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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Mon, 7/9/2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Most Holy Father, the world is full of people who shouts curses against others, and others responds with blessings against them. Please Father, do not curse our blessings when we chose to be disobedient. Help us to recognize that which is good and that which is bad. You, O God are Good, Loving and Merciful: always ready to forgive We do not deserve Your grace but we seek it. In our weakness we seek Your strength and power. In our failures we seek Your forgiveness and mercy. God our Creator, empower us to honor You in word, thought, and action, so we may be a blessing to others. This we pray in the Blessed name of Jesus, Amen!
Vic.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/9/2012 6:12PM

    We are ALL nothing without Jesus Christ. We are ALL sinners and we ALL need HIS forgiveness and salvation. Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer!

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KALLIE1958AR 7/9/2012 5:57PM

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GAYLE119 7/9/2012 4:37PM

    Thank you Jesus! AMEN!

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SOOKIE 7/9/2012 2:06PM

    Amen!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/9/2012 10:05AM

    Amen & Amen!

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TXGRANDMA 7/9/2012 9:49AM

    Thanks so much, Vic! It IS a hard spot.............! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/9/2012 9:07AM

    Thanks Vic, This is the hard place. In our minds. To bless those who wound us in their own pain. May God help us make beauty out of ashes.

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MAESTRAPLANK1 7/9/2012 8:52AM

    I am going to inquire about playing the piano in a nursing home as a volunteer opportunity. I hope that I can be of service, but my daughter who is a nurse at this facility informs me that all residents are alike. I pray that God places in the right location for His will to be done and that He will guide me to help those residents who shout curses at me and others. What a great way to start the day, Victorio. Thank you so much. May you have a very blessed day! emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/9/2012 7:54AM

    Thank you Vic for your great prayer. I am about to go out to deliver orders and I feel this prayer is so powerful and a constant reminder about the odd customer that may not be as pleasant today.
Thank you again and may God richly bless you for your prayers and blogs. You aare an awesome teacher Vic. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Joan

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LOSTLIME 7/9/2012 7:13AM

    Something to really think on. My bible study group have the task to not say or think ill
of someone that we come in contact with for the next week. Not an easy feat.

Thank you for the prayer.

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EDITOR 7/9/2012 6:58AM

    Pretty heavy duty!

Thanks for your goodies and honesty, Vic, for God is holy!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/9/2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/9/2012

Exodus 16:11-15
MANNA: WHAT IS IT? Lesson 12c

ITS COMING PICTURES JESUS

Where the Manna came and to who it appeared also says something about this miracle bread.

16:1, 14 It Came To A Forsaken Place – The children of Israel were wandering around in a harsh, barren wilderness when the Manna began to appear. When Jesus came, He came for people who were trapped in the wilderness of their sins, (Eph. 2:1-3). He came to deliver people who had no hope of delivering themselves. He came to set the captives of sin free, (Luke 4:18). Thank God, Jesus came to where we were. Had He just come for the good people, Heaven would have been a lonely place. No, He came for the lost, the sinful and damned. He came for us, (Mark 2:17).

16:2-3 It Came To A Foolish People – God sent the Manna to a people who longed for what they had left behind in Egypt. They were tired of God’s plan and God’s way. They did not deserve His blessings. Still, He sent those foolish people the food they needed.
So it is with Jesus Christ. He came to a people that wanted nothing to do with Him, (John 1:11). He came to a people that hated Him, mocked Him and ultimately crucified Him. Yet, He came to them anyway. He came in love, grace and forgiveness. He came to offer them eternal life, if they would only believe in Him and obey Him. He makes the same offer to every one today.

Folks, I was not looking for Him when He came to me. I was lost and on my way to Hell. I knew there was a God and that I was going to meet Him some day. I knew I would probably face Him in judgment. But, I did not care about Him. I did not give Him much thought at all. Yet, it appears that He gave me plenty of thought. He broke into my darkness and called me to new life in Jesus Christ, as He reached down His hand for me!

Conc: What about you? Have you ever tasted that Heavenly Bread? Have you been saved by the grace of God? If you have, then you know what “IT” is all about! If not, you can be, if the Lord is calling you. Verse 4 tells us that the Manna was sent to test the people. It was sent to test their obedience. The same is true with Jesus, (John 8:24). There is so much more that could be said about the Manna. Verse 7 tells us that the Manna was sent to reveal God’s glory. Friends, God receives more glory from saving an old sinner than from anything else in this world. If you need Him why not give Him glory and come to Him today?

Can you imagine eating the same food for forty straight years? I am sure many got bored with the same old Manna year after year. That is why some tried to change is, (Num 11). Well, some have gotten that way about Jesus too. The sameness of going to church and serving the Lord has led to boredom in your life, and you are not as close to Him today as you once were or as you need to be. You need to slip into His altar today and say, “Thank you Lord for giving me the Bread of Life. Thank you for the Heavenly Manna. Thank you for saving my soul.” Think about what a mess you would be in if He had not saved you!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Nearer, Still Nearer” By Lelia N. Morris (1898)

Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior so precious Thou art!
Fold me, oh, fold me close to Thy breast.
Shelter me safe in that "Haven of Rest;"
Shelter me safe in that "Haven of Rest."

Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an offr'ing to Jesus, my King;
Only my sinful, now contrite heart.
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.

Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine!
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified.
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified.

Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last.
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee;
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee!

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GAYLE119 7/9/2012 4:36PM

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!! emoticon emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/9/2012 10:04AM

    I am so very thankful that he saved me...Where would I be without Him?

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/9/2012 9:15AM

    I am thanking him today for saving me and for saving those whose health is so deteriorated they can not think to thank him themselves. Thank you for your mercy, Lord, so many more need to know.

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ANHELIC 7/9/2012 8:00AM

    Thank you Vic. I don't know where I would be if I didn't ask Jesus to come into my heart and life. I feel I would be lost and heading straight to hell, following Satan's rules. Praise God for saving me and helping me on a daily basis to deal with events that come before me. I know my Jesus is with me through the valleys and mountain tops.
God bless you Vic for your teaching.
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LOSTLIME 7/9/2012 7:08AM

    Thanks,Vic, for the lesson. I like the hymn.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Sun, 7/8/2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Heavenly Father, God of Comfort, comfort is a gift we receive from You because You are The True God of Comfort. In Your comfort we find security from tensed situations of life. We find comfort in You and in Your Word and in Your Spirit when we are frightened , hurt or sad. We thank You for people You place in our life whose presence is comforting and supportive. We thank You for Jesus and the comfort He provides us daily through His Love, Mercy and Grace. We find comfort coming to Your Throne of Grace because we know You hear our prayers and You answer them. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 10:29PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome prayer. Sometimes we forget to thank Jesus for our comfort and only when He helps us through tough times. I know God has been here for many of us and today, I felt totally comforted with my family and never thought to thank Him for the beautiful day I had.
Thank you for sharing your prayers Vic.
God bless you and thank you for your friendship.
Joan
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/8/2012 8:08PM

    Amen! Thank you Vic!
His comfort is our peaceful place!

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LOSTLIME 7/8/2012 7:45PM

    Thank you. God does give us everything we need in life. We just need to follow in God's footsteps.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/8/2012 6:19PM

    It's important for us to remember that God is the orchestrator of our lives and that nothing happens without His knowledge. He will keep us through every situation if we remain faithful to Him! Thank you Vic. I hope you had a blessed Lord's Day!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/8/2012 10:00AM

    Comfort and rest are two blessings we often overlook. Thanks for another good prayer.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 9:54AM

    Amen! I'm holding on to his comfort right now.

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LINDA7668 7/8/2012 8:12AM

    Amen.

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MIMIDOT 7/8/2012 7:40AM

    Amen! Great prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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EDITOR 7/8/2012 7:25AM

    So many reasons to thank Him because we can approach the Throne Room. Pretty awesome, Vic, and thanks for your prayers, notes and goodies because like Him you do follow up and leave no man behind.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/8/2012 7:17AM

    Amen & Amen

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LATTELEE 7/8/2012 7:15AM

  Nice

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/8/2012

Sunday, July 08, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/8/2012

Exodus 16:11-15
MANNA: WHAT IS IT? Lesson 12b

ITS CHARACTERISTICS PICTURE JESUS

The details the Bible uses to describe the Manna that fell in the wilderness reveal a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus.

6:14, 31 Its Appearance – The way the Manna looked paints a picture of Jesus.

6:14 It Was Small – This speaks of His humility. He is the Creator of the universe, (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). He is God Almighty,( John 1:1). Yet, He came into this world and robed Himself in human flesh, (John 1:14). He humbled Himself and became a servant so that He might die for His people on the cross, (Phil. 2:5-8). What love! What grace! What supreme condescension!

6:14 It Was Round – Like a circle that has no beginning and no ending; Jesus Christ is eternally God. He did not have His beginning at Bethlehem; but was able to proclaim, “Before Abraham was, I am,” (John 8:58). And, just as He had no beginning, He shall have no ending, (Heb. 7:25). Our Savior is eternal.

6:31 It Was White – White like the purest of snow. The whiteness of the Manna speaks of the purity of Jesus. He was born into this world without the taint of human sin, (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5; Heb. 7:26). In fact, He was not even able to sin! He lived without sin, so that He might die for sin on the cross, (Heb. 9:26). Only a sinless man could do that!

6:16, 31, 35 Its Appeal –God designed the Manna in such a way that it was a blessing to everyone who ate it.

v. 31 It Was Sweet – The taste of the Manna was like tasting “wafers made with honey”. No doubt it was pleasant surprise to everyone who placed in on their tongue. This is a great picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the sinner, Jesus appears to be harsh, a cosmic killjoy, who delights in keeping people from having fun. But, when you come to know Him, you find that He is the delight of the soul! You find that He makes life worth living. The songwriter said: Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. The Psalmist said it this way, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him,” (Psalm 34:8). That has been my experience and I am guessing it has been your too, if you are saved.

6:16, 35 It Was Sufficient – For 40 years the Manna was sufficient for the young ones and the old one and for everyone in between. The Manna was right for everybody! The growing boy grew into manhood from the nourishment of the Manna. The young girl grew into a woman by eating the Manna. It sustained the rich and the poor. It fed the leader and the follower. It was good enough to sustain the lives of the entire congregation of Israel for 40 years.

Again, this is a picture of Jesus! He is an all-sufficient Savior. Regardless of where you are in life, or where you have been, Jesus is all you need! He can save the young ones; He can save the old ones and He can save all the ones in between. He can save rich folks, poor folks and folks who are getting by. He can save religious folks and wicked folks. In fact, He can and will save anyone who will come to Him and ask, (Rom. 10:13; Rev. 22:17). The invitation Jesus offers is good for “whosoever will”, (Matt. 11:28). The Manna did not fail until they arrived in the Promised Land; the salvation Jesus gives will never fail, (John 10:28; John 6:37-40)! It will safely shepherd the people of God home to glory!

Two thoughts are worthy of note right here. First, according to 16:16-18, no matter how much Manna a person gathered, they always had the right amount. When you come to Jesus, you will find that He is sufficient to save your soul!

Second, According to Num. 11:8, after two years, some people got tired of the Manna. They tried every trick at their disposal to change its flavor. But, instead of improving the taste, their attempts to make the Manna better ruined the taste. When man adds his alterations to the Gospel message to make it more appealing, he robs it of its saving power! The Gospel is sufficient just like it is, (Rom. 1:16)!

Its Appropriation – The way the children of Israel appropriated the Manna also paints a picture of how people must come to Jesus.

6:14-15 It Was Appropriated By Stooping – The Manna appeared on the ground. In order to gather it, the people had to bend their knees and get down there where it was.
Friends, the only way to come to Jesus for salvation is with a humble heart, (Matt. 18:2-4). No one comes to Jesus filled with pride and thinking they are adequate within themselves. The only ones who can come to Him are those who see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. Those who come to Jesus do so by bowing in humble repentance, (Acts 17:30)!

6:16-18 It Was Appropriated By Swallowing – The Manna was gathered by the men of the tent. When the Manna was brought into the tent, it was divided out according to the number of people in the tent. The Manna was there, but it could help no one until it was eaten. The only way to benefit from the Manna was to get it inside you!

Again, this speaks to us of Jesus! You can come to church, carry the right Bible, hear sermons, song songs, pray prayers and do all the religious stuff you want to. But, you will never be saved until you come to Jesus for yourself. No one can do it for you. Thank God for saved moms and dads, but children cannot ride into Heaven on their coattails. Grandparents that love Jesus are a blessing, but you have to be saved for yourself. Here again the words of the Bible, (Acts 16:31; John 3:3, 7; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 10:13).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Whosoever Will”, By Phillip P. Bliss

“Whosoever heareth,” shout, shout the sound!
Spread the blessed tidings all the world around;
Spread the joyful news wherever man is found:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:
“Whosoever will, whosoever will,”
Send the proclamation over vale and hill;
’Tis a loving Father calls the wand’rer home:
“Whosoever will may come.”

Whosoever cometh need not delay,
Now the door is open, enter while you may;
Jesus is the true, the only Living Way:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:

“Whosoever will,” the promise secure,
“Whosoever will,” forever must endure;
“Whosoever will,” ’tis life forevermore:
“Whosoever will may come.”
Refrain:

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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 10:40PM

    I love this lesson Vic. Jesus is all we need. No one else can be there for us like our wonderful Savior. Each day, I feel closer and closer to Jesus. You are certainly helping me to discover the wonderful lessons I can learn. Thank you so much Vic. May God richly bless you for what you are doing in spreading His word.
I love Jesus more and more each day.
God Bless,
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/8/2012 8:14PM

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How sweet that is to have his blessings and favors
Choose to be grateful. It's the key to staying happy and at peace. In his Love!

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NADINEL 7/8/2012 7:56PM

    Yes, every day with Jesus IS sweeter than the day before. Thanks, Vic. Enjoy your week!

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LOSTLIME 7/8/2012 7:42PM

    Yes, Jesus is all anyone needs. Thank you for this lesson.

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GAYLE119 7/8/2012 2:30PM

    AMEN!!!! Praise the lord! Jesus is all we need! emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 8:10AM

    This is a wonderful picture! I really need someone to help me slow down and think about the wonderful depths in the Bible. Here is one story, one item in the story and you have mined out wonderful gold. Thank you so much for sharing and letting us go along on your journey to discover Bible riches! May God give you strength to keep on keeping on.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/8/2012 7:16AM

    Oh I love this lesson Vic....Jesus is ALL that I need.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 7/7/2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Glorious Father, Almighty God, when we walk with the Lord, not every step on our way seems lit with glory. At a moment of heartbreak, or on the return of a test result, when we realize the deadline is passed and the news is bad, we turn to You in hopes of a better answer, or an explanation. In the face of failed hope, we respond by taking stock of what we have to save ourselves, and we come up short. When our inventory does not provide a solution, our first impulse is to blame, or self-pity, or panic. And we ask ourselves, “Why would God bring me to a place where there is nothing I can do but fail?” Help us to understand Father, that these moments are “Your fight“ and not ours. Help us to trust in You more than in our own gifts or expectations, that our lives may bear witness to Your Great Might and Victory. Remind us that the battle belongs to the Lord, for these things we pray in His Mighty name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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NADINEL 7/8/2012 3:21AM

    Amen!
Sometimes God allows those test results (or the other things you have mentioned) to bring us closer to HIM. I know that's what I have been going through these past 3 + months. This valley is definitely worth getting closer to Christ!


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ANHELIC 7/8/2012 12:12AM

    Thank you for the prayer Vic. I missed it this morning because I spent the day with my mother. I can relate to this and am really trying to remember He is our God of the mountains as well as God in our valleys. He is with us through the good and bad. Sometimes I have to fight with myself to keep leaning on Him. I am really cherishing this prayer since it relates to me, but I am getting better. Thank you Vic for your guidance.
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LOSTLIME 7/7/2012 5:08PM

    Amen.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/7/2012 11:53AM

    Amen emoticon

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KALLIE1958AR 7/7/2012 10:31AM

    Amen I agree

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you Vic for this prayer. We need to remember that our only goal on this earth is to accept Christ as our Savior and to help others to do the same. This world has so little to offer us compared to the heaven to come. Our life here is fragile and yet we should not be afraid to leave it. God has so much more planned for us when our time here is through. Thank you Vic for giving your life to bringing others to a knowledge of salvation through Christ Jesus. I pray you are able to continue this mission for years to come.

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FERGSGIRL2 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Amen and thank you for heeding the spirit within you to share what the Lord has given you.

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BABY_GIRL69 7/7/2012 9:59AM

    Amen.

Thank you Brother Vic!

God bless you!

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KEEP_GOING247 7/7/2012 8:41AM

    Amen. Thanks Vic for reminding me that `Salvation belongs to our God`

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EDITOR 7/7/2012 8:05AM

    He is glorious in the valley and on the mountaintop. Thank you Vic for reminding us to pray even when our personal inventory "appears" to be depleted.

Thank you for yesterday's goodie and personal touch.

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THEEXERCISER 7/7/2012 7:49AM

    Great Blog Amen

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CMKARLS 7/7/2012 7:46AM

  Amen.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/7/2012 7:39AM

    Amen! Even a simple life is a big battle.

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