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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 1/14/2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Mon, 1/14/2013

A BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!

Judges 14:1-9
ALL THE SIGNS POINT TO DANGER, Lesson 17d

vv. 6, 9 SAMSON’S DECEPTION
Honey in a carcass was not as strange as it sounds. The dry arid conditions of Palestine would often prevent the outward decay of a corpse. It would be mummified. Bees’ looking for moisture, would move into the mummified remains of dead animals and build a hive there.

v. 9 The Ruthlessness Of His Deception – Samson is so filled with pride, that he never considers the consequences of his actions. By eating the honey from the lion, he defiled himself. By giving it to his parents, he caused them to be defiled as well, ( Num. 19:11-13). He deceived his parents and caused them problems too!

When we willfully disregard God’s will for our lives we always pull others down with us. You see it in families all the time. One member will get out of God’s will and they will pull the rest of the family away from God with them.

It is sad, but true, most of us never stop to think about the impact our decisions have on the lives of others. Wickedness in our lives always impacts the people around us. That is part of the deceptiveness of sin. It blinds our eyes to the true consequences of our actions. All we see is the pleasure, we can never see the pain.

vv. 6, 9 The Reason For His Deception – Samson hid his sin because he did not want his parents to know that he had defiled himself. Had they known, they would have demanded that he fulfill the requirements of the Law of God. He hid his sins because he didn’t want others to think less of him. He knew that he wasn’t right with God and he probably felt a little smug and prideful that he had a secret no one knew about but him.

Sinful men do not like to sin alone. They love the way of the world. The world tries its best to make sin and sinful products glamorous and appealing. In the same way, sinful people love to pull others into their wickedness. They will do this by tempting and pressuring others to join them in their sin. They do it by gossiping and turning others against the people they want to hurt. Wicked people are never content to enjoy their wickedness all alone. Misery loves company, and so do miserable sinners!

There is another issue here that needs to be mentioned. There is a perverseness in sin that makes the sinner feel superior to others because he has a secret life that others are not aware of. The sinner forgets, however, that God knows all about it!

One final thought from this passage is in order. The believer would do well to take inventory of the company he keeps. (1 Cor. 15:33). There is a great danger in having the wrong kind of people as close friends.

Evil people may appear to be friendly, but they are not your friends when they entice you to go places and do things that defile. Even a professing Christian, if he or she is living a worldly life, is a dangerous person to have as a close friend. They will try to pull you into their worldly activities. It helps them to quiet the cry of the conscience if they can find other Christians who are doing what they do. Perhaps that is why Paul said, “withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly,”( 2 Thes. 3:6).

Conc: Imagine for a moment how Samson’s life would have been different if he had recognized the warning signs and turned his life toward God. Imagine now what God could do with us if we would simply recognize the warning signs that present themselves in our lives.

Can you see any warning signs in your life today? If so, will you continue down the road to ruin, or will you make the necessary changes to get your life on God’s path? If you can see evil desires, open disrespect for authority, disobedience to God’s will and deception in your life, the time to change is now. It may not be too late to avoid catastrophe in your life.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Peter 1:22-23 (New International Version (NIV)
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Instruments of Your Peace” By Kirk and Deby Dearman (1993)

Lord make us instruments of Your peace
Where there is hatred let Your love increase
Lord make us instruments of Your peace
Walls of pride and prejudice shall cease
When we are Your instruments of peace


Where there is hatred
We will show His love
Where there is injury
We will never judge
Where there is striving
We will speak His peace
To the people crying for release
We will be His instruments of peace




Where there is blindness
We will pray for sight
Where there is darkness
We will shine His light
Where there is sadness
We will bear their grief
To the millions crying for release
We will be His instruments of peace

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Love. Light and Life, God of Mercy, Miracles and Might! We worship You and thank You that You are the God of Love. Thank You for loving us even before we knew You. We praise You especially for sacrificing Your only Son, Jesus Christ. Your love brings healing and salvation to us no matter what is happening in our life or what may happen in our life. The love and healing and salvation is there, and we must take ownership of it through Jesus. Grant us the right dreams about heaven, the right goal on how to get there, the right training so we may share it, the right desire to work to glorify You, the right attitude to Keep on working, and the right spirit to kneel before you in prayer. Your love for us will never end, and may our love for You never end. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 1/15/2013 12:49AM

    Thank your for you lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. As the saying goes you are who your friends are. We can be swayed in the wrong direction by wanting to be accempted by our friends and it might be the wrong kind of friends. If we follow them in the direction away from God, we will pay the penelty in the end. Please Lord, help us not to stray away from you.

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TONYVAND1 1/14/2013 7:49AM

  We must be careful with the company we keep They can so easily drag us down

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/14/2013 7:47AM

    Thank you for todays bible reading! much appreciated

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NANCYPAT1 1/14/2013 6:43AM

    Thanks for sharing your morning Bible reading, prayers and hymn. I appreciated it this morning.

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  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 1/13/2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Sun, 1/13/2013

A BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!

Judges 14:1-9
ALL THE SIGNS POINT TO DANGER, Lesson 17c

v. 5-9 SAMSON’S DISOBEDIENCE
Samson’s parents relent and give in to his demands. They sacrificed their convictions to make him happy. By the way, that is never right! You should stand for what is right even if the whole world walks out on you! There are too many parents who live for nothing but to make their children happy. What about the Lord?

As they go to Timnath to see this woman, Samson apparently wanders off to himself. He is passing through a vineyard when he is attacked by a lion. He kills the lion with his bare hands, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This seems like the first of many great feats of strength, and it is. But, this event is also a window into Samson’s soul. A glimpse through that window reveals a heart that is filled with disobedience. This is another warning sign that Samson should have heeded.

v. 5 The Place Of His Disobedience – Samson is attacked in a vineyard. What is a Nazarite doing in a vineyard? According to Num. 6:3-4, he could not eat anything that came from a vine. He could not drink wine. He had no business being around a vineyard. This simply reveals the disobedient nature of Samson’s heart.

Perhaps he thought he was immune to temptation. Perhaps he thought that the prohibition against the fruit of the vine was for everyone but him. Who knows what he thought, but his disobedience is revealed by his placing himself in a place where he could be tempted to break his vows to the Lord.

The same is true with us. When we continually place ourselves in situations where we can be tempted, we are revealing the fact that we have a disobedient spirit. It is almost like we are daring temptation to come. It is almost like we are courting sin. I would remind you that God commands us to separate from sin, not court it, (2 Cor. 6:17).

v. 7 The Proof Of His Disobedience – Samson’s disobedience manifested itself in his ignoring all the warning signs and in his following his own way.

The disobedient heart always shows itself through disobedient actions. It does as it pleases without regard for God or for the consequences. When you do as you please, even though you know God is against it, it is a huge, red, flashing warning sign that you are headed for trouble, (James 4:17).

v. 8-9 The Power Of His Disobedience – Samson placed his Nazarite vow in jeopardy just by being near a dead body, (Num. 6:6). Samson was so full of his own will and so filled with his own ways that the things of God held no power over him. Again, Samson did not care what God wanted, he only cared about what he wanted! Samson was completely under the spell of his sinful lusts.

Such is the power of our own sinful condition, we can reach the place where we no longer care what God wants from us. We can reach the place where all that matters is what we want and how we feel. That is a dangerous place to be!

v. 8-9 The Price Of His Disobedience – When Samson touched that dead lion, he violated his vow to the Lord, (Num. 6:9-12). He was supposed to go to the priest and offer sacrifices. He was supposed to shave his head. He was supposed to begin again as a Nazarite, because his sin destroyed everything in his life up to that point, (Num. 6:12). The price should have been forfeiture of all he had worked for.

For His Own purposes, God does not judge Samson here. We are told in verse 4 that these events were “of the Lord”. This does not mean that God planned the sin of Samson. It does mean that God allowed that sin to happen. It also means that God intended to use Samson’s sin to accomplish God’s will.

That is an amazing thing, isn’t it? God works exactly the same way in your life and mine. He does not make us sin, and He does not condone our sins, but he uses our sins to accomplish His own purposes in people, in the world, and in us!

God used Judah’s sin with Tamar to further the line of Christ. God used David’s sin with Bathsheba to bring Solomon into the world. He used the betrayal of Judas to get Christ to Calvary. I can’t explain these things, but I can rest in the sovereignty of God and know that even our sins will not thwart His plans.

For Samson, the price of his disobedience was that he was emboldened in his sin. When he broke his vow to God and nothing happened to him, he must have thought he got away with it. This misunderstanding of his sins caused him to travel even farther down the road to ruin.

We don’t get away with sin, my friend. It may appear that you have, but you don’t. There is a reckoning day! You may face the consequences of your sins in this life, (Gal. 6:7). You will surely face God with them someday, (Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10). Disobedience always carries a high price. When we identify a disobedient heart within, we should deal with it immediately. It is a warning sign from God that trouble is ahead.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 25:11 (New International Version (NIV)
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
is a ruling rightly given.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Stand Amazed” By Charles H. Gabriel (1905)
1. I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus the Nazarene,
and wonder how he could love me,
a sinner, condemned, unclean.

Refrain:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
is my Savior's love for me!

2. For me it was in the garden
he prayed: "Not my will, but thine."
He had no tears for his own griefs,
but sweat-drops of blood for mine.
(Refrain)

3. In pity angels beheld him,
and came from the world of light
to comfort him in the sorrows
he bore for my soul that night.
(Refrain)

4. He took my sins and my sorrows,
he made them his very own;
he bore the burden to Calvary,
and suffered and died alone.
(Refrain)

5. When with the ransomed in glory
his face I at last shall see,
'twill be my joy through the ages
to sing of his love for me.
(Refrain)

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Light, God of Glory! We ask that Your Holy Spirit, who inspired the writing of the scriptures, will bring Your Word alive into our hearts every time we read or hear it. Enable us to retain it so we may learn about Your will and do what it says in obedience to Your will. Prepare us with Your Word so we may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good works. Make Your Word a fabric of our daily being; weave it into our hearts and souls so that it forms who and what we are, and to whom we belong, to Your praise, glory and honor. Do not let us neglect Your word and cause our prayers to become an abomination to You. Help us to live in the peace You have for those who love and obey Your way. These things we pray in the name of Jesus, our Blessed Lord. Amen!

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TONYVAND1 1/13/2013 5:19PM

  Disobedience causes us to withdraw from God Obedience causes us to draw close to Him

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ANHELIC 1/13/2013 4:12PM

    Thank your for a great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. Even though it is difficult for us to be perfect because of our sins, God will forgive us if we repent and ask for His forgiveness. Each day, we should keep following God's glorious path and give Him the glory for being there when we have trials that He lets us go through to strengthen us. We serve an awesome God. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic and my God richly bless you.

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RSSSLHB 1/13/2013 11:53AM

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/13/2013 8:50AM

    God gets all the glory! Love todays hymn!

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/13/2013 7:57AM

    The lion in the place Samson was not supposed to be reminds me of Aslan in the CS Lewis story A Horse and His Boy. Now for me, it is like Samson killed God's warning.

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JOANIE69 1/13/2013 7:27AM

    In spite of the warnings in this message, and in spite of ourselves, God and we His children are on the winning side. Why? Because our God is sovereign. Praise God that WE are not.

emoticon I can’t explain these things, but I can rest in the sovereignty of God and know that even our sins
will not thwart His plans. emoticon

Hallelujah! May God bless you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 1/12/2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Sat, 1/12/2013

A BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!

Judges 14:1-9
ALL THE SIGNS POINT TO DANGER, Lesson 17b

v. 3 SAMSON’S DISRESPECT
His Parent’s Charge – When Samson’s parents hear what he wants to do, they immediately warn against following this course of action. They know that what Samson had planned is not the Lord’s will, and they try to change his mind by encouraging him to marry a good Israelite girl.

What they do is what any loving, caring parent would do if they saw their child about to make a serious mistake. It is exactly what Paul told parents to do in Eph. 6:4b, “…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Parent’s, your children my not appreciate it, but you have a responsibility to warn them when they are about to do something harmful in their lives. Sometimes the Lord uses parents to hold up the stop sign in front of our child.

Samson’s Choice – Despite the pleas from his parents, Samson is settled in his heart. The phrase “she pleaseth me well,” literally means “this is right in my eyes.” Samson doesn’t care what his parents think. He doesn’t care about what God thinks. He doesn’t care about what’s right or wrong. All he cares about is what he thinks, what he wants and what he feels. All he cares about is pleasing himself. So, he disrespects his parent’s wishes and he disrespects God will. This should have been a warning sign to Samson.
When there is rebellion in a heart, that rebellion will manifest itself through disrespect for others and for the things of God.

When you find yourself doing as you please with no regard for how your actions impact others, you are headed for trouble. When you could care less about what God says in His Word; when you could care less about how your actions could hurt others; when you show no regard of people’s feelings, you are headed for trouble.

The desire to live for self; what I think, what I want; and what I feel; is a manifestation of a rebel’s heart. It is a warning sign that should be heeded.

Life is bigger than you. What you do affect everyone around you. Your actions impact your family, your acquaintances and your church. Disrespect for others, their feelings and their needs, is a warning sign!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 10:14 (New International Version (NIV)
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Am A Sheep” By Dennis L. Jernigan (1988)

I am a sheep and the Lord is my shepherd
Watching over my soul.
My soul to keep guarding over me ever,
Watching wherever I go.

Chorus
And when the winds blow He is my shelter!
And when I'm lost and alone He rescues me!
And when the Lion comes He is my victory!
Constantly watching over me!
He is constantly watching over me!

We are his children and he is our Father
Watching over our souls.
Great is His love for His sons and His daughters,
Watching wherever we go.
Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Faithful Father, God of Love and Hope! Thank You for Your Spirit of love dwelling in our hearts and minds, so that we may be filled with Your hope for us. Help us to comprehend the width, length, depth, and height of Your love. Enable us to continuously receive the love of Christ in our hearts which passes all understanding, so we may be filled with His fullness. Teach us to love others the way You do: teach us to love just like You; to care just like Jesus; and to share just like the Spirit. We know that even if we speak like an angel, but have not love, we are just making noises; even if we can move mountains, but have not loved, we are nothing. Spirit of love and hope, flow powerfully through us today and always, to the glory, praise and honor of our Loving God. This we pray in His Loving name. Amen!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/12/2013 4:50PM

    The Father watches over all of us! Amen!

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ANHELIC 1/12/2013 3:53PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson again, hymn and prayer. We cannot serve the world and God at the same time. We will lose the love of God if we do. We must be faithful to God and follow His way. Blessing to you and your family.

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  Filled with the love and hope of Christ

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    Amen. emoticon

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SAINTBETH 1/12/2013 11:00AM

    Good one. We have a good God.

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    emoticon for adding me to your friends,
emoticon and best of all I found your devotional blog!
God bless.

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    emoticon emoticon Vic

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    Thanks be to God that He has given us His Spirit that we may discern the will of God through Christ Jesus!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 1/11/2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Fri, 1/11/2013

A BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!

Judges 14:1-9
ALL THE SIGNS POINT TO DANGER, Lesson 17a

Everywhere you go in life there are warning signs. There are signs along the roadway that point to dangers that lie ahead. Only a fool ignores those signs. To do so can lead to injury or death.

There are warning signs that our bodies give us from time to time. Pain, tenderness and fatigue are all indications that there are problems in the body. To ignore those signs can lead to serious illness or death.

There are warning signs that our minds send out when there is a problem. Feelings of sadness, feelings of hopelessness, feelings of anxiety and other unwarranted feelings are sign that there may be depression. To ignore those warning signs can lead to far worse mental issues and even death.

Then, there are spiritual warning signs. There are times when we slack up in our commitment to the Lord. We don’t attend church regularly, we don’t pray and we don’t give as we should. There are times when we harbor bitterness and un-forgiveness. We hold onto hurts and have hard feelings toward others. There are times when we flirt with sin. We mess around in areas where we have no business being. When we ignore these warning signs, and there are many more we could mention, we are headed for spiritual shipwreck and spiritual death.

In our text, Samson manifests all the signs of a man who is headed for trouble in his life. Yet, he ignored every one of those signs and traveled ever farther down a road that would lead to dishonor, defeat and death. As Samson took these first steps down the road to ruin, he had no idea where his path would ultimately lead him. He had no idea how bad things would be at the end of the way. Had he heeded the signs, Samson could have avoided many of the problems he faced later in life.

I want us to notice the signs that should have stopped Samson in his tracks and sent him in a new direction. As we look at these signs, I want you to know that you can see the signs that point to danger ahead. By heeding the signs that should have served to warn Samson, we can see the signs that signal danger in our own lives. I want to point out these signs and teach on “All The Signs Point To Danger”.

SAMSON’S DESIRES

The desires that gripped Samson’s heart, and that motivated his life, should have been warning flags that problems were just around the corner.

v. 1-3 He Desires A Woman – He tells his parents that he has been to Timnath. Timnath was a village that belonged to the tribe of Dan. Apparently, it was occupied by the Philistines. On his trip to Timnath, Samson “saw” a Philistine woman. She captured his eye, and he tells his parents to get her for him to be his wife.

The word “her” in verses 2 and 3 is an emphatic personal pronoun. It has the idea that his parents are to “get her and no one else but her.” His mind is made up and he will not consider marrying any other woman.

It is worth noting here that Samson’s life can be summed up in the events surrounding three women. Those women were “the woman of Timnath”,( Jud. 14:1-4); “the harlot of Gath”,( Jud. 16:1-3); and “Delilah”,( Jud. 16:4-20).

If these women had not been a part of Samson’s life, we would know nothing about him but the circumstances surrounding his birth, (Jud. 13:24-25). It is not a stretch to say that Judges chapter 14, 15, and 16 would be eliminated from the Bible if we removed all the events having to do with those three women. Those three ungodly women limited Samson’s service to the Lord, and they shortened his life.

Samson may have been strong physically, but he was weak spiritually. He had no self-control. True strength is not measured in how much you can lift. True strength is measured in how well you can control your actions, your attitudes and your appetites. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city,” (Pro. 16:32).

It would do us well to remember that our problems in the spiritual realm begin in the same place that Samson’s problems began. They begin within our own hearts as we seek to fulfill our own selfish, sinful desires. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed,” (James 1:14).

The problem of sin is an internal problem. It doesn’t begin with someone else. It doesn’t even begin with the devil. Our sin problem begins with us, and with our own twisted, depraved desires.

This should be a warning sign to us. When we begin to long for things that God forbids, it is a sign that we are headed for trouble. The desire to gratify the lusts of the flesh is a sign that we are headed for danger down the road.

v. 1-3 He Desired His Own Way – There are two statements made by Samson that stand out. These two statements give us a glimpse into his heart. He says “get her for me” and “she pleased me well”. Samson’s focus is on what he thinks, feels and wants. Notice that he went to Timnath and “saw a woman”. When he saw her, he wanted her, and nothing would prevent him from having her. Not the objections of his parents; not what anyone else thought about the issue; not what was in the best interest of the nation of Israel; and not even what God said would stop Samson from having his own way in this matter.

It was against God’s will for an Israelite to marry a Philistine, (Ex. 34:16; Deut. 7:3; Josh. 23:12). He only cared about what made him happy, and he lived his life to please himself.

Desires that stood in opposition to the will of God should have been a warning flag to Samson. After all, he was to live out his entire life “a Nazarite to God”,( Jud. 13:7). That is, we was to be “separated unto the Lord” for his entire lifetime. His life was not his to do with as he pleased. His life was the Lord’s to use as God alone saw fit.

There is an application to us in the verses as well. When the Lord saved us, He redeemed us “unto Himself”. He purchased us, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We are His possession, (Titus 2:14). That verses says, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” The word “peculiar” does not mean weird or strange. It refers to “that which is one's own, belonging to one's possessions; a people selected by God from the other nations for his own possession.”

All this simply means that God owns us. He owns us by right of creation, and He owns us by right of redemption. As a result, we should desire His will above our own. When we don’t, it is a clear warning sign that we are headed for trouble.

There is a word in the New Testament that sums up Samson’s attitude, along with the attitudes of many in the modern church. It is the word “lasciviousness”. This word speaks of “unbridled lust; shamelessness”. It speaks of an attitude that says, “I will do as I please and I don’t care what anyone thinks about or says about it.” It is a “me first” attitude. It is a mindset that says, “All that matters to me is getting my way.” Lasciviousness in a life is a warning sign. It is a sign that danger lies ahead for the person afflicted by it.

TODAY’S VERSE!

Isaiah 65:24 (New International Version (NIV)
24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

TODAY”S HYMN!
“Lord Speak To Me” By Frances R, Havergal (1872)

Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.

O strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.

O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart overflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessèd face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.


TODAY”S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Beloved God! It is amazing to us that You love us so, even though we have done nothing to deserve it. What are we that You should exalt us and fill our lives with Your love? Thank You that You see our ways and count our steps and still offer us your love, Your mercy and Your grace. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, we praise You; we praise Your Holy name. We will bless You while we live and lift our hearts to You in Jesus’ precious name. This we pray in His blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 1/12/2013 12:03AM

    Thank you for an awesome lesson, and warning. Because god owns us it is up to us to obey Him and follow His commands. We should constantly be in line with God's will and not try our own ways. Thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you Vic for your teachings.

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TONYVAND1 1/11/2013 5:42PM

  We must check our hearts and desires every day to see if they line up with His will.

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EDITOR 1/11/2013 7:06AM

    Beautiful! Awesome! Warning! There are warning signs from Him just as on roadways. We are penalized on the highways if we do not follow. Why shouldn't we follow the One who never ceases from giving us a head's up!
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CASTIRONLADY 1/11/2013 7:01AM

    Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Glory to God for men like you who continue to carry the message!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 1/10/2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, PLUS, Thu, 1/10/2013

Goooooooooooooooooood Morning Everyone!

Judges 13:1-25
A JUDGE IS BORN, Lesson 16c

THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF SAMSON’S BIRTH

v. 24a The Realization Of His Birth – God kept His promise and the baby was born just like He said he would be. Just to remind you, but God always keeps His promises! He cannot lie, (Heb. 6:18; Num 23:19; Titus 1:2). He will stand by every promise He has ever made, (Rom. 4:21; 2 Cor. 1:20).

This happy mother named her new baby “Samson”. The name literally means “like the sun”. His name means “sunny”.

Those early days of Samson’s life must have seemed like a ray of heavenly sunshine in that home that had waited so long for the cry of an infant. Little did Manoah and his wife know that one day their little “Sunny Boy” would turn from the light he was dedicated to and walk most of his days in darkness.

This is just a reminder to parents that we can do our best and our children may still not turn out right. We cannot know the future, but we must do our best with them while they are small to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

As we will see, however, that Samson’s parents raised a spoiled brat. They gave him everything he wanted and it backed fired on them. They may have followed the letter of the Law in keeping him away from the things God said were off limits, but they failed to instill the Law of God within his heart. They failed to cultivate within Samson a love for God and for righteousness. Those two things would have changed the way Samson’s life played out.

Parents, you are doing your children no favors when you bow to their every whim. They need to know that there are boundaries in life. They need to know that there are limits in life. They need to know there are consequences in life. They need to hear the word “no” every now and then. It won’t kill them, but it might just salvage their lives!

v. 24b The Relationship Of His Birth – We are told that Samson grew and that “the Lord blessed him.” We are told that the other Judges were used by the Lord. We are told that they had the Spirit of God come upon them for special times of service, but this statement “the Lord blessed him” is not made about any of the other Judges of Israel. It indicates that God’s hand was on this young man in a special way.

How sad it is to see Samson’s failure to live up to his fullest potential in the Lord. How sad it is when we fail to do the same. Through the Holy Spirit we all have a special relationship with God. He has a special plan for each one of His children. Our duty is to be where He wants us, doing what He wants us to do for His glory. When we are, we will see Him accomplish through us those things for which He saved us. There is no higher glory in life than to be the person God saved you to be, and to be doing the things God saved you to do.

The Reward Of His Birth – We are told that God began to “move him”. That phrase means “to thrust, to impel, to push”. It conveys the idea that God, through the Holy Spirit, began to impress Samson to fulfill his destiny. He used him in those early days in a localized ministry within the borders of the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, of which Samson was a member. The point is, Samson was available to the Lord in those early days and God used him! He got off to a good start!

It has been said that “the greatest ability is availability”. If we are saved, living for Him, and we make ourselves available to the Lord, He will use us for His glory in the world. I think it would be a good thing if we fell down before the Lord and borrowed a page from Isaiah’s playbook and said, “Here am I; send me,” (Isa. 6:8).

God is still looking for some people He can “move” in these days. He is still looking for some servants who are willing and available vessels.

Conc: Many different subjects have made an appearance in this message. What are we to do with all this information? Let me offer a couple of suggestions.

Look at your relationship with the Lord. Is it all it should be? Are you completely sold out to Him? Are you as available to Him as you should be? Are you even saved?
Look at your relationship with the Holy Spirit. When He moves you, do you respond in humble, swift obedience?

Look at your relationship with your children. Are you raising them for God? Are you giving them every spiritual advantage possible?

Look at your relationship with your spouse. Is your spouse your best friend?
If the Lord has spoken to you on any level, the place to deal with Him is in this altar. If He is calling, you need to come, right now. I would remind you that obedience honors the Lord!

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 13:11 (New International Version (NIV)
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus” By C. F. Weigle (1932)

1.I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true.
I would tell you how
He changed my life completely;
He did something no other friend could do.

Refrain:
No one ever cared for me like Jesus;
There's no other friend so kind as He.
No one else could take the sin
And darkness from me;
O how much He cared for me.

2. All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me;
All my heart was full of misery and woe,
Jesus placed His strong arms about me
And He led me in the way I ought to go.

Refrain:

3. Ev'ry day He comes to me with new assurance;
More and more I understand His word of love.
But I'll never know just why He came to save me,
Till someday I see His blessed face above.

Refrain:

TODAY ‘S PRAYER!

Loving Father, Gracious Lord and God. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit of wisdom and revelation who lives in us. Thank You the Your wisdom which gives us common sense and the ability to make wise decisions and choices. We pray and ask for Your wisdom in all things. Help us to always seek Your wisdom and not the wisdom of this world, to clearly see the difference, and rightly apply it to our lives. May we have the wisdom we need to stay in “the way of Christ Jesus”, free from the “way of evil”, to bring You the glory and honor You deserve. Reveal to us all the things we must understand about life in glory. Grant us the revelation we need when we need it. This we ask in Jesus’ omnipotent name. Amen!

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CIERAPOET 1/11/2013 2:03AM

    emoticon Thanks for the Word and Motivation to go up higher In God! Thank God for The Holy Spirit!!! I Love ALL His Gifts He has made available for our Christian Lives so we can GROW In Him. What A Planer and What An Awesome Plan!
Enjoy A Blessed Weekend!!!
Deb
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ANHELIC 1/10/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. I am grateful that I had one daughter and she grew up not asking for a lot of things. When I was growing up during the 2nd world war, my family did not have anything to give me, so I didn't know any better. I just knew God would provide our needs and He did.
Thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you for your teachings.

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TONYVAND1 1/10/2013 2:22PM

  Train up a child in the way that they shoud go. God's Way.

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/10/2013 10:44AM

    “the greatest ability is availability”. Before I was a Christian I was always busy doing something. My brother used to say to me, slow down. It didn't register that I couldn't hear God unless I did that. Putting God first now.

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RSSSLHB 1/10/2013 8:13AM

    emoticon blog Vic emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/10/2013 7:40AM

    Jesus loves us no matter what! I like that, Vic! Actually I love emoticon it!

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EDITOR 1/10/2013 7:04AM

    emoticon I didn't do this, Vic:. "Parents, you are doing your children no favors when you bow to their every whim." I ended up with two God fearing and successful girls. No regrets because they were raised in the admonition of the Lord, despite family hurdles. Amen, that nobody has ever cared for us like Jesus!
Very nice as I look back upon the years this year!

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