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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 9/26/2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Wed, 9/26/2012

Joshua 5:1-12
PREPARING TO ENTER YOUR CANAAN, Lesson 8d

V. 10-12 WE MUST TAKE THE STEP OF CELEBRATION

In these verses, we find Israel celebrating the feast of the Passover. They first observed it when they were still in Egypt, (Ex. 9-14). They also celebrated it at Mount Sinai before they left for Kadesh-Barnea, (Num. 9:1-14). However, there is no evidence that they had celebrated the Passover in nearly 40 years. The fact is they couldn’t! The new generation had not been circumcised and this was a requirement for participating in the Passover.

Now, it might help us to remember what the Passover is all about. When the Lord sent the 10th plague, the death of the firstborn, upon Egypt, He told His people to select a lamb, kill it, put its blood on the door posts and lintels of their houses and then cook and eat the lamb, (Ex. 12). God was going to pass through Egypt that night. When He did, all the firstborn children of the land would die. When the Lord passed through Egypt that night, He promised Israel when He saw the blood on their doors that He would “pass over” those protected homes and the firstborn within would live.

At that time, Israel was commanded, to make the Passover a yearly feast. They were to remember that night when they were passed over by the Lord and spared from the plague of death. They were to remember that the blood of a lamb had saved them. They were to remember that it was that night in which the Lord had delivered them from their bondage in Egypt. The Passover was a time for the Jews to remember the deliverance of the Lord!

Now that they are in the Promised Land, and have been circumcised, they are to celebrate the feast of the Passover. They are to remember the things God did for them in bringing them out of Egypt and in providing for them along the way.

What a lesson for the redeemed people of the Lord! As we pass through this life, we must constantly call to mind the great things the Lord has done for us in our pasts. We need to remember times when: He called us in love; saved us by grace; forgave our sins; cleansed us when we fell; conquered our enemies; gave us victory when there seemed to be no hope; and blessed us in innumerable ways!

Take some time today to remember the many ways God has proven that He was strong in your life. It will give you courage and confidence to face the next battle. If He was God then, He is still God now!

Sadly, some people have nothing to remember! They have never been delivered from their sins. They have never been saved! If that describes you, you need to come to God today.

V. 11-12 - Just as Israel needed to remember the Lord’s commitment to them; they also needed to remember their commitment to Him!

You see, for 40 years they had eaten manna every day. However, when they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan, the manna ceased. Surely, Israel was glad that the manna was no more. While the Passover reminded Israel that God had brought them out of Egypt; the manna was constant reminded of what they had left behind in Egypt, (Ex. 16:3).

It was easy for God to bring His people out of Egypt, but it was hard for God to get Egypt out of His people. They needed to forget the things of Egypt and embrace the things of Canaan. When the Manna ceased; they were forced to stop looking back and they had to start looking around to glean what God had placed for them in the Promised Land.

Far too many Christians still possess an appetite for the things of the world just like Israel did for the things of Egypt. God help us to develop a hunger for the harvest of our inheritance. God didn’t save us to satisfy our hunger with the things of the world. He saved us so that we might learn to enjoy Him and feed off the things He gives to us. We should never look back to the world or to the wilderness to try and find something to satisfy our hunger. Rather, let us learn to feed on the things of the Lord. He will feed us in the place of victory if we will look to Him. We don’t need to scrounge around for scraps! We can feed on the best if we are willing to allow the Lord to lead us and feed us.

Conc: Are you ready to enter your Canaan? If you can take the steps I mentioned today, you are ready. If not, you need to do what He is telling you to do today.

Some of us need to come before the Lord and remove anything from our lives that does not belong in them.
Some of us need to rely upon Him and Him alone.
Some of us need to release our past and refuse to be burdened by what used to be.
Some of us need to remember the faithfulness of the Lord to us and our own promises to be faithful to Him.
Some of us need to come to Jesus Christ, by faith, so that we can be saved from our sins.

Are you ready to take the steps that will allow you to enter your Canaan?

TODAY’S HYMN!
“In Sorrow I Wandered” By James Rowe (1913)

In sorrow I wandered, my spirit oppressed,
But now I am happy—securely I rest;
From morning till evening glad carols I sing,
And this is the reason—I walk with the King.
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I walk with the King, hallelujah!
I walk with the King, praise His Name!
No longer I roam, my soul faces home,
I walk and I talk with the King.

For years in the fetters of sin I was bound,
The world could not help me—no comfort I found;
But now like the birds and the sunbeams of spring,
I’m free and rejoicing—I walk with the King.
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O soul near despair in the lowlands of strife,
Look up and let Jesus come into your life;
The joy of salvation to you He would bring—
Come into the sunlight and walk with the King.
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THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Glorious Father, Redeeming God, help us to realize that even living a quiet life, we can make a bold statement by our Christian example. Help us to remember that there is no burden heavier than the burden of sin and death, what You carried for us when You went to the cross. Let us then approach Your throne of grace with a humble spirit and grateful hearts, thanking You for understanding our prayers and petitions. Thank You for Jesus and His loving sacrifice. This we pray in His Loving name. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/26/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon Vic!
emoticon lesson! Almighty - I give you all the glory daily as you blessed me every morning with tehn gift of life! emoticon

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    Amen Brother Vic! God bless, Dee

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ANHELIC 9/26/2012 10:59AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. We need to keep remembering what God had done for us, how He has walked with us and led us in His direction. He has fed us instead of scraps, great food as we reach our Canaan. Thank you Jesus for living in my heart forever. Thank you Vic for sharing and may God richly bless you.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/26/2012 7:57AM

    Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice. I give to you all the glory!

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EDITOR 9/26/2012 6:57AM

    Thank you, Vic. The step of celebration is taken after the step of reflection.
May we be mindful of the lessons of the Word and feast on that.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 9/25/2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Tue, 9/25/2012

Joshua 5:1-12
PREPARING TO ENTER YOUR CANAAN, Lesson 8c

V. 9 WE MUST TAKE THE STEP OF CONTEMPLATION

The term “reproach of Egypt” brings to mind two thoughts. First, it refers to the fact that the males who came out of Egypt were not circumcised. Hence, they were not part of God’s covenant and He would not fight their battles in Canaan until that was made right. We have already dealt with that thought.

The term also refers to two events during Israel’s wilderness wanderings. The first is found in Ex. 32:1-12 when the Children of Israel made a golden calf and worshiped it as God. The other happened at Kadesh-Barnea when the children of Israel displayed unbelief and refused to enter into the Promised Land,( Num. 14:11-14). The “reproach of Egypt” refers to the sins the people brought with them in their hearts and lives when they came out of Egypt.

On both occasions, the Lord threatened to destroy the nation of Israel and start fresh with Moses. Both times Moses interceded with the Lord and reminded Him that destroying Israel would give the Egyptians a reason to mock God. They would say that He brought them out of Egypt, but could not bring them to Canaan. Now they are in the land and God has proven that He is well able to bring His people into their possession. Therefore, He tells them that He has rolled that reproach away! “Gilgal” means, “rolling.” In other words, their past was no longer an issue. It had been forever “rolled” away. It was a new day! The children of Israel were to contemplate the work of God in the lives in removing from them the reproach of the past.

Many of God’s children are still living under the “reproach of Egypt”. You may be living with the shame of things you did before you came to faith in Christ. You may be ashamed of times when you have failed the Lord since you were saved. There may be guilt over some issues that are present in your life right now. Some of you are living under the constant stab of self-condemnation right now!

Let me remind you today that if you have place your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, your past is no longer an issue, (Psa. 103:12, Isa. 38:17; Isa. 43:25; Jer. 50:20; Micah 7:19; 1 John 1:7). The reproach of the old life has been removed forever! You must get past the guilt of those days before you can walk in victory in your Canaan! Take the time to contemplate that!

Many Christians have failed the Lord in a big way. As a result, they are defeated and feel like they are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God. My friend, if you have confessed your sin and repented of it, then it has been taken care of forever as far as God is concerned, (1 John 1:9).

God is telling Israel that yesterday is forever gone and they are to walk looking to the potential of victory today rather than to the defeat of yesterday. If you have made your sin right with God, you might as well put it behind you, because the Lord has certainly put it behind Him! You will never be able to walk in victory until you come to realize that the Lord has forgiven your past. Don’t let the world, the flesh or the devil hold your past over your head! Take the time to contemplate what the Lord has done in you and rejoice!

Of course, if there are sins in your life today, the best thing you can do is get to Him and get them taken care of. Victory can be your, but not until your sins are dealt with! ( Pro. 28:13), “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“ What A Day That Will Be” By Jim Hill (1955)

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father of Grace and Peace, God of Holiness and Righteousness! Thank You for patiently handling our misbehavior and our slow learning. Your long suffering example is awe inspiring to us and we earnestly pray that we will bear inspiring spiritual fruit, as we stand patiently like You. Help us to be firmly rooted in Your love and challenge us to grow in our faith and in our dedication. This we ask in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/26/2012 10:19PM

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LOSTLIME 9/25/2012 9:17PM

    Another very nice lesson and hymn. Thank you.

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WANTSZU 9/25/2012 2:00PM

    Another great lesson, prayer and hymn. You are such a wonder teacher of the word.

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ANHELIC 9/25/2012 10:16AM

    Thank you for sharing another great lesson. God is an awesome God when he forgives our sins and puts them in the past. Yes, I agree sometimes we end up holding the past in our minds and can't let go. Thank you God for your love you have for us. Thank you for your hymn which I really love and prayer.
God bless you Vic, glad you are back with us.

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KIMPY225 9/25/2012 8:55AM

    Have a great day!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/25/2012 7:15AM

    Thank you for your prayer and hymns Vic! They go great with my coffee to start my day!
linda

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EDITOR 9/25/2012 7:14AM

    Glad to see you up and running again, Vic.

I have no reproach of Egypt, but am concerned about America pushing God's buttons. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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LEANJEAN6 9/25/2012 6:56AM

    Lovely way to start the day!-Lynda

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 9/24/2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Mon, 9/24/2012

Joshua 5:1-12
PREPARING TO ENTER YOUR CANAAN, Lesson 8b

V. 8 WE MUST TAKE THE STEP OF CONFIRMATION

Israel is camped in the very heart of enemy territory. After they have been circumcised, every male in the nation of Israel is temporarily disabled and is rendered unable to fight, (Gen. 34:24-25).

Their obedience to the Lord’s command for them to be circumcised was a supreme act of faith! They had to be willing to trust the Lord to protect them until they healed. While they waited, they were vulnerable to attack from their enemies. Their faith was the secret to their success and to their safety. These men had learned the valuable lesson that their battles would not be won by military might and by superior battlefield tactics. They knew that if they ever saw victory, it would be because God gave it to them. They placed their lives, their families, their futures, and their all in the capable hands of their God. This time of testing served to confirm that their faith in God was well placed.

As we move through this life, we often face times of testing just like these men did. When the times of testing come, we can rely on lots of things, (i.e. Family, friends, finances, the church, etc.) but there will never be real, lasting victory in our lives until we learn to rely solely on Him, (John 15:5).

The people of Israel had just come from a great victory and often, that is the time when pride will rise up in us and we will think that we are unstoppable. When those times come in your life and mine, you can be sure that the Lord will allow us to go through a time of testing. God wants us to learn the vital truth that nothing in this life is really about us; it is all about Him! It isn’t enough to be clean spiritually; we must also be walking in faith before the Lord. We need to remember that our God can and will take care of His children. ( Verse 1). The people of Israel didn’t realize it, but God had used the miracle at Jordan to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy. The people of Israel were afraid of what the enemy might do to them, but God had the enemy well in hand!

God is more than able to sustain you through anything that He leads you into.

Look at Noah. God sustained him and his family through a worldwide flood - (Gen. 6-9).
Look at the firstborn of Israel. God protected every Israelite who was under the shelter of the blood of the lamb - (Ex12).
Look Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. God kept them alive in a fiery furnace - (Dan. 3).
Look at Daniel. God protected him while he was in a den of hungry lions - (Dan. 6).
Look at Elijah. God fed him with ravens by a brook, and with meal and oil at a widow’s house -( 1 Kings 17).
Look at Paul. He was attacked for Satan through his torn in the flesh, but God gave him sufficient grace for everything he faced - (2 Cor. 12).

What I am trying to tell you is that you can depend on the Lord. He is still the same God He has ever been!

Jer. 32:17, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”
Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

He is still able to do all that you need, (Eph. 3:20). His one requirement is that you trust Him

Can you honestly say that you are relying completely upon the Lord in every trial, through every battle and in every situation in your life? Are you walking by faith? That is the key to victory! When we face those times of confirmation in our lives, and we exercise, absolute faith in the power of God to handle the situation; it confirms our faith in His Person, His Power, His Purposes and in His Promises.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Faith Is The Victory” By John H. Yates (1891)

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

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Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind's breath,
Swept on o'er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
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On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation's helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble 'neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
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To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv'n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav'n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We'll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus' conqu'ring Name.
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THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Loving Father, Loving God! When we learn to love one another as You have loved us, then we are fulfilling Your Command and doing Your will. Thank You for Your people, who are a special part of our life. Thank You for the fellowship and the love we share as we draw closer to You through our Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You for our common purpose and common effort to teach, serve and make disciples. Help us to love and grow in our love and in our service. This we ask In His Precious name. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 9/24/2012 7:39PM

    Thank you for the lesson!

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    Amen

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    Sorry about your computer. Thanks for another great lesson!

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ANHELIC 9/24/2012 8:18AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson. Yes, there have been times when I had problems and felt I couldn't deal with them. I prayed and left them in God's hand and He walked me through them. We should stop trying to solve our problems and put them in God's hands. He is bigger than any problem we have. Thank you for the goodie, hymn and prayer. God bless you Vic for sharing God's message with us.

PS I too have a computer problem. Someone hacked into my email and I can't access it. I realized I could get your message through SparkPeople. Nothing is impossible with God. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/24/2012 7:55AM

    thank you for yet another lesson in goodness!
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EDITOR 9/24/2012 7:03AM

    Thanks for the lesson and prayer, Vic, and the hymn which I was unfamilar with.
I once dared complain to God about my PC woes and expenses, and He said, "It could be worse. You could be missing connecting flights. Hope the computer is repaied quickly and you have a dealer that just doesn't take you though the wringer.

God does perform amazing miracles for us. May our love be alert and grateful for taking us in the footsteps of faith.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 9/23/2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING I9N THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is my Prayer, Sun, 9/23/2012

Joshua 5:1-12
PREPARING TO ENTER YOUR CANAAN, Lesson 8a

This passage finds the children of Israel having just crossed the Jordan River to enter Canaan, (Joshua 3:9-17). Over the history of the Exodus, they had seen the Lord perform some very amazing miracles on their behalf. Here is just a small sampling.

• He delivered them from bondage in the land of Egypt through many miracles, signs and wonders.
• He led them through a harsh wilderness journey that saw Him move and bless in miraculous ways.
• He fed them Manna and gave them quail to eat.
• He provided them water from a rock.
• He protected them from their enemies.
• He provided shade by day and light by night.
• He even allowed their clothes to last the entire time they wandered in that wilderness.
• He gave them His Law to instruct them in the ways of the Lord and to govern their lives.

Israel was the people of the Lord; the people of the Law; and now they are about to become the people of the Land. The great promises God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are about to be realized by the people of Israel. They have finally arrived in the Promised Land.

Their days of wandering are over. The days of possessing the land have arrived. God intends for Israel to conquer the land of Canaan and to possess it. Before they are ready to do that, there are some preparations they must make. In this text, the people of Israel take some very clear steps that help them ready to enter into their Canaan. God used these steps to prepare His people to enter their Promised Land and claim it for His glory.

Just as God challenged Israel to prepare to move deeper into their Promised Land, there are some steps that He would have us take as well. If we want to go deeper with the Lord, if we really want to enjoy the victorious Christian life, if we really was all the Lord has for us, then we must make our preparations just as Israel did. This text reveals the steps we need to take if we intend to go deeper with God. I want to talk to you about “Preparing To Enter Your Canaan“. Notice with me the steps we must take, if we are going to enter the land of victory.

V. 1-7 WE MUST TAKE THE STEP OF CONSECRATION

The first command the Lord gives to Israel is that all the man are to be circumcised. Circumcision was first handed down to Abraham. It was a physical sign used to identify all the male descendants of Abraham, (Gen. 17:11-14). In circumcision, the foreskin of the male sex organ was removed when the child was eight days old.

All the men who had been born in Egypt had been circumcised according to the Abraham covenant. Yet, those men who were born during the 40 years of wilderness wandering had not been circumcised. The generation of males who were born in the wilderness had not been circumcised. Before this generation of men can claim their Canaan, enjoy the covenant promises of God, or expect God to fight their battles, they must be circumcised. They must renew the covenant with the Lord if they wanted His blessings on them and if they wanted to be guaranteed the victory.

Just as Israel was required to remove from their bodies a piece of flesh as a sign that they were a part of the covenant; we must remove from our lives anything that stands between total surrender and us to the Lord. The Bible is clear that there are times when you and I must engage in spiritual surgery in our lives.

Col. 3:1-8, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

2 Cor. 6:17-7:1, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

If it does not glorify God, edify the church, or help you grow in the Lord, then it needs to go!

1 Cor. 6:12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

To the Jew, circumcision was a reminder that they were a “marked people.” They were to never forget that they were the servants of the living God and that they were under obligation to obey Him in all things. Circumcision was to be the outward reminder of an inward work of faith.

Deut. 10:16, “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.”

In our case, a similar truth is at work. According to Col. 2:11, we have been circumcised in the heart, “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.”

This happened when we were joined to Jesus at the instant of our conversion.

Col. 2:13-14, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”

Our old natures have been judged and condemned by God. Thus the believers must separate themselves from the sins of the flesh.

Rom. 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

Rom. 6:11-12, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”

Rom 13:14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

The internal work of salvation will result in the outward work of sanctification!

If you are saved, then you are supposed to live like you are saved, (1 John 2:6)! Anything that is displeasing to the Lord needs to be removed from your live. It needs to be cut off and put away from you forever. There are some today who have failed to live out the covenant they made with the Lord when He saved you. You need to come today and renew that covenant. You need to get back in fellowship with the Father and serve Him like you know you should.

Remember the vows you made in the beginning? Remember the promises you made to Him? Don’t you think it is time that you lived like you are who you claim to be? Don’t you think it’s time you lived like that new creature that God said you were by His saving grace, (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph 4:22-24)? Isn’t it time to remove everything that smacks of worldliness and bear the marks of genuine devotion to Jesus? We need to be sure that our lives are as clean as they can be so that we are candidates for the power and glory of God!
He still allows U-turns, (1 John 1:9).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Restore My Soul” By Sylvia Rose (1985)

Restore my spirit, Lord, I need restored.
My heart is weary, please help me, dear Lord.
I stand in need of more strength from Your Word,
Renew my love, rebuild my faith,
O restore my soul.

Revive the fire, Lord, deep in my soul.
Stir my desire to work in Your fold.
Light in my heart, dear God, my zeal grown cold.
Renew my love, rebuild my faith,
O restore my soul.

Renew my courage, Lord, it needs restored.
My cup is empty, refill it, dear Lord.
Replace all doubt and fear with faith so bold.
Renew my love, rebuild my faith,
O restore my soul.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Most Holy Father, Loving God! Fill us with Your love, and help us to keep our heart from wandering away from You. Make our heart to be undivided and take away any hard-heartedness in us. Take charge of our heart and help us to give You complete control. Light a flame of desire in us just for You that will never go out. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!

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EDITOR 9/23/2012 7:36AM

    CONSECRATION! Isn't that a strange? I wonder how many can define it. Thanks for todays lesson and provoking us to deeper time with God.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 2/22/2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, TODAY’S HYMN, THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 9/22/2012

Joshua 3:1-6; 14-17
GETTING PAST YOUR JORDAN, Lesson 7c

4:1-24 THERE IS A MEMORIAL TO CONSIDER

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.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“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;

Refrain:
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;

Refrain:



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.

Refrain:



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!"

Refrain:


THIS IS MY PRAYER!

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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