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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 10/1/2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

Good Morning, Everyone! Having eye surgery this morning and will be back Wed. God Bless You! Vic

  
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ANHELIC 10/1/2012 11:09PM

    Praying for you Vic. God will be with you during your surgery and will heal your eyes. God bless you.

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KIMPY225 10/1/2012 1:48PM

    Best of luck to you!
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EDITOR 10/1/2012 9:43AM

    Didn't forget you Vic.

Lord, so many are having eye surgery for so many reasons, especially as we age. Give Vic great eyesight and quick permanent healing so that he can shout praises of victory, through You, Who sees all. Amen

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 9/30/2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sun 9/30/2012.

JOSHUA 5:11-12, AND THE MANNA CEASED, Lesson 10d

WHAT THE MANNA PROMISED
We are told, “the Manna ceased” the day after the children of Israel had eaten of the fruit of Canaan. Every day, when the people of Israel picked up and ate the Manna, that simple piece of bread was making a promise. Every day that Manna said, “There’s a better day coming! You are headed to a land flowing with milk and honey. You are going to a place of blessing where all your needs will be met.”

The Manna was the Lord’s way of promising Israel a better life in a better land. When they arrived in the land of victory, the desert diet ceased. They no longer needed the Manna because they could now feast on the bounty of Canaan. Compared to where they had just come from, there was enough left over in the fields of Canaan to sustain them until it was time to harvest next year’s crops.

The Manna said, “Things will be better down the road.” And, the Manna was right!
What does this say to us? All through the message, as we have looked at the Manna, we have seen in it a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am not suggesting that anything could be better than knowing Him.

• I am suggesting that when you find yourself in your own Canaan, in that place of spiritual victory and power, you will lay down the diet of the wilderness and you will feast on the riches of the Lord.

• I am suggesting that your fellowship with the things of God and the Lord Himself will grow deeper and ever more satisfying.

• I am suggesting that those who will leave their past behind and walk into a new day with the Lord will find that the place of victory in the Lord is a very satisfying place to be.

It is wonderful to be saved by the grace of God! So many people are wandering around aimlessly, living far below the place God saved them to be. They are saved, but there is little power, little glory and little victory. They are living on what they can pick up along the way.

God wants to lead you to a place of bounty in your Christian life. He wants to lead you to a place of fullness, to a place of blessing, to a place of glory, to a place of victory. He wants to bring you into a place where you do not have to depend on the blessings of yesterday to sustain your soul, but where you can enjoy the priceless riches of what He has given you in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank God for the blessings of yesterday. Thank God for the glory days, the days of revival, the days of power. Thank God for all that He did then. We need something now! God has a place of blessing for all His children. All we need to do is take the step of faith that is necessary to bring us out of the wilderness and into that place of blessing.

There is a place where:
• Jesus is near -. John - John 13:23
• Jesus is precious - Mary - Mark 14:1-9
• Jesus and His business is exciting - The multitudes around Jerusalem - Luke 19:29-40
• Jesus is more glorious than anything else - The crowds in glory - Rev. 4-5; 7:9-17

Are you in that place of victory in your life? It is there and it is available to you, if you are willing to lay down the desert diet and eat the bounty of Canaan.

Here is a truth that we do not want to miss. The Manna pictures Jesus in His incarnation. Because He came into this world and gave His life on Calvary, we can be saved. Thank God for that! The wealth of Canaan speaks of Christ in His resurrection. We are cleansed from our sins by His death on the cross, but it is His resurrection that allows us to move through this world in victory for the glory of God.

Here is how Paul expressed his desire for his own relationship with God: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead,” Phil. 3:8-11.

The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ delivers us from our sins and it offers us the prospect of a new life in Him. When we come to Jesus Christ, we are saved, but we should never expect to walk in victory and power until we lose our appetite for the things of the past. When we stop feeding off the flesh and what it wants, and we learn to live off the spiritual provisions God has for us in His Word, His church and in His Son, we can anticipate victory in our lives.

Conc: If you were honest about your spiritual condition, where does this message find you today?

Are you lost in your sins and in need of a Savior? If that is your situation, I want you to know that you can be saved, if you will repent of your sins and believe the Gospel, God will save you. Come to Him today and allow us to show you how that can happen in your life.

Are you still looking for that place of victory? Do you battle daily with sins of the mind and the flesh? Are you still filling your life with a steady diet of worldliness, wickedness and sin? If that is your condition, the Lord offers you the opportunity to change today. Come to Jesus, confess your sins, repent of those sins, and He will forgive you and restore you for His glory, 1 John 1:9; Pro. 28:12.

Have you reached a place in your spiritual life where you can honestly say that you are enjoying spiritual victories? Is the Lord blessing you and using you for His glory? Are you thankful for that? You should come thank Him for His grace in your life.
I don’t know what you need, but I do know that there is a Canaan land filled with the good blessings of the Lord, if you are willing to walk in and claim it!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Have You Been To Jesus?” By E. A. Hoffman (1878)

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Are you washed in the blood
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?




When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?


Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Gracious God! Help us to remember that we are here to show love in Your name to all those around us. Change our outlook on life so we may add to our virtues the greatest gift of all…YOUR LOVE! Enable us not only to see Your great Love, mercy and grace, but help us to live it to Your glory. Blind us with Your glorious light so we may truly see Your beauty and awesomeness. This we pray and ask in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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PS: I’ll be having eye surgery tomorrow morning so I’ll be off the internet Monday and Tuesday and hope to be back with you on Wednesday. God Bless Everyone. Vic.

  
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4EVRHIS 9/30/2012 11:03PM

    Great lesson & great reminder, for me today. Thanks for all the lessons and insight you provide. Will be praying for a glorious outcome and report for your surgery. Continued blessings.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/30/2012 9:12PM

    emoticon Vic!
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Take Care!

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WANTSZU 9/30/2012 3:49PM

    Thanks for the wonderful lesson. Will be praying for you for a successful eye surgery.

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LOSTLIME 9/30/2012 2:55PM

    Hope that your surgery goes well. Thank you for the lesson on this beautiful day.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/30/2012 2:54PM

    I pray your surgery goes well, Vic!

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ANHELIC 9/30/2012 11:17AM

    Will be praying for your eye surgery. Thank you for another great lesson. We know God is supplying our needs as long was we walk with him in faith. there is always something I learn from your lessons that I didn't know before. God bless you as you continue to minister to us.

PS I couldn't access Sparkpeople pages last night. They must have been working on it.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 9/30/2012 9:50AM

    Welcome back! I am so glad your computer is working.... emoticon

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EDITOR 9/30/2012 7:08AM

    Will be in prayer for your eye surgery, Vic. May you always continue to see Jesus as you see Him in others.

The manna never ceases because God still provides. It is like manna, "What is this?" because as we age as the saints of old did, we keep on wondering what is this. It is a place where our journey draws closer to dwelling in the promised land of heaven above.

Thank for the goodie and not yesterday and thanks for lettng nothing deter you for spreading Good News each day.

The manna promises our needs will be met and they are indeed. We do see Jesus and nothing is sweeter! It is all worth it. Amen

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 9/29/2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 9/29/2012

Joshua 5:11-12
AND THE MANNA CEASED, Lesson 10c

WHAT THE MANNA PROVIDED

The children of Israel lived on the Manna for 40 years. They collected those small, white pieces of Manna every day. For nearly 13,000 days the people of Israel picked up the Manna, they gathered it, they cooked it, and then they ate it.

The people tried various ways to make the Manna more appetizing.( Numbers 11:8) says, “And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.” In spite of what they did with it, the Manna was their lifeline.

The Manna kept them from starving to death in the wilderness. The difference between having the Manna and not having it was the difference between life and death.

Again, in this aspect, the Manna is a portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the Manna that sustained the Israelites in the wilderness, the Lord Jesus sustains those who come to Him by faith.

Looking back to Ex. 16 again, we can find a couple of truths concerning the Manna and how it was appropriated that we need to notice.

The Manna Was Appropriated By Stooping - Ex. 6:14-15 - The Manna appeared on the ground. In order to gather it, the people had to bend their knees and get down there where it was.

The only way anyone can come to Jesus for salvation is with a humble heart,( Matt. 18:2-4). No one comes to Jesus filled with pride and thinking they are adequate within themselves. The only ones who can come to Him are those who see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. Those who come to Jesus do so by bowing in humble repentance, (Acts 17:30)!

It Was Appropriated By Swallowing - Ex. 6:16-18 - The Manna was gathered by the men of the tent. When the Manna was brought into the tent, it was divided out according to the number of people in the tent. The Manna was there, but it could help no one until it was eaten. The only way to benefit from the Manna was to get it inside you!

This speaks to us of Jesus! You can come to church, carry the right Bible, hear sermons, song songs, pray prayers and do all the religious stuff you want to. But, you will never be saved until you come to Jesus for yourself. No one can do it for you. Thank God for saved moms and dads, but children cannot ride into Heaven on their coattails. Grandparents that love Jesus are a blessing, but you have to be saved for yourself. Here again the words of the Bible,( Acts 16:31; John 3:3, 7; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 10:13).

The Manna provided life to those who ate it. The Lord Jesus provides life to those who believe the Gospel and are saved through grace by faith in Him. Jesus Christ makes the difference between life and death, (1 John 5:12).

There are many roads you can take through life. There are many roads offered by the various religions in the world today. There is but one road that leads away from sin and damnation and into the presence of God in Heaven, and that road is named Jesus! Any other road leads to Hell, only Jesus Christ leads to life everlasting,( John 14:6; Matt. 7:13-14).

The Manna sustained the lives of the people of Israel as they traveled in the wilderness. It provided their salvation. Jesus Christ does the very same thing! Every soul that comes to Him by faith is delivered from death, sin, Hell and the awful wrath of God. Those who come to Jesus Christ find that He offers so much more! He sustains His people as they journey toward the Father’s house. He blesses His people in many precious ways.

He blesses them with His presence -( Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5).
He blesses them with His peace - (John 14:27; Phil. 4:7).
He blesses them with His provision - (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-33).
He blesses them with His power:
Power to witness - (Acts 1:8).
Power to love others - (Rom. 5:5).
Power to live for God - (2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 5:16-25).
Power to withstand everything that comes our way - (2 Cor. 12:9).
He blesses them with His promises -( 2 Cor. 1:20; Rom. 4:21).

The Manna provided hope. When they ate today’s meal, there was the promise that there would be more food tomorrow. They could lie down at night with the assurance that God had their needs on His heart. The Manna gave the hope in a desperate situation.

Jesus Christ provides the same kind of hope to His people. When He is your Savior, you know you will never walk alone. You know that He will never leave you. You know that He will meet all your needs. You know that He will bless you, use you and give you sufficient grace for every day you live. Thank God for the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

The Manna sustained Israel for 40 years. It literally became their life. Such is Jesus Christ to all who come to Him. He is life! He “is the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by” Him (John 14:6).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” By Edward Mote (1834)

1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
Refrain:
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
(Refrain)

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
(Refrain)

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!
(Refrain)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Most Holy Father, our Sovereign God! Help us to see ourselves as You see us, chosen people made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and set apart to serve You and others to Your glory. We cannot thank You enough for the great sacrifice of Your Only Son, our Lord. Help us to show our gratitude by answering Your call to follow in His footsteps, even in suffering. It is through His marvelous name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 9/30/2012 11:19AM

    Great lesson again Vic. I had to catch up since I couldn't acess this yesterday. Thank you so much. Receiving our needs from God, and all we have to do is keep his faith and walk with Him daily. God bless you Vic for sharing your lesson, hymn and prayer.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 9/29/2012 7:46PM

    Amen! emoticon lesson as always!

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CANBDONE 9/29/2012 9:31AM

    Thanks for the goodie...it's surprising how much delight these little gifts bring! I wonder how many calories are in manna? It will be wonderful to attend the feast with Jesus in Heaven and not have to worry about such things. Until then..."my Anchor holds"!

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SANDRALEET 9/29/2012 8:23AM

    Yes The word and Jesus is our life and our bath Our Manna is in the Bible The lord provides for us all we need

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DIANER2014 9/29/2012 8:07AM

    Amen! emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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EDITOR 9/29/2012 7:22AM

    You have posted truth! We may need to bow our knee to scoop it up. Bowing before Him- may all be fed with this lesson. Thanks for the goodie.

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LOSTLIME 9/29/2012 7:22AM

    He will provide for us! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 9/28/2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 9/28/2012

Joshua 5:11-12
AND THE MANNA CEASED, Lesson 10b


WHAT THE MANNA PICTURED
The Manna was a gift of God’s grace to His people. To understand why He sent it to them, we need to turn back to Exodus 16. That passage teaches us why God sent the Manna and what it represented. I want to point out several truths that are hidden in the substance called “Manna.”

Ex. 16:1-5 - The Manna was sent in response to the complaint of the people, v. 2. They were hungry and they missed the food they used to have down in Egypt, v. 3. God tells Moses that He will “rain bread from heaven for you,” v. 4. God also tells Moses that the Manna will serve as a testing for the people of Israel. God will use their response to the Manna to test their obedience to His Law, v. 5.

Ex. 16:14-35 - This lengthy passage gives us several insights in the Manna that are worthy of notice. Let me share them with you today, for in doing so, we will see the face of Christ and the glory of God in this stuff called Manna.

The Manna was a clear picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was an Old Testament type sent from the Lord to paint a picture of the Savior He would send to the world. Notice the ways in which the Manna pictured the Lord Jesus.

It Was Small - Ex. 16:14 - This speaks of His humility. He is the Creator of the universe (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). He is God Almighty, (John 1:1). Yet, He came into this world and robed Himself in human flesh, (John 1:14). He humbled Himself and became a servant so that He might die for His people on the cross, (Phil. 2:5-8). What love! What grace! What supreme condescension!

It Was Round - Ex. 16:14 - Like a circle that has no beginning and no ending; Jesus Christ is eternally God. He did not have His beginning at Bethlehem; but was able to proclaim, “Before Abraham was, I am,” (John 8:58). And, just as He had no beginning, He shall have no ending, (Heb. 7:25). Our Savior is eternal.

It Was White - Ex. 16:31 - White like the purest of snow. The whiteness of the Manna speaks of the purity of Jesus. He was born into this world without the taint of human sin, (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5; Heb. 7:26). In fact, He was not even able to sin! He lived without sin, so that He might die for sin on the cross, ( Heb. 9:26). Only a sinless man could do that!

It Came At Night - Ex. 16:13-14 - Jesus Christ was born on a dark night in Judaea, ( Luke 2:1-11). He came to a world trapped in spiritual darkness to gave the world light, love and life.

It Was Misunderstood By Those Who Found It - Ex. 16:15 - They called it “Manna,” which means, “What is it?” Jesus was misunderstood by the very people He came to save - (John 1:11; John 10:20).

It Was Sufficient For Every Person’s Need - Ex. 16:17-18 - For 40 years the Manna was sufficient for the young ones and the old one and for everyone in between. The Manna was right for everybody! The growing boy grew into manhood off the nourishment of the Manna. The young girl grew into a woman by eating the Manna. It sustained the rich and the poor. It fed the leader and the follower. It was good enough to sustain the lives of the entire congregation of Israel for 40 years. This reminds us that Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior. (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; John 3:16).

It Was Sweet To The Taste - Ex. 16:31 - The taste of the Manna was like tasting “wafers made with honey”. No doubt it was pleasant surprise to everyone who placed it on the tongue. This is a great picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. To the sinner, Jesus appears to be harsh, a cosmic killjoy Who delights in keeping people from having fun. But, when you come to know Him, you find that He is the delight of the soul! You find that He makes life worth living. The songwriter said: Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. The Psalmist said it this way, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him,” (Psalm 34:8). That has been my experience and I am guessing it has been your too, if you are saved.

It Was To Be Kept And Passed On To Others - Ex. 16:32 - Jesus is the same way; He is to be shared with those who cross our path. ( Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15).

The Manna serves as a brilliant picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, ( John 6:32-35). The Manna serves to remind us of Who Jesus is and of what He came to do. If you have never bowed to Him, repented of your sins and believed the Gospel, you need to come to Jesus Christ by faith so that you can be saved from your sins. That is the picture we find in the Manna.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Sweeter Than All” By Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1900)

Christ will me His aid afford,
Never to fall, never to fall,
While I find my precious Lord,
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.
Refrain
Jesus is now, and ever will be,
Sweeter than all the world to me,
Since I heard His loving call,
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.

I will follow all the way,
Hearing Him call, hearing Him call,
Finding Him, from day to day,
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.
Refrain

Tho’ a vessel I may be,
Broken and small, broken and small,
Yet His blessings fall on me,
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.
Refrain

When I reach the crystal sea,
Voices will call, voices will call,
But my Savior’s voice will be
Sweeter than all, sweeter than all.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!

Father of Light, God of Glory! Thank You for every Christian who are a special part of my life. Thank You for the fellowship and love we share with one another. Thank You for our common purpose and efforts in Christ Jesus to teach and to serve not only one another but also to take the message of salvation to those in a lost world. Help us to learn to love, care and share Your Love, grace, mercy and forgiveness with everyone. This we pray and ask in Jesus’ Blessed name. Amen!


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4DOGNIGHT 9/28/2012 10:53AM

    Thank you.

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FERGSGIRL2 9/28/2012 9:44AM

    His provisions are sufficient.

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EDITOR 9/28/2012 9:34AM

    Thank you, Vic for following the paths of old---the footsteps of faith in which us Bible readers are renewed.

The manna reveals to me how very much God has provided for me and still does.

His sweetness needs to be passed on to others. There is nothing like, "Taste and see that the Lord is good."

P.S. Thanks for the goodie, but most of all that you want to share with others what He has given to you and now us.

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SANDRALEET 9/28/2012 9:16AM

    Yes he is our all We like them should emoticon thank him each day to save such as use

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KIMPY225 9/28/2012 9:06AM

    Have a wondeful weekend!

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ANHELIC 9/28/2012 8:44AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, beautiful hymn and prayer. As we share God's love with our friends who have not accepted the Lord yet, I feel God is leading us in the direction he wants us to travel in. Finding new friends and introducing them to Jesus is being obedient to God. I feel like I am getting manna every day and helping me carry on in God's love. God bless you Vic and may you have a blessed weekend.

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LOSTLIME 9/28/2012 7:11AM

    He is so wonderful! Thank you for today's lesson. May the Lord bless you,Vic! Have a wonderful weekend!

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LEANJEAN6 9/28/2012 7:07AM

    Wonderful way to start the day-Lynda emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 9/27/2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 9/27/2012

Joshua 5:11-12
AND THE MANNA CEASED, Lesson 10a

For forty years the children of Israel have been waiting to claim the inheritance God promised to give to Abraham and his descendants many years before. In Gen. 13:14-17, God made the following promise to Abraham, “And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”

This same promise was reaffirmed to each succeeding generation.

To Isaac: Gen 26:3, “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father.”

To Jacob: Gen. 28:13-14, “And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

To Joseph: Gen. 50:24, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

To Moses: Ex. 6:6-8, “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.”

Those great promises from the Lord are on the verge of being fulfilled. The children of Israel have survived forty years of wandering around in the wilderness. They have crossed over the Jordan River, and they are literally camping in Canaan. These tired, weary people are in a position to lay claim to the land that they have been promised.

Many things are about to change for Israel. They are going to be fighting a series of battles against the Canaanites for the land that will be their home. Eventually, they will be given their inheritance and they will settle down in the land of Canaan, where they will enjoy the rich blessings of the Lord. One of the major changes they face is mentioned in the verse before us today. We are told in verse 12 that “the Manna ceased.”

As the people of Israel traveled through the wilderness, they were in a place where little food existed. It would have taken and enormous amount of food to feed a crowd that numbered somewhere between 2 and 3 million people.

In response to their need for food, the Lord moved in a supernatural way. He gave them a substance called “Manna,” which came down from Heaven during the night. In the morning, all the people of Israel had to do was walk outside and gather the Manna and they had food enough for that day. God sent the Manna everyday the whole time they journeyed through the wilderness, the only exception being the Sabbath. On the day before the Sabbath day, the Lord sent double the amount of Manna, so the people would not have to gather their food on the Sabbath day.

Now we are told, “the Manna ceased.” Today, I want to examine the Manna, what it meant and what it meant for Israel when it ceased. I want you to notice some characteristics of the Manna that present themselves in this passage.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“ Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” By William Williams (1745)

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and Satan and the grave,
Sin, and Satan and the grave.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

Musing on my habitation,
Musing on my heav’nly home,
Fills my soul with holy longings:
Come, my Jesus, quickly come;
Vanity is all I see;
Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Lord, I long to be with Thee!

THIS MY PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, God of All Creation! Help us not to lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap Your rewards if we do not grow weary. Fill our lives with zeal for You and for Your ministry. Instill in us the same desire and diligence as Jesus Christ so we may realize the full assurance of the Promise HOPE of Eternal Life with YOU. Enable us to be imitators of Christ through faith and patience as we wait to inherit the Promises You have given us. Help us to keep our eyes upon Jesus all the way to glory land. This we pray in His glorious name. Amen!


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KALLIE1958AR 9/27/2012 6:17PM

    Amen ... it seem Faith is what God is talking to many of us about .. Thank you for the Blog ... emoticon

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EDITOR 9/27/2012 3:39PM

    Great lesson on God's miraculous provision. Thank you.

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NANAW12001 9/27/2012 11:53AM

  PTL!

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ANHELIC 9/27/2012 10:40AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. I learn something new that I didn't know before while hearing this message. I am blessed with what God is doing in my life and I have no fear because He is with me always. Thank you so much for the goodie and notes you write. God bless you Vic and have a blessed weekend.

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SANDRALEET 9/27/2012 10:18AM

    God makes the bath some follow it Some try to change it hurry it or ignore it Our salvation is in accepting God and follow him.

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MNABOY 9/27/2012 7:31AM

    Amen

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LOSTLIME 9/27/2012 7:29AM

    He sends his strength and wisdom when we don't even realize it. My life is so much
happier that He is in it. Thank you for the lessons and the hymns. Have a blessed day.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/27/2012 7:24AM

    Thank you Vic for Thursdays prayer and Hymn! I have always trusted Gods mighty power!

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