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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/28/2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Tue, 8/28/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28b

v. 34-36 THE MIXING OF THE INCENSE

These verses tell us about the ingredients in the incense. They also tell us about how the incense was to be mixed together. The ingredients teach us why the Lord deserves to be worshiped. The instructions about mixing it together teach how we are to approach Him in worship.

The Personal Aspect Of Worship – The instructions given here speak to the personal nature of our worship. When we come before the Lord in worship, there are two ways we must approach Him.

Holy – verse 35 says the incense is to be “pure and holy”. When the Bible says that it was to “be tempered together”, it means that it was mixed with salt. Salt in the Bible is a picture of purity.

This speaks of the condition of our hearts when we come before Him. If we are not in a right relationship with Him, we cannot approach Him in worship. Sin in our lives will close His ears to our prayers, (Psa. 66:18). And, it will close the door of worship, (Isa. 59:2). If we would worship the Lord, we must come before Him with a holy heart!

Humble – Verse 36 says that they were to take some of the incense and “beat it very small”. It was to be reduced to a powder. This speaks of humility! If we would approach the Lord, we must first be holy, then we must come to Him humbly. There must be no pride or pretense in our hearts. We cannot approach Him boasting in ourselves and our abilities, ( 1 Pet. 5:5-6). We must come to Him with a true sense of our weakness and His power. We must come before Him remembering that apart from Him, we are nothing, would have nothing, and would amount to nothing. We must be broken before Him in worship!

The Perpetual Aspect of Worship – Verse 36 commanded that some of the incense was to be placed before the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Above the Ark, over the Mercy Seat, was where God met with His people. The incense before the Ark was a symbol that their worship was to be continual and perpetual. The incense was always to be there ready to be offered in worship before the Lord. In other words, worship was to be the defining characteristic of the people of God.

The same is true today. The people of God are to be marked by perpetual worship. That is, we are to worship at every opportunity for public, corporate worship, (Heb. 10:25). We are to worship Him privately, (John 4:23-24). We are to be a people of worship.
Something is wrong with a person who possesses no desire to worship the Lord. Something is wrong when there is no desire for prayer, for Bible reading, for singing to Him and for praising Him. He is worthy of our perpetual worship. Every day of our lives should be spent in the worship of the Lord who redeemed us by His grace, (Psa. 113:1-9).

The Proportional Aspect Of Worship – Verse 34 says that the ingredients for the incense were to be mixed in equal amounts. The speaks to us about the fact that our worship should be balanced and proportional.

This simply means that we are not to go off in a tangent in our worship. Some people emphasize the life of Christ while they make little of His death. Others focus on His death to the exclusion of His life. Each aspect of our Lord’s life and ministry is equally important.

His life means nothing if He didn’t die. His death means nothing if He wasn’t sinless. His sinless nature means nothing if He didn’t suffer for our sins. His Word means nothing if He didn’t fulfill every aspect of it. Every part of His life and ministry is vitally important and He is to be worshiped in the fullness of His ministry and glory!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He’s My King” By James Rowe (1911)

All day long of Jesus I am singing,
He my song of joy will ever be;
All the while He keeps my heart-bells ringing,
For His love is ev’rything to me.

Refrain

He’s my King, and O I dearly love Him,
He’s my King, no other is above Him;
All day long enraptured praise I sing,
He’s my Savior, He’s my King!

Streams of love around my soul are flowing,
From His heart love’s everlasting spring;
That is why my faith in Him I’m showing,
That is why an endless song I sing.

Refrain

In His light, I’m going home to glory,
With the souls who trust His saving grace;
Going home to sing and tell His story,
In the blessèd sunshine of His face.

Refrain


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful Loving Father, Redeeming God of all the saints! Thank You for Your demonstration of love and care for us. Please continue to teach, inspire, and enable us to love others, to teach others, to inspire others, especially those in need. Do what is impossible for us to accomplish. What we cherish most from life can only come from You. We humbly ask for Your eternal blessing in Jesus Christ, our Lord. In His glorious name we pray. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/30/2012 10:06PM

    Beautiful Prayer

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ANHELIC 8/28/2012 10:20PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson again Vic. You are certainly God inspired and I look forward to each new lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank you for the goodie
God bless you.

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NADINEL 8/28/2012 10:11AM

    Thank you for this. Amen.

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    Have a wonderful day

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    thank you for the prayers and hymns everyday

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/27/2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Mon, 8/27/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28a

This passage falls in the middle of a section of Scripture devoted to the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a portable tent designed for the worship of Jehovah. Every piece of cloth, every board, every piece of furniture, every item in the Tabernacle was commissioned, developed and designed for use in the worship of Almighty God.

Everything which was part of the Tabernacle pointed to Jesus Christ in some way. The tabernacle was called “the tent of meeting”. It was here that Israel met with God. It was here that sacrifices were to be offered. It was here that the worship of Jehovah God was conducted on a daily basis. It was here that atonement was made for the sins of the people.

When Israel camped in the wilderness, they were to camp around the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was in the center of the camp. This reminded them that the worship of God was to be at the center of their lives. The Tabernacle was the most important place in Jewish social and religious life.

The Tabernacle was a place devoted to God. It was designed by God to declare God.

The Tabernacle is a place worth studying.

The passage we are considering today deals with the incense they burned in the Tabernacle. The incense also speaks of Jesus Christ and His worship. When the incense was burned, the smoke ascended up toward Heaven. Its scent came up before God and He was pleased. When the incense was burned, its fragrance filled the Tabernacle and everyone knew that worship was taking place.

You might remember when Mary broke the alabaster box of ointment and anointed the head of Jesus, we are told that “the house was filled with the odor of the ointment,” (John 12:3). Real worship has a way of making its presence known. When real worship takes place, it leaves its scent behind.

I want to take these verses, which give the instructions related to the incense, and teach on “The Scent Of Biblical Worship“. These verses teach us some very vital truths about genuine biblical worship.

I want you to see The Materials In The Incense; The Mixing Of The Incense; and The Ministry Of The Incense. Let’s consider these truths together.

v. 34 THE MATERIALS IN THE INCENSE

God was very specific when He gave Moses the ingredients that were to be used in the Incense. I want to consider these ingredients, because they teach us about Jesus. These four ingredients remind us why He is worthy of our worship.

Stacte – Speaks Of His Proclamations – Stacte is an aromatic gum that comes from a certain shrub. The word means “to drop”. Stacte was collected a drop at a time from the plant.

This substance speaks to us about the Words of our Lord. Like the stacte dropped from the plant, the precious Word of God dropped from the lips of our Saviour!
Jesus is the living Word, (John 1:1, 14). He has also given us the written Word. Thank God for His Word! Listen to what the biblical writers said about this book:

Psa. 30:5, “Every word of God is pure...”

Psa. 19:8, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Thank God for His Word! In this book, God condescends to speak to fallen man. In this book God reveals Himself to man. In the Bible God gives us His Gospel, the only plan of salvation. This book is health for the soul; food for the journey; strength for the battle; light for the darkness and hope for every tomorrow.

We ought to thank Him for His Word. We ought to worship for giving us His Word.

Onycha – Speaks Of His Person – This ingredient was found in a certain species of shellfish that only lives in the Red Sea. The word “onycha” comes from the Hebrew root word for “Lion”.

This substance speaks to us about His person. It reminds us that He is a King Who is to be revered, honored, served, loved, obeyed and worshiped.

I would remind you that Jesus Christ is not long-haired, effeminate, hippy, do-gooder.

He is “the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords”, (Rev. 19:16).

He is “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah”, (Rev. 5:5).

He is the One the Old Testament prophesied would come,( Jer. 23:5; Gen. 49:10).

He is One Who came to this world, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose again from the dead and ascended back to Heaven.

He is the One Who is coming again for His church, (1 Thes. 4:17-17).

He is the One we will face at “the Judgment Seat of Christ”, (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15)

He is the One Who is coming again in power and glory to rule and reign, (Rev. 19:11-16).


He is the One Who will occupy “the Great White Throne” of judgment, (Rev. 20:11-15).

He is the One Who will be worshiped in Heaven for all eternity!

Can I go a step farther? He is my Saviour! He is my Lord! He is my Friend! He is the delight of my soul. He is worthy of my praise and worship right now. Glory to God, we need to praise Him, love Him and worship Him right now!

Galbanum - Speaks Of His Pain – The word “galbanum” means “cutting” this is because this resin was obtained from a certain plant by cutting that plant open so that the resin could run out and be collected.

This substance speaks of the Lord’s pain and suffering. It reminds us of His death on the cross. It reminds us that he gave His life to redeem His Bride (The Church) from her sins. Let me remind you of some of the things He suffered for us.

Beating - (Luke 22:63-64; Psa. 129:3)
Scourging - The horror of this punishment ( Matt. 27:26)
Spitting - (Matt. 27:30)
Mockery - (Matt. 27:26-29)
Beard Plucked From Face - (Isa. 50:6)
Stripped - (Matt. 27:35) - (They gambled for His garments.)
Nailed To The Cross - (Matt. 27:38; John 20:25)
Crucifixion Itself - A death on the cross is the most horrible form of execution known to mankind! We derive our word “excruciating” from it. “Excruciating” means “out of the cross”.

He Suffered Pain At The Hand Of Sovereign God - Jesus actually became sin on that cross, (2 Cor. 5:21). God judged Jesus in the place of sinners. God literally poured out His wrath into the body of His Son and Jesus suffered the undiluted, unfiltered wrath of Almighty God.

He is to be worshiped for His sufferings. He is to be worshiped for His sacrifice. He is to be worshiped for His all that He did to guarantee our salvation!

Frankincense - Speaks Of His Purity – Frankincense is another resin taken from a tree. When this resin was burned, it gave off a pure, white smoke.

This substance speaks to us of the purity of the Lord Jesus. It reminds us that He is the sinless Son of God. He was born without the taint of human sin. He never committed a single sin. In fact, it was not possible for Him to sin. ( Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 3:5).

Jesus was and is the pure, sinless Son of God. He came into this world to give His life a ransom for the guilty. He did that when He died on the cross. He is to be worshiped for His sinless nature!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Where He Leads I’ll Follow” By William A. Ogden (1885)

Sweet are the promises, kind is the word
Dearer far than any message man ever heard
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless, I see
He the great example is, and pattern for me

Where He leads I'll follow
Follow all the way
Follow Jesus ev'ry day

Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He
He the great example is, and pattern for me

List to His loving words, "Come unto me!"
Weary, heavy laden, there is sweet rest for thee
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure
Lean upon the Savior and thy soul is secure

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THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Love and Grace, God most Holy! We thank You that You know everything about us and still love us. You have searched us and know when we sit down and when we rise. You perceive our thoughts from afar, and discern our going out and our lying down. You know all our ways. You know our mistakes and still You call us Yours. Thank You for always teaching us, guiding us, comforting us and restoring us. You know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to, know You better. This we pray in Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/27/2012 11:28PM

    Thank you Vic for sharing another awesome lesson. In every one of your lessons, I find something that I didn't realize before. You are a great teacher following God's commands. I look forward to each lesson you share. Sending you God's richest blessings for carrying His Word to us.

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LOSTLIME 8/27/2012 9:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/27/2012 12:08PM

    Thank for sharing this journey through the Tabernacle!

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SANDRALEET 8/27/2012 8:23AM

    The bible has so much to teach No matter how long we read it we find more to learn and read

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 8/26/2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sun, 8/26,2012

Exodus 30:1-10
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE, Lesson 27c

V. 6-10 THE MINISTRY OF THE ALTAR

The Placement Of The Altar - It was to be placed against the veil of the Tabernacle. Behind the veil, unseen by human eyes, was the Mercy Seat, where the blood offerings were placed on the Day of Atonement. There was something else In this little room behind the veil, called the Holy of Holies. The Shekinah Glory of the presence of God dwelt there. The only access to the glory of God was through the veil. In a sense, Jesus is the veil. It is through Him alone that we access to the riches of God through prayer - (John 14:6, 13-14; John 15:16; John 16:23-24; 26). The Lord Jesus is the only access that have into the hidden riches and glories of the Lord - (1 Tim. 2:5).

Think of prayer like you would of a wall outlet. When we take a plug and place it into the wall outlet, we are able to tap into the hidden resources inside the wall. When we take the plug of prayer in the hand of faith and use it properly, we find that prayer does change things and that there is great potential in praying to the Lord. It is not an accident that the Altar of Incense was placed just outside the Veil.

The Prayers Upon The Altar - Prayer is represented by the incense that Aaron was to take and place there. Notice how this ministry was to be carried out.

Continual - Every morning and every evening, Aaron was to place fresh incense upon the Altar so that a continuous smoke rose up before the Lord in Heaven. Our praying is to follow the same fashion. We are to be in an attitude of prayer before the Lord constantly. (Col. 4:2; Psa. 55:16-17; Eph. 6:18).

Consecrated - The priests were forbidden from offering anything but incense upon this altar. It was consecrated for one thing and one thing only: to glorify the Lord God. So it is with prayer. We have no right to pray out of pretense or selfishness. Our motive must be to offer prayers that are pleasing, honoring and according to the revealed will of God. These are the only prayers that He will ever answer!

Clean - Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, Aaron was to take blood from the atonement offering and he was to sprinkle it on this altar. This reminds us that when we approach God there are 2 things that we need to be sure of if we expect Him to hear and to answer, That we are saved - (James 5:16), and That we are clean in His sight - (Psa. 66:18).

Conc: We serve a big God! He is able to do things that literally boggle the mind! After all, look back at all that He has done through the ages. Creation, Salvation, Resurrection, His Word, etc. Then, think for a minute about prayers He has answered for us and others. Abraham interceded for Sodom, and God listened. Jacob interceded for Israel at Penial, and God listened. Israel cried out to God from Egypt and God listened. All through the Bible, God has proven over and over His willingness and ability to hear and answer pray. All He is looking for today is a people who believe Him enough to call on His name in faith and who will believe that He will do what He has said He will do. Are you among that number today? If so, then we should take what we have learned from the Golden Altar Of Incense and use it to strengthen our prayer lives before the Lord. Is you prayer life all that it should be?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Father Of Mercies” By Frederick W. Faber (1803)

Father of mercies, day by day
My love to Thee grown more and more
Thy gifts are strewn upon my way
Like sands upon the great seashore
Like sands upon the great seashore

Father of mercies, God of love!
Whose gentle gifts all creatures share
The rolling seasons as they move
Proclaim to all Thy constant care
Proclaim to all Thy constant care

Father of mercies, may our hearts
Ne'er overlook Thy bounteous care
But what our Father's hand imparts
Still own in grateful praise and prayer
Still own in grateful praise and prayer

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of Love, Life and Light! We are excited to tell others the story of Jesus and His GREAT LOVE. We love to tell the story because we know it is true. We love to tell the story because it satisfies our own longings like nothing else can do. Help us to be anxious and eager to share the Story of Jesus and His Love with others. Grant us opportunity and courage to demonstrate and tell the Greatest Story ever told. This we ask and pray in the blessed name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!


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ANHELIC 8/26/2012 10:17PM

    Thank you Vic for you awesome lesson. We are grateful that the Veil was torn down by Jesus and we can now access the alter. I am so grateful to have you and my other sparkfriends who love Jesus and can share with each other. God bless you Vic for everything you do for the goodness of our Lord.
Your hymn was great. I love the words and your prayer I felt was directed at me this time. Thank you again.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/26/2012 9:33PM

    Vic, we just sang, "I Love To Tell The Story," at church this morning and your prayer reminded me of that hymn. Thank you for the lesson. I hope you have a great week!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/26/2012 10:03AM

    I am disturbed by the idea that we have no right to pray out of selfishness. Are we not to seek help for ourselves when confronted by problems that we feel only the Lord can help us with?

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/26/2012 10:03AM

    I am disturbed by the idea that we have no right to pray out of selfishness. Are we not to seek help for ourselves when confronted by problems that we feel only the Lord can help us with?

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/26/2012 9:56AM

    Amen and thank you Vic!
When faced with challenges and our minds are filled with negative voices, always remember!
Our God is bigger than our problems and our challenges; prayers changed things; be faithful and activate God's attention through prayers know that we will leave our problems our challenges in His hands!
When life is good and our minds are filled with positive voices, always remember!
What we have are gifts from God; be faithful and thanked God daily for what He had done in our lives and what is yet to come.
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SANDRALEET 8/26/2012 9:03AM

    Oh how God loves us. He is our most important thing in our life Praise and homer him.

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EDITOR 8/26/2012 7:34AM

    Jesus tore down that veil that seperated us from God. Thank you Jesus that You tore it asunder and we now have access.

Thank you, vic, for goodies and leading others to see that God Almighty is reachable. Thanks for the goodie too. Be blessed today!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/25/2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 8/25,2012

Exodus 30:1-10
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE, Lesson 27b

V. 2-5 THE MANUFACTURE OF THE ALTAR

The Size And Shape

1 Cubit On A Side - The “One” speaks of unity. When we come before the Lord in prayer, we are brought together. We are made one when our will lines up with His will. Prayer brings us into His presence and unites us as nothing else can.

Square - This speaks of equality. Nobody has more access to God that you do. If you are saved and your sins are confessed, you have as much right to approach the Lord as anyone who has ever lived, (Heb. 4:16).

2 Cubits High - At 2 cubits high, the Altar of Incense was taller than any other piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. This speaks of Jesus being exalted above all the world. However, it also reminds us that no one stands taller than when they are engaged in prayer. In the church, preachers, teachers, singers and leaders often get the most recognition for what goes on at the House of God. However, if there is to be credit rendered, it must go to those who are actively engaged in prayer for the work of God. When the rewards are handed out at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, many with big names and high profiles will have to step aside for those who wrestled in prayer for the souls of men and for the Kingdom of God.

In terms of size, the Altar of Incense was the smallest of all the other pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle. However, while it was small in size, it was great in its importance. The work carried out here was a vital part of their service to the Lord. So it is with prayer! You see, in praying, it isn't the eloquence of prayer, nor the length of prayer that makes a difference, it the heart behind the praying! When we call on the Lord out of a heart of faith, we literally possess the power to move mountains - (Matt. 17:20) It isn't how long you pray, or how loud, it all comes down to the content and the heart behind the praying.

When Simon Peter stepped out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water, he lacked faith and began to sink. His prayer to the Lord wasn't long, only 3 words, but it was effective and it accomplished what he wished for it to - (Matt. 14:30). A man named Jabez prayed a short prayer that God also honored - (1 Chron. 4:10).

The Symbolism In The Altar

Horns - There was one golden horn on each of the four corners of the Altar. Horns in the Bible are often symbolic of power and strength. These speak of the power of prayer to go into the four corners of the world. From right here where we are today, we can literally touch a world for the glory of God. There is no limit to what we can accomplish through prayer, except those limits we place on prayer through our own faithlessness and prayerlessness - (Matt. 18:19).

In ourselves, we may be weak and seemingly ineffective. However, when we fall on our knees before a mighty God, we become a force to be reckoned with. When the saints are on praying ground, the devils of Hell tremble before us. There is power in a saint who is in contact with the God of Heaven.

Crown - This piece of furniture had a crown that went around the top. It was there to prevent the incense from falling to the floor. This speaks of the fact that none of our praying is in vain. God may not answer in your time or in your way, but He will hear you and He will answer you in a way that glorifies Him and is the best for you. None of your prayers, if prayed from a righteous heart of faith, will ever fall to the ground - (Jer. 33:3 ;Isa. 65:24).

Rings And Staves - These were fastened to the Altar so that when Israel broke camp and moved, the Altar could be carried to the new location and there resume its function before the Lord. The idea here is that the Altar of prayer was ever near. This speaks of prayer to us. Prayer is as near to us as the breath in our lungs or the thoughts of our heads. We can pray anywhere, anytime and about anything. Pray is always acceptable to the Lord.

Many are concerned about posture in prayer. I believe that God is more concerned with the posture of the heart than He is with the posture of the body. I believe that He longs for those who call on Him to have hearts free from sin and hearts that are humble in His presence. Oh, we should never be too lazy to bow before Him on our knees when we can, but there are times when that is impractical. Such as when driving, or when crippled or when unable to bow. The whole issue is that men need to pray and pray consistently and continually before his presence - (Luke 18:1; 1 Thes. 5:17; Rom. 12:12).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Let Every Heart Rejoice and Sing” By Henry S. Washburn (1842)

Let ev'ry heart rejoice and sing
Let choral anthems rise
Ye aged men, and children bring
To God your sacrifice

Refrain:
For He is good, the Lord is good
And kind are all His ways
With songs and honors sounding loud
The Lord Jehovah praise
While the rocks and the rills
While the vales and the hills
A glorious anthem raise
Let each prolong the grateful song
And the God of our fathers praise
And the God of our fathers praise

He bids the sun to rise and set
In heav'n His pow'r is known
And earth, subdued to Him, shall yet
Bow low before His throne
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THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Awesome Father, Almighty God! You are always near to all who call upon You, to all who call upon You in truth. We thank You that You are always close to us. We confess the times when we have doubted that You were all so near. It was not a lack of faith, but a lack of knowledge and understanding. Help us to pray more fervently and more consistently. Help to pray more consistently in accordance with Your will. Take us from where we are to where You want us to be so You can bless us. These thing we pray in the Loving name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/26/2012 12:00AM

    Thank you Vic for you great inspiration again. I know God looks on the inside and we tend to look on the outside. If we love God, that's what he looks for. Thank you for the goodie. God bless you for the work you are doing for God's kingdom.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/25/2012 8:07PM

    Thanks for the message about prayer Vic. I do believe that is what is missing in our churchl that is why we are having problems because everyone has not humbled themselves in prayer and looked at their own hearts.

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LOSTLIME 8/25/2012 8:05PM

    He sees into our souls. Thank you for the lesson, Vic!

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NADINEL 8/25/2012 2:26PM

    I agree that God is more concerned with our heart attitude toward Him than our physical posture. Thanks for this blog. Have an awesome day, Vic & Mrs. Vic.
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SWIMLOVER 8/25/2012 9:23AM

  Vic, Thank You so much for this wonderful inspirational blog! GOD does look at our hearts and HE wants our hearts to want HIM more and more.

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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SANDRALEET 8/25/2012 8:25AM

    How grate is the Mersey of God and wonderful is his story.The old and new work together

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EDITOR 8/25/2012 7:32AM

    We are in unity, Vic becomes He unites us. So many are unfamiliar with the O.T. Your blog is a perfect place to get a capsule of it daily.
Thank you for the note and goodie yesterday.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/24/2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 8/24,2012

Exodus 30:1-10
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE, Lesson 27a

When God gave His plans for the construction of the Tabernacle, He filled the place with various articles that were absolutely rich with spiritual symbolism. Jesus can be seen in the Tabernacle in every piece of it. The Brazen Altar speaks of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for sinners. The veil reminds us that there was a gulf between God and man that was dissolved at the cross by Jesus. The Golden Candlestick reminds us that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and that He came to lead men out of darkness. Even the coverings of the Tabernacle point to the Lord Jesus Christ. The same is true with the Golden Altar Of Incense that we have read about today. In this piece of furniture, the Lord is seen in His ministry as our Great High Priest. The One who makes intercession for His people before the throne of His Father in Heaven, (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34).

While this Altar is filled with great symbolism concerning the Lord, there are also some lessons for God's people. In these verses, we are shown some truths about our prayer lives and about praying in general. Since it is my conviction, and hopefully yours by now, that the Lord wants us to be more consistent in our praying, I feel that we would do well to look at the Golden Altar Of Incense and what it teaches us about praying. Let's do that and learn from this ancient piece of Tabernacle furniture.

V. 1, 3 THE MATERIALS OF THE ALTAR

There were only 2 materials used in the manufacture of the Altar of Incense: Wood and Gold. Wood, in the Bible, speaks of humanity and Gold, speaks of Deity. Therefore, it is easy to see that this speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only Person who has ever perfectly combined humanity and deity in one body - (John 1:1; 14). He is the God-Man! However, while He was on the earth, His glorious nature was hidden under His humanity. Only when He was on the Mount of Transfiguration did His glory burst forth - (Matt. 17:1-2). While He was here, men saw the wood, so to speak, (Isa. 53:2). But, notice that this Altar has the gold on the outside. This points to Jesus as He is now! He is enthroned in Heaven at the Father's right hand. If you could see Him today, He would still have His human body, but it would be covered by His glory. Therefore, this altar, in it's materials, speaks of the Person of Jesus, our heavenly Intercessor.

While these materials speak about the glorified Lord, they also have application to you and me. At our best, we are never more than sinners saved by grace. However, when we come to know the Lord Jesus by faith, we are made partakers of the "divine nature", (2 Pet. 1:4). That is, God Himself dwells in the heart of every believer and grants us access to the Father through prayer. Prayer is the domain of the redeemed - (Psa. 66:18).

When our humanity is covered by the divine blood of Jesus, we are given the right to call on the Lord's Name; a right which we did not possess prior to that event! Does God hear the prayers of the lost? Not in the sense of hearing in order to answer. Therefore, no lost person can gain access to the throne of grace. It is only for the redeemed through our Intercessor, the Lord Jesus! Only when our humanity become swallowed up in His deity do we have access to Him in prayer.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Will Call Upon The Lord” By Michael O. Shields (1981)

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Most Holy God! We pray today for each member of our family and for all our friends and acquaintances to be blessed with love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, good health, provisions, protection, and a greater knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the power of Your Word. Help us not to be selfish or lazy in our praying. Show us whom else to pray for. Teach us the way that is good and right. May we never sin against You by failing to pray for other people according to Your will. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ Blessed name. Amen!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/24/2012 11:10PM

    Thank you for the lesson, hymn and prayer today. So often we only pray for out own needs and not for others. Yet we all are supposed to be intercessors and prayer warriors. Sometimes i fail at doing that by not spending enough time with Him.

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ANHELIC 8/24/2012 7:28PM

    Thank your Vic for sharing this wonderful less with us. I am grateful that we can call upon the Lord and pray for our families and friends. I enjoyed your prayer and have been praying for a dear friend who had surgery yesterday. He had an aneurysm in his stomach. I have found that some of my friends ask for prayers for their family because they don't know how to pray.
Your Hymn is a great one, and your prayer is inspiring. God Bless you Vic. Thank you for the goodies.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/24/2012 6:16PM

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Lets continue to call upon the Lord! You get me sung this hymn all day long today since I read your blog earlier!
Thank you Vic! emoticon emoticon

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/24/2012 3:03PM

    Thank you Vic for this great blog! I haven't sung this hymn in years and I really enjoyed it today. Have a great weekend!

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WANTSZU 8/24/2012 2:33PM

    Thanks again for the wonderful blog message, prayer and hymn. This hymn brings back memories of when my hubby use to play in the worship band. This was one spirit filled hymn they played often.

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ARMINDA6 8/24/2012 11:18AM

    awesome blog!

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EDITOR 8/24/2012 9:00AM

    People are not that fond of the O.T . Yet if we want to draw close to the Father (some yet fear Him) your daily blog is a good place to come to be familar in lesson, song and prayer. Today's hymn is uplifting and familar for the Spirit filled. Your prayer is to show us that we might serve and unite with Him. Thank you Vic for presenting the Father God in His fulness!

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LOSTLIME 8/24/2012 7:38AM

    Thank you once again for the prayer and the nice hymn.

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