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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 11/2/2012

Friday, November 02, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 11/2/2012

Joshua 14:6-15
GIVE ME MY MOUNTAIN, Lesson 18b

V. 12- CALEB WAS CONFIDENT

What was it that gave 85-year-old Caleb the idea he could be a giant killer? Caleb's confidence was in God's word, (v. 10, 12).

Way back in Deut. 1:34-36 God made this promise to Caleb, “And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.”

I can see Caleb now climbing that mountain with a sword in one hand and a deed in the other while singing to the top of his lungs, “Give me my mountain!” Caleb knew God had given it to him so he claimed it. Faith is not positive thinking. Faith is not “name it and claim it.” Faith is not optimism. Faith is not looking on the bright side. Faith is simply acting on what God says. Faith is simply taking God at His Word and believing that He will do everything He has promised to do!

The captain of an ocean steamer tells that on one occasion his ship was engulfed in a dense fog off the coast of Newfoundland. It was Wednesday evening and the captain had been of the bridge for 24 hours when someone tapping him on his shoulder startled him. He turned and saw one of his passengers, an English preacher named George Mueller.

“Captain,” said Mueller, “I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.” “That's impossible!” replied the captain. “I'm helpless!” Mueller suggested, “Let's go down to the chart room and pray.” The captain thought he had a lunatic on board. “Do you know how dense the fog is?” he asked. “No,” came the reply, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life.”
Once in the chart room, Mueller got down on his knees and prayed, “0 Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in 5 minutes. Thou knowest the engagement Thou didst make for me in Quebec for Saturday. I believe it is Thy will.”

After Mueller prayed, the Captain started to pray. Mueller stopped him and said, “There's no use for you to pray, God has already answered my prayer. The fog is gone.” And, when they came out of that room, it was!

This is the same George Mueller who believed God for his provisions. He raised over 4 million dollars for his orphanages and never asked men for a dime. When he had needs, he took them to God, asking in faith, and he received that which he needed.
Faith is more than saying that you believe what God says; faith is acting on what God says, ( Heb. 11:1).

It takes faith to win the spiritual victory. In fact, only faith can give us the victory – (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23)! By the way, Faith is never a blind leap, but a deep settled conviction that God will do what He has promised!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Give Me Thy Heart” By: Eliza E. Hewitt (1898
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1. “Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above—
No gift so precious to Him as our love;
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me and give Me thy heart.”
Refrain:

“Give Me thy heart, give me thy heart”—
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art;
From this dark world He would draw thee apart,
Speaking so tenderly, “Give Me thy heart.”

2. “Give Me thy heart,” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again;
“Trust in Me only, I’ll never depart—
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”
Refrain

3. “Give Me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine;
“All that thou hast to My keeping resign;
Grace more abounding is Mine to impart—
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.”
Refrain

THIS MY PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Love! We are forever grateful that our prayers rise upward to You and that You hear each one. Even the quietest prayers of our hearts, born out of faith, are as important to You as our loudest prayers ignited by fervency. We are so grateful that You not only hear our prayers, but that You answer them. Prayers rise and blessings come down. How blessed we are to have You as the center of our life. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/2/2012 11:38PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I truly believe we must walk in faith and know that God will carry us though. He hears our prayers and we will receive our answers in God's time. Thank you for teaching us God's word. I trust God for everything He allows me to challenge.

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/2/2012 4:12PM

    Wonderful story and song : )

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HAGIN2010 11/2/2012 10:26AM

    Another great blog Vic. I thought i was a Christian until recently. i really was faithless though.

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TONYVAND1 11/2/2012 9:14AM

  Another great example that God is faithful and we like Caleb need to be faithful as well. Thanks Vic

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SANDRALEET 11/2/2012 8:21AM

    A good man whose faith was for others .When God wants us to do something it gets done with his help.

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DIANER2014 11/2/2012 8:09AM

    Thanks Vic for the great blog! God Bless! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/2/2012 7:17AM

    We can do anything through Christ our Lord! super lesson!
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CASTIRONLADY 11/2/2012 7:13AM

    God is our constant provider, blessing us each day in unexpected ways. Your blog is a glory to God. I thank God for you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 11/1/2012

Thursday, November 01, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 11/1/2012

Joshua 14:6-15
GIVE ME MY MOUNTAIN, Lesson 18a

By the time you reach Joshua 14, Israel has been involved in the business of claiming the Promised Land for quite some time. They have been engaging the enemy in battle, and they have won some very decisive victories. Now, the time has come for them to divide the land and to give each tribe its inheritance. When the tribe of Judah comes forward, there is a gray-haired, 85-year-old man in the midst of them. A man named Caleb steps forward to claim his inheritance. Caleb is a picture of the child of God who is not satisfied with the ordinary, but who wants all that God can give him.

God saves us, and promises us that we can have a life of victory and intense spiritual joy, but rather than claim what is rightfully ours, we choose to live in a spiritual wilderness, defeated and depressed. As a result, we miss out on things like peace, joy, fellowship, power, and the glory of God.

Many Christians are guilty of spiritual window-shopping. Now there is nothing wrong with window-shopping! Some folks like it and some don’t. A fellow said to his wife, “Why do you call it shopping? You never buy anything.” She replied, “Well, why do you call it fishing? You never catch anything!”

As believers, we need to do more than window-shop with God's promises. We need to appropriate those promises and claim them in our lives. From this passage, I want to show you what it was that enabled this 85-year-old man to possess everything God had promised him.

Caleb pictures the Christian who is willing to pay any price, fight any battles in order to win the victories that God has waiting for him. In these verses, we are shown how we can claim our little part of Canaan and walk in victory day by day! In verse 12 of this text, Caleb walked up to Joshua and said, “Now, therefore, give me this mountain...” I want to take this text and point out some of the characteristics in Caleb’s life that enable him to say “Give Me My Mountain.” It we want to be able to claim all that the Lord has for us, these same characteristics need to be true in our lives as well.

V. 8, 9, 14- CALEB WAS COMMITTED

The first key to Caleb success was that God had all of Caleb that there was! Note the repeated phrase “Wholly followed the Lord.” This is said about Caleb at least five times in the Old Testament. It is a phrase that means “To close the gap.” It is a phrase used by hunters to refer to “closing the gap between themselves and their prey.” It refers to the fact that Caleb was committed to keeping the distance between himself and the Lord at a minimum.

The word “wholly” literally means “to fill.” It carries the idea of “filling a sail with air.” It is the picture of sails filled to capacity with all the available air so that the ship can move across the water with maximum speed.

Every inch, every ounce, every nerve, every fiber of Caleb belonged to God. You may think that because you are not a preacher, an elder or deacon, or a Sunday School teacher, or whatever, God doesn't expect to have all of you. That is wrong thinking! God deserves your all. If you're holding back on the Lord you should to be ashamed of yourself! If you are saved, you are all His anyway; you belong to Him – (1 Cor. 6:19-20)!

When Julius Caesar landed on the shores of Britain with his Roman legions, he took a bold and decisive step to ensure that success of his military venture. Ordering his men to halt on the edge of the Cliffs of Dover, he commanded them to look down at the water below. To their amazement, they saw every ship in which they had crossed the channel engulfed in flames. Caesar had deliberately cut off any possibility of retreat! Now that his soldiers were unable to return to the continent, there was nothing left for them to do but to advance and conquer! And that is exactly what they did.

Too many Christians leave themselves an escape hatch back into their old lives of sin. We need to burn every bridge that leads back to the old life and set our minds to the task of following the Lord, conquering our Canaan, and being the Christians God saved us to be.

Three little girls were talking about their dads one day. One said, “My father is a doctor, and he practices medicine.” Another said, “My dad's an attorney, and he practices law.” The third said, “My father is a Christian, but he doesn't practice anymore.” That describes far too many people in our churches today!

Some people will go to extravagant lengths to avoid doing what they have promised the Lord they would do. This trait of human nature is seen in a man in Vicenza, Italy who developed last-minute jitters on the day of his wedding and wanted to back out. Just a couple hours before the ceremony, he got an idea. Hurrying to a nearby town, he entered a house, faked a robbery, and left a trail of clues. He even let the owner of the house get a good look at him. Later, as he made his way to the church where the wedding was scheduled, police arrested him and charged him with attempted robbery. All that trouble just to avoid a wedding. Half-hearted Christians are faint-hearted Christians and they never learn to conquer the giants in their lives.

The story is told of a man who rode in his car as it was being towed to be repaired. When they arrived at the repair shop, the tow truck driver told him, “I didn't think I was going to make it up that big hill.” The man replied, “I didn't either. That's why I kept the brakes on.” To live without total dedication to Christ is the same as trying to go forward and to hold back at the same time.

“A double - minded man is unstable in all his ways,”( James 1:8). There is only one way to stand up against the devil and the hordes of hell, and that's to be totally surrendered to Jesus.

Jesus demands total surrender, (Matt. 16:24). In his book One Crowded Hour, Tim Bowden describes an incident in Borneo in 1964. Nepalese fighters known as Gurkhas were asked if they would be willing to jump from airplanes into combat against the Indonesians.

The Gurkhas didn't clearly understand what was involved, but they bravely said they would do it, asking only that the planes fly slowly over a swampy area and no higher than 100 feet. When they were told that the parachutes would not have time to open at that height, the Gurkhas replied, “Oh, you didn't mention parachutes before!” Jesus calls us to follow Him with a similar kind of commitment and courage, willing to risk all for His sake.

Ham and eggs. The chicken was definitely involved, but the pig was committed!

C. H. Spurgeon told about the deep love and devotion French soldiers had for their leader Napoleon. He noted that it was not at all unusual for a mortally wounded soldier to raise himself up on one elbow and give a final cheer to his revered General. And if by chance the dying man saw Napoleon nearby, he would, with his final breath, shout, “Vive l’Emprereur!”

Perhaps one of the most eloquent expressions of all, however, came from the lips of a soldier who had been shot in the chest. As the surgeon was attempting to remove the bullet, the suffering man was heard to whisper, “If you go much deeper, Doctor, you'll come to the Emperor!” If a man as notorious as Napoleon could be the object of such undying devotion, how much more Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. The man who kneels before God can stand before anybody or anything.

D. L. Moody was saved at the age of 19. D. L. Moody heard an evangelist by the name of Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God can do in, and through, and with, and for a man wholly committed to him.” D.L. Moody said, “By God's grace I will be that man!” He was an uncultured, uneducated, untrained shoe salesman but God used him to move two continents for Christ. Why? - He was committed! Are you totally sold out to Jesus Christ and Him alone?

Our commitment to Christ affects all our other relationships. The more devoted we are to Jesus, the more faithful we will be to our churches, families, and friends. All Jesus wants from you is your total commitment. Anything less will keep you from reaching your Canaan victory.

President Eisenhower told this tale, “An old farmer had a cow that we wanted to buy. We went over to visit him and asked about the cow's pedigree. The old farmer didn't know what ‘pedigree’ meant, so we asked him about the cow's butterfat production. He told us that he didn't have any idea. Finally, we asked him if he knew how many pounds of milk the cow produced each year. The farmer shook his head and said, ‘I don't know, but she's an honest old cow, and she'll give you all the milk she has!’” God's people need to be like that old cow. We need to give everything we have for Him.
All this comes down to one truth. If you, like Caleb, will close the gap between yourself and Him; if you will pursue God with every fiber of your being, you will find yourself closer to Him than you could have ever imagined – ( James 4:8). Caleb Was Committed!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Am Thine, O Lord” By: Fanny J. Crosby (1875)

1. I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,
and it told thy love to me;
but I long to rise in the arms of faith
and be closer drawn to thee.
Refrain:
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
to the cross where thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
to thy precious, bleeding side.

2. Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,
by the power of grace divine;
let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
and my will be lost in thine.
(Refrain)

3. O the pure delight of a single hour
that before thy throne I spend,
when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God,
I commune as friend with friend!
(Refrain)

4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
till I cross the narrow sea;
there are heights of joy that I may not reach
till I rest in peace with thee.
(Refrain)

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Sovereign God! Help us to get over any inhibitions we have about sharing our faith with unbelievers. We know of no greater gift than to give someone Your love and the good news of salvation in Christ Jesus. Help us always to be sensitive to Your leading so we don’t come off as insensitive to the needs of others. Enable us to have the perfect sense of timing and the right words to say. Teach us how to lift the Savior up to all lost souls to Your glory and honor. It’s in Jesus precious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/1/2012 9:20PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn one of my favorites and prayer. I want to live my life committed to God totally. He has blessed me so much and I have no way to repay Him except glorify His Name. God bless you for teaching us God's word.

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HAGIN2010 11/1/2012 1:38PM

    Hi Vic. I am as commited as much as a newcomer can be. I have a sense that I will become more commited over time . Thanks for your blog today.

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COOP9002 11/1/2012 11:15AM

    Caleb is one of my favorite Old Testament heroes.

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SANDRALEET 11/1/2012 9:37AM

    We live one foot with God and the other in the world we over look our sins and condemn others We think slander lie and hording money is no sin put gay and birth control is We are little dictator when God let everyone chose to believe or not sin or not .the list of sin is very long God considers them all sin Be careful who you condemn my friend so you can condemn yourself

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/1/2012 9:23AM

    Walking with the Lord today! thank you once again, vic! Your messages arfe always welcome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYVAND1 11/1/2012 8:33AM

  Vic
I want to be totally committed to Christ as Caleb was. The hymn is one of my favorites
Draw me closer O Lord to Thee Thanks for sharing

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MARYJOANNA 11/1/2012 7:04AM

  One of my favorite hymns! Thank you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 10/31/2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, today’s Hymn, This My Prayer, Wed, 10/31/2012

LESSONS FOR THE DAY OF BATTLE, Lesson 17c

10:28-11:23 A LESSON ABOUT STEADFASTNESS

As we move into the latter part of chapter 10 and on into chapter 11, we see Israel completing their conquest of the central portion of Canaan. Then, we see them fighting both the southern and the northern campaigns as well. We have looked the supernatural aspects of our battles as well as the personal aspect of our battles. In these verses, we will see the temporal aspect of our battles.

By that I mean that the battles must be fought, but the battles will not last forever. Just as Israel obtained a state of rest, we too will rest from the battles of life. Until that blessed day comes, allow me to encourage you to be steadfastness in the fight!
V. 28, 35 We Must Fight Daily - Please note that the battles Israel fought seemed to come day by day. Their’s was a life of battles!

The same is true for the child of God. Our battles will confront us daily. Therefore, we must arise each day with the willingness to fight our battles faithfully for the glory of God!

Let me say this to those who may be waiting on easier times to begin serving the Lord: you may never have an easier time! We are not promised one more day upon this earth. The only day I have to fight my battles is today. Tomorrow may never come for me!

If you have something to do for the Lord, do it today!
If you have something to give to the Lord, give it today!
If there is someone you need to tell about Jesus, tell them today!

Tomorrow may never dawn on you! That is why James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

There are some who have never been saved. If you were to die, you would go to Hell. Your life does not have to end that way! God made a way for you to be saved. All you need do is come to God, confess yourself a sinner, and believe and obey the Gospel. I would challenge you not to wait until tomorrow to do that. You are not promised another day. Pro. 27:1 says, “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” According to 2 Cor. 6:2, “today is the day of salvation.” Isaiah tells you to “Call upon the Lord while He is near”,( Isa. 55:6).

God lengthened the day for Joshua, but He will not lengthen your days. When the time comes for you to leave this world, you will either leave it saved or lost.

11:18 We Must Fight With Determination - This verse tells us that Joshua fought his battles for a long time. This tells me that this man had determination!

That is a quality that needs to be developed by all the children of the Lord! Too many are quitting; Too many are throwing in the towel and giving up the fight. We need people who will stand for God, and serve Him until the end. That is God’s will for every one of His children, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58).

Don’t quit! Some of you are so close to dropping out on God that it isn’t even funny. I beg you to come to Him today and let Him fan the dying embers back into a raging flame for His glory! Your life does not have to become a shipwreck, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” (1 Tim. 1:19).

40;11:12,15,23 We Must Fight With Devotion - If you will look at what Joshua was doing, it is apparent that he was just doing what the Lord had told him to do.
That is a wonderful way for a person to live life. We have no one to please today but the Lord! Our duty is to love Him, to walk in His Word and serve Him faithfully all the days we live. Our duty is to be devoted to the Lord! Notice these verses that bear this out.

Micah 6:8, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Eccl 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

It all boils down to whose will has the priority in your life: your’s or God’s. Which is it for you? How does one do this? “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Cor. 10:5).

Conc: Eventually, the battles of life will end, the long day will be finished and we who are saved will go home to Heaven to rest in His glorious presence. In the meantime, there are enemies to face and battles to fight.

We can either fight them with our own weapons and lose, or we can fight them the way the Lord has shown us and win. Which would you rather have: defeat or victory?
I don’t know what you are fighting today, but I know Who can help you with that battle. Bring that battle to Jesus and let Him get you safely through the fight.

If you are lost, you are fighting the greatest battle of them all. I invite you to come to Jesus Christ for salvation. Surrender to the Lord and let Him show you what a life of true victory is all about!

TODAY”S HYMN!
“We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes” By: Elizabeth Mills (1836)

O land of rest, for thee I sigh!
When will the moment come
When I shall lay my armor by
And dwell in peace at home?
Refrain
We’ll work till Jesus comes,
We’ll work till Jesus comes,
We’ll work till Jesus comes,
And we’ll be gathered home.

To Jesus Christ I fled for rest;
He bade me cease to roam,
And lean for comfort on His breast
Till He conduct me home.
Refrain

I sought at once my Savior’s side;
No more my steps shall roam.
With Him I’ll brave death’s chilling tide
And reach my heav’nly home.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, God and Creator of everything in this universe. There is no center-ground. We are either for You or against You. We serve You or we serve other gods. We must be willing to give up everything or we can’t be your disciple. Righteousness and wickedness have nothing in common. It is by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord that we are given access to His power and grace. How shall we receive unless we commit? Teach us to trust in the Lord with all our heart. Help us to say, “LEAD ON” and give us the courage to follow Him. It’s in His name that we pray. Amen!

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TONYVAND1 10/31/2012 6:13PM

  Thanks Vic for reminding us that being a Christian means taking stands we cannot be off this world. God is steadfast and we need to be as well.

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ANHELIC 10/31/2012 6:11PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. If we don't stand fast in God, our battles will be lost. Only God can lead us into our battles and we will come out victorious just as Joshua did. I thank God daily for His blessings and love He offers me. God bless you Vic for sharing God's word with us.

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HAGIN2010 10/31/2012 1:42PM

    Vic I remember hearing that if you don't chooses Jesus then you go to hell that there is no neutral ground. I will put God in charge of my life as well as my work challenges. Since I am new I seem to need to be reminded of this a lot right now. I seem to forget even though i don't wish to.

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LOOKINGUP2012 10/31/2012 1:37PM

    God has been so patient with our country. May we who name the name of Christ truly reflect his nature.

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SAINTBETH 10/31/2012 12:59PM

    Amen. Lord, protect us from today's festival of evil in the U.S.

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AVANELL 10/31/2012 11:47AM

    "It all boils down to whose will has the priority in your life: your’s or God’s."

We always have a choice, to put God's will before ours or to continue living selfishly for our own will and desires.

Joshua 24:15 "And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Whichever god you choose to serve you will reap the rewards from. The god of self compensates through death and destruction; the devil as your god compensates with a life in hell where there is torment forever, but Jesus, the One true, living God compensates with life eternal, filled with everlasting goodness and is lived in the Presence of God.

I choose to serve Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of Lords!

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NADINEL 10/31/2012 10:04AM

    Thank you, Vic!

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CASTIRONLADY 10/31/2012 7:22AM

    Amen. We are not promised ease but trials through which our Lord will be with us. Thank God for His ever presence in our lives each day.

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EDITOR 10/31/2012 6:59AM

    Vic, standing fast in the Lord. How many wait for easier times to serve and follow the Lord? Right on as always. Thank you for being a voice that cries out in the wilderness. Is Hell even politically correct nowadays? Keep speaking the truth in love unflinchingly.



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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 10/30/2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This My Prayer, Tue, 10/30/2012

LESSONS FOR THE DAY OF BATTLE, Lesson 17b

V. 16-27 A LESSON ABOUT THE SAINTS

The first part of this passage pictures the supernatural aspect of our battles. This section portrays the personal aspect of the battles we must fight. God gave them a great victory through His mighty power, but there was still more of the battle to be fought. In these verses, we see Israel, not the Lord, engaged in the battle! There is a lesson here for the saints of God!

V. 16-18 We Must Control The Enemy - Notice that these five kings tried to hide themselves in a cave. When they were discovered, Joshua ordered the cave to be sealed up, thus preventing the kings from escaping. This is a picture of control.

When God saved you, He changed you! Yet, your old, sinful nature is still alive and well! That part of you that loves sin and the world is still active, (Eph. 4:22; Gal. 5:16). If you don’t believe that, just stick around a few more days and you will see!

Just like those five kings, our enemy, the flesh, hides away within us and runs out into the open from time to time to cause us trouble. It may be a problem with the tongue that will come out from time to time. It may be anger, hatred, prejudice, lust, depravity, etc. Whatever that thing may be in your life, it must be controlled, or it will eventually come to control you.

It is important to note that part of the Fruit of the Spirit is “temperance”, (Gal. 5:23). This word literally means “self-control”. It refers to “that person who is the master of himself.” As a child of God, you have no right to do as you please! In fact, if you are saved and allowing sin to reign in your life, you are doing so with stolen property! You are the Lord’s and you have no business using His body, His mind, His anything for sin and wickedness, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). One proof of walking in the Spirit is self-control! How are you doing in this area?

V. 22-25 We Must Confront The Enemy - Notice that after the battle had been won, Joshua came back to the cave and brought those kings out and humiliated them by having his princes place their feet upon their necks. He confronted them openly and publicly pronounced the victory over them.

Spiritually speaking, we need to do the same thing. Every person here knows what kings hide in your life. You know about your secret sins and those problems you have with the flesh.

The only way for you to get absolute, permanent victory over these things is for you to confront them. You need to drag them out of their hiding place and lay them out before the Lord, place your foot on their necks in the name of Jesus and proclaim the victory over them! You will never prosper as a child of God until your sins are handled God’s way.

Pro. 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

V. 26-27 We Must Conquer The Enemy - In these verses, we see Joshua take a step that ensures the victory over these five kings forever. He puts them to death!

I would remind you that your flesh is good for nothing, (Rom. 7:18)! Your old sinful nature and its lusts are good for nothing but the fires of hell. The only way for you to walk in victory is to “reckon” or consider the flesh to be dead, (Rom. 6:11)!
The flesh must die daily, or it will keep you from walking in power and victory, ( Gal. 5:16-17). Col. 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

Note with me Paul’s attitude toward life, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”( Gal 2:20).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Each Step I Take” By: W. Elmo Mercer (1953)

Each step I take my Savior goes before me,
And with His loving hand He leads the way.
And with each breath I whisper, I adore Thee;
O what joy to walk with Him each day.
Chorus
Each step I take, I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until someday the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer Home.

At times I feel my faith begin to waver,
When up ahead I see a chasm wide.
It's then I turn and look up to my Savior,
I am strong when He is by my side.
Chorus
Each step I take, I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until someday the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer Home.

I trust in God, no matter come what may,
For life eternal is in His hand,
He holds the key that opens up the way.
That will lead me to the promised land.
Chorus
Each step I take, I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until someday the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer Home.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Glory! We thank You that now is never too late to turn to You and to see restoration take place in our life. Even though we may feel there has been time wasted in our life when we didn’t live fully for Thee, we pray You will redeem then time and help us to make the most of the time we have remaining. Restore everything that has been lost, wasted or ruined. Enable us to live for You glory, praise and honor. These things we ask in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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SUSHENO 10/30/2012 9:13PM

    Amen! Thanks for sharing and God bless you.

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HAGIN2010 10/30/2012 4:15PM

    Hi Vic. I am a young Christian and just starting to discover what my "kings" are. I am probably seeing so little right now because God won't give me more than I can handle at any one time. Learning is a day by day process for me through Christ our Lord.

Chris

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FEMISLIM 10/30/2012 3:47PM

    Amen. Our Father be praised!

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SAINTBETH 10/30/2012 12:13PM

    Amen. And thanks for the goodie! May the Lord protect us through the satanic celebration that will culminate tomorrow.

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TONYVAND1 10/30/2012 10:30AM

  Thanks Vic Each day I need to die to sin and allow the Holy Spirit to control me. Your blogs always reminds me to turn to God at the beginning of each new day. Thank you for taking the time each day to prepare these lessons for us.

Tony

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SANDRALEET 10/30/2012 10:06AM

    We see others sins more then our own We judge others for there sin Over look our own Sin in sin in Gods eye Be careful or God Will judge you. He hates Hippocrates

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JCRAFT6 10/30/2012 9:03AM

    thanks for the encouragement

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ANHELIC 10/30/2012 7:54AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I really know we must live in faith and not let our sins live daily. I am learning through my daily walk how faith is so important in our lives. Yesterday was a great example for me and turned a problem over to God and believed He would take control of it and it happened. God bless you for your teachings. You are truly a great man of God. thank you for the goodie and note as well.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 10/29/2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This My Prayer, Mon, 10/29/2012

LESSONS FOR THE DAY OF BATTLE, Lesson 17a

Chapter 10 opens with five of the Canaanite kings joining forces to attack the Gibeonites because they had made a peace treaty with the people of Israel.
These Canaanite kings didn’t know it, but they were playing right into the hand of Joshua. Instead of having to fight them one by one in five battles, they all came together in one place, and Joshua was able to defeat them at one time.

In chapter 9, the Gibeonites had tricked the Israelites into making a peace treaty with them. This was a direct violation of the Lord’s command to Israel in Deut. 7:1-6. Apparently, the Gibeonites knew about the Lord’s command to Israel in Deut. 20:10-18 as well.

Regardless of what the Gibeonites knew about the commandments of the Lord to Israel, they tricked Israel into making a covenant with them. Now, Israel is bound to the Gibeonites by an oath, and it is time for them to make good on their promise to protect the Gibeonites.

For Israel this will be just another battle in their conquest of the Promised Land. For us, this battle is a vivid picture of the Christian life.

Battles are a daily reality in the life of the child of God. While that is true, we can thank God that we never have to face our battles alone, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). In the day of battle, we have the promise of help from One Who is “an ever present help in a time of need”, ( Psa. 46:1). “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee,”( Isa. 43:2).
My mission, in teaching Joshua chapters 10 and 11, is to remind you that our lives will be filled with battles. Most often, our battles will not be physical in nature, nor will they be battles with other people. Our battles may manifest themselves in that manner, but in reality, nearly every battle we will fight in our Christian life will be spiritual in nature.

Paul writes: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12). If our battles are spiritual battles, then our weapons must be spiritual as well. “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” (2 Cor. 10:4).

This passage has some precious help for us when we are called upon the face the battles of life. It reveals to us the weapons we are to use, and the Ally we have in every battle we may face in life. As we observe Joshua and the armies of Israel continue to fight for their inheritance in Canaan; there is help for us as we fight our own battles. As we observe them in their day of battle, there are some precious lessons that will help us when we face our days of battle. Allow me to share these lessons with you as we think about “Lessons For The Day Of Battle”.

V. 6-15 A LESSON ABOUT THE SAVIOR

As they prepare for battle, the Lord comes to them with His promise of help and of victory. God is about to go to war for His people!

These verses speak to the supernatural aspect of our battles. When the battles of life come your way, the Lord comes to your aid and fights for you. There are times when He moves in power and works great miracles in your life. Such a time is pictured here. There are three precious truths that reveal much about our Savior in the day of battle.
V. 8 He Grants His People His Peace - Notice the words in verse 8, “Fear them not!” God’s challenge to His people was for them not to fear the enemy. God was reminding Joshua that He was still in control of the situation!

God is still in control! He is still on the throne and He is still the Prince of Peace. For those who will walk by faith and not by sight, the Lord still gives peace that passeth understanding, (Phil. 4:6-7), “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

He has His own brand of peace that keeps and comforts the hearts of His children. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,”( John 14:27). The secret to walking in peace is to walk in faith, knowing that the Lord is in absolute control of all of life.

The Lord did not save you for you to be agitated, worried, and filled with fear. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,”( 2 Tim. 1:7). He does not intend for you to tremble in fear when the enemies of life come near.

When the day of battle comes, the Lord will give you peace, if you will lean on Him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” ( Pro. 3:5-6). As God’s children, we need to remember that everything that happens in our lives had to pass first over God’s desk and it received His stamp of approval, (Rom. 8:28).

V. 8 He Grants His People His Promise - The Lord didn’t stop with just a word of encouragement, He also gave them the promise of absolute victory!

I would just like to remind you that the Lord did not save you for you to be defeated! When He saved you, He did so with the promise that you could walk in His victory.

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

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

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

This does not mean that every situation in life will work out the way you want it to, but it does mean that God can enable you to live above your circumstances and share in His victory over the world, the flesh and the devil!

V. 9-14 He Grants His People His Power - In these verses, we see a mighty demonstration of the power of the Lord in the life of Israel! God moved in a great manifestation of supernatural power and gave His children the victory. He moved in two amazing ways.

V. 11 God Moved In The Hail - By sending the hail, God showed Israel and the people of Canaan that Hadad and Baal, the storm gods of the Canaanites, were powerless. More people were killed by hailstones than by the sword. A hailstone weighing 1.7 pounds fell in Kansas in 1970. Such a stone would have been traveling well over 100 miles per hour when it struck the ground. The book of Revelation tells us that hailstones will fall weighing about 100 pounds each, (Rev. 16:21). However large this hail may have been, it devastated Israel’s enemies.

Here is the greater miracle: The Hail destroyed the Canaanites, but God's people were not killed by the stones. “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22-23).

V. 12-14 God Moved In The Heavens - Here we see the Lord perform the greatest miracle ever recorded in regard to the physical world. God stopped the sun in the heavens and extended the daylight hours for Joshua and his army to finish the battle.

This passage has brought much ridicule upon the Bible. Some believe the record of this miracle proves the Bible is uninspired, because science has long since proven that the earth rotates around the sun and that the sun doesn’t move. However, I would like to just make a few statements about this miracle.

This is the language of observation. We all speak of the sunrise and the sunset. We do not use technical, scientific language to describe the things we observe all around us. Very literally, the sun hung at the zenith of the sky for about a whole day!

Ancient history supports this claim. Many ancient cultures record the existence of an unusual long day, which occurred about this time.

Chinese writings record a legend of a long day. This same legend is recorded among the Inca Indians of Peru and Aztec Indians of Mexico. Both of these tribes worshiped the sun.

Babylonian and Persian documents record the legend of a day miraculously extended.
Herodotus, an ancient historian, recounts that while in Egypt, the priest showed him their temple records and he read of a day twice its natural length.

The calendar supports it. Using an ancient Chaldean calendar system, which was built around lunar and solar eclipses, it is possible to count forward to this day and find that this day fell on Tuesday July 22. However, if we count backward, using our system of reckoning days, we will find that this event happened on July 22, a Wednesday. Is there a problem? No, just the fact that an entire day is missing either way you go. Verse 13 tells us where that missing day went!

Some will surely counter, “But preacher, this violates all the laws of nature!” I want to remind you that there are no laws of nature! There are only the laws of God which govern nature! We need to remember Who made this world. If He can create it, then surely He can control it!

The bottom line is this, God intervened supernaturally on the behalf of Israel. God gave them all the daylight they needed to get the job done!

What does this mean for us? There are times when the Lord will supernaturally intervene in your life and He will fight your battles for you. Consider Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel, the Widow of Zarephath, the disciples in the storm, feeding the 5,000, walking on the water, healing a leper, raising the dead, etc.
I have seen people healed of disease. I have seen drunks saved and sobered immediately by the power of God. I have seen drug addicts released from the power of drugs and made clean. I have seen lives changed in miraculous ways by the supernatural intervention of God. I have seen the Lord move in response to the need of His child and move any mountain that needed to be moved to get them what they needed. That is our God!

Please understand, He doesn’t always move like that. I have seen drunks delivered, but I have seen others who still struggled with that sin even after they were saved. I have seen saints healed, but I have seen others die with their disease. I am just saying that there are times when the Lord will move in supernatural power to meet the need of His child!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Onward, Christian Soldiers” By Sabine Baring GOULD (1864)

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!

Refrain
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

Refrain

Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

Refrain

What the saints established that I hold for true.
What the saints believčd, that I believe too.
Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold,
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.

Refrain

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.

Refrain

Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.

Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father, God Almighty! Hold our hand and take away all fear. Let our hand in yours bring forth great memories and thoughts to us of our Awesome God, of protection and closeness. Let our hand in yours bring us feelings of safety and reassurance of friendship and relationships, of comfort and your peace. Let our hand in yours bring us love and love for those we love. Enable us to hold on tightly to Your hand so You can direct our steps, , and our life can bring You the glory, honor, and praise You deserve. Let us remember and shout with joy and we offer up to You our praises and thanksgiving. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ name as we gather round Your throne of grace. Amen!

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CASTIRONLADY 10/29/2012 10:02PM

    And all God's people said "Amen!"

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FEMISLIM 10/29/2012 3:19PM

    Thanks so much for these words. The battle sure belongs to The Lord. He is the mighty warrior. The one who has never, and will never lose any battle.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/29/2012 2:07PM

    love todays Hymn! emoticon

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TONYVAND1 10/29/2012 9:21AM

  Thanks Vic
what a comfort it is to know that The Lord will fight our battles for us if we live for Him and call upon His Name He has given us the victory through the cross of Christ

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HAGIN2010 10/29/2012 9:13AM

    Thanks Vic. Having a very hard time of my own right now with work. See if God will let me transfer or I will have to depend on his strength to get through my situation there.

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ANHELIC 10/29/2012 8:21AM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn, a childhood favorite, and prayer. I am really learning to rely and ask God for his help and let Him guide me through the trials in my life. He is greater than anyone who can help me. Your lessons are meant for me at the present time and I cherish each of them. God bless you for teaching us.

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JILLITA55 10/29/2012 6:47AM

    You are a good Christian

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