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Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Joshua 1:1-9


v. 16 They Commit To A Life Of Surrender – These people make their stand with the Lord. They promise absolute obedience and surrender to the will of God.

This is the only way spiritual victory will come to any life. There must be total and absolute surrender of every area of life to the will of God and to His divine leadership. Anything less hinders the work of God in our life. What are you holding back from the Lord today? Too often, we are like the men described in Luke 9:57-62. God’s will is that we surrender our will and follow Him to victory. I challenge you to make a complete surrender to God. Run up the white flag today and get in line to go into Canaan!

v. 17 They Commit To A Life Of Submission – These men also promised to follow the leadership of God’s man. Just as they had followed Moses, they committed themselves to following Joshua!

While I believe that there is a certain amount of authority invested in the pastoral office, and that the people of God ought to follow the man of God as he follows God’s will for the church, there is a higher authority that every person must acknowledge. We are to submit to the leadership of God! Too often, we rebel against anything that seems like authority in our lives.

None of us like to be told what to do! But, may I remind you that every single child of God is a slave to righteousness! When you got saved, you became the property of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor. 6:19-20. Therefore, you have no right! You have no privileges! You have no claim, except to what He will provide and request, to anything that allows you to make decisions for yourself.

Your entire duty could be summed up in one word: Submit! If you are ever going to get to Canaan, you will have to submit everything to God. Have you done that? Or, are you holding things back from the Lord? Canaan is only for those who are subject to the will of God!

v. 18 They Commit To A Life Of Separation – Finally, the people commit themselves to separating from those in their midst who refused to comply with the commandments of the Lord. And, their separation was so strong that they vowed to put to death anyone who rebelled against the leadership of Joshua. These people knew that allowing rebellion in their midst was a sure way to guarantee defeat.

Again, the lesson for us is clear today. If we want to walk in victory, we must practice separation in our lives as well. We should separate ourselves from anything that would prevent us from achieving victory in our lives. It may be that certain people that have to go. It may be that certain activities have to be cut out of our lives. We may need to consider the way we dress, the way we talk, the things we watch and do, where we work, how we think or in any other area of life. If it is a hindrance to your entering into your Canaan, then it must go, Heb. 12:1 – Phil. 3:7-11. Otherwise, you will always be defeated and be in danger. Even as I speak, you already know what it is that is holding you back today. You need to get that things settled today!

Conc: Canaan Land is just in sight! The Heavenly Father has given to us a place of victory, and all that remains is for us to march in and claim it for ourselves. While it is ours, it is not cheap! If you really want to walk in spiritual victory and live in Canaan Land, then you will have to pay the price….SUBMIT!

We do not have to be defeated by sin, by life, by spiritual depression, or by the devices of the devil. We can walk in victory! We can do it today. If we are going to do that, we must make the necessary changes that will allow us to achieve that goal.

If I were going to run in a marathon, many things in my life would have to change. I am not prepared to run that kind of race. If I am going to be victorious as a Christian, I must also examine my life and change everything that hinders me from walking in absolute victory as a child of God.

Christian, what is it going to take to get you into Canaan today? Are you willing to pay the price, whatever it is? Or, would you rather stay on the other side of Jordan and be the first to fall in times of trials? It is entirely up to you!

Some have never been saved! If you were to die, you would go to Hell and you don’t want that to happen. You do not need victory…. you need salvation. I would like to invite you to come to the Lord Jesus today and be saved. He loves you, He died for you and He will save you if you will come to Him today. Then you can walk in victory’s way.

I don’t know you heart, but I do know there are more Christians east of Jordan than there are in the Promised Land. Why not get in today?

This could be the dawning of a new day if you will obey the Lord.

“Soldiers of Christ, Arise” By Charles Wesley (1749)

Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o'ercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.

Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day;
But meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.

Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
Indissolubly joined, to battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.

But, above all, lay hold on faith's victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold, be sure to win the field:
If faith surround your heart, Satan shall be subdued,
Repelled his every fiery dart, and quenched with Jesu's blood.

Jesus hath died for you! What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who shall pluck you from His hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns; all power to Him is giv'n:
Believe, till freed from sin's remains; believe yourselves to Heav'n.

To keep your armor bright, attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain's sight, and watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms, steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms, and use your every grace.

Pray without ceasing, pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing, pray!

In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go, nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know, and every heart His love.

To God your spirits dart, your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him Who reads the heart, the unutterable prayer:
His mercy now implore, and now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore His miracles of grace.

Father of Mercy and Forgiveness, God of Life and Light! We come before Your throne of grace today, with humble spirits and grateful hearts. We believe that we serve a risen Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. An empty grave is there to prove our Savior lives. Our Emmanuel is beyond death and has the gift of eternal life to all who believe, obey and follow Him. Open the hearts and eyes of everyone to see this truth. We are so thankful for His resurrection. Father, we believe in You and in the power You have over death. This we pray in Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!


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ANHELIC 9/5/2012 5:51PM

    Thank you Vic for your awesome lesson and reminder. I am glad that submitted my life to Jesus and am walking in victory. I am looking forward to my new home in Canan and my new home in Heaven with our gracious Savior. Keep sharing God's messages with us Vic. Thank you for your note and goodie. God bless you and keep our lessons coming.
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JLLOVETT 9/5/2012 4:17PM

    Walking in victory!!!

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EDITOR 9/5/2012 12:02PM

    What a beautiful sight it must have been to view the Land. Give us that vision, Lord!
Thanks for your note and goodie yesterday, Vic. Keep on feeding us with your lessons.

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    We can walk in victory!

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    Yes to God not the world We can not have one foot in each

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012


Joshua 1:1-9

The book of Joshua is a book about transitions. It is a book about battles. It is a book about victory. It is a book about the people of God getting their hands on almost everything the Lord has for them. It speaks to us because it is a book about moving passed the problems of yesterday into the peace and blessings of today.

As the book opens, we are introduced to a new leader in Israel. Moses, the man of God is dead, and God calls Joshua to lead the nation into the Promised Land. The first 9 verses of chapter 1 concern God’s call of Joshua and of His reassurances to the new leader of Israel that God Himself will be with Joshua to lead him, use him and bless him.

Now the focus turns from Joshua to the nation as a whole. God is speaking to a people who are ready to receive the land that God had promised to Abraham hundreds of years earlier. Forty years earlier God had delivered the previous generation from bondage in Egypt. God brought them out through a series of miracles and other great demonstrations of His power and glory. It took that generation two years to come to a place called Kadesh-Barnea. They could have made the journey in 11 days, but God lead them through the wilderness so they would not have to face the enemy nations of Canaan too soon.

When Israel arrived at the Jordan River in Kadesh-Barnea, they were commanded to enter the Promised Land. Instead, they begged God to allow them to send spies into Canaan to see what the land was like. God granted their request. So, 12 spies spent 40 days looking over the land. 10 of those spies came back with a negative report, Num. 13:26-29. They told of the glories of Canaan, but their report was based in fear, not faith. They were afraid of the giants who inhabited the land, Num. 13:31-33. Caleb and Joshua, the other two spies, came back with a report based in faith. They spoke of the spies, but they also knew that God was able to give the land to Israel in spite of the obstacles they would face, Num. 13:30. Caleb and Joshua challenged the people to go forward and to claim the land they had been given by the Lord. In chapter 14 the people refused to go forward. They wanted to return to Egypt instead. Because of their refusal to follow Him by faith, God condemned them to wander in the wilderness for 38 more years, until that faithless generation died off.

The generation that came out of Egypt was like many who are living in our day. They became “sanctified obstructionists” who tried to stand in the way of everything God was doing. They are like the Deacon in a certain church who was against his church’s plans to build a new educational building. In a fit of anger he said, “That building will be built over my dead body,” then he stormed out. Three days later he died of a massive coronary. The church went ahead with the building. It is a dangerous thing to stand in the way of God’s plan and purpose.

Now that the old generation is dead, God is about to lead the new generation into the Promised Land. The only remaining members of the previous generation, Caleb and Joshua are set to lead the people into their inheritance. Before Joshua leads Israel into Canaan, he addresses Israel to challenge them in some very important areas.

What Joshua says to Israel and how they respond to His words have some truths to teach us today. Like Israel, we have been promised victory and blessing, Eph. 1:3. Like Israel, we must be properly prepared before we can claim the victory that is ours. Let’s examine these verses together as we consider again the thought “Canaan Land Is Just In Sight“. Notice the lessons we find in these verses.


After Joshua receives his challenge from the Lord, without hesitation, he goes to the people and tells them that the time has come to take their land.

v. 10-11 A Challenge To Readiness – Joshua tells the people to get ready to go into Canaan and claim the land. These were the words they had been living for 40 years. However, before they could go in, they had to get ready! God told them to prepare them some food.

The manna was about to stop. God had told them that He would give them manna while they were in the desert, but it would cease when they entered the Promised Land, Ex. 16:35. The manna was desert diet, now they were about to move up to something a whole lot better. They were going to a land flowing with milk and honey. What had worked in the wilderness would not suffice in the land of blessing!

Before we can enter our Canaan, we have to make the proper preparations. The way we live must change. The things we feed on must change. Our priorities and passions must be brought in line with the will of God. The entire scope of our lives must be altered to adjust to living differently than the world around us!

This is why so many never enjoy the victorious Christian life. They simply refuse to make the necessary changes to adjust to living in spiritual victory. The fact is, if you expect to walk in victory, you will have to learn to walk by an entirely new set of rules. Rom. 6:4, “we also should walk in newness of life.” Col. 3:1-10. What will you have to do to get ready for Canaan?

v. 12-15 A Challenge To Responsibility – Now, Joshua addresses the tribes of Reuben, Gad and that half tribe of Manasseh. These tribes had sought, and gotten, permission from Moses to remain East of the Jordan, just outside the Promised Land.

Why did they make this request? The land east of Jordan was a land that was good for raising cattle, Num. 32:1, 4, 16. Still, Joshua reminds them that they had promised to fight alongside their brethren until the land was conquered, Deut. 3:12-20. These people are challenged to remember their promise and to aid the nation until victory was secured. While these people settled in a land of prosperity, they were also in a land of danger. These tribes were the first to go away into captivity, when the Assyrian army attacked Israel from the East.

Folks, there is a very powerful lesson for us in these verse. We have legions of Christians who are just like these 2 ˝ tribes. They are more concerned about making a living than they are about making a life! The primary thing that motivates them is getting ahead in life. In other words, they are materially minded, not spiritually minded!

These people represent those Christians Warren W. Weirsbe calls “borderline Christians”. These are people who have trusted Jesus for salvation, but that is about as far as they are willing to go. They attend church when they want to or when it is convenient. They give and tithe when they feel like they can afford to. They may even fight a battle now and again, but most often they just play around the edges of the spiritual, refusing to put God first in their lives.

When the enemies of Israel attacked from the East, the tribes who lived East of Jordan were the first to fall. The same is true of those Christians who refuse to go all the way in their commitment to the Lord. They are usually the first to fall in times of attack and temptation!

People who live like this can say anything they want to, but the truth is obvious: they have others gods in their lives to whom they bow! If we really love God, we need to make up our minds to cross on over into the place of victory the Lord has prepared for us! Make the decision today to leave behind anything that is holding you back from serving God like you should. Make Matthew 16:24, which says, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” a reality in your life.

Consider also what Jesus said in Luke 14:26-27, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”

We can look at it any way we please, but many are choosing gold, and other worldly things, over God! If you refuse to line up with the will of God for your life, then you can be assured of the fact that one day, you will fall. My friends, you cannot play around the edge of this long before you fall out - Acts 20:9.

“Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus” By George Duffield (1858)

1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.

3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.

4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.

Awesome Father, Almighty God! There is no other way to You except through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You for sending Him into this world to show us exactly Who You are. He is God; He is the Truth; He is The way; He is the life; and He is our Savior. Help us to follow Him faithfully and bow down before Him, The Great I Am! In the Holy and Precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen!


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EDITOR 9/4/2012 3:03PM

    Hi Vic! What a powefulr lesson today and appling it to borderline Christians. I enjoyed the time and thought that went into this. There is no other way but through Jesus. Stand up, stand up for Jesus indeed!

Thanks also for the note and goodie.

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SANDRALEET 9/4/2012 8:29AM

    We can love God To change our ways is hard To follow his bath Do gods will not our way What we want and Gods bath for our Country can be way of.Follow his bath in life and in all we do.

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ANHELIC 9/4/2012 8:13AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome teaching. Obediance to our almighty God is most important in our lives. Without living with God and obeying His commands just as in Joshua's time, make us a weak Christian. I read a little verse. Seven days without God makes one weak Christian. I believe and I have been trying to be obediant and have noticed more things positive are happening in my life. I appreciate your lessons every day to keep me in a positive way with god. God bless you Vic.


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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/4/2012 7:06AM

    Good Morning Vic! We must learn to love the Almighhty God with all our hearts!

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Monday, September 03, 2012


Joshua 1:1-9


v. 1-4 A Call To Claim The Land – In these verses, Joshua is reminded that the Lord has already given the land of Canaan to the children of Israel. Moses, the man of God is dead, but the work of God goes on. Never think for a minute that god can’t make it without you. Joshua is commanded to lead the people into Canaan to claim the land that they had been promised by the Lord.

The land was given to them back in Gen. 12:7 and the promises were reaffirmed to every succeeding generation of the nation of Israel. The land was indeed their land! There was no need for them to continue wandering around in the wilderness. They had a land; all they had to do was claim it!

I look around me and I see Christians who are defeated; who struggle with sins; and who for all intents and purposes are wandering around in a spiritual wilderness. It does not have to be that way! God has a place of victory and He has promised us that we can live in that place of peace and blessing.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place,” 2 Cor. 2:14.

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us,” Rom. 8:37.

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Cor. 15:57.

I believe with all my heart that God did not save you to see you defeated! Most of the time, we are defeated because we refuse to walk in victory! I believe there is a place of conquest for every child of God today that we can claim for our own and these next few verses tell us what we need to remember as we set out to claim our Canaan.

By the way, the land God gave to Israel was about 300,000 square miles. They only claimed about 30,000 square miles of that. Of course, they were not limited to the 300,000. They were given as much as they were willing to claim, v. 3. The extent of their victory was only limited by their faith! The same is true with us!

Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

v. 5-6, 9 A Call To Have Confidence In The Lord – Joshua is reminded of some very precious promises in these verses. Notice what God promised him:

v. 5 The promise of victory over every enemy.
v. 5 The promise of the presence and power of God.
v. 5 The promise of the faithfulness of God.
v. 6 The promise of absolute victory.
v. 6 The promise of God to keep His promises.

What did Joshua have to do to make these things happen? Just one thing: Trust God! God was going to give Israel the victory. Joshua was merely the instrument that God had chosen to use to do it. These things were going to happen! For Joshua to be a part of it, all he had to do was have faith in God!

May I remind you that the same promises God made to Joshua are in still valid for us today? You can still count on the Lord to do everything He promised Joshua He would do!

He still gives victory over all our enemies – 1 John 5:4-5.
He is still ever-present, Heb. 13:5, and all-powerful – Matt. 28:18.
He is still faithful – Matt. 28:20.
He still gives absolute victory – 1 Cor. 15:57; Rev. 21:4, 27.
He still keeps His promises – Rom. 4:21.

What do we have to do to see these things come to pass in our lives? Just one thing: Trust and obey God! When we can learn to place our faith in God at all times in every situation, and then we will walk in victory in our lives. When everything else fails, faith will ever stand the test, Heb. 11:1! We will fail the Lord, but He will never fail the believer who has their faith in Him!

v. 7-8 A Call To Carry Out The Law – The Lord tells Joshua that if he is to lead the people of God to rest in Canaan, then he must take heed to the Law of God. Remembering the Law is an essential step to entering our Canaan as well. Notice what the Lord to Joshua about the Law and how this applies to our lives today.

v. 7 He was to keep the Law – He was to do everything the Law said to do, not turning from it the least little bit.

v. 8 He was to meditate on the Law – Day and night, his mind was to be occupied with the Law. He was to love it and let it fill his heart and mind. This was in order that his life might be centered in the Law and therefore in the will of God!

v. 7, 8 He was to prosper by honoring the Law – God’s promise to Joshua was that if he lived his life around the Law of God, God would prosper him in everything he did and that God would make him very successful.

There is a lesson in this for us today. I thank the Lord that we are not under the Old Law today! I praise Him that we are under grace. Having said that, I would like to say that many in our day have concluded that since we are no longer under the Law, that they are free to do anything they please. I want to remind you that such an attitude is dangerous and is guaranteed to bring you to ruin! If you want to live in Christian victory today, you too must develop a love for the Word of God! Just as Joshua was commanded to honor the Law, we are commanded to honor the Book of God!

We are to feed on the Bible – 1 Pet. 2:2; Job 23:12.

We are to live by the Bible – Psa. 119:11; Psa. 1:1-3; Psa. 37:31; Psa. 119:97; Jer. 15:16. ( Psa. 119:105).

We will be blessed when these things are true in our lives – Psa. 1:1-3!

Dear friends, do you have a time set aside each day when you go to the green pastures of the Word of God and feed therein? If not, your spiritual life will be weak and ineffective. If so, you are well on your way to claiming your Canaan and entering into your spiritual victory.

v. 6a, 7a, 9a A Call To Courage In Leadership – In the midst of all these things the Lord calls Joshua to do, three times, God Himself, encourages Joshua to be “strong and courageous!” These words carry the idea of “standing firm and strong in the face of opposition.” Joshua would need great courage to face the enemies of Israel and to lead the people to victory in the Promised Land. God’s challenge to Joshua is for him to stand!

There is just as great a need for people to stand for the Lord now as there was in the days Joshua! All around us, Christians are falling by the wayside. What we need is for God’s children to be moved in the depths of their souls to stand up, renew their commitments to the Lord and say, “By God’s help, I’ll stand and not fall all the days of my life!” We need people today who will take the lead in the churches and make their stand for the Lord. We need to remember the words of the Apostle Paul, 1 Cor. 15:58. We need to stand, Eph. 6:10-17. It is high time that the church stopped serving as a doormat for the world and the devil. It is time we stood up and made our stand with the people of God and headed God’s call to be brave and strong in these days, Rom. 13:11-14. We need men and women of courage, conviction and integrity.

Are you standing for the Lord? Or, have you fallen out along the way?

“The Battle Belongs To The Lord” By James Owens Collins (1985)

In heavenly armor we'll enter the land
The battle belongs to the Lord
No weapon that's fashioned against us will stand
The battle belongs to the Lord

And we sing glory, ho - nor, power and strength
to the Lord (2x)

When the power of darkness comes in like a flood
The battle belongs to the Lord
He's raised up a standard, the pow'r of His blood
The battle belongs to the Lord

And we sing glory, ho - nor, power and strength
to the Lord (2x)

When your enemy pressed in hard do not fear
The battle belongs to the Lord
Take courage, my friend, your redemption is near
The battle belongs to the Lord

And we sing glory, ho - nor, power and strength
to the Lord (2x)

Most Holy Father, Righteous and Just God! Speak to our heart about Your will for our life so we may walk in it. Your will, O Lord, is a place of safety and protection; a place of righteousness, joy and peace; a place of faithfulness, love, and light; a place to guide us and direct our lives. Help us to learn to trust You to guide and direct our way, to teach us what to say and what to do. We thank You for Jesus, and for His teaching us how to walk in Your will. These things we pray in His blessed name. Amen!


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JUDITH316 9/3/2012 4:53PM

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LOSTLIME 9/3/2012 2:53PM

    Thank you for the lesson of the day. It helps to keep me going.

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NADINEL 9/3/2012 2:48PM

    Thanks, Vic

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EDITOR 9/3/2012 10:03AM

    Yes, thank God we walk in victory, Vic! But do you think it is because we walked, at our age, in the desert for 40 years.
I am grateful for safety. I am grateful that the days of wondering are through.
I thank you for your lesson, hymn and prayer. I thank you for your goodie and note yesterday, but most of all showing we always need to keep pressing on!
You are faithful and are leading a new generation!

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JLLOVETT 9/3/2012 9:44AM

    Why do we think we must fight a battle that has already been won?

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SANDRALEET 9/3/2012 8:41AM

    Be sure whot you want is whot God want Al l we want is sometimes what we want or for profit .Then God works against us .Gods way not our way Believe love God and Others and will give all we need and more .Our aim is not to grad land money and wealth and boss everyone Look were it got us.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/3/2012 8:25AM

    Wonderful Morning Prayer Vic! Thank you so very much! Tremendous way to start my day!


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ANHELIC 9/3/2012 8:16AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. We know we have stand on the promises of God and follow in His footsteps. When we stay close to God and ask, He will honor us and give us what He feels we are deserving of. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I always remember with God all things are possible and I cling to His every word. God bless you Vic for sharing your lesson with us.

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READE2MOVE2012 9/3/2012 7:44AM

  Thanks for the lessons and my morning prayer. God bless you for sharing your faith.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/3/2012 7:41AM

  good lesson thank you

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TELFERS01 9/3/2012 7:41AM

  You go!

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Sunday, September 02, 2012



Joshua 1:1-9

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“.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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MZLADY77 9/7/2012 12:33PM

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    emoticon for sharing your wisdom and knowledge in God's word

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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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BABY_GIRL69 9/2/2012 5:55PM

    Wonderful blog!! God bless, Dee

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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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Saturday, September 01, 2012

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

Exodus 33:12-23


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.

“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.

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!


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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PLAYBLUES22 9/1/2012 12:44PM

    Thank you so very much Sweetie emoticon

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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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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/1/2012 10:50AM

    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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