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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/9/2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Thu, 8/9/2012

Exodus 20:15
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL, Lesson 23b

STEALING IS A VIOLATION OF A LOYALTY

As An Employee – Employee theft costs companies billions of dollars every year, somewhere in the neighborhood of $120 billion. According to USA Today, 48 % of all American workers took something from an employer last year. People do this by taking thing home, selling things without their employers knowledge and pocketing the money, taking kickbacks, falsifying time records, wasting time while at work, etc.

Many years ago a young lad in a small village was working in a general store when a man entered and ordered some cloth. Observing that the owner of the establishment wasn't there, the customer suggested the boy cheat a little and give him an extra yard or two. "It'll be all right, son," he said. "No one will ever know about it. Your master isn't in." Looking somewhat stunned, the youngster quickly replied, "Oh, but you're mistaken, sir. My Master is always in! You see, I'm a Christian." He was conscious of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

After F. E. Marsh preached on this subject, a young man came to him and said, "Pastor, you have put me in a bad fix. I've stolen from my employer, and I'm ashamed to tell him about it. You see, I'm a boat builder, and the man I work for is an unbeliever. I have often talked to him about Christ, but he only laughs at me. In my work, expensive copper nails are used because they won't rust in water. I've been taking some of them home for a boat I am building in my backyard. I'm afraid if I tell my boss what I've done and offer to pay for them, he'll think I'm a hypocrite, and I'll never be able to reach him for Christ. Yet, my conscience is bothered."

Later when the man saw the preacher again, he exclaimed, "Pastor, I've settled that matter and I'm so relieved." "What happened when you told your boss?" asked the minister. "Oh, he looked at me intently and said, 'George, I've always thought you were a hypocrite, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe there's something to your Christianity after all. Any religion that makes a man admit he's been stealing a few copper nails and offer to settle for them must be worth having.'"

Anytime we take things that are not ours from an employer, we are guilty of stealing. Whether it is time, or materials, the result is the same! Notice what God has to say to employees – (Col. 3:22-24; Leviticus 19:35-36; Deuteronomy 23:13-16).

As An Employer – When employees are underpaid, over worked and treated badly, this too is a form of stealing! God has certain principles, which are to be followed by employers – (Col. 4:1). However, I am of the opinion that there is less theft among employers than there is among employees!

In Our Ethics – Often, we are guilty of stealing in various area of our lives. Things like taxes, keeping our word, honoring our debts, borrowing things and not returning them. When we are obligated to do something, we should do it! When we don’t, we have stolen. When we owe a debt, or taxes etc, then we also must pay that, or, again, we are guilty of stealing before God.

One Sunday morning, Charles Finney preached a message entitled The Sin Of Borrowing Things And Not Returning Them. He said, "When I went to my tool shed yesterday with some men on hand to do some work, I found it practically empty. President Mahan had borrowed my plow and never sent it back. Professor Morgan had sent for my spade and I haven’t seen it since. Deacon Beecher has had one of my monkey wrenches for so long a time that the memory of man cannot recall how long ago it was borrowed. What does it mean? It means that there are some among the best of us such a carelessness concerning our fundamental everyday obligations." The sermon was extremely effective. The next morning before dawn, one neighbor trying to bring back a workhorse had to be rescued from Finney’s dog. All the rest of the morning, there was a steady stream of the neighbor’s kids bringing back borrowed tools. They even returned things that were not Finney’s.

What the Lord wants us to see is that when we owe something, whether it be our money or just the fulfillment of our word, He expects us to make it right!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“More Precious Than Silver” By Lynn DeShazo (1982)

Lord you are more precious than silver
Lord you are more costly than gold
Lord you are more beautiful than diamonds
And nothing I desire compares with you
(Repeat)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Loving Father, Beloved God! Give us a faith that knows no fear, a faith to serve no other gods except You, the only True Living God. Enable us to not fear what man can do to us, but rather to fear only YOU, the True God. Let us not waste our time on fearing things of this world, but rather spend our time in glorifying the God we love. We will not fear death because we have the Word and the Promise of eternal life in our Savior, Jesus Christ. We praise His name in all we do. Forgive our weakness. This we pray in the Glorious name of Jesus. Amen!


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RSSSLHB 8/10/2012 9:17AM

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LOSTLIME 8/9/2012 10:13PM

    thank you for the lesson.

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ANHELIC 8/9/2012 8:16PM

    Thank you Vic for your lesson on stealing. It is sometimes the little things we don't think about, but know better. You have an awesome way of putting you lessons to us. I am going to share this lesson with a few of my friends. Your hymn is great and and a favorite and your prayer really touched my heart. Sending you God's richest blessings.

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BABY_GIRL69 8/9/2012 4:53PM

    I love these pens we buy at the office & keep one in my purse. This helps in the morning when I get in when I have an student who wants to pay for a class or wants a receipt. I think I am borrowing it but in reality is it stealing.

God bless you Vic for opening eyes & hearts.

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/9/2012 3:30PM

    I enjoyed this lesson...I've tried to teach my children the same..

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/9/2012 10:40AM

    Very good! I have instilled this into my son from an early age. When he was around 10 or so he was hired on Fridays to clean a very small business. They use to tempt him with all kinds of things but he never fell into them. One time someone left a $20.00 bill on the bathroom floor. He just picked it up turned it in! I was so proud of him. Needless to say he didn't last much longer. How cruel people are.

Thank you for sharing.

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AVANELL 8/9/2012 10:08AM

    Very good, Vic! Stealing happens in so many different ways. And yet we judge and condemn those that we hear of on the news that have stolen something from another. Romans chapter 2 tells us not to judge others because we do the same things. May we be ever mindful that what we see in others that we detest are often the same things exhibited in our lives, but maybe on a much smaller scale. None of us are exempt for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! But, praise the Lord, for His free gift of salvation that forgives and restores us to Him! It is available to all who will believe and receive it!

Thank you, Vic!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/9/2012 8:28AM

    Oh, if only the world did love God more than money. If we were in constant pursuit of righteousness rather than a better salary and if our currency was the Holy Spirit rather than dollars and cents. Then we would be filled with charity instead of greed. What a glorious day that would be!

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SANDRALEET 8/9/2012 7:45AM

    I worked for many years and I never stole put I can tell you one more way that the employer steals By making you work more time then they pay you for.In some places that is bad.I all so found that the lower the wages the more you are expected to do .I worked in one place were you had To run and work 15more minutes to finish the job Put only got paid for the regular time.

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MARYJOANNA 8/9/2012 7:41AM

  What a great article! It is so easy to take home paper clips, and pens and not regard it as stealing. Our Master klnows everything,

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EDITOR 8/9/2012 7:12AM

    So awesome, Vic, and I pray you are touching hearts of those who are still tempted to steal or defraud. Thanks also for the goodie. It isn't the goodie that draws me here, but it is a man of God who has walked in the footsteps of our Saviour.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/8/2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Wed, 8/8/2012

Exodus 20:15
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL, Lesson 23a

Many are the lives that have been touched by theft. Millions of dollars are lost every year in this country over the theft of goods and services. One estimate says that 1 out of every 52 shopper’s carries something out of the supermarket for which they haven’t paid. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 4 million people are caught shoplifting every year. But for every one caught, 35 others get away with it. This means that there are over 140 million incidents of shoplifting every year in America! What’s really tragic is that only 10% of all shoplifters come from low incomes. 70% are middle class and 20% are classified as wealthy.

These facts are astounding! America appears to be a country of thieves. I suppose that if everyone who was guilty of theft were arrested, there would be no jails to hold them, nor arresting officers to lock them up! One new hotel reported that in their 10 months of operation, they lost 38,000 spoon, 18,000 towels, 355 silver coffee pots, 1,500 silver finger bowls and 100 Bible to thieves.

Regardless of the reason, stealing is wrong! God, in these verses condemns it and declares it to be a sin. Today, I would like for us to take some time to look at the 8th Commandment and consider what stealing really is, as we think together on this thought, "Thou shalt not steal."

STEALING IS A VIOLATION OF THE LAW

The Correct Means Of Getting Gain – God has authorized two primary methods by which people can legitimately increase their possession. When we engage in these 2 areas of getting gain, we are doing it the right way. Notice what they are.

As A Reward For Work – Contrary to popular belief, work is not a curse! It is a means, ordained by God, whereby people can obtain the resources they need to function in the world. In fact, work is glorified by God – (2 Thes. 3:10).

One evening a man saw his neighbor, a famous author, carrying coal into his house. The neighbor told him that it was undignified for a man of his social standing to be seen carrying coal. The famous author replied, "Any man who is ashamed to carry his own coal deserves to sit all winter by an empty fireplace."

God’s will is that we obtain the things in life we need by the labor of our hands!

By The Reception Of A Gift – Another legitimate means of increasing our possessions is by the generosity of another. Some one may give us a gift, or we may receive an inheritance, or we may be the beneficiary of a will or insurance policy. These are all legitimate ways of getting gain. There is nothing wrong with receiving things from others. Often, God may choose to bless your life in this way.

The Corrupt Means Of Getting Gain – This is by taking that which does not belong to us as our own… Also know as stealing. God has condemned this practice and has declared that His children should leave it behind with the other works of the flesh – (Eph. 4:28).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“More Holiness Give Me” By Phillip P. Bliss (18773)

More holiness give me,
More strivings within,
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of his care,
More joy in his service,
More purpose in prayer.

More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More pride in his glory,
More hope in his word
More tears for his sorrows,
More pain at his grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome,
More freedom from earth-stains,
More longing for home.
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be,
More blessed and holy—
More, Savior, like thee.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful Father, Awesome God! You are the only One who can heal hearts. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts; Let them return to the Lord their God, and He will have compassion on them, and abundantly pardon them. Let us desire truth in the inward most part of our hearts. Let Your grace and healing power mend our broken hearts. May we come to desire Jesus as much as He desires to know us and save us. This we pray in His Lovely name. Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/8/2012 7:13PM

    Give all the glory to God!!!! amen! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/8/2012 5:24PM

    Just this week I found ID cards strewn down the alley as I made a short walk to my brother's house. When I got to the driver's license, I knew someone had been robbed and not just littering. It was a block away, so I turned around and took them back. The man's wife answered and said some kids had grabbed her purse. The neighbor returned the empty purse. She was in her 70s. And still smiling. And humbly grateful for the little she did have returned to her. God help us. My grandmother walked these same streets safely into her 80s. emoticon

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ANHELIC 8/8/2012 3:43PM

    Another great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. Thank you for going in depth with your teachings. There is always something I learn that I didn't know before. May God richly bless you for the work you are doing for Him. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 8/8/2012 1:57PM

    Again, stats are very astounding and lesson is always good and convincing, Vic.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/8/2012 12:29PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson.

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SANDRALEET 8/8/2012 9:07AM

    When we steal swindle Exploit people We Sin Unless we change our ways we are mot forgiven.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/8/2012 7:39AM

    No one is beyond God's forgiveness. Thank you Vic for this beautiful hymn. Have a blessed day!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/7/2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Tue, 8/7/2012

Exodus 20:14
THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY, Lesson 22c
Adultery is a very destructive sin; allow me to show you how!

Adultery is a sin against:

YOUR SAVIOR

Of all the reasons for not committing adultery this is the greatest! Joseph tells us in Gen. 39:9. If you are saved, you will want to please the Lord and nothing displeases Him more than to see His children committing adultery. Sadly, this which should be our greatest reason for cleanliness in this area is often the very last one we consider.

God, however, has considered it and has made several statements concerning adultery.

Adultery was considered the "great sin" – (Gen. 20:9; Gen. 39:9).

Adultery was punishable by death – (Lev. 20:10). He will still deal with it today – (Pro. 6:23-35; Eph. 5:1-7; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

Adultery destroys that which was created to be the most visible and closest approximation of God’s relationship to His people, marriage – (Eph. 5:22-23). Many would remove “The Song Of Solomon “ from the Bible. They feel that it portrays vivid sexual acts. It does! But, they are between a husband and wife and therefore they are good and pleasing to the Lord.

God’s prohibition against adultery was not to ruin man’s fun, it was to protect the home which He had established – (Ex. 20:14)!

When a person commits adultery, the Cause of Christ is hindered and the Name of Jesus is dragged down. Our duty is to be as sexually pure as we can be. We are to avoid any activity that may fuel passion and lead to adultery.

Conc: What can we do to avoid the trap of adultery? There are five steps which can be taken that will safeguard your life against this horrible sin.

1. Walk With God – (Gal. 5:16) – If we are doing this daily, we will have the ammunition available to be able to stand when temptation arises – (Eph. 6:10-17).

2. Avoid Suggestive Activities – Remember the words of Psalm 100:3. Never allow your eyes to behold things that will cause you to stumble. Keep a clean life!

3. Avoid Flirty Relationships – Stay far away from the person who is flirty, watch out for that "friendship" which could lead to other things. Beware that you never just "play around" with someone who is not your spouse! Often, simple flirtation leads to big time adultery! No one just wakes up one day and says "I think I’ll go out and commit adultery today." It is always the result of things building up on top of other things that leads to that point. If you can stay from those little things, the big one will never happen to you!

4. Count The Cost – Take a minute to look at the incredible damage that can be done to your spouse, your Lord, your children and your own life. Nobody, however great the body, is worth what you can potentially lose!

5. Love Your Mate Only – (Proverbs 5:15-21).

If it is too late and you are guilty of committing adultery, there is hope and forgiveness in the blood of Jesus. He promises us in 1 John 1:9 that He will forgive all our sins when we confess them to Him. Maybe it hasn’t gotten that far, but you are guilty of flirting and doing things that you know are dangerous. Jesus will forgive that also! Maybe your sin is a secret one, you look at pornography, or watch and read things that you know cause you to lust in your heart. Jesus will forgive that too.

Whatever the need, remember, Jesus loves you and He will make it right!

"Thou shalt not commit adultery!"

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He Touched Me” By William J. Gaither (1963)

Shackled by a heavy burden, 'Neath a load of guilt and shame. Then the hand of Jesus touched me, And now I am no longer the same.
Refrain:
He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole.

Since I met this blessed Savior, Since He cleansed and made me whole, I will never cease to praise Him, I'll shout it while eternity rolls.
Refrain:
He touched me, Oh He touched me, And oh the joy that floods my soul! Something happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Merciful God, teach us not to be afraid, and how to be steadfast and unmovable. Fear causes us to take our eyes off our the God we love and cares for us. O God! You are our unfailing Protector. Grant us courage so we may remain faithful. Strengthen our every step with Your Word and Your presence. Let Your promises ring in our ears and in our hearts. Increase our faith and trust in the power of our Almighty God. These things we pray and ask in Jesus’ Powerful name. Amen!


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    Thanks for this teaching and the reminder that its those "little foxes that spoil the vine." I'm keeping my eyes on Jesus and on those days when I may get flustered with my hubby, I will stop and tell the Lord all the wonderful qualities that my husband has, for I am blessed to be the wife of Kevin Reed. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/7/2012 1:23PM

    A wonderful lesson Vic. Thank you for the prayer, I also pray that I will keep my eyes on God, it's the only way I can stay where I'm supposed to be....Hugs, Teresa

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/7/2012 12:55PM

    Thank you Vic for that lesson. I am afraid some Christians have went the way of the world too. It all starts with a thought or idea in your mind. That is why we must be careful what we watch, listen to or read even. If you read something that is not opure and godly your mind will want to do what you know is wrong. You will be tempted just by looking at something or reading it. I stopped reading all romance books that were not pleasing to God.

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LUCINDARW 8/7/2012 11:22AM

    Good direct blog.

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TONYVAND1 8/7/2012 10:03AM

  Thank you A good lesson that we all need to heed. I praise God for a loving faithful wife of 39 years. We are best friends and we do every thing together.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/7/2012 9:12AM

    Thank you Vic! Truly God has touched my life and I am a new creature in Him. Praise God!

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ANHELIC 8/7/2012 8:01AM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, my favorite hymn and prayer. Everyday I pray that God would forgive any sins I have done during the day and ones I am not aware of as well. God has not given us a spirit of fear. Adultery is so easy for some people. They look on the outside of a person that is attractive and God looks on the inside. I pray that God will always be with me in my valleys as well as on the mountain tops. Sin is Satan's way of taking us from God.
God is an awesome God and forgives us. My last marriage ended in my husband commiting adultery and after 13 1/2 years he told me he found someone that could love him more. I knew what that meant. I thought to myself, he must have tested the waters. Thank you Vic, my friend,for this lesson. It made me feel so much better about Tony and I was glad that he left when he did. Sending you God's richest blessings.
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SANDRALEET 8/7/2012 7:29AM

    When we repent Make amends mean it much is for given Just like Jesus said you sins are forgiven Sin no more.That is a hard path You have to get out of a adulteress situation.You can not continue to live in sin.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FIITSTEPS OF FITH, Mon, 8/6/2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 8/6/2012

Exodus 20:14
THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY, Lesson 22b
Adultery is a very destructive sin; allow me to show you how!

Adultery is a sin against:

YOUR SPOUSE

Adultery does incredible damage to one’s spouse!

When a man and woman marry, they become one flesh. (Gen. 2:24.) When one of the partners joins with a person outside that marriage contract, they have broken that bond and have joined with another – (1 Cor. 6:16).

Adultery says to the innocent spouse, "You weren’t good enough for me." Adultery has the power to destroy the self-esteem of the innocent victim.

Adultery destroys trust! Innocent spouse will have a hard time ever trusting the other spouse!

Perhaps this is why Jesus gave an escape clause in cases of sexual Immorality – (Matt. 19:3-9).

The marriage must be "adultery proofed!" How is this done? By giving heed to the command given by Paul in 1 Cor. 7:1-5.

Adultery is also an attack at one’s children! David’s children followed in his footsteps. Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar. Absolom took his father'’ concubines unto himself. Sexual immorality has a way of filtering down to the children. One’s spiritual influence is also compromised when we stoop to committing adultery. Children lose respect for a parent that destroys the family over illicit and indecent pleasures.

YOUR SELF

Adultery does incredible damage to one’s self!

Adultery, among believers, is the result of being in a backslidden condition. Then, once that line is crossed, the enemy will continue to attack in that area. Doing it the second, third, fourth times will not be as hard because the will has been softened and one’s guard is let down.

Many people are guilty of adultery even though they have never had sexual relations with another person. Jesus wants us to know that adultery is as much a matter of heart and mind as it is of the flesh – (Matt. 5:28.…So called "girl watching.") Pornography, sexual fantasies, etc. All lead to adultery of the heart and make a person just as guilty as physical adultery!
There will be a terrible price to pay for crossing that line – (Pro. 6:26-29; 32-33).

Committing adultery will your destroy witness and testimony. The televangelists and others we have heard of here in our own TV are examples. When you commit adultery, just try to tell a sinner how he can be saved! Nathan’s words to David still ring true today, (2 Sam. 12:14).

How can a person guard themselves? Adopt the attitude of the Psalmist – (Psa. 100:3)… Just ask David what happens when you allow your eyes to wander – (2 Sam. 11-12). Notice what Job said about this issue – (Job 31:1-11). We are to guard our eyes, our flesh and our mind. If we put the right stuff in, we will get the right results in return – (Phil. 4:8).

In our world, it is hard to avoid sexual stimulation. Therefore, we are to be on our best guard at all times!

YOUR SOCIETY

As goes the family, so goes the society. When we see the family unit being destroyed, we come to see that our society as a whole is in danger of collapsing. In fact, every great empire that has fallen has done so as the result of sexual immorality! Is America next? It all depends on what we do with our sexuality!

Immorality, homosexuality, etc, abound in our day. We need to turn the tide and doing so demands that it begin in my home and yours. We need to covenant together and vow to God that we will guard our homes and our lives against these evil sins.

Immorality in the life of a member of the church can tarnish the entire work of God. Notice, 1 Cor 12:26; 1 Cor. 5:6. Do not think that your sin is a private thing, just a little affair that you can hide when you please. In truth, it is a sin, it is adultery and it tarnishes the name of the church and destroys our ministry in the community!

Adultery is such a sin against society that G. Campbell Morgan said, "The adulterer is the enemy of the state. My personal persuasion is that it is an act of treason to the state to allow adulterers and adulteresses to go free and unpunished. The greatness of a people depends upon the purity and strength of the people, and in every nation where the marriage relation is violated with impunity the virus of death is surely and certainly at work." I agree with that statement!

God’s desire is that this type of behavior never find manifestation among His people – (Eph. 5:3).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Need Thee Every Hour” By Anne S. Hawks (1872)

I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice like thine can peace afford. Refrain:
I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. (Refrain)

I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
(Refrain)

I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfill.
(Refrain)

I need thee every hour, most Holy One; O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. (Refrain)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Redeeming God, too many of us wake up pursuing the story dictated to us by the secular world. Sometime during the day we might remember You in some way. Please forgive us. Help us in the morning to lay our request before You, and wait in expectation. Open our ears and hearts early in the morning to Your purpose for our life. Train our mind to turn to You when the alarm goes off. Enable us to live in constant awareness of Your presence and Your love. Help us to become more like Jesus, and less like ourselves. This we pray in His glorious name. Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/6/2012 6:18PM

    a very important lesson to spread the word!! thanks you vic!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/6/2012 5:57PM

    Thank you for you blog!! It was very important to us as Christians.

God bless,

Dee

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NELLIEC 8/6/2012 5:03PM

    I am grieved when young women who would be indignant if their husbands were to girl watch are going to movies which cause them to do the same kind of sin. I am shocked and flabbergasted that Christian young mothers are doing this!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/6/2012 2:38PM

    Thank you Vic for this excellent prayer. I truly do need the Lord every hour and the more I ask him into my day the better it goes. Thank you for this reminder!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/6/2012 11:59AM

    Keep 'em coming Vic...We need to take heed ofthe WORD.

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EDITOR 8/6/2012 7:54AM

    I still love the Christian President Jimmy Carter who admitted to lusting in his mind and was made a laughing stock of.

He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.

Keep us pure, Lord, for oftentimes even our thoughts are not pure, hour by hour. Amen

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LOSTLIME 8/6/2012 7:47AM

    Amen! Thank you for the lesson.

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ANHELIC 8/6/2012 7:46AM

    Amen Vic. Thank you so much for your awesome lesson and prayer. I need your lesson and prayer each morning before I start my day. I really do need God every hour. This is one of my favorite hymns. Sending you God's richest blessings for honoring him and teaching His word. God Bless.


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GARDENCHRIS 8/6/2012 7:31AM

    Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/5/2012

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Following in The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sun, 8/5/2012

Exodus 20:14
THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY, Lesson 22a

Humans are sexual beings! Scientists tell us that our sex drive is virtually equal to our will to live. This is not a bad thing. We are this way because God has made us this way. He designed man with a sexual desire. When God made man, His first command to mankind was for them to multiply. Now, we all know how human reproduction is carried out. Therefore, we find that God has made man a sexual being. However, our sexuality has been corrupted by sin! God’s plan is for the sexual relationship to be between a husband and his wife only. Any other form of sexual expression, outside of that marital relationship, is sinful! This is the very area addressed by this 7th Commandment.

When we think of adultery, we automatically think of a man being unfaithful to his wife. Yet, this Commandment is far broader than just this. I personally believe that it encompasses the entire realm of human sexual experience. Any sexual expression outside the confines of the marital relationship is a sin against God!

Now, we would all have to admit that we live in a time when sexuality, and the expression of it, are rampant in our society. Sex is found on the television, in magazines, on billboards. You name it, in this society, sex sells and it seems to be what people like, because no one stands against the tide of blatant sexual expression that is all around. If our society were somehow found by researchers from a distant time, they would without doubt agree that this is a society obsessed with sex!

When Jesus was on the earth, He looked at His culture and labeled it, "an adulterous and sinful generation." (Mark 8:38) If He were to speak to our day, what would He say about 20th Century America? Some may ask, "Preacher, is this material relevant today?" My answer would be, "Yes!" We live in a world where nearly 50% of all men say they have committed adultery. That is just the number that will admit to it! Researchers estimate the nearly two-thirds of all married men will commit adultery before the age of 40, and 41% of married women also say they are guilty of this sin. Is it relevant? "Yes!" Because the statistics are just as bad for the church! Christianity Today did a random sampling of 1000 subscribers and questioned them on the matter of Adultery. 45% said they had acted inappropriately and 23% said they had committed adultery. It is relevant because it has a negative effect on our young people. One-fifth of youth lose their virginity before the age of 13! It is no wonder that AIDs, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies are on the increase. It can all be traced back to a lack of morality and standards at home!

When children see their parents living immoral lives, it sends the message that sexual immorality is good and acceptable. Billy Graham, in a recent survey, found that 40% of youth in Bible believing, evangelical churches were sexually active. He also found that 60% of single adults in these churches were not only sexually active, but over half reported having multiple partners!

I want you to know that God is still against adultery! He still hates it and is still punishing those who are guilty of it. Today, I would like for us to take a few minutes to study this sin called adultery and see that it is a sin not just against your spouse, but that it touches every area of your life.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Must Tell Jesus” By E. A. Hoffman (1894)

I must tell Jesus all of my trials,
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.
Refrain:
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end
Refrain:
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Tempted and tried I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus:
He all my cares and sorrows will share.
Refrain:

What must I do when worldliness calls me?
What must I do when tempted to sin?
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict’ry to win.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving God, give us wisdom to know when we should listen and when we should speak, for there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Teach us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Teach us the folly of answering before we listen. When our egos press us to speak, take control and guide us so we may render the kind of service that is best needed. Make us and mold us to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. This we pray in His Glorious name. Amen!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/5/2012 8:42PM

    So powerful Vic & much needed!

God bless,

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/5/2012 2:44PM

    Thank you Vic! Amen & Amen

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PMFISH 8/5/2012 1:55PM

    Enjoyed your blog and passed it on. Too many times it is swept under the rug and act like it does not exist. Enjoy your Sunday.



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DETERMINEDBABE 8/5/2012 1:48PM

    We live in a fallen dark world....I pray for all to turn to Christ but unfortunately not all will listen. It hurts my soul to see any of GOD's children lost. I know how dark this world can get for someone with their eyes blinded by the darkness but I also experienced Christ's loving light and salvation. This wretch is very grateful for my Savior Jesus and how the LORD has changed my life. Pray I will never fall back into the world and the sinful fleshly desires!

Thank you for this blog to remind us to be on guard and be a living example of Christ in us for a light to draw others to Christ Jesus!



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EDITOR 8/5/2012 12:57PM

    Great lesson, Vic, and amazing statistics which steadily rise.

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ANHELIC 8/5/2012 10:42AM

    Thank you Vic for the awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. It also reminded me that in the Bible it says even if you think about an adulterous meeting, we have committed adultery. Thank you too Vic for the goodies. You are truly a man of God.

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SANDRALEET 8/5/2012 9:50AM

    We look at others not at our self with that beg log in our eye.We forget that all sexual sins are sin not just the ones we d o not do.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/5/2012 9:44AM

    praying God guides us in all our lives! thank you for your wonderful reminders and beautiful songs! You are very special!
as always,
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/5/2012 8:22AM

    Thank you Vic for this timely reminder. May we truly be quick to listen and slow to speak asking God to guide us. Have a beautiful Lord's Day!

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SUNSET09 8/5/2012 7:27AM

  Amen and Amen. God doesn't move nor change we do! Thank you for this reality check as need to get back to the basic and know that it's all about God, not about us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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