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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/26/2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/26/2013

Series Title:
David – A Man After God’s Own Heart, Lesson 3b

v. 1 GOD’S CHOICES ARE SOVEREIGN

His Choice Involves Sovereign Providence – It is against the backdrop of rebellion and rejection that God begins the process of choosing a new king for Israel. He was ready to raise up a new king and the people had been made ready to accept a new king. God worked behind the scenes during those difficult days in Israel’s history to prepare the way for His plan to be fulfilled.

His Choice Involves Sovereign Planning – Next, Samuel is told where to go to find the new king. It appears that the Lord had been arranging everything to bring His chosen king into the world at precisely the right moment in history. If you look back at the ancestry of King David, you will find the hand of the Lord moving and shaping events. One of David’s ancestors was a woman named Rahab, (Judges 2). She had been saved out of pagan idolatry and brought into the nation of Israel. She married a man named Salmon, (Matt. 1:5), and became the mother of a man named Boaz, (Ruth 4:20). Boaz also married a Gentile girl brought out of paganism by the sovereign grace of the Lord, named Ruth, (Ruth 4). Ruth and Boaz were the great grandparents of a boy named David.

These events were not accidental! They were part of a perfect plan, formulated in eternity passed and worked out in time. This was not coincidence; it was the mighty hand of the Lord!

His Choice Involves Sovereign Power – Notice the words “I have.” Many people have great plans and dreams, but they lack to power to bring them to pass. Not the Lord! What He proposes, He is well able to dispose!

God rules in the affairs of men. Napoleon, at the height of his career, is reported to have given this cynical answer to someone who asked if God was on the side of France: "God is on the side that has the heaviest artillery."

Then came the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon lost both the battle and his empire. Years later, in exile on the island of St. Helena, chastened and humbled, Napoleon is reported to have quoted the words of Thomas à Kempis: "Man proposes, God disposes." This is the lesson of history and of the Bible!

What lessons can we learn from God’s sovereign choice? I think there are a few that need to be noted.

First, there are no accidents in life! Everything that occurs is part of a larger plan. God is working, often behind the scenes; in ways that we cannot comprehend, to accomplish His plans and His purposes, (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 55:8-9; Psa. 37:23; 2 Cor. 4:15-17). Thank God for the truth that God is in absolute control!

Second, God is well able to bring His plan to pass. He will never propose a plan that He is not able to accomplish! Whether it is a plan to raise up a shepherd boy and make him a king, or whether it is a plan to work out His will in your life; He is well able to see it through, (Eph. 3:20; Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Gen. 18:14).

Third, God’s sovereign choices extend to every area of life. I do not presume to understand it all, but I believe the Bible teaches us that God is in the business of working out all things according to His will, (Eph. 1:11); and bringing His eternal purposes to pass in time, (Isa. 46:10-11).

Some people are bothered by the notion that God is in absolute control of all of life. I, however, find it very comforting! I know that nothing can happen unless the Father ordains it, and that which He ordains, it is for my good and for His glory (Rom 8:28). Thank God for His sovereign choices!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Deuteronomy 8:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)

3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I’ll Live In Glory” By: John M. Henson (1936)

I'd like to stay here longer then mans allowed in days
And watch the fleeting changes of life's eneven ways
And if my Savior calls me to that sweet home on high
I'll live with Him forever in glory by and by

Chorus:
O yes, I'll live in glory by and by
I'll tell and sing love's story there on high
There with my dear Redeemer no more to die
Oh yes, I'll live in glory by and by

I'd like to be of service along this pilgrim way
And lead the lost to Jesus as fervently I pray
And as day by day I travel I'll keep him ever nigh
And live with Him Forever in Glory by and by
Chorus:

Oh you know the end I know is nearing, by faith I look away
To yonder home supernal, the land of endless day
I'll cling to Him forever and I'll look beyond the sky
And live with Him forever in glory by and by
Chorus:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of all Creation! We thank You that You always keep Your promises to us. Help us to understand and remember exactly what Your promises are so we can recall them in our heart and mind. Enable us to keep them in our hearts and speak them out loud whenever we need to push doubt away from us. Whenever the rainbow appears in the sky, we see it and remember that Your promises are real. Help us to remember that Jesus is the Ultimate Proof that You have already kept Your greatest promise to us. It is in His blessed name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/26/2013 11:55PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer again. It is so comforting to know that God is in total control of our lives. He won't give us more than we can handle and if He does, He helps us through the trials. He also tries to strengthen His children. I am so glad to be a child of God. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic. God Bless you for your teachings.

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JADOMB 3/26/2013 12:09PM

    We recorded and am now watching the Bible series on TV. While they take some liberties in their interpretations of the Bible, they did a pretty good job on David. They have also done a pretty good job on the look of Satan. ;-)

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TONYVAND1 3/26/2013 11:13AM

  God's ways are better than ours He always keeps His promises


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LOSTLIME 3/26/2013 10:43AM

    Thank you for all the lessons and hymns. It is comforting to know that we can go to
the Lord with all our troubles. God has control of all of our lives. He has a reason for what He does. We just have to believe in Him.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/26/2013 9:55AM

    "God sits enthroned above the distractions of the world". It is comforting to me to know He is not only in control, but everything He allows works for good for His children.

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IAM_HIS 3/26/2013 9:10AM

    Thank you for this. I meant a lot to me today!

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NELLIEH1 3/26/2013 9:07AM

    GOD's perfect plans, power to accomplish and purposes in all areas of our lives are an amazing gift! Thank you, Vic for making it all so clear concerning David.
I thought of another lady in Matthew 1, who was faithful as well. Tamar, wife of Er ("who was wicked in the LORD's sight"), was given to Judah's second son Onan after Er died. Then when he also died, Judah told Tamar "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." -Genesis 38 In the end Judah pronounced her more righteous than himself (verse 26), for as a powerless woman she tried to fulfill the Law. GOD used that incident to help humble Judah so that he was ready and broken for his response to Joseph in Genesis 44:18-34. How patiently and preciously GOD uses our wrong choices in life to change us! He wastes no incident.

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RSSSLHB 3/26/2013 9:05AM

    emoticon blog Vic emoticon

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JOANIE69 3/26/2013 8:12AM

    Oh how I love the teaching that God is sovereign! Until recently I never heard much on this subject, and in the past year it has dawned on me that this is so. It not only is humbling to look back on my life with this view in mind, but so comforting too. Glory to God Who is a sovereign God, lovingly moving in our lives every moment, leading us on until we resemble Jesus more and more. Glory to God!

(Thank you for your encouraging lessons, hymns, prayers, goodie and notes. You are a great rteacher and shepherd of your flock here on SP. God bless you, Vic. )

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CANDEE412 3/26/2013 7:37AM

    Amen God is in control. Thanks for sharing

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/25/2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/25/2013

David – A Man After God’s Own Heart, Lesson 3a

Series Text:
Acts 13:22, “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.”

Series Proposition:
God wants every one of His children to become a person after His Own heart.
Three thousand years ago, God chose a young man named David to be the king of Israel. Out of all the sons of Jesse, the favor of God landed on a lad named David. David was the youngest son of a poor farmer from the tiny hamlet of Bethlehem. David was a young man who was not even respected by the members of his own family. He was a “nobody” living in a family of nobodies. Yet, by the grace of God, David became the greatest king in the history of the nation of Israel. He also became and ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is listed among the great heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11. During his life, he received great promises and remarkable blessings from the hand of God. But, greatest of all, David became a man after God’s Own heart. This was not David’s own testimony, but this is the testimony of God, (Acts 13:22).

I would like to spend several lessons seeking to understand how this humble shepherd boy became a man after God’s Own heart. Some may wonder why we would even bother to spend time on a man who has been dead some three thousand years. The short answer to that is this: David achieved in his life something that God wants each of His children to achieve. David achieved something that many of us fail to accomplish. David became a man after God’s Own heart and a study of his life can teach us how to do that too.

Now, David was not perfect. In fact, he was far from it! He failed, and he failed big, but he kept short accounts with God. He sinned, but he was quick to confess and he manifested genuine heart repentance. David has much that he can teach us about obedience, faith and worship. So, as the Lord leads in these coming lessons, let’s look together at “David: A Man After God’s Own Heart”.

1 Samuel 16:1-13
HOW GOD CHOOSES

This chapter opens with God reminding Samuel of the fact that He has rejected Saul as king of Israel. Saul was chosen as king because the people wanted to be like the other nations around them, (1 Sam. 8:1-5). Up to that point, God had ruled the nation, raising up leaders as they were needed. This was how things operated all the way from the time of Moses through the days of the Judges. They were warned that elevating a man to the throne would bring political corruption and trouble, (1 Sam. 8:7-21). When Saul was chosen to be their king, the people were elated. He was a fine physical specimen, standing head and shoulders taller than anyone else in Israel, (1 Sam. 9:2). While he may have been a giant among men, he was a spiritual pygmy! Saul was a jealous man, who lived for the praises of the people. He tended to overstep his boundaries and was guilty of gross disobedience to the commands of the Lord. As a result, the Lord proved to Israel the dangers of a human king and God rejected Saul as the king of His people.

As a result of Saul’s rebellion, God chooses a new king to rule over Israel. He chooses a young man named David. When God chooses David, He chooses an unlikely candidate for such a lofty and powerful office. In God’s choice of David as king, we are allowed to see something of the process God uses when He would choose someone to work for Him.

I want to teach for a little while on How God Chooses. It may be that He has His hand on someone today. It may be that He is about to choose someone from our number to go to work for Him. I know He is looking for such people. Let’s notice the teachings in this passage as we think about How God Chooses.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 1:28 (New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Turn My Heart” By: Lynn DeShazo (1992)

Turn my Heart, O Lord, like rivers of water,
Turn my heart, O Lord, by Your hand;
Till my whole life flows
in the river of Your Spi - rit
And my name brings honor to the Lamb.

Chorus
Lord, I surren-der to Your work in me;
I rest my life within Your lov - ing hands.

Turn my Heart, O Lord, like rivers of water,
Turn my heart, O Lord, by Your hand;
Till my whole life flows
in the river of Your Spi - rit
And my name brings honor to the Lamb.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Life, God of Purpose! We worship You as Lord and King! You are all knowing and can see the end from the beginning. You uphold all things by Your power and will. You hold our lives in Your hand. You see our past and our future. We lift up to You all that we are, even as small as we are at times. Make us an instrument through which You accomplish Your will on earth. Use what we have to Your glory. Lift us up to see things from Your perspective and help us to rise above our limitations. Make our vision clear to what Your heart desire to accomplish. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/25/2013 11:33PM

    Thank you for this enlightening account of David and how God appointed him. Knowing what his life was like with adultury and murder and he was still chosen as a man of God. I can only pray that God will be able to use me in His kingdom. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. May God continue to use you in your teachings.

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LOSTLIME 3/25/2013 11:03AM

    I pray that I will become what God has planned for me.

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NELLIEH1 3/25/2013 9:49AM

    Am looking forward to your teaching on GOD's process of selection and our hearts after Him, Vic. Thanks!! emoticon

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JOANIE69 3/25/2013 9:14AM

    Thnak you for explaining how that David "kept short accounts" with God, in that he quickly repented, confessing his sins. I often wondered how David could be a man after God's own heart in the light of the wrongs (even adultery and murder), that he did....yet was always comforted that God looks at the heart and doesn't judge by the outward appearances that we sometimes judge a man by. I too keep short accounts with God, and am glad that God sees/looks upon my heart...Very encouraging again today, Vic. Bless you.

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RSSSLHB 3/25/2013 8:11AM

    emoticon Vic emoticon

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TONYVAND1 3/25/2013 7:46AM

  Yes I want to be a man after God's heart

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/25/2013 7:22AM

    Amen. May I be found a woman after God's heart today.

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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!

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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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