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Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 7/26/2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/26

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18c

GOD’S NAME IS A VIOLATED NAME

This verse tells us that it is wrong to use God’s Name in vain. This word means, "empty, idle, insincerely, phony, frivolous, lacking in reality and truth." When we treat the Name of God as another by-word, it is nothing short of blasphemy! Sadly, we hear His Name degraded far more often that we hear it being exalted! There are 2 primary ways in which we violate the Blessed Name of God.

When We Use It As A Curse – How many times have we heard, or said, "Oh God!"; "Oh my God!"; "Jesus!"; Oh Jesus!"; "Oh Christ!"; "Jesus Christ!"; "God Almighty!"; or any of a thousand others just like those? Even Christians are guilty of saying things like, "Oh Lord!"; "My God!"; "Good God!" We’ve all done, but it is degrading to the Lord’s Name to throw it around so casually. Often, we are guilty of using slang expressions that we feel to be harmless, but which are actually derivatives from some form of God’s Name. Some are: "Gosh, golly, gee, gee whiz, cripes, criminy, jeeze."

Others are just a play on the mother of all curse words, "God Damn It." They are: "Dog gone it; Gosh darn it; dang nib it; dang blame it, etc." Often, men will attribute things to God which He had no part in by saying, "By God!" Others will seek to invoke His Name by saying "God Almighty!" No matter how you say it or how you slice it up, when we use the Lord’s Name in a vain way, we are guilty of violating the Holiest of all Names! I haven’t even dealt with the little slang words we use when angry! You know what you say!" Dr. L. Nelson Bell warns that a person who freely uses "hell, " "damn," and "devil" in his conversation may well be reminding himself of his destination, his condition, and his master.

When We Use It Casually – What I mean by that is this, Sunday after Sunday, Christians utter the Name of God in songs and in prayers and in testimonies, but often there is no sincerity and no genuine reverence for that Name. In other words, it just isn’t from the heart. It makes us sound spiritual, so we use it. But, when we invoke the wonderful Name of God, we are to do so with meaning and significance. Whenever that Name is used, it must be used reverently, respectfully and from a heart of adoration and worship. Otherwise, it is being used improperly and in vain. Beware, therefore, of the casual usage of God’s Holy name.

When We Use It As Camouflage – The most subtle way Christians take the Lord’s Name in vain in through hypocrisy. When we vow to God to do one thing and in turn do another, then we are guilty before Him. If His Name reveals His character, and we are going it in His Name, then our hypocrisy sends a false image of God and therefore violates His Name. "The hypocrisy of the church is far worse than the profanity of the street." Says, Greg Laurie. Luke 6:46. Teaches us to not be guilty of hiding behind the Name of God as a camouflage for evil!

GOD’S NAME WILL BE VINDICATED

There Will Be Punishment For The Violator – (not the Guiltless – clean, pure, free, innocent.) God will deal with those who willfully violate the sacredness of His Name. Imagine having to stand before God and defend your profane use of His Name! The person who uses God’s Name in vain can never be fully right with God and in position for His blessing until that sin is repented of.

A Path For The Christian – After the Welsh revival of 1904, foul mouthed miners who had been saved returned to the mines and were faced with the task of retraining their mules. It seems that the animals were unable to understand the commands of the miners when there was no profanity used. One day a farmer arrived home much later than his wife expected him, so she asked him what had taken so long. His reply was this, "Well, I picked up the preacher down the road, and after that moment, those horses couldn’t understand a thing I said to them."

God’s plan for His people is that we guard our tongues and that when we use His Name, we do so with reverence and respect. Christians have need to swear, or to attach an oath to their speech, (Matt. 5:37; James 5:12). Some might be asking, "What can I say then?" The less said, the better off you will be when you stand before the Lord! – (Matt. 12:36).

Conc: A Missionary to the Orient witnessed a 20 year old native approach a heathen idol. He bowed before it and quickly pulled out a knife and cut out his own tongue, placing it before the idol. Within minutes, the young man had collapsed in a pool of his own blood at the idols feet. God doesn’t want you tongue cut from your head, but He does want it consecrated and dedicated wholly to His worship, His adoration and His glorification. How are you using your tongue? Remember, God’s last Name is not Damn!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Will Glorify” By Twila Paris (1982)

We Will Glorify the King of Kings
We Will Glorify the Lamb
We Will Glorify the Lord of Lords
Who Is the Great I Am

Lord Jehovah Reigns in Majesty
We Will Bow Before His Throne
We Will Worship Him in Righteousness
We Will Worship Him Alone

He Is Lord of Heaven, Lord of Earth
He Is Lord of All Who Live
He Is Lord Above the Universe
All Praise to Him We Give

Hallelujah to the King of Kings
Hallelujah to the Lamb
Hallelujah to the Lord of Lords
Who Is the Great I Am

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Glorious Father, Holy God of heaven above and on earth below, how can we ever repay You for all the goodness You have done for us? We can’t even begin to put a price or a cost on Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, Your peace, Your joy, Your word, etc. We can however, respond to Your love with praises, promises, and faithful living. We can call upon Your name in prayers, songs and hymns. We can keep our vows to You; and we can share the Gospel with others. We can glorify You daily by letting our light shine for You. May we seek daily not to repay You, but to accept Your Love and respond in grateful service. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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BJPENNY70 7/29/2012 12:26AM

    It is good to hear someone speaking up against sin. Amen! We all need reminders of sin and to repent.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/26/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for the lesson Vic. i struggle with that at times when i am frustrated. God forgive ne for using your name like that and help me to praise you instead; even when I am blue. God bless you and your family.

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LOSTLIME 7/26/2012 8:52PM

    Thanks for the lesson and prayer!

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NADINEL 7/26/2012 4:53PM

    Thank you for this lesson, Vic. I have heard some of the slang words you used here were still using the Lord's name in vain, but this is a much extended list that I never considered. Thank you. Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/26/2012 4:29PM

    When I was growing up I heard a ton of swear words and admit i use to swear at times! I know better than that now and try for only sweet words! He is soooo great how could we use his name for any other purpose! I find I turn to you for my morning start nearly every day now! A big thank you for turning me on to Jesus more than I already was! Ya gotta love him!!!

luv you much,

Linda

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/26/2012 3:18PM

    Amen. A wonderful lesson and prayer.

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ANHELIC 7/26/2012 2:25PM

    Thank you for your lesson Vic. it is so true that people use God's name in vain. I have asked a few friends not to do this when I am there. I drove through a stop light that changed quickly and a policeman was two cars behind me. I saw the flashing lights, I stopped and prayed that God would forgive me for my error. My mind was on getting home. I was grateful that there were no cars around.
Thank you for you awesome prayer and the goodies.
God bless you and your household Vic.
Joan

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/26/2012 10:43AM

    I enjoy your lessons Vic. Thank you

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/26/2012 7:59AM

    Christ truly is my everything and I do strive to shine for Him every day! Thank you Vic for this beautiful prayer. May God bless you and your household this day is my prayer. Amen.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/26/2012 7:27AM

    emoticon Vic for a great reminder! Beutiful prayer! emoticon
Friends!
It is sad that we live in a society where we use God's name in vain without realizing it sometimes. I admit I have been one of the one who had use God's name in vain; especially back when I was surrounded by negative people. But as I meditate my day each night, I realized what I had done and asked for forgiveness and asked for God to help me avoiding myself from being influence or doing it again on my own. I did better. Now I found myself using "Lord have mercy on my soul" instead of God damn it. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 7/26/2012 7:27AM

  Enjoyed your blog and the emphasis it brings. It is certainly food for thought!

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SANDRALEET 7/26/2012 7:21AM

    Say nothing .The sad part is when we sin and do not repent. That is the part that remains hard in our heart The sins we do not let go It can be many things.

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EDITOR 7/26/2012 7:12AM

    I don't even like holy cow, gosh and Gee. But I have heard worse and I pray I'll hear less!

Thanks for the goodie and the exhortation to praise His Holy Name.



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NCSUE0514 7/26/2012 7:05AM

    May you know God's loving presence throughout this day!

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CMKARLS 7/26/2012 7:04AM

  Thanks for Sharing
God Bless You

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Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 7/25/2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/25

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18b

GOD’S NAME IS A VENERABLE NAME

Venerable means: Sacred, Holy, Worthy of Respect and Reverence. God’s Name is often misused and misspoken because it is misunderstood and not appreciated as it should be. Right now, I want to help us fully understand and appreciate this Sacred Name.

The Announcement Of God’s Holy Name – The importance of names in the Bible as opposed to now. Names in the Bible usually revealed something about the person, his ancestry or his background. This is especially true in regard to the Name of God. In truth, God has chosen to reveal Himself to man through His Names. There are over 300 given in the Bible. Two are used here and it is these 2 that we will concentrate on today.

LORD – When you see this word in the bible, it is the English rendering of the Hebrew word "Jehovah." It describes God as the self-existent, eternal One. It is the Name, "I AM." This is the name God used when He revealed Himself to Moses, (Ex. 3:14). This Name is used to declare God’s nature, that is unchanging and eternal – (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17). In the Bible, Jehovah is coupled with other words to form compound names for God which reveal more about His nature and His attributes. Some Are:

Jehovah-Jireh – "The LORD will provide" – Gen. 22:14.
Jehovah-Nissi – "The LORD is my banner." – Ex. 17:15.
Jehovah-Shalom – "The LORD is peace" – Judges 6:24.
Jehovah-Shammah – "The LORD is there" – Eze. 48:35.
Jehovah-Tsebaoth – "The LORD of Hosts" – 1 Sam. 1:3
Jehovah-Rohi – "The LORD is my Shepherd" – Psa. 23:1.

God – Elohim – Refers to the One Supreme, faithful, triune God. Literally, "The Strong and Faithful One!" This is the common word for God in the bible. It is used over 2,000 times in the Old Testament. In fact, when God stepped out of eternity to reveal Himself to man, this is the Name He chose. A Name depicting Himself as the Strong and Faithful One. The God who can be depended on!

There are many other Names given to God in the Old Testament. Some are:

El – God
El-Shadday – God Almighty
Adonai – Lord

The Adoration Of God’s Name – God’s Name is to be held in extreme reverence and adoration, as its only occurrence of "reverend" in the Bible – (Psa. 111:9). This is why preachers should personally reject the title of Reverent, the esteem the Jews held for His Name. The scribes would, when they came to the Name of God in the writing, stop writing, thoroughly wash themselves, change pens, then write the Name of God. Afterwards, they would throw the pen away so that it could never be used to write another word. Many orthodox Jews today will not even say the Name Jehovah or Yahweh. Instead, they say the word for Lord, Adonai. I am afraid that we have lost much of that holy respect for God’s glorious Name. When we use God’s Name, it is to be in a manner consistent with His character. We are to hold His Name in reverence, awe, respect and worship. ( Psa. 66:2; Psa. 34:3; Psa. 29:2; Matt. 6:9).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Praise The Name Of Jesus” By Roy Hicks, Jr. (1976)

Praise the name of Jesus
Praise the name of Jesus
He's my rock, He's my fortress
He's my deliverer
In Him will I trust
Praise the name of Jesus
(Repeat)

We praise your name Lord Jesus
We praise your name Lord Jesus
You're my rock, You're my fortress
You're my deliverer
In You will I trust
We praise your name Lord

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord God Almighty! Lord, more than anything else in life, we want Your presence in our life. We do not want to entertain sin in our heart. We want our heart to be right with You so You will always hear our prayers. We know we are not perfect, so we ask that by the power of the Holy Spirit and Your Holiness, You will enable us to keep our heart pure and our lips clean. Thank You for loving us and helping us to do what is right in Your sight. May praises and blessings be always in our heart and on our lips to Your glory. This we ask in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!


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BJPENNY70 7/29/2012 12:32AM

    I love this blog. What a spiritual thrill knowing what GOD's name means.

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PURPLEPEONY 7/25/2012 11:10PM

    He has a name above any other name! All praise & glory to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ! emoticon

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NADINEL 7/25/2012 3:09PM

    Thank you, Vic. Wonderful! He is name is worthy to be Praised!

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ANHELIC 7/25/2012 1:44PM

    Thank you Vic for the reminder about God's names. We did a whole study at church on each name. this was a great reminder. Thank you for your awesome prayer. I love God with all my heart and try to live by his laws. God bless you Vic.
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EDITOR 7/25/2012 11:48AM

    Vic, this was awesome and purely Holy Spirit driven. Thank you.
There is just something about His Name!

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PURPLE180 7/25/2012 11:18AM

    AMEN!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/25/2012 10:32AM

    emoticonVic for a great lesson

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/25/2012 7:35AM

    Amen Vic! Thank you for this mighty prayer.

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SANDRALEET 7/25/2012 7:34AM

    I love the The Jerusalem Bible because the new leave some out and adds more meaning then was intended.I love the Old version for I get the feeling what it meant at that time it was written..

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Folowing In The Footsteps of Faith and This Is My Prayer, Tue, 7/24/2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 7/24

Exodus 20:7
GOD’S LAST NAME IS NOT DAMN, Lesson 18a

In the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey, lives a certain variety of crane. These birds tend to cackle a lot, especially while flying. And, all that noise gets the attention of eagles, who swoop down and seize them for a meal. The experienced cranes avoid this threat by picking up stones large enough to fill their mouths. This prevents them from cackling--and from becoming lunch for the eagles. People have a problem with their mouths too. It seemed to me that this was an appropriate illustration to begin our study on the 3rd Commandment.

You see, on the front of every face is a large opening called a mouth. In each mouth is a little organ called a tongue. The tongue, though relatively small when compared to the whole body, is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. It must be! After all, man can split atoms, walk on the moon, construct enough weapons to destroy his world thousands of times over, yet he cannot seem to control his little tongue, (James 3:8). In James 3, the Bible gives us valuable insight into this little monster that lives in our mouths, (James 3:1-12). Paul tells us that as Christians, we are to use our tongues for noble pursuits, (Eph. 4:29). He also tells us in Col. 3:8, that we are to watch our filthy mouths. I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me, few things are as disgusting, as repulsive and as repugnant as a mouth spewing forth profanity and verbal stupidity. If you are guilty of using filthy language, then shame on you! But, I am sure you have good reasons for your foul mouth.

A man named Alex Dunlap has written and published a tract entitled Ten Reasons Why I Swear. The purpose of the tract was to show how foolish swearing was. Here are the reasons he gives:

It pleases my mother so much.
It is a fine mark of manliness.
It proves I have self-control.
It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
It makes my conversation so pleasing to everyone.
It leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind as to my good breeding.
It impresses people that I have more than an ordinary education.
It is an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.
It makes me a very desirable personality among women and children of culture and refinement.
It is my way of honoring God, who said, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain."

Today, we have come to the 3rd Commandment. It deals with something far more serious than just a filthy mouth. This Commandment discusses the misuse, or profane use of God’s Holy Name. God’s Name is a Holy Name! It isn’t to be used unless it is used in connection with His praise or His proclamation. Sadly, to many it seems, God’s name is no more than a curse word. A by-word they can throw around at will.

Little Mary, attending Sunday School for the first time one Christmas season, eagerly listened as her teacher told of the birth of God’s Son. She thrilled to the story of the angels, wise men, the star, and the gifts. Then the teacher added, "And they shall call His name Jesus." She looked over at the person beside her and asked, "Why did they have to name such a sweet baby a swear word?" It was the first time that she had ever heard His Name used outside of a curse!

You know, kids just repeat what they hear! "The boy's mother was furious. `Young man, where did you learn to talk that way? "The boy hesitated, looked toward his father, and asked, `Well, Dad, should I tell her?'"

We are literally surrounded by profanity. These statistics concerning television ought to cause us some alarm. Did you know: In one year's time prime-time television airs 8,333 acts of violence, 14,313 incidents of sex, and 23,566 uses of profanity. --Wesleyan Advocate, Jun 1995 .

Profanity on television increased by an alarming 45% in the first four years of the 1990s, according to a Southern Illinois University study. Researchers monitored two weeks of prime-time programming on NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, and found that words that were once banned are now heard about once every five minutes on prime-time sitcoms.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus, Name Above All Names” By Naida Hearn (1974)

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Thank You Father for Loving us and for blessing us. You are an awesome God. Enable us to always remember to thank, the Lord of Host; especially when He brings us through tough situations, when we have faced our Goliath, when we have been in the lion’s den or the fiery furnaces of life, when our situation has seemed hopeless. Help us to remember to boast about our God and how He saved us and delivered us. Thank You Father for allowing us to learn more about Jesus and the battles He has fought for us. We joy and gladness we pray in His Name. Amen!


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/24/2012 8:21PM

    The eightfold path tells us to be careful with our words. It is of the utmost importance!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 7/24/2012 8:20PM

    Thank you Vic for that lesson. We all need a reminder of how we are supposed to act and live. I know I have trouble with my mouth at times too.

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THEADMIRAL 7/24/2012 7:38PM

    Cursing and blessing don't belong together. As a choir member, I am mindful that my mouth was created to praise God and not speak filth. Not saying I succeed all the time, but I lean on Him to block me from doing so.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 7/24/2012 6:46PM

    Amen and thank you Vic for great reminder!

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NELLIEC 7/24/2012 3:36PM

    I shudder when I hear young people casually swear. I feel they are ruining their future!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/24/2012 11:49AM

    Amen...

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LOSTLIME 7/24/2012 10:04AM

    Amen. I'll pass this on to others.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 7/24/2012 8:27AM

    Amen Vic! Thank you for this beautiful reminder of God's blessings in our lives. It reminded me of the poem Footprints...The Lord replied, "My son, My Precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." Author Unknown.

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ANHELIC 7/24/2012 8:15AM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson and prayer. Thank you also for the goodie. I dislike talking with people who use profanity, especially Jesus' name in vain. I refuse to watch TV that has coarse language, sex and this type of show. I prefer to only watch the old time shows from 40 or 50 years ago like the Nelson family, Leave it to Beaver, Waltons, etc. Thank you again for this lesson. I will share it with some of my friends. Many blessings to you.
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EDITOR 7/24/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks Vic and thanks for the goodie.

I have told people that very same thing about God's last name. Only one quit that nasty sin. I pray against movie producers and TV shows that use that word and the channel does not censor it. It is so common these days in the media. Let us guard our mind and heart from such atrocities.

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SANDRALEET 7/24/2012 7:37AM

    So true You here it on t.v. so children can pick it up Be careful for the world can lead you astray Here something often en off and we start to believe it A lie can become truth and if everyone dose it it is all right.

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AZMOMXTWO 7/24/2012 7:27AM

  thank you and I will share it

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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.
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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.
Joan
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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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