/2012 7:20PM

    Take our burdens to the Lord, and leave them there! Your prayer is a great reminder.

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LMMIMI 5/31/2012 6:12PM

    Let go and let God!

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BLEGNER1 5/31/2012 5:35PM

    Give it to God and leave it there

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AVANELL 5/31/2012 2:09PM

    God holds the key to our success! If we will do our part in seeking Him for the keys we can be sure He will do His part in giving us the answers that we need. I believe I receive when I pray! Thank You, Lord Jesus!

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