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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/23/2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Thu, 8/23/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26c

Mt. 27:51 THE PARTING OF THE VEIL

The Method Of Its Parting - Notice that it was God and not man that parted the veil. While the priests were offering the evening sacrifice, (Mark 15:34), Jesus was offering His life as a ransom for sin. When the Innocent One died for the guilty ones, the veil split from the top to the bottom. Man had nothing to do with it, it was the work of God alone!

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the Temple was 60 feet high and 30 feet wide. It was said to have been 4 inches thick. It was so heavy that Josephus says that 300 priests were required to move it. He also says that 2 teams of oxen would not have been able to rend the veil. What man could never do, God did by His power!

The same is true with the salvation we enjoy today! We had nothing to do with it at all. It originated with God in Heaven before the world was formed, (Rev. 13:8; 1 Pet. 1:20). It was carried out at Calvary without our help, (Isa. 53:6, 10), “The brutal death of the Lord Jesus Christ“. Salvation was and is the work of a sovereign God!

The Message Of Its Parting - The message of the rent veil is crystal clear, it tells us all that the way to God is open. I can imagine the priests in the temple sewing the parted veil back together and continuing on in their vain religion, not realizing that now, the way to God was opened to all. Not just one day per year, but all the time! ( Eph. 2:11-18)!

The Majesty Of Its Parting - Because the way has been opened into the presence of God, "whosoever will" can come into His presence and have access to God Himself, (Rev. 22:17; John 3:16)! I praise the Lord that the way to God has been forever opened for you and me!

Conc: When the high priest entered behind the veil, he came into the very presence of God Himself. He offered the blood and had to leave. He was not allowed back in until the next year. He could never come before God without blood and he could not come when he wanted to, but only when God allowed. However, when Jesus came in the flesh and gave His life for you and me, He forever tore down that middle wall of partition. He broke down all the barriers that stood between us and gave us free access to the Father. Now, in Jesus, we can come before OUR Father at anytime! What a glorious privilege is our! And, it is given to us because Jesus became the veil and was rent on Calvary so that we might get to God! Bless His Name!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Blessed Assurance” By Fanny J. Crosby (1873)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Refrain:

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Love and Mercy, God of Truth and Grace! Help us to understand that devotion to Jesus is deeper than the notion of just keeping all of His commands. It is about being willing to give up all that we have. Help us Lord to understand that nothing in this world is worth holding on to but Jesus. To grab hold of Jesus we must let go of this world and the things of this world. May this truth find expression in our words and in our lives each day as we live to bring Praise, Glory and Honor to YOU! In Jesus Precious name we pray. Amen!

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NADINEL 8/23/2012 9:55PM

    Thanks, Vic. I really appreciate the lengths with which you go to tell of God's truth.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/23/2012 9:49PM

    emoticonVic for publishing Blessed Assurance - one of my favorite hymns !
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LOSTLIME 8/23/2012 8:08PM

    Thank you for the prayer. The hymn is being sung by the choir at my church this Sunday. What a coincidence!




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ANHELIC 8/23/2012 7:24PM

    Thank you Vic for ministering to us again today. Blessed Assurance is one of my favorite hymns as well. I am so grateful that through Jesus we can come to God. Since God tore the Veil apart, we can now come to Him. I wouldn't want to live in this world without Jesus and I pray for people who don't know Him. Your prayer is absolutely inspiring. thank you again Vic and may God richly bless you as you continue your ministry. Thank you for the goodies.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/23/2012 9:07AM

    Vic, this may be the most beautiful prayer you have ever written. Thank you! And I absolutely love this wonderful hymn. You have ministered to my soul today and I am deeply grateful. God Bless You!

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SANDRALEET 8/23/2012 7:11AM

    Yes now we can talk to God He is a part of our life.He loves us and saved us, emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITGH, Wed, 8/22/2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Wed, 8/22/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26b

V. 31-33 THE PURPOSE OF THE VEIL

It Served As A Warning - This veil was hung between the holy place, where the priests ministered everyday, and the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God dwelt above the Mercy Seat. It served as a barrier between holy God and sinful man.

They were told to prepare the veil with "cherubim" on it. The cherubim are angelic creatures that serve as the guardians of the holiness of God. They are first seen in Gen. 3:24, when they were positioned at the entrance of Eden to prevent man from gaining access to the tree of life.

The presence of the cherubim on the veil seem to serve the purpose of telling those who entered the Tabernacle that they could come this far and no farther! They were a constant reminder that access to God was forbidden. God is holy and man is a sinner. Therefore, the cherubim were placed there to warn all who approached the veil that to continue was to invite judgment and death! They reminded all that a holy God dwelled just behind the veil. What grace it was that God would warn men not to come into His presence in their sinful condition! The cherubim were there to warn man, but they also served to protect men and to preserve life.

It Served As A Wall - This veil served as a barrier between God and man. It shut man out of the presence of God, (Lev. 16:2), "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat."

Between the sinner and God, there is a great wall standing, (Isa. 59:2). We cannot approach God within ourselves. To do so would invite judgment and death. Before man can enter into the presence of God, sin must first be dealt with.

It Served As A Way - While this veil served to keep men out, there was one day during the year when one man could enter. On the Day of Atonement, the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, but only with the blood of a sacrificial lamb, (Lev. 16:15), "Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:" On that day, the high priest was allowed to enter the side of the veil and minister in the Holy of Holies, sprinkling the blood of the sacrifice on the altar and atoning for the sins of the people. It was the only time any one was allowed behind the veil.

I just want to remind you that blood is the only way anyone has access into the presence of God, (Heb. 9:22; Heb. 10:19-20). Bloodless, Christ-less religion will never save the human soul! Those who try to get to God without the blood of Jesus will find themselves in Hell, because there is no other method God will accept. To enter into His presence, you must be born again,( John 3:3; 7). And, the only way to be born again is through the blood of the Lamb, (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Thank God, Jesus made the way for us to enter into the presence of God by going to the cross for our sins!

It Served As A Witness - While the high priest could only enter the Holy of Holies once each year, the priests ministered in the holy place every day of the year. As they did, they came within inches of the veil, but were never allowed to go past it. It was a constant reminder to them that they were sinners and that they were separated from God. It was constant reminder of man's moral failure.

So it is with the ministry of Jesus in the flesh. There are a lot of people who try to copy the life Jesus lived in an effort to secure their salvation. However, what men fail to realize is that the life of Christ cannot save! In fact, the life of Christ serves to condemn us all! He lived a perfect life and never once sinned against His Father or the Law. He did what you and I could never do: He lived a perfect life without sin! ( John 15:22). He is the "glory of God" that all of us have fallen short of, (Rom. 3:23)!

In the final analysis, the veil serves to remind man that he is a sinner in need of Savior and that he will never be able to approach God on his own merits.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Safe In The Arms Of Jesus” By Fanny J. Crosby (1870)

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul doth rest.
Hark! 'tis a song of heaven
Borne in the sweetest voice,
Echoed by saints in spirit,
Making my heart rejoice.
Refrain:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul doth rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears.
Refrain:

Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o'er,
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore.
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father Divine, Most Holy God! Help us to see the world around us with Your eyes. What do we see with our eyes? Despair, disappointment, violence, defeat, addiction, old age, death! Enable us not to see these things with our human eyes, but rather help us to see HOPE and LIFE in YOU through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to see what appears dead is actually alive and giving life in new growth. Help us to live by the power of Your victory. These things we pray in the Blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/22/2012 5:45PM

    I am so grateful that when Jesus died, the veil was ripped and we now can come to God ourselves. I am so glad that I am a child of God and can pray and talk to him anytime myself . Thank you Vic for the goodies, beautiful hymn and prayer. Sending you God's richest blessings for sharing such beautiful lessons with us.

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SAINTBETH 8/22/2012 10:16AM

    Since only the priests entered the tabernacle, the cherubim on the veil reminded them that even they were separated from the Holy of H0lies.

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LOSTLIME 8/22/2012 10:14AM

    thank you for the prayer and the hymn. Beautiful.

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SANDRALEET 8/22/2012 8:02AM

    When Jesus died the curtain was ripped in half .Then the Infidels like us could be saved Even to this day God calls all It is whot we accept To many accept destruction.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/22/2012 7:52AM

    Beautiful hymn Vic! thank you once again!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/21/201

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 8/21/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26a

Augustine, referring to the Bible, said "The New is in the Old concealed. The Old is in the New revealed." He is referring to the fact that many items and people in the Old Testament serve to point ahead to things more clearly revealed in the New Testament. This was the idea in Paul's mind when he said, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (1 Cor. 10:11).

What I am trying to say is that in the Old Testament there are many objects that point ahead to truths more fully revealed in the New Testament. For instance, we know that the Brazen Serpent of Numbers 21 was a type of the Lord Jesus, (John 3:14). We also know that the Manna of Exodus 16 was also a type or a picture of Jesus Christ,( John 6:31-35). There are many more example which are too numerous to name, but I think you get the point.

Of all the types in the Old Testament, none is more rich in its symbolism than the Tabernacle. From one end to the other, the Tabernacle is a picture of the Lord Jesus and of the redemption believers enjoy in Him. Today, I would like to focus our attention on the veil of the Tabernacle. This object contains a great message for those who are willing to see it. This veil is a wonderful type of Jesus Christ. In fact, it is specifically a picture of Jesus and His work while He was here in His flesh, (Heb. 10:20) "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,"
With that in mind, let's spend some time looking at the veil and what it represents.

V. 31-33a THE PATTERN OF THE VEIL

The Colors Used In The Veil - Often, colors in the Bible are symbolic in nature. The colors used in the veil of the Tabernacle are no exception. These colors paint a portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ and of Who He is.

Blue - Blue is the color of the sky and it reminds us of the Heavenly origin of the Lord Jesus. He is the Son of God - (Rom. 8:3; 1 Tim.. 3:16).

Scarlet - I am skipping purple for the moment to illustrate a point. This is the color of blood and it speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for the sins of man, (Rev. 1:5; John 15:13).

Purple - This is the color of royalty and it reminds us that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, (Isa. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:16). Now here is why I skipped purple. Purple is made by blending equal amounts of red and blue. Jesus Christ is a perfect blend of God and man. He is 100% both at the same time.

The Cloth Used In The Veil - Pure, white linen was the cloth that was to be used. This speaks of the purity of the Lord Jesus. It reminds us that He was sinless - (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Cor. 5:21).

The Construction Used In The Veil - Notice that this cloth was to be "fine twined" and of a "cunning work." This tells us that the cloth used was to be of a special weave. It would be different from any other cloth. So it is with Jesus! There has never been another man like Him! In His person, He was the perfect blend of Deity and humanity. He is the God-Man! He is unique for He is God in the flesh,( John 1:1; 14; Phil. 2:5-8)

We could stop here and know that the veil reveals much about Who Jesus is. But, there is more to the message of the veil.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Bow Down” By Twila Paris (1984)

You are Lord of the Heavens and Lord of my life
Lord of the land and the sea
You were Lord of Creation before there was time
And Lord of all Lords You will be

We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
Lord of all Lords You will be

You are King of the Heavens and King of my life
King of the land and the sea
You were King of Creation before there was time
And King of all Kings You will be

We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
King of all Kings You will be


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Divine Father, God of Heaven and earth! We pray You will bless our work and establish it. We commit all the work we do to You so it may be used to Your glory. Give us the strength to accomplish what we must do each day, and grant us the wisdom and ability to do it well. Take charge of every detail of our work so it will find favor with others and be successful. May we find favor in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ by our works and our devotion. These things we pray in His name. Amen!


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BABY_GIRL69 8/21/2012 10:24PM

    May the Lord a blessing to the reading of His word. Amen. God bless Vic & thank you for sharing this message, hymn & prayer here.

God bless,

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 9:19PM

    Vic, I praise God for the freedom to worship Him in my home, in my church and wherever I find myself throughout the day. I always look to God for strength to accomplish the day's tasks with wisdom and tenacity. May God Bless You today!

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ANHELIC 8/21/2012 8:21PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson Vic. Your explanation of the Veil from the old testament was a great reminder. I am glad the Veil has been torn down and we can worship our Lord ourselves. God bless you Vic.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/21/2012 5:01PM

    Thank you for this lesson!!

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    Thank you for this lesson.

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MARYJOANNA 8/21/2012 12:04PM

  The Old Testament is so important for us to be able to understand the New Testament. Everything is relevant.

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EDITOR 8/21/2012 11:12AM

    Beautiful, Vic, as the veil that seperated us is torn down. Now we see clearly!

Thank you for the goodie and that you let others seek to know Him through your songs, lessons and hymns.



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NILUMALEJI 8/21/2012 7:05AM

    My faith seems so small compared to yours...but I think that it's good to see the exemple of others to help us change our life ! Thanks a lot !

Nina

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FOLLOWIG IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/20/2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Following In the Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, and This Is My Prayer, Mon, 8/20/2012

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

COVETOUSNESS DENIES THE LORD

It Demonstrates A Lack Of Faith - When we are constantly going after that which we do not have, we are simply saying that the Lord cannot be trusted to take care of His children. He has promised us in His Word that He will give us those things that we are in need of -( Phil. 4:19). However, when we refuse to be content with that which we already have, then we are guilty in the eyes of the Lord. We are saying that He hasn't done enough and that we can't trust God to meet our need! God help us to always look to the Lord for the things we have need of and to always remember that we are to practice contentment with what we already possess - (Heb. 13:6; 1 Tim. 6:6-8). God's plan for us, in regard to obtaining things, is found in Mat. 6:25-34. When we forget that He is the provider and begin to think that getting relies on us, then we have passed from faith into covetousness and we are guilty of sin!

An ancient Persian legend tells of a wealthy man by the name of Al Haffed who owned a large farm. One evening a visitor related to him tales of fabulous amounts of diamonds that could be found in other parts of the world, and of the great riches they could bring him. The vision of all this wealth made him feel poor by comparison. So instead of caring for his own prosperous farm, he sold it and set out to find these treasures. But the search proved to be fruitless. Finally, penniless and in despair, he committed suicide by jumping into the sea.

Meanwhile, the man who had purchased his farm noticed one day the glint of an unusual stone in a shallow stream on the property. He reached into the water, and to his amazement he pulled out a huge diamond. Later, when working in his garden, he uncovered many more valuable gems. Poor Al Haffed had spent his life traveling to distant lands seeking jewels when on the farm he had left behind were all the precious stones his heart could have ever desired. In our greed for more, we often lose that which we already have! (Matt 25:24-30).

It Demonstrates A Lack Of Faithfulness - When we allow a covetous heart to dominate our lives, we will become slaves to the things we want. When this happens, we will be guilty of placing the Lord in second place in our lives. There is nothing wrong in possessing things, but we fall into sin when things begin to possess us! When we allow things to supersede God in our lives, then we are guilty of idolatry!

An article from the Reader's Digest tells of a zoologist who designed an experiment in which an ape was introduced to the profit motive. To accomplish this, the specialist first taught the animal to draw and paint, and he found him to be capable of some rather admirable accomplishments. Then he started rewarding him by giving him peanuts for his work. Soon the ape was doing "any old scrawl" just to get the peanuts. The experimenter wryly observed, "I had introduced commercialism into the ape's world and ruined him as an artist."

We too forfeit something worthwhile whenever we become preoccupied with material returns. This doesn't mean we shouldn't seek enjoyment out of life. The Scriptures do not say that the profit motive is wrong in itself. But the problem is obvious. Living only for a bigger and better salary, home, car, or vacation doesn't satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts. It may seem as if happiness and satisfaction will increase as we gain more and more possessions, but it doesn't work that way. When we are guilty of possessing a covetous heart, we can be sure that the level of our devotion to Jesus Christ will suffer.

According to zookeepers, two reptiles will sometimes grab different ends of the same piece of food. Sooner or later their struggle for that last bite brings them nose to nose. But then comes the surprise. The snake with the widest bite will keep right on going and actually swallow the other. Man may think that he can control his covetous urges, but he will quickly find that they will swallow him alive and will destroy his usefulness for the Lord.

We can never be faithful to the Lord as long as we are consumed by other things in life. Jesus must fill our vision! Until He does, everything else in life will be out of balance!

Conc: When it comes to possessing things, many of us are like the maid of a certain wealthy men. One day as he descended the stairs, he overheard the girl say, "Oh if I just had 5 dollars, I would be so contented." Wondering what would happen, he pulled a 5 from his wallet and as he passed by he handed it to her. She stammered a thank you and the man walked out of the room. Just before he passed our of earshot he heard her mutter in disgust, "Now, why didn't I ask for 10?"

You've probably heard of the court battle over the million dollar Pepsi cap. It seems that one woman left a Pepsi bottle behind when she left her job for the day. Apparently, she didn't want it and just forgot to discard it. A coworker, however, was always looking at Pepsi caps trying to win free drinks. When she saw this Pepsi sitting there and inquired about it, she found that no one knew who's it was and she was told to throw it away. Before she did though she looked at the cap and discovered that it was a winning cap worth one million dollars.

Now it seems that the first lady, the one who left the drink behind for another to throw away, is suing the second lady for all the money. It didn't mean a thing to here until she found out it was worth something. Sounds like a bit touch-greedy to me.

Our problem is not that we have too little, nor is it that we possess too much. Our problem is that we want more than we need. Epicurus has written, "If you want to make a man happy, add not to his possessions, but take away from his desires." How true! We need to search our hearts and see what motivates us.

Are we always talking about money? Are we always feeling jealous because someone has something we think we need? Are we guilty of going after things instead of the Lord? Do you need to come to the altar and confess to the Lord that you are guilty of the sin nobody will admit to? If you have a covetous heart, it will be your downfall, unless you make it right with God. Will you come to Him and allow Him to get real big in your vision while other things are allowed to shrink? Let's just be honest with Jesus today.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“ Each Step I Take” W. E. Mercer (1953)

Each step I take my Saviour goes before me,
And with His loving hand He leads the way,
And with each breath I whisper "I adore Thee;"
Oh, what joy to walk with Him each day.

Refrain
Each step I take I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until some day the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer home.

At times I feel my faith begin to waver,
When up ahead I see a chasm wide.
It's then I turn and look up to my Saviour,
I am strong when He is by my side.
Refrain

I trust in God, no matter come what may,
For life eternal in His hand,
He holds the key that opens up the way,
That will lead me to the promised land.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Almighty Father, God of all Creation! Help us to trust You and Your Ways, and not to depend on our own limited understanding of things. Help us to acknowledge You in every area of our life. If we have shut You out of any part of our life, reveal that to us so we can invite You to return and reign there also. Make our path straight just like Jesus. Guide and direct us in the right path that leads to everlasting life with You. We thank You for hearing our prayer and answering our prayer. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray and ask these things. Amen!


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ANHELIC 8/20/2012 11:31PM

    Welcome back Vic. I'm glad you had a good time and returned safely. I missed your lessons. This was a good one. I know I have said to a friend of mine who told me her husband just went out and bought a 52 inch flat screen TV. Asking me how big mine was, I answered, 25 inch analogue one with a digital converter sitting on my chest of drawers in my bedroom. She couldn't believe that I would be satisfied with an old TV like that and that I don't have cable either, just an antenna. I told her God provided me with what I need, not what I want and I am just as happy with my TV as she was with hers. Thank you for this lesson, it brought this situation to mind. I am always grateful for what I have and not what I want.
God bless you Vic.

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LOSTLIME 8/20/2012 2:19PM

    Welcome back,Vic! Hope you had a good time. Thank you for the lesson. I really like
hymn and the prayer.

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SANDRALEET 8/20/2012 10:01AM

    To much and we may not need God as much .Were we are is his will

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/20/2012 8:54AM

    I just want to be content where I am with what i have at that moment. God has always taken care of my needs. Thank you Vic for a wonderful lesson.

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EDITOR 8/20/2012 8:22AM

    Welcome back Vic ad thank you for todays word. We have little or plenty, but most of all, like St. Paul, we need to be content in all things.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/20/2012 7:50AM

    Thank you Vic for this beautiful hymn and prayer. They have really ministered to me today. I do pray that I let God reign supreme in every area of my life for I know that on my own I will make mistakes and take the wrong path. But with God as my guide I will live the life he intends for me and I don't want to miss out on that opportunity!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/16/2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Following In the Footsteps Of Faith, Hymn, and This Is my Prayer, Thu, 8/16/2012

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

COVETOUSNESS DISREGARDS GOD'S LAW

Covetousness may be the greatest among the sins listed here in these verses. Covetousness has the power to lead men to break the other Commandments.

Let's just stroll through the first 9 Commandments and see how a covetous heart can lead us to break them.

V. 3 - How many have placed money and possessions ahead of God?

V. 4-6 - How many have bowed at the altars of materialism and greed while refusing to bow at the altar of the Lord?

V. 7 - Many have blasphemed the Lord's Name in their efforts to acquire things. You do not have to speak to blaspheme the Lord! A life that is lived in a manner inconsistent with the clear teachings of Scripture is blasphemy.

V. 9-11 - Many have desecrated the Lord's Day in an effort to make money! Many who work on the Lord's Day do not out of necessity, but out of greed for gain.

V. 12 - Many parents are treated poorly and cast aside because they are too great a financial burden on their children. The child feels that he/she may have to give up something they think they need. As a result, they neglect their parents. What if mom and dad had done that to them when they were helpless?

V. 13 - Many are dead tonight because someone wanted that which belonged to another.

V. 14 - Many marriages are in shambles because people have been so caught up in earning heir salt, that they have neglected their sugar! Others have had their head turned by another man or woman and they have allowed a covetous heart to destroy their home.

V. 15 - It goes without saying that stealing is the end result of a covetous spirit that has gone too far.

V. 16 - Often, people will lie about another and spread gossip that can destroy their lives because they are envious and covetous of that person's life, lifestyle, position, or walk with the Lord. Many people have had their lives totally ruined by the covetous heart of another.

It seems plain to me that a covetous spirit is wicked and sinful before the Lord! Perhaps this is why the Lord gave such clear warnings against it and its influence in our lives - (Luke 12:15; Psa. 10:3; Mark 7:21-22)

Today’s hymn!
“ Prepare To Meet Thy God” By J. H. Stanley

Careless soul, why will you linger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God?
Hear you not the invitation?
Oh, prepare to meet thy God.
Refrain:
Careless soul, oh, heed the warning,
For your life will soon be gone;
Oh, how sad to face the judgment,
Unprepared to meet thy God.

Why so thoughtless are you standing,
While the fleeting years go by,
And your life is spent in folly?
Oh, prepare to meet thy God.
Refrain:

Hear you not the earnest pleadings
Of your friends that wish you well?
And perhaps before tomorrow
You’ll be called to meet your God.
Refrain:

If you spurn the invitation
Till the Spirit shall depart,
Then you’ll see your sad condition,
Unprepared to meet thy God.
Refrain:



THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Beloved God! Your Word fills and excites our hearts, our souls and our minds. It fills us with Your sacrificial love so that our lives overflows to others. It excites us so we want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Your Word speaks a freshness and provides insight into our current lives. Your Word speaks of the Kingdom Life today and the Home that has been prepared for us in heaven. Help us to set our minds, hearts, and souls on the true treasures of heaven so that when we stand before Your Throne, the only think that will stand with us is Your Love and Glory. This we pray joyfully in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/17/2012 11:08PM

    Thanks for the lesson Vic. It is hard for me at times not to be covetous when a person has so little compared to someone else. Have a safe and wonderful trip.

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LOSTLIME 8/17/2012 12:47PM

    These words are so true! Be safe traveling!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/16/2012 9:31PM

    Your words are so true Vic! I pray that you a safe & wonderful time during your travels. God did not give us this live to only toil but to live a victorious life!

God bless,

Dee

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NADINEL 8/16/2012 9:15PM

    Have fun with your travels. Be safe.
I loved that line....many marriages are in shambles because people have been so caught up in earning their salt that they have neglected their sugar. Amen to that!

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ANHELIC 8/16/2012 6:53PM

    May the Lord watch over you and keep you safe as your travel and bring you back to us. Thank you for this lesson, it gives us lots to think about while you are gone. Thank you for your awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank you for the goodie.
God bless you and your family Vic.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/16/2012 6:35PM

    Have a great trip Vic....Thank you for the lesson

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EDITOR 8/16/2012 12:39PM

    May God continue to cleanse and purify us so that we might always have the mind of Christ!

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JOYCECAIN 8/16/2012 9:49AM

    I hope you have a safe trip. I know the Lord will watch over you on your journey.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/16/2012 9:12AM

    May God bless you in your travels Vic. Thank you for the lesson today. I pray that I can truly love the Lord God with all my heart, might, mind and strength that I may stand blameless before Him at the last day. Amen.

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