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Monday, July 02, 2012


Exodus 15:22-27


Life is like a giant laboratory. Every experience, whether good or bad, x-rays our heart and reveals us exactly as we are. This bitter time at Marah revealed certain characteristics about the Israelites that they probably would rather have not known. However, I am afraid that we are just as guilty of some of these same things. Let's face it, you can learn a lot about yourself when the bottom falls out of your life! They learned:

They Were Living For Self - They were only concerned with their bodily satisfaction. Forgotten were the great things God had just recently done in their lives. Instead of being caught up in His wonder, glory and worship, they were totally consumed with their personal needs! Does this sound familiar to you? When we get into a tight spot, we seem to forget the greatness of God and our world suddenly gets very small. We tighten the boundaries of our lives until we are the centerpiece and the focus of every thought and motive. We must remember that God doesn't want us living for self and selfish needs. He wants us to live for Him! When we do, He has promised to take care of life's trials - (Matt. 6:33)!

They Were Walking By Sight - Israel was guilty of looking for satisfaction in the world around them, instead of the God who bought them out of it. Then, when their expectations failed them, they became disappointed with God. How many times have we been guilty of the same thing? We expect some thing, some job, someone to make us happy and all the time, we never look for joy in the one place where it will always be found - even in the bitter times of life, (Neh. 8:10; Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:4). Our duty as believers is to learn to depend on the Lord, completely and totally, for every situation in life. We are to be a people of faith, (Rom. 1:17). When we step outside of faith and walk by sight, we have left God's best and have entered sin ( Rom. 14:23).

They Were Never Satisfied - These people, just 3 days before, had seen the Lord destroy the greatest army in the world! They had seen God part a great sea and deliver them. Then they had seen Him take that same sea and use it to defeat their enemies. When these things happened, they opened their mouths and praised the Lord in song. Now they are standing by a pool of bitter water, complaining because the Lord didn't do it their way, in their time!

How like us! When we are up on the mountain, we can be so quick to glorify God and even stand publicly and give Him thanks. However, just let a little trial come our way and we whine, gripe and complain about the terrible time we are having to go through. Isn't that silly? Sure it is! God's plan for our lives is that we learn to give Him glory in every situation life throws at us. If we are on the mountain, then praise Him for His blessings! If we are in the valley, then praise Him for His faithfulness. Whatever we face in life, we are to praise His Name - ( Eph. 5:20; 1 Thes. 5:18; Phil. 4:6); Job and his attitude - (Job 1:21); David ( Psa. 34:1). A lady I knew had a serious bout with cancer. God healed her and all she said about it was, "Thank God, for several months, I didn't have to shave my legs at all!" Now, what does that tell you?

“Living By Faith” By James Wells (1918)

I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.

Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife.

I know that He safely will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side.

Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore.


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GAYLE119 7/2/2012 6:31PM

    Thank you Vic! I'm feeling this study today! God bless emoticon

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I deal with the trials of life daily, what else can we expect living in the end times of Daniel 12. Satan knows that his time is short and we had better have the FULL armour of God firmly in place or we will fall flat on our faces.
I have noticed that the mountains I need to cross when in the midst of trials, are just speed bumps when I look back at them. Those are the sweetest lessons and the biggest blessings we receive for being faithful to make our calling and election sure.

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PLAYBLUES22 7/2/2012 9:38AM

    Sweetie, you made my day. Thank you so very much for posting this


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ANHELIC 7/2/2012 8:09AM

    Awesome message Vic. Thank you.

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ANHELIC 7/2/2012 8:09AM

    Awesome message Vic. Thank you.

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THIS MY PRAYER, Sun, 7/1/2012

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Lord God Almighty, who loves us and cares for us, You are the God of the universe and Lord of our lives. We worship You daily ad give You all glory and praise and honor to Your name. You are Holy and awesome, amazing and wonderful. We thank You for all You have done for us this week: Your blessings, Your grace, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, For Christ Jesus, and for the Gift of eternal life in Him. Because Your Word says You can do beyond all what we can think to ask, we call on You to bless us in ways more wonderful than we can imagine. Bless our families, our friends, our neighbors, the stranger we meet, and our enemies. This we pray and ask in Jesus' precious name. Amen!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/1/2012 3:48PM

    Amen! Beautiful!!

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ANHELIC 7/1/2012 2:15PM

    Hi Vic,
Thank you for this beautiful prayer on our Canada Day. We will exalt him and praise His Holy name. You are a great ambassador or God's word and I look forward to your prayer each day. Thank you for the goodie. God bless you Vic,
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AVANELL 7/1/2012 7:29AM

    Amen! To God be all the praise, honor and glory!

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    Thank you for this prayer on this beautiful day!

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    Victorio, you have made my Sunday morning with this prayer! Blessings to you and your family! emoticon

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    Amen Vic! Thank you for this beautiful prayer on this beautiful Lord's Day.


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EDITOR 7/1/2012 6:50AM

    Let us exalt Him! This is His day! He is our God and we are the people of His pasture. Thank You almighty God for the privilege of prayer!

Thanks for your note and goodie Vic. You teach us the value of knowing the Word.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012


Exodus 15:22-27

Very often learning lessons is a bitter experience. Yet, while this is true, it is also true that experience is the best teacher. You can tell a child repeatedly that fire, the stove, etc is hot, but they never really get it until they have been burned. When this happens, they can relate to what hot means. It is a lesson they will never forget as long as they live, but it was a bitter lesson to have to learn. Unfortunately, we all seem to possess this same characteristic. We have to be burned before we can learn!

In this passage, Israel is fresh from a great spiritual victory. They have been delivered from slavery, they have been given a new life and they have witnessed God destroying their enemies in the depths of the Red Sea. Now, 3 days later, they are faced with a trial. After 3 days with no water, they come to a place called Marah. While they were there, they learned 3 valuable lessons. It is these three lessons that I want to focus in on today.
It may be that someone here is going through a time of trial. If so, in these verses, you will learn some good lessons if you will allow the Lord the teach them to you. If everything in your life is sailing along smoothly, then look out! One day soon, you will come to your own Marah. When this happens, you may need the lessons we can learn right here.

Let's step back in time and join Israel at Marah, and let's think together on the subject, “Lessons Learned At Life's Bitter Pools“.


Life Is A Mixture - Israel had just experienced the blessing, but they must face the bitter as well. Then, as son as this bitter time was past, they enjoyed a time of blessing, v. 22-23, 27. I suppose they, like a lot of people in our day assume that once you sign up to follow the Lord, everything is going to be perfect and that there will be no bumps in the road. Unfortunately, this is just faulty thinking! According to God's Word, life is a mixture of good and bad -( Job 14:1; Job 5:7; Eccl. 2:17; 23). While this outlook may seem depressing, we are also aware that life has it's wonderful moments as well: like the birth of a child, falling in love, etc. This is a lesson worth remembering! When you are aware that life can go either way, then you are prepared for either.

Life Has A Master - When Israel arrived at Marah, they seemed to forget all the wonderful things God had done for them. They forgot about the plagues, their deliverance, the miracle at the Red Sea. They forgot that up until that time, the Lord had been in absolute control. They forgot that God is Master of life. Both of the good times and the bad. Sounds a lot like us doesn't it? We will cruise through life enjoying the Lord's blessings and many time we will take them for granted! But, just let a difficulty come and we wring our hands, hang our heads in defeat and worry about what to do! We forget that the same God who was in control in the good day is still on the throne in the bad day! He is in charge of all of life -( Rom. 8:28), for example, the Disciples on the boat, (John 6:1-21). They rejoiced in His miracles, but when the storm came, they forgot what they had just seen Him do. Sounds just like us, doesn't it?

Life Has A Ministry - God used these times, both good and bad, to minister to the Israelites. What they learned about God in both of these times of life, shaped their perception of who God was and what He could do for them. The same is true for us. Every situation in life serves as ministry of the Lord to us. He uses all the times of life to shape us in His image. Just as a child is the product of his/her environment, so the Christian is a product of the situations he faces in his life. In all of life, God is simply trying to make us more like Him - (Eph. 4:13).

“More Holiness Give Me” By Philip P. Bliss (1873)

More holiness give me,
More sweetness within,
More patience in suff'ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care,
More joy in His service,
More freedom in prayer

More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More zeal for His glory,
More hope in His Word,
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

More victory give me,
More strength to o'ercome,
More freedom from earth-stains,
More quest for the throne,
More fit for the kingdom,
More useful I'd be,
More blessed and holy,
More, Savior, like Thee.


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GAYLE119 7/1/2012 5:02PM

    Amen Vic! emoticon emoticon

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I like what you said about life and ministry in good times or bad times; that's why when faced with challenges in life we should remember God's promise in (Psalm 84:11) that He “will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” this will helped us continue to do the right thing even when it's hard and challenging! emoticon

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 6/30/2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Almighty God, Creator of all things in heaven and on earth, It's before You that we bow with thanksgiving in our hearts. Help us to have a faith enough to believe You answer our prayers. Give us the patience to wait for an answer from You. Keep us from giving up and taking matters into our own hands. Instead, enable us to trust that You have heard our prayers, You know our needs, and You will answer our prayers in Your perfect way and time. Grant us to rest in Your peace during these times of waiting. Be our shield and our great reward. Bless us in Jesus for it is in His name we pray. Amen!

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GINGERPAWZ 7/4/2012 2:31PM

    emoticon prayer. Thanks for Sharing. I enjoy reading your blogs.



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GAYLE119 6/30/2012 8:20PM

    Amen! Praise the LORD!

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EDITOR 6/30/2012 2:08PM

    Right from the heart to the Father who will reply! Grant us patience to wait upon His perfect will, yes.

Thank you for the goodie yesterday and note.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 6/30/2012 9:55AM

    Amen!! I needed to hear this with my Father in-law having so much pain. Everyone feels so helpless but we know who is in control.


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    There is a song that says, "If we wait upon the Lord He'll renew our strength. We shall mount up on wings as eagles." I trulybelieve that if we do not run before the Lord and if we pray and trust in Him to answer our prayers in his own way and in his own timing we will be spiritually stronger and we'll have blessings we never anticipated. Thank you Vic for this prayer. God Bless You!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/30/2012 9:10AM

    Amen! Beautiful prayer Vic!

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    Amen! Thank you Lord that you are faithful.

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    Thank you for your prayers....

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    Very nice. Thank you.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012


Exodus 8:1-15

At exactly 8:02 AM on May 8, 1902. Almost 30,000 people died instantly in one of history’s worst natural disasters. The immediate cause of their deaths was the violent volcanic eruption of Mount Pelee on the French colonial island of Martinique. It hurled millions of tons to rock, boiling lava and a terrible blast of super-heated air at the town of St. Pierre. The indirect case of their deaths was a sordid record of human stupidity, greed and political opportunism. The volcano first began misbehaving a full week before the final disaster with warnings of what was to come in various degrees including a gigantic rock and mudslide, which killed several hundred people at a factory outside the town. But, with only a few exceptions, none of the person’s in authority made any effort to evacuate the town, which lay at the foot of the rumbling volcano.

Procrastination! Some things can wait, some cannot! Our text speaks of the danger of delay. The 10 plagues sent upon Egypt represent the great duel between Jehovah and the various false gods of Egypt. This passage concern the second of thee plagues, the plague of frogs. This was a direct attack on Heqet, the frog-headed goddess who was believed to breath life from her nostril into humans created by her husband, the great god Khnum, from the dust of the earth. This plague was clearly designed to show Egypt that Jehovah alone was God. In the midst of this scene sits a man named Pharaoh. His actions during this plague are of interest to me. Here is a man who could have been delivered from the plague, yet he chose to spend “Another Night With The Frogs“. That is the subject I want to see about this morning. Allow me to share some aspects of this story that teach us the great danger of delay, especially in spiritual matters.

v. 1-7 A TERRIBLE CALAMITY, A Descriptive Calamity – A clear picture of a plague that afflicts all men.

A Disgusting Calamity – Frogs Everywhere! Sin is everywhere – (1 John 5:19; Pro. 20:9).

A Disturbing Calamity – Frogs were considered sacred and, as a result, could not be
killed. Sin cannot be handled by man – ( v. 7, religion cannot handle it) (Psa.
107:17; Pro. 13:15).

A Devastating Calamity – There wasn’t a single person beyond the reach of the frogs
influence. Sin touches every life – (Rom. 3:10, 23; Gal. 3:22).

A Defiling Calamity – The frogs filled all the temples and thereby defiled them and
prevented the people from worshipping any of their other gods. Sin keeps the sinner separated from God – (Isa. 59:2; Psa. 66:18).


Pharaoh’s Desire – To be free from the frogs.

Pharaoh’s Dilemma – To call on God would be to admit his own helplessness.

Pharaoh’s Decision – He decided to put off until tomorrow that which should have
been done right then.

Pharaoh’s Depiction – He pictures the lost sinner. Most lost people want a
relationship with God. It gnaws at their souls. Their sins bother them and they know they need to prepare for the day when they will leave this world. However, before they can come to the Lord, they must confess their own sinfulness and inability before God. They must acknowledge God to be their only hope. As a result, they delay their coming to God and make up various excuses in an attempt to justify their indecision.

Some Typical Excuses:
1. I love my sin – (2 Tim. 3:4 (Rom. 6:23).
2. I am a good person – (Pro. 20:9 (Matt. 5:20).
3. I am too evil – (Luke 19:10; John 6:37; Mark 2:17).
4. There is too much to give up – (Mark 8:36).
5. There are too many hypocrites in the church – Better to sit with them in church
than to fry with them in Hell!
6. I just don’t understand the Gospel – (Rom. 10:9).
7. I am waiting for a feeling – (Eph. 2:8-9).
8. I can’t hold out – Not your job – (1 Pet. 1:5).
9. I’ll wait until I can live it – Can’t live it until you have. The power to live it comes
with it, (Gal. 2:20).
What’s your excuse?

Because of Pharaoh’s refusal to comply with the command of God, he and his people were required to spend another night with the frogs they so despised.

The Source Of The Consequence – v. 10 – Pharaoh’s own words decided his fate.

The Scope Of The Consequence – v.9, 11 – Pharaoh’s decision affected more than
just him. Every person and family in Egypt was affected.

The Splendor Of The Consequence – The consequences of Pharaoh’s decision teach
us a valuable lesson about the dangers of delay in making spiritual decisions.

1. The consequences of sin will continue until we respond appropriately to God’s call –
(Gal. 6:7-8).
2. The choice to continue in sin affects more people than just us. ( A pebble tossed
into a pond causes a ripple.)
3. It is dangerous to delay in spiritual matters – (Pro. 27:1; Gen. 6:3; Pro. 29:1; 2 Cor.
4. Salvation is too precious for you to take a chance on gambling it away – (Luke 13:3;
Matt. 7:13-14).
5. God will never force Himself upon you –( John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9).

Conc: Tomorrow! Will you choose to spend another night with the frogs, or will you come to Jesus Christ for salvation today? There are consequences that follow each decision. What will you decide today? Will it be sin or the Savior? Will it be Heaven or Hell? Will it be forgiveness or the frogs? What will you do with the message you have heard today?

“What Will You Do With Jesus” By Albert Simpson (1897)

Jesus is standing in Pilate’s hall,
Friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
Hearken! what meaneth the sudden call?
What will you do with Jesus?

What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?”

Jesus is standing on trial still,
You can be false to Him if you will,
You can be faithful through good or ill:
What will you do with Jesus?

Will you evade Him as Pilate tried?
Or will you choose Him, whate’er betide?
Vainly you struggle from Him to hide:
What will you do with Jesus?

Will you, like Peter, your Lord deny?
Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,
Daring for Jesus to live or die?
What will you do with Jesus?

“Jesus, I give Thee my heart today!
Jesus, I’ll follow Thee all the way,
Gladly obeying Thee!” will you say:
“This I will do with Jesus!”


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GINGERPAWZ 7/4/2012 2:24PM

    Since I have been reading the bible and meditIating I have been hearing God talking to me. I have always thought that He talks to others. I loved your blog.



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GAYLE119 6/30/2012 8:23PM

    i'm praying Vic, that someone is convicted and is saved through your words from the LORD. Have a great weekend and God bless you and yours!

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NADINEL 6/30/2012 2:18PM

    Thank you for the lesson, Vic.
I have never seen this hymn. I am going to look up the music to see the tune.
Thank you for something new every day.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/30/2012 9:09AM

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If faith can be seen, no man will delay! One has to digged deeper into his or her life. Be honest with one self before he or she can avoid delay. Otherwise excuses like Vic listed above will take place. Remember, closed doors are a test of our faith. We should not use it as a reason excuses to stay in bondage leading towards negative, defeated approach to life. We should keep moving forward, being our best, living with determination and faith. When we do, we will see amazing changes all around us. emoticon

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