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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/28/2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/28/2013

Series Title:

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

v. 11-13 GOD’S CHOICES ARE SPECIFIC

It seems crystal clear that God had a specific plan in mind. He sent Samuel to a specific town, to a specific family in that town and then to the specific person He had chosen for to be the next king. Very briefly, there are some indications as to why God made the choice He did in the life of David.

v. 11-12 God Chooses Those Who Are Ready – When Jesse and David’s brothers are brought in before Samuel, they are “sanctified,” (v. 5). In other words, their sins are dealt with and they are made ready for worship. When David is brought, there is no time for him to be sanctified, but he is ready nonetheless! David is a picture of that believer who keeps his heart in a state of readiness. He does not know when the Lord might call him so he stays ready at all times. That is the kind of person God is looking for today as well. God does not use dirty vessels, but He uses those which are clean and ready for His call. This is why cleansing (BAPTISM) is needed and necessary.

v. 11 God Chooses Those Who Are Reliable – When God calls David, He finds him faithfully doing what he has been told to do. He is keeping the sheep. He is doing a dirty, lonely job; but he does it because it is what he has been assigned to do. After he is anointed, he goes back to his flock, (v. 19). Why? Because that is what he does! Even after he is called to Jerusalem to play for King Saul, (v. 23), he returned to keep his father’s sheep, (17:15). Why? Because that is what he does! David was given an assignment and he carried it out faithfully. He even placed his life on the line to protect those sheep, (17:34-37). When Jesse looked at David he saw the youngest of his sons. His brothers saw a little brat, (17:28). Samuel saw a cute little boy, (16:12). But, when God looked at David, He saw integrity, faithfulness, responsibility and character. Others saw a nobody, God saw a king!

Friend, if you want to be used by the Lord, let me encourage you to be faithful where you are. The best thing you can do is grow where you are planted. Allow God to develop your character, your integrity, your faithfulness and your sense of responsibility in the ordinary, mundane events of life, (Matt. 25:21). Be ready and be reliable, for you never know when the call of God will come. He knows where you are. He knows how to find you. He knows how and when to open all the right doors in your life. Just be faithful and walk with Him. In His time, He will use you for His glory.

v. 13 God Chooses Those Who Are Redeemed – When Samuel anointed David and perhaps whispered God’s plan in his ear; this was not David’s first encounter with God. No doubt David had seen the glory of God written in the heavens and His power manifested in the universe, (Psa. 19). David had witnessed God’s tender care for His people in his own relationship to his flocks. This is evident in Psalm 23 and others which reveal the heart of David while he was still a young shepherd. He might have walked onto the public stage in (1 Samuel 16); but David had been walking with the Lord for quite some time! Listen to David’s own testimony in 1 Sam. 17:37; 45.

Here’s the point, God calls those who know Him! He chooses His vessels from among His redeemed ones. Those who know Him in a faith relationship; who live clean lives; who are ready, reliable and available are candidates to be used by the Lord. Does that describe you today?

Conc: God is still looking for people He can call and use for His glory. Can you honestly say that your life is ready and available? Do you possess the kind of character God is looking for? If you know there are problems in your walk with the Lord, I invite you to come to Him today. I invite you to confess your sins to Him, receive His forgiveness and be made ready to be used by Him in His time. If you have a desire to be used of the Lord, I invite you to come to Him, renew your commitment to Him and present yourself to Him again today. If there are needs, He can and will meet them!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 14:2 (New King James Version (NKJV)

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
‘Home of The Soul” By: James Rowe (1912)

Verse One:

If for the prize we have striven.......
After our labors are o'er...
Rest to our souls will be given.......
On the eternal shore.....

The Chorus:

Home of the soul....[home of the soul]
Blessed kingdom of light...[blessed kingdom of light]
Free...from all care......[free from all care]
Where there falleth no night.......

Oft in the storm....[oft in the storm]
We are sighing for thee...[sighing for thee]
Beautiful home of the ransomed beside....
The crystal sea...

Verse Two:

Yes, a sweet rest is remaining.........
For the true children of God....
Where there will be no complaining....
Never a chast'ning rod...
Chorus:

Verse Three:

Soon, the bright homeland adoring......
We shall behold the glad dawn....
Lean on the Lord till the morning.....
Trust till the night is gone....

The Chorus:

Tag

Beautiful home of the ransomed beside.....
The crystal sea....


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Creator and Almighty God! Help us to release the pressure and stress of time in our daily lives. Help us to realize that everything comes from You, and is held together by You. We thank You for reminding us to care for ourselves and others each day. Enable us to be both giver and receiver of Your daily encouragement. Thank You for Your perfect grace that covers us in the midst of our imperfections. Thank You for giving us the strength and guidance to be fruitful to Your praise, glory and honor. These things we pray in the beloved name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/28/2013 10:56PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn and prayer. What a great reminder to always keep ourselves ready and reliable for God's calling. May I grow where I am planted since God knows what His plan is for my life. God Bless you for your great teaching.

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CANDEE412 3/28/2013 8:20PM

    God is so awesome

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JADOMB 3/28/2013 1:57PM

    Yes, God KNOWS. We can always rest in knowing that his love for us and our love for him will take us through this life of so many uncertainties.

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NELLIEH1 3/28/2013 1:10PM

    To me it is remarkable that GOD is the One who makes us ready, reliable, redeemed and yes, rejoicing in Him! We have been regenerated unto a living hope in Christ Jesus because He died on the cross to purchase us to reconcile us to GOD. Our part is to ever respond step by step in the midst of whatever He assigns us daily (Ephesians 2;10). And GOD Himself, by His Holy Spirt enables us to do just that! Rejoice! and again we say Rejoice! (even as we ponder the magnitude of His passion and crucifixion).

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CASTIRONLADY 3/28/2013 9:45AM

    Thank you for this devotion on David - He is one of my favorite sinners. Which reminds me God's mercy is based on His goodness and not mine. Praise be to Him!

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SANDRALEET 3/28/2013 9:19AM

    We to can talk to God thank him say when we are in pain Talk to him for he is our savoir He is with trough all that comes our way.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/28/2013 9:12AM

    May I be found ready at the post wherever He assigns me.

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JOANIE69 3/28/2013 8:42AM

    Lord may I ever be found ready, reliable and (rejoicing that I am) redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Glory to God; what a wonderful Saviour!

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SUNSET09 3/28/2013 8:32AM

  The Lord does not disappoint those who seek His will. Don't misunderstand that statement. We might feel temporarily let down when something we hope for is not in God's plan. But He doesn't go back on the biblical promise to give His children the best (Isa. 48:17; 64:4). When one door closes, there is another about to open with something better behind it. Friends, the Lord cannot be outdone. We can't even wish ourselves as much good as God has in store. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Thank you for God's Word and praying for my Sparksfriends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYVAND1 3/28/2013 7:41AM

  Blooming where I am planted. God always knows best

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/27/2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/27/2013

Series Title:

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

v. 6-13 GOD’S CHOICES ARE SURPRISING

Samuel is sent to Bethlehem to anoint the new king. When Samuel arrives there, he commands Jesse to gather together his sons. They come before the old prophet and pass before him one by one. It is in this process that God makes known His choice for king. But, His choices, while they are sovereign, also carry with them some real surprises.

v. 6-10 His Choice Is Surprising In Its Rejections – The first of Jesse’s sons passes before Samuel. His name is Eliab. His name means “God is Father.” He is a fine physical specimen, and Samuel thinks that he is surely the chosen one. But, God says, “I have refused him.” The word “refuse” simply means to “reject.” Eliab might have looked pleasing outwardly, but something in his character disqualified him from being the king.

Abinadab is next. His name means “My father is noble.” But, he too is passed over and rejected by the Lord. Next is Shammah. His name means “Astonishment.” This may refer to his physical size or some other physical trait, but no matter, he too is rejected! Then, one after another of Jesse sons pass before Samuel until seven have passed by and all are rejected by the Lord.

Surely these men are all fine physical specimens; their physiques having been refined and toned by hours of hard, physical labor. Anyone of them would have possessed the physical requirements to turn heads and rule as a king. But, none of them possessed the right kind of character traits.

God sees what man cannot see! Even Samuel was impressed with Eliab, but God wasn’t. You would have thought that Samuel would have learned his lesson with Saul. But, Samuel is still looking at men through human eyes.

We are the very same way. We see a young man; he’s handsome, well-spoken and intelligent. We look at him and we say, “That young man would make a fine preacher someday.” The problem is, we cannot see his heart! We see a man; he’s saved, he’s good to his family, been blessed in his work and has some business sense. We look at him and say, “That man would make a good deacon.” Again, we can’t see his heart!

We judge people by how they strike the eye; God judges them on a far different level. That person we think will do great things in the church may not even make a blip on God’s radar screen. While that one we think will amount to nothing might just be used in a mighty way by the Lord! You see, God makes His choices based not on what He sees about our outward characteristics, but on what He sees within the content of our hearts.

v. 7 His Choice Is Surprising In It Requirements – God tells Samuel that He does not look at the physical attributes of a man. God looks at the character of a man’s heart. Before Saul ever ceased being King, God had already determined to raise up a man with the right kind of heart, (1 Sam. 13:14). You see, as the sons of Jesse stand there that day, they all looked the part, but what Samuel could not see was the condition of their hearts. Eliab, for instance, caught the old prophet’s eye; but he reveals the character of his heart in the next chapter. There, we discover that Eliab is critical, jealous and negative, (1 Sam. 17:28). He may have been a big man externally, but he was a baby inside! He was not the kind of man God could use for His glory!

This is a lesson the church needs to learn today. When we look for leaders, we often seek those who possess certain characteristics that we think spell success and ability. We look for people of influence, power, intelligence and means. God, however, looks for people of integrity and character. He wants people who are faithful and holy. What a contrast! God is not nearly as impressed with people’s achievements as we are. He is not concerned about the beauty of our outward man. He is caught up in the condition of our heart!

As God looks at your life, what does He see? Does He see a handsome face, a pleasing physical appearance and a well-kept, well-dressed body? No, He sees your heart. He sees the real you! But, here is the real question: Does God see a heart that He can use? Or, does He say about your life the same thing He said about Eliab, “I have refused him?” What does God see in your heart?

By the way, often we judge people by what they are. God, on the other hand, looks at what they can become. Thank God He judges us on the basis of amazing grace, not what the eye can see.

v. 11-13 His Choice Is Surprising In Its Receptions – After the seven sons of Jesse have passed before Samuel and all have been rejected, Samuel finds out that there is another son. He is the youngest and he is said to be with the sheep. He is so insignificant within the family that he is not even summoned with the rest of the boys, but he is left out of the feast and the sacrifice. He is out there doing the job of a humble servant. In fact, when he is mentioned by his father, he is not even called by his name; he is simply called “the youngest.” When he walks in, Samuel sees a handsome, young man; bright-eyed, with the blush of youth in his cheeks. God tells Samuel to anoint this one, for this is him! The one rejected and passed over by the others is the very one picked by the Lord! No doubt Jesse and his sons were all amazed as they watched the ancient prophet hobble over to young David and pour the anointing oil on his head.

Again, we must be careful how we assess those around us. We look at people tonight and think we know who God will use and what He will do with them. Friend, you never know! God often passes over the ones others would choose and calls those we would never have imagined. God excels in taking nobodies and making some bodies out of them! When God went after a man after His Own heart, He did not go to the palaces, the temples or the places of influence, wealth and power. God chose the most unlikely person in the most unlikely of places. The key to being used of Him is we must possess the right kind of heart!

In 1809, the world was watching with bated breath as Napoleon conquered the nation of Austria. Cities, villages and hamlets fell into his grip and the world wondered if he could be stopped.

But, while the mad little Emperor was battling his way around Europe, thousands of babies entered into this world as well. But, people didn’t care for babies; they were too occupied with battles.

Of course, history has a way of clarifying things for us. While war waged in 1809, England witnessed the births of William Gladstone and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Germany greeted a baby named Felix Mendelssohn. America welcomed Edgar Allen Poe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Darwin, and Robert Charles Winthrop; and in the cabin of an extremely poor family in Kentucky a little baby by the name of Abraham Lincoln took his first breaths.

Now, nearly two hundred years later, no one but historians can name even one of the battles Napoleon fought in 1809. Now, no one even really cares. But, each of the little babies I named came into this world as “a nobody”, but each left his mark on the world. And, they continue to make an impact today. You never know what God will do with the unknown people around you this evening!

No one but God would have picked Saul of Tarsus to be the Apostle to the Gentiles. But, God did choose him, (1 Tim. 1:12-16). Who would have thought that Peter would have been used like he was by the Lord, after the way he fell?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 8:39 (New King James Version (NKJV)

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Way That He Loves Me” By: Elmo Mercer (1958)

The way that He loves is as fair as the day
That blessed my way with love
The way that He loves is as soft a the breeze
Arresting the trees at night

So tender and precious is He
Contented with Jesus I'll be
The way that He loves is so thrilling because
His love reaches even me

VERSE 2
The way that He loves is as deep as the sea
His spirit shall be my stay
The way that He loves is as pure as a rose
Much sweeter He grows each day

His peace hovers near like a dove
I know there's a heaven above
To Jesus I'll cling, life's a wonderful thing
Because of the way that He loves

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Sovereign Father, Almighty God! Do not let our hearts be troubled nor be afraid for You are in control of every area of life and can bring about something good for your true believers. Help us to enjoy the peace we have in Jesus our Lord. Thank You for the gift of Your Peace. May it fill our hearts and minds, and allow us to experience the joy, the safety and protection You have given us. We offer this prayer with thanksgiving and praise through Jesus to You and to Your glory. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/27/2013 11:39PM

    Thank you again Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. It is great that God searches our heart and not looking on the outside as man does. I know we must try to keep our hearts pure and clean since this is what God can see. You are a blessing to us for your teachings, Vic. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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NELLIEH1 3/27/2013 11:00PM

    Thanks you, Vic, once more! emoticon emoticon

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MZLADY77 3/27/2013 10:15PM

    emoticon God doesn't the outside the appearance. He looks at the heart of men...Amen! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/27/2013 6:38PM

    Yes He is in control of our small lives. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYW596 3/27/2013 3:57PM

    emoticon Too many times, ministers and church officers are chosen because maybe their Grandpa or Father were called of God.......and not inherited. But the ministry is a calling, and is not effective unless a person is "called of God" When that happens, lives are changed for the Kingdom..... I, like all of you, am so thankful that God looks on the inward and not the outward appearance.!! And I am so thankful that I am not the judge!

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TONYVAND1 3/27/2013 2:26PM

  God,s choices are-always best

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JUDITH316 3/27/2013 12:26PM

    Amen, indeed God looks on the heart of man and not what he looks like or does.. Thanks for sharing Vic, keep Shining for Jesus... you are a blessing here...

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/27/2013 11:40AM

    We must distrust our own way of looking at people. God is the only fair judge of men. He alone reads the heart.

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LOSTLIME 3/27/2013 11:27AM

    This is so true. We can't see into men's hearts and see what God sees. We must have
faith and belief in our Father in Heaven to know what is right for us.

Thank you once again for a wonderful lesson,Vic. I am learning so much from you and many others on this site. God Bless and have a nice day.

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JOANIE69 3/27/2013 8:37AM

    As a recently appointed deacon, this paragraph today speaks to my heart: "We are the very same way. We see a young man; he’s handsome, well-spoken and intelligent. We look at him and we say, “That young man would make a fine preacher someday.” The problem is, we cannot see his heart! We see a man; he’s saved, he’s good to his family, been blessed in his work and has some business sense. We look at him and say, “That man would make a good deacon.” Again, we can’t see his heart! "

This message reminds me to keep my heart and hands pure before God. Your prayer reminds me that it is Jesus Who reassures us when we come to Him, and Who gives us that peace that passes human understanding. Thank you once more for your wisdom, prayer and hymn each day as we return here for our daily Bible study. God bless you and yours, dear teacher. Joanie

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AZMOMXTWO 3/27/2013 8:00AM

  awesome thank you

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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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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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