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Saturday, September 22, 2012


Joshua 3:1-6; 14-17


When all the people had passed over Jordan, Joshua commanded one man from each of the 12 tribes to get a rock from the midst of Jordan and build a memorial on the Canaan side. That memorial is worth taking a look at today!

v. 6-7; 21-24 The Purpose Of The Memorial – These verses tell us that the purpose of the memorial was to remind successive generations of the power and faithfulness of God on behalf of His people. That memorial would be an important landmark to those who would come after.

We need to erect some memorials in our lives as well. We must use caution, because we do no want to embalm the past and by doing so cripple the future. Many churches have done that and are suffering as a result. What we do want to do is remember the things the Lord has done for us so that we can tell others about them. We want to remember the great works of our God so that when we pass that way again, we will remember that the Lord was faithful in that day and that He will be faithful in this day as well. Never forget what the Lord has done for you in your yesterdays. It is those yesterday experiences that will tide you over when the trials of today and tomorrow arise in your life!

Psa. 84:5-6, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.”

As believers, we need to erect some visible memorials to the glory of God. When the Lord works in our lives, we should memorialize that event. We should talk about it, share it with others, write about, and spread the word about what God did. We should honor Him for His faithful work in our lives. Listen; there will be some others coming along behind us. There are children, young people and new believers who are following the paths we have already walked. As they journey and seek to grow in the Lord, they need to be able to see the memorials left by those who have gone before them!

We can have many of those monuments in our lives. Some are human, some are less tangible, but they are all very real reminders of the power of God. We are reminded every time we gather that God has worked among His people to carry them over their Jordan’s in the past. Those reminders tell all those who pass by them that God is faithful, powerful and able. We need to remember!

v. 9, 20 The Picture In The Memorial – It is interesting to notice that Joshua constructed two monuments. They built one on the bank and one in middle of the river. These two memorials served two distinct purposes. Notice what they were.

v. 20 A Picture Of The Faithfulness Of God - The one on the bank of Jordan stood as a testimony to the faithfulness of God as I have just mentioned. It was there to remind others of what the Lord had done and of what He could do. Again, we need to remember the faithfulness of God in the past. It will help us cross the Jordan we face today.

v. 9 A Picture Of The Faith Of The People – Now, what about the rock pile in the river? No one could see it but God! It stood as a monument to the faith of the people! You see, when you face a time of trial, others are often guilty of misjudging your motives and actions, but only God knows the truth about your heart. Even though Israel couldn’t see it, they knew the monument was there! They remembered that they had believed God then and it had worked. This was a monument in their hearts.

We need those same kinds of monuments as well. As I said, too often others misjudge us in our times of trial, but God alone knows you heart. When you have trusted Him and He has brought you through, never forget it! Build that monument in your heart, where only God can see it, and where you will never forget it. Then, when the tough times come again, and they will, look at that monument of His faithfulness and of your faith and know that what worked before will work again. God will bring you through your Jordan!

Remember when David killed Goliath? Before he went into that battle, King Saul tried to cloth David in his armor. David refused it because he had never fought in armor before, and because it was armor designed for a much larger man. Yet, when David killed the giant, he took the giant’s armor into his tent, (1 Sam. 17:54). Why did he do this? It was a memorial. It was a reminder that no matter how great the obstacle, it is nothing when it is placed alongside the God of Heaven!

Conc: Some of you are facing troubled waters today. I want you to know you can cross over. I invite you to come before the Lord today. Tell Him about the Jordan you are facing and allow Him to get you past it today. There is a place of victory where you can shout in spite of your troubles. The first step in getting there is dealing with what is keeping you out: your Jordan. It may sin, it may be some person, it may be some trial, but whatever it is, God is greater than it is. Come and let Him take care of it for you.

“How Great Thou Art” By Smart K. Hine (19490

Stanza 1:
O Lord my God,
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all
The world Thy Hand hath made,
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout
The universe displayed;

Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!

Stanza 2:
When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
I hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze;


Stanza 3:
And when I think,
That God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die,
I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross,
My burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died
To take away my sin.


Stanza 4:
When Christ shall come,
With shouts of acclamation,
And take me home,
What joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow
In humble adoration
And there proclaim,
"My God, how great Thou art!"



Father Most Holy, God Almighty! We pray You will be with us in the most difficult and trying times of our lives. Help us in ways we may not even be able to comprehend. We know You will get us through for nothing is impossible for You. We know that even though there may be troubles ahead, when we walk with You according to Your Way and in Your will, You won’t even let us fall. Enable us as we go through these difficult situations not to complain for we know You will make a way and a means for us to escape it. Teach us to walk as Jesus walked. This we pray in His Precious name. Amen!


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ANHELIC 9/23/2012 12:06AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. Let us remember what God has done for us and share with those who have not believed. God has performed miracles in the past and is still in the miracle business today. When we receive blessings from Him, let us,make a monument by sharing what blessings we have received from God. Ask Holy Spirit for the words to use when speaking with new Christians. God bless you Vic for sharing God's message.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 9/22/2012 10:03AM

    I loved today's lesson! Thank you so much!

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EDITOR 9/22/2012 7:34AM

    Rock of Ages, cleft for me! Let us remember al His benefits. Thanks Vic!
Let us not forget to tell others of the miracles God has wrought for us!

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Friday, September 21, 2012


Joshua 3:1-6; 14-17


v. 15b There Was A Problem – As I mentioned in the introduction, the children of Israel were facing a big problem. The river was over 1 mile wide and there were 2 million people who had to cross, and yet the Lord wanted them to go over. They couldn’t build a bridge; there wasn’t enough time or materials. They couldn’t transport everyone over in boats, there were no boats and they would have been sitting ducks for their enemies. There was only one way around their problem and that was through it!

Have you ever sized up your Jordan and thought about how big it was? Maybe you looked at it and concluded, “There is no way around, through, over or past this problem.” I suppose we have all been like the 10 spies that returned from spying out the land of Canaan with Caleb and Joshua. We have sized up our problem and think that it is more than we can ever face, (Num. 13:31-33). Our problem is the same one we always have when we face a difficult situation: we forget about God! Where we see only problems, God sees only solutions. Where we look at things and say, “There’s no way!” God looks at the problem and says, “Follow me, I have a plan!”

v. 15 There Was A Plan – The plan was this, God said, “When the feet of the priests enter Jordan, I am going to part the waters and lead you through on the dry ground!” There was a catch in this plan and it was that the waters would not part until the priests who were carrying the Ark stepped into the water. In other words, it took a step of faith, whereby the people obediently followed the Lord for them to see the miracle come to pass.

What a lesson for you and me. Too often, we want the Lord just to fix everything in our lives for us. We don’t want to have to make any decisions nor do we want to have to exercise our faith in Him. We just want Him to do it and that will be the end of it.

However, most of the time, God will require us to take steps of faith in order that we might see our Jordan parted. God had a plan, but for this plan to work, it required faith on the part of His people! The same is true for you and me! As long as we are trying to solve our own problems we are not walking in faith. It is when we turn loose of the reigns of the problem, step away from it and let the Lord have it that we will see it taken care of for His glory. It never is about what we can do, it is always about what the Lord is able to do, (Eph. 3:20)!

v. 16-17 There Was A Performance – When the priests stepped into that raging river, it parted and God opened a path of dry ground through the waters for His people. By the way, verse 16 says that the waters backed up to the City of Adam. This is some 20 miles north of where the children of Israel were crossing. God made them a path through the water that was more than adequate for His people to get through.

We need to remember that faith honors God and God honors faith! When He moves in power and takes care of the problem, it won’t just be patched up and ready to fall apart again; it will be done right and it will be done forever. I want to encourage you today by reminding you that this God Who did this great thing for Israel is still the same God we are serving today! What He did them; He can do now.

Our God was ABLE all the way through the Bible, and He is still ABLE today! Regardless of the circumstances, He is still God and He still can! Notice the question that plagued the Jews in Psa. 78:19-20. They asked, “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?” God can! Just ask, Noah, Moses, Daniel, the 3 Hebrews, a widow down in Zarephath, the Disciples on a little ship, and Saul of Tarsus. Just look back over your own life. How many times has the Lord opened your Jordan already? He is all we need! He is still the same miracle working God that He always had been. Learn to expect miracles when you are dealing with God!

Our God specializes in cutting problems down to size. When little David walked out into that valley to face Goliath, he faced an opponent that he could never have defeated on his own. That giant was about 10 feet tall. He went into that valley with a sling, five smooth stones, and faith in a powerful God. When David cast his stone at Goliath, the giant fell to the earth. David ran to Goliath. He drew Goliath’s own sword and took off the giant’s head. Now, the question that arises is this: When David took off the giant’s head, was the giant still there? Of course he was! But, he is no longer 10 feet tall; he is now about 9 feet long! God had a way of taking the things we cannot get past and fixing it where we can get over them.


“He Is Able To Deliver Thee” By W. A. Ogden

’Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;
’Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

He is able to deliver thee,
He is able to deliver thee;
Though by sin oppressed, go to Him for rest;
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

’Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain;
’Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

“Tis the grandest theme, let the tidings roll,
To the guilty heart, to the sinful soul;
Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole,
Our God is able to deliver thee.”

“Our God is able to deliver thee.”


Heavenly Father, God of all Creation! We thank You that Your Word always accomplishes the purpose for which You sent it. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so is Your Word that goes forth from Your mouth. Enable us to secure the power and life that is in Your Word by having it planted firmly in our hearts. Help us to weave Your Word into our prayers so that it may guide us in everything we do, and it becomes a powerful weapon against the forces of evil. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/21/2012 6:36PM

    emoticon Vic - another one of my favorite emoticon hym
God never fails or forsakes us!
Very inspiring lessons Vic emoticon

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FEMISLIM 9/21/2012 4:30PM

    Thanks, this was a blessing!!!

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BEESPARKLE 9/21/2012 3:57PM

    He is with us. He never fails us but sometimes we fail him to not trust him.

It all comes down to Faith in him Vic.

He is the Lord and he loves us enought to have died for us. Amen.

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LOSTLIME 9/21/2012 1:16PM

    A very nice message for all of us! Thank you.

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AVANELL 9/21/2012 11:18AM

    Great blog, Vic! Faith always steps out where it can't see! The Jordan was at flood stage when God instructed the priests to step out in the water. Can you imagine the fear that would have come against them as they look into that rushing mighty river? But God was there with them. He will never leave us or forsake us to forge the river of life by ourselves!

Thank you, Vic, for an inspiring message!

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ANHELIC 9/21/2012 8:50AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, God honors faith and faith honors God. We must look to God for help and not try to tackle problems our way. God bless you Vic for being a true man of God and carrying on his message. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 9/21/2012 7:47AM

    Jesus is our bridge over troubled water! Thanks Vic!

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NANAW12001 9/21/2012 7:37AM

  Thanks so much.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/21/2012 7:17AM

    loved your friday message to us, Vic!
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    a lovely message this morning-Lynda emoticon

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Joshua 3:1-6; 14-17

When the Lord brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt, He led them toward the Promised Land. It took them two years to make that trip. During that time, the Lord gave them His Law and taught them how to worship Him. When they arrived at Jordan, all they had to do was enter the land and lay claim to what they had been given.

Instead of going forward in faith, the people of Israel refused to claim their inheritance in Canaan. They wanted to turn around and go back to Egypt, back to the very people who had enslaved them. God punished them severely for their lack of faith. He condemned them to wander around in the wilderness between Canaan and Egypt until the whole generation of those who refused to enter the Promised Land died off, except for three. Because of their unbelief, Israel was sentenced to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.

Those years of wrath and death have now expired and the children of Israel are poised to enter into Canaan. They are ready to claim their inheritance in the land of promise. Before they can enter Canaan, they must first get past one final, major obstacle: the Jordan River. Normally, this would not have presented much of a problem, since the Jordan was only about 100 feet wide at Gilgal where they crossed. God brought them to the Jordan River at the time of harvest, (4:15). Those who have been there during the harvest time relate that the Jordan River swells to an impassable width of over 1 mile! It was over 50 times wider than it normally would have been when Israel arrived. There was no way they could cross this river on their own! They needed supernatural help. It seems that God always does things in such a way that no man can boast of having done them on their own. This crossing would be no exception.

Every person here faces his or her own Jordan from time to time! We deal with obstacles that would hinder us from obtaining spiritual victory in our lives. We may feel that we will never be able to enter our Canaan of victory and enjoy the abundant life that Jesus promised His followers. While it is true that I do not know what kind of obstacles that you face in your life; I do know a God Who specializes in overcoming the overwhelming and in leading His children to victory.

Today, I would like for us to watch Israel as they move past their Jordan. As we do, I would like to offer you some hope. The strategies that worked for Israel over 3000 years ago will still work for us today. I want to speak to you from Joshua chapters 3 and 4 about “Getting Past Your Jordan“. There are some strategies that we must implement if we are going to move past the Jordan’s that stand between spiritual victory and us. Allow me to share those strategies with you today.


v. 3-4 The Message Involved A Challenge – When it came time for the people to move forward to cross Jordan, God has a message that they needed to hear. In the words they heard, they were challenged to do three very important things. These things were designed to help them follow the Lord better. These are the same things that we need to hear today that will help up to follow the Lord better as well.

1. Watch God – Notice that the Ark of the Covenant is mentioned some 7 times in chapter 3. The Ark, you may remember, was that special piece of Tabernacle furniture that symbolized the presence and power of God. When the Ark was in the Holy of Holies, the glory of God rested upon it and it was the dwelling place of God. To Israel, it represented God’s presence in the midst of His people. In other words, when God moved, they were to move. When God stopped they were to do the same.

There is a valuable spiritual lesson in this passage for you and me. We would do well, when we face times of crisis, or when we need direction in life to learn to be sensitive to the movement of the Lord in and around us. It is a fact that God loves you and that He will show you what He is doing, (John 5:19-20). If you will watch Him, He will teach you how to live day by day.

2. Follow God – When they saw the Ark of the Covenant move, they were to “leave your place, and go after it” Not only were they to watch God, they were to move when He did. They were to pursue God!

Again, the lesson for the believer is that it isn’t enough to know what God is doing, there comes a time when you must “leave you place and go after Him.” This may require us to leave our comfort zone! Israel was about to follow the Ark through a river that was over 1 mile wide! That couldn’t have been easy, but it was still necessary and right! Folk, following God may not be the easiest thing you will ever do, but it will be the best thing you ever do. If you ever expect to get past your obstacles and enter your Canaan, you must learn to follow God.

3. Honor God – Notice that the Israelites are told to stay at least 3000 feet behind the Ark. This was so that they could easily see what was happening ahead of them. Another reason is that the Lord wanted no one but the Levites near the Ark. To get too close would have meant death.

There is a lesson here for us as well. We must never be guilty of treating God like is one of our buddies. There must always be a holy reverence and a fear of the Lord in our hearts. God help us that we never allow a spirit of familiarity cheapen our walk with the Lord. Regardless of what we go through with our holy, righteous God, we are still nothing but sinners saved by His marvelous grace.

Simply put, these three things are most easily accomplished by learning to walk in the Spirit. That is, learning to give control of your life to the Spirit of God and to follow God as He leads through His Word, through prayer and through life. It may not always be easy, but I can promise you that if you will follow, He will certainly lead!

v. 5 The Message Involved A Command – Next, the people were told to “sanctify yourselves.” This referred to being sure they were as clean and holy as possible. They were to put away anything that was displeasing to the Lord. They were to examine themselves and get ready for the Lord to do something great for them.

If you and I ever expect to get past the Jordan’s that arise in our lives, we are going to have to learn that one of the first things we must do is examine our lives to make sure they are as clean as possible. May the Lord help us to realize that many of the things that happen in our lives that prevent us from walking in Christian victory are the results of our sin and the Lord’s chastisement, (Gal. 6:9; Heb. 12:6-11). Christian, is everything in your life just as the Lord would have it to be? Remember, there is forgiveness in confessing our sins to the Lord - (I John 1:9).

v. 9-13 The Message Involved A Commitment – This message to the Israelites reminded them that getting across the Jordan did not rest on their shoulders, but on the Lord’s. It was His plan to get them over and it was His problem. In these verses, He makes them a promise and tells them that He will bring them through in a powerful fashion. God, here, commits Himself to bringing his people across their Jordan! All that was required of Israel was that they trust God!

May I remind you that God has not changed one bit? If God could be trusted in those days to keep His promises, then He can still be trusted today! Often, we are unable to get past the obstacles in our lives because we live a life that exhibits a deep lack of faith in the promises of God! How do I know? Because of the worry and doubt that marks the lives of the people of God.

1. We worry over tomorrow, yet the Lord has said – (Matt. 6:34).
2. We worry over material things, yet the Lord has promised – (Matt. 6:25-33; Phil. 4:19).
3. We worry about facing various things in life, yet the Lord has promised – (Heb. 13:5).
4. We worry over so many things, yet the Lord tells us that all of our worry is sin and that our duty is to trust Him –( Phil. 4:6-7).
5. The bottom line is this: Jesus is all-powerful, He is all-knowing and He is all-present.

He knows what you are going through. He knows everything there is to know about it. He even knows more about it than you do! Here is what He says to you: “The just shall life by faith,” (Rom. 1:17); “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” (Rom 14:23); “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith,” (Matt. 8:26).

All this reminds us that He is The Lord and that He is greater than any problem we have ever or will ever face in life. His desire is that we simply learn to take Him at His Word and trust Him. We need to remember that what the Lord has promised to do, He will do, (Rom. 4:21).

That is the message; let us take it to heart!

“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” By Ira Stanpill (1950)

I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand...


Holy Father, Savior and God! You have called us heavenward and encouraged us to press on toward the goal. You have promised that You returned to Heaven to prepare a place for us. Let us bless people all over the world with Your deep reflections in the scriptures. Let us raise and share the hope that is within us of living in heaven with You. Help us to wait patiently for that day when the trumpet sounds and Your voice calls us home. Fill our hearts and minds with Your Word and a positive attitude so others may see Christ living in us. This we pray in His name. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/20/2012 11:45PM

    loved this hymn - always!
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ANHELIC 9/20/2012 11:04PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson. It's like today's world where people don't want to hear about God or follow him. I am glad that we have true Christians that love God and obey his commands. We want to be in heaven when He calls and the Trumpet sounds so it's trust and obey. Thank you Vic for sharing God's awesome word. Thank you for the goodie as well. God bless you.

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SANDYTOES17 9/20/2012 8:13PM

    Kindof reminds you of the world today doesn't it... if only they could see it.

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COOP9002 9/20/2012 11:16AM

    Good word.

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SANDRALEET 9/20/2012 10:19AM

    Yes as true today as it was then To many want the easy bath and not the hard one No better then as now Oh we humans can be a fickle lot.We can chose and dismiss the parts we do not like.All the bible is Gods word

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FERGSGIRL2 9/20/2012 9:11AM

    great inspiration and truth. I've always loved this hymn, yes I do know who holds tomorrow! Praise God!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/20/2012 7:28AM

    emoticon such great words! Love the hmns you select too!

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EDITOR 9/20/2012 7:15AM

    Valuable lesson! Nothing further need be said. God said it and I believe it! There is no way we can cross over Jordon without knowing this background. Thank you, Vic, and praying others spend more than a glance in His Word.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RAHAB, Following In The Footsteps of faith, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 9/19/2012

Joshua 2:8-21

When the spies left Rahab, she was tying that cord in her window. All she had was a promise and the hope that it would be kept. A short time later, Israel invaded Canaan. They came to Jericho and marched around that city once every day for six days. In the seventh day they marched around it seven times. That was thirteen laps around that city. Everybody who walked around that city saw that cord hanging from Rahab’s window. That scarlet cord was testifying to them as they walked.

You see, they were walking by a promise too. God had promised them that He would flatten that walls of Jericho and give them victory over that city. Just like Rahab, they were walking by faith. That scarlet cord reminded them that God was already working on the inside of that city. It reminded them that God was bigger than Israel. It reminded them that in the midst of wrath, God was a God of love, grace and compassion. That scarlet cord was preaching to Israel!

When they completed that seventh lap around the city, they shouted and the walls of Jericho fell down flat, (Josh. 6:20). Israel entered the city and destroyed all the inhabitants of Jericho, (Josh. 6:21). Oh, by the way, the whole wall did not fall down! An even greater miracle than the walls of Jericho falling down is the fact that part of the wall was still standing. That part of the wall just happened to be where Rahab lived. It just happened to be the part of the wall that had a scarlet thread hanging down it. That part of the wall did not fall, and everyone who was in Rahab’s house; everyone who had come under the protection of the promises behind that scarlet thread, were saved, (Josh. 6:22-25).

That scarlet thread delivered salvation, protection and security to Rahab and to all those who believed its promises. Lest you misunderstand, neither Rahab nor anyone in her home was actually saved by the scarlet thread. After all, it was just a length of rope. No, placing their faith in what that cord represented saved them. That cord represented the saving grace of God. That cord represented the promises of God to save those who believe in Him. When those promises were accepted by faith, salvation was the result!

Rahab’s was saved, and so was her family. Rahab’s life changed, and so did the lives of her family. God grace, appropriated by faith in the scarlet thread, brought salvation, life, and hope to the house of Rahab, and to all who came under her roof.

By the way, there were no restrictions who could be saved in Rahab’s house, (Josh. 6:22). It was a “whosoever will” situation. Anyone who came in and believed the promise was saved!

I am still talking about the blood of Jesus Christ. Everyone who comes to God through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross comes under the protection of the blood of Jesus!

Their sins are washed away, (Col. 1:13-14; Rev. 1:5; Eph. 1:7).
They are eternally forgiven, (Psa. 103:12).
They are brought close to God, (Eph. 2:13).
They are taken into God’s family, (Eph. 2:17-22; Rom. 8:15).
They are given eternal life, (John 10:28).
They are eternally secured in their salvation, (John 6:37-40).

Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus Christ! Are you washed in the blood? Have you been saved by His grace. Are you absolutely, 100% sure that, if you died today, you would go to Heaven? If not, please come to Jesus and be saved. If you are, then rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!

Conc: What Rahab did was a very simple thing. All she did was tie a scarlet cord in her window. Then, she waited. It was so simple of an action, yet it guaranteed her salvation and the salvation of all the rest who came under its protection.

The salvation God offers in Jesus Christ is just as simple. All He asks you to do is believe and obey. If you can believe that you are a sinner, that Jesus died for your sins on the cross, and that He got up from the dead three days later, you can be saved, (Rom. 10:9).

Have you done that? Are you saved? Come to Jesus my friend! The scarlet thread that weaves its way through the Bible is still sufficient to save the soul. Come to Jesus! Come and be saved. Come and worship Him!

“Jesus Paid It All” By Elvira M. Hall (1865)

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.


Awesome Father, Almighty God! Thank You for Your Eternal Purpose: For those things which You planned and purposed in eternity before the creation; For those things which You promised men after the creation; for those things which You had men prophesy and pictured for us after Your promises; For those things which You provided when time was right: Jesus and the Church; and for those things which You want us to proclaim now….Your Eternal Purpose….The Scheme of Redemption. We, your children, are a blessed people. Thank You for Jesus who made it all possible. These things we pray in His Holy name. Amen!


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LOSTLIME 9/19/2012 8:57PM

    Amen. Thanks,Vic!

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ANHELIC 9/19/2012 11:08AM

    Thank you Vic for another wonderful lesson. Yes, it is so simple to believe and obey God. Jesus paid the price for us and we now have eternal life. It's as if we have a scarlet thread in our window. God bless you for sharing God's Word. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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NADINEL 9/19/2012 9:51AM

    Thank you, Vic.

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KIMPY225 9/19/2012 9:14AM

Thank you for sharing!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/19/2012 7:10AM

    In Jesus name, Amen! emoticon

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EDITOR 9/19/2012 7:05AM

    Just so good I want to SHOUT OUT a victory today. Thank you and for goodies and notes too.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

RAHAB, Following In The Footsteps of faith, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Tue, 9/18/2012

Joshua 2:8-21

When the spies left Rahab’s home, they told her to tie the scarlet thread in the window of her house, v. 18. That scarlet cord would tell the invading Israelites that everyone in that home was under the protection of the promises of God and was not to be destroyed. Before that thread could secure Rahab and her family, it had to be tied in the window. Thus, that thread, while free and full of promise, did no good at all until it was utilized.
Thus, that thread came with several demands. Let me share them with you.

· The Scarlet Thread Demanded Faith - It took faith to tie that cord in the window and to believe the promises of the spies, v. 14. After all, in a sense, those spies were the enemies of Rahab. It took faith to take them at their word. But, Rahab placed her faith in the promises of the spies. She tied the cord in the window of her house. She believed and she was saved!

To be saved from sin, a lost sinner must believe the promises God has made concerning the blood of Jesus Christ. The sinner must come to the place where he is willing to take God at his word. Like Rahab, he must understand that nothing he can do will save himself. He must know that faith in the Word of God will save his soul and wash away his sins. We must come to the place where we believe (Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 10:13; and John 14:6). When we do, we can be saved!

I wonder if Rahab felt foolish as she tied that cord in her window? I wonder if she ever wondered if that would work for her? You know she was afraid. You know there were days when she doubted.

Isn’t it the same for us? Satan tells us that we are fools for believing in Jesus Christ. He tells us that we had better work harder, do more, live better and try our best to make it to Heaven, because something as simply as faith will never save us. Faith worked for Rahab, and faith will work for you! Trust the promises of God and you can rest assured in your salvation!

What about Israel in Egypt during the first Passover, (Ex. 12)? Do you think they felt foolish as they wiped blood on the doors of their houses? Do you think that some refused to do it because it seemed so strange? Do you think that some mocked those who believed in the power of the blood of those lambs and tried to find a better way? Well, When God passed through Egypt that night; He passed over the houses that had the blood of the lamb on the doorposts and lintels. All those who trusted God’s promises related to the blood lived, the rest died.

Some may have painted their doorposts red. If they did, they died. Some might have tried decorating them with jewels, gold and silver. If they did, they died. Some probably ignored the warning, thinking it too farfetched and foolish. If they did, they died! Every one who placed their faith in the promises of God and entered through the blood of the lamb was spared.

So it is with God’s salvation! Those who come to God by faith, trusting in the shed blood of Jesus, will be saved! ( Rev. 7:9-17). What are you trusting today?

That Scarlet Thread Demanded Urgency - The spies told Rahab to tie the cord in the window when they came into the land, v. 18. If you will notice verse 21, she did not wait! She tied the cord in the window immediately. This pictures a sense of urgency on the part of Rahab. She did not know when Israel might be coming and she didn’t want to take any chances. She wanted to be ready when judgment came.

So it is with the salvation God offers. The only time a person can come to Jesus Christ is while they are living in this world. If you wait until you die, it will be too late. You need to stop delaying! You need to come to Jesus so that you can be saved. If time runs out, and you are not saved, you will go to Hell! That is why the Bible tells us to have a sense of urgency regarding the state of the soul.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).
“...now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Cor. 6:2).
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near,” (Isa 55:6).
“...My spirit shall not always strive with man...,” (Gen. 6:3).
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” (Rom. 1:28).

Do you care about the condition of your soul? You should! You will live forever in either Heaven or Hell, and where you go when you die will be determined by what you do with Jesus. If you reject Him, ignore Him, put Him off, and deny Him, you will go to Hell. If you will simply believe on Him by faith and obey Him, you will be saved, (1 John 5:12).

That Scarlet Thread Demanded Commitment - It took an astounding commitment on the part of Rahab. When she tied that cord in her window, she was making a statement. She was saying, “I choose the God of Israel, over the gods of my people. I choose the people of Israel over my people. I am willing to commit to following this God I have only heard about, based on a promise I cannot verify. I believe what I have heard about Him. I believe in Him. If He will not have me, or if He will not save me, then I will perish. If I perish, I will do so believing in the God of Israel.” That’s FAITH! That was the level of her commitment.

Beyond that, she wanted to see her family saved, (v. 12-13). She had to go to them, tell them about the God of Israel, and convince them to come into her house to wait for the invasion of Jericho. That took quite a commitment to the Lord. But, she made that commitment and she stood by it!

It takes a real commitment to live for the Lord in this world. If you are going to walk with the Lord, you are going to have to commit to being different. You are going to have to commit to a life that is different from the world around you. You are going to have to commit to trying to warn others about the judgment that is coming. The Gospel of Jesus demands that God’s true follows be a people who are committed to Him, wholeheartedly, and without reservation, (Matt. 16:24). Does that describe you?

“Just As I Am” By Charlotte Elliott (1834)

1. Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Heavenly Father, God of this universe. Grant us the courage to stand against our culture in the battle of greed and all evil. Help us to see the blessings You lay before each day, and to be thankful for all that we have received from You. You alone, O God, are worthy of our worship and our adoration. Thank You for the many ways that You extend Your Love to us. May we be eager to share our unique personal stories of Your love working in our lives with others. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, our God. This we pray in His glorious name. Amen!


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ANHELIC 9/18/2012 10:50PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. I know we must be committed to Jesus and follow Him. Sharing Jesus with people that don't know Him is a command we should be doing. I love to talk about our Lord and Savior with friends. I feel we must be like Rahab and be totally committed. Just as I am is my favorite hymn. God bless you for sharing your teaching. emoticon emoticon

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WANTSZU 9/18/2012 1:35PM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson, prayer and hymn.

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LOSTLIME 9/18/2012 8:36AM

    Love the hymn! Thank you,Vic!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 9/18/2012 8:22AM

    One of my most favorite hymns! Thank you, Vic!

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SANDRALEET 9/18/2012 8:06AM

    All that we own will not save us.Our salvation comes in the lamb who died for us. Be his sheep. Love him and honer him with how you live.Love warship and praise and follow his teaching

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/18/2012 7:25AM

    Just as I am! I love that!!! thank you Vic! emoticon

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