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Followin In The Footsteps of Fath, and This Is My Prayer, Mon, 7/23/2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/23/2012

Ex. 20:4-6
NO PICTURES ALLOWED, Lesson 17b

THE REASON FOR THE DEMAND

Their Inferior Nature – No matter how hard man tries, he can never properly represent God. After all, God is a Spirit – (John 4:24). Man, in his zeal to worship and honor God, has sought to flatter Him by producing images of Him. However, the Almighty cannot be limited to stone, wood, plastic or some paint on canvas. As hard as man might try, he can never properly depict God. No matter what form that image might take, it will always be inferior to the True and Living God – ( Psa. 115:5-8; Jer. 10:1-7; Rom. 1:23.) How does little man portray a big God?) Men usually become like the thing they worship.

Their Insidious Nature – Insidious is a fifty cent word that means "crafty." God’s desire for man is that every man enters into a living, personal relationship with Himself. He doesn’t want us giving our devotion to a false god. He wants us to be intimate with Him. You see, we do not need some image to aid us in our worship of God. We have a person on the inside who will guide us in our worship of God – (John 14:16; 16:13). God is also well aware of the fact that behind any idol there is a very real devil who is looking for souls to claim for Hell!

Their Invading Nature – According to verse 5, God is a jealous God. The Israelites were God’s people and He would tolerate no interlopers in that relationship. Imagine a man flirting with another woman in the presence of his wife! God will have no idol, no image, no person or thing taking His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. ( Isa. 45:5) We must search our hearts and lives to see if we have removed every thing that would insert itself ahead of God in our lives.

THE RESULTS OF DISOBEDIENCE

The Burden Of God’s Judgment – When we elevate anything, or anyone to the place of Godhood, we will find out too late that neither it, nor they, will be able to protect us from the awesome wrath of God – (Psa. 59). For example, The Philistine god Dagon in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant – (1 Sam. 5:1-5). Judgment will always stalk the idolater.

The Blight On Succeeding Generations – God is not saying that he will punish the children for the parent’s sins, (Deut. 24:16; Eze. 18:19-32). He is saying that sin leaves it’s mark on our children! Children tend to resemble the environment they are exposed to. Wev see it in the Patterns of abuse, walk, talk, etc. Often, it takes generations to break the cycle established by the parent. The contrast between judgment and mercy is revealed in– (verse 6, and Rom. 5:20!)

Conc: In truth, we are all guilty to some degree of manufacturing little gods for ourselves. We may not have a statue or an image to which we bow down, but we do have habits, traditions, activities, people and possessions that we place ahead of God. This is idolatry and this is sin. No one, or no thing deserves your worship more than God Himself. Is He receiving it as he should? Is God Almighty your One and True God today?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“True-Hearted, Whole-Hearted” By Frances R. Havergal (1874)

Truehearted, wholehearted, faithful and loyal,
King of our lives, by Thy grace we will be;
Under the standard exalted and royal,
Strong in Thy strength we will battle for Thee.
Refrain
Peal out the watchword! Silence it never!
Song of our spirits, rejoicing and free;
Peal out the watchword! Loyal forever!
King of our lives, by Thy grace we will be.

Truehearted, wholehearted! Fullest allegiance
Yielding henceforth to our glorious King!
Valiant endeavor and loving obedience
Freely and joyously now would we bring.
Refrain

Truehearted! Whole-Hearted, Savior all glorious!
Take Thy great power and reign there alone,
Over our wills and affections victorious,
Freely surrendered and wholly thine own.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father and Most Worthy God, You are our God and we will exalt You; we will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things for us, plans formed of old, faithful and sure; You know our every breath. So we come to You with praise; we come with thanksgiving and praise for all the wondrous blessings You have bestowed upon us. We can’t thank You enough for Jesus and all that he has done for us, for He is our greatest gift and blessing. He loves us; He is our total strength in our weakness; He heals us; He fills us with unspeakable joy and His glory; He is our Redeemer and Savior. It is in His name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 7/23/2012 10:15AM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson and prayer. I know we sometimes take for granted that God is our one and only God. We must continually thank Him and let Him know how much we love Him. Thank you for the goodies Vic and for your great lessons each day. emoticon emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/23/2012 10:00AM

    Amen & Amen! Thank you Vic

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SANDRALEET 7/23/2012 9:00AM

    When I was reading your blog This popped in my mind A new thing we worship youth Stay young at any cast and not honer our elderly as we used to So afraid to die and want to live forever.

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MOM-MOM8 7/23/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon for your goodies and notes of encouragement. Thank you for the daily messages that make me think and ponder God's words for my life. Have a Blessed day. emoticon

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/23/2012 7:54AM

    Amen. Thank you!

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EDITOR 7/23/2012 7:17AM

    He does love us and we can trust Him. Very nice package today, Vic, and thank you for yesterdays goodie and note.
May God keep you and yours cradled in His everlasting Arms. Amen

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Folloing In The Footsteps Of Faith and This Is My Prayer, Sun, 7/22/2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/22/2012

Ex. 20:4-6
NO PICTURES ALLOWED, Lesson 17a

A trip to the White House revealed signs forbidding photography. This is supposedly for reasons of national security, but we all know it’s so they can sell more postcards in the gift shop. The Biltmore House is this way also. They, too, have their reasons. These verses make it pretty clear that God doesn’t want His picture taken either. Nor, does He want a statue made, or a any other type of an image.

The young reporter was sending in his wire about the Mine disaster in Cokesville, PA. and as his editor listened, these were the words that came in, "Cokesville, Pa. No. 300. Tonight, God sits in the hills around Cokesville." The editor stopped the transmission and said, "Forget the story. Interview God, and get picture." But God doesn’t want His picture made!

Many have misunderstood this commandment. They have taken it to mean that God is condemning any type of photography or pictures. Many religious people are this way. Some feel that any art, statues, dolls, stuffed animals, etc, are forbidden. That view, however, is simply adding to the Word of God. This Commandment was given for the sole reason of preventing men from inventing objects to be used in worship.

Today, I would like to help you understand this passage. It may be hard for us, people who have never been exposed to true idol worship, to comprehend exactly what God is saying. However, there are truths given in these verses that we all need to learn. So, with the Lord helps, I am going to teach on this thought, "No Pictures Allowed."

THE RESTRICTION OF DEITY

A Command To Follow – God says, in no uncertain terms, that producing an image intended to receive worship is forbidden!

A Custom To Flee – Since the early days of man’s civilization, he has invented for himself idols, and representations of his concept of God, to worship. Idolatry always seemed to be Israel’s weakness. This first manifested itself in Exodus 32:1-14, with the incident concerning the Golden Calf. Israel’s idolatry was rooted in the fact that their hearts were turned away from the Lord. This violates the first Commandment. They also seemed to manifest an over dependence on Moses and had elevated him to the place of a little god. Then, they tried to spiritualize their error by equating the worship of the calf with worship of Jehovah God. When a person needs some image or representation of God to assist in worship, it is a sure indicator of a lack in the spiritual life of that individual.

A Change To Fix Our Hearts On - Idolaters genuinely believe that their idols are truly god. This is proven by their bowing to it, praying to it, sacrificing to it, giving to it, etc. Many even hold installation ceremonies where the deity is invited into the idol to take up residence. You and I should resolve that we will allow no image to take the place of God in our hearts!

Man is forbidden from this foolish and vain activity.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Prepare To Meet Thy God” By J. H. Stanley

Careless soul, why will you linger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God?
Hear you not the invitation?
Oh, prepare to meet thy God.
Refrain:
Careless soul, oh, heed the warning,
For your life will soon be gone;
Oh, how sad to face the judgment,
Unprepared to meet thy God.

Why so thoughtless are you standing,
While the fleeting years go by,
And your life is spent in folly?
Oh, prepare to meet thy God.
Refrain:

Hear you not the earnest pleadings
Of your friends that wish you well?
And perhaps before tomorrow
You’ll be called to meet your God.
Refrain:

If you spurn the invitation
Till the Spirit shall depart,
Then you’ll see your sad condition,
Unprepared to meet thy God.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Beloved God, we bow before You, for You alone know how to heal our heart. Let us therefore forsake our wicked ways, and our unrighteous thoughts; let us return to the Lord our God, for He will have compassion on us and abundantly pardon. You, O God, desire truth and purity in the inward most part of our heart. The grace and healing power You offer us is amazing. May we come to desire You as much as You desire to save and deliver us from the destruction that is forthcoming. Help us to find our place in Jesus and move at His will. This we pray and ask in His name, AMEN!


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PURPLE180 7/22/2012 6:52PM

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HUZZAH39 7/22/2012 5:30PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Vic. It also reminds me of how the Israelites were being sinful with idolatry and God Sent poisonous snakes as a result of their sin. Many died because of the poisonous snake bite but my Pastor today said that they were already spiritually dead.
Moses cried out on their behalf and God answered by asking Moses to make a staff with a bronze serpent for the people who were afflicted to look on and be healed. Unfortunately, the people idolizing this pole rather than the true Healer, God Himself. That symbol is still seen in the medical field today but Christians know that God is our Master Physician and physicians are the vessels whom God uses to heal at times. Ultimately, our healing comes from God!
Pastor Bill gave us John 3:13-21 which sums it up nicely:
(Note: I am not sure which version he used.)


John 3:13-21

New King James Version (NKJV)


13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.[a] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[b] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Footnotes:a.John 3:13 NU-Text omits who is in heaven.
b.John 3:15 NU-Text omits not perish but.

New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


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LOSTLIME 7/22/2012 1:32PM

    Once again a great lesson! Thank you for sharing.

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ANHELIC 7/22/2012 12:10PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson and prayer. As we prepare to worship God and only God, this was an awesome lesson for us. i believe god puts us in the right place at the right time, and not just circumstance. I love God with all my heart and have an attitude for gratitude for what He has given me. Sending God's richest blessings your wary for your awesome teaching Vic.
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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/22/2012 10:05AM

    Amen! another great lesson and prayer!
We dont need any idols as we all know "Walk by faith not by sight" We have faith, so we believe something that is not in front of us. Money and anything that we can see was given to us by God! God gave us wealth in many different forms. Let us pray that we never lost sight and idolized materials in our lives!

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EDITOR 7/22/2012 7:55AM

    This was so good, Vic! Thank you for lessons and prayers to prepare us to worship God as due!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/22/2012 7:37AM

    Another great lesson to read as I'm ready to head to church...Thank you Vic

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/22/2012 7:21AM

    O Lord God, Please direct our paths as we strive to serve you with all our heart, might, mind and strength that we shall be numbered among your children when the day of judgment comes. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thank you Vic for again turning my heart towards Christ on this blessed Lord's Day! May God bless you and your household is my prayer.

~Melissa

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SANDRALEET 7/22/2012 7:00AM

    An idol is anything we worship or value as much as God.Pray to God not saints or anyone. He and only he is God Above our country Our family yourself and everything in the world.He is the one and only.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 7/21/2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 7/21/2012

Ex. 20:1-3
WHO’S ON FIRST ? Lesson 16b

v. 2 GOD’S REASON

God could make this demand of Israel because He had paid the price for them. He had purchased them unto Himself and they were His. He chose them, loved them, delivered them and blessed them. Therefore, they owed Him absolute reverence and worship. How much more do we, the Blood bought Church of Jesus Christ, owe to Him? We owe Him our total devotion! Notice the price He paid:

He came down from Heaven – John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2:5-8

He endured poverty and hardship – Matt. 8:20

He was rejected by the very people He came to save – John 1:11

He was scourged – Matt. 27:26; Psa. 129:3

He was beaten – Luke 22:63-64

He was spit upon – Matt. 27:30

He was mocked – Matt. 27:26-29

He was humiliated – Matt. 27:35

He was crucified – Luke 23:38

His beard was plucked out – Isa. 50:6\He died – John 19:30

He loved us – Jer. 31:3; John 3:16

He called us – Matt. 11:28; John 6:44

He received us – John 6:37

He saved us – Eph. 2:8-9

He cleansed us and forgave us every sin – Col. 2:13-14

He adopted us – Eph. 1:5

He keeps us – 1 Pet. 1:5

He has every right to demand exclusive worship from His children. Wouldn’t you agree? ( 1 Cor. 6:19-20).


MAN’S RESPONSE

There are only 2 possible ways in which man can respond.

Man can continue to place everything in the world before God. This is rebellion and will end in hell for the lost man and a life of chastisement and loss of reward for the saint (1 Cor. 3:13-15).

Or, man can comply with God’s demands. To do so will result in a blessed life and a glorious eternity.

As you look into your heart right now, what, or who, do you see on the throne of your heart? Anything or anyone other than Jesus is an idol!

Conc: Okay, Who’s on first? The only solution to idols is to bring them to God and leave them before Him. He excels in destroying them and replacing them with His wonderful presence and glory. Remember, He will tolerate no one but Himself on the throne of your heart.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Praise Thee, O God” By William P. MacKay (1863)

We praise Thee, O God for the Son of Thy love
For Jesus Who died and is now gone above

Chorus:
Hallelujah, Thine the glory
Hallelujah, amen
Hallelujah, Thine the glory
Revive us again

We praise Thee, O God for Thy Spirit of light
Who hath shown us our Savior and scattered our night

Repeat Chorus

All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain
Who hath borne all our sins and hath cleansed every stain

Repeat Chorus

All glory and praise to the God of all grace
Who hast brought us, and sought us, and guided our ways

Repeat Chorus

Revive us again
Revive us again; Fill each heart with Thy love
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above

Repeat Chorus

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father, Merciful Gad, we pray that our treasures will always be in You and not in our possessions nor the distractions of this world. Help us never to make an idol out of anything or anyone. We put You first be cause we believe in You and because You are worthy of all our devotion and worship. We give You love, , honor and gratitude for all the good things with which You bless us daily. Most of all we thank You for Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior, and Friend. You, O Lord, are our greatest desire and we seek to live in such a way as to bring You honor, praise and glory. This we pray as we come before Your Throne of grace. Amen!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/22/2012 6:03AM

    To God be all glory, honor and praise! Amen. Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer.

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ANHELIC 7/21/2012 11:58PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson and prayer. I am constantly learning from from you. You are truly blessed by God.
Sending you richest blessings Vic.
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LOSTLIME 7/21/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you for the lesson,Vic!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/21/2012 10:02AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson...

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/21/2012 10:01AM

    Thank you Vic!
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If human can see how beautiful heaven is, no one will idolized anything in this world; Heaven is beyond our imagination; God gave us imagination and the power to think...look around and look at how beautiful the sky, the flowers, and everything else around us. May be this will be an eye opener to put God in the center of everything and make us anxious to get to heaven.

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ANGELIC0W 7/21/2012 9:11AM

  You are a person whose hopes and dreams are alive and well. Thank you for taking the time to share and thank God for all things good....for His gifts are far to numerous to count.

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SANDRALEET 7/21/2012 8:03AM

    The world is not as important when we now that heaven is were I want to be Love not the things of this world for it is only a stop over and a testing ground To show our love and worship of God

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 7/20/2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, 7/20/2012

Ex. 20:1-3
WHO’S ON FIRST ? Lesson 16a

Ex 20:1-3 “ And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me“.

Old Abbott and Costello had a skit. It doesn’t matter too much who is in what position in our lives until we settle the matter of who is on first. In other words, we need to know who is in first place in our lives. This issue must be settled! If anyone, or anything, occupies first place in our lives ahead of God, than our lives are out of control and out of balance. This is the gist of the 1st Commandment. God wants to tell us who must be on first if our lives are to be everything they can be for His glory.

I. v.3 GOD’S REQUIREMENT

God’s requirement is very simple. He demands to be in first place in every area of our lives. He knows that all men must have a God of some sort, and He demands that it be Himself. ( Ex. 34:14 – A Jealous God ). God alone is worthy of our love and devotion. He will allow no interlopers.

Some would ask, "Well, isn’t there only 1 God?" Yes, there is only 1 true God, but there are many false Gods! "Our God is the thing, or the person, which we think most precious, for whom we would make the greatest sacrifice, and who moves our heart with the warmest love. He is the person, or thing, that if lost would leave us desolate." – Alan Redpath. "Whatever we make the most of is our God." – Martin Luther.

Man, by nature, is a religious creature. He will find someone, or something, to give his worship to. Often, things and people occupy first place in our lives. Notice some things we elevate to the status of godhood in our lives.

The God Of Pleasure – Phil. 3:18-19 – Pleasure is like a drug. It often requires more to get the same effect, and can include: sensual, sexual, sports, entertainment, etc., (Heb. 11:25).

The God of Possessions – Matt. 6:24. The gift of grab dominates many lives. People who place money and things first are idolaters: In this god we Trust like an old man and his secret stash.

The God Of Personal Worth – Romans 1:25 – When a person feels that the world revolves around them, and that they must always come out on top, that person is an idolater.

The God Of Plans And Projects – Anything that occupies the mind and life ahead of God is an idol!

This list is practically endless. Man can make a God out of anything. Yet, we must allow ourselves no God but the Almighty!

If we conducted a poll today and asked each person to name the person or thing that dominated your life, what would the answer be? Whatever it is, that thing or person is your God!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Greatest Commands” By Traditional (1993)

Alto:
Love one another, for love is of God.
He who loves is born of God;
And knows God.
He who does not love, does not know God,
For God is love, God is love, God is love.

Bass: (join Alto on 2nd time)
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Endures all things.

Tenor: (join Alto and Bass on 3rd time)
God is love, God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love,
God is love, God is love, God is love.

Soprano: (join the Alto, Bass and Tenor on the 4th time)
Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
With all thy soul, all thy strength,
All thy mind.
Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
For God is love, God is love, God is love.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Almighty God, You are our refuge and strength, an ever present Help in times of troubles. We will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Show us how to put one foot in front of the other after a catastrophe and return to some semblance of living for our Lord. Help us to be an inspiring example of spiritual strength and courage in heartbreaking moments in life. Thank You God for loving us and for calming the storms in our life. Thank You Jesus for being our strength and refuge in devastations, catastrophes, circumstantial disappointments, and spiritual confusions. Thank You Holy Spirit for helping us to hear heaven‘s message, “FEAR NOT”. Thank You Loving God for your peace and strength in our hour of need. These things we pray and ask in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/20/2012 9:05PM

    emoticon for emoticon lesson and beutiful prayer!
When we do everything for God and put God in every aspects of our lives, we are leaving a peaceful life. Hard to believe but give it a try and we shall enjoy the moment!
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/20/2012 11:29AM

    Thanks Vic for another great lesson....God is good ALL the time; ALL the time God is good!

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LOSTLIME 7/20/2012 11:21AM

    thank you. Have a blessed weekend.

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    emoticon for the beautiful prayer and the beautiful song!

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ANHELIC 7/20/2012 9:08AM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson and awesome prayer. I rely on God and Holy Spirit's guidance. Even when I ended up in the hospital last weekend, I know God put me there so I could have a second chance to correct my eating habits. While there, I prayed and thanked God for being there with me and saving me from a possible heart attack. Thank you Jesus for living in my heart and dying for me so I may live.
God bless you Vic for your friendship and teaching.
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/20/2012 8:56AM

    I wish I had the music notes for today's hymn. I know the alto and bass parts, but not the tenor or soprano. I will have to look online and see if I can find it.

I definitely need to have more trust in my heart that God will provide in times of trouble. I often find myself worrying about food supplies, a roof over our head, a job to provide an income. These securities can be so fleeting, but I need to trust God that he will provide all our needs in times of trouble. Thank you for this beautiful, thoughtful, inspired prayer. May God bless you and your household this day!

~Melissa

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SANDRALEET 7/20/2012 8:14AM

    Well put my friend And help us keep faith in hard times.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/20/2012 7:21AM

    a great message Vic! Thank you for sharing so much with us!

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  Thanks.

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Following In The Footsteps of Faith,and This Is My Prayer, Thu, 7/19/2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, and THIS MY PRAYER, Thu, 7/19/2012

Exodus 20:1-17
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, Lesson 15b

THE RANSOM FROM THE LAW

The Law condemned and offered no hope, Jesus came to fulfill the Law and set us free from its bondage.

In His life and death, Jesus did all that was necessary to set us free.

He fulfilled the Law – Gal. 4:4. Jesus perfectly kept the Law and fulfilled all the types of Law in Leviticus and Numbers. He became our Passover Lamb and our Scapegoat, forever taking away the demands of the Law upon our lives. The Law was never given to make us righteous. It was given to show us that in ourselves and in our own works, we could never hope to keep the Law. The Law opens our eyes so that we will see our need for Jesus – (Gal. 3:24).

Jesus met all the righteous requirements of the Law – (Col. 2:13-14). Jesus’ death satisfied God’s requirements for sin and for obedience to the Law. When we are in Him, we are not forced to obey the Law, but rather we are compelled to obey it out of love for Him and His great sacrifice for our sins. In Him, we move under grace, not the whip of the Law – (Rom. 6:14-15; Gal. 5:18).

When we receive Christ as Savior, He writes the New Law in our hearts – (Jer. 31:33; Rom. 2:15).

THE RELEVANCE OF THE LAW

With all this in mind, some Christians might be prone to think that the Law therefore has no impact on us today. That there is no reason for us to even think about the Law or the Ten Commandments. That is a false assumption! When we get to the place where we need no guidelines, then we have entered lawlessness, we are in trouble and in sin.

Matt. 5:17-18. Tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish or to do away with the Law or Ten Commandments. He came to fulfill them. Fulfill – "To carry out, to make full, to get to the heart of." When we are in Christ, the Ten Commandments become more relevant than ever.

Matt. 22:35-40 – Jesus summed up all the Law of God into two commandments. If I love God as I should, I will always keep Commandments 1 thru 4. If I love my neighbor as I should, I will always keep Commandments 5 thru 10. Augustine put it this way, "Love God and please Him." That works, because when you love God, you will always seek to do those things that please Him!

The Commandments do not stand as rungs on a ladder to climb for salvation. They stand as barriers erected by God to help us live to the glorify His Name. They are relevant today!

Ted Koppel of Nightline said, "Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not the "10 Suggestions." They are Commandments.. “Are, not were“! The sheer brilliance of the Ten Commandments is that they are codify in a handful of words acceptable for human behavior , not just for then and now, but for all time." To this I say, "Amen!"

Conc: Can we keep these rules for life? Not in ourselves, but it is possible in Jesus – (Phil. 4:13). The Reason? We operate with a different motive and power as believers in Jesus. Far too many have tried to keep the 10 Commandments from the outside in. They have tried to do good to change their heart. As Christians, we come at the things from the opposite direction. Because our hearts have been changed, we are able to live the Ten Commandments from the inside out and it works just fine! Yes, they are relevant! And, we shall see that as the lessons unfolds.

Are you saved? Or, are you trying to please God by keeping some list of do’s and don’ts? If you are trying to do good your way to God, let me tell you it will not work! The only way to please God is to come to Him through His Son, the Lord Jesus. Receive Him by faith and then He will give you the power to live the kind of life you are failing to live right now.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Living For Jesus” By T. O. Chisholm (1917)

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
Refrain:
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Refrain:

Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
Refrain:

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Wonderful Father, Amazing God, how many times have we fret about Your timing in our life. Yet, have You not shown us that Jesus knows each step of the journey? He knows what stops are necessary along the way. He knows what time it is because He is the way, and we do not need to worry, that we are going to be late. Can anyone of us add one single hour to our life by worrying? Help us to understand that our anxieties and fears rob us of our faith and trust in You. Enable us to trust Your timing more, and to wait patiently for an answer from You. We Praise You, Father and we thank You for Jesus. It is in His name we pray. Amen!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/19/2012 8:57PM

    Amen! emoticon Vic! emoticon lesson
Everything happened at God's time; his timing is not ours but his timing is for our own good; wait patiently and we shall see the reward! emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/19/2012 4:43PM

    Amen. I would not be robbed of my faith and trust. and victory! Christ help me walk in humility so you may gain the vicory. and the praise!

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ANHELIC 7/19/2012 12:09PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome prayer and lesson. I have started realizing that everything happens in God's time, not our time. I know God puts us in the right place at the right time. sometimes I feel that following the Ten Commandments is all I have to do, but then I realize I love Jesus for what He did for me and know I must wait patiently for Him to guide me. I thank God for giving you the ability to teach and pray like you do for us. I love my day to start with your lesson and prayer. God bless you Vic my friend.
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/19/2012 11:02AM

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SANDRALEET 7/19/2012 8:23AM

    I love that if you love God and others you harm not and do good to all.When you do that you follow the commandments.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/19/2012 8:17AM

    Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. I do need to learn to wait on the Lord better. There are things I am trying to accomplish in my life, but things just never seem to be coming together. I need to pray and trust in Him more! And the words to the hymn really ministered to my today as well. Thank you so much! May God bless you and your household is my prayer.



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LOSTLIME 7/19/2012 7:58AM

    I really like it. Thank you for the combination of the lesson and the prayer. It starts
my day. emoticon

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EDITOR 7/19/2012 7:11AM

    Loved, loved, loved. I am glad you combined the prayer and lesson. May no one be overwhelmed, but may they take the time you give to us each day and glean from it throughout the day. Praising God we can keep step.
Thanks also Vic for goodies and notes.

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MOM-MOM8 7/19/2012 7:04AM

    Good morning, Vic. What a wonderful way to start my day. Thank you. I thank God for giving you the ability to teach us he wonderful words for life. Blessings, Eileen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/19/2012 6:58AM

    I have never been given a greater gift! emoticon

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