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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/15/2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Following In the Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, and This Is my Prayer, Wed, 8/15/2012

Exodus 20:17
THE SIN NOBODY WILL ADMIT TO, Lesson 25b

COVETOUSNESS DISEASES ALL OF LIFE

It Makes Us Greedy Of Gain - When we are possessed of a covetous heat, we are never satisfied with that which we have! There will always be a powerful urge for more. It is interesting to note that the word "covet" means "To desire greatly." It usually has reference to an object. When we are guilty of covetousness, we are guilty of having a heart for things instead of a heart for the Lord. When we come to the place where we are never satisfied with God's blessings and we are always looking for a way to increase our possessions, then we should face the fact that we are just plain greedy!

Many are like the man who was tired of his friends owning nicer homes that his. He always felt inferior to them and decided to even things out a bit. He went to see a realtor and put his home on the market and began to search for a new one. One day as he was reading the paper, he came across a listing for a home that seemed to be just what he was looking for. So, he called the realtor and said that he would like to see this home, that he was interested in purchasing it. The realtor replied, "Sir, that is your house! That is the house we are trying to sell for you."

Sounds like us doesn't it? We always think the grass is a little greener just down the road. If I can get this thing, or that job, or this much money in the bank, then I will be happy. It will never happen! The more we have, the more we want! Humans by nature are greedy and self-centered, always trying to grab more than they can hold. This attitude poisons life and creates a sourness of heart and a bitterness of disposition. The covetous person is never contented, but they are always reaching out for more.

It Makes Us Grab Another's Wealth - According to this verse, a covetous heart may cause you to go after things that are not yours to go after. This verse says that men can covet property, people and possessions. When we come to the place where we are willing to do anything to have that which belong to another, then we have crossed the line and are guilty of sin before the Lord.

It is wrong to covet:

Property - This verse refers to a neighbor's house. In oriental cultures, it is not considered wrong to take things that are found to be abandoned. However, if we know that something belongs to another person, we are to leave it alone. In fact, we are to protect their interest in it as if it were ours. It isn't wrong for me to like my neighbor's home and to use legal means to purchase it from him, but when I resort to illegal, unethical tactics to obtain his property then I am guilty of covetousness and theft.

People - This verse mentions our neighbor's wife. To desire another man's wife, our another woman's husband, is sinful in many ways. If I think another man's wife is pretty, I have committed no sin, but when I begin to have a lustful desire to possess her, then I am guilty of adultery and of covetousness. David resorted to lying and murder to possess Bathsheba - (2 Sam. 11).

Possessions - Among the items listed here are servants, animals and anything that belongs to my neighbor. When you possess something that I am determined to possess at any cost, then I am guilty of covetousness. It is alright to like the same things, to possess the same things, but when we want that which is the property of another, then we have crossed the line and are guilty of a covetous heart before the Lord.

When we are possessed of a covetous heart, we have ceased to trust the Lord to meet our needs and instead are looking to acquire that which belongs to another. This kind of attitude will ruin your life.

When archeologists were unearthing the ancient city of Pompeii, where 20,000 died during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, they uncovered the bodies of many of the dead. Among them, they found the well preserved bodies of people who were caught totally off guard by the explosion of this powerful volcano. People were found sitting at their dinner tables, their food still on their plates. Others were found in their beds sleeping. One woman, however, stands out from among all the victims of Pompeii. When the scientists uncovered her body, they found clutched in her hands 10's of thousands of dollars worth of precious stones. It seems that as death rained down from the mountain above, she risked her life trying to save a couple of handfuls of her wealth. Now, 2,000 years later, those things she tried so vainly to hold onto, are the property of another! So it is with the covetous person in our day! In the end, those things we deemed so valuable, will be absolutely worthless. Don't allow a covetous spirit to dominate your life.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Want To Be Ready To Meet Him” By Adger M. Pace (1938)

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You may have your worldly pleasures, your silver and your gold,
You may pile up all the riches that this old world can hold;
But I'd rather have my Saviour and with Him firmly stand,
For I want to be more like Him and do His best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the glory land.

CHORUS:
I want to be ready to meet Him by and by,
I want to be ready to meet Him in the sky.
Oh, I want to be more like Him and do His best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the glory land.

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You may talk about your riches, your diamonds and your pearls,
You may gain the wealth for ages of this and all the worlds,
But the Saviour is more precious with Him I'll take my stand,
For I want to be more like Him, and do His best command.
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the glory land.

Chorus
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There is one thing I can boast of salvation from the fall,
I'm an heir to wealth in glory, my Father owns it all;
That is why I'm shouting happy and go at His command,
For I want to be more like Him and do His best command.
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the glory land.

Chorus

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Awesome God, Creator of all things and Sustainer of all things. You have made us the salt of the earth, something that has value and is worth something. As Your salt of the earth, You have called us to keep our distinction as Christians, even while mixed upon sinners. Help us Lord not to lose our faith, but rather help us to live as Your salt of the earth and share the good news of salvations to others. Bless us and guide us in the righteous way, O Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

NOTE: I will be Traveling Aug 17, 18, and 19, but I’ll be back Aug 20.


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ANHELIC 8/15/2012 6:02PM

    Thank you for sharing another awesome lesson Vic. I have never heard this hymn, wish I knew the melody. Your prayer is certainly from your heart. I feel blessed to be part of Sparkpeople and can read your lessons every day. This one is so powerful. We have to remember to be grateful for what we have, not for what we don't have.
God bless you Vic. Have a safe trip while you are away.

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WANTSZU 8/15/2012 2:02PM

    Thanks for sharing another valuable lesson. Have a wonderful safe time when you are traveling.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/15/2012 1:48PM

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LOSTLIME 8/15/2012 12:25PM

    Thank you for sharing. Have a safe time away!

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SANDRALEET 8/15/2012 8:58AM

    Be thankful for whot we have.God gives us whot we need .So much much more then so many in this world.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/15/2012 8:29AM

    So many times we try to walk with one foot in the world and one foot with Christ. We need to realize that in order to be an example to the world we have to give our whole lives to Christ! Thank you for this powerful lesson and prayer. I have never heard this hymn before, but the words are beautiful. May God bless you with safe travels in the coming week.



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EDITOR 8/15/2012 7:19AM

    Keep cranking out your lessons for us, Vic, and I will also remember you and family for traveling mercies while you are away.

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JSTETSER 8/15/2012 7:14AM

    Thanks for sharing. It looks more like a cut and paste than you sharing your own thoughts.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/14/2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Following In the Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, and This Is my Prayer, Tue, 8/14/2012

Exodus 20:17
THE SIN NOBODY WILL ADMIT TO, Lesson 25a

Today, we come to the last of the 10 Commandments. In these Laws of God governing life on earth we have seen that God has a high standard of holiness that He expects His people to strive for. I trust that as we have moved along through these verses, you have seen some area in your life where you recognized the need for some correction and have made the efforts necessary to change to come in line with God's Word.

As we look at this 10th Commandment, the first characteristic I notice is that this Commandment represents a move away from actions into the realm of attitude. While breaking all the rest of the Commandments has its origin in the heart and mind of man, they all find their ultimate expression in some type of physical activity. This Commandment is different!

While there is evidence of lying, stealing, adultery, murder, disobedience to parents, taking God's Name in vain, making graven images and having other gods before God, there is usually little or no evidence of covetousness. As a result, this is a sin that is rarely, if ever confessed and owned up to. In truth, we are all guilty, we just won't admit it to ourselves, to others or to the Lord. Of all the Commandments listed, this is probably the one most often broken and the one that will most readily cause you to break the other nine. We will see as we look at “The Sin Nobody Will Admit“, that covetousness is a serious sin and that it needs to be confessed and forsaken by every child of God.

Once, Abraham Lincoln was seen walking with his 2 sons and both the boys were crying. A passerby asked the President what was wrong with his boys. "Exactly what's wrong with the whole world," said Lincoln, "I have three walnuts and each boy wants two."

Dr. Ken Trivette shares the following story. "On the night of November 16, 1930, Mrs. Henrietta Garret, a lonely 81 year old widow died in her home in Philadelphia, and, unwillingly, started the most fantastic case of inheritance litigation in history. She had failed to leave a will, or no will was found to her $17,000,000 estate; a mystery still unsolved. She had expertly handled her financial affairs since her husbands death in 1895 and therefore many felt that she must have realized that without a will, her fortune would become involved in legal battles.

Although, Mrs. Garret, at the time of her death, had only one known relative, a second cousin, and less than a dozen friends; attempts to prove relationship to her and claim a part of her estate was made by more than 26,000 persons from 47 states and 29 foreign countries, represented by more than 3,000 lawyers. In their efforts to obtain her estate, there were those that committed perjury, faked family records, changed their own names, altered data in Family Bibles and concocted absurd tales of illegitimacy. As result, 12 were confined, 10 received jail sentences, 2 committed suicide, and 3 were murdered. I wonder how many would have admitted they were guilty of covetousness?"

There are many, who if they were honest, would have to admit that they possessed a covetous heart! One cannot read the Bible without finding incidence after incidence where men wanted that which wasn't their's. In the Garden of Eden, Eve coveted the forbidden fruit and brought sin and death into the world. At Ai, Achen coveted some gold, silver and expensive garments and brought defeat to a nation and death to himself and his family. Ahab coveted Naboth's vineyard and committed murder in his attempt to grab what belonged to another. David coveted Bathsheba, Uriah's wife, and as a result brought the sword of God into his household for generations. Judas was motivated by a covetous heart. Annanias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost because they were covetous. Even the great Apostle Paul was plagued by thought covetousness - (Rom. 7:7). Covetousness had been a problem as long as man has been in this world. Even in these last days, men still want that which isn't theirs. Read 2 Tim. 3:1-2; and Luke 12:15. Let's look a little more closely at this Commandment as we consider this thought, “The Sin Nobody Will Admit“.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“My Faith Looks Up To Thee” By Ray Palmer (1830)

1. My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!


2. May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3. While life's dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow's tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4. When ends life's transient dream,
when death's cold, sullen stream
shall o'er me roll;
blest Savior, then in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Peace and Comfort, we delight in the very thought of your name; and we rejoice with gladness that the Almighty God Loves and Cares for us. We have heard of Your Fame and we stand in awe of Your Deeds. Renew them in our day and in our time, and make them known to us. You are the One who stretched out the heavens and created man in Your own image. You sent prophets, teachers and Your Beloved Son so we might come to know You and worship You. We pray that Your grace will triumph as every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus is Lord. It is in His Name that we pray. Amen!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/14/2012 9:06PM

    Thank you Vic for this message. I know that i am guilty of this some times. I often wished I had what my neighbors or someone else does. For me it is hard living without an income and praying for help from somewhere. I know he said he would take care of me.

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ANHELIC 8/14/2012 6:36PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Your lessons bring me back each day to learn more. You bring the messages in our language that we can understand what's happening today. There is so much greed in the world, especially in companies as well as people. I am so grateful I found you and your lessons. Thank you for the goodies. God bless you Vic.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/14/2012 12:45PM

    A great lesson Vic. Thank you

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SANDRALEET 8/14/2012 7:14AM

    Yes you are right greed is one of the most comom sins me myself and I ,Get rich at any cast It dose not matter who you hurt and build yourself treasure on earth.

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EDITOR 8/14/2012 7:00AM

    This was very good, Vic, and I actually love to be chastised by God. Thanks for an awesome message. Wish I could find a church nearby that shoots from the hip like you do.

Thanks for the goodie and kind comment. Those that should be in the pulpit, but are not, need to be more like you and spreading the Good News where and when they can.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/13/2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 8/13//2012

Ex. 20:16
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR NEIGHBOR'S REPUTATION, Lesson 24c

REPUTATIONS SHOULD BE VIGOROUSLY PROTECTED

Confront The Gossip - Be quick to stand up for those who are being torn apart by the mouth of a gossip. We are just as guilty as the one talking when we stand there listening and do and say nothing in our brother or sister's defense. Be ready though, most gossips are sneaky, conniving people. They will be just as ready to turn their sharp tongue on you as they would on anyone else! In fact, if a gossip will gossip to you, he/she will probably gossip about you!

Conceal The Guilty - This does not mean that we condone sin in the lives of believers. It does mean, however, that we hesitate about bringing it out into the open. Many lives have been destroyed because people talked about others behind their backs and condemned them instead of praying for them and letting God work it out in His time and in His way. As usual, God has a word about his matter also, (Pro. 11:13; 17:9; 1 Pet. 4:8).

Here is a good practice for living when it comes to what you will say or refrain from saying. We can form an acrostic from the word THINK. We should THINK before we speak of another.

T - Is it True?
H - Will it Help?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?

If what you have to say fails in any of these categories, then it is pretty safe to say that you would be better off not using your tongue for damage. A good habit to fall into is that of saying nothing about anyone unless it is good!

Conc: Are you guilty before the Lord today of using your tongue in a manner not pleasing unto Him? If so, then I invite you to come to the altar and get that thing made right with the Lord. If you have been hurt by the long, wicked tongue of another, then I invite you to bring that injury to Jesus and let Him heal your heart. Every child of God needs to search his or her heart and determine for whose glory we are using our tongues. God help us to do the right thing!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Til The Storm Passes By” By Mosie Lister (1958)

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
Chorus
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.
Chorus

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.
Chorus

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Awesome God! Help us to be a “Teflon” Christian: a non-stick Christian, so when praise come our way it doesn’t stick on us, but slides off us and is served to You, the source of all life. Enable us to reflect Your goodness in all that we do, for You alone are worthy of all praise and glory. We thank You for living in us, and through us. Teach us how to shine our light to Your glory. This we pray in Jesus’ beloved name. Amen!

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NADINEL 8/13/2012 6:23PM

    This is a really good lesson, Vic. Thanks.
PS: I have been away house and doggie sitting for friends for the past 2 weeks. It is good to be home! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/13/2012 6:23PM

    It is very hurtful to have someone gossip about or to you. We have to be very mindful because "we" could be sitting in the gossip hot seat...UGH!

God bless!

Dee

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/13/2012 5:54PM

    Gossip tears people apart...I loke your THINK idea. Thankes Vic

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SUNSETBREEZE05 8/13/2012 4:40PM

    Gossip is something we all struggle with at one time or another. I like your THINK idea.

Thanks!

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/13/2012 2:15PM

    I always try to remember that if I don't have anything nice to say about someone than I should not say anything at all!

I pray every day that the Lord keep me in His spirit and not in my flesh and that He would keep a guard over my mouth! ;)

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/13/2012 9:36AM

    So many times we think that our sin is too great and God cannot redeem us or that the storms of life are too intense and God cannot help us. What can be further from the truth?!? God is ALL POWERFUL! Thank you Vic for this great lesson today. God Bless You!

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ANHELIC 8/13/2012 8:08AM

    thank you Vic for your awesome lesson, Hymn and prayer again. I try very hard not to pass on gossip. Unless it will uplift a person, it can slander them and destroy their reputation and I wouldn't like that happening to me. I hear so many people passing along gossip, then not knowing what to say when they find out it's not true. Looks bad on them. Thank you for your Acronym THINK. I am keeping that close by. Again thank you Vic. Sending you God's richest blessings.
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SANDRALEET 8/13/2012 7:30AM

    I do not gossip About other people and I do not like it on T V The sins ore with them and God not me God here all lies and slander no matter where it comes from and no matter who or what you are. All so lie not to help your self that is to deceive Government Churches and the country are under the same low.

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TELFERS01 8/13/2012 7:13AM

  You go!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/12/2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sun, 8/12//2012

Ex. 20:16
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR NEIGHBOR'S REPUTATION, Lesson 24b

A REPUTATION CAN BE VANDALIZED PUBLICALLY

It Is A Serious Thing - When we undermine the reputation of another by the words we speak, we are guilty of destroying that persons respectability and credibility before others. We are guilty of doing unspeakable damage to a person's life and ministry by the words we say about them.

I remember reading of a woman who was guilty of gossiping about her pastor. She was convicted and went to him to apologize to him and to try and make restitution for her wrongdoing. The pastor graciously accepted her apology and then told her that if she wanted to make it all right again, that she should take a chicken, kill it, pluck it, carry its feathers to the top of the highest building in town and cast its feathers to the four winds. When this was done she was to return to the Pastor. She carried out his directive and returned to him. He looked at her and said, "Now go and collect every one of those feathers." She replied, in horror, "That is impossible!" He said, "So, it is impossible or you to take back all those things you have said about me."

Another Pastor was having trouble with a gossip in the church. Every time she would see his car parked anywhere strange, she began immediately to spread the word that their Pastor was having an affair. There was no truth to her rumors, but she kept it up until the pastor, in an effort to stop her mouth, left his car parked in front of her house, day and night for a week. That cured the problem.

The words of a false witness can be forgiven, but they will never be forgotten by those who are touched by their poison! Eternal damage can be done to reputations and ministries. People can even wind up in Hell because of the lies of a foolish person. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have absolutely no use for a gossip and a talebearer! I don't think the Lord does either!

“The man who with the breathe lent him by heaven, Speaks words that soil the whiteness of a life; Is but murder, for death is given, As surely by the tongue as by the knife!” (Jean Blewett)

It Is A Sad Thing - It is a sad day when one person thinks they have to repeat something on another. This is behavior that is hateful to God and demeaning to men! There are several ways in which people are guilty of using their tongues against another.

Slander - defined as, "Communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation." We are guilty of slander when we knowingly lie about another person in an effort to harm their reputation.

Lying - "A false statement deliberately presented as being true." Whether we admit it or not, we are all guilty of lying. Its no wonder when 67% of Americans do not believe in "Absolute truth." It is said that 91% of us lie regularly. Most never make it through a week without lying and 1 out of 5 cannot even make it through one day without telling a lie. Even men of God lie - ( Aaron - Exodus 32:24). Statistics say that people lie 92% of the time to save face and 98% of the time to keep from offending someone else. But, we have gone way too far when we tell things on others that we know are untrue.

Criticism - What I am referring to are statements made about another's actions, ways and deeds in an effort to hurt their reputation. Constructive criticism is a good thing, but destructive criticism is right out of the pit of Hell! The vulture sees nothing but that which is rotten and dead. He does not see the flowers and the green grass. He does not see the living things all around. His focus is on that which is dead and corrupt. There are a lot of vultures around the Lord's house!

A lady was looking out her window, watching her neighbor hang her wash on the clothesline. As she watched, she remarked to a friend, "Our neighbor sure isn't clean. Why, just look at those streaks on her laundry." Her friend replied, "Those streaks are on your windows, not her clothes!" Sometimes, it is the sin in our own heat that makes us look for the evil in others! If the best thing you can do is criticize, you would do well to keep your big mouth shut!

Talebearing - This is the practice of spreading gossip and rumors about others. It may be that the rumors are true. But, even that does not give us the right to tear down another's reputation. If we learn a secret about our neighbor, then we had better tell no one but God. He knows how to deal with their need and with them. I will promise you that He knows how to handle the gossip as well! Gossip is always a sin!

Insinuation - This is the practice of insinuating or hinting that something may be wrong in the life of another. When we are guilty of making people doubt another's reputation, we are guilty of sin before the Lord. This is the tactic that Satan tried to use against Job - (Job 1:11; 2:5).

Flattery - Flattery is saying something to a person's face that we would never behind their backs. Usually flattery is given in an attempt to gain something from that individual. Flattery is lying!

Exaggeration - This is an easy lie to tell. We stretch number, statistics, etc., to make things look better. What fisherman is there who has not been guilty of stretching the size of the one the got away? When we exaggerate, we are lying!

Silence - When we here an untruth told and we remain silent, we are guilty of the "slander of silence." We become a party to the deception by not setting the record straight.

"Loose lips sink ships!" This old saying is appropriate to the church today. Many churches are in turmoil because of gossiping and foolish talking. God will deal with the gossip. Notice what the Word has to say about the trouble a gossip can cause - (Pro. 26:20-28).

It Is A Sinful Thing - when we practice any of these methods in regard to another, we are guilty of sin before the Lord! (Pro. 12:22; Lev. 19:16-17; Eph. 4:25). In fact, God includes abuses of the tongue as three of the seven things He hates the most - (Pro. 6:16-19). Are you guilty of using your tongue to harm another? If so, then you need to repent of that sin and get right with God! When you use you tongue to attack another, you are opening up your life to the judgment of God. James is exactly right when he says the tongue is "World of iniquity." The question today is, “What shape is your world in“?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Love One Another” By Betty Bender (1992)

Angry words! O let them never,
From the tongue unbridled slip,
May the heart's best impulse ever,
Check them ere they soil the lip.

Refrain

Love one another thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father's blest command,
Love each other, love each other,
'Tis the Father's blest command.

Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moment's reckless folly,
Thus to desolate and mar.

Refrain

Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,
Brightest links of life are broken,
By a single angry word.

Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Holy God! We do not want to entertain sin in our heart. We want our heart to be right before You so that You will always help to guide what comes forth from it. We know we do not do everything perfectly, so we ask that by the power of the Holy Spirit You will enable us to keep a pure heart and clean hands. Thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to show us what is right in Your sight. This we pray and ask in His Loving name. Amen!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/13/2012 12:14AM

    I enjoyed this blog Vic. emoticon

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DETERMINEDBABE 8/12/2012 11:16PM

    Wow, really enjoyed this blog! Thank you so much for sharing it!



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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2012 5:40PM

    Only God has permission to judge me! Your stories just show me how human some people can be! So many different people and yet; how boring it would be to be cookie cut outs! Thank you for todays lesson! I will try to be mindful of what I say!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/12/2012 4:31PM

    We do need to be mindful of mouthes at all time....

God bless & thank you for sharing!

Dee

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/12/2012 12:29PM

    Speaking less is a good way to start, but being intentional about the purpose of our words is critical. I wonder: how much of the gossip in the world could stop if people only thought about their intentions when repeating gossip...someone may start it, but how does it continue? mindless chatter? is so much really malicious?

Thanks for raising my sights to a higher level of awareness of my choices.

Blessings and peace,
Allie B

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ANHELIC 8/12/2012 9:51AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome work for God. You went into great detail explaining reputation of others. I never realized how many ways we could destroy another's reputation. Thank you for reminding me. I try not doing anything to my friends, but it was good to see it in writing. Sending you God's richest blessings and please keep up your awesome work for God. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 8/12/2012 7:17AM

    Enjoyed thsi!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/11/2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Following In The Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 8/11//2012

Ex. 20:16
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR NEIGHBOR'S REPUTATION, Lesson 24a

This 9th Commandment has to do with controlling One's tongue. A very important, but extremely difficult task. James tells us the tongue can be tamed by no man, (James 3:1-8). However, Jesus reminds us that we can do all things through him, (Phil. 4:13). Therefore, there is absolutely no excuse for a big mouth! We have an altar that is about 24 feet across. This should be sufficient space for just about anyone to lay their tongue on it and get it under control.

Few people realize the awesome, destructive power of the human tongue. Because of a miss-spoken word, homes have been splintered, reputations shattered and lives literally destroyed and even ended. That little piece of muscle that lies in your mouth behind your lips and your teeth can bless or bruise, heal or hurt, love or lambaste. It all depends upon how you use it.

This verse deals primarily with one's testimony in a trial setting. God says that we must never be guilty of lying on our neighbor thereby causing him to suffer. We are exhorted to always be truthful and absolutely honest when dealing with another person. As we consider some of what God has said about the tongue, may He help us to understand that every time we speak of another, we literally hold that person's reputation in our hands. Today, I would like to speak for a few minutes on this thought, “How To Handle Your Neighbors Reputation“.

A REPUTATION IS A VALUABLE POSSESSION

According to the Bible, one's "good name", or reputation, is far more valuable than riches or expensive ointments, (Pro. 22:1; Eccl. 7:1).

Your Reputation Determines The Level Of Respect You Receive - No one puts much confidence in a person who is dishonest, deceptive, or otherwise living his life in a sinful, shameful manner. I really respect people about whom I never hear a negative remark. Jesus was such a man - (Luke 2:52). We should do all that is in our power to see that we never allow our names to be associated with that which is disrespectful and shameful. It will undermine your good name and cause people to lose respect for you. Your life ought to be a beacon of integrity and decency.

Your Reputation Determines The Level Of The Response You Receive - Every Christian wants to be respected as a Christian and have his/her testimony be respected and responded too in a positive manner. The type of response that we can expect will always be determined by the kind of life others see us living! It has been said, "What you do, speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying." In other words, the world will never believe what say until they can see what we believe!

Your reputation is important, because what people perceive you to be is usually a fair indicator of what you really are. You see, your reputation is what others think you are and character is what you really are. However, people can misread us and misunderstand us and cause us to be something less than we actually are. However, as a general rule, your reputation is a direct result of your character. In other words, men think the way they do about you because of the way they see you act and live before them.

Your own reputation is valuable. Therefore, guard it with your very life. And, pray that others will do the same. Now, you cannot be responsible for what others do with your reputation, but you are responsible for what you do with theirs. Keep this in mind as we go forward with this message.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Freely, Freely” By Carol Owens (1972)

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name
I've been born again in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His love as He told me to

Refrain:
He said: 'Freely, freely, you have received
Freely, freely give
Go in My name, and because you believe
Others will know that I live.'

All power is given in Jesus' name
In earth and heaven in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His power as He told me to
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father, Loving God! We look at the nations and watch with utter amazement, for You do things that we cannot believe or imagine even if we were told. Sometimes Lord, we struggle to grasp the depth of Your providential kindness, not because we lack faith, but because we lack imagination. Open the eyes of our hearts Lord, so we may see the wonders of your mighty works in our life, in the life of others, and even in the life of the nations. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!

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DETERMINEDBABE 8/12/2012 11:22PM

    Well spoken! Amen

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/11/2012 9:15PM

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/11/2012 7:42PM

    Our lives are the best testimony of God's love in the eyes of others. Thank you for sharing this hymn. I haven't sang it in years and it really ministered to me today. God Bless You Vic!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/11/2012 6:56PM

    Thank you Vic for this message. i am often guilty of hurting someone by what i carelessly say. I pray that God would help me think before i speak and only say things that will bless and edify someone.

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ANHELIC 8/11/2012 1:21PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. I try very hard to stop and think before I say anything especially about someone else. If I judge them I will be judged. Our Pastor said one Sunday that "It's none of your business what other people think of you. It's between you and God" I have never forgotten this. I am grateful that I have 2 ears to listen and 1 tongue. I try to do more listening for that reason.
Sending you God's richest blessings Vic.

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MARYJOANNA 8/11/2012 12:45PM

  That is why the Lord gave us only 1 mouth. We do enough things both bad and good with 1 tongue.

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EDITOR 8/11/2012 12:39PM

    Let our tongue cleave to the roof of our mouth when it comes to disparaging others!

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SANDRALEET 8/11/2012 8:15AM

    When hate untruest no love Slander lies And the way of the World run rampit God has to step in to bring it in order He did this sense time begin.The world is full of sin inmorality and greed.Television and some things on the computer and magazine do not help. When we live in this atmosphere its harder to be whot we should.Just like the early Christian .So many gave there lives We probably would not be here without them. Maybe we will have to fight to to save ower self and others in Gods way by our light and love.

Comment edited on: 8/11/2012 8:20:34 AM

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PUDINTANE68 8/11/2012 7:38AM

    This is so very true. Thank you for reminding me. I am pretty good about not lying but I sometimes say things when I should keep silent, not intending harm, just not realizing until its too late. So, with this in mind I will pray for His guidance to speak more cautiously.

Comment edited on: 8/11/2012 9:31:17 AM

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