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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Mon, 7/16/2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Heavenly Father, Most Wonderful Creator, You are our Master whose powerful name elicits our love , our worship and our devotion. Babies babble Your name, but that name also silences Your enemy. We are a little lower than heavenly beings who are favored with power, control and the ability to govern Your good creation. Yet You crowned us with Your glory and honor. We are intricate beings who can also be re-created through Jesus Christ, our Lord. The very power we so easily pervert has the same potential that gives us purpose and meaning in life. Above all else, we can be who You intended us to be, here and now, and eternally. May we live today remembering we are the containers of Your Holy Spirit, that we have Your fingerprint, and that we are Your highest created order to Your glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen! Vic.

  
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SANDRALEET 7/18/2012 8:39AM

    Amen

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BABY_GIRL69 7/16/2012 7:19PM

    Amen. This is very much what was needed at this time....

God bless you Vic!

Dee

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WENDYSPARKS 7/16/2012 6:26PM

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/16/2012 6:24PM

    Amen

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/16/2012 11:22AM

    Father, Thanking you for the lovely fingerprints I see in the lives around me.

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KIMPY225 7/16/2012 11:18AM

    Have a lovely week

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/16/2012 10:20AM

    Amen! Beautiful Prayer!

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FLYER99 7/16/2012 9:07AM

    Thank you so very much. I really needed this today! Bob.

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KALLIE1958AR 7/16/2012 8:58AM

    Amen

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/16/2012 8:19AM

    May His Holy Spirit truly feel welcome to reside in me is my prayer. Amen. Thank you Vic for being such an inspiration on my spiritual journey each day! God Bless You.

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AVANELL 7/16/2012 8:13AM

    The translators of Psalm 8:5 must have had a little trouble wrapping their heads around the fact that God created His man a little lower than Himself. In the NKJV they translated it from the Hebrew as "For You have made him a little lower than the angels", but the Hebrew word for "the angels" is Elohim, meaning God. He created His man a little lower than Himself! We are made in His likeness and image, filled with His breath of life! Praise God!

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EDITOR 7/16/2012 7:35AM

    It is so difficult for some to realize we are all clothed in His glory. Yet we wear white linen because of Christ Jesus.

We pray in Jesus' Name not because we use it as a formula, but because God has exalted Christ and we are One in Him.



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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/16/2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/16/2012

Exodus 20:1-17
NO OTHER GODS, Lesson 14c

A DIVINE RIGHT

The reason God possesses the right to make such a demand of His people is found in verse 2. He says, “I am the Lord thy God.” In that statement, God declares His identity. The word “Lord” identifies Him as “Sovereign, Almighty, and Supreme.” It identifies Him as “the self-existent One.” It reminds us that He is the “I AM”. It declares Him to be the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God of creation, revelation and salvation. Because that is Who He is, no mere god of human origin should ever be allowed to supplant Him in our lives. There is no god ever devised by the wisdom of man that can do any of the things He can do.

“ Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them,” (Psa. 115:1-8).

“ To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble,” (Isa. 46:5-7).

“ Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might,” (Jer 10:1-6).

God has the right to make this demand of His people because of His identity as God, but He also possesses the right because of His investment in His people. He delivered them from Egypt and from their slavery in that land, (Ex. 3-14). He purchased them to Himself through the blood of the innocent Passover Lamb, (Ex. 12:1-13). He owned them and He had the right to do as He pleased with them. He also delivered them from the influence of the false gods of Egypt.

The same reason stand today. God is the same God He has ever been, He is still “the Lord thy God.” He has the right to demand absolute obedience to His will and His Word because He owns us. He purchased us to Himself through the blood of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. He owns us, and He possesses all rights to our lives.

“ What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).


“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” (Titus 2:14). He has also delivered us from the influence of the false gods of this world. “Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods,” (Gal. 4:8).

One more quick thought here, when the Lord says, “I am the Lord thy God,” that phrase is in the second person singular. That statement speaks of God as being in a personal relationship with each and every one of His redeemed people. He is “the Lord thy God.” If that is true, we must never allow anything to come before Him and become a god in our lives.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Awesome God” By Rich Mullins (1988)

Our God is an awesome God (Our God is an awesome God)
He reigns from heaven above (He reigns from heaven above)
With wisdom, power, and love (With wisdom, power, and love)
Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/16/2012 11:48AM

    He is awsome. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/16/2012 10:23AM

    We served an awesome God!
We can please God by doing the best in everything that we do!
God has the right to ask us to be the very best that he created us to be!

Thank you Vic for a great lesson!

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NANAW12001 7/16/2012 7:12AM

  Thanks for this. Yes, Our God is an Awesome God!

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EDITOR 7/16/2012 7:12AM

    Love the hymn and love the lesson. Thank you Vic and God of All for being available to us as we desire.

Let those that glory, glory in the LORD.

Keep on presenting Vic and thanks for your follow up with goodies and notes.

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Sun, 7/15/2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Heavenly Father, Awesome God, we know that we serve a God who has emotions, for every emotion we experience, You know well; but the wrong kind of emotions can trip us up. Yet there are good emotions . Emotions are a part of life which can help us to seek , lean and trust on our God. We know that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and will save those who are crushed in spirit. Help us not to be cold-hearted. Help us to control our emotions and allow us to use them for Your glory and our joy. We are thankful for the emotions that make up our lives, and especially grateful to have a God who is more than familiar with the emotions we experience. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/15/2012 10:32PM

    Amen! Thank you for the beautiful prayer Vic. I hope you had a blessed Lord's Day!

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AVANELL 7/15/2012 4:44PM

    Father, may our lives exhibit Your compassion as we reach out to others! May Your love and mercy be evident in our lives, Lord Jesus!

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LOSTLIME 7/15/2012 3:50PM

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/15/2012 2:05PM

    Thank you






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HANAVAS 7/15/2012 1:44PM

    Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/15/2012 11:47AM

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SWIMLOVER 7/15/2012 11:22AM

  Amen and Thank You!

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KALLIE1958AR 7/15/2012 10:37AM

    God Bless ...

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/15/2012 9:43AM

    Dear Jesus Yes! Give us warm and tender hearts.

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WALIDGAZALA 7/15/2012 7:58AM

    God Bless Us ALL

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EDITOR 7/15/2012 7:19AM

    Beautiful! Thank You, Lord for allowing us to dewll on facts and not feelings.

Thank you, Vic for your goodies and heartfelt (I am in agreement) prayers.



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FOLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/15/2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 7/15/2012

Exodus 20:1-17
NO OTHER GODS, Lesson 14b

A DIVINE REQUIREMENT

The statement of verse 3 is very simple and very clear. God simply says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” While this statement was simple and clean, it was also revolutionary.

Every other culture operating in the world at that time was polytheistic. They all recognized and worshiped a multiplicity of gods. In verse 2, God reminded Israel that He had delivers them “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” This is a reminder that they had been delivered from slavery, but it is a reminder of so much more.

The Egyptians, like all the other cultures around them, worshiped hundreds of gods. They gave their lives and their love to all sorts of manmade gods represented by idols and animals. The Egyptians had a sun god, a water god, a moon god, a snake god, a frog god, a fly god, and on and on and on. When God delivered Israel from that country, He also delivered them from the influence of that pagan system of worship.

When these commandments we have read today were given, Israel was on their way to a place called Canaan. When they arrived there, they would encounter a race of people who also worshiped many gods. If Israel was not settled on the idea that God alone was God, they would be in trouble at the very heart of their spiritual lives.

Of all the nations on the earth in those days, only Israel was monotheistic. That is, they had one God and His name was Yahweh, or Jehovah. That was to be their primary identification. They were to be the people of God, serving Him and worshiping Him alone! “ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might,” (Deut. 6:4-5; Matt 22:37-40)“.

When God tells them to have “no other gods”, it does not mean that God recognizes any other deity beside Himself. He knows there are no other Gods. He is alone in His position, His rank and His glory as God. God is not making room in the universe for other gods, He is simply declaring that He is God alone!

The word “god” in our text means, “ruler, judge, or lord.” The true God knew that no other gods existed, but He also knew that anything that received the supreme love, adoration, worship and service of the people would eventually become their lord. It would, in essence, become their god.

That is why He says “thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The phrase “before me” literally means “over against me, or before My face.” In other words, God wanted no other love, no other allegiance, no other authority to come between Himself and His redeemed people. Our gaze is to be on His face alone, and not on the face of another god. God is a jealous God, and He will tolerate no other gods in the lives of His people, (Ex. 20:5)!

If you will study the history of Israel, it becomes clear that they had a tendency to accumulate other gods. They were continually allowing the gods of the pagans, or their own selfishness, to come before the true and living God. They constantly suffered because of they failures in that area.

We have the same tendency! We need to understand that anything that rules us is a god in our lives. Martin Luther said, “Whatever thy heart clings to and relies upon, that is properly thy God.” The Puritan Thomas Watson said, “To trust in any thing more than God, is to make it a god.” Anything that is allowed to control any part of our lives is a god. It might be pleasure, family, work, dreams, possessions, money, sports, people, or anything else you can name. If it is ever allowed to come before your relationship with God Almighty, it a god to you!

If you really want to know something about the real god in your life, look at where you spend your time, your money, and what has your heart. Those three things, time, money and affection are the true indicators of who is the Lord and God of your life.

The first part of this commandment is negative. Nothing in life is to be allowed to become a competitor with God for first place in our hearts and lives. He is God and He is God alone! “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else,” (Isa. 45:18).


TODAY’S HYMN!
“Hear, O Israel” By Davis Sexton (1993)

Hear O Israel,
The Lord thy God is one God.
Refrain:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all of thy heart...echo...
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy soul...echo...
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all of thy mind...echo...
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all of thy strength...echo...

Hear O Israel,
Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself,
Refrain:

Hear, O Israel!

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LOSTLIME 7/15/2012 3:49PM

    Thank you, Vic!

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SWIMLOVER 7/15/2012 11:26AM

  Amen and Thank You!

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    Amen!

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  Ignite!

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THIS IS MY PRAYER! Sat, 7/14/2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gracious Loving Father, Almighty God, help us to be aware of Your Hand over our existence; your power to save and keep us in Your Will. Help us to become like little children, to humble ourselves like a child, so we may enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Teach us to ask questions with enthusiasm and great expectations. Teach us to listen and watch with ears and eyes of wonder to Your nuggets of wisdom. Let us seek You and Your Benefits daily to be manifested in our lives. May we honor You as humble-faithful children by hearing, believing and obeying Your Word. Bless us in Jesus Christ our Lord, for we pray in His glorious name. Amen!
Vic.

  
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BABY_GIRL69 7/14/2012 6:18PM

    Amen!

God bless Vic!!

Dee

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GAYLE119 7/14/2012 1:44PM

    AMEN!!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/14/2012 10:00AM

    Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. God Bless You! Amen.

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/14/2012 8:12AM

    Amen!

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EDITOR 7/14/2012 7:40AM

    Thanks for the goodie and note. Time to pray for you and your lovely family.

Lord God, you do bless and we do have our concerns. Yet You are merciful and motivating. Keep Vic and dear wife and even pups bound together in Your will and way.

Let others, through this family know that You do reign and keep us in perfect peace as we dwell in You.

You keep watch over us, Almighty God. May we continue to keep watch over those who lead us, teach us, and our shining examples of harmony in You that are visible for others to see. Let us also be techable and open to Your new ways of moving through others.

Keep this family witnesses' to others. SP may be secular, but our love for You has no boundaries. Bless today in the Name of Christ Jesus. Amen

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LOSTLIME 7/14/2012 7:27AM

    Amen!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/14/2012 6:54AM

    Amen!

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