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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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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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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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