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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 7/6/2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Heavenly Father, life is full of barriers that are too great for us, but with Your goodness and gifts these barriers can be broken down. Help us not to be a barrier to others. Enable us to not allow any unwholesome word to proceed from our mouth, but only wholesome words that edify so that it may give grace to those who hear them. Help us to think about our words and how they affect others. Help us to always be an encourager and a blessings to others. Let our lips flow with a little balm and a little honey from heaven. Let our words be good for edification according to Your love and the need of the moment. Enable us to follow the examples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This we pray and ask in His name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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LOSTLIME 7/6/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for this prayer!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/6/2012 12:08PM

    Amen

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LBEEKMA 7/6/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks

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JOANIEBUG46 7/6/2012 10:46AM

    This is fabulous, Vic. And so true!

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AVANELL 7/6/2012 10:32AM

    Thank you, Vic, for another awesome prayer! May the Lord continue to direct you as you pray for and encourage those around you!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 7/6/2012 10:03AM

    I read a book many years ago called "Taming the Tongue". It would be good for me to read it again.

May your day be blessed and Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!

Cindy

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/6/2012 9:49AM

    Amen. Thank you Vic. My grandmother used to say, If you can't say anything good about a person, don't say anything at all. She forgot to say, If you can't think anything good. . .

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SONYALATRECE 7/6/2012 9:39AM

    Life and death are in the power of our tongues.
Amen!



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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/6/2012 9:37AM

    Amen! emoticon Vic

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/6/2012 9:34AM

    Jesus said that it's not what goes into the mouth the defiles us; it is what comes out of the mouth. Thanks for your prayer!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/6/2012 9:32AM

    Amen.

Thank you Vic leading us in daily prayer & your prayers for us....you seem to hit the nail on the head every rip.

God bless us all!

Dee

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/6/2012 9:08AM

    Amen! Thank you Vic for this very thoughtful prayer.

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EDITOR 7/6/2012 8:11AM

    Oh, excellent. May we not be a barrier to others! Words can kill or cleanse. This is our prayer and a must do list for Christians.

Thank you, Vic and thanks for notes and the goodie yesterday.

Let's all pray someone into heaven today and show them by our actions that Christ is real.

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ANHELIC 7/6/2012 7:58AM

    Thank you for your awesome prayer, Vic. My Avon order arrives today and the friend that is helping me, sometimes gets under my skin. I have read your prayer twice so I will remember it well. I need to hear this when working with Barb. this was meant for me and for today especially. Thank you my friend.
God bless you Vic an thank you for your special prayer that was targeted for me.
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MARYJOANNA 7/6/2012 7:56AM

  Amen! Great blog!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 7/6/2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/6/2012

Exodus 16:1-7, 14-15; Numbers 11:1-9
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH GOD’S GIFT, Lesson 11c

Num. 11:4-9 THEY EXHIBITED A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT

V. 4-9 Their Judgment Of The Gift - By this time the people have been eating Manna for nearly two years. Everyday, except the Sabbath, the Manna was there on the dew when they awoke. The Manna had fed them, sustained them and had met their need for food. Someone has said that it would have taken approximately 240 box car loads of Manna per day to feed two million people! Yet, God sent it everyday, faithfully, sufficiently and graciously.

But, Israel did not appreciate the gracious gift of God! Verse 4 tells us that the mixed multitude wanted more! The Israelites picked up on the refrain and joined in with them in demanding meat. Verse 5 says that they looked back on their days in Egypt and the foods they had there! They esteemed the provisions of Egypt superior to the gifts of Eternal God! Verse 6 says they compared the Manna to nothing! They despised it and wanted no more of it. They wanted meat to satisfy their lusts and they were ungrateful for the manna which God, in His grace, had given them! Verse 8 tells us that they tampered with the Manna in many ways to make it more appealing to their taste, but their efforts only robbed the Manna of its sweetness and left it tasting like oil. When it was tampered with, it lost its ability to satisfy!

What a picture of the Gospel of Christ! When the Gospel is accepted and taken in just as God gave it, it has the power to bring life out of death. It has the power to convert the sinner and save the soul. It has the power to alter one’s eternity. It have the power to make all the difference in the world!

But, when it is tampered with, it loses it’s power to save! When the Gospel is added to, or when parts are taken away from it, it cannot convert the soul! Yet, so many people and churches today are guilty of tampering with the Gospel. They grind it, they beat it, the bake it all in an effort to make it more appealing to the flesh! But, it will never work! The Gospel was never sent to make man feel better about himself! The Gospel was given to show man that he is a sinner in need of a Savior! The Gospel was given to show man that he is guilty before God and is in danger of the judgment of God in the fires of Hell! The Gospel is not pleasing to the flesh! It is openly opposed to the flesh. It stands in sharp contrast to the world!

The demands of the Gospel are clear: “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”, (Acts 20:21)! If you want the salvation God has to give, then you will come to Him on His terms and in His timing! Sinner’s prayers, decision cards, shaking the preacher’s hand, joining a church, etc, is not part of the Gospel! Salvation is a lost sinner turning from his sins and placing his faith and obedience in Christ Jesus for the saving of his soul, (Acts 16:31).

People and churches and denominations can alter the Gospel message anyway they wish, but they rob the power from the Gospel when they do! Denominations and choices about homosexuals, is bigger than what version of the Bible someone uses. It is bigger than women wearing pants to church, how long a man wears his hair, whether he has earrings or not, or what kind of music they use in their services. This issue is about the Gospel! When we change the Gospel in any fashion, it loses its power to save the soul!
The Gospel of grace is just what the name implies! It is God moving on a lost heart, calling that person to come to Him by faith to obey and follow Jesus, and when they do, He eternally saves them and changes their life and eternal destiny, (Eph. 2:1-10)!

Their Judgment By The Giver - God was not pleased by what they did! He answered their request for meat, (v. 18-20), and He judged them severely for their lack of gratitude for His gracious provisions, (v. 31-35). It may seem harsh to us, but what these people were saying was, “We don’t like how God is treating us! We would be better off without Him! We don’t want His Manna and we don’t want Him!” Their rejection brought a high price. Many of the people perished because they rejected Him and His precious gift!

Here is the application. You can have another plan if you want it. You don’t have to receive Jesus. You don’t have to be satisfied with Him. You can modify God’s Gospel anyway you wish. But, know this, everything you try will fail and in the end, you will still face the judgment of Almighty God! There is only one way to avoid facing God in judgment. That way is for you to receive His gift! I am talking about Jesus Christ! He is bread for the soul, (John 6:36). He is water for the soul, (John 7:37-38; John 4:13-14). He is the only shelter from the wrath of God, (1 John 5:12; Phil. 3:9).

Not everyone in Israel was guilty of this sad show of the flesh. There were some people in the camp who quietly gathered the Manna, thanked God for His provisions and lived. Thank God, there are still some even in this godless day who have partaken of the Bread of Heaven and are saved and satisfied in Jesus! What about you?

Conc: God is offering us something far more precious than a fruitcake, or a new tie, or a new pair of bedroom slippers. He is offering every lost person in this world the opportunity to be saved. He is offering you the opportunity to come to Jesus Christ, receive Him by faith and have your sins forgiven. He is offering you life! He holds out His hand and extends the offer to you. What will you do about it? Will you receive Him, or will you reject Jesus and His death on the cross? Will you come to God, or will you continue on the road to Hell? If God is calling you to come, then you do that. You come to Him and receive the gift! Don’t wait until you face Him in judgment, for then it will be too late!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus The Bread Of Life” By Me (Vic Leon) (1985) (John 6:1-14, and 22-35)

Near the Sea of Galilee, a great crowd of people came,
To see the Son of God, and His glorious fame;
With thirsting-hungering souls, in search of truth ‘n life,
The people gathered ‘round, Jesus the Bread of Life.
The people gathered ‘round, Jesus the Bread of Life.

With just five barley loaves, and only two small fish,
And a great love for them, He served a wondrous dish;
Five thousand ate that day, till all had their fill,
Served by the Bread of Life, and His amazing will.
Served by the Bread of Life, and His amazing will.

A Bread more precious, than all the silver ‘n gold,
Is the gracious gift of God, to all wandering souls;
For the true Bread of God, to all was heaven sent,
To give life to all men, who would eat and repent.
To give life to all men, who would eat and repent.

Across the Sea of Galilee, they follow Him to learn,
About the Bread of Life, to have their fill they yearned;
“I AM The Bread of Life, sent down to you on earth“,
“Believe in Me ‘n see, what eternal life is worth”.
“Believe in Me ‘n see, what eternal life is worth”.

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LOSTLIME 7/6/2012 6:44PM

    thank you for the daily lesson.

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GAYLE119 7/6/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon blog Vic! Praying that people will see this and accept Jesus as their LORD and Savior emoticon emoticon emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/6/2012 12:07PM

    emoticonfor another great lesson

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/6/2012 9:59AM

    emoticon Gather daily and don't tamper!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/6/2012 9:42AM

    emoticon Vic for another emoticon lesson
Some thing happened in life tries to reduce us, butalways remember God wants to increase us. emoticon emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/6/2012 8:04AM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson and the beautiful hymn. Without Jesus in my life, I hate to think what and where I would be at this time. He seems to be there just when I need help and His love endures forever. I am patiently waiting for His return so I can spend the rest of my life in eternity.
God bless you for your lessons Vic. You are an awesome friend of many.
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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Thu, 7/5/2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Heavenly Father, praise and glory we give You for Your love, for You are worthy of all praise and glory. Sometimes, the unplanned trips of life turn out for the good of others as You exercise Your plan through us to Your glory. We in turn are witnesses to Your glory and power. We experience the comfort and peace of Your Love, Mercy and Grace first hand, and stand amazed and in awe of You.. We rejoice that our God lives in us and through us. Help us to understand that events in our lives are building blocks for spiritual growth. Life is not always easy, but we have a God that is greater than life. Grant us the peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is in His name that we pray these things. Amen!
Vic.

  
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GOOZLEBEAR 7/5/2012 8:56PM

    That is an awesome prayer and I say Amen and Amen! Thank you! That is the desire of my heart to understand that God is at work no matter what is going on in my life. emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/5/2012 8:05PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome prayer. Your prayers have been a blessing to me and cherish each day's blessings. I have learned to look to God for my strength and guidance. thank you for reminding me that God holds my hand through some tough decisions.
Thank you Lord for Vic and his inspirations that he shares with his friends and I am honored to part of his friendship.
God bless you Vic,
Joan
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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/5/2012 7:54PM

    Thank you Vic for the prayer. Yes i know that God is greater i just don't always believe it. Especially when things are hard and nothing seems to change.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/5/2012 7:28PM

    Amen! Thank you Lord for sending Vic's blogs to bless my day.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/5/2012 3:04PM

    Amen.

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JOANIEBUG46 7/5/2012 11:08AM

    Amen to that and thank you for the terrific and powerful prayer!!!

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CASEYQC 7/5/2012 10:35AM

    Amen! What a wonderful prayer, thank you.


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KALLIE1958AR 7/5/2012 9:58AM

    Love the prayer ...

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/5/2012 9:51AM

    thank you for the prayer.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 7/5/2012 9:37AM

    Amen! What a wonderful prayer. Thanks Vic!!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/5/2012 9:27AM

    If life were easy, how would we ever appreciate heaven?!

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EDITOR 7/5/2012 8:54AM

    Unplanned trips! We all have them but we also have the One who directs our journeys. Great prayer, Vic and thank you for your goodies and notes.
Lord, bless our friend, Vic, who faithfully talks to us and teaches us each day. Let us all be quick to notice our blessing that others bring, through Christ. Amen.

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LOSTLIME 7/5/2012 8:13AM

    Thank you,Vic for this prayer.

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KEEP_GOING247 7/5/2012 8:10AM

    Amen. Thank you Lord that you are greater than He that is in the world. God bless you Vic and as the bible says, God honor you for honoring Him.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/5/2012 8:00AM

    Thank you Vic for this powerful prayer. Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/5/2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/5/2012

Exodus 16:1-7, 14-15; Numbers 11:1-9
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH GOD’S GIFT, Lesson 11b

Ex. 16:4-7 THEY EXPERIENCED A GRACIOUS DELIVERANCE

They Experienced God’s Mercy - Even though they are after help in the wrong way, God still moves in power to meet their need! What a picture of grace and mercy! These people deserved judgment and wrath, yet God reached out to them in love, grace and compassion. He extended divine grace to them, when they deserved something far different!

Every person who is saved today, or who will ever be saved in the future, has received far better than he or she deserved! In fact, the Bible is clear that we all deserve to be in Hell, (Psa. 9:17; Rom. 6:23). But, God is a God of grace and love! You see, in spite of our sinful condition, God loved us anyway, (Jer. 31:3). He proved this love by the gift of His Son, Jesus, on Calvary, (John 3:16, Rom. 5:6-9). He demonstrated His grace toward us when He sent conviction to our hearts,( John 6:44). The fact that Jesus Christ went to Calvary, died in agony there, arose in victory three days later, ascended back to Heaven as our great High Priest, and promises to save all who will come to Him today, (Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; Matt. 11:28; John 6:37) is a demonstration of God‘s Love and Gift!

Friend, never doubt the mercy and grace of God! It is the only reason why we can be here today! It is the only reason you have made it this far in this life. It is the only chance you have of salvation! There is no doubt that God loves you. The question is, do you love Him?

They Experienced God’s Manna - As I just said, God moved in response to their need and sent them exactly what they needed. He sent them bread from Heaven. He sent them the manna! This bread, that lay upon the ground in the morning for 40 years, sustained them as they traveled toward the promised land. Evidently, the Manna was everything they needed for good health and satisfaction. Just what they needed, was just what God sent to them!

In the Manna, we can see a clear picture of Jesus Himself. He even compared Himself to the Manna in John 6:35. Notice quickly the way the Manna points ahead to Jesus, the genuine Bread from Heaven:

1. It Was Small - Exodus 16:14 - This speaks of Christ's humility.

2. It Was Round - Exodus 16:14 - This speaks of Christ's eternal nature, (John 1:1).

3. It Was White - Exodus 16:31 - This reminds us of the sinless, holy nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Pet. 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21).

4. It Came At Night - Exodus 16:13-14 - Jesus came to a world lost in spiritual darkness and gave them light and life (John 1:4).

5. It Was Misunderstood By Those Who Found It - Exodus 16:15 - They called it Manna which means, "What is it?" Jesus was misunderstood by the very people He came to save - (John 1:11; John 10:20).

6. It Was Sufficient For Every Man's Need - Exodus 16:17-18 - This reminds us that Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior. He meets the need of man's soul. Some go deep in the Christian life, others get in but chose to play around the edges, but wherever you find yourself, as long as it is in Jesus, you will find that He is sufficient to save your soul, (Rom 12:9).

7. It Was Sweet To The Taste - Exodus 16:31 - Those who partook of the Manna found it sweet and satisfying. By the same token, all those who receive Jesus as their Savior find Him to be sweet to the soul and satisfying to the life. That is why we are encouraged by David to "taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8).

8. It Was To Be Kept And Passed On To Others - Exodus 16:32 - Jesus is the same way, He is to be shared with those who cross our path.

9. There is more that could be said about The Manna, but that is enough to let us see that it is an excellent type of the Lord Jesus.

Just as He did for Israel, God has provided us with everything we need for good spiritual health and perfect satisfaction. Jesus, and Jesus alone, can save and satisfy the soul the soul, Acts 4:12.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah: By William Williams (1745)

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield; be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death and hell's destruction, land me safe on Canaan's side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; I will ever give to thee.

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ANHELIC 7/5/2012 8:16PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome interpreations. I learn something new each day I follow you along God's path. I look forward each day to see your great inspiring writings. Thank you again and may God richly bless you Vic.
Thank your the goodies. God Bless you,
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/5/2012 7:40PM

    Amen. We don't deserve his love. I'm so glad he moves us beyond that and begins to change us to be more like Christ. I'm loving him back and feasting on daily manna

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RUTHEY01 7/5/2012 1:18PM

    Great lessons. Where do you get them from?

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KALLIE1958AR 7/5/2012 9:51AM

    Awesome love to read truths from people who know God ... You are blessed

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LOSTLIME 7/5/2012 7:41AM

    Thank you, Vic!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Wed, 7/4/2012

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Holy Father, Merciful God, we pray we do not grieve You in Your heart by the way we live our life, for from ages of old to people today, sinful ways run rampantly. Help us to perceive that immortality destroys the soul of humanity. We are tempted daily to go with the flow of the world, to do whatever we can get away with….heaven forbid! Show us Lord how to be GIANTS of FAITH and RIGHTEOUSNESS. Grant us the boldness to witness to others Your Word and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Enable us to conquer every foe with our heads in heaven and our feet on the ground. May the strength of Christ create giants in us. This we pray and ask in Jesus’ precious name and blood. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 7/4/2012 11:45PM

    What an awesome prayer Vic. I usually like to get to your blogs in the morning, but had several things in my path this morning. Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement each day.
Gods richest blessings on your life.
God bless you.
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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/4/2012 1:12PM

    But for Jesus, we are a doomed race. I am humbled everyday by God's grace and mercy.

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LOSTLIME 7/4/2012 12:56PM

    thank you, Vic!

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/4/2012 11:57AM

    God is so able to save us from snares. Open our eyes, Lord.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/4/2012 9:19AM

    Oh that our faith were that to perform miracles or move mountains. Instead we forget the mighty power of the God we serve and trust in the arm of flesh. I'm sure there are many more blessings that our God desires to bestow upon us if we would just ask Him in faith believing. Thank you Vic for this powerful prayer! Have a blessed holiday!

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