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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 11/9/2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 11/9/2012

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

V. 7-8 THE PICTURE IN THESE CITIES

Notice The Picture In Their Names - These six cities paint a wonderful picture of the provisions of God which are ours through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Kadesh - Righteousness –( Isa. 64:4; 2 Cor. 5:21)- There is a refuge for the unclean!

Shechem - Shoulder – (Luke 15:3-7)- There is a refuge for those who lost in the wilderness of sin.

Hebron - Fellowship – (1 John 1:7)- There is a refuge for those separated from God by their sin.

Bezer - Fortress –(Heb. 18:2)- There is a refuge for those who are helpless against the powers of sin and Satan.

Ramoth – Heights – (Eph. 2:6)- There is a refuge for those who have been crushed under the weight of their sins.

Golan - Joy –( 1 Peter 1:8) There is a refuge for those who have been defeated, devastated and destroyed by their sins.

Notice The Picture In Their Necessity - Without these cities, many innocent people would have died. But, their existence guaranteed that they would continue to enjoy life.
My lost friend, you might not see it today, but you need Jesus in your life! Without Him, you have no refuge from the wrath of God and will one day wind up in Hell, lost forever in torment! You may not like that today, but it is still the truth! The simple fact is this: You need to be saved today! You can live without a lot of things in this world, but you cannot make it to Heaven without Jesus!

Notice The Picture In Their Nature - These cities by their very nature spoke of the grace of God and of His love for the needy. They were there because God cares!

The same is true about Jesus! He is there for your salvation simply because God cares about you! You do not have to remain in your sins. You do not have to die and go to Hell. God has provided a place of safety! He loves you, and He proved His love for you when He allowed His Son, Jesus, to suffer on the cross in your place, (Rom. 5:8). Jesus is The Place of Safety! Run to Him and be saved! Run from Him and be lost forever!

Conc: There is an interesting story in the book of 2 Samuel. In chapter 2, we see a man named Abner, who had been Saul’s Commander-in-chief, being pursued by a man named Asahel, (2 Sam. 2:18-24). Abner tries to reason with Asahel, but Asahel continues to pursue Abner. Abner is carrying a spear and apparently, Asahel runs into the spear and dies.

Later, we find Abner at the gates of the city of Hebron. Remember, Hebron was one of the Cities of Refuge. There, he is met by Joab, David’s Commander-in-chief. Joab is also the older brother of Asahel. Joab catches Abner at the gate of the city of refuge and kills him, to avenge the death of Asahel, (2 Sam. 3:27).
Salvation is possible only in Christ Jesus. We need to be “IN CHRIST” to be saved. Those outside of Christ will perish.

What is most striking are the comments made by King David as he mourned the death of Abner, 2 Sam. 3:32-34. It is as if David were saying, “Abner, you died like a fool! You were right there at the gates of the refuge. All you had to do was walk right in. Nobody had you tied up! You could have been saved, but you died like a fool!”
Don’t let that happen to you! Nobody has you tied down today. All you need do is walk into the refuge and be saved.

If you are tired of running from your sins and of feeling trapped in a hopeless situation, I would like to invite you to to come to Jesus right now. If you will come to Him and ask Him by faith, He will save your soul and take you to Heaven when you leave this world.
Isn’t that what you really want?

Aren’t you tired of empty promises and dead end days? Aren’t you sick of knowing that Hell is ever expanding and is waiting on you? Wouldn’t you like to be sure that you will go to Heaven when you die?

If you need Jesus in your heart and life I invite you to come to Him right now. He will give you life!

If you have entered into that Place Of Safety and you are saved today, you should come before the Lord and praise Him for all He has done for you in Christ!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Thank You, Lord!” By: Dennis I. Jernigan (1990)

FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE,
I WILL THANK YOU
FOR ALL THAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO
FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE PROMISED
AND ALL THAT YOU ARE
IS ALL THAT HAS CARRIED ME THROUGH
JESUS I THANK YOU

AND I THANK YOU, THANK YOU, LORD
AND I THANK YOU, THANK YOU, LORD
THANK YOU FOR LOVING AND SETTING ME FREE
THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR LIFE JUST FOR ME
HOW I THANK YOU
JESUS, I THANK YOU
GRATEFULLY THANK YOU
THANK YOU.

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful Father, God of Heaven and Earth! Your eyes are always on the righteous, but your face is against those who do evil. We thank O God, that You not only hear our prayers, You also see our hearts. You know our needs. How grateful we are that when you see us, You see the righteousness of Jesus in us and not the sinner that we are. We thank You for Jesus who has brought wonderful changes into our lives and all the blessings we enjoy because of Him. May the life we live bring praise, glory and honor to You. This we pray in the Beloved name of Jesus. Amen!.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 11/9/2012 6:28PM

    I love "This is my prayer." Thanks Vic!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/9/2012 3:46PM

    I would like to go to the city of Golan...I would probably enjoy the fellowship with those who lived there...Thank you Brother Vic!! Your thoughts & prayers are often with me as I continue to renew & refresh daily..

God bless you Brother Vic!!

Dee

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/9/2012 2:46PM

    Thank you Vic for the message today. We all need to run to Jesus when we sin and he will be our advocate with the Father. Sinners and the saved we all need Him. We need Him to help us live right.

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HAGIN2010 11/9/2012 10:29AM

    Thank you Vic. I would have needed to go to one of those cities. I am glad to have found refuge inGods grace through Jesus Christ.

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ANHELIC 11/9/2012 8:37AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. I love the words of the hymn. We can all run to Jesus, ask Him to save us and be safe with Him and not have to be afraid. I love Jesus and am glad I accepted Him into my heart. God bless you Vic for teaching us God's word. Thank you for the goodie and your kind message.

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TONYVAND1 11/9/2012 8:27AM

  Thank you Jesus for your goodness and grace. Thanks Vic for reminding us Newhart Christ has done for us.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/9/2012 6:42AM

    My life is God's will! thank you Vic!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 11/8/2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 11/8/2012

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

V. 7-9 THE POSITION OF THESE SAFE PLACES

Their Availability - God provided six cities of refuge. There were three on the east side of the Jordan River and three on the west side of the Jordan River. They were placed so that they were available to everyone no matter where they were or who they were! Whether the manslayer was a son or a stranger, there was a city of refuge open for him.

What a picture this is! Just as those ancient cities were available to all, so Jesus Christ is available to all as well. The plan of salvation makes only one requirement upon an individual. The person who would be saved must be a sinner! If you are a sinner and know it; if you are willing to admit that to God; if you can know and believe that Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood to pay for your sins and that He rose again from the dead, then you can be saved! You can be saved today! You do not have to run from the avenger of blood for even another minute, but you can run to Jesus and be saved by the grace of God. Jesus is available to you today – ( Isa. 55:6; 2 Cor. 6:2; Matt. 11:28; Rev. 3:20).

Their Accessibility - Just as these cities were spaced all over the country and were available to every Israelite, they were also accessible to every person. There are several reasons why I say that.

They Were Prominent - Most of these cities were built on top of mountains. Most of the cities of ancient Israel were built of white limestone. When the sun hit these cities they gleamed. Even in the night, under the light of the moon, they would be visible. They were easily seen, even from many miles away.

They Were Prepared - There were certain preparations that were made in and around these cities that guaranteed the manslayer that he would find safety when he arrived at the city of refuge.

The Roads Were Never Clogged - The priests would made sure that the roads leading to these cities were clear from obstructions and always open to the traveler.

The Gates Were Never Closed - No matter what the time of day or night, the gates on the city of refuge were never closed.

The Direction Was Never Confused - There were sign posts with the Hebrew word “Miklat” written on them that had been set up to point the way to the city of refuge. That word means “Refuge” There was no need for anyone to misunderstand the way to get there.

What a picture these things paint for us of the salvation that can be found in Jesus Christ. Just like the cities of refuge, He is accessible to all.

Like a city set on top of a hill, He can be seen by the weary traveler.

The road leading to Him is always clear. On His side, there are no obstructions. When He died on the cross, He died for all sin, so sin is not a problem that can keep you from coming. He has cleared the way! The only things that can keep you from getting to Him are those things you lay in your own path. Things like unbelief and pride.

He is always available! Jesus Christ is never closed. He will receive anyone who will come to Him at any time! He is waiting for you to show up!

The way to Him is clearly marked. Thankfully, God has gone before and placed the signpost we call the Bible. It is clear in what it teaches us about Jesus Christ. It tells us that He is the only way to God –( John 14:6). And that if we will come to Him, then we must come by faith.

There is a word here for the children of the Lord. You see, those of us who know about the refuge are to go out into the highways and the hedges and we are to set up the signs pointing the way to Him. There should be no doubt about where we stand! We need to be pointing the way to Jesus at all times. That is why we always need to have a clear word and a clear message. Everything we do should point men to our blessed Savior.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Beyond This Land of Parting” By: Mary B.C. Slade, (1876)

Beyond this land of parting, losing, and leaving
Far beyond the losses, darkening this,
And far beyond the taking and the bereaving,
Lies a summer land of bliss!

Chorus:
Land beyond, so fair and bright!
Land beyond, where is no night!
Summer land, God is it's light,
Oh, happy summer land of bliss!

Beyond this land of toiling, sowing and reaping,
Far beyond the shadows darkening this,
And far beyond the sighing, moaning, and weeping,
Lies a summerland of bliss!

Repeat Chorus

Beyond this land of waiting, seeking, and sighing,
Far beyond the sorrows darkening this,
And far beyond the pain, and sickness and dying,
Lies a summer land of bliss!

Repeat Chorus

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Heaven, God of earth! We know that as we think in our heart, so we shall be; that whatever we sow, we shall reap. Thank You Father for educating us according to Your will and direction. Thank You for the teachings of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Continue to inspire us and guide us in our pursuit of life here on earth with our eyes on Jesus and heaven as our home. Purify our hearts and our thinking and forgive us when we fall short of Your expectations. These things we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 11/8/2012 11:16PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Jesus is out stronghold and our refuge. We can run to Him and feel safe and secure. God bless you for sharing God's word with us.

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TONYVAND1 11/8/2012 1:42PM

  The Lord is my refuge and strength in Him do I trust

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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 11/8/2012 12:33PM

  Thanks for being faithful to the mission. emoticon

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CANBDONE 11/8/2012 11:06AM

    He is my Refuge, my Hightower, my Rock...

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HAGIN2010 11/8/2012 10:11AM

    Great blog Vic!!!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/8/2012 7:25AM

    May I always be what he expects of me!

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LEANJEAN6 11/8/2012 7:01AM

    Very nice!

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DIANER2014 11/8/2012 7:00AM

    Thanks Vic! emoticon

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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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