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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 9/11/2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 9/11/2012

Joshua 2:1-24
RAHAB: NOT WHO SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 3c

v. 12-22 RAHAB AND HER SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT
When Rahab came to faith in God, her life was forever transformed! What God did in her is a miracle of His love and grace. What He did for Rahab, He can do for you. Notice a few insights into the changes God made in the life of Rahab. By the way, these changes in her life brought her fulfillment as she walked with the Lord.

v. 1-7 She Was Fulfilled In Her Labor – One of the surest proofs that Rahab was genuinely converted is the fact that she involved herself with the work of the Lord. She hid the spies and covered up for them. Rahab told a lie. In no way does the Bible condone her lie; it merely records it. Rahab isn’t the only person in the Bible who lied. Abraham lied, Gen. 12:10-20. Isaac lied, Gen. 26:6-11. David lied, 1 Sam. 21:2; 2 Sam. 12. Elisha lied, 2 Kings 6:18-23. We cannot condone her lie, but must see it as a case of “the lesser evil for the greater good.” Given the right circumstances, most people here would have done the same thing. Like some of the characters in the Bible, we would lie to protect a loved one, or ourselves. Like Rahab, we might choose to commit “the lesser evil for the greater good.”

Think about this: Rahab was a pagan. She was raised in a culture of corruption, where lies were as common as dirt. She was a believer, but she had never been taught. She had never read a Bible. She had never heard the commandment that says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” Ex. 20:16. We just have to accept the fact that, like the rest of us, Rahab wasn’t perfect. She lied, but God was even able to use her sin for His glory!

Apparently Rahab had already stopped living the life of a harlot. Verse 6 tells us that she hid the spies under some flax that was upon the roof. Flax was used in the production of linen. It seems clear that she had trusted the Lord before the spies arrived. It appears her life had been radically changed by the power of God before they ever arrived. Even James uses her as an example of the believer who proves their salvation by the works of their life, James 2:25. It is worthy to note that James elevates the faith of Rahab to the level of that of Abraham. The message here is that it doesn’t matter if you are the Father of the Faithful like Abraham, or a poor harlot like Rahab, the Lord loves you and He will save you regardless of who you are. God calls and saves people from both ends of the spectrum of life.

We can like it or not, but the truth of our profession is proven by the way we live our lives, James 2:18! We can say anything we like, but what we really are is revealed in what we do! A life that belongs to the Lord Jesus will be a life that wants to be involved in the things of God! The fruit of your life proves the root of your life, Matt. 7:20! After all, when Jesus saves our souls, He tells us that we have been “created in Christ Jesus unto good works,” Eph. 2:10. Works don’t save, but they sure point out those who are!

v. 12-13 She Was Fulfilled In Her Love – Notice that Rahab is concerned about those in her family who are in danger as well. She now knows that God will take care of her. She wants the same assurance for her family. Her heart is moved to reach out for help for them. Imagine what risk she placed herself at in telling her family of her plan.

Rahab is a picture of the person who comes to faith in Christ. One of the first things that occurs when a person comes to Jesus is a desire to bring others to the Savior. Notice John 1:35-42; Mark 5:18-20. One of the surest signs of salvation is a desire to tell others about the Savior. Rahab proved she was saved. Can the same be said for us?

She Was Fulfilled In Her Life – Because she placed her faith in the Lord God of Israel, she obtained some precious possessions. Notice how God took this former harlot and blessed her new life with the richest of His blessings

Josh. 6:20-25 She Got A New Reality – Because of her faith she was spared from the destruction that overtook her city. All those in her house were spared as well! When the walls of Jericho fell down, there was apparently one section that remained standing. It was the section that held the house of Rahab. It was a place that was marked by a scarlet rope that hung from her window, v. 18.

What a picture is given here. When a new believer places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, he is immediately delivered from the penalty of his sins, which is Hell, Rom. 5:9! He finds a new freedom in Jesus that allows him to live while others all around him perish. And, just as a scarlet rope, v. 18, marked Rahab’s home the blood of Jesus marks us as belonging to the Lord. Israel in Egypt and the blood of the Passover lamb, Ex. 12. Thank God for the blood of Jesus, I Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5.

Josh. 6:25; Matt. 1:5; Ruth 4:21 She Got New Relatives – When all these verses are taken together, we have the rest of the story concerning Rahab. She married into the people of Israel and became part of all the covenant blessings of the Lord. She went from being part of condemned nation to being part of a holy nation!

When a lost sinner trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, they are transformed from sinner to saint. They are no longer under the curse of God, but they become the children of God. As a result, they become the partakers of everything the Lord has for His children down here, 1 Cor. 2:9, and they become part of what He has for His children up there, John 14:1-3.
The point is, while the rest of Rahab’s neighbors died in the war, Rahab live and went to a wedding! One of these days, you and I, people who deserve nothing but judgment and death are going to be the honored guests at a wedding in the sky, Rev. 19:7-9. When we got saved, we became part of a new family - 1 John 3:2.

Matt. 1:5 She Got A New Reputation – Rahab was taken from the house of shame and wound up in the hall of fame. This woman became and ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, she was David’s great-great grandmother and she was the mother-in-law of Ruth. God took her from the very gutter of life and made her eternally famous. He gave this trusting sinner a place in His eternal, divine plan.

What the Lord did for Rahab, He can and will do for you! You might think that God wouldn’t have you because you have been so wicked. The truth of the matter is that the Lord loves you just as you are and that He will take you, save you and make your life one of blessing and honor for His glory. You see, God specializes in taking old, lost sinners, saving them by His grace and then using them to touch the world by His power, 1 Cor. 1:26-29. Ill. John 6:37; Heb. 7:25.

God can take your life today, change it by His power and use you for His glory. He won’t make you an ancestor of Christ like He did Rahab, but you can be assured that you will become the ancestor of new believers as you allow the Lord to use your life. You may not become famous down here, but they will know who you are in Heaven! Imagine arriving in Heaven and being greeted by some you led to Jesus!

Conc: It’s plain to see that God changed Rahab’s life! What about you? Are you saved?
If you were to die right now and stand before the Lord and He looked down at you and you looked up at Him and He said, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?”
What would you say?

Could you say, “Father, I should be allowed into Heaven because as a sinner, I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, and in His shed blood and His resurrection from the dead. I have nothing else to claim but faith in Christ.”

If your answer would be anything else, then you need to come today and trust Jesus as your Savior. You need to be saved, and let me assure you that there is grace in Christ today to save your soul!

Don’t delay, for delay is dangerous. Consider this: Nineteenth-century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar asked 253 Christian friends at what ages they were converted. Here's what he discovered.

Under 20 years of age – 138
Between 20 and 30 – 85
Between 30 and 40 – 22
Between 40 and 50 – 4
Between 50 and 60 – 3
Between 60 and 70 – 1
Over 70 - 0
How much time do you have left?

God took an old harlot by the name of Rahab and saved her by grace and used her for His glory. He wants to do the same for you. Will you come and do what He is asking you to do today?
TODAY’S HYMN!
“Awesome Power” By John G. Elliot (1990)

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, around Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High

Awesome power, boundless grace
None can fathom all Your ways
Truth and love are found in Your heart alone
Righteousness, around Your throne

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord Most High


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father Divine, Glorious God! We worship You for Your Greatness and Your Goodness. We praise You for Your Holiness. As we worship You we trust Your holiness will rub off on us. Help us to take on the beauty of Your Holiness as we spend time in Your presence daily. Enable us to become more like You so that Your Holiness will make us whole and our life will bring praise, glory and honor to You. This we ask and pray in the name of our Beloved Savior,. Amen!


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LOSTLIME 9/11/2012 12:08PM

    thank you for today's lesson. I will share this with a few friends that are not quite sure what to do.

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MIAGDE 9/11/2012 10:52AM

    Great Lesson Vic
Faith is the Victory

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ANHELIC 9/11/2012 10:03AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. I feel you have explained everything so well about Rahab that it makes it so clear just what we have have to do. I am sharing your lesson with a few of my friends that seem to be sitting on the fence and I want to spread God's message to them. You are such a great teacher Vic. Thank you for sharing each day. I am drawn to your messages and learning more. God bless you Vic.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/11/2012 9:22AM

    thanks for the lesson, goes hand in hand with a revival message I heard last night. works don't save, but it definitely points out those who are!

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NANAW12001 9/11/2012 7:58AM

  Praying always.
Thanks for today's lesson.

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MNABOY 9/11/2012 7:27AM

    Amen

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EDITOR 9/11/2012 7:22AM

    Wow! I don't know what to add. We are indeed concerned for our families and friends. We are blessed because we have people like you, Vic, giving us a daily lesson, hymn and prayer and being faithful in all things.
Rahab was a pagan saved by grace. Never should we quit believing that the same God that began a good work in us will take it to completion for those we witness to.
Gotta' love the women of the Bible! It is good you are sensitive. Thanks for the goodie and note yesterday.



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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/11/2012 7:20AM

    I will share your beauty dear God as I walk today! Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 9/10/2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

RAHAB, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 9/10/2012

Joshua 2:1-24
RAHAB: NOT WHO SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 3b


v. 2-11 RAHAB AND HER SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

v. 10-11 What Rahab Acknowledged – Rahab tells the spies that she and the people in Jericho have heard the stories of what happened in Egypt, and of the kings thy have defeated along the way. Notice the language she uses. In verse 9 she says, “I know.” In verses 10 and 11 she says, “we…know.”

Over the 40 years since Israel had left Egypt, the news about Israel, their progress, and the power of their God had reached the ears of the people of Jericho. Perhaps travelers, or people who were fleeing the advance of Israel, passed through Jericho and told them about Israel and their God. The people of Jericho had heard that Israel was coming, and that the God of Israel was alive and powerful. Rahab heard about the God of Israel. It was a message of judgment, but it introduced her to the true and living God. In the end, the message that came to her was a message of life!

God still has a message that is being proclaimed around the world today. It is the only message that can take the vilest sinner and make him a new creation. That message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This message tells us about a God who loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins on a cross, (John 3:16). The Son of God suffered in terrible agony and shed His blood that our sin debt might be paid. Three days later Jesus who died on the cross arose from the dead to bring eternal life to everyone who will call on His Name, (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and obey Him. It is this message that you need to hear today. It is the only message that will bring eternal life to a person dead in sin! (Romans 1:16).

v. 9-11 What Rahab Accepted – Not only did Rahab hear the message of Israel’s God; she heeded that message as well. This message produced a response of faith in the heart of Rahab. The fact that she believed the message is proven by what she says about God. In verse 9, she calls Him “the LORD”, using His covenant name “Jehovah.” In verse 11, she expresses her faith in Him as the “God of Heaven and of earth.” In verse 12, she again expresses her faith in God as she calls Him to witness the pact she is about to make with the spies. Even the great Hall of the Faithful, in (Heb. 11:31) tells us of the faith of Rahab. She heard the message and she acted on it in belief. She put her faith in the God of Israel!

This is exactly what must happen in the life of the lost person to bring them to Jesus. They must hear the message and then they must act on that message by accepting Jesus as their Savior by faith and obeying the gospel. The Bible tells us in (Rom. 10:17) that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

The message of salvation is preached to the sinner. They hear the Gospel and are convicted of the truth of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit, (John 6:44). When they believe the Gospel, and obey it, they are saved by the grace of God. Let me remind you today that salvation cannot be yours as long as your faith is in anything else but Jesus Christ and in His finished work. If you trust the sinner’s prayer to save you, you are lost. If you are trusting church membership, or anything else in this world, you are lost and need to be born again.

Stop for a moment and think about all that Rahab did not have. She did not have a Bible. She did not have a church. She had never met a missionary. She had never heard a Gospel sermon, sung a Gospel song, or read a Gospel tract. She was living in the heart of a pagan city, living a wicked life with no knowledge of God. But, God in His grace opened her heart and allowed her to hear something about Him. She believed what she heard and she was saved.

Look at all you have. You have the Bible, the church, Gospel preaching, singing, books, etc. God has given you so much light. What is it that keeps you from coming to Him? Why do you delay? You have heard about Jesus. You have heard about what He did on Calvary. You have heard about the empty tomb. You have heard about His love. You have heard His call. You know you need to be saved. You have so much more than Rahab, you merely need to act on it and come to Jesus Christ for salvation. We will give an account of what we do with the light we are given,( Luke 12:48).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Send The Light” By Charles H. Gabriel (1890)


There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!

We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:

Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:

Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
Send the light! Send the light!
Refrain:




THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, Beloved God! As we lift our hearts in prayer to You today, we realize that this is a time of serious contemplation; a time to remember all that Jesus has done for us as He established our salvation and our sanctification through His death, burial and resurrection. Help us to have a clean-heart as we examine ourselves today, and as we confess our sins and repent of those sins, and as we devote ourselves to worshipping You in Spirit and in Truth. May all that we do today bring Praise, Glory and Honor to You. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!


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EDITOR 9/10/2012 11:55AM

    God changed her and protected her and hers in the process. He will do it for us, Vic! Thank you.

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ANHELIC 9/10/2012 8:07AM

    Thank you for the great lesson again today Vic. The hymn and prayer are faith building as well. Yes, I agree today we have the resources to hear, and enjoy God's faith, not like Rahab who had nothing. Living in a pagan city is somewhat like we are today, but we have our Christian friends, church and hymns we can sing to worship God. We are blessed in this day. Sending you God's richest blessings for sharing and teaching us His wonderful word. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/10/2012 8:02AM

    Praise to our Lord! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/10/2012 7:11AM

    Praise God today and always!

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

Sunday, September 09, 2012

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

Joshua 2:1-24
RAHAB: NOT WHO SHE USED TO BE, Lesson 3a

Once there was a rough, uncultured man who for some unknown reason fell in love with a beautiful vase in a shop window. Eventually he bought the vase and put it on the mantelpiece in his room. Once it was there, it became a kind of judgment on its surroundings.

He had to clean up the room to make it worthy of the vase. The curtains looked dingy beside it. The old chair with the stuffing coming out of the seat would no longer suffice. The wallpaper and the paint needed redoing. Gradually the whole room was transformed. When you put Christ on the mantel of your heart, your whole life is transformed as well.
It is this kind of transformation we witness in this chapter. The Israelites were about to enter Canaan and claim their promised land. The first city they would have to face was the great walled city of Jericho. If they could take this city, they could easily split the country in two and then move from there to conquer the north and the south.

Before they attack the city, Joshua sends two spies into the city to examine the mood of the people and to determine whether or not they were ready for the war that is coming. When these two men arrived in Jericho, they went to the home of a harlot. Their purpose in entering into a harlot’s home was not immoral. Their reasons were practical. The sight of men entering a harlot’s home would not attract too much attention.

What they found when they entered the home of Rahab must have been a shock to the spies. They found a woman who had already been changed by the power of God. When they met Rahab, they found out that she wasn’t who she used to be!

Listen to the facts that present themselves in this passage. As you do, if you are saved you should rejoice in the great change Jesus has made in your life. If you are not saved, listen to what the Lord did for Rahab, and consider coming to Jesus Christ that you might be saved and changed by His power.

I want to tell you today that Rahab is: “Not Who She Used To Be“. God changed her life, and He can change yours as well. Let’s consider the facts this passage lays before us today.

v. 1 RAHAB AND HER SPIRITUAL FAILURES

Rahab Was A Deflied Sinner – Rahab was a harlot. She was engaged in a wicked lifestyle, selling her body to men for money. Her life was a life of deep depravity and wickedness.
Some people have tried to redeem Rahab by telling us that the word translated “harlot” can also refer to an “innkeeper.” It can, but when we consider what the Bible says about Rahab in the New Testament, there is no escaping the fact that she was a harlot, (Heb. 11:31; James 2:25). The word “harlot” in both of those verses means, “a woman who sells her body for sexual uses; a prostitute, a harlot, one who yields herself to defilement for the sake of gain.” So, it seems clear that Rahab was a wicked woman who lived a defiled lifestyle.

Rahab is a picture of every person who is lost in sin today. You may not be a harlot, but if you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you are lost in sin and need to be born again! Everyone is a sinner - (Rom. 3:10-17; 23; Gal. 3:22). If you are outside Christ today, you are in a helpless and hopeless situation - (Eph. 2:1-3; Eph. 2:12). If you are lost, no matter your lifestyle, your life is wicked in the eyes of the Lord, (Isa. 64:6).

Rahab Was A Dead Sinner – Rahab was living her life, but spiritually she was dead in her sins. This is the condition of every person outside of a relationship with the Lord Jesus today, (Eph. 2:1; 4:18; 1 John 3:14). 1 Tim. 5:6 says, “But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.”

This death the Bible speaks of is a spiritual death. It is deadness to God and to all He represents. Spiritual death always ends in the Second Death,( Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:11-15).

Rahab Was A Doomed Sinner – She lived in a city that had already been selected for destruction, ( Deut. 20:16-18)! God had already determined that Jericho would fall! I am sure the people living there felt confident and reasonably safe behind the walls of their city. Yet, God had already passed sentence upon them and they were doomed to destruction! The people of Jericho may not have felt that they were in great danger, but they were condemned nonetheless!

Every lost sinner is in the same situation! The lost person may feel secure today and may not believe that there is any danger. The Bible tells us that the lost are condemned already, (John 3:18). It tells us that they abide under the wrath of God, (John 3:36). It tells us that their ultimate destiny is eternity in Hell to be forever separated from the presence of God, (Psa. 9:17; 2 Thes. 1:8-9). If you are lost, that is your future we are talking about!

In spite of her lifestyle, in spite of her pagan background, in spite of her lost condition, God had given her forty years of grace, mercy and warning. How much time has He given you? You that are saved; how many times did the Lord touch your heart before you responded in faith? What a gracious God we serve!

If you are lost, you should be very careful about presuming upon the grace of God. The Bible makes it crystal clear that there is a limit to patience in calling the lost to come to Him for salvation - (Gen. 6:3; Isa. 55:6; Pro. 27:1; Pro. 29:1). It is a dangerous thing to delay coming to the Lord! If you have been holding off and waiting for something, wait no more! Come to Jesus while He is calling you!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus Calls Us” By Cecil F. Alexander (1852)

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless, sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow Me!”

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love Me more!”

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these!”

Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.



THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, Glorious God! Many times we struggle with which way to go: to turn to the right or to the left; to go straight ahead or turn around? Speak to our hearts, O Lord, and teach us about Your will so we may walk in it. Your will is the way we should always follow, for in it we find safety and protection. We are weak at times and we need to know that we are headed in the right direction. Help us to hear Your voice speaking to our hearts, giving us instructions with regard to decisions we need to make daily. Help us to walk by faith to Your praise, glory and honor. This we ask in our Beloved Savior’s name, Jesus Christ. Amen!



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ANHELIC 9/9/2012 11:13PM

    Thank you for another awesome lesson, Vic. Since Jesus changed me I feel great and can accomplish much more with His help and guidance. Being a child of God is the most wonderful thing that ever happened in my life. God bless you Vic for sharing such a great message.

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NELLIEC 9/9/2012 9:10PM

    This speaks to me. I have been defiled also and dead in my sins. Yet Jesus has changed me!

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LOSTLIME 9/9/2012 3:54PM

    thank you for this Sunday lesson. I enjoyed it.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/9/2012 9:36AM

    Thank you for your message.
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MRSJERRYBUSH 9/9/2012 9:30AM

    Enjoyed this lesson! Thank you.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/9/2012 8:04AM

    God bless the world! amen!

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EDITOR 9/9/2012 7:00AM

    This was so good! I was a Rahab, and now a King's Kid!
Read your Bible friends. The OT is full of amazing things.
God bless Vic and his family today, in Christ's Name. Amen

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 9/8/2012

Saturday, September 08, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAY‘S HYMN, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 9/8/2012

Joshua 1:1-18
Claiming Your Canaan Series - Lesson 2c.

V. 16-18 THE COMMITMENT FROM THE PEOPLE

V. 16 They Commit Themselves 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 your life and mine. 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 Themselves 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! 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 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 Themselves 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 having victory in our lives. Whether it be from certain people, in 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. Otherwise, you will always be defeated and 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 our land! It has been given to us by the Heavenly Father and all we have to do today is to march in and claim it for ourselves. However, while it is ours, it isn't cheap! If you really want to walk in spiritual victory and live in Canaan land, then you will have to pay the price.

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

You who aren't even saved, if you were to die, you would go to Hell and you don't want that to happen. I would like to invite you to come to the Lord Jesus today and receive Him into your heart by believing, obeying and following Him. He loves you, He died for you and He will save you if you will come to Him today.

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?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Beulah Land” By Edgar Pages Stites (1875)

I’ve reached the land of corn and wine,
And all its riches freely mine;
Here shines undimmed one blissful day,
For all my night has passed away.
Refrain:
O Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land,
As on thy highest mount I stand,
I look away across the sea,
Where mansions are prepared for me,
And view the shining glory shore,
My heav’n, my home forevermore!

My Savior comes and walks with me,
And sweet communion here have we;
He gently leads me by His hand,
For this is Heaven’s borderland.
Refrain:

A sweet perfume upon the breeze,
Is borne from ever vernal trees,
And flow’rs that never fading grow
Where streams of life forever flow.
Refrain:

The zephyrs seem to float to me,
Sweet sounds of Heaven’s melody,
As angels with the white-robed throng
Join in the sweet redemption song.
Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father Almighty, God of Life! We are thankful for Your great love and Divine protection. We are grateful for Your Heavenly guidance and Jesus’ Leadership. We bow before You for the Provisions with which You bless us daily. We thank You for Your Saving Power and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You for forgiving our sins and restoring us into Your Grace. Help us to be eager to learn more about Your Will and Your Ways. Thank You for the scriptures that blesses us with Your Marvelous Story. Grant us open-hearts to drink in Your Word, so we can live our lives in service and worship to You. This we ask in Jesus’ Powerful name. Amen!



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ANHELIC 9/8/2012 9:44PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. We have to be committed to God and walk in His way, not the way of the world. Sending you God's richest blessings for teaching us.

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SAVINGHANNAH 9/8/2012 1:49PM

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LOSTLIME 9/8/2012 12:39PM

    Amen. There is much to learn from the Bible.

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SANDRALEET 9/8/2012 7:05AM

    We are the servants of God not man. Be careful who you follow or you will be lead astray There are so many things tough today that are not in the Bible..Taken out of contexts and to much completely ignored.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 9/7/2012

Friday, September 07, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAY’S Hymn, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 9/7/2012

Joshua 1:1-18
Claiming Your Canaan Series - Lesson 2b.

V. 10-15 THE CHALLENGE FROM JOSHUA

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. First, he challenges the nation as a whole and then he addresses a specific group within the nation of Israel.

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. You see, 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!

The same is true for us today. Before we can enter our Canaan, we have to prepare for that land. The way we live must change. The things we feed on must change. The entire scope of our lives must be altered to adjust to life in Canaan! 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; 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. What was their reason in making 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. Years later, when the Assyrian army attacked from the East, these tribes were the first to go away into captivity.

Folks, there is a very powerful lesson for us in these verse. We have literal legions of Christians who are just like these 2 ½ 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 instead of spiritually minded! These people represent those Christians I would call "borderline Christians".

These are people who have trusted Jesus for salvation, but that is about as far as they are will to go. They will come when they want to, tithe when they feel like they can afford to, fight a battle now and again, but most often, they are seen just playing around the edges, refusing to put God first in their lives. By the way, it is this type of Christian who is 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 have sold their souls! If you really love God this morning, then how about deciding to cross on over today!

Make the decision to leave behind anything that is holding you back from serving God like you should. You can rationalize it all you want to, but the truth still remains, 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. ( Eutychus - Acts 20:9.)

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus, Hold My Hand” By Albert E. Brumley (1933)

1. As I travel through this pilgrim land there is a Friend who goes with me.
Leads me safely thro' the sinking sand, it is the Christ of Calvary.
This would be my pray'r, dear Lord, each day to help me do the best I can,
For I need Thy light to guide me day and night, Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.
CHORUS:
Je-------sus, hold my hand, I need Thee ev'ry hour,
(Blessed Jesus, hold my hand) (Yes, I need Thee ev'ry hour)
Thru this pilgrim land Protect my by Thy pow'r.
(Thru this land, this pilgrim land ----By Thy saving pow'r.)
Hear my feeble plea, O Lord, look down on me.
(Hear my plea, my feeble plea, Lord, dear Lord, Look down on me)
When I kneel in pray'r I hope to meet you there,
(When I kneel in prayer)
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.

2. Let me travel in the light divine that I may see the blessed way;
Keep me that I may be wholly Thine and sing redemption's song some day.
I will be a soldier brave and true and ever firmly take a stand,
As I onward go and daily meet the foe, Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.
CHORUS:

3. When I wander thru the valley dim toward the setting of the sun,
Lead me safely to a land of rest if I a crown of life have won;
I have put my faith in Thee, dear Lord, that I may reach the golden strand,
There's no other Friend on whom I can depend, Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.
CHORUS:




THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father of All Mankind, God of All Creation! You have made everything beautiful in Your own time. You have set the world in our hearts, so no man can find out the work You made from the beginning to the end. There is no good in us but for a man to rejoice and to do good in this life. To help us, You gave us Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This we do know, that whatsoever You do, it shall be for ever. That which has been is now; that which is to be has already been; and You require that which is past.
You, O God, are an AWESOME GOD! We give thanks and praises and glory to You through the name of Jesus. Amen!

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EDITOR 9/8/2012 8:13AM

    Ah, perfect lesson Vic. We are not the fad movement, name it claim it, but those traveling in the Light Divine! Thank you for your goodie and note.
It is time to claim the land, but not without the footwork that preceded it.

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ANHELIC 9/7/2012 7:11PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson again today. I know we have to get rid of everything that stands in the way of serving our Lord and Savior. We cannot worship God and our personal items such as money. I have often said, I'm happy with what God has given me. He knows me needs and provides, but not my wants. I am grateful to have God in my life and would give up everything and just be happy to serve Him. God bless you Vic and please continue sharing with us.

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THEADMIRAL 9/7/2012 1:57PM

    Thanks for a great lesson! And I just played that wonderful hymn this morning!

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MNABOY 9/7/2012 8:27AM

    Amen

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NANAW12001 9/7/2012 7:30AM

  Thanks for the great lesson today.
I will work on this today: Make the decision to leave behind anything that is holding you back from serving God like you should.

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SANDRALEET 9/7/2012 7:25AM

    When money is the aim of half or more of the people me myself and I If let the sick die from improper health care Let the children stay undereducated and hungry and do not pay a fair wage. God will spit us out like all luck warm Christians

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/7/2012 7:18AM

    Thank you Vic for your words in which to ponder as we start our day today!
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LOSTLIME 9/7/2012 7:09AM

    I agree with your assessment of what we have to do. I am decluttering my house and
life. Thank you again for explaining this lesson to us.

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