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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Fri, 7/13/2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Heavenly Father, Beloved God, in times of trouble and challenges, help us to keep a hopeful eye on Your faithful assurances and promises as an anchor for our soul. Make that hope firm and secured in the hands of our blessed Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, life seems like a boat that is so small when the waters get so rough. It seems as if troubles and pain threaten to capsize our very life. But Jesus is our anchor that keeps us fastened, pointed , and headed in the right direction You have not promised us calmed seas nor smooth sailing, but we are assured that we have an anchor that will hold and bring us through life’s storms to safely to our bright harbor, our heavenly home, the sanctuary behind the curtain. Blessed be the God of our deliverance and salvation. It is in His name that we pray!
Vic.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/13/2012 9:44PM

    A beautiful prayer Vic

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/13/2012 7:25PM

    But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 7/13/2012 6:54PM

    Now that is PRAYER!! Had to repeat this one a loud. Thank you so much for allowing us the glimpse into your personal time with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May God bless and keep you, today and the days to come.

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EDITOR 7/13/2012 2:14PM

    Blessed be our Saviour who is Master of the sea. He is the Anchor of our faith. I love how you use the Word in prayer. God is well pleased.
Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic. And thank you for leading others into prayer each day.

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GAYLE119 7/13/2012 1:32PM

    Amen! God bless you Vic! emoticon

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KALLIE1958AR 7/13/2012 12:59PM

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ANHELIC 7/13/2012 12:06PM

    Thank you for your prayer Vic. This prayer is for me. I just got a call from the surgeon's office that my potassium level is high and I need to go to emergency to have it lowered. Please pray for a healing for me Vic. I know God is in control of everything in my life. I am a little scared regarding this. Please Lord heal my potassium level and I leave my life in your hands. God bless you Vic for your awesome prayers each day.
Joan

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/13/2012 8:08AM

    Amen! Beautiful & powerful!

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LOSTLIME 7/13/2012 7:56AM

    Amen. Thank you for the morning prayer.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/13/2012 7:39AM

    Thank you Vic for this powerful prayer. No matter what life throws at us we have a constant boon in our Lord God and he will guide us through life's twisted paths if we ask in faith believing that he is all powerful to overcome any obstacle. Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/13/2012 6:56AM

    Thank you Vic for the prayer to start my day! You are a blessing too!

linda

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 7/13/2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

HUR, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH , Fri, 7/13/2012

Ex. 17:8-13
THANK GOD FOR GUYS LIKE HUR, Lesson 13d

Ex. 31:2 PEOPLE LIKE HUR ARE ALWAYS INVESTORS

As Hur lived his life and performed his God-given ministry, others were watching. Some time later, God needed someone to build the Tabernacle and provide a place where the Lord could meet with His people. When the Lord looked down at those millions of Israelites, His eyes settled on one man. It was a fellow by the name of Bezaleel. This man just happened to be the grandson of a man named Hur. My guess is that Bezaleel was watching as his grandfather served the Lord. He watched as he took the backseat while others got all the credit. He watched as the Lord used Hur time and again for his glory. He probably remembered an evening when Hur returned from a hilltop, tired and drained from holding up the arms of Moses. While the rest of the camp was excited about the great victory that Joshua and Moses had worked, Bezaleel probably took note of the fact the it was his grandfather, a man who was willing to serve God in a quiet fashion that helped bring the great victory to pass.

What I am trying to get through to you today is this: You may not have a high profile position. You may think that cleaning the church, praying for the services, or teaching your little class is an unimportant function. May I remind you that others are watching? There are people who are not saved who may be watching how you serve the Lord in your position. There are little ones who will see whether mom or dad is faithful in the little things. There are no unimportant duties in the church. The wise follower knows that his life is an investment. As we do the little things God gives us, we are telling all those around us that God's work is important in every detail.

That's why I believe that we ought to be on time and ready for the Lord's work on Sunday and Wednesday. That's why I think sermon preparation is so vital. That's why I believe that this building should be kept clean inside and out. People are watching! Let's show them that God's business is the most important business in the world!

When we serve the Lord as we should, we are making an investment in the lives of other. We are making a grand statement about the greatness of our God. However, there is another investment that is taking place. You see, people may not see what you do and you may never get thanked for it here, but God sees and He will take care of you in Heaven. Every deed is an investment in eternity - (Mt. 6:19-21).

Conc: I am almost sure that there are some today who can relate to Hur. You are dedicated to the Lord, but you are never recognized for the work you do. Let me tell you, you are appreciated. This teacher thinks you are the best! I love you and thank God for everyone who is involved in the Lord's work in whatever capacity.

Maybe some have thought about quitting. Please, let me say, "Don't!" You are too important to what is being done. You are too vital to the Lord's work. If the devil has been trying to convince you that you are unimportant, let me tell you that you are very important! I would like to see you come before the Lord today and renew your commitment to serve Him in anyway that He may see fit to use you.

Maybe you haven't been as faithful to the Lord as you should have been and you wonder if the Lord could use you. The answer is "Yes!" God will use anyone who will make themselves available. Won't you come to Him and tell Him that you are sorry for not serving and that you are ready to do whatever He asks you to do?

Maybe you aren't even saved. I know this hasn't been a salvation type message, but please know that Jesus loves you and that He died to save you and if you want to miss Hell and go to Heaven when you die, then I invite you to come to Jesus Christ and let Him show you how you might be saved. Whatever the need of your heart, you come and let the Lord have His way. Will you do that?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Let Him Have His Way With Thee” By Cyrus S. Nusbaum

Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
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His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.

Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you can never fall?
Let Him have His way with thee.
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Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/13/2012 7:31PM

    I loved this lesson and the connecting of the two stories.
Your lessons are so valuable. They really encourage me. emoticon

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GAYLE119 7/13/2012 1:41PM

    AMEN!! Oh Vic ! even if one person accepted Jesus as his Savior..........
praying for people to see how God needs the whole body ..not just the head or feet or arms! God bless you and yours emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/13/2012 12:15PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson again today. I really want to completely pattern my life like Hur. I I know I now like to work in the background and feel good about it. I have never wanted the spotlight.
Hearing more and more about Hur makes me grateful being like him.
Sending you God's richest blessings Vic.
God bless,
Joan
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/13/2012 8:15AM

    Make a habit to realize everything that we do is for God and not for others; we work for God and not for human; our bosses are just the authority figure God had placed in front of us; God is the real boss. So do everything that we do with our very best!

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LOSTLIME 7/13/2012 6:50AM

    Thank you,Vic,for the lesson.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Thur, 7/12/2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Glorious Father, God of Love, teach us to trust the Lord with all our heart and not to lean upon our own understanding. Give us a heart that cares, that remembers good friends and loved ones, and that keeps in treasured memories the thoughtful things they do. Widen our hearts towards those who have shown us grace. Help us to remember that the kindness of others is to keep our eye on You. Your eyes are always on people, You see their loving acts and pour Your blessings upon them. Teach us to see others through Your eyes. Thank You Father, for giving us a new heart; one that can love even the unlovable.
Thank You for Jesus our Lord, His Words and His example. These things we pray in His glorious name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/12/2012 9:57PM

    Amen! Beautiful prayer

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SANDRALEET 7/12/2012 7:15PM

    God can make us anything that he needs.He uses the weak and ordinary of the world. He loves the meek and the poor He loves forgiven sinners because they love him.I fit In. we who love him all so fit in

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GAYLE119 7/12/2012 3:50PM

    AMEN!!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/12/2012 3:45PM

    Amen

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/12/2012 12:43PM

    Nice prayer! emoticon

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ANHELIC 7/12/2012 11:32AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome prayer. When we lift up others before God, He will be there for us when we need to lean on Him. We are not able to deal with our problems like He can and He holds our hand when we go through the valleys.
God bless you Vic.
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EDITOR 7/12/2012 9:00AM

    Yes! And let us always put others before us. Let us pray and care therefore showing our Light.

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AVANELL 7/12/2012 8:44AM

    Others always look better when seen through the eyes of Jesus!

Thank you, Vic, for reminding me of that!

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KALLIE1958AR 7/12/2012 8:40AM

    Amen emoticon

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/12/2012 8:36AM

    Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 7/12/2012 8:10AM

    Amen.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 7/12/2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

HUR, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH , Thu, 7/12/2012

Ex. 17:8-13
THANK GOD FOR GUYS LIKE HUR, Lesson 13c

V. 12 PEOPLE LIKE HUR ARE OFTEN INVISIBLE

This man Hur is not mentioned before this incident and there are only a couple of others afterward. This is a man who lived in the shadows while others around him received the glory. He was invisible to the crowd who could only see Moses, Aaron and Joshua. After the battle, can you imagine Joshua as he led the victorious Israelite army back into camp? I am sure there were congratulations all around, slaps on the back and shouts of "Way to go!"; "Good work, Joshua!" I can see the people as they received Moses back into the camp with shouts and expressions of gratitude. I can hear Aaron as he led the congregation in a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for giving them the victory.

Then I can see a fellow named Hur as he walks wearily towards his tent to rest. No one pats him on the back, no one tells him that he did a good job. In fact, only a couple of people know what he did that day. To the people, he is invisible, but in his heart, he is overjoyed because he knows that what man does not see, God does! While no one in camp is telling Hur that he did a great job that day, the Father in Heaven makes note of Hur's sacrifice and whispers, "Well done thou good and faithful servant!"

There are many in our churches today who are just like Hur. They are invisible to the crowds. The preachers, the teachers and the singers all get their pats on the back and hear the people say, "Well done!" People like Hur remain invisible. There are some disadvantages to being like Hur:

It is often a thankless task - People like Hur work and they labor, yet no one ever says, "Thank you!" It can be hard to keep serving the Lord when it seems that nobody appreciates what you are doing for Him. However, it is times like that which reveal our true motives. If we stop serving God because no one brags on us, then we were just in it for recognition. Jesus had something to say about that to the crowd, (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16).

People like Hur work and others get the recognition - The sermon may be great and the preacher may have done a good job delivering it, but behind him were many who sacrificed their time to pray for the message. The preacher gets the credit, and the real workers go unnoticed. Again, this may be hard for some to deal with, but may I remind you that while men may not see all that you are doing down here for the glory of God, the Lord in Heaven is keeping a perfect record and He will one day reward you for your labor, (Matt. 10:41-42; Matt. 25:31-45). Make the contrast between those who do things to be seen and those who do them for the glory of the Lord,( Matt. 6:4, 6, 18).

A pastor, writing in Decision magazine, told of an experience he had in Jamaica. He was there with others to help erect a small cement-block church building. One day a sudden storm interrupted the work, and he and a Jamaican man named Daniel sought shelter together. As they watched the rain, the pastor asked, "Are you an officer in the church?" "No," Daniel replied. "I'm the man behind the church." He meant he was not one to be up front in the church--pastor, teacher, board member--but one who stayed in the background, doing all sorts of things to keep the church functioning.

I am convinced that those who lived like Hur while here below will receive the greatest acclaim in Heaven. I also believe that those who were in the forefront all the time will have the greater judgment, (James 3:1). Therefore, if the Lord has called you to perform a quiet, godly ministry, rejoice in the call He has extended and let Him use your life as He sees fit! After all, it is His Kingdom and He knows where we are needed far better than we ever could!

I praise the Lord for everyone who is faithful behind the scenes! Often, it is the thought of the second line that keeps the first line crowd going! In my own life and ministry, my wife has always maintained a low profile, but she has been such an encouragement to me. You see, I talk to her about everything, and I share my burdens, my discouragements and my hurts with her. She listens and always encourages me to look to the Lord and not to the circumstances. She stays in the second line, but she keeps me on the front for Jesus!

When William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, felt the call of the Lord to go into the streets of London and begin ministering to street people, he stood in a conference meeting and requested permission from the presiding bishop to be released from his church to go into the streets and preach. The bishop heard the request and denied it telling Booth that they would not waste a man of his education and talent on the people of the streets. Upon hearing this, Booth sat down, resigned to defeat. His wife was seated in the balcony, because women were not allowed on the first floor. She stood up and leaned over the rail. She called to her husband and told him to listen to God and not to man. She vowed to stand with her husband against every foe. She came down from the balcony, Booth took her by the arm and they left the building to go into the streets to win people to Jesus. He was ready to quit, but his wife, a lady who usually stayed in the background, stepped out of the shadow of her husband to hold up his arms at a critical time in his life!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Send The Light” By Charles H. Gabriel (1890)

There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!
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Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!

We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay,
Send the light! Send the light!
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Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!
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Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
Send the light! Send the light!
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/12/2012 10:05PM

    I am ok with being behind the scenes knowing that I still served God and helping someone else looks good for God. I know my gifts that He gave me. It is a blessing knowing that God put me there. Even when others doesnt acknowledge, knowing that God acknowledged me where I am is a joy in itself. emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE119 7/12/2012 3:49PM

    A lot of time people like me don't want to be in the front and rather be in the background. Also when you know what your gifts are, it is a blessing knowing you are doing God's will!
God bless Vic....have a great day!



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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/12/2012 3:45PM

    I think that God placed me in the background to work for Him & I'm okay with that. All I want to do is obey the Good Lord wherever He puts me. I am happy to be a Hur.

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ANHELIC 7/12/2012 11:40AM

    Thank you Vic for your teaching this morning. I have always been a behind the scene person working with my ex-husband's photography, and I was pleased when people praised him and the work he had done and how quickly the photographs were put together. Before Ron a chance to say Joan did all this work, I intervened and said he and I worked together to complete the order quickly. He didn't understand why I just didn't say I did it.
I know I was put there to help him look good and I felt good being able to help him out. Now we are good friends and he commented how he really appreciated all the help he received.
God bless you Vic and thank you for shining a light on this subject. If I can always be a Hur, I will be happy.
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BEAGLEMAMA2 7/12/2012 8:22AM

    Vic, thank you for sharing this...I think the Lord wanted me to read this today. I see your posts everyday but for some reason the Lord laid it upon my heart to read it. Thank you.
Mary

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LOSTLIME 7/12/2012 8:06AM

    There are many people behind the scenes who don't get aknowledged. If asked,they would say that they are in the position the Lord wants them in.

God bless you, Vic!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER, Wed, 7/11/2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

O Holy Father, our God, the most important departure in our life that we can ever make is to exit from sin and death through our baptism into Christ Jesus. Our most important entrance in this life to make is that of rising from the waters of baptism to walk in newness of life in Christ. That transition from death to life is possible because the God of Exodus, the God of Jordan, made it possible and is with us in that crossing. Consecrate us O Lord, to live for Jesus who has and will do amazing things for us. Deliver us from all evil and danger, and bring us into Your kingdom, the church, to Your glory and praise. Grant us safe passage from this life to the next. We give You all praise and our deepest thanks in the strong name of Jesus, Your Son, through whom we pray. Amen!
Vic.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/11/2012 9:43PM

    A beautiful prayer

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ANHELIC 7/11/2012 6:36PM

    Thank you Vic for your prayer. In Jesus name, I am so blessed being born again and walking with my Savior. Sending you God's richest blessings,
Joan

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/11/2012 5:28PM

    Amen! Lovely emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/11/2012 4:14PM

    Amen! Thank you vic for this and all your other lovely prayers! God loves you so! You are a mesenger of his word! That is a beautiful thing!

luv,
linda

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GAYLE119 7/11/2012 3:32PM

    In Jesus name....AMEN!

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LOSTLIME 7/11/2012 12:55PM

    Thank you for the prayer.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/11/2012 11:16AM

    Amen!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/11/2012 9:11AM

    Thank you for the prayer!

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MNABOY 7/11/2012 8:35AM

    Amen

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/11/2012 8:21AM

    Amen!

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EDITOR 7/11/2012 7:46AM

    Excellent! Our departure from this world does not top our departure from sin. Consecrate, us Lord, indeed!

Thank you, Vic.

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