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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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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.

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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.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/10/2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Fri, 8/10/2012

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

THE VIOLATION OF A HEAVENLY LOVE

There is one more form of stealing that many are guilty of today. There is no law of man against it, yet it is far more terrible than these other forms mentioned. It is the idea that a man can steal from God. Just the thought that man would steal from God is amazing. Let’s see how it is done.

The Stealing Of The Tithe – Notice what Malachi says about the tithe – (Mal. 3:8-10). God says that when we hold back that which belongs to the Lord, then we are guilty of stealing from God. Now, when we think of all that He has given us. How He loves us and how He saved us by His grace, how can a person with any sense at all condone stealing from the Lord? We rob God when we do not give Him what is His, or when we use what is His for our own purposes. The tithe is not ours to use!

You might rob a man, your employer, a bank or be a shoplifter from a store and get away with it here. But, my friends, you will never rob God and get away with it. He will get what is His!

A Pastor related that he heard a pastor friend say that he had to visit a church member at the hospital. The first pastor asked him what she was having done. The second replied, "Oh, she’s just having her tithe removed." That happens to a lot of people! If you give God what belongs to Him, He will give you what you need. Are you as faithful with the Lord’s money as you should be? We need to remember that none of us has the right to all that we earn. 100% belongs to God, but 10% (at least) is to be dedicated to His work, and is to be given through His storehouse, (1 Cor. 16:2). When we follow His plan, we will prosper – (2 Cor. 9:1-7).

The Stealing Of Time – You and I have been allotted only so much time in this world. If we waste that time instead of using it for the glory of the Lord, we are guilty of theft! Are you using your time as you should?

The Stealing Of Titles - There is also the matter of Lordship. We are guilty of stealing when we hold back areas of our lives from His Lordship. When we try to exercise control over our own lives, instead of giving Him the place of supremacy, then we are guilty of stealing from the Lord.

The Stealing Of Talents – The Bible is clear when it tells us that when we are saved, we are given certain gifts from the Heavenly Father – (1 Cor. 12:7-27). When we fail to exercise our God given gifts and talents, we are guilty of stealing from the Lord. When we fail to fill our place in His body, we are thieves and robbers. Our lives are gifts and they are to be invested for the glory of God.

Conc: If we were honest, most, if not all, would have to admit that they were guilty of stealing in one form or another. If this is the case in your life, then God has a word for you. According to the Word of God, when we steal, we are to repay – (Eze. 33:15-16). We are to practice restitution to those we have wronged. Whether it is an employer, a neighbor or even God. We are to make it right, whatever the cost!

At Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78, George Washington and his troops were in utterly desperate straits. He appealed to the government of Pennsylvania for help. Jacob DeHaven, a staunch believer in the revolutionary cause, lived near Valley Forge. hearing of Washington's appeal, he loaned him $50,000 in gold and $400,000 in supplies.
The army survived the winter, but after the war DeHaven was never repaid. Now his descendants are trying to collect. They claim that the loan, compounded at 6% interest daily, amounts to $141.6 billion.

In one sense, all the money in the world could never repay DeHaven for what he did. In reality, he saved the cause of freedom for all America.

There's another debt all of us owe that we can never repay. It is the price Jesus Christ paid to give us liberty from the bondage of sin.

God’s will is that His people never resort to stealing, and if we are guilty, then we need to make restitution.

“Thou shalt not steal“!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Listen To Our Hearts” By Jeff Moore and Steven Curtis Chapman (1992)

Verse 1:
How do you explain, How do you describe,
A love that goes from east to west,
And runs and deep as it is wide?
You know all our hopes Lord,
you know all our fears
And words cannot express the love we feel
But we long for You to hear

Chorus:
So listen to our hearts (oh, Lord, please listen)
Hear our spirits sing (and hear us sing)
A song of praise that flows (a simple song of praise)
From those You have redeemed (from those You have redeemed)
We will use the words we know
To tell You what an awesome God You are
But words are not enough
To tell You of our love
So listen to our hearts

Verse 2: If words could fall like rain
From these lips of mine
And if I had a thousand years
I would still run out of time
So if You listen to my heart
Every beat would say,
"Thank You for the Life,
thank You for the Truth,
thank You for the Way."

[Chorus]

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Almighty God! Our faith is confirmed and strengthened each time we read Your Word. Help us not to be dismayed whatever betide, for Jesus will take care of us. Through days of toil when our hearts fail, He will take care of us. What we need He will provide. Let us lean therefore upon His breast and give thanks, and give thanks, and give thanks. Thank You Father for sending Jesus to walk with us, to show us the way, and to save our souls from eternal damnation. This we pray in His Holy name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/10/2012 9:49AM

    Thank you Vic for sharing another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. You certainly opened our eyes on the many ways of stealing. I cherish each of your lessons because I come away learning something new every day. Thank you for the goodie as well. May God continue to richly bless you for the work you are doing for Him. God bless you.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/10/2012 9:30AM

    Thank you Vic for sharing with us today. I have sung this hymn many times because I have it on CD, but seeing the words in black and white this morning had quite an impact on me. What beautiful lyrics! Have a blessed weekend!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/10/2012 8:50AM

    Morning Vic! Thank you for todays lesson! I certainly much to think about today!

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SANDRALEET 8/10/2012 8:34AM

    We become to busy to read the bible To help others to Do whot God wants us to do.We live in and for the world and when we do not love it is for not.It is not pleasing to God.

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EDITOR 8/10/2012 8:17AM

    Good one as we reflect the deeper things of the comandments.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/10/2012 8:12AM

    Oh Vic, your lesson today showed me a different way to look at "Thou shalt not steal". Thank you for your lesson & prayer.



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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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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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SWIMLOVER 8/8/2012 1:07PM

  emoticon for this Great Lesson!

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 8/8/2012 10:18AM

    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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