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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.
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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LOOKINGUP2012 7/20/2012 9:37AM

    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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MOM-MOM8 7/20/2012 7:17AM

    emoticon Have a Blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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NANAW12001 7/20/2012 7:06AM

  Thanks.

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