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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!
Vic.

  
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GINGERPAWZ 7/4/2012 2:31PM

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

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/30/2012 10:47PM

    Amen

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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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NADINEL 6/30/2012 2:06PM

    Amen!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/30/2012 12:10PM

    Nice!

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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.

Cindy

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/30/2012 9:50AM

    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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KEEP_GOING247 6/30/2012 8:20AM

    Amen! Thank you Lord that you are faithful.

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BMW9295 6/30/2012 8:08AM

    Thank you for your prayers....

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KIPPER15 6/30/2012 7:29AM

    Very nice. Thank you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/30/2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/30/2012

Exodus 8:1-15
ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE FROGS, Lesson 9

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).

v. 8-10a A THOUGHTLESS CHOICE

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?

v. 10-15 A TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE
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.
6:2).
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?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“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?

Refrain:
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?
Refrain:

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?
Refrain:

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?
Refrain:

“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!”
Refrain:


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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

    emoticon for a emoticon lesson
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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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fr1, 6/29/2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Heavenly Father, what are we that You make to much of us when we give You so little attention. It is hard for us to comprehend the depth of Your love and why You care about the details of our lives. However, we are grateful Father, that in difficult times You are with us, walking right beside us all the way through to the other side of pain and trouble. Sometimes bad things happen and we blame You….Forgive us for our smallness and lack of faith, understanding and trust. Thank You Lord for working things out for our good. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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CHEROKEE1946 6/30/2012 7:21AM

    Amen

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/29/2012 7:45PM

    Amen!
Open our hearts to remember that you are by our sides in good and bad times. help us remember to thank you daily for all that you do and give us! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 6/29/2012 4:49PM

    Hallelujah!!! Amen.

God bless Vic!

Dee

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NADINEL 6/29/2012 2:31PM

    Amen!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/29/2012 2:13PM

    It is good to remember that when times are tough God is carrying us through our troubles. He loves us so very much.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/29/2012 12:48PM

    Amen

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LOSTLIME 6/29/2012 11:27AM

    Nice prayer. We don't often think to thank the Lord for all the good times and things
that happen in our everyday lives.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/29/2012 9:57AM

    Thank you for your daily encouragement to grow in Christ and your cheerful goodies with small bites of God's love attached. The love you give us is love shown to God.

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EDITOR 6/29/2012 9:04AM

    Thank you for being a man of integrity, Vic. Thank you for your goodie, yesterday, and thank you for teaching others how to talk and listen to our Father. We can always come here and see an example and be blessed that we did.

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NEENSTER1 6/29/2012 9:02AM

    We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/29/2012 9:01AM

    Nice. Also, good things happen, and we don't give Him credit. Thanks for the prayer!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/29/2012 8:46AM

    Spending more time with Jesus,
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 6/29/2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/29/2012

Exodus 8:1; 25-32
LET’S MAKE A DEAL, Lesson 8c

V. 10:24-26 Deal #4 - WHY DON’T YOU JUST SURRENDER YOUR POSSESSIONS?

Pharaoh says, “Let’s make a deal Moses. If you must serve God, then go ahead, but leave your possessions behind. Take yourself out of Egypt, but leave your money here.”
This is the same trap that many fall into. Satan says, “If you want to be a Christian, then go ahead and be one, but leave your resources in the world. If you want to give God your heart, go ahead, but give your living to the world.”

Israel’s flocks and herds represented their earthly possessions. Pharaoh wanted Moses and Israel to leave their resources behind. When Moses heard this offer, he rejected it as well. He said, “We are taking everything. We are not leaving as much as a hoof behind. We are taking all we have because we will not know until we get there what the Lord would have us to offer to Him. And, what we have was given to us by the Lord and it is not for your use!”

It is sad, but many fall for this compromise of the Devil in our day. If we are saved, there is nothing he can do about it, but if he can, he will try to keep all that we have invested in the world. And sadly, many have nothing left after the world gets finished taking from them. We ought to be like Moses and refuse to leave anything we have in the world. Friends, God must have it all! He wants everything we have. He wants our time, our tithes, and talents. He doesn’t just want the tenth, He wants it all! He wants the ten percent and He wants to tell us what to do with the ninety percent! In the final analysis, God wants you; lock stock and barrel. When He has you, and all you have and are, He is satisfied. When He has you, you will have what you need to make it through this life, (Matt. 6:33).

We must beware that we do not leave anything at all behind for Satan to use. Do not leave your money; use it for the glory of the Lord. Avoid the trap of debt that so many have fallen into. Their lives are so burdened and strapped down that they have nothing left for the Lord. Honor the Lord with your money and He will bless your life, (Mal. 3:8-10).

Many condemn the church and say, “All they really want is my money.” Fact is friend; we don’t want your money, but it does take money to operate the church, and a lot of it. But, that money is to come from the free will offerings of people who love the Lord. It isn’t to come from garbage sales, bake sales and car washes. It is to come from people who realize that every thing they possess is a gift from the Lord and they want to honor Him by investing in His Kingdom work.

But, if you see what money you have as your money, why don’t you just keep it all? After all, the “Lord loveth a cheerful giver,” (2 Cor. 9:7). He wants people who give to His work because they love Him more than they love their stuff. If you give grudgingly, or if you can withhold your giving, or redirect it just because you don’t like how it is used, then you are better off not giving at all. The Lord will take care of His church, and He will do it through people who love Him.

But, it isn’t just money. Don’t let the world have your money, your attention, your time, your children, nothing! When we make our break with Satan and his kingdom, we need to come out totally and completely. If we leave any treasure at all in the world, there will always be a tug in our hearts for the world, (Mt. 6:19-21). Where is your heart today? Where have you invested all things that really matter?

Conc: The Bible tells a story of two brothers named Jacob and Esau. Esau was the oldest and as such, he was entitled to a double portion of his Father’s estate and he was entitled to take over as the head of the family when his father passed away. One day Esau had been out in the field and when he returned home, he was hungry. His brother Jacob was cooking soup. When Esau asked for a bowl of soup, Jacob said, “Let’s make a deal. You give me your birthright and I will give you a bowl of soup.” Only a fool would have made that deal, but Esau did just that and traded away that which was priceless for a bowl of soup. He despised his birthright and paid a terrible price.

I’m afraid that many are guilty of doing the very same thing! They have heard the Devil say, “Let’s make a deal.” And, they have traded something precious for something worthless. They have left a big part of themselves in the world. They have traded their testimony for empty promises and wasted years.

Well, that can be changed today. If you have made a deal with the Devil and if things are not what t hey ought to be in your heart and life, you need to get that straightened out today. If you will come to Jesus, He will forgive you and cleanse you. He will restore your life. If you have listened to the lies of Satan and have never been to Jesus for salvation, you can do that today.

Friend, please don’t fall for Satan’s tricks and traps. Come to the Father today and He will let you trade in that which the Devil has given you for something more precious than gold.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“More Precious Than Silver” By Lynn DeShazo (19820

Lord, You Are More Precious Than Silver
Lord, You Are More Costly Than Gold
Lord, You Are More Beautiful Than Diamonds
And Nothing I Desire Compares With You

Who Can Weigh The Value Of Knowing You?
Who Can Judge The Worth Of Who You Are?
Who Can Count The Blessings Of Loving You?
Who Can Say Just How Great You Are

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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/29/2012 7:42PM

    Wonderful lesson Vic!
Friends,
If we want to experience God's best, we must learn to take responsibility for our thoughts, words, attitudes and actions. It is hard to do since we are surrounding by temptations. Satan is good at creating these temptations as faith and what God has in store is not visible. But we must remember God is knocking on the door of our hearts. He will not be able to come in until we invite Him. Avoid satan and his temptations by letting God shining his words into every room in our hearts! emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE119 6/29/2012 3:01PM

    woah....... cut me to the quick Vic! hahaha! emoticon Thank you for the reminder! God bless! emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/29/2012 12:50PM

    This lesson is so true...Thank you for sharing

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LOSTLIME 6/29/2012 11:29AM

    Thank you for the lesson.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/29/2012 10:04AM

    Thank you for the beautiful lesson. I wonder if I have ever walked by faith.

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  thank you

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Thu, 6/28/2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Heavenly Father, Merciful and loving God, we lift up to You our deepest fears and ask that You would deliver us from them. Set us free by Your love and power from all dread and anxiety about the things that frighten us. Thank You that in your presence all fear is gone. Thank You that in the midst of Your perfect love, all fears in us are dissolved. Grant us Your peace, Your quietness, Your rest from all turmoil. You, O God, are greater than anything we have to face. This we ask and pray in the beloved name of Jesus. Amen!
Vic.

  
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CAVEPRINCESS65 6/28/2012 10:33PM

    Amen

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EAGLES_WINGS 6/28/2012 6:34PM

    Thank you for your true words. I am a bit rattled today. I am going to spend some time by the river and take some quiet time with my close friend who is a Christian.
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BABY_GIRL69 6/28/2012 3:01PM

    Oh the blood of Jesus will NEVER lose it's power!! Amen.

God bless & thank you for your prayers...

Dee

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LUCINDARW 6/28/2012 2:24PM

    thank you for the prayer!

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/28/2012 1:50PM

    Amen! Help us to abound in love through your Holy Spirit.

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SCTRACKER 6/28/2012 11:48AM

    Amen

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/28/2012 9:41AM

    Fear is the opposite of faith. Thank you for this powerful prayer. Amen!

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EDITOR 6/28/2012 8:08AM

    To admit fear is progress. This is the most mentioned word in the Bible and it ministers, as evidence by others.
Thank you Vic, and thanks for the goodie and encouragement today to fear not little flock.

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AZMOMXTWO 6/28/2012 8:01AM

  thank you

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LOSTLIME 6/28/2012 7:56AM

    Thank you for the morning prayer.

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