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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 11/4/2012

Sunday, November 04, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sun, 11/4/2012

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

V. 14:13-14; 15:13-14, CALEB WAS A CONQUEROR

Caleb experienced what God had promised!

He climbed the mountains and he defeated the giants - he claimed his possession.
The name of the place Caleb inherited was named “Hebron.” This means “Fellowship”. Caleb refused to quit until he had obtained everything the Lord has for him! He refused to stop until he had obtained that place of fellowship with God.

That needs to be our battle cry today! We must refuse to give up, back up, or shut up or be held up, until we have stood up, lined up, read up, prayed up, confessed up, stored up, spoke up, looked up, and filled up on everything the Lord wants to give His children! We ought to settle for nothing less than that place of perfect fellowship with the Lord our God!

What about you, have you entered your Canaan and claimed your possession? It isn't God's will for you to wander around in the wilderness of defeat forever. It is His will that you walk in victory and in His power.

1 Cor. 15:57- “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

2 Cor. 2:14- “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere”.

Rom. 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. “

There will be trials? God had a flood for Noah, a fire for the 3 Hebrews, a lion's den for Daniel, a cake for the widow and a cross for Jesus, but there was victory in the midst of each trial for these and there will be victory for you as well!

Conc: Where are you in your personal walk with the Lord today? Have you entered into your Canaan, or are you wandering around in the wilderness still struggling day to day?

God has a place of peace and power for you, but you must be willing the claim your possession. It isn't for the fainthearted, but it is for the faith hearted. Come claim your Canaan right now!

There is a vast difference between a promise and a possession! God promised Israel the land, but they had to possess it before it became theirs. God has victory for His children,that is His promise! That promise must be actively pursued and possessed before it will ever become a reality.

Some of you aren’t even saved today. There will be no victory for you on any level until you come to Jesus and trust Him for your soul’s salvation. Your greatest need is to be saved by the grace of God!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Wonderful Grace of Jesus” By: Haldor Lillenas (1918)

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Refrain
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Refrain

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Holy Father, God of Love! We pray we will have a heart of love for You, and for Your Ways that is always pleasing in Your sight. We do not want to be a person who shows love for You only with words. We want to show our love for You also with our actions, and our obedience to Your Law. We want to demonstrate Your love and our love by the life we live. Thank You for loving us at all times, even when we fail to do things right. Enable us to live our life to Your glory, honor and praise. This we ask and pray in the name of our Beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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HAGIN2010 11/4/2012 7:49PM

    Thanks Vic for your blog. I am going through a trial at work and know that I made it through today on God's grace.

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FEMISLIM 11/4/2012 5:11PM

    It's so sweet to trust and walk with Him.

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ANHELIC 11/4/2012 12:09PM

    Thank you for a great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. I thank God when I am going through trials now because I know I have to do this. He is with me by my side and going through them with me. I realize we must have these to strengthen us in our walk with God. God loves us so much as He did Noah, Shadrack, Meshack an Abendigo in the furnace, Daniel and others, He did not let them perish. He will do the same for us. I love God so much and put Him ahead of everyone and everything in my life. God bless you Vic for sharing this great lesson and sharing God's wonderful work with us.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/4/2012 9:31AM

    I have a chance to get it right I think 50% of the time? well, it doesn't work out that way! Most of my life has been t emoticon rial and error! and....still he loves me! God is good!

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SANDRALEET 11/4/2012 7:06AM

    We as then each have our place not all were meant to be high up in the social scale some were servants They had to at times be stronger then there owners to put up with there lot They sure were not treated like they themselves wanted to be treated We all have our place put I believe God will reword them in heaven like he promised.Some rich already had there reword on earth.

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DIANER2014 11/4/2012 6:51AM

    Thanks Vic! I love the words in today's hymn they are beautiful! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 11/3/2012

Saturday, November 03, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Sat, 11/3/2012

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

CALEB WAS COURAGEOUS

In Caleb’s life, commitment led to confidence, and confidence to courage. Caleb had to overcome three great obstacles in his quest for his Canaan.

He Had To Overcome Grasshoppers – ( Num. 13:33) - For Caleb to claim what God had promised he had to go against the majority. For example: Jesus - He was usually alone in everything He did! There will always be someone saying that it can't be done, it's never been done like that before, we can't afford it, etc. like the Disciples and their reaction in John 6. Sometimes you will stand alone, but if you are standing on the Word of God in the will of God, then you were never in better company!

He Had To Overcome Giants – ( Num. 14:8-9) - All of us have giants in our lives. Giants of discouragement, finances, sickness, family, distress, doubt and the truth is, we can't defeat them ourselves. We have two options.

We can look at how small we are compared to our giants. This is the outlook of fear! ( 2 Tim. 1:7). We can look at how small our giants are compared to God! This is the up-look of faith! ( Phil. 4:13; Eph. 3:20; Matt. 28:18). By the way, fighting giants is good for you! ( Num. 14:9).

Derek Redmond is a British runner who participated in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Barely into the 400-meter race, he pulled a hamstring and fell to the ground. Everyone thought he was finished, but much to the surprise of the spectators this courageous athlete slowly stood and began to hobble around the track. However, even with such tenacity it was apparent that there was simply no way he could finish the race. Just as he was about to fall again, a man came out of the stands, put his arm around the injured runner, and assisted him all the way across the finish line. The stadium roared with approval as Derek Redmond completed his race.

The scene was a moving one, made even more significant by the realization that the one who came alongside Derek was his own father. Together, linked arm in arm, father and son crossed the finish line, as one.

When we are facing life's giants and are in danger of falling, the Heavenly Father comes alongside of us to help us carry on for His glory.

He Had To Overcome Gray Hairs –(Josh. 14:10-11) - What does this tell us? When God makes a promise, he will give us the strength to see its fulfillment! Never count God, or yourself out. True faith looks beyond the present circumstance and sees the provision of the Almighty!

Comedian Jerry Clower tells a story about Uncle Versie Ledbetter who had a mule named Della. One day Della fell into a cistern Uncle Versie thought he had covered up but hadn't.

“Uncle Versie had a problem. There was his best mule down at the bottom of that cistern and no way he could get the mule out of there. He didn't want her to stay down there and starve to death, so he decided he would get a shovel and cover her up. It would be cruel, but it wouldn't be as cruel and inhumane as to let Della starve to death in the bottom of that deep cistern. Uncle Versie took a shovelful of dirt and threw it down into the cistern and every time a shovelful of dirt hit old Della, she'd shake the dirt off and stomp it. It wasn't long before Della had shaken off enough dirt and stomped it so that she was high enough to jump out of the cistern.”

We're like that mule--either our problems will bury us or we shake them off and stomp them down until we rise above them.

When you boil all the fat away, courage can be defined in three letter: Y E S! All real Christian courage really is, is the willingness to say “Yes!” to what God is doing in your life.

TOAY’S HYMN!
“Standing On The Promises” By: R. Kelso Carter (1886)

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain

3. Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain

4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain

5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God! We are aware everyday of Your Great mercy towards us. Thank You that You never judge us according to what we deserve; Your grace towards us is beyond comprehension. Thank You for not forsaking us. Help us to never forsake You in any way, but rather help us to remain faithful to You all of our days. Teach and guide us so our attitude will always be right with You, that we may never take Your tender mercy for granted. Guide us and love us, O Thou Great Jehovah! In His Wonderful name we pray. Amen!

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/3/2012 11:49PM

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HAGIN2010 11/3/2012 7:36PM

    Vic
God gave me a big yes today. Well for me anyways.

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ANHELIC 11/3/2012 7:07PM

    Thank you Vic for an awesome lesson, one of my favorite hymns and prayer. I like the example of the mule. We can overcome our giants if we ask for the Lord's help. He will find us a way to get through. I am standing on His promises and know He will get me through it all. God bless you Vic for sharing another great lesson.

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TONYVAND1 11/3/2012 10:34AM

  Standing on the promises of Christ my King. His mercy is new every day Thanks for sharing

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/3/2012 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticon Standing today!

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SANDRALEET 11/3/2012 8:46AM

    There all so was help in the mule getting out when we all work together we all make it. We are never alone God and our fellow Christians ore with us.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/3/2012 7:20AM

    There is a great deal of peace in todays lesson, Vic! I really enjoyed reading this today! Thank you!
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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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    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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