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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 11/7/2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 11/7/2012

Joshua 20:1-9
A PLACE OF SAFETY, Lesson 19c

V. 4-6, 9 THE POWER OF THESE SAFE PLACES

They Had Power To Save - When the manslayer arrived in the city, his case was heard by the elders and if it was determined that the death had indeed been an accident, he was given a place within the city and was protected from the avenger of blood. The city of refuge allowed a man to live who would have otherwise surely died.

So it is with Jesus! He is the only One who can guarantee salvation to the soul of man! When a sinner comes to Jesus Christ by faith, obeys His teachings, and accepts Him as Savior, that person is immediately adopted into the family of God. He has his sins washed away forever. He is saved by the grace of God!

No other system of believe can make that claim! You can try anything you will to be saved, and you can guarantee yourself that you will surely fail! However, if you will trust Jesus Christ and His death at Calvary, His resurrection and His shed blood, you will be saved! Guaranteed! ( Rom. 10:9-10; Rom. 10:13; John 5:24)!

They Had Power To Secure - Notice that as long as the person stayed within the city he was safe. He could live there until the Day of Judgment and for as long as the high priest lived and when the high priest died, the manslayer was free to return home without fear.

When we commit our souls to the Lord Jesus for salvation, we too are secured! Unlike the person in the city of refuge, who could leave under the right circumstances, we want to stay in Jesus forever. But, what about the “Day of Judgment”? If it was determined that the manslayer was guilty, then he was cast out. What does that say about our situation? It just adds another glory! When Jesus died on the cross, that was our judgment day! Now, that day has past forever and we are safe in the city of refuge! We are safe in Jesus, our High Priest, for as long as He lives, and He is going to live forever, ( Heb. 7:25; Rev. 1:18)! What a glorious privilege we have been afforded just to know that we are eternally saved!

Their Power Was Sufficient - The cities of refuge would work for all those who fled to them. They were sufficient for the need!

I am glad that I can remind you that Jesus Christ is sufficient for the need of the soul! Regardless of the past you carry around. Regardless of the depths of your sin; regardless of the hardness of your heart; regardless of anything you wish to name that you feel might keep you from coming to Him, let me tell you that He is bigger than all of it! He is able to save you soul! He cannot and will not turn any away who come to Him Believing and ready to do His will, (John 6:37)! His power is sufficient to save all who will come to Him. None need fear that it won’t work for them! God’s promise of salvation through Jesus is given to all who will come,( John 3:16; Rev. 22:17).

TODAY’s HYMN!
“Does Jesus Care” By: Frank E. Graeff (1901)

1.Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?
Refrain:
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

2.Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?
Refrain:

3.Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
Refrain:

4.Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Grace, God of mercy! We thank You that it is never too late while we still breath to turn to You and see salvation’s work and restoration happen. Even though there has been wasted times in sin in our life, You are more than able to save and restore. Redeem that time for your glory. Restore that which was lost and wasted or ruined. Forgive us and fill our life with Your wonderful love, light, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Thank You for loving us so much! This we ask and pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/7/2012 9:19PM

    Thank you for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. I am so glad that I'm in the family of God and in Him we have a safe haven. He has saved me several times in my life from a dangerous situation and I feel totally safe and protected in His arms. Thank you for teaching us God's word. God bless you Vic.
Thank you for the goodies you send and notes. they are so meaningful.



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HAGIN2010 11/7/2012 3:53PM

    What a great blog Vic, Thanks

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SPIRALINGUP 11/7/2012 12:12PM

    Pray God makes the noreaster pass easy over NY, NJersey, and CT. We've had enough! Thanks.

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IAM_HIS2 11/7/2012 11:03AM

    So glad to be back after surgery. I am typing one-handed and most likely making mistakes. But I just have to let you know how much your blogs mean to me.

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TONYVAND1 11/7/2012 9:38AM

  We need to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and He will be faithful to forgive and to draw us into His family.

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WANTSZU 11/7/2012 9:10AM

    Thanks Vic for the positive message that Jesus cares. Jesus is is there to forgive us,restore us and love us.



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MNABOY 11/7/2012 8:05AM

    Amen

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EDITOR 11/7/2012 7:53AM

    Thanking God for my adoption and safety in His family, Vic. He has saved my soul. I thank you for your direction each day and I thank you for your goodies and note. Others depend on a voice of reason when they "forget" that Jesus cares. We do what we can do assured that we are following in the footsteps of faith.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/7/2012 7:01AM

    I can't even count how much time I wasted but I know God will restore me and guide me from this moment forth! :)

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DAWN14163 11/7/2012 6:46AM

    Thanks for the great start to my day!

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LEANJEAN6 11/7/2012 6:41AM

    Nice way to begin the day-to read your blog-Lynda emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 11/6/2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Tue, 11/6/2012

Joshua 20:1-9
A PLACE OF SAFETY, Lesson 19b

V. 1 THE PROVISION OF THESE SAFE PLACES

These Cities Were Provided By God - Man did not come up with the idea for these cities. This was a notion that was birthed in the heart and mind of God. He wanted to teach His people that murderers had to pay for their crimes, hence, the avenger of blood. Yet, He also wanted to teach His people that there was a place of mercy for those who were only guilty of an accident. Therefore, God gave them the cities of refuge.

May I remind you that Jesus Christ is also the gift of God! Remember what the Bible says about Him, (John 3:16)? The Christian idea of eternal salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ did not originate in the heart of man. This thing is all God’s idea! From start to finish this salvation we are involved in today is the work of God!

When man creates a religion, he always sets it up in such a way that he is in control of it. He sets it up as a system of works and makes himself responsible for getting himself to whatever Heaven he is striving for.

God, on the other hand, does it in such a way that man is left out of the picture. All man does is trust Jesus as his Savior by faith and obey Him. And, even that faith is given to him by the Lord, (Eph. 2:8-9).

These Cities Were Provided By Grace - God could have allowed the manslayer to die like any other person who had taken a life. However, in His grace He made a way that those who had accidentally taken the life of another might find refuge and help.

By the same token, God could have allowed sinners to all go to Hell. After all, we are guilty in His sight and we deserve nothing but damnation in the fires of Hell! But, I praise the precious name of the Lord today that God sent His Son to take our sins upon Himself on the cross,( Isa. 53:6). I thank God that Jesus paid the price so that sinners like you and me might live through Him!

Whatever anyone may tell you about getting to Heaven, the Word of God tells us that it will never happen unless it happens by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.. It is all God from start to finish!

He initiates the process – (John 6:44; Eph. 2:1).
He provides the means – (Rom. 3:25; Acts 4:12; John 14:6).
He saves those who believe – ( Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:13).
He keeps those He saves – (1 Pet. 1:5; John 10:28).

You and I are capable of doing none of these things ourselves, except to hear, believe and obey. If we were left alone to get ourselves to Heaven, we would all wind up in Hell! It’s all God!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Safe In The Arms Of Jesus”, By: Fanny J. Crosby, (1870)

1.Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea.
Refrain:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.

2.Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations;
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears!
Refrain:

3.Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o’er;
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore.
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God! It is hard for us to comprehend the depth of Your love, and why You care about the details of our lives. We are grateful that in difficult times You are with us , walking beside us all the way through to the other side of pain and trouble. Sometimes when bad things happen to us we tend to blame you. Please forgive us of shortcomings and weaknesses. Thank You for working out things for our own good. Thank You for Jesus who made it all possible. It is His name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/7/2012 12:05AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. We are so grateful that we have the refuge of Jesus to run to. He keeps us safe and He is our way to heaven by His grace. I feel safe and secure knowing I am protected. Thank you for the goodies and notes as well. God bless you for sharing God's word.

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CPOPKIE 11/6/2012 10:49AM

    Thanks for sharing the Word of God ! So often we think that is US who makes the difference, but as you said, we can do nothing of ourselves. It is God who provided the way and gives us the victory!

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/6/2012 7:51AM

    Christ is our refuge! Let's not leave the safety of His arms.

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TONYVAND1 11/6/2012 7:32AM

  Safe in the arms of Jesus. Thank you Jesus for providing a haven of rest for us. When we are heaven burdened He provides the shoulders to take our burdens from us. Thanks Vic for reminding us of that.

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HAGIN2010 11/6/2012 7:31AM

    Yes Vic it is through Christ our Lord that we are able to go to heaven.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/6/2012 6:54AM

    I am greatful in difficult tim es he remains with me!!!! thank you Vic!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 11/5/2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Mon, 11/5/2012

Joshua 20:1-9
A PLACE OF SAFETY, Lesson 19a

The children of Israel have succeeded in their task of claiming and subduing the land of Canaan. The tribes have received their inheritance, and for the most part, the conquest of the land is complete. Still, there is much work to be done by Joshua and Israel.

In this passage, we find them carrying out a command that was first given to Moses in Numbers 35:1-34. They were to appoint six cities that were to be known as “cities of refuge.” These cities were to be made available to anyone who had killed another person by accident. The person involved in such an accident could flee to any of these six cities and find safety and help.

It is these cities of refuge that I want to consider today. They paint for us a clear picture of the salvation that is to be found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s consider the Cities of Refuge together today. I want to share several facts about these cites that declare them to be “A Place Of Safety”.

Whether you are saved or lost today, you will see that there is A Place Of Safety and His name is Jesus. Those who flee to Him for salvation are saved from the wrath of God and the penalty of sin. Let’s examine these facts together as we consider “The Place Of Safety”.

V. 1-3 THE PURPOSE OF THESE SAFE PLACES

They Were To Be A Refuge - It is clear from these verses that these cities were to be set up to protect the person who had accidentally taken the life of another individual.
When the Lord gave Israel His Law, He made no provision for a police force. Every crime against society was to be dealt with swiftly and in accordance with the nature of the offense. For instance, if a person stole something, they were to make restitution, (Ex. 22:1-5). The punishments were always designed to fit the crime, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe,”( Ex 21:24-25).

If the crime in question happened to take the life of another human being, the nearest kinsman of the slain man had the right to avenge the death of his fallen relative, (Num. 35:19-21). It is clear from reading passages like Numbers 35, that the Lord sees a difference between murder and manslaughter.

When a man had accidentally taken the life of another, he could flee to one of these six cities of refuge and there, if it was determined that the death had indeed been an accident, he could find safety from the “avenger of blood.” So, these cities were established as a refuge.

They Were To Serve As A Reminder - For our sakes, these cities serve to point out certain facts about the salvation we enjoy in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as these cities were places were a man could flee in a time of desperate need, so Jesus is a place of safety today.

Here is our problem. We are born sinners, (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12, Psa. 58:3). It isn’t our fault; we are just born with an old sinful nature that we inherited from our father Adam. Even though it isn’t our fault that we are born this way, it is our fault that we stay this way! As we grow older and reach an age where we can make a choice regarding sin, we always choose to sin. That makes sin a double edged sword! We are guilty by birth and by practice.

Since this is true, we are in deep trouble! Just like there was a death sentence on all those who took the life of another, there is also a death sentence on every person born into the human race. We are all being pursued by an Avenger of Blood. We are all being pursued by death, (Rom. 6:23)! After death, there is nothing to look forward to but Hell and all its misery, (Psa. 9:17).

We need a refuge! We need a place where we can run to and find safety for our souls! I praise God that there is a place where the sinner can flee and find help and hope. There is a place where we can find a new life and a new start. A place where the avenger of blood cannot touch us, ever! That place is a man. That man’s name is Jesus Christ.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“A Shelter In Time Of Storm” By: Vernon J. Charlesworth

1. The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.
Chorus:
O, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
O, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

2. A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.
Chorus:

3. The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm
We'll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.
Chorus:

4. O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.
Chorus:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Loving Father, Glorious God! When we surrender to Your will we are letting go of the reins and asking You to take charge of our life; we are saying, “not our will but Your will be done”. Jesus, our example, accepted your will…we ought to follow His example. Help us to learn and to understand fully that Your will is always for our own good. Enable us therefore to live our life to Your marvelous glory. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/5/2012 9:23PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer again. I feel safe and secure when I know I have a place of refuge to go to. Jesus done it all for us and even when we sin, we are forgiven when we pray and ask for forgiveness. I truly feel safe and secure in the arms of Jesus our Lord. I have heard that we can run but we cannot hide from Jesus. Thank goodness He accepts us even as sinners. God bless you Vic for teaching God's word to us.

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KRICKET57 11/5/2012 11:46AM

    A nice way to start off the day! Thank you for sharing.

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SAINTBETH 11/5/2012 11:38AM

    Amen. I love the idea of cities of refuge. God is so good!

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FLYER99 11/5/2012 10:36AM

    Thank you so much for this and for all your great blogs. I read most of them although I don't tend to comment on them many times. Yes, Jesus is certainly my refuge and my rock. Thank you for pointing that out today!

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COOP9002 11/5/2012 10:32AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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HAGIN2010 11/5/2012 10:24AM

    Great blog Vic. Christ is a city of refuge. Great!!!

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TONYVAND1 11/5/2012 8:38AM

  What a great reminder Vic that our hope and trust is in the Lord and that He does provide a refuge in the times of storms. We just need to run to Him and away from sin.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/5/2012 7:59AM

    bumpy ride for me right now! nice to know who is my co pilot! thinngs are ok! I need to start my day, middle and evening remembering this! thanks

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LEANJEAN6 11/5/2012 6:24AM

    very nice in the morning---Thank-you! Lynda emoticon

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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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