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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/9/2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/ 9/2012

Exodus 1:7-14
OVERCOMING THE STRANGE PULL OF EGYPT, Lesson 1a

One of the most important sciences of study when it comes to the Bible is the field of study known as "hermeneutics". The word refers to "the science of biblical interpretation". Within hermeneutics, there are many principles that can be applied to a text to determine the proper meaning. One of those principles is the "principle of first mention". This principle states that how a subject is used when it is first mentioned in the Bible determines its usage throughout the Bible.

In our text, one of the subjects mentioned is “the land of Egypt“. If we apply the principle of first mention to the land of Egypt, we have to go back to Gen. 12:10-20. In those verses, Abraham walks out of the will of God to go to Egypt and experiences some very negative consequences as a result. Therefore, the first time Egypt is mentioned in the Bible, it is mentioned within a negative context. This sets the tone for how Egypt is to be viewed throughout the Bible.

In fact, the land of Egypt is a type of the world. This is true because it holds the people of God in bondage, it leads to death and it is ruled over by an evil tyrant. With this in mind, it is fascinating to see the strange pull Egypt had over the lives of the saints of the Bible. For instance, Abraham went down to Egypt during a time of famine, (Gen. 12:10-20). His grandson Jacob did the very same thing, (Gen. 42:1-3). When Hagar wanted a bride for Ishmael, she took him a bride from Egypt, (Gen. 21:21). And, even after they had been delivered from terrible bondage in that land, the children of Israel longed to return to Egypt.

Before we look down at such people as Abraham and Jacob, maybe we should admit to the fact that we too experience a strange pull from our Egypt (the world). In truth, many of the Lord's people spend a significant amount of their lives either looking back to Egypt, or actually living there full time. Today, I want to use the experiences of Israel with Egypt and talk to you for a while about “Overcoming The Strange Pull Of Egypt“. You and I do not have to live defeated, cold, carnal spiritual lives. We can, by the grace of God, walk in victory and power. The thoughts I want to share with you in this first lesson will tell us how this is possible.

WE SEE ISRAEL DOMINATED BY EGYPT

The Pain Of Their Domination - Ex. 1:10-22; Ex. 11:1-14 - As the Bible relates, the pain and suffering endured by the Israelites, was almost unimaginable. Of course, this pictures vividly the bondage endured by those who are captives of this world system, (Eph. 2:1-3). Being out of the will of God should never be viewed as a pleasure trip. It is a time of severe bondage, darkness and enslavement.

The Progression Of Their Domination - Ex. 5:5-19 - After time, the bondage felt by Israel grew worse instead of better. This is always the way with those trapped in the world. Their attractions grow stronger over time, and their addictions grow stronger over time. They find themselves more deeply rooted in the world than ever. This is why it is harder for older folks to make a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Time and sin sears the conscience and hardens the heart!

Does this remind you of where you were before Jesus found you and saved your soul? It should, because He delivered us from the most terrible bondage imaginable, the bondage of sin! We should praise the Lord for the day He set us free from the bondage of sin!

The Product Of Their Domination - Ex. 2:1-10 - In the midst of the slavery, a redeemer was born in their midst… Moses. They took little notice of him at the time, but one day, he would rise up to deliver them from their bondage. It was into this sin cursed world of darkness that God sent His darling Son, Jesus Christ, to be born, to live and to die for humanity. Few recognized or received Him when He made His appearance, (John 1:11), but what He accomplished while He was here broke the shackles of sin for everyone who will trust Him by faith, (Luke 4:18.)

WE SEE ISRAEL DELIVERED FROM EGYPT

They Were Delivered By The Plan Of God - Ex. 3-4 - God's plan to deliver Israel was older that Moses. In fact, a few of the details of that plan had been leaked to Abraham hundreds of years earlier, (Gen. 15:13-14). In the council halls of Heaven, God had determined how and when He would deliver Israel. When Moses came along, God put His plan into action. It was a plan that demanded faith and obedience, but it was a plan that was destined to work. The plan of salvation that delivered you and me from the bondage of sin was not thought up as an after thought when Jesus died on the cross. It was not a plan B. Since before the foundation of the world, there has been but one plan to save the lost sinners of the world. It was a plan conceived in Heaven, (Rev. 13:8). Details of this plan were leaked here and there over time, but it was finally and fully completed on a hill called Calvary when Jesus Christ gave His life and shed His blood to redeem lost sinners. It is a plan that demands faith and obedience, (Eph. 2:8-9, Acts 16:31); and it is a plan that will work for all who receive it as their own.

They Were Delivered By The Power Of God - Ex. 5-13 - . God unleashed His wrath against Egypt and delivered His people in a tremendous display of power. He redeemed them by the exercise of His great ability. Salvation does not come about by human reasoning, human goodness, or human deeds. Salvation is solely the work of Almighty God. He formulated the plan. He supplied the blood. He calls the sinner. He saves the sinner. He keeps the sinner. He does it all without our aid or intervention, but He does demand faith and obedience on our part.

They Were Delivered In The Praises Of God - Ex. 14:8 -. These people left Egypt behind praising the Lord that they had been delivered. They were redeemed and they were excited. Remember what it was like when it first dawned on you that you were saved? Remember the excitement and praise that filled your heart for the Lord? Remember how you longed for His house, His Word, His singing and His worship? Can you remember what it felt like to be redeemed? Does it still feel as real tonight?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“How Firm A Foundation” By Rippon Hymns (1787) and Funks Music (1832)

1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

2. "Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

3. "The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never, forsake!"

GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY AND INVITE A FRIEND TO THE TEAM!!



  
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NELLIEC 6/9/2012 6:44PM

    I am struck by the fact that some of Jesus' early years were spent in Egypt! We may spend time in Egypt, but we still should be faithful to God!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/9/2012 5:53PM

    I still remember what I felt when I was saved...God has always filled my cup to overflowing. Thank you Vic for a great lesson.

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NADINEL 6/9/2012 5:44PM

    I always listen to the first part of this song when I listen to J.Vernon McGee programs. We sing this once in a while at church, but not often.
I do remember when I was first saved. I have the same (if not more intense) desire to be in God's word and His House with His people now. I am so thankful He saved me.
Thank you, Vic.

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MJRVIC2000 6/9/2012 11:09AM

    AMEN! Princess! Give God the glory! Vic.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/9/2012 9:34AM

    Thank you Vic!
Friends - remember
When God laid out the plan for our lives, He lined up the right people, the right breaks, open the right doors for us. God holds our world in His hands. We do not have to leave defeated live, if one door closes, we should keep the right attitude, and God will open another door. Keep pressing forward and thanked God for he has saved us and loved us! With the right attitude, we will recover more in the future than we've lost in the past.

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This Is My Prayer, 6/9//2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Heavenly Father, Glorious God, We exalt You above all else. We pray that our treasure will always be in You our God, and not in our possessions or in the distractions of this world. Help us O God to never make an idol out of anything or anyone else, nor put them before You in any way. Father, we give You honor and gratitude for all the good things You have given us: Your blessings, Your love, Your grace, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, Your peace, Your Joy, Jesus, Your Word and Promises. You, O God, are our greatest desire and we put You above all else in our life. We place You in the Highest place above all else. This we pray with grateful hearts in the name of Jesus. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SAVINGHANNAH 6/9/2012 7:36PM

    And Amen. Very beautiful, indeed. You have an awe some way with words. God Bless, You.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/9/2012 9:51AM

    What a beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing this today. God Bless You!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/9/2012 9:41AM

    Amen!
Remember! God wants to breathe new hope into our hearts, new life into our dreams today. Get ready for a refreshing change!

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EDITOR 6/9/2012 7:52AM

    He has so much to give! May idols never get in our way of what he chooses to give to us. May our hearts and hands be open to His best today. Thank you, Vic!

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BMW9295 6/9/2012 7:51AM

    Amen! What a beautiful prayer. Thank you for putting it in writing for all of us to share and confirm!

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This Is My Prayer, Fri, 6/8/2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

Most Holy Father, our relationship with You has been good always on Your part because of your love for us, and almost good on our part some times. You are a kind, loving Father who enjoys a loving relationship with us. You have loved us and have shown us how to love, true love, agape love. Thank You Father for being a wonderful Father and giving us Jesus to teach us and to show us how to live Your way. Help us to look to Him as our continued example. May your love and will be accomplished in us, in our children and grandchildren for generations to come; and may others see Christ living in us to Your glory. This we pray and ask in Jesus’ awesome name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SAVINGHANNAH 6/9/2012 12:40AM

    And Amen. emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/8/2012 2:21PM

    Amen!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/8/2012 2:11PM

    God bless this man of God who leads us in daily prayers & prays for us all daily. Amen.

Dee

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EAGLES_WINGS 6/8/2012 2:10PM

    Bless you for the Christ in you! Hoping you have a beautiful weekend through Christ our Lord. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/8/2012 9:41AM

    I love and appreciate your beautiful prayers. Thank you!

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SANDYTOES17 6/8/2012 9:00AM

    Your posts are always so positive Vic! Thank You and God bless you!

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EDITOR 6/8/2012 8:33AM

    He did find us! We cannot hide from His loving compassion! We are no longer playing childlike hide and seek games.
When He does seem hard to find---we go to prayer warriors, like you Vic, and we are renewed.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/8/2012 8:11AM

    Amen!

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This Is my Prayer, Thur, 6/7/202

Thursday, June 07, 2012


Heavenly Father, Holy God, we worship 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 Your Holiness, 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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TXGRANDMA 6/7/2012 11:43PM

    AMEN! Thanks for the thoughtful prayer............ emoticon

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SANDYTOES17 6/7/2012 4:49PM

    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!

Thanks Vic!

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EDITOR 6/7/2012 7:52AM

    Thanks! Holy, Holy, Holy, is our God Almighy. May we be WHOLLY His!

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LOSTLIME 6/7/2012 7:48AM

    Thank you for the prayer. It starts my day.

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This Is my Prayer, Wed, 6/6/2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Heavenly Father, Loving Savior, help us to have the same humble, obedient spirit Jesus had. When we are proud and even rebellious at times, Father, forgive us for we need Your love , grace, and mercy to get us through each day. We know that obedience and faith are essential towards our salvation, not that we earn or deserve that salvation, for it is a gift from You to all who will believe in Jesus and obey His commands. Enable us to have that humble and obedient spirit that leads us to faith in Christ Jesus our Lord and to glory. Thank You Father for forgiving our shortcomings; thank You for Jesus. It is His name that we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SANDRALEET 6/7/2012 5:40AM

    I try to live like God wants me to.With God we can change much.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/6/2012 10:26PM

    Amen!
Lets remember; God knew we weren't going to be perfect, but He still loves us! Let us be thankful for this gift!

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DEBTEVELDAHL 6/6/2012 1:58PM

    Thank you for these daily devotionals. They raise my spirit up and give me a great start on my day. I am so looking forward to being associated with this team and learning so much more about our Lord and Savior and myself. I am an empty pitcher, fill me up. Take care and God bless, Deb T.

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EDITOR 6/6/2012 8:27AM

    Yes, amen. Let us live in the Gift always! Forgive us for not.

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