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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 3/24/2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SAMUEL, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 3/24/2013

1 Samuel 1:1-28
HANNAH: A WISE INVESTOR, Lesson 2c

SHE MADE A WISE INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

Through The Length Of Her Commitment - v. 11, 22; 2:18-21 - Hannah made the ultimate commitment a mother can make. She totally gave her child to the Lord! She held nothing back! She committed him to the Lord before he was even conceived, she dedicated him to the Lord when he was born and she gave him to the Lord when he was weaned. What she gave was not a momentary commitment, but it was a once for all commitment from which she never looked back! She sowed seed that would be reaped for generations! She made an investment in the future!

Imagine how hard it must have been to leave Samuel at the Tabernacle! Imagine how much she must have anticipated those yearly trips to see him. Imagine her heart break as she left each year. But, imagine her pride as she watched him develop into a man of God, (2:26)! She was seeing her investment pay off! It had been worth the sacrifice!

This is the kind of commitment God is seeking in His people! He wants us to invest the totality of our lives on His altar, (Rom. 12:1-2). He wants us to give all we have and are to Him, without holding anything back from Him! He wants a once for all commitment for His glory!

Some of you have children that need to be placed on the altar today! How long has it been since you, with a broken heart, came before the Lord and agonized before Him for the souls of your wayward children? Maybe they are out there today partly because of the inconsistencies they witnessed in your life. Maybe there are out there because they rejected the faith you exhibited. Regardless of why they are there, they need someone praying for them! We need some moms and dads who will get broken over their children and bring them to God’s altar and trust Him to touch them!

Through The Life Of Her Child - v. 21-28, 2:26 - Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord and he, by the grace of God, became a mighty man of God. He set a standard of righteousness for the nation of Israel. He was a man greatly used of the Lord. He was the man who anointed David as king. He was the man who served as the spiritual leader of Israel for many years. He was the man he was because of the investment his mother made in his life before he was born and during all those early years. Because she made the kind of investments she did, an entire nation was blessed for many years. In fact, Hannah’s investment in Samuel continues to reap dividends to this day anytime anyone is helped, fed, challenged or blessed through the story of his life! Hannah’s investment in Samuel continued to live on long after she was dead! Those are the kind of dividends we should all want to reap!

Some of you are making that same investment in the future today! You bring your children to the house of God Sunday and Wednesday. You bring them when it isn’t easy or convenient. You are instilling in them the idea that God’s house is an important place to be. You are teaching them that right and wrong do matter. You are teaching them about Jesus Christ. You are teaching them the important lessons of life. They are learning lessons from watching your faith. You may think they aren’t seeing much from you, you may think they aren’t getting the message, but one day, you will see that investment pay off in glorious dividends in the lives of your children! Keep investing and remain faithful and the Lord will bless your efforts for the glory of God!

Conc: Let’s get honest for a few minutes. I know that Hannah made the right investments in her family in her faith and in the future. She exhibited a life of faith that is a cut above the ordinary! However, what she did is a challenge to you and me today! What kind of investments are you making in the lives of those around you? Whether you know it or not, you are investing every day you live! What kind of dividends will those investments pay out in return?

The good thing about spiritual investments is this: if you have been investing in the wrong stocks, God will allow you to change the way your investments are distributes today. If you see areas that need attention, the place to make the changes is right here today!

Some of you have children you need to bring to this altar. Some have parents and other family members that need the Lord, why not come and make an investment in them? Others have literally been foolish with your lives. You have squandered the resources the Lord has given you and your portfolio is looking pretty bad right about not. Why not come and liquidate those junk bonds and bad stocks you’ve been investing in and put your resources in something that will reap a great harvest for the Lord? Still others have no relationship with the Lord. I invite you to come before Him so that you can begin with God today. If He has spoken to your heart, don’t pull the usual Sunday morning “stand and take it - grin and bear it”. Today, do something different. Get in the altar and have an encounter with God! Hannah was a wise investor, are you?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Mark 10:44 (New King James Version (NKJV)

44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Take My Life, and Let It Be” By: Frances R. Havergal (1874)

1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Glory, God of Truth and Grace! Help us to separate ourselves from all sin. Lead us away from sin so when we pray we can hear Your Voice speaking to our hearts. Grant our souls strong conviction to hear and do that which You command us to do. Keep us from being around anyone and anything that even gives the appearance of sin. Teach us how not to grieve the Holy Spirit with our foolishness. Enable us to crucify all unholy desires that would keep us from living by Your will. Grant us separation from sin but not from You. Show us how to ever draw nearer to Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and Friend. These things we pray in His precious name. Amen!

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CASTIRONLADY 3/24/2013 11:15PM

    God bless you on this Palm Sunday !

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TONYVAND1 3/24/2013 10:38PM

  Praying for my brother Thanks Vic for the reminder to never give up

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ANHELIC 3/24/2013 9:41PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn which I love, and prayer. I am not giving up on friends and family that are not walking with God. I continually pray for them and am careful not to fall into sin by following the wrong group. I have started investing in my sister and just on Friday took her out for her birthday and we had a 3 hours lunch and visit. It is the first time this has happened. I praise God that He intervened and we had a pleasant time together.
Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Have a blessed week.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/24/2013 5:58PM

    This is very timely in my life and encourages me to not give up on loved ones who seemingly have turned their back to God. My earnest desire is to not be a stumbling block to anyone. I want God's glory to shine out in my life. Thank you for the song which is also my prayer.

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NELLIEH1 3/24/2013 2:31PM

    Today we cry, 'Hoshanna'! (Lord, save us in Your mercy) and also 'Hosanna' ! (Praise You , LORD for Your salvation) (Psalm 118:25-26 and Matthew 21:1-11) But, you are right, Vic, how well do we truly hear and hearken to our Lord's voice revealing our junk that needs "dumping" and His true investments fo all eternity. Thanks again.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/24/2013 12:20PM

    Thank you for the prayer. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 3/24/2013 12:10PM

    Thank you for the wonderful hymn. It i s a new one for me. Have a blessed Palm Sunday,Vic.

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NITTINNANA 3/24/2013 8:34AM

    Thanks for the post, Vic. Thanks especially for the reminder of this hymn. It so beautifully expresses what I was blogging about yesterday. That we don't act as a requirement for salvation, because Jesus has paid the price and done it all. But we WILL change our actions as a response to His call. We will move our hands and feet. We will sing. We will give. We will submit as fully as our broken, sinful human nature will permit in this life. And finally we will be in heaven forever, only praising our God!

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4DOGNIGHT 3/24/2013 8:19AM

    Thank you. We sing that hymn at our church all the time.

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EDITOR 3/24/2013 8:01AM

    We are not guaranteed tomorrow. We have had a length of commitment, however.No one responding today will deny that.
May our prayers to Him, for our children and for our little world of influence be recorded in His Book of Life as investments in the future generation. We have contributed in sowing seeds in the Kingdom and may God find them worthy and not frivolous.
Nearer to You, Lord Jesus, and to Your Kingdom soon displayed! Amen

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JOANIE69 3/24/2013 6:56AM

    emoticon It has been years since I thought of this hymn...I sang it all the way through! It ties in with your teaching, and I think this part is mirrored in that hymn: "This is the kind of commitment God is seeking in His people! He wants us to invest the totality of our lives on His altar, (Rom. 12:1-2). He wants us to give all we have and are to Him, without holding anything back from Him! He wants a once for all commitment for His glory! "

I pray you will have a wonderful "Palm Sunday day" in the Lord. Joanie

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/23/2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

SAMUEL, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/23/2013

1 Samuel 1:1-28
HANNAH: A WISE INVESTOR, Lesson 2b

SHE MADE A WISE INVESTMENT IN THE FAITH

It appears that family was important to Hannah, but it also appears that faith was very important to her as well. She made a wise investment in the faith.

Her Faith Was Personal - v. 10-11; 2:1-10 - In these verses, I see a woman who knows the Lord on a personal level. Her prayer and her praise. She had a personal relationship with the God of Israel. She was a believer and she was openly active in the practice of her faith.

Do you know the greatest gift you can give your family? The knowledge that you are saved! The greatest single investment you can make in life is that of investing in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ! Not just a casual brushing up against the things of God, but a real and vital relationship with Him that controls the way you live your life every single day! In other words, you need to be sure you are saved by grace and headed to Heaven! Nothing in time or eternity is as important as your personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Be sure you make that investment!

Her Faith Was Practical - v. 10-18 - Her prayer and her dialogue with Eli was practical. Hannah was a woman who possessed a practical faith in God! She didn’t just know about Him, she knew Him and she trusted Him for all her needs. She leaned upon Him and trusted Him for the impossibilities in her life. She didn’t just talk about faith in God, she fleshed it out by the way she lived.

Again, Hannah sets the standard that we should resolve to meet. Not only should we possess a testimony concerning our faith, but we must live out that testimony day by day as we go through life. Nothing makes an investment in the lives of others around us like a genuine life lived for the glory of God. A practical faith is a proclaiming faith and it always points others to Jesus Christ! Make an investment in a faith that you can live out day by day!

Her Faith Was Profound - v. 11, 20-23 - More than anything in the world Hannah wanted a child. She wanted to give that gift to her husband and she wanted to experience the fulfillment of motherhood. She knew this was impossible apart from the work of the Lord so she believed God for the impossible and promised God the incredible in return! She asked God for son and she promised to give that son back to the Lord for His glory!

Hannah’s was no superficial faith! She had a depth of faith that is rare in this world. What a blessing it is when we come to the place as investors in the faith where we can believe God for the impossible situations in our lives and willingly give everything to Him for His glory. That is the kind of faith God is looking to develop in you and me and that is the kind of faith God can use for His glory! Do you have it?

This kind of faith is always honored by the Lord, (v. 19-20).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 3:5 (New International Version (NIV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Leaning On The Everlasting Arm” By: E. A. Hoffman (1887)

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most Holy God! We praise You for through the law we died to the law so we might live to You our God. We are crucified with Christ by faith; so it is no longer we who live, but Christ living in us. We pray for all the saved in Christ, and for all the lost souls in this world. We pray that all will come to know You, Your power, Your strength and Your love that truly overcomes the evils and wickedness of this world. Allow our lives to be useful when filled by Your Spirit to show Christ living in us. These things we pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/23/2013 10:51PM

    Great lesson. hymn and prayer, Vic. Investing in the market can be a great loss of finances, but the greatest investment is in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ where there is only greatness and victory. Not one loss. Investing in our families that are saved or ones that are lost is great as well. Bringing one family member to God is the greatest love we can give them. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic.

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JADOMB 3/23/2013 10:08PM

    Yes, some folks call it an investment, and some call it Karma. What ever one does in life surely comes back in many ways. (good or bad) I choose to do as much good investing as I can, that is why I like to substitute teach. I know this is not what gets us into Heaven, but it sure warms the heart.

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LUANN7 3/23/2013 8:57PM

    THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THIS WONDERFUL TEACHING. BE BLESSED IN GOD!!!! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/23/2013 2:36PM

    Thank you, Vic, for the goodie and for this great and inspiring Bible blog. I've often told my children and now my grandchildren that the best gift they can give me is to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That is the greatest gift.

Thank you for sharing with us. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/23/2013 12:46PM

    Thank you Father in Heaven for bringing us to teh place where we must believe you for the impossible. Thy will be done.

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LOSTLIME 3/23/2013 11:46AM

    Another message to go forth with. Thank you. Coming here everyday is opening my
eyes on what I need to do to let the Lord come back into my life. Thank you from my heart.

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PINK-SOLDIER 3/23/2013 11:34AM

    emoticon emoticon I appreciate this and will get here as often as I can. i am trying hard everyday to be a better Christian. I try to be Jesus to someone if I can.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/23/2013 10:20AM

    I, too, say "Amen"! Let's lean on Him day by day. He will never fail us! What a blessed peace is ours!

Comment edited on: 3/23/2013 10:21:35 AM

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JOANIE69 3/23/2013 9:19AM

    Amen again, Vic: "What a blessing it is when we come to the place as investors in the faith where we can believe God for the impossible situations in our lives and willingly give everything to Him for His glory." Nothing else matters...
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ, will last."


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NELLIEH1 3/23/2013 8:23AM

    "The greatest single investment you can make in life is that of investing in a personal,real and vital relationship relationship with God through Jesus Christ! ...Nothing makes an investment in the lives of others around us like a genuine life lived for the glory of God. A practical faith is a proclaiming faith and it always points others to Jesus Christ! ...What a blessing it is when we come to the place as investors in the faith where we can believe God for the impossible situations in our lives and willingly give everything to Him for His glory..." Thank you, Vic, for pointing us once again to the reality of walking our talking! May each of us truly invest to the glory of the Living GOD alone!

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EDITOR 3/23/2013 7:39AM

    Thank you for the goodie, Vic. Hannah and wise investments should be a topic of interest for a wide array of beliefs. It is so hard to discern what others minds are fixed on. I know, I live meager, as you do, and yet when I talk about finances, people want to talk about money. As you, I am invested in the life of others, where I will never be a loser! Talk about Capital gains in the Kingdom of God-yes!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/22/2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

SAMUEL, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/22/2013

1 Samuel 1:1-28
HANNAH: A WISE INVESTOR, Lesson 2a

There has been a lot of focus recently on the stock market. If you watch the news, it doesn’t take the commentators long to tell you either how well or how poor the market is doing. In fact, there are trillions of dollars, much more than we can comprehend, invested in the stock market. The people who place their money there do so with the hope and intention that the stocks in their portfolios will do well and that will make a profit. But, of course, it doesn’t always turn out that way! Sometimes the stocks don’t do well and the investor loses some or all of his money.

Now, I don’t have much money invested, just a little money for retirement, and that is handled for me. However, while I may not make monetary investments in stocks, I am still an active investor in many areas of my life. Every action, every attitude, every activity is an investment in something and it will reap dividends either to the glory of God or to the glory of the flesh. Now, in the stock market, a wise investor will study stocks before he invests in them so that he can maximize the return potential on the money he invests. Those who would make a wise investment of their lives do the same. People who are wise investors of life examine all the various areas of their lives so they may be sure they will receive the greatest dividend from their investment.

This passage presents to us a woman by the name of Hannah. She is presented as a woman who was a shrewd investor of her life. She made some very wise investments that continue to reap dividends down to this very day. I would like for us to take a glimpse at Hannah’s portfolio this morning. I want to point the areas where she made wise investments and I want to encourage you to make the very same investments in life that Hannah made. Let’s examine the wise investments of this great woman of faith while I teach on the thought: “Hannah: A Wise Investor”.

SHE MADE A WISE INVESTMENT IN THE FAMILY

Hannah invested her life in her family in spite of the fact that circumstances weren’t as pleasant as they should have been in her home. Yet, she persevered to make her investment in the family she loved.

She Invested In Spite Of Difficulty - v. 1-2 - Right off the bat we learn that Hannah was married to a man with two wives. This is a recipe for disaster! Yet, Hannah was not looking for the exit! She stayed in the family and she worked to make the best of a bad situation!

God never said the family would be an easy place to live! Families are great and they are wonderful, but every one of them is filled with people and therein is the potential for trouble. There will be disagreements and there will be trouble, but the secret lies in not running away! Learn to make an investment in your family regardless of the difficulties you face in life! It’s gotten too easy to walk away in our society! God’s people need to learn the truth that marriage and family is a lifetime investment!

She Invested In Spite Of Discouragement - v. 5-6 - Her husband’s other wife, Peninnah, had children, but Hannah was barren. Peninnah used Hannah’s barrenness as a means of ridicule. She mocked Hannah and made her life miserable! It seems to me that I detect a hint of jealousy in this home. Verse 5 tells us that Elkanah loved Hannah. Apparently she was his favorite and it showed. Peninnah, however, could give Elkanah something that Hannah could not, namely children, and she used this as leverage in the household to mock Hannah. All of this criticism and belittling made life practically impossible for Hannah, yet she continued to invest in the family! What a testimony!

Family is like that sometimes! Of course, I hope you are not involved in a polygamous relationship, but I am referring to the discouragement, that crops up from time to time in the home. Husbands, wives and children all feel that they are unappreciated, taken for granted and the target of constant criticism. Sometimes people get discouraged at their fellow family members and what they say and do, but discouragement is no reason to close the door on the family! No, you continue to invest your life in the people you love, knowing that in due course, you will reap a harvest for the glory of God!

Friend, you may be defeated and discouraged with the way things are going in your family, but let me encourage you: Keep investing! You may never see the results you want, but there is a biblical principle that speaks to your need today: (Gal. 6:7 and 9). When we sow the right things, we will reap the right harvest. Keep investing in people’s lives and leave the harvest to the hand of God. He will never fail!

She Invested In Spite Of Desperation - v. 5-6 - Both of these verses tell us that Hannah was barren because God had chosen this lot for her! She was in a situation that was of the Lord’s doing and nothing she could do would ever change it! What Hannah did not know was that God‘s plans for her life were good plans. His plan wasn’t to hurt her; his plan was to amaze her in His time!

The plans of God for us are good plans, (Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:28.)

It may appear that the investments you make in your family are not paying off at the present time. It may look like your spouse and your children are not all you planned, prayed and hoped they would be, if that is the case, let me encourage you to keep investing! The closing bell hasn’t rung yet! Your family is too important for you to stop investing yourself in them now. It may seem like you do all the giving and receive none of the getting, but for those who make wise investments in their families, their dividends come at unexpected times and in marvelous ways. I am just trying to encourage you to keep investing!

TODAY’S VERSE!
James 1:13 (New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“In His Time” By: Diane Ball (1978)

1. In His time, in His time.

He makes all things beautiful, in His time.

Lord, please show me every day,

As You’re teaching me Your way,

That You do just what You say,

In Your time.



2. In Your time, in Your time,

You make all things beautiful, in Your time.

Lord, my life to You I bring,

May each song I have to sing

Be to You a lovely thing,

In Your time.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious Lord! Show us how to boast in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope produces Christian virtues. Help us Father, that we might sow a thought and reap an act of grace; sow an act and reap a Christian habit; sow a Christian habit and reap Christian character; sow a Christian character and reap an eternal destiny with You. Empower us by Your grace to produce the kind of character that will bring glory, praise and honor to Your name. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!


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ANHELIC 3/22/2013 11:59PM

    Thank you Vic for and awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Today, I did something I have not ever done. My sister and I are not close, but yesterday was her birthday and I was prompted to invite her out for lunch. I didn't know what we would talk about, but 3 hours later, I found out so much I did not know what was happening in her life and my mother's. She and her husband bought my mother's house and are living with her and was able to tell me more that mom didn't tell me. We had such a good time and it was pleasant 3 hours. I thank God for prompting me to ask her for lunch. She also loved the gifts I bought her as well. Thank you again Vic for this lesson. I will print to so I can refer to it again.
God Bless you.

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1935MARY 3/22/2013 8:41PM

    I am glad I read this . Some of the scriptures I havn't read in years .I have my favorites. And I should start every day off with a prayer.Thanks for sharing this.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/22/2013 8:04PM

    Thank you for the reminder to keep investing. God knows the results He has in mind. That is a beautiful song. I love the lists in the Bible that show us God is working in our lives even when we are not at the zenith of the list. emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 3/22/2013 6:37PM

    Praise Him through all circumstances....

God bless Bro Vic!

Dee

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JADOMB 3/22/2013 1:00PM

    So spot on. My philosophy through life has been just that. I lived and taught short, medium and long term investing. And it wasn't just in money either, it was mostly in character building and self-reliance. Yes, it is tough to put away money when one seems not to have enough for the present, but it can still be done. Yes, it seems like the kids aren't listening and there are times one feels like giving up, but you can't.

My efforts in my investments has allowed us to live a nice life and also one where the family was able to do many things within our reach. These investments are now paying off. We are still living comfortably and our children are beginning their adult lives as being very successful and self-reliant.

None of this could have been done without small sacrifices along the way and consistent investing. But the one investment that is truly paying off for all of us is our investment in Christ. We are all people of Christ and we all enjoy the benefits of being believers and followers of Christ. That investment will continue to pay off for eternity. God bless

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LOSTLIME 3/22/2013 10:18AM

    Thank you,Vic! I have a situation in my family and sometimes it feels like I am the only one doing anything to change it. I can see that I have to keep on doing what I have been. It will all come out in the end the way God wills it.

God bless you and your family,Vic!

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JOANIE69 3/22/2013 9:03AM

    Thank you for all of this, Vic.
I wish to be a good investor too, and each day I pray I will live for God's glory and not my own. For me, it was more of a struggle when I was younger, but being retired and not so busy, I have found that I am in fellowship with the Lord most of the day. I would that I could claim that 100% of my days are spent glorifying Him, but that would be a lie. The hymn you chose gives me hope that as He conforms me day by day, the percentage will climb closer to that 100%.
Thank you for this lesson/comment: "Every action, every attitude, every activity is an investment in something and it will reap dividends either to the glory of God or to the glory of the flesh. "

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NELLIEH1 3/22/2013 8:25AM

    "It may seem that you do all the giving and none of the getting..." There is One Who has done all the giving so that we may do the eternal receiving. Jesus Christ came, lived and died to pay the price for our sin. He rose again to bring each believer into a real relationship with GOD in life everlasting. When family difficulties seem overwhelming or just ordinary day-to-day, He is the Rock for each of us, teaching us what relating with one another truly means. Our Lord invests in us continually. May we be investments for Him to use.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/22/2013 8:07AM

    Amen! Wishing you and your wife a great day of investment, Vic:)

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TONYVAND1 3/22/2013 7:50AM

  Thanks Vic for sharing on how we need to make good investments especially in the lives of our family members. You always seem to challenge me in different areas in my life. Thanks for asking about my wife. She is learning to slow down through this. She began therapy yesterday It will be a long haul .three to four months. Thanks for your prayers

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CASTIRONLADY 3/22/2013 7:38AM

    Thank you for this. There IS a difficult situation in our family and I just need to keep investing by time, love, prayer and supplication and God will make the paths straight.
God bless you and your ministry.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/21/2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HANNAH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/21/2013

1 Sam. 1:1-18
FROM BARRENNESS TO BROKENNESS, Lesson 1b

v. 9-16 HANNAH WAS BROKEN

These verses give us clear information that Hannah was broken by her barren condition.

v. 10 – Bitterness of soul – This speaks of the pain of a broken heart.

v. 16 – The word “complaint” refers to “trouble”. The word “grief” refers to “provocation”.

v. 11 – Hannah made a vow to the Lord. She wanted a child so bad that she was willing to give the child back to the Lord.

Hannah was brought to the end of herself. She found herself broken before the Lord. She confessed her inability and cast herself on the Lord’s ability.

If we are ever going to see the Lord move in great power in these days, we are going to have to come to a place of brokenness. We are going to have to realize that nothing we can do will ever save a soul. We are going to have to confess our own inability and seek His power.

We are going to have to do like Hannah and bow before the Lord, trusting His power alone to get the job done. If we are ever going to see souls saved in these barren days, we must humble ourselves before the Lord. We must reach out for His power. We must recognize our own impotence. We must get broken before Him!

Like Hannah, we must come to the place where we want to see souls saved for the glory of God alone! Not for numbers on a report; not for bragging rights; not for our own self reasons, etc.

Can you honestly say that you are broken in the presence of the Lord? What I mean by brokenness is simply that we come to a place where we are yielded totally, in body, mind and spirit, under the control of the Holy Spirit, (Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 5:18).

v. 17-23 HANNAH WAS BLESSED

Hannah called on God. He heard her and He gave her a son, Samuel (v. 19-20). See Hannah’s faith in v. 18. She took the words of Eli to heart and believed God. Hannah gave her son back to the Lord (v. 24-28).

Every time God opened a closed womb in the Bible, a great character was born. (Isaac, Joseph, Samson, Samuel, John the Baptist). Who knows who will be saved in this church if God were to open the womb and save souls here?

When Edward Kimball witnessed to 17 year old D.L. Moody, he could not have known that just that one conversion would lead to millions being born into the family of God. You never know what God will do!

Conc: When the church gets properly burdened and broken before the Lord, He might just open the womb and let us hear the cry of newborn spiritual babies.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 10:17-18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“On Bended Knee” By: Robert Gay (1992)

Verse 1
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
Lifting holy hands to You, As I pledge my love a - new, -
I worship You in spir - it, - I worship you in truth;
Make my life a holy praise unto You.

Verse 2
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne.
As I look upon Your face. Show Your mercy and Your grace.
Change my life, O Holy Spi - rit make me fresh and ever new;
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.
Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Sovereign God! You made the heavens, the earth, and the sea and everything in them; and made known to all your Son, The Lord, Jesus Christ. They gathered against Him, threatened Him and crucified Him. Grant us the boldness to speak Your name and to be about our Father’s business, just like the first century believers. Stretch out Your mighty hand to heal and to perform great signs and wonders through the Holy name of Jesus. Father, we pray not for ease and comfort, but for courage to continue sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior to lost souls. Enable us to model Jesus via good works done in His name and to Your glory. It is in His name that we pray these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/21/2013 11:17PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Some of us had to be broken and come humbly before the Lord. When we reach out to God we have to confess our weakness confess it to God. Relying on His power, we will become stronger in Him. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. Sending you God's richest blessings for your continuing teaching.

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TONYVAND1 3/21/2013 5:37PM

  Boldly proclaiming His name

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NELLIEH1 3/21/2013 3:35PM

    The crying of newly born believers in Christ, hungry for spiritual milk after their time of starvation, leads to their joyful shouts of praise and thanksgiving! Perhaps we/I need to go back to that genesis time with GOD, humbling ourselves/myself in the sight of the LORD who is a consuming fire. Brokenness, like repentance, is a precious gift. May all the me/I/mine/myself be laid down at the foot of the cross.... When was the last time of truly weeping over sin?

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JADOMB 3/21/2013 12:04PM

    I think the world had been steadfastly headed in the Sodom and Gamorah route for decades. It is broken right now, but is it broken enough, I doubt it. As individuals we all reach different points in our lives when we have either reach a bottom point or came close to it. This happens in many various ways and to many various degrees.

What is sad to me though is that so many people, peoples and countries have to hit bottom before they let Jesus in. This is sad. God is much more than just a safety net, he is EVERYTHING.

My prayer is that people come to see and understand God in a way that they DON'T need to hit bottom to accept him in. That they can still walk with him, love him, worship him without being broken, just humbled. AMEN

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/21/2013 10:27AM

    Just what I needed this morning! I have already been thinking along these lines, so this is answering my heart's plea to know more. Thank you, Lord!

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CASTIRONLADY 3/21/2013 9:56AM

    In brokennesss, we meet the Lord and in brokenness, we can be used of God.
Thanks for being that constant voice in the wilderness.


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LOSTLIME 3/21/2013 9:03AM

    Thank you,Vic! The lesson is just what I needed this morning. I like the hymn and the prayer.

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RSSSLHB 3/21/2013 8:55AM

    emoticon Vic

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JOANIE69 3/21/2013 7:56AM

    Such a beautiful lesson and hymn and prayer, Vic. I have been broken before the Lord, and yet it is so easy to drift farther away at times. We don't even notice it until we realize our leanness of spirit. We forget to wait upon Him as we scurry around in all our own 'foolish busy-ness'. There must be a coming to the Lord every morning, even if for a moment - to restore our souls; renew our vows ; and to seek His face. We must be ready only to act at His prompting and command. Thank you for pointing this out to me today...I am happy to remain in Christ, and he in me...all Glory to God Who makes it possible. Blessings, Joanie

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AZMOMXTWO 3/21/2013 6:53AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/20/2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

HANNAH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/20/2013

1 Sam. 1:1-18
FROM BARRENNESS TO BROKENNESS, Lesson 1a

In the 16th Century a man named John Knox was used by the Lord to bring many people to faith in Jesus in Scotland. Those days were hard days for the true church. Bloody Mary was persecuting true believers in the name of the Roman Catholic Church. Many hundreds were burned at the stake for their faith. In the midst of this horror John Knox stood out as a beacon of faith, courage and zeal for the Lord, Jesus Christ. At one point, as he prayed in the garden outside his church in Edinburgh, he was heard to pray “Great God, give me Scotland, or I die!” His burden was so great for His people that he would rather have died that see them go to Hell.

The passage before us presents a woman with a similar burden. Hannah was not interested in souls; she was interested in babies. Her story has something to say to the church today. We are interested in souls! Like Hannah, the Lord seems to have closed the womb of the church. I want to talk about Hannah, her barrenness, her burden, her brokenness and her blessings. This passage shows us how God can move us from barrenness to blessedness.

v. 2, 5-6 HANNAH WAS BARREN

Hannah had no children. Why? It was not Elkanah – He has children, (v. 2). It was not their relationship, (v. 5). It was not her health; she was in her childbearing years. Hannah was barren because God, for His Own reasons, had closed her womb, (v. 5-6).
It seems that the Lord has closed the womb of the church. We have everything we need to see souls saved, but no spiritual babies are being born. We have preaching, teaching, singing, worship, praying, etc. There seems to be no drawing and convicting power in the church. His convicting power is absolutely necessary if we expect to see souls saved, (John 6:44; 65).

Why? We can only speculate, but I would like to offer a few possibilities. God will not:
Send babies into a cold, dead environment.

Send babies into an environment, where they can be led astray, (Matt. 23:15).
Send babies into an environment tainted by sin. (Grieve the Spirit, Eph. 4:30).
Send babies into an environment where they are not wanted.

We must never forget that God is sovereign in this matter of salvation, (Jonah 2:9). You and I cannot send anyone to Hell either by what we do or by what we do not do. God saves whom He pleases, when He pleases, and where He pleases. However, we can create an environment in which God is more likely to move. (Clean, holy, excited, worshiping, loving, close to Him, and to one another, etc.)

v. 6-8 HANNAH WAS BURDENED

This was a home enmeshed in trouble. Peninnah mocked Hannah and caused much anguish and pain in Hannah’s heart. (V. 6 – “provoked her sore” and “make her to fret”, both carry the idea of pushing someone to the point of anger. “fret” = “To thunder; to rage”).

These problems broke Hannah’s heart. She wept and refused to eat. Her “heart” was “grieved”. This phrase has the idea of being angry. Hannah was angry at Peninnah, and perhaps even at the Lord! Hannah was burdened because she was childless. Peninnah didn’t care; Elkanah wasn’t really burdened, he had other children. Hannah, however, was heartbroken and it showed!

This is the kind of burden we need at the house of God for the lost. We meet and pray; we talk about the lost; but there seems to be no deep, heart-rending burden for those perishing in sin. Read about Paul’s burden for the Jews in Rom. 9:1-3; 10:1.
How long has it been since you really carried a burden for some lost soul; since you fasted, prayed and sought the Lord for their salvation? How long has it been since the thought of souls perishing in Hell brought you to your knees and sent you out to tell others about Jesus. We need a burden!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Colossians 3:16 (New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Love One Another” By: Sunday School Teacher (1867)

Angry words! O let them never,
From the tongue unbridled slip,
May the heart’s best impulse ever,
Check them ere they soil the lip.

Refrain

Love one another thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father’s blest command,
Love each other, love each other,
’Tis the Father’s blest command.

Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moment’s reckless folly,
Thus to desolate and mar.

Refrain

Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,
Brightest links of life are broken,
By a single angry word.

Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of Host! Thank You for knowing us even before we were made. We love Your tender and personal care, and ask You to continue to teach us how You want us to live our lives, and forgive us when we disappoint You. Our prayer is not for ourselves alone, for we pray also for those who will believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, through Your Word and message. Jesus prayed for us over 2000 years ago, can we do anything less for others today. It is in His Precious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/20/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you vic for a great message and wake up call. I have been praying for my ex-husband after we were divorced. He passed away last month and I lost contact with him and kept praying for him. I don't know if he accepted the Lord or not. People here don't know where he was living . He kind of disappeared for the past 3 years. You are a great teacher and thoroughly expaining each book you are teaching. God Bless you for your continuance spreading God's word.

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JADOMB 3/20/2013 11:01PM

    In a society that doesn't recognize a life in a womb and that cherish a "woman's right" over a child's right, is it any wonder that children are becoming so heartless and faithless. Pray for our children and those that are suppose to protect and raise them. And pray for a society that is bent on turning away from God.

God did NOT close these women's womb, they put themselves above God and did it themselves.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/20/2013 9:23PM

    I was just thinking about this very subject! I remembered how Moses wanted to give his life for the stubborn people he was leading, how he pled with God not to blot them out but take him instead. I NEED this kind of selflessness and passion for the lost!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/20/2013 2:51PM

    By teaching Bro Vic you are changing our lives & our minds & how we praise & worship Him!

God bless & keep you always!

Dee

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IAM_HIS 3/20/2013 1:26PM

    I so agree. Also, if there are babies, our society has allowed females, who have conceive them, to decide to abort them if they do not want them. This is the most violent form of child abuse there is. Our babies are not welcome into to our society and they are not looked at as a human being with a soul, created by God and made in His image and likeness.

Before we have babies to spiritually nourish, we need to be converted ourselves. Now is the time for each of us to grow close to our Lord. To know His ways and live His Word and make Him our Lord.

May the culture of death be defeated by we Christians. So we can spread the Gospel of Life that our Lord has asked of us.

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SPARKLISE 3/20/2013 11:19AM

    True.


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PMPB72 3/20/2013 10:12AM

    This exact same subject has been on my heart for a long time. I have tried to put it in better words, and now you have. Most, if not all churches, I have have frequented just feel dead. Except for one bapist church we attended while going through a very difficult time in the past two years. They were concentrated on saving the lost. It was awesome. I had not heard an alter call in years.

But I had also noticed that I was not in the business of saving others either. I was not living out the great commission given to all believers by Jesus. I intend to take these words to heart and begin to pray for a burden for lost soles and not just have sympathy, but action.

Thank you for your blog today Vic. Have a blessed day.

~Bernie

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JOANIE69 3/20/2013 9:08AM

    You reminded me that it has indeed been a long time since I had such a burden for a lost soul. I routinely pray for those I know, especially family, and for those who seem to dislike my existence, (tongue in cheek). BUT it has been a while since I asked the Lord this: "(I) We need a burden!" The thought has been there, but not the request to be burdened. Today and this week I shall earnestly pray for such a burden, and the opportunity to witness.

Thank you Vic, and may God continue to bless you and yours and this ministry to us all; your notes and goodies and your faithfulness. Joanie

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RSSSLHB 3/20/2013 8:53AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/20/2013 8:51AM

    He is beautiful beyond description. Oh that he could shine through my life more. Who does not come to the light if it is shining brightly.

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LOSTLIME 3/20/2013 8:45AM

    Thank you for sharing,Vic. Last night I started reading Samuel but didn't have the incite of all that was being said. Thanks for explaining it like you do.

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TONYVAND1 3/20/2013 8:33AM

  Fearfully and wonderfully made and yet we often don't act as if we are.

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NELLIEH1 3/20/2013 8:05AM

    Dear Vic, you have pinpointed a major difficulty amongst believers today in the USA. We are self-centered and satisfied with what we have. We'd rather talk and study about winning souls, than actually pray and go out to be used of the LORD in His plan for the lost people around us. "Ashamed" is the word, because we/I are/am ones to please people rather than the Living GOD of the universe. (Mark 8:38: Luke 9:26) May we become like Paul (Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 1:8-10)!

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NDTEACHER1 3/20/2013 7:40AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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