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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/25/2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/25/2012

Exodus 6:1-8
THE BLESSINGS OF A REDEEMED PEOPLE, Lesson 7a

The crack of the taskmaster’s whip told the whole story. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. They had been slaves for 400 years and it looked as though they were going to stay that way forever. Tens of thousands of their forefathers had been born, lived and had died slaves in Egypt. Then, one day, a man named Moses shows up; a man who had been born into one of the poor slave families of Egypt. A slave that had even been adopted into Pharaoh’s house, but one who was still the offspring of slaves. One of their own! He came to them telling them stories of meeting the God of their Fathers. Moses claimed to have met God on one of the mountains of Sinai. His stories were of God’s love for them and of God’s great plans to deliver them from their present bondage.

At the first, it had been exciting for the people of Israel to think that they would be set free, but Pharaoh had not been amused. He had increased their work and had ordered the taskmasters to be more cruel than usual. Most of Israel had come to believe that Moses was just an old fool who was trying to get the people killed. They even shared their feeling with Moses, (Ex. 5:20-21). Moses, in turn, takes their complaint before the Lord. In response, God issues the people of Israel a splendid promise. As you read the Lord’s response to His people, you will find there are seven “I will” statements made by the Lord. These are things He intends to do on their behalf. As these promises are considered, it becomes clear that they must have gendered hope in the hearts of the people of God. They were being told all about “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.

I would like for us to look at those promises ourselves today. While we are not Israel, the promises made to them have application to those who are saved by grace today. So, while God gives me liberty I would like for us to look on the thought, “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.

The blessings that those who are saved enjoy can be seen in the “I wills” of God. If you are redeemed, these blessings should serve to encourage your heart and should challenge you to a closer walk with the Lord. If you are not saved, I pray they will help you see what you are missing by not coming to Jesus for salvation. Notice with me “The Blessings Of A Redeemed People“.

v. 6 THE “I WILL” OF UNCONDITIONAL SALVATION

Saved From The Burden Of Slavery – Israel’s cruel slavery in the land of Egypt, (Ex. 5:6-19). God knew all about it and promised deliverance from their burdens. Sin brings with it plenty of baggage. Sin brings with it guilt, conviction of heart, separation from God, it brings entrapment and slavery, ultimately sin brings with it an eternity in Hell. Jesus promised to intervene in the lives of all those who came to Him by faith. He promised that He would set them free from the entanglements of sin and make them a new creature ( 2 Cor. 5:17)! Everything that was against us is now forever taken away and we are free from it ( Col. 2:13-14)! There is no Hell, there is no judgment, and there is no condemnation for those who have come to Jesus by faith! There is only freedom and glory and communion with the Lord God! Sin is gone ( Psalm 103:12; Isa. 38:17; 43:25; Jer. 50:20; Micah 7:19; 1 John 1:7)! Everything changes when you come to Him! This would correspond to the Penalty of Sin being broken!

Saved From The Bondage Of Slavery – Their salvation produced more than mere freedom from their heavy burdens. Their burdens could have been taken away or they could have remained there as slaves in Egypt. God not only changed their situation, He also changed their identification! He broke the bonds that held them and let them go! This is what He also does for every sinner who trusts Him by faith for the soul’s salvation. He doesn’t just take away the past and the guilt, but He breaks the chains of sin asunder and recreates the sinner in His image, a saint of God! Salvation sets the saved one free, (John 8:36; Rom. 6:6-18)! This is what Jesus said that He came to do anyway, Luke 4:18! We are set free because the King’s Son took my place! This would remind us that the Power of Sin has been broken as well!

Saved From The Barrier Of Slavery – God’s promise to them is that they will be redeemed (bought back) out of their slavery by the mighty power of God. For Israel, this redemption would take the form of the Passover Lamb, (Ex. 12). That blood marked them as a redeemed people and saved them from the power of the plague that broke the backbone of Egypt and Pharaoh: the death of the first-born. Symbolically, they were purchased back to God by the blood of the lamb and by the power of God. So it is for every person who will be saved in our day. There is but one method available for the saving of your soul! The remedy that sinners need is still be blood of the Lamb, (1 Pet. 1:18-19)! Of course, this Lamb was none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who died on the cross that we might have life! If you are saved, or if you ever will be, it will come to pass through the blood of Jesus and the power of God, (Eph. 1:9). By the way, nowhere is God’s power more clearly visible than in the transforming of the sinner into a saint

Have you experienced the glory of salvation through the blood of Jesus?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“ The Lily Of The Valley” By Charles W, Fry (1881)

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay ;He tells me every care on Him to roll.
Refrain:
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne; In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r; I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r. Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore, Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.
Refrain:

He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith and do His blessed will; A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear, From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill. Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.
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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/25/2012 11:03PM

    emoticon Vic!
Saved, redeemed & remember God always wants to give us a fresh beginning. No matter what happened to us, we should keep pressing forward as God still has a plan for our lives. One of his plan is for us to help others understand the beauty of being redeemed! Ohh what a blessings!



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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/25/2012 5:54PM

    Wonderful Lesson Vic

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GAYLE119 6/25/2012 3:50PM

    Than you Vic! I'm a little down today and you made me remember I'm a child of God! God bless! emoticon

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NADINEL 6/25/2012 3:49PM

    Wonderful reflection of the redeeming power of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for my salvation and am praying for the salvation of many more.
Have a great day, Vic!

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MOM-MOM8 6/25/2012 9:57AM

    Thank you for the insights the Lord has given you! I like the way you relate the Old Testament to the New. We are truly a Redeemed People, here to do God's work. God Bless you Vic. Eileen

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/25/2012 8:42AM

    Thanking God for the precious blood of Jesus, our Saviour and Friend.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Sun, 6/24/2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Heavenly Father, Adoring God, Thank You for the beautiful Words of Life! Place in our hearts the need to consistency glean knowledge from Your Word, so we may know the purpose You have for our time here on earth. Help us to do our best to present ourselves to You, as workmen who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles that Word of Truth. Thank You for that most wonderful sacred Book filled with Your instruction for us, and for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who made it possible. This we pray today in His Name and to Your glory. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SAVINGHANNAH 6/24/2012 11:22PM

    In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. emoticon

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NADINEL 6/24/2012 7:33PM

    Amen!

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GAYLE119 6/24/2012 5:38PM

    AMEN!

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PURESTILLWATER 6/24/2012 1:39PM

    Amen

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MAESTRAPLANK1 6/24/2012 12:04PM

    " Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet." Amen! emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/24/2012 10:04AM

    Amen! emoticon

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    Amen emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/24/2012 9:05AM

    Amen!

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WENDYSPARKS 6/24/2012 8:14AM

    Amen....

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LOSTLIME 6/24/2012 8:02AM

    I agree. AMEN!!!!!

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  Amen

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/24/2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/24/2012

Ex. 6:1-8
HEAVENLY HELP FOR HEAVY HEARTS Lesson 6b

v. 6 ABOUT YOUR FREEDOM

God promises Israel that He will bring them out and redeem them. He redeemed Israel with the blood of the lamb, (Ex. 12). He delivered us with the blood of His Darling Son, (Heb. 10:10-14).

He Delivers You From Your Sins – Israel had slipped into sin. Our greatest problem is our sin problem. That problem is solved in Jesus. Faith in Him provides perfect, eternal cleansing from our sin, (Col. 2:13-14; 1 John 1:7). He can even give us power over the besetting sins that hinder our walk day by day, (Rom. 6:11-18).

He Delivers You From Your Slavery – We can be a slave to sin, but other things can enslave us too. We can be enslaved by our burdens. Jesus knows how to deliver you from the things that would hold you captive. Just as He opened the prison doors for Peter, (Acts 12); He can open the bars of worry and affliction and set you free. Even if He doesn’t let you out, He can make you free in your situation, like the 3 Hebrews; Daniel; (Heb. 13:5).

v. 7 ABOUT YOUR FELLOWSHIP

God would use the afflictions Israel faced to bring them closer to Him. They would see His power, experience His peace, and know His presence. He would use our trials to draw us closer to Him too.

He Provides Personal Fellowship – God desires intimacy with His people. The trials of life are designed to drive us into His arms. He isn’t trying to hurt you; He is trying to develop you. Great faith is shaped on the anvil of affliction. He is trying to teach you about His presence, His power and His peace. How will you ever know that He can unless He has to?

He Provides Powerful Fellowship – God would leave no doubt in their minds that He was their God and that He was working on their behalf. The many miracles would remove all doubt about His presence with His people. The miracles we have all seen in our lives.

v. 8 ABOUT YOUR FUTURE

God’s promises to Israel were not limited to their deliverance from Egypt. He made them some great promises regarding their future. He has made some great promises to us concerning our futures as well.

He Has Promised Your Future – His promise to Israel – (Deut. 6:23). We have the same promise! He brought us out of death and sin so that we might enter into His Heaven some day, (Eph. 2:1-10).

He Has Prepared Your Future – The Lord promised the land to the Patriarchs. The land was prepared for Israel’s arrival. He has prepared a place for us called Heaven, (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21:1-22:5).

He Has Preserved Your Future – Even While the Canaanite lived in the land it belonged to Israel. When they arrived, they would take possession of all the Lord had prepared for them. There are no Canaanites in Heaven, but that land is being preserved for us just the same, (1 Pet. 1:4; Matt. 6:19-20).

Conc: God cares about you today. He cares more about you than you do. Just as He moved for ancient Israel, He will move for you. God told Moses that He would Move In Power, (v. 1); Reveal His Person, (v. 2-3); and Keep His Promises, (v. 4-5). He will do the same for you and me!

Are there some things that have you burdened down? Cast them on Him! Are there some things that have you bound? Look to the Lord and He will set you free. Church, He cares about you and about all you face in life. If there are needs, get them to Him and get the help you need today!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Won’t It Be Wonderful There” By James Rowe (1930)

Verse One:

When with the Savior...we enter the gloryland....
Won't it be wonderful there.....
Ended the troubles and cares of the storyland......
Won't it be wonderful there.....

The Chorus:

Won't it be wonderful there.....
Having no burdens to bear.....
Joyously singing......
With heartbells all ringing....
O won't it be wonderful there......

Verse Two:

Walking and talking with Christ the supernal One....
Won't it be wonderful there.....
Praising adoring the matchless eternal One......
Won't it be wonderful there.....

Verse Three:

There where the tempest will never be sweeping us....
Won't it be wonderful there.....
Sure that forever....the Lord will be keeping us.....
Won't it be wonderful there.....

The Chorus:

Won't it be wonderful there.....
Having no burdens to bear.....
Joyously singing......
With heartbells all ringing....
O won't it be wonderful there......

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MOM-MOM8 6/24/2012 7:53PM

    Thank you for the emoticon lesson.

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GAYLE119 6/24/2012 5:39PM

    very good lesson! Thanks Vic! God bless you! emoticon

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    emoticonLesson emoticonVic

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/24/2012 10:02AM

    emoticonVic! emoticon reminder
Friends!
We should not let trials and challenges in life burden us. Trials and challenges should bring us closer to God, not far from God. Remember these are tests from God, especially test of our faith. God always wants to give us a fresh beginning. So no matter what has happened to us, God still has plans for our lives. Dont give up on closed doors or when we dont see anything happened for the better during these trials. Closed doors are a test of our faith. We should keep moving forward, keep being our best; we should be living with determination and faith. When we do, we will see amazing changes all around us. emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon We are so blessed!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Almighty Father, Righteous God, show us how not to worry. Keep us from panic attacks. Teach us to pray and learn to ask You for help. Help us to remember how much You love us. Let Your love drive out all our fears , worries and panic attacks. Teach us to live by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Enable us to lay all our burdens and bondage at Your feet and walk away from them confidently with the knowledge You will take care of them. Help us to share the Good News with others so they may come to know Jesus and His saving power. It is in His name we pray and ask these things. Amen!
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EDITOR 6/24/2012 3:39AM

    Amen! Worry is cumbersome. We needn't carry the weight of it when Christ bore it all for us. Teach us, Father God, to turn it all over to Your good will for us.
Thank you for the prayers, the notes and the goodie, Vic.

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NADINEL 6/24/2012 3:00AM

    Amen! I sometimes pray that God will show me how not to worry. I can be such a worry wart. There is no reason. God has it all under Control. Its a matter of remembering I CAN trust Him.


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    Amen to that! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/23/2012 7:27PM

    Amen. Knowing He knows and cares and keeps us from falling is wonderful.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/23/2012 9:06AM

    Amen!
Dear God, as we continue being human, felt weak and let bondages into our lives and become burdens, help us realized that bondages and burdens are for a season, your favors are for a lifetime. Help us remember ý2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” Help us realize that we don’t have to see our breakthrough to know that it is coming. We just have to believe it! In His name Amen! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/23/2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/23/2012

Ex. 6:1-8
HEAVENLY HELP FOR HEAVY HEARTS Lesson 6a

A young man was learning to be a paratrooper. Before his first jump, he was given these instructions: “Jump when you are told. Count to ten and pull the rip cord. In the unlikely event your parachute doesn't open, pull the emergency rip cord. When you get down, a truck will be there to take you back to the base.”

The young man memorized these instructions and climbed aboard the plane. The plane climbed to ten thousand feet and the paratroopers began to jump. When the young man was told to jump, he jumped. He then counted to ten and pulled the rip cord. Nothing happened. His chute failed to open. So he pulled the emergency rip cord. Still, nothing happened. No parachute.
“Oh great,” said the young man. “And I suppose the truck won't be there when I get down either!”

That is the kind of place in which the nation of Israel found itself. They had been in Egypt for 400 years. They entered the country in favor, but the winds of adversity began to blow and Israel found themselves slaves to the Egyptians. Under their cruel taskmasters they endured intense suffering and affliction. In their trouble, the people cried out to the Lord, (Ex. 2:23-25). God heard their cries and raised up an unlikely deliverer. God sent Moses, an 80 year old fugitive from the law to lead Israel out of Egypt.

Moses arrives in Egypt and confronts Pharaoh. He demands the release of the people of God, (Ex. 5:1-5). Pharaoh refuses Moses’ demands and makes the burden on the people even greater than it had been before, (Ex. 5:6-23). Israel is burdened to the point of breaking. They turn on Moses and Moses turns to the Lord. When he does, God gives him some words of Heavenly comfort for the people of Israel.

It may be that some here are burdened in your own life. Chutes are not opening and trucks are missing. If you are, I believe these great words to Israel can give you some hope as well. I want to teach on the thought: “Heavenly Hope For Heavy Hearts.) I want you to know that God cares about all you face in life. He cares and this passage points out some of the areas of our lives that He cares about. I trust that you will get the help you need today.

v. 6 ABOUT YOUR FRUSTRATIONS

Israel is under both burdens and bondage. There is a difference!

He Cares About Your Burdens. Burdens are those things that trouble us; our worries, our concerns, our problems. We all have burdens.

He Cares About Your Bondage . Bondage is those things that control us, whether it is people, substances, sins, or attitudes.

God cares about you and about all the things that burden you and bind you in your life! In 1 Pet. 5:7 – The word “cares” refers to our “anxieties and worries”. It speaks of the things which “burden” us. We are invited to “cast” them onto the Lord. The word “cast” means “to throw”. It is a verb and is in a tense that suggests “a once for all casting”. We are invited to throw, once for all, our worries onto the Lord because He “cares” for us. This word means “to take an interest in”. It is also a verb and it is in a tense that suggests “constant, unending concern and interest.” In other words, the Lord cares about what affects you, (Heb. 4:15-16).

Learn to cast your cares on Him, (Phil. 4:6-7)! He can lift your burdens, (Matt. 11:28). He can break your bonds, (John 8:36).

TODAY’S HYMN!

“Peace, Perfect Peace” By Edward H. Bickersteth (1875)

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus' bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heaven's perfect peace

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NADINEL 6/24/2012 3:06AM

    Thank you, Vic!

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    Thank you for words of inspiration. Have a Blessed weekend. Eileen

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    Heavenly Hope for Heavy Burdens...Wow I love that Vic. emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/23/2012 8:58AM

    Thank you Vic!
I agreed God knows our burdens and our bondages. Personally I believe burdens and bondages are challenges God put into our lives. He would like to test our faith and see how we handle our surroundings like you mentioned "people, sins, attitudes". If we are believers, we should not have burdens. Nothing to worry about! God has us in the plam of his hands! Nothing is too hard for God! Believe that whatever our challenges are God already equipped us to face them. Do all that we can, God will take care of the rest "His Way". We should always do our best. Dont let people and their attitudes bother us. If we feel that we could not handle our surroundings, things that will sins us, ask God to breathe into our lives so these surroundings will not become bondages in our lives. Remember, all God has to do is breathe in our directions. Ask Him!

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