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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 7/3/2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Father of Love, God of Hope, help us to consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. We pray that our love may abound because we are receiving the abundance of Your Love and Forgiveness. Our hearts overflow with joy and gladness. We know that Love defines You our God. Love is a transforming quality we all seek and need. Love may be slow to work but it is the only thing that does work. To be able to love, we must first receive it from You through our Lord Jesus Christ. The power of Your Love does change everyone of us to Your praise and glory. We Thank You Father! We Thank You Jesus! We Thank You Holy Spirit! This we pray in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SPARKANGEL413 7/4/2012 12:37AM

    God bless you, Vic. emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/3/2012 10:57PM

    Thank you for your prayer Vic. You certainly do keep me inspired and reminding me how much I love the Lord. God bless you.
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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/3/2012 9:42PM

    You light up my life so I never forget! thank you once again Vic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 7/3/2012 6:17PM

    Thank you for the prayer. I need to work on a few areas. Have a happy 4th!

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/3/2012 11:41AM

    Thank you so much for this prayer. There is so much of me that needs changing.

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AVANELL 7/3/2012 9:26AM

    Romans 5:5 says that the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. We have the love of God in our hearts; what we do with it is our choice. We can either dam it up and hold it back from flowing to others or we can release it to all around us. I pray that we will let it flow freely from our hearts to others.

Thank you, Vic! You're a constant example of letting the love of God flow through you to touch the hearts of those around you.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/3/2012 9:25AM

    I am awestruck by how much God loves us. Thanks for another wonderful prayer.

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EDITOR 7/3/2012 9:20AM

    I am changed by the great I AM. Great that you mention the Trinity!
Thank you, Vic, for notes and goodies.

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DAREDEVILME 7/3/2012 9:00AM

    Thank you for uplifting me today. I send you hugs!
Have a wonderful week.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/3/2012 7:47AM

    Thank you for this prayer Vic. I agree that we all need to feel a lot more of Christ's love for our fellow man. There would be a lot less suffering and a lot more rejoicing if we did.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, tUE, 7/3/2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Jul 3, 2012

Exodus 15:22-27
LESSONS LEARNED AT LIFE'S BITTER POOLS, Lesson 10c

THEY LEARNED SOME LESSONS ABOUT THE LORD

He Is Aware Of Our Needs - God knew what they would face at Marah. He, Himself had planned their journey. He knew about their need before they did! Nothing in your life takes God by surprise! He is already in tomorrow and He knows what you will face when you get there, “(Matt. 6:32). He knows of that sickness you have yet to develop. He knows of your grief while the one you are grieving still lives. He knows about that bill that has yet to be mailed. I am glad I serve a God who knows what I need before I ever need it. He is aware!

He Is Able To Meet Our Need - Moses was commanded to cast a tree into the waters and, when he did, they were made sweet. God, in His wisdom, had already prepared that tree for the meeting of their need. When they arrived, He was ready. He manifested His power an they got what they needed from the Lord. He is able to meet our need as well! When man was placed on this earth, he had no needs. God placed a perfect man into a perfect world. There, in the garden, Adam had everything he could possibly need. Yet, when man sinned, he became a needy creature. Not only did he need salvation, he also needed the very basic essentials of life itself. When Jesus came and died on Calvary, He repaired everything Adam had destroyed.

Through His death on that tree, He was able to make the bitter waters of life sweet again! Through His death on the cross, we find everything we need to have our needs met. When we are in a right relationship with God, through the shed blood of Jesus, we are in a position to have every need of life met by His power. Through the cross of Christ, the bitter waters of life are made sweet again! Through the cross, God is able to meet our need. Not only of salvation, but in every area of life. The cross unlocks His power in our lives. God is abundantly able to meet any need you face as you go through the bitter times of your life - (Phil. 4:19; Eph. 3:20; Psa. 50:10-15).

He Has Already Provided For Our Need - Years before Israel arrived at Marah, God caused a seed to germinate in the very place where they would need it. He looked ahead and prepared a way before a way was ever needed. He does the same for us! Did you ever realize that your need, as frightening as it may be, is only the evidence of God's supply in waiting? (Phil. 4:19) You will never face a need in life that God hasn't already met! If that ever sinks in, it will change our lives forever. It will totally destroy worry, doubt and fear. It will liberate us from selfish interests and give us peace about all of life!

Conc: At Marah, God revealed Himself to Israel as "Jehovah-Rapha", or "The Lord Your Healer." If Israel had never faced this bitter time, they would have never known this aspect of God's character. Just as Job would have never known that God could restore him unless he first lost everything. Just as Lazarus would not have know the joy of life, if he hadn't died. Mary and Martha would not have known that Jesus was the "Resurrection and the Life" unless they had first known grief. What I am saying is that the Lord uses the bitter episodes of life to reveal himself more fully to His children.

When we stand at the bitter waters of our Marah's, and we will, God help us to know that He is on His throne and that He is in control. God help us to look for His hand and His waiting provision. If you are like me, these are lessons which need to be taken to heart today. If you are struggling today, I beg you to bring it to Jesus. When you have taken the witches brew in your life, with all of it's good and bad, and bring it to the cross, it all straightens out! He can make sense of any mess. The key is learning not to kick, but to rest in His power and to allow Him to have His way in your life. Is there a need that needs to be brought to the cross today? If so, then now is the time!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Stand In Awe” By Mark Alrogge (1987)

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above


Chorus:
And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You

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NADINEL 7/4/2012 12:02AM

    Vic, Thank you for being God's vessel in delivering these to us. Some of these hit right in the place where I am. It is wonderful to have a reminder daily of how Great our God really is! Nadine
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ANHELIC 7/3/2012 10:59PM

    Awesome lesson Vic and love the Hymn. It's one of my favorites. God bless you for sharing your knowledge and inspirations with us.
Joan

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/3/2012 7:54PM

    I am grateful for these lessons you breing to me Vic...This one came at the very moment I needed to be reminded that God is in control & He will take care of me. God Bless You Vic for this lesson!

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LOSTLIME 7/3/2012 6:22PM

    Thank you for the lesson. I look forward to these everyday.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 7/3/2012 6:13PM

  I am so refreshed each new day because of Jesus and who He is in me and how He uses each of us to inspire and encourage one another in and with love and His grace and truth for each of us.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/3/2012 11:44AM

    Thank you so much for these wonderful lessons! Very comforting!

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MOM_VICKI 7/3/2012 10:17AM

    Great reminder of God's power! I'm looking forward to following your blog - thanks for writing these!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Mon, 7/2/2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Heavenly Father, Faithful God, You know the plans You have for each one of us, even if we do not always understand all the details. Give us the faith we need to understand and live Your Plan because Your plan is good for us. Grant us to understand that as Your children, we are strangers and foreigners on this earth. Remind us that we are on a journey that will lead us to heaven and glory with YOU for all eternity. Enable us to share in Your joy, worship and fellowship along the way, inviting others to join us in this quest, for our true and real treasures are all in an eternal location, heaven, and not on this world. Let us then follow our Lord Jesus Christ, the guide you sent to show us the way HOME! It is in His name that we pray and ask these things. Amen!
Vic.

  
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JENDANA 7/2/2012 5:22PM

    Thank you for your Beautiful Prayers... They are very inspirational for me right now... As I am in a Marah....But I know " HE" is willing ready and Able...to deliver me and shelter from this and all everpresent storms.... When I'm down to nothing...He is surely up to something!!!!

Glory to God ... My father in Heaven, and my very best eternal friend..... ^j^

Jendana

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/2/2012 4:33PM

    Amen

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BABY_GIRL69 7/2/2012 4:03PM

    Prayer changes things....God bless you Vic & keep them coming...prayers of the righteous availeth much!

Dee

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/2/2012 8:49AM

    Thank you Vic for this reminder of what our time here on earth is really all about. I needed this today. God Bless You!

~Melissa

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/2/2012 8:35AM

    Thank you for another nice prayer.

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ANHELIC 7/2/2012 8:07AM

    Amen, what a beautiful way to start my week Vic. You are an awesome inspiration to me. I pray you continue to inspire all your friends with your blogs and daily prayers. This is how I start my day with you. Thank you, God bless you. Joan emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 7/2/2012 7:46AM

    Very nice prayer! Thank you.

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DLDROST 7/2/2012 7:25AM

  AMen !!! Many blessings

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EDITOR 7/2/2012 7:18AM

    Wonderful prayer. Show us the way home, Lord! Give us instruction. Let our praise be our roadmap to our place in heaven. When we falter, nudge us to stand aright.

Thank you for the prayer, Vic, and for the goodies and notes. Never think you do little, O man of God.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/2/2012 7:16AM

    AMEN! wonderful way to start the week! Thank you, Vic!

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KSCRAP363 7/2/2012 7:10AM

    AMEN!!! Beautiful prayer to start the week!!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/2/2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Jul 2, 2012

Exodus 15:22-27
LESSONS LEARNED AT LIFE'S BITTER POOLS, Lesson 10b

THEY LEARNED SOME LESSONS ABOUT THEMSELVES

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?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“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.
Refrain:
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.
Refrain:

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.
Refrain:

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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RUTHEY01 7/2/2012 4:31PM

    AMEN!!
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

Ronnie

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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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LOSTLIME 7/2/2012 7:44AM

    Thanks!

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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!
Vic.

  
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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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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/1/2012 2:13PM

    Amen

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/1/2012 1:19PM

    Nice!
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AVANELL 7/1/2012 7:29AM

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

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LOSTLIME 7/1/2012 7:24AM

    Thank you for this prayer on this beautiful day!

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MAESTRAPLANK1 7/1/2012 7:01AM

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

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/1/2012 6:56AM

    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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