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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 9/2/2012

Sunday, September 02, 2012

WELCOME TO A NEW STUDY!

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAY’S HYMN, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sun, Sep 2, 2012

Joshua 1:1-9
CANAAN LAND IS JUST IN SIGHT, Lesson 1a

In our age, there are many misunderstandings surrounding the Christian life. A trip to the local Bible bookstore bears this out. The shelves are lined with books that claim to be able to teach us how to make the Christian life easier for the believer and the church more acceptable to the world. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing easy or acceptable about the Christian life. It is not always easy to live for Jesus. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will never be acceptable to the world. We are not out for a day in the park! We are not on a playground; we are on a battleground!

We are engaged in warfare with a spiritual enemy who is far more powerful than we are, (Eph. 6:12), “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

In our own strength, we cannot defeat our enemies! The good new is this: our enemies are nowhere near as powerful as our God. (1 John 4:4b), “…because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Thus, even in the midst of our battles, there is always hope for victory. (Rom. 8:31), “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:37), “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
In fact, the Bible tells us that we are the recipients of victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57), “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” While we are engaged in the battle with evil, there is the expectation that we can and will walk in victory in our lives. For me, this is what the book of Joshua represents.

As this book opens Moses, the great leader of Israel has died and a new leader named Joshua has been appointed to lead the nation of Israel into Canaan. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel is about to take possession of the land God promised Abraham many centuries earlier. (Gen. 12:7), “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there build he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”

This book is about the battles Israel faced in order to claim that promise from God. Joshua is a book about warfare, painful defeats, suffering and great victories. It is a book that has much to teach the modern Christian much about obtaining spiritual victory in our lives.
We like to sing songs about Canaan Land and we seem to have the idea that Canaan Land refers to Heaven. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When we get to Heaven, there will be no more wars, there will be no more enemies, there will be no more suffering or death, there will be no more sin. All of these are present in the book of Joshua and are dealt with in its pages. No, Canaan Land is not Heaven. It is a picture of the victorious Christian that is available to every child of God, and every church today! It is a picture of victory in the midst of struggle.

Today, I am beginning a series of lessons that will move us through the book of Joshua. As we journey through this powerful, special book, I want to take the time to visit a few mountaintop vistas that we find along the way. I am entitling this series, The Dawning Of A New Day. My goal in teaching it, is to help you to stop wandering around in the wilderness and to enter into your Canaan Land of spiritual victory. It is my desire to help the church move past the pain and problems of the past into the peace and power of the Lord’s rest. It is my prayer that, through the teaching of the Word of God, we will witness The Dawning Of A New Day in our lives as individuals and in the church.

This first chapter serves as something of an introduction to the book. From these verses, I want to teach on the thought, Canaan Land Is Just In Sight. As I do, I would like for you to listen carefully to what the Lord has to say to Joshua concerning the land of Canaan and about how to claim it. These verses will help us to understand what it takes to go from wandering around in a wilderness of defeat to living in a land of victory. There are some truths here that we need to understand today as we look at the thought, “Canaan Land Is Just In Sight“.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“To Canaan Land I’m On My Way” By Wm. M. Golden (1914)

C To Canaan’s land I’m on my way Where the soul of man never [G7] dies Where the soul........never dies
My [C] darkest night will turn to day Where the soul of [G7] man never [C] dies Where the soul.............never dies.

CHORUS
C Dear friend there�ll be no sad farewells No sad.............................farewells There’ll be no tear-dimmed [G7] eyes No tear-........... dimmed eyes Where [C] all is joy, peace and love Where all....................is joy And the soul of man [G7] never [C] dies And the soul.............never dies.

A garden’s blooming there for me Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies And I shall spend eternity Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies.
CHORUS

A love-light beams across the foam Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies It shines to light the fires of home Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies.
CHORUS

My life will end in deathless sleep Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies And everlasting joys I’ll reap Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies.
CHORUS

I’m on my way to that fair land Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies Where there will be no parting hand Where the soul of man never dies Where the soul........never dies.
CHORUS

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Love, God of Righteousness and Holiness! We seek to have our spirits filled by Your Word, by Jesus Christ our Lord, and by Your Spirit. Thank You for the miracle of Salvation through Him, by Him and in Him. We thank You for the free gift of Him, for He is Lord and King of our lives. May every word and deed of ours today reflect the Jesus we have sought and found, and the Jesus we love. We pray this in His Glorious name. Amen!

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ESHTEMOA 9/2/2012 9:51PM

    Thanks for this blog, but I think that stating that''the spiritual enemy is ever far more powerful than we are' cannot be ,as long as we put on the whole armor of God.Once we fasten the belt of truth around our waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness, wear the shoes of peace to spread the gospel, armed with this we will take the shield of faith which will quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. With the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.As long as we live in and by the word of God that spiritual enemy could never be more powerful than we are.Yes we are in a constant battle and we must live out the word of God every minute of our lives.
Thanks for a wonderful blog.
Stay Blessed!
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    Wonderful blog!! God bless, Dee

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    Amen!!!

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ANHELIC 9/2/2012 12:51PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. Yes, we must walk in the way of the Lord so people can see what it's like. We can talk the talk, but we have to walk the walk. Let us praise Jesus name in the highest and live for him. Sending you God's blessings for carrying our His messages.

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SAINTBETH 9/2/2012 11:22AM

    The Lord is my strength and my salvation

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/2/2012 9:50AM

    I agreed with MaryJoanna - "we must practice what we preach" - our actions will attract others to get to know what we believe and we represent. Our words are not as powerful without actions. We are God's ambassador - we must represent Him with our best! Be diligent daily in everything that we do!

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LOSTLIME 9/2/2012 8:18AM

    good morning,Vic! Thank you for the lesson. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and Monday. I am off to bible study then Sunday service.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/2/2012 7:49AM

    good morning Vic! So thankful to be sharing a morning gprayer with you!

praise God!

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MARYJOANNA 9/2/2012 6:58AM

  We must be diligent in our Christian life as in everything else we do in life. We should practice what we preach!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 9/1/2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 9/1/2012

Exodus 33:12-23
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 29c


THE BEAUTIFUL RESULTS FOR BOTH 34:8; 29-35

After this mountain top experience, Moses was never the same. No one can come face to face with the Lord and remain the same. There will always be some sign that you have been with God.

Remember Jacob at Peniel, (Gen. 32:24-32)? After his encounter with God he limped on his thigh. Saul of Tarsus was forever changed by his meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 9:1-8). The Lord’s Disciples were marked men by having spent time with the Lord, (Acts 4:13). There were some changes in Moses life as well. Notice what seeing God will do for you.

There were also benefits that went in God’s direction. Moses was blessed by this powerful experience, but God was benefited too. Because Moses was strengthened in His walk with the Lord, God received worship and Moses became a better servant for the glory of God.

v. 8, 29 It Produced Humility – When we see the Lord as He is, we cannot help but see ourselves as we are! Many have very warped views of themselves! We think we are much better and much more holy than we really are. A good glimpse of God will change all of that and will produce genuine humility in our lives. When we get humble, then the Lord can use us for His glory - (James 4:10).

Verse 29, Moses was the only fellow in camp who did not know that his face glowed with the glory of the Lord! What a lesson!

Those who think they have arrived in holiness, humility and in power with the Lord usually haven’t. It is those who know they are nothing, and that He is everything, who are truly humble people!

v. 8 It Produced Worship – When Moses saw the Lord as He really was, it caused Moses to fall before Him and honor the Lord. You will notice that Moses did not shout, sing or testify. When Moses saw the Lord in His glory, he responded by humbling himself. He responded by simply adoring the Lord!

What we think is worship, usually isn’t! It isn’t about singing, testifying, praying or preaching. All of those things may be involved in worship, but just because one or more of these takes place in a service, does not mean that real worship has occurred. Genuine worship involves the heart above all. In genuine worship, there is a desire to exalt the Lord, a desire to see Him receive the glory He is worthy of receiving.

When we see Him in His glory, our worship will change. It will change on an individual level and on a public level. When we see Jesus in His glory, our worship will be about Jesus and nothing more. It will become that which the Lord desires it to be, (John 4:24). It won’t be about us or our fleshly displays. It will be about the Lord God Almighty and Him alone!

v. 29 It Produced An Outward Change – The evidence of spending time with the Lord was all over Moses! These verses seem to indicate that Moses was never the same. It could be that his face glowed until his death. The glory glow on his face was a testimony to the rest of the nation of Israel that spending time with God makes a difference. Moses was a living, visible witness to the power of being in the presence of God.

The same can be true in our lives! When we walk with the Lord in the inner sanctum of the hearts, there will be evidence on the outside that we are walking with Him. Our face may not glow, but our walk, our talk, our lives will all bear witness to the fact that we are walking with the Lord in His power and presence.

v. 34-35 It Produced A Special Relationship With God – There was a closeness between the Lord and Moses that could not have existed otherwise. So it is with you and me, when we walk in genuine fellowship with the Lord, there is a special relationship that develops. It does not mean that He loves one more than another, but it does mean that He reveals Himself more to those who are walking in closeness to Him.

He will speak more directly through His Word. He will manifest His presence more often in your heart. He will use you more wonderfully for His glory. These things alone make walking with the Lord worthwhile.

Conc: There is much in this passage, but it all comes down to one truth: Moses was brought to a place of sublime worship, and that worship changed his life forever.

Do you have any reasons to worship the Lord? If you do, are you giving Him the worship He deserves? If you don’t, wouldn’t you like to come to Him today and be saved?

Who among us today has a heart like the heart that Moses possessed? Who among us has an overwhelming desire to see the glory of God and to get lost in His worship? If that describes you, I challenge you to get before Him now and ask Him to manifest His glory to you.

The worship of God is a significant matter. It literally has the power to change our lives.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“A Shelter In The Time Of Storm” Vernon J, Charles worth (1880)

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.


Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.



THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Glory, God of Love, the only reason we have peace about the future is because our future is found only in You. Be the voice behind us that says, “This is the way; walk in it”. Even though we might not know all the details about what is to come, we know You know everything, and our future is in Your capable hands. Help us to walk faithfully with You each day. Teach us in prayer and lead us through Your Word, so we can move into the purpose You have for our lives. This we humbly ask and pray in Jesus’ most Holy name. Amen!

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NOTE: This concludes the Study of EXODUS. We will begin a Study of JOSHUA next! Looking forward to seeing you all there. Thank You for your support and encouragement, and God Bless Everyone of You!

  
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NELLIEC 9/1/2012 4:26PM

    Yes, my near death experience where I met with Jesus certainly changed me!

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    I appreciate the truth that we are never the same once we have an encounter with God!

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WANTSZU 9/1/2012 2:06PM

    Thanks for the great study of Exodus, looking forward to the Joshua study. Jesus truly is our rock of salvation. No matter what storms of life surround us He is always there.

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ANHELIC 9/1/2012 12:34PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. Yes, Jesus is our Rock and the more we walk in the path with Jesus, the less Satan has control over us. I love the Lord with all my heart and never want to change. God bless you for your great lessons every day. Looking forward to your lessons in Joshua. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon looking forward to the lessons of Joshua
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LOSTLIME 9/1/2012 8:11AM

    It is true. Jesus is our rock. When we have a strong faith, Satan has no hold on us. I am
looking forward to the lessons of Joshua. Thank you.

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SANDRALEET 9/1/2012 7:15AM

    Yes before our mind wanted to change The more we walk with God Our self Spirit and the Holy Ghost in us changes if we let it.The evil one will put a hundred reasons why not to.God has to win over our nature.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/31/2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 8/31/2012

Exodus 33:12-23
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 29b

THE BALANCED RESPONSE OF THE LORD 33:19-23; 34:5-7

v. 19-20 God Makes A Promise – God tells Moses that He will grant His request. He will allow Moses to catch a small glimpse of His glory as He passes by.

Why did God do this? The answer lies in verse 17. Moses had found grace in the eyes of the Lord! In other words, Moses hadn’t earned this experience, it was the Sovereign choice of Almighty God.

We need to understand that anything we have ever received from God, from salvation to the smallest of His blessings, have not been given to us because we have earned them. They have not been given to us because we have somehow forced the Lord’s hand.

By the way, anything we ever receive from the Lord is the work of His grace in our lives. Just the fact that we are allowed to pray to Him, to worship Him and to commune with Him is amazing! Thank God for those times He condescends to us in allowing us to love, serve, and worship Him!

v. 21-23 God Mentions A Place – God tells Moses that there is a place by Him where Moses can stand and see the glory of God as it passes by. That place is a cleft in the rock.
There is still a place by Him. There is still a cleft in the Rock and His name is Jesus! There is only one place where man will ever see God. And, that place is in Jesus Christ! He is the Rock, (1 Cor. 10:4). If we would see the Father, we need look no farther than the Son! Notice what the Bible says about Jesus, (John 14:9; John 1:18; Heb. 1:3).

Rock Of Ages was written by Augustus Toplady after he had been trapped outdoors in a fierce storm. Knowing of a large rock with a cleft in it, he ran there for shelter. As he entered that fissure in the rock, the storm broke upon it with all its fury. Lightning flashed, thundered boomed and the rains fell in a torrential downpour. Toplady, in his shelter, was totally untouched. The storm poured out its fury upon the rock, but he was safe because he was in the rock.

That same privilege is our in Jesus. When He was on the cross, the mighty wrath of God unleashed itself upon Him. When we are in Him, we are sheltered from the wrath of God and from the awful penalty of sin. That, my brothers and sisters, is a cause for worship!

34:5-7 God Manifests His Presence – God did exactly as He promised and allowed Moses to see His glory! God passed by, declaring His name and revealing His glory. Look at the text, and don’t miss this. Verse 5 says, “The Lord...stood with him there”. Verse 6 says, “the Lord passed by.” Here is Moses standing on the rock surrounded by the rock, in the presence of the Lord, shielded by the hand of God and seeing the glory of God all at the same time. Can you imagine seeing the glory of God up close and personal? Moses did and it changed his life.

Every now and then, we get a small dose of the manifest presence of God. Sometimes, He will come in and demonstrate His glory to His people.

I have been in services where God showed up in a mighty way. Can you begin to imagine what would happen if this were the rule and not the exception? Can you imagine what church would be like if the manifest presence of God were there? And He is present in the Spirit where two or three are gathered in His name. I think there would be less of us being involved with worldly things and more genuine worship of the Lord. I think we would be kind of like Thomas in the upper room, (John 20:24-28).

What I am saying is that when a genuine move of God takes place in our church, we will become lost in the glory of Jesus. He will be our focus and the center of everything we do. I want this more than anything I know! How about you?

Today’s hymn!
“Rock Of Ages” By A. M. Toplady (1776)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Glorious God! Fill us afresh with Your Spirit today and overflow us with Your healing stream so that when we are with others, they will sense Your presence also. Make us to be a well of refreshing water flowing freely to others. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, may others see Him in us, even if they do not fully understand what it is they are witnessing. Open the doors of opportunity for us to teach them about Jesus and Your gift of eternal life in Him. This we pray in His precious name. Amen!

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JUDITH316 9/3/2012 5:14PM

    Amen, another awesome Bible Blog, emoticon for sharing..
Thanks for sharing this precious Hymn, "Rock of Ages" one of many favorite hymns that I enjoy to sing... emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/31/2012 10:07PM

    Thank you for this lesson today Vic. This is what my church needs more of the Holy Sprit and less of self and the world. Then there wouldn't be any gossiping and pointing fingers at each other. I felt the Lord in other churches where i was wept and repented of my sins. I wish i could feel him more at my own church. Oh God please move in my church!

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LOSTLIME 8/31/2012 5:27PM

    Thank you for today's prayer.

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CATHRINE2010 8/31/2012 10:20AM

    Awsome! Thank you! Sometimes we needed to be reminded of the basics. One of my favorite hymns also! Have a great holiday weekend spending it with those who love you!

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KAJANA 8/31/2012 10:03AM

    AMEN....AMEN.. God, I need to see this today. thank you

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/31/2012 9:19AM

    AMEN AND THANK YOU FOR TODAYS PRAYER, VIC!

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MNABOY 8/31/2012 7:54AM

    How can a church work to create an environment that will cause the Holy Spirit to walk among the members?

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ANHELIC 8/31/2012 7:52AM

    Thank you Vic again for another great message. It would be awesome if God manifested Himself everytime we are witnessing to people. We have to go to Jesus as our Rock to cling to Him seeking prayer and mercy. God bless you for sharing this message.

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SANDRALEET 8/31/2012 7:39AM

    I have felt the holy ghost many times .God is our rock and we build our house on the rock.

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SONYALATRECE 8/31/2012 7:09AM

    Amen!
Seeking prayer for healing and God's mercy and grace as I go through...
Thanks!

~Sonya

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EDITOR 8/31/2012 7:09AM

    Oh, to see God's glory as He passes by! We can experience this in certain ways, for He is faithful to reveal Himself to us.

Christ tore asunder the veil that seperated us and now we CAN see clearly.

How beautiful our Rock of Ages!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/30/2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 8/30/2012

Exodus 33:12-23
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 29a

Moses had a difficult job assignment he was given by the Lord. His duty was to lead a rebellious, self-centered, stiff-necked people through a desert to the Promised Land. To accomplish this job, Moses needed a close relationship with the Lord.

Now, when we come to chapter 33, Moses has just received the Law from the Lord. He was gone for 40 days and nights while God revealed the Law to him. While he was gone, the people made a golden calf, began to worship it as their god and began to commit grossly immoral sins.

When Moses came down from the mountain and saw what they were doing, he threw down the stone tablets containing the Law and broke them. Because of their sin and idolatry, the Lord is angry with the people and He refuses to go with them into Canaan, 33:1-3.

Moses responds by reminding the Lord that the Israelites are God’s people and that if the Lord doesn’t go with them, then Moses isn’t going. So Moses and the Lord discuss the matter and God says that He will to go with them and bring them into the land of promise.

Please don’t ask me to explain all the things that are happening in this chapter. All I know for sure is that the Lord is trying to work in the life of Moses and help him to grow.

When these events occurred, Moses was placed in a position of discouragement and doubt. He needed something from the Lord if he was to continue to lead Israel. So he asks the Lord for a little encouragement. He asks the Lord to show him His glory. God answered Moses’ request and revealed His glory to him. When Moses saw the Lord in all His glory, it resulted in Moses falling down before the Lord in worship.

There is a word here for our lives. None of us have ever been given an assignment quite like the one Moses received, but we have been called to follow the Lord and to represent Him in this world. There are times when this task becomes difficult and discouraging.
When those times come, we also need something from the Lord. We need something we cannot produce by ourselves. We need something that will recharge our spiritual batteries and rekindle the old flames of excitement and passion for the Lord. We need something that will bring us to our knees in worship.

In this encounter with the Lord, Moses discovered “The Significance Of Biblical Worship“. He learned that worshiping God has the ability to confirm, comfort and consecrate the hurting heart of the humble saint.

I want to take this episode from the life of Moses and teach about “The Significance Of Biblical Worship“. I want you to see The Bold Request Of Moses; The Balanced Response Of God; The Beautiful Results For Both. Let’s notice these truths together.

THE BOLD REQUEST OF MOSES

3:10 Moses And His Duties –Moses was Divinely called to the task of leading the people of God to Canaan. It was not an easy task. His leadership was often called into question and his orders were disobeyed. Moses had a duty that required faithfulness and dependability. He had the task of walking in obedience to the Lord and His will.

33:1-3 Moses And His Discouragement – The people had rebelled against the Lord again in chapter 32, and as a result, the Lord wanted to destroy them at worse and remove his presence at best. They were in trouble regardless of which way that one turned out.
Can you imagine how Moses must have felt? He has done his best to lead them and to follow the Lord’s will and still all they did was complain, find fault, bellyache and sin against the Lord. There must have been many times when Moses wanted to throw in the towel and just quit!

33:18 Moses And His Desire – Moses had a heart to know and experience God in a deeper and more profound way. Moses knew that the nation of Israel could not meet his need. He knew that just working on his leadership skills would not meet his need. Moses seems to know that the best cure for discouragement, disillusionment and dryness is a fresh glimpse of who God is and what He is all about. Moses mentions 4 areas where he desires to know God better.

His Ways - 33:13 - Moses wants to better understand the way God operates so that he might serve Him better.

His Person - 33:13 - Moses wants to better understand the Person of God so that he might enjoy a deeper fellowship with Him.

His Presence - 33:15 - Moses wants a clearer manifestation of God’s presence so that he might follow God better. This is a plea for leadership.

His Glory - 33:18 - Moses wants to see the glory of God so that he will be moved to a deeper relationship in his worship life.

Moses was compelled to seek a fuller revelation of the Lord because he wanted a deeper love for the Lord. He was also drawn to know God better so that he might love God more intensely. Moses was not merely looking for information, he was seeking inspiration.
This was the desire expressed by the Apostle Paul in Phil. 3:10-11, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”

This is the same desire that should fill our hearts. I pray the Lord will increase our love for Him so that we will be drawn to know Him better. A better knowledge of the Lord will always result in deeper and more pure worship.

Why did Moses possess such a desire to know God? His desire was born out his walk with the Lord. Moses had been blessed by the Lord and the blessings of God manifested themselves in a desire to know God better and to worship God more deeply. A few of the reasons Moses had a heart filled with worship are as follows:

Moses Had Been Chosen – Moses was minding his own business, keeping Jethro’s sheep, when the Lord called to him out of that burning bush, (Ex. 3:2). God took the first step in His relationship with Moses.

Moses followed the Lord by his own choice, (Heb. 11:24-25), but he only made his choice because God had chosen him first, (Eph. 1:4). As Alfred Gibbs said, “The movement of a soul toward God, is but the effect of the movement of God toward that soul.” Everyone who worships God is someone who was first chosen and called by God.

Moses Had Been Converted – He had experienced the blessing of The Passover, (Ex. 12:13). Moses knew what it meant to be washed in the blood of the lamb. He had been redeemed out of Egypt and he was thankful. He also learned in that situation that God was as good as His Word.

These are reasons for worship that we share with Moses! The blood of the Lamb of God has given us salvation, safety and eternal security. His Word gives us the absolute confidence that He will do all that He has promised! Thinking about your redemption will make you want to worship!

Moses Had Been Communing – Moses enjoyed a walk of the deepest intimacy with the Lord, (Ex. 33:11). This closeness with God distinguished Moses from every other person living in his day. This closeness even carried over into his death, (Deut. 34:5-6; 10). He was still intimate with the Lord 1,500 years after he died, (Matt. 17:3). This closeness to the Lord caused him to want to worship God.

The more time you spend with the Lord, the more you come to love Him. The more you come to love Him, the more you are drawn to worship Him!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Worship You, Almighty God” By Sondra Corbett (1983)

I worship You, Almighty God,
there is none like You.
I worship You, oh Prince of Peace,
that is all I long to do.
I lift my hands for You are my righteousness.
I worship You, Almighty God;
there is none like You.


[Chorus:]
There is none like You,
no one else can touch
my heart like You do.
I could search for all eternity long and find, there is none like You.


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Awesome God, there is none like You! Grant us Your wisdom so we may have a long life of peace, blessings and happiness. With Your wisdom comes confidence, protection, security, promotion and guidance. We pray that You will grant us the kind of wisdom that saves us from evil and enables us to make the right kind of decisions. Your wisdom helps us to live with understanding, discipline and truth, which we need in following Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You Father for hearing our prayer and for answering our prayers. This we pray in Jesus’ Divine name. Amen!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/30/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon powerful lesson
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EDITOR 8/30/2012 3:30PM

    So much to be learned about Moses. So blessed he was to be called of God. What trials he had because of His calling. Good lesson and thank you, Vic. Thanks for yesterdays goodie and note.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/30/2012 9:56AM

    Thank you for this lesson. I look forward to these every day!

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ANHELIC 8/30/2012 9:50AM

    Thank you Vic for a powerful lesson today. There definitely is no one like God. I learned much about Moses' obedience wot God. I want to know God in a new way, like Moses. Too often when strife happens, we want to turn to the world, it's easier to put the blame on someone instead of turning to God for his real help. I want to read this lesson again and receive more of God's love and worship deeper. God bless you Vic for sharing God's word in such a way to help us have a growing love for our Lord. emoticon emoticon emoticon
The hymn is one of my favorites and your prayer helped was so meaningful for me.

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KIMPY225 8/30/2012 9:20AM

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SANDRALEET 8/30/2012 9:17AM

    If only we chose God not the way of the world.The way of the world belongs to the evil one.we like it better because of our greed blame the poor never whot we do

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LOSTLIME 8/30/2012 8:25AM

    There is no one like God. He is our salvation. Thank you for this lesson and prayer.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/29/2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Wed, 8/29/2012

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


v. 37-38 THE MINISTRY OF THE INCENSE

Once the incense was prepared, it was to be employed in the worship of the Lord. This reminds that worship is to be given to God alone. No person, no possession and no pastime deserves our worship. The ministry of worship is clearly defined in these verses.

It’s Ministry Is Definite – Verse 37 says that it was to be “holy for the Lord”. This incense was to be used for no other purpose than for the worship of the Almighty. It belonged to Him and to Him alone. This reminds us that worship alone belongs to God.
We live in an age when God receives very little genuine, biblical worship. The fact is, most people worship themselves in these days. Very few people in our community are bowing down to idols and false gods. Many, however, bow to money, pleasure, sports, and other things that fills their time, takes their money and occupies their minds. The things people live for are the things they worship. In essence, they are their gods.

True worship belongs to God alone! He is to be loved, served and exalted. He is to be honored with every moment of our lives; with every dollar of our resources; and with every ounce of our energy. He demands it, but more than that, He deserves it! Let’s give Him the worship He deserves!

It’s Ministry Is Deadly – God says, in verse 38, that any other use of this incense would bring His judgment upon the guilty person. This reminds me of what happened to Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. They came before the Lord and brought “incense” and “strange fire”. They went against the Lord’s command concerning His worship and God killed them outright, (Lev. 10:1-2). This serves to teach us that false worship always leads to destruction.

If you want to invite the judgment of God into your life, just give your worship to other gods. Just offer the holy incense of worship to things other than Him and His wrath will come into your life. A lot of God’s children are giving their attention and affection to things other than the Lord. It is an unlawful use of worship, and it will not go unpunished.
May the Lord help us to search our hearts and see if we are offering “strange fire and incense” before the Lord. May He help us to understand that He will not be tempted in this matter. He is a jealous God and He will not allow His worship to be given to another!

Conc: I don’t know about you, but I want my worship to be right. I want to learn how to give Him the glory, reverence, and honor that He is due. There was a day when I was lost in sin and headed to Hell. God Almighty saved me by His grace, washed away my sins in the blood of His Son and gave me a new life. He deserves all of my worship. I want Him to have it!

Has the Lord spoken to you about your worship? Are you giving Him worship for Who He is and What He has done in your life? Is your worship holy and humble? Is it balanced? Are you worshiping Him alone, or does your time, your money and your love go to other things? If your worship needs work, His altar is open. Come to Him and get the help you need right now!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Holy, Holy, Holy” By Reginald Heber (1826)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!



THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God! Help us to handle the marvelous News of Jesus Christ. Help us to set aside our water jar (daily chores and concerns), no matter how essentials they may be, and go do the Holy work Jesus has called us to do. Enable us to make Jesus more important than earning income, or providing goods and services. Grant us the opportunities to witness and to minister to others. Help us to be about our Father’s business. In Jesus’ Holy name we pray. Amen!



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EDITOR 8/30/2012 2:10AM

    Loved the lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank You Holy God and thank you Vic.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/29/2012 7:10PM

    Thanks Vic for this lesson. I know there were a lot of times that i did not worship him first thing in the morning and my day went downhill. Since last Sunday at a Pentecostal I have been closer to him than before. He delivered me from my irrational fears I had that Satan put into me and gave me peace. I cried and wept like i haven't done in a while and slept like a baby that night. He alone is worthy of our praise!

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BREAKINGFREE4JC 8/29/2012 3:54PM

    PS...I forgot to thank you for the hymn. I love hymns in a special way. Modern worship songs lead me into a place of worship that is deep and meaningful as well, but there's something that testifies with my spirit in a way that the most modern songs miss.
This hymn will be playing in my head all day long!

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ANHELIC 8/29/2012 11:27AM

    Thank you Vic for your wonderful lesson today. I grew up in a Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church and during the service the Minister uses incense at certain times as well as during funerals and weddings. I'm not sure if this would be considered appropriate or not. Maybe you could let me know your thoughts about this tradition. I don't go to that church anymore, but to a Pentecostal. I love your lessons, hymns and prayers. God bless you Vic.

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NADINEL 8/29/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks, Vic. I especially appreciate this today. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/29/2012 7:52AM

    I am starting out my day with you,Vic. Thank you for the prayer.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/29/2012 7:34AM

    Starting my day with your Spark (prayer) thank you Vic! Taking time for Jesus today!
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