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Friday, November 16, 2012

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 11/16/2012

Judges 1:1-2; 2:1-4; 16,

All did not remain well in Israel. Notice Judges 2:7, 10. These verses tell us that the old generation that had seen God move in power and glory died out. A new generation came of age that forgot their heritage and denied the God that had made them what they were. Israel began a slow, steady descent down the slope of compromise.

When they entered the land, they had been commanded to utterly destroy the people of Canaan, (Num. 33:51-56). They are warned in those verses that if they fail to drive out the nations, they themselves will be afflicted and that God Himself will turn against them. This became a reality in Israel.

V. 1:19 The Canaanites They Feared – After some initial success,( 1:4-19a), Judah came up against some people that they feared. They did not drive these people out due to fear.

V. 1:27-30 The Canaanites They Favored – We are told here that many of the tribes did not drive out the people of the land, but merely put them to tribute. That is, they enslaved the Canaanites and forced them to work for Israel.

V. 1:32-33 The Canaanites They Frequented – It gets worse! In these verses we are told that some of the Israelites “dwelt among the Canaanites.” They became accustomed to the vile and wicked ways of the Canaanites and accepted them for who they were.

Of course, this same trend can be seen here in America! We have already taken many of the same steps down that slippery slope that Israel took all those years ago. Remember, the key verse of this book is Judges 17:6 which says, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” That means that there was no fixed standard of right and wrong. People did as they pleased. They did what they wanted to, without regard for God or what He had to say about the matter. That is where we are in this nation today!

In 1960 a poll was taken that showed that 65% of Americans believed that the Bible was the inerrant, inspired Word of God. Another poll was taken in 1992 and by then only 32% still believed the Bible was the perfect Word of God. In other words, less than one-third of Americans believe that there is a perfect standard for judging what is right and wrong. Judges 2:10 is being lived out before our eyes!

Another poll taken in 1992 asked this simple question: Do you believe that there are moral absolutes? Do you believe that there are some things that are absolutely wrong and some things that are absolutely right? 70% of those who answered that poll said that they did not believe in moral absolutes! That is scary! Our children are being taught that there are no absolutes. There are no wrong answers. Nothing is right and nothing is wrong. That is frightening if you follow it to its logical end. It means that abortion, murder, drugs use, alcohol use, pre-marital and extra-marital sex, etc, is all right if you want to do it.

Well, thank God that we still have the church right? Not so fast! A recent survey found that only 57% of professing Christians believed in moral absolutes. We are in a mess in America! With no clear standard for right and wrong, the door is open for people do as they please; just as they did in the days when Israel was sliding into the chaos of compromise. Isa. 5:20 is a passage that speaks to our day very well.

Well, as they did in Israel, America is busy compromising with the Canaanites of our day. There are some that we cannot seem to overcome. They have “chariots of iron.” We cannot seem to deal with drugs, crime, abortion, immorality, sexual perversion and moral decay. When we face these Canaanites that we fear, we simply adjust to them and accept them as “being part of life.”

Then there are the Canaanites that we favor. Things like legalized gambling, lotteries and alcohol are accepted by society because they are supposed bring revenue into the hands of the community and the government. But what about their enormous cost? What about broken homes? What about shattered innocence? What about a system that preys on the poorest among us? Look at the price America is paying economically for turning away from God and walking off into compromise! Look at our world! People are playing with vices that are destroying our young! Still we tolerate these Canaanites because they are supposedly working for us!

We fear some Canaanites; we favor others; but there are some that we frequent. That is, we live around sin so much that we begin to get desensitized to it. Instead of maintaining our spiritual purity, we begin to adopt the ways of the world. We talk like them; we walk like them; we do what they do; go where they go; watch what they watch; like what they like; smoke what they smoke; drink what they drink. We have adopted the attitude that sin is not all that bad anymore. We have allowed the walls of separation that existed between the church and the world to erode to the place that it is hard to tell the difference between the two any longer. Friend, don’t be fooled, you cannot play around with sin and not get burned, (Pro. 6:27). Things have a way of getting out of hand quicker than you can imagine.

We have become a nation of compromisers. We are afraid to take a stand against sin for fear of being labeled “intolerant.” We are so politically correct that we are afraid we might offend someone with our “religion.” We are already paying a high price for our disobedience; but I am afraid that we are slated for far harsher judgment as a nation.

“Be Still and Know” By: Based on Ps 46:10 and Ex 15:26

Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee. I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee. I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord I put my trust. In thee, O Lord I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord I put my trust. In thee, O Lord I put my trust.

Loving Father, God of the Universe! We know that life is not easy, but that it can be rewarding with your blessings, and we can keep perfect peace when our minds are steadfast because we trust in YOU. Reassure us O Lord during difficult seasons, with Your broad shoulders and supportive embrace. Enable us to gratefully accept Your gift of peace. Calm our storms of life that we might know and appreciate your peace and comfort. Shelter us in Your loving arms, and help us to remember all the promises we receive in Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes! Help us to be still and know! In His Mighty name we pray. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 11/17/2012 11:04AM

    Just stopping back to say "Be still and Know" helped me get through a very rough day yesterday! I read this lesson early in the morning and started my day! Oh what a great reminder that is when challenges came my way yesterday! emoticon Vic!

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HAGIN2010 11/16/2012 11:38AM

    I spent most of my life "living among the Cannintes" Vic May i never forget the turmoil and sorrow for doing so. I have found a much better life living in Christ our Lord.

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TONYVAND1 11/16/2012 10:29AM

  Oh that my people would humble themselves repent and pray. We do need to be still and know that God is God of the entire universe. Pray that our nations will repent and turn back to God.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/16/2012 7:19AM

    God speaks to us if only we will listen!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, THU, 11/15/2012

Judges 1:1-2; 2:1-4; 16,

It does not take very long to discover that the book of Judges is not a very pleasant book. In fact, it one of the darkest books in the Bible. It describes a period in Israel’s history when they were without a strong, godly leader. Perhaps the times and the book are best summed up by Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When man is left to himself, it will not be long before he finds himself in deep trouble. This was the case in Israel as well.

God had birthed them in the furnace of grace and had delivered them from the horrible of slavery in Egypt. He had led them through the wilderness giving them blessing on top of blessing. They were a favored people. They were the chosen ones of the Lord God Almighty. He led them; He fed them and He protected them. Eventually, He led them into the land of Canaan. This was their Promised Land. It was a land flowing with milk and honey, and it was given to them by the sovereign will of God. All they had to do was enter the land, destroy the people who were living there and take up residence.

God had given Israel Himself; He gave them a Lord. God led Israel into Canaan; He gave them a land. He also handed to them His commandments; He gave them a Law. But, Israel denied the Lord, defiled the land and defied the Law. As a result, God was forced to judge this people He loved so very much.

But, Israel’s saga is not limited to their experience. Looking back through the corridor of time, one can see nation after nation that had a great beginning, achieving tremendous success only to suffer a horrible fall and a tragic end.

Today, we stand on the eve of our nation as a free, sovereign country. There is no doubt that America had an amazing beginning. Our great nation was forged on the anvil of truth with the hammer of the Word of God by men who held tightly to their convictions and who were held in the strong grip of their faith in Almighty God. There is no disputing the fact that America was founded, not as a religious nation, but as a Christian nation! There is no question but that God Himself had His hand in the formation of this country.

Yet, like Israel of old, America has denied the Lord Who formed us. We have defiled the land He gave us. We have defied the Law He established us upon. As a result, America is no more a Christian nation. We are no longer “one nation under God.” We, like Israel, have turned away from the God Who made us great and we have gone after gods of our own design. We are a nation that has experienced the great and manifold blessings of God in the past; we are a nation that will face God’s hand of judgment in the future!

Today, I want to look back into the ancient past. I want to watch Israel as they move away from the Lord and what happened to them because of their sin. I want to observe God as He confronts a national disaster in Israel. Some may wonder what this passage has to do with us.

My friend, in these verses we can see a portrait of our nation as it is today and we can get a glimpse of what lies in store for America, if she does not return to God.
Whether you know it or not, we are facing a real crisis in our nation. We have religion, but there is no fear of God. We have civilization and culture, but they are built on the shifting sands of human philosophy and wisdom and not the firm foundation of the Word of God. I would like for us to look around today, even as we look back. I would like to take these verses and teach for a few minutes on the subject “Confronting A National Disaster”.


When Israel entered Canaan, the sky was the limit! God had promised them the land and all they had to do was claim it by faith. Notice what they enjoyed during those early, heady days of victory.

They Enjoyed God’s Providence – Verse 2, “I have delivered…” God was going before them, preparing the way for certain victory. There was no way they could lose as long as God was behind them, ahead of them, above them and all around them, (Rom. 8:31).

They Enjoyed God’s Protection – Verse 19, “And the LORD was with Judah and drove out…” This shows us that God was actively involved in helping Israel conquer the land of Canaan. He not only prepared the way; He also protected them in the way
They Enjoyed God’s Power– Verse 4, which says “and the LORD delivered…”, tells us Who the real power on the battlefield was. He is the God of all power, (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20)!

They Enjoyed God’s Promises – For hundreds of years, beginning with Abraham, (Gen. 12:1), God had been promising to give the nation of Israel a homeland. He is in the process of fulfilling that promise in these verses.

I know that America is not Israel. Some would like to tell us that the promises given to the ancient Israelites have been transferred to us. That is just not true. I don’t want to spiritualize these verses, but I do want to use them as an illustration of what the Lord did for America.

You see, just as surely as Israel was a nation formed by God and formed around God; I think the same can be said about the United States of America. I don’t have time to share all the evidence that is available to support that statement, but just let me briefly share a quote or two.

On March 23, 1775 in the Virginia assembly, that golden tongued orator, Patrick Henry lit the flames of the American Revolution when he said, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased with the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” But that is not all that Patrick Henry said. He also made this statement, “It cannot be emphasized too much or repeated too strongly that America was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not upon religions, but upon the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Many would like us to forget that, but it is still part of our nation’s history!

Another great American named George Washington, the first president of our country, the father of America read from the Bible when he was inaugurated. He took his oath of office with his hand upon the Bible and then he leaned down and kissed the pages of God’s Word. His first official act as President was to take the entire Senate and the House of Representatives to church. They stayed there for a two-hour worship service.

Then George Washington said this, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the counsels of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States.” And then George Washington said, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

America is not an accident! She is the product of the sovereign, providential will of Almighty God. She was founded on His Word and down through the years, God has blessed America! This nation has enjoyed God’s protection, His power, His promises and His provision. Many would love to rip these facts from the fabric our nation’s history; but they are true. America was a nation marked by glorious conquest!

“I’ll Live For Him” By: Ralph E. Hudson (1882)

My life, my love I give to Thee,
Thou Lamb of God Who died for me;
O may I ever faithful be,
My Savior and my God!
I’ll live for Him Who died for me,
How happy then my life shall be!
I’ll live for Him Who died for me,
My Savior and my God!

I now believe Thou dost receive,
For Thou hast died that I might live;
And now henceforth I trust in Thee,
My Savior and my God!

O Thou Who died on Calvary,
To save my soul and make me free,
I’ll consecrate my life to Thee,
My Savior and my God!

Most Holy Father, Awesome and Almighty God. Making decisions based on what we think other people will think won’t really make us happy. True happiness comes from who we really are and not from what we have. Only what You think about us determines our identity and our happiness. You desire that we share all that we have with others. Today we will make decisions based on Your Great Love, Grace and Mercy. Help us not to worry about what others think. Enable us to focus our desires on pleasing the God we love. This we pray in the Holy name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 11/17/2012 11:01AM

    emoticon lesson as always! emoticon

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ANHELIC 11/15/2012 11:41PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. We do have to repent and return to live as God would have us. This is one of the reasons why people are turning from God as they want things their way and won't wait on God in His timing. God bless you for sharing God's word.

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FEMISLIM 11/15/2012 5:53PM

    You are blessed for the words you shared!

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HAGIN2010 11/15/2012 2:14PM

    Great lesson Vic

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TONYVAND1 11/15/2012 10:19AM


Thank you for being bold enough to say it as it is. We are facing a national crisis. Both in your country and mine (Canada) We have turned away from God and His degrees and we are doing what seems right in our own eyes. We need to repent and turn back to Him or we too will be dispersed as Israel was. Stand Firm.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/15/2012 7:09AM

    A very great lesson! thank you!

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CHUM48 11/15/2012 6:51AM

    Thank you fr sharing your thoughts!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/15/2012 6:49AM

  thank you for sharing

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 11/14/2012

Joshua 24:1-28


V. 14 Confronted By A Command - Joshua's command to the people was three-fold. They were commanded to "fear" God; clean up their lives by putting away their other gods; and they were to serve the Lord. This would put them in a position to put God back in the forefront of their lives. This is a command that God's people need to take heed today! We need to:

Fear the Lord - That is, we need to reverence and honor Him for Who He is. He deserves to be respected and loved by those He has redeemed!

Put away our other gods! All those things in our lives that come ahead of the Lord need to be put away forever!

Serve the Lord with sincerity. The word "serve" means "to fulfill the role of a slave." We are His possessions and should live as such, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The word "sincerity" means "wholeheartedly, completely, with integrity". The English word "sincere" comes from two Latin words which mean "without wax". It was used to refer to scrupulous pottery dealers who sold first class pottery that did not have cracks patched with wax. When patched pottery was held up to the light, the wax patch was easy to spot. So it is with people who live insincere lives. When they are held up to the light, their hypocrisy shows! The implication for us is that God does not want His people to live lives of hypocrisy! He wants us to be what we claim to be!

V. 15a Confronted By A Choice - Joshua challenged the people to choose who they would serve and to get about it! The same choice stands before us today! It's about time people got off the fence and made up their minds whose team they are on, like the people Elijah confronted on Mt. Carmel – (1 Kings 18:21). Friend, you cannot have both God and the world! You cannot have Him and all your distractions. Either He is in first place, or you have a different god! The question that comes to my mind is this: "Why would anyone think it evil to serve the Lord?"

V. 15b Confronted By A Challenge - Joshua set the example and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the people by stating his clear intention to serve God. We need some Joshua in our day! We need some men and women, who will settle it in their hearts that Jesus Christ and His Word and will, are going to come before everything else in life! We need some who will set the example for others. We have too many who, by their lives, give justification for slackness in life. We need some who have a backbone of steel and who would rather die that let something come ahead of God in their lives: like Daniel –( Dan. 1:8-19; Dan 6:1-28); The 3 Hebrews –( Dan. 3:1-30); Ruth – (Ruth 1:16-17). Does your life stand as a challenge to godly living, or as an encouragement to godless living? It is one or the other!


V. 16-18 The Resolve Of The People - The people consider all that the Lord has done for them and they declare their allegiance to Him alone! They seem almost incredulous when offered the opportunity to serve other gods. Is the Lord your choice today? If He has to compete for your time, your attention, your money and your love, it calls your whole profession into question! If you had to rank God on a list of priorities in your life, where would He end up?

V. 19-23 A Reminder To The People - Joshua takes the opportunity to remind them that God is holy and righteous. If they serve Him, He will bless them, but if they renege on their end of the agreement, there will be a high price to pay.

God's people need to remember that while God is a God of love, grace and mercy; He is also still a holy and righteous God. He will not tolerate sin in the lives of His children! Friends, there is a terribly high price to pay for disobedience, (Heb. 12:6-12). Sadly, many people pay the price for their sins in their children, their health and in their homes. You better understand today that you will reap exactly what you sow, (Gal. 6:7).

V. 24-28 The Reaction Of The People - The people respond by setting about the business of serving the Lord. They and Joshua set up a memorial, a record if you will of their decision. There was a record of their decision and it would be used to hold them accountable. Sadly, Israel did not keep their vows to the Lord and they paid a terribly high price. Just read Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.

God keeps good records! He will hold us to the vows we have made, (Eccl. 5:1-7). He wants us to serve Him, love Him and honor Him. When we do that, He will bless our lives. When we choose to walk in a way that does not please Him, then we can expect Him to chastise us, if we are truly His children.

Conc: Don't you think that it's time to make up your mind? If the Lord be God then serve Him. If He isn't, then go ahead and serve whatever has your heart. Whatever you do, stop trying to have the best of both worlds! A Christian that refuses to live for the Lord is a poor advertisement for the Lord Jesus Christ! While a life lived in His power and victory is a powerful advertisement indeed! Which are you?

Perhaps you aren't even saved. You know that if you were, your life would be vastly different than it is. Today would be a great day to come to Jesus. Others may want to come before the Lord and just let Him do a spiritual checkup on your heart. Let's get it right so that the church can grow and go for the glory of the Lord!

“We Will Glorify” By: Twila Paris (1982)

We will glorify the King of kings
We will glorify the Lamb
We will glorify the Lord of lords
Who is the great I AM

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty
We will bow before His throne
We will worship Him in righteousness
We will worship Him alone

He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth
He is Lord of all who live
He is Lord above the universe
All praise to Him we give

Hallelujah to the King of kings
Hallelujah to the Lamb
Hallelujah to the Lord of Lords
Who is the great I AM

Awesome Father, Almighty God! You called us away from the dim memories, the scattered bits of pottery of life, the unwarranted hopes of ever-increasing retirement accounts, the daily stock market reports, and past all that uncertainty to the God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment today, as well as a firm foundation for the coming age, where we will find the life that is a true life. We are tempted by the everyday offers and assurance of guaranteed growth combine with high margins of profit, but we prefer Your offer over the world’s. Lead us not into temptations, but deliver us from all evil and forgive us when we sin. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray. Amen!


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ANHELIC 11/14/2012 9:59PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, wonderful hymn and prayer. We must make a choice whether to follow God or the world. We will never become victorious following the world's way, but conquerers with God. I know where I want to go and I know that God will take me there. God bless you for teaching this lesson.

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HAGIN2010 11/14/2012 4:58PM

    Thanks Vic for a wonderful blog.

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HAGIN2010 11/14/2012 4:58PM

    Thanks Vic for a wonderful blog.

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SUNSETBREEZE05 11/14/2012 11:09AM

    Amen! Thanks Vic... emoticon

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TONYVAND1 11/14/2012 10:55AM

  Great message Vic. It is time that people make a stand for The Lord. Live for Him whole hearted and totally devoted to Him.

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CANBDONE 11/14/2012 9:29AM

    He helps us fight our battles, too. I trust the King of the Angel-Armies!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Tue, 11/13/2012

Joshua 24:1-28

These were exciting times for the people of Israel. They had defeated their enemies and claimed the promised land. Each of the tribes had received their inheritance and now they could settle down and enjoy life a little. It was a time of hope, prosperity and blessings.

It was also a very dangerous time for these people! There was the danger that they would forget where they came from, how they had gotten to where they were and what the Lord had done for them. There was the danger that they would begin to adopt the idolatrous religion of the Canaanites who still lived around them. There was the danger that they would fall into a state of complacency. A state in which they might feel that they could let down their guard just a little. These were dangerous times for Israel indeed!

In the midst of this situation, Joshua stands up to deliver to the people a challenge from the Lord. God wants them to dedicate themselves to Him and to His work. He does not want them trying to live for Him on the one hand and the gods of Canaan on the other. He wants wholehearted dedication or nothing! That is the clear message of this passage.

I would just remind you that these are dangerous times for the church as well. We are seeing the church develop an appearance that is more and more like that of the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. A church that has everything it needs, except for the presence, power and glory of God. Just as the Lord issued a call through Joshua, all those centuries ago, for His people to make of their minds as to whom they would serve, so He issues the same call to His people today. Let's take some time this to look into these verses and hear the call God is giving to us. I want to teach for a few minutes on the thought, “It's Time To Make Up Your Mind”! And, it is! You will have an opportunity today to decide who will have your worship, your love and your obedience: God almighty, or you and all the things that want to capture your minds.


Joshua begins his remarks by calling them to a time of contemplation. He wants them to remember, who they are ,where they came from and what the Lord has done for them. It would do us good to think back on those things ourselves!

V. 1-12 To Contemplate God's Power In Their Lives - They are reminded about God's choice and call of Israel. How He redeemed them and delivered them from Egypt. How He manifested His power and glory on their behalf time and time again. They are reminded of the victories they have enjoyed and the blessings that have been theirs because of the Lord's work in their lives. We need to contemplate all that the Lord has done for us! Remember where He found you. What He did for you. How He has blessed you. How He has worked on your behalf time and again. How He has answered prayer and met needs. Remember His power in your life.

V. 1-12 To Contemplate God's Presence In Their Lives - Israel is reminded that God has ever been with them. In everything they faced, He was there to help them and to see them through. We need to remember that since the day we were saved by grace, God has never left us nor had He forsaken us, as He said, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). Remember His presence in your life.

V. 13 To Contemplate God's Provisions In Their Lives - Now they are reminded of how they enjoy blessings that they do not deserve. They are clearly partakers of grace and have more than they could have ever imagined! We need to contemplate the fact that we have much that we simply do not deserve! Think of it! We are saved, secure and headed to a home in Heaven! We are hell prove and in the body of Christ. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and live in His presence all the time. We have more than anyone can understand or imagine! God has been so good to us!

In light of these truths, I wonder why so many of God's children seem to have a hard time just simply loving and serving Him as they should. Of course, this is nothing new! Israel was guilty of walking out on God even when He had been so good to them, (Jer. 2:5-19)! I wonder if we would not have to admit to the same kind of sin? Everything under the sun is allowed to come before the Lord in our lives. This simply is not right! Perhaps we need to contemplate what the Lord has done for us once again. Remember where He found you and all that He has done for you.


God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
He’s so good to me!

He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He’s so good to me!

I love Him so,
I love Him so,
I love Him so,
He’s so good to me!

I praise His Name,
I praise His Name,
I praise His Name,
He’s so good to me!

Merciful Father, Loving God! Little did we know that when we vowed to follow Jesus, our Lord, that this action would change the way we think and the way we act. Little did we understand that we do not need to know which road the steps will take; we only needed to know which steps were His. Thank You for leaving us a clear trail of Jesus’ footsteps to follow, one that will lead us to You, to our spiritual redemption, and to a peace that passes all understanding. Let us go forward and follow His footprints in spite of all our fears. Enable us to go forth proclaiming Your Salvation to Your glory, Honor, and Praise. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!


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HAGIN2010 11/13/2012 3:42PM

    Hi Vic I had turned to God just like that during times of crises but almost was lost again during good stable times. by the grace of God I was nudged in the right direction by a good group of believers and had a spiritual awakening.

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TONYVAND1 11/13/2012 10:59AM

  May we not be like the church of Laodicea, luke warm for Christ will spit us out,. Instead may we be on fire for Him every day. Thanks Vic , for sharing.

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NADINEL 11/13/2012 10:12AM

    Thank you, Vic.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/13/2012 8:32AM

    love the hymn! thank you!!!

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MOM-MOM8 11/13/2012 7:45AM

    Thank you for a message that is so relevant for today!

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    Thanks Vic! emoticon

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Monday, November 12, 2012

JOSHUA, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is MY Prayer, Mon, 11/12/2012

Joshua 23:1-8,


As his last official act as the leader of Israel, Joshua leads them in a renewal of their covenant with the Lord. This ritual involved several stones. Let’s take a brief look at these stones.

24:25-28 It Involved A Great Stone - Before Joshua dies, he erects a great stone as a monument to the fact that the people have sworn to follow the Lord. Thereafter, whenever they passed by that place they would remember their oath and be certain that their lives were pleasing to the Lord their God.

We do not erect stone markers to memorialize our oaths to the Lord, but still, we remember them don’t we?

Do you remember when you were saved?

Did you promise the Lord that you would faithfully serve Him all the days of your life?

Have you forgotten that promise?

Have you been living like you have forgotten it?

If you have, you can rest assured that God hasn’t! Some of you have promised to be more faithful to the Lord, to pray more, to read your Bibles, to witness for Him. You made the promise, but have you carried it out? You may have forgotten about it, but He hasn’t!

It is far better to never make a promise to God, than it is to make it and then break it, “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” (Eccl. 5:1-5).

Are you doing all the things you told the Lord you would do? If not, today would be a good day to make that thing right with the Lord! You see, even not doing good is a sin, (James 4:17). Thankfully, God still forgives sin when it is confessed before Him – (1 John 1:9).

24:29-33 It Involved Some Grave Stones - This book closes with three funerals. These funerals speak to us today.

V. 29-31 The Gravestone Of Faithfulness - The first grave stone mentioned is that of Joshua himself. His tombstone spoke about the faithfulness of God to His people! This is the grave of faithfulness. God had used this man Joshua to bring the people in the Promised Land and God had used Joshua to lead the people in the right way. Through the life of Joshua, God had proven Himself to be a faithful God.

Those who serve the Lord soon learn that God is faithful! He will keep His Word and He will fulfill His promises to you,( Rom. 4:21). If you will walk in His will and serve Him, then He will in turn bless you life beyond measure. Our God is a faithful God!

V. 32 The Gravestone Of Fulfillment - The second gravestone mentioned belonged to a man who had died many centuries before in the land of Egypt. This is the grave of fulfillment. While Joseph was on his deathbed, he made the following prediction, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt,” (Gen 50:24-26).

Now, several hundred years later, a grave is dug, a coffin is lowered and body is placed in the ground that was promised hundreds of years before. I can almost imagine that if you listened very carefully to the grave of Joseph after he was buried there, you might have heard that old pile of bones sigh and say, “I told you do, I told you so!”

The lesson here is that we serve a God, Who is able to make that which seems impossible a reality for His children, (Eph. 3:20). When He makes a promise to use and bless you if you will serve Him, then you can count on Him being able to do just what He has promised!

V. 33 The Gravestone Of Finality - The last gravestone marks the grave of Eleazar. He was the son of Aaron the first High Priest. His grave is the grave of finality. The death of Eleazar marks the changing of the guard in Israel. All the old timers are gone! All those who came out of Egypt and out of the wilderness have passed from the scene. All those God used in such a mighty fashion are dead. Now, it is time for a new generation to pick up the mantle of service and do something for the Lord.

It is a shame when old soldiers of Jesus pass from the scene. I have seen some great saints of God go home to be with the Lord. Their presence and gifts are still missed by the church.

It is an even greater shame when those who are left behind do not lift the mantle and carry on for the Lord. Israel turned to idols after the deaths of their great leaders. Likewise, the modern church has forsaken the path laid down by those who have gone before. God help us to be like Elisha, who lifted the mantle of Elijah and cried out to God, “You did it for Elijah, now do it for me!,”( 2 Kings 2:12-14)!

Conc: Where are the Joshua’s and Elisha’s today? Where are those who will stand up and be counted for Jesus? Where are those who are tired of business as usual and want to see God moving in power in the midst of His people? Where are those who are willing to pay the price of personal sacrifice and holiness that they might be bright torches in the hand of God?

When those who had known the glory of God died out in Israel, those who were left behind turned to other gods and to wickedness. There is a generation in our midst who know nothing of the power of God. They know a church filled with people who claim to love Jesus, but who deny Him by the lives they live. They no longer see Him moving in power in the services.

We need some people who are willing to pay the price for the power of God, who will step forward and get themselves in these altars and call on God until He moves in their lives, forever changing them and their world.

The God of Elijah is not dead! The God of Moses and of Joshua is not dead! He is alive and well! The problem with our generation is that there are no Elijah’s, no Moses’ and no Joshua’s. God is still willing to use anyone who will make himself or herself available to Him. Is that person you?

D.L. Moody, as a young man heard Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”

Moody said, “I will be that man!” And he was!

God used him to touch two continents for Jesus. God is still looking for someone who will come to Him and say, “I will be that man!” I ask again, is that person you?

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” By: Thomas O. Chisholm (1923)

"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Father of Heaven, God of Earth! We pray You would help us to be the person who has a heart for You and for Your ways; one who is in the right place at the right time. Enable us as we fast and pray to have the powerful effect on the world around us by standing up for what is right and following Jesus’ lead. Make our prayers powerful enough to save the lives of the people for whom we pray. Teach us to be faithful, just like YOU. This we pray and ask in the powerful name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!


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ANHELIC 11/12/2012 9:56PM

    Thank you Vic for an awesome lesson, hymn, one of my favorites and prayer. Great is thy faithfulness. God is faithful and will help us get through out days if we are faithful to Him to our best ability. Thank you for teaching us God's word.
God bless you Vic.

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NADINEL 11/12/2012 2:47PM

    Thanks Vic, for your prayer and your blog. The song is one of my favorites.

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HAGIN2010 11/12/2012 10:43AM

    Thanks for another great blog Vic

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GRACED777 11/12/2012 8:35AM

    I love that hymn as well, friend! And I appreciate and agree with the message. May the Lord bless your seeking Him.

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TONYVAND1 11/12/2012 8:34AM

  What a great and mighty God we serve. You are right , God is not dead. Great is His faithfulness each and every day.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/12/2012 7:53AM

    I made more than 3 better choices yesterday because of God! I smiled and did the better! thanks for that lesson my friend!
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DAWN14163 11/12/2012 7:38AM

    My very favourite hymn. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! Happy Monday, Vic.

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