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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/6/2013

Saturday, April 06, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/6/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6c

YOU HAVE TO EXPECT THE RIGHT MIRACLES

David walked down into that valley directly into an impossible situation. He was doubted by some, (vs. 28, 33). He was ridiculed by the giant, (vs. 42-44). Yet, his faith allowed David to accomplish everything that fear denied Saul and the others!
Notice the contrast between the speeches of Goliath and David, (vs. 43-47). David declared the victory and the glory of God before the battle was even fought! That is the essence of faith! It will allow you to give your victory speech before you even fight the battle!

David engaged the giant in battle and won the victory over him! Faith took up the challenge that day. Faith stayed with God and with what had always worked. Faith walked down into that valley; faith faced that giant; faith hurled that stone; faith saw that giant fall to the ground and faith received that victory! Never underestimate that power of faith in your battles!

Did you know that Goliath did not die in verse 49? He didn’t die in verse 51 either! Goliath died in verse 26. David dug his grave in verse 29. He gave the eulogy in verse 36. David had the graveside rites and had filled in the grave by verses 45-47. All David had to do in verses 49 and 51 was to walk by the grave, lay some flowers on the headstone and say “I told you so!”

Friend, you may not see your giants fall the instant you exercise faith in God. Don’t let that cause you to lose hope! You see, you cannot always believe what the eyes of flesh see! But, you can always believe what the eyes of faith see. It may look like you are outgunned, outnumbered and in an impossible situation. It looked that way for David. It looked that way for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It looked that way for Daniel. It looked that way for the Disciples in that ship. It looked that was for Jesus on that cross. I would just like to remind you that we serve a God, Who specializes in doing the impossible, (Luke 1:37)! If you will bring that hopeless, impossible situation to Him and then go and face it in faith, you will see Him snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!

Look carefully at verse 51. I am going to ask you a question right now. It is a question so simple and so easy that I am almost ashamed to ask it. But here goes: In verse 51, is the giant still there? Of course he is! Only now, he is 10 feet long and not 10 feet tall! You can get over a giant like that! You see, faith will take that which is over your head and will put it under your feet!

Conc: What kind of giant are you looking at this evening? Do you fear that it can’t be defeated? Well, it can! Whether it is the giant of sin, or of some difficulty in life, it can be defeated by the power of God. I challenge you to bring that giant to the feet of Jesus today; examine your motives for wanting it defeated; embrace God’s method for defeating that giant; and go face it in faith! Jesus will give the victory.

I want you to notice with me that David had kept a mental trophy from his past victories in the Lord, (vs. 34-36). When he defeated Goliath, he accessed those mental trophies and used them as a reminder that what God had done for him in past confrontations, God could do in the present situation. After he defeated Goliath, he took even more trophies to remind him in the future that God is a God Who gives victories, (vs. 54). Every morning when David woke up, he could see Goliath’s armor and it was a reminder that no matter what he faced that day, God was greater, and was able to give David the victory!

As you face you giants, look back over your life. Remember those times when God moved mountains? Remember when He did the impossible back then? Friend, He can still do it right now. Get that giant to Him and in His time, He will give you the miracle you need!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 94:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Victory In Jesus” By: E. M. Barlett (1939)

I heard an old, old story
How a Savior came from glory
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning
Of His precious blood's atoning
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory

Refrain:
O victory in Jesus
My Savior, forever
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory
Beneath the cleansing flood

I heard about His healing
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory

Refrain:

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea
About the angels singing
And the old redemption story
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory

Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heaven Father, merciful God. We thank You for all the wonderful things you have done for us in the past. We know that we can trust You to help us in the present and in the future, just as You have in the past. Keep us from fear and discouragement as we face the challenges and giants of life each day. Thank You for going before us with a plan of battle that will result in victory. Continue to provide us with Your guidance and Your Word of life so we may use all that you have created in us to Your praise, glory and honor. This we ask and pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:06PM

    It's good to remember how God has dealt with our giants of the past. He has not changed!

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FLEMIDG 4/7/2013 1:09AM

    Another wonderful blog. Thanks Vic. God has truly slain some giants in my life, and am continuing to ask Him for help with a giant today. God is so good. God bless you . Thanks for your wonderful teachings.

Darlene

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ANHELIC 4/6/2013 11:48PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. We do have victory in Jesus, as long as we follow His path. God has battled my giants in the past and I don't worry about my future because God is already there preparing my path to Him. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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MARINEMAMA 4/6/2013 8:38PM

    thank you for sharing!

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TONYVAND1 4/6/2013 4:16PM

  Expecting a miracle and slaying the giants.

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JADOMB 4/6/2013 11:48AM

    Giants will always come and go, but with Jesus, all things are possible. We are the Giant slayers.

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JOANIE69 4/6/2013 11:19AM

    Amen again Vic. This made me think about all the 'impossible' giant situations the Lord has already slain for me: "As you face you giants, look back over your life. Remember those times when God moved mountains? Remember when He did the impossible back then? Friend, He can still do it right now. Get that giant to Him and in His time, He will give you the miracle you need! " It encourages me too, that wrong attitudes that lead to wrong reactions CAN also be defeated...in fact...every day I see progress there, as I abide constantly (more and more) in Christ, and let HIM fight my battles and slay my giants, while my only outward reaction is one of peace.

Thank you for this encouraging lesson, hymn, prayer, and all your goodies that you send my way! Have awonderful Sunday tomorrow, God Bless you, Joanie

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/6/2013 11:15AM

    emoticon for strengthening our eyes of faith again. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 4/6/2013 11:01AM

    Thank you,Vic.

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SANDRALEET 4/6/2013 10:59AM

    we have to be sure whot our m0ntain is If its food alcohol or drugs we have to attack the part in use and slay it in use Stop that behavior with Gods help emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 4/6/2013 10:59AM

  thank you once again

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NELLIEH1 4/6/2013 9:31AM

    Right! I cannot always believe what the eyes of flesh "see". It is truly the eyes of faith, given us by GOD and enabled to perceive by Him alone that indeed see. Giants seem unconquerable when we/I look at them in myself. As the Spirit gives us vision, they are observed very differently. Thank you again!

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RSSSLHB 4/6/2013 8:04AM

    emoticon Vic

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/5/2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I'm sending tomorrows lesson today, because in one hour, my wife and I will be leaving to attend a funeral in Freer, Tx, and we do not know what time we will be back Friday. God Bless Each of YOU! Vic.


DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/5/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6b

YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE THE RIGHT METHODS

When David’s plan to kill the giant reached the ears of King Saul, he joined the chorus of naysayers, telling David that he could not do the job, (vs. 33). What a group of cheerleaders! Then, hearing that David was determined in this matter, Saul tried to suit David up in his own armor, (vs. 38). David, however, rejected Saul’s armor because it had not been proven in his life.

David was determined that he would go into battle with the things that had always worked for him in the past. David knew that the God, Who had always come through in the past, was the God, Who would still come through in the present, (vs. 34-36).
David did not know a thing about shields, spears and swords, at least not yet. He wasn’t schooled in armies, armor and archery. Yet, David knew God! He knew that God had always given him the victory in the past, and he knew that God does not change, (Heb. 13:8).

David knew that God was greater than any giant. He also knew that God had a plan for his life and that plan did not include him dying at the hand of Goliath. So, when David went out to fight, he only took those things that had worked for him in the past: he took his staff, his sling, five smooth stones, and Sovereign God, (vs. 40).
Why did David take five stones, when he only needed one? Here are some theories that have been offered.

Five in the Bible is the number of grace and David needed grace to defeat Goliath. Well, he did need grace, but I doubt David knew anything about Bible numerology!
Goliath had four sons, (2 Sam. 21:19-22), and David wanted to be ready just in case they showed up. Well, the giant did have four sons, but David didn’t know that at the time.

The most likely reason is that David wanted to be sure he could finish the job. He knew he might miss. He also knew that the giant might not fall on the first shot. So, he wanted to be sure he was ready to complete the assignment. By the way, your giants and mine don’t always go down on the first swing! But, if you will go into battle fully equipped in the power of God, and you keep swinging, that giant will eventually fall at your feet!

Folks, you can try any method you please to defeat the giants in your life. You can attend the latest seminars. You can read the newest books. You can climb on the latest bandwagon. You can pray the prayer of Jabez. You can strive for a purpose driven life. But, when it is all said and done, giant killing gets real simple. It all comes down to this one simple, basic truth: The just shall live by faith, (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38).

If you want to see the giants in your life lying dead at your feet, then know these facts:
God is greater than your giants – (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 3:20).
The God Who worked then will still work now – (Mal. 3:6).

You don’t need new methods to defeat your giants. Tried and proven weapons like prayer, faith and the Word of God will still get the job done today, (Eph. 6:12-18).
Communicate with headquarters about your giant. Prayer is the believer’s greatest secret weapon. Communications have always been an issue on battlefields, that problem has been solved on the spiritual battlefield. The saints of God can be in constant contact with the throne of grace.

Assault your giant with the Word of God – (Heb. 4:12). This was the Savior’s method – (Matt. 4:1-11).

Attack your giant in faith, knowing that God always gives the victory, (1 Cor. 15:57).

He will either give you the victory over what you face, or He will give you victory in what you face, (2 Cor. 12:9).

God did not save you to let you fall at the hand of your giant – (Phil. 1:6). God is not interested in your defeat. He is interested in your victory!

Giants are placed in our lives to grow us in the Lord – (Num. 14:9). They are the original “breakfast of champions”. "Giants are the bumps we climb on." ( Warren Weirsbe.)

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 18:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“You are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
I'm seeking You like a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

Taking my cross my sin my shame
Raising again I praise Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I run dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all


Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I run dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name, lets go
Jesus, Lamb of God
Holy is Your name


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holt Father, Most Loving God! We praise You and thank You for the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, our sins. Help us to live a worthy life because of what Jesus has done for us. Help us to be people others can trust so that Your will can be done through us as it is in heaven. Enable us to walk by faith according to Your will and follow Jesus, the One You sent to redeem us and leads us home to glory. Make us vessels worthy of Your Love, Grace and Glory. This we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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RSSSLHB 4/5/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon Hymn emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/5/2013 3:19PM

    Each lesson you share in "How to be a giant killer" is very helpful, Vic. Thanks for sending this one along "early". Praying that you and those who lost a loved one are being comforted by GOD is special ways today.

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JOANIE69 4/5/2013 12:41PM

    Amen Vic. My recent giant is the fact I went back to allowing sugary treats once Lent ended, and the CRAVINGS have reached gigantic proportions. My brain and body are out to make up for what they think I lost. So I am praying and using Scriptures to fight off this demon-sugar. I did without before and I can again. There are plenty of no-sugar treats and delicious fruit desserts available...it is setting my mind on the goal of the high-calling we have in Christ Jesus, that I need to focus upon. God will give the victory if I but ask and believe. Amen again...a great lesson.

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LOSTLIME 4/5/2013 12:13PM

    Thank you for the lesson. I hope you have a save trip.

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LUANN7 4/4/2013 11:04PM

    thank you for todays lesson. I know with Gods help I can take care of my giants that I have. And turning to our God is what we need to do. Have a safe trip and thanks for the sparkgoodie.
Lu:)

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ANHELIC 4/4/2013 10:29PM

    Jesus is my All in All. He is the only one who can give me the victory over my giants. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. How can we not be the victors. Thank you Vic for a great lesson, one of my favorite hymn and prayer. Thank you for the goodie and note. Have a safe trip and my God be with you and your wife.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/4/2013 9:55PM

  you are amazing thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/4/2013 7:52PM

    My giants are troubles and responsibility that cone my way.

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WENDYW596 4/4/2013 2:34PM

    Thanks, a beautiful song to remember a wonderful biblical truth!

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TONYVAND1 4/4/2013 1:27PM

  H e is my all in all and He directs my paths.

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COOP9002 4/4/2013 12:41PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Blessings upon you and yours today.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/4/2013 12:40PM

    Thank you for this - sometimes we can't see past the giants.

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MRSP90X 4/4/2013 12:31PM

    I needed this today!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/4/2013

Thursday, April 04, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/4/2013

1 Samuel 17:32-40
HOW TO BE A GIANT KILLER , Lesson 6a

Whenever I read this great passage, I am reminded of Israel’s trouble with giants in Numbers 13-14. After two years in the wilderness, Israel had arrived at the banks of the Jordan River. God had promised them the land on the other side of Jordan, but they stopped to send in spies to examine the land. When those spies returned, they reported that the land was a good land, but that it was a land inhabited by many great giants, (Num. 13:27-28). In fact, ten of the spies were absolutely terrified of the giants they had seen there, (Num. 13:33). Caleb and Joshua, who had seen the same giants, tried their best to get the people to trust in the Lord, enter Canaan and claim the land, but the people listen to the majority report and refused to battle their giants. As a result, they were all condemned to 38 more years of wilderness wandering. They were to wander until that faithless generation had died out.

38 years later, they arrive back at the Jordan River. Moses speaks to them to prepare them to enter Canaan. As he does, he lets them know that they are about to face some giants on the other side of Jordan, (Deut. 9:1-2). What’s the point? Israel fled from those giants 38 years before, when their children came back 38 years later, the giants were still there and they had to be faced.

I am speaking to a group of people today who are facing some giants. How do I know? We all face giants. I even have a few of my own! The bottom line is this: you may not want to face your giants. You may want to run from them in fear. You may want to avoid them and hope that they will just go away. You need to know that your giants will not just go away. They must be faced and they can be defeated.

This passage presents David as a young man. He is a young man filled with faith in the Lord. David is a young man who was not afraid to go to battle with the giants of life and claim victory in the name of the Lord. David was a giant killer and you need to know that you can be too!

That giant you are facing today, regardless of its nature, can be destroyed and it can be defeated. This text gives us precious insight into how that can be accomplished. Let me share with you three simple steps that are absolutely necessary, as I teach for a while on “How To Be A Giant Killer”.

YOU HAVE TO EXHIBIT THE RIGHT MOTIVES

A little background related to this text might be in order. David’s father Jesse had sent David to bring some supplies to three of David’s brothers who were fighting in Saul’s army, (vs. 12-13, 17-18). When David arrives at the battlefield, he finds Saul and the armies of Israel cowering in fear because of the taunts and threats of a giant named Goliath, (vs. 1-11).

It seems that Israel and the Philistines were carrying out an ages old ritual. Each army would produce a champion; these champions would fight to the death and the side which won that battle would claim victory over the enemy. The loser of that battle would become the servants of the victor.

Of course, the champion chosen by the Philistines was no ordinary soldier! In fact, his stats are quite impressive. He was some 9’ 9” tall! He wore armor that weighted in at 175 pounds. He carried a spear that weighed over 32 pounds. This monster was covered in brass, from head to toe. He was a formidable opponent, and his defeat seemed in question!

For 40 mornings and evenings, this giant had taunted the armies of Israel and had been challenging them to send out a man to do battle with him. For 40 mornings and evenings the Israelites had heard the challenges and had retreated to their tents in fear.

However, this day would be different! Goliath and his challenges were seen and heard by a young man named David. David’s faith and confidence in the Lord rises to the challenges and he offers to go out and fight this giant.

When David spoke of killing the giant, his motives were questioned. Some people may have thought that David was motivated by the financial rewards offered to the man who killed Goliath, (vs. 25-27, 30). His brother Eliab, speaking out of jealousy, tried to accuse David of promoting himself, (vs. 28). Eliab, and David’s other brothers, knew that David had been anointed by Samuel. They may have thought that he was trying to advance his name in Israel.

What were David’s motives? Perhaps David saw the offer of Saul, (vs. 25), as a stepping stone to the throne of Israel. Little did he know that many miles and many trials lay between him and his being king in Israel.

As I read this text, I am convinced that David’s heart was motivated by two things only. I do not think it was the money, the fame or the power. I think he was motivated by:

The glory of God – (vs. 26, 29, 36) – Goliath was mocking the God of Israel and David could not stand the thoughts of that happening!

By his role as the newly anointed king – (1 Sam. 16:1-12) – Just as David had protected his sheep from the attacks of the lion and bear, (vs. 34-36), he would protect his Israel from the attack of Goliath.

When you see the giants you are facing in your own life, ask yourself this question: Why do I want this giant defeated? What is my motive for wanting this giant dead? An easier life? Bragging rights? Power in the eyes of others? So that I will feel better? What? I would submit to you that there are only two proper motives for wanting to see your giants defeated:

A Desire For God’s glory – (1 Cor. 10:31) – This should be the ultimate motivator for all of life! Everything we do should be passed through the filter of God’s glory!

A Desire For God’s plan to be fulfilled in your life – (Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17) – It is part of God’s plan for you to face your giant, or that giant would not be there. It may be part of God’s plan for you to defeat your giant. It may also be God’s plan for you that you live with your giant. Are you willing to accept His plan, regardless of what it is?

I would submit to you today that one of the primary reasons God used David to defeat Goliath was because David had the right motives for wanting that giant dead! And friend, one of the reasons you and I do not see our giants fall like we want them to is because we are often praying and operating from wrong motives, (James 4:1-3).

TODAY’S VERSE!

Isaiah 28:5 (New King James Version (NKJV)

5 In that day the Lord of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people,

TODAY’S HYMN!

"I Shall Not Be Moved" By: Edward H. Boatner n (1993)

Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved, Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:
I shall not be, I shall not be moved, I shall not be, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved

In His love abiding, I shall not be moved, And in Him confiding, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

I shall not be moved, Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved, On the rock of ages, I shall not be moved, Just like the tree that's planted by the water, I shall not be moved.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Gracious God! We are forever grateful knowing You are with us as we face our fears and our giants. We lift up to You our deepest fears knowing that You will deliver us from them. Set us free from all dread and anxieties that frighten us. Your presence in our lives is comforting and drives out all fears. You, O God, are greater than anything we may ever have to face. Thank You for Your peace and Your strength. This we pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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JADOMB 4/4/2013 11:25AM

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. ;-)

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SAINTBETH 4/4/2013 10:03AM

    Good one!

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/4/2013 9:50AM

    emoticon for another great lesson

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NELLIEH1 4/4/2013 8:53AM

    Yes, a powerful message indeed! Why do I really want to defeat this nagging giant in my life? I'm afraid that if it creeps an inch closer our little house will literally collapse into our cellar. Forty-seven years (or more) of paper and book accumulations must end! Now this may not seem like a giant. But I realize that GOD does not get the glory when my attention is on saving "for future reference", instead of following hard after Him!
David took five smooth stones; I must begin with boxes and bags for attack. David took very little with him; I must stop the "putting aside just in case". David stood and challenged: I must do the same. Emotional attachment to things disrupts my honoring and worshiping my Creator. To GOD alone be the glory!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/4/2013 8:24AM

    What a powerful message! Whatever we do should come from motives to glorify God! Thank you, Lord, for these thoughts this morning. Amen.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/3/2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/3/2013

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 17:32-40
SURVIVING GIANT COUNTRY, Lesson 5c

v. 41-54 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TAKING

There comes a time when talk must stop and action must begin. The time had come for David to take that which he had already been given by the Lord. He walked down into that valley; faced that giant; declared his faith in God; slung that stone; and killed that giant. What a moment it must have been in young David’s life to see God do that which no one but David believed possible!

Friends, there is a time when the talking needs to stop and the taking needs to begin! As we face our own giants day by day, isn’t it about time that we started taking by faith some of the things we have only talked about up until now? For instance, we talk about God providing for us, (Phil. 4:19). But, we still worry over our finances. We talk about God’s grace in every situation in life, (2 Cor. 12:9). But, we still act like we aren’t going to make it. We talk about God being in control of our lives, (Rom. 8:28). But, we live like our lives are out of control.

Isn’t it time we stopped talking about all we could have in Jesus and we just started taking it? David defeated Goliath because he was willing to take what God had given him by faith. The same thing will work in your life and mine today! As we face our giants, we have already been promised victory, (1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:37); let’s take it. How? By doing what David did.

Place your trust in the Lord.

Believe that He can do everything that He has ever done.

Then, walk into your valley, square off with your giant and keep slinging until he falls. I am convinced that is the reason David took five stones to kill one giant. He knew he might miss on the first shot and he aimed to keep slinging stones until he had the victory.

Friend, whether you believe this teacher or not, here is the truth of the matter: You are a giant killer! Not because you possess any power; but because you serve a God Who possesses all power. Not because your aim is good; but, because you serve a God who never misses. Not because you deserve anything at all from God; but, because He has promised to give you His victory through His Son, the Lord Jesus. So, get out there and take what’s yours by faith! Your survival depends on it!

Conc: So, do you have a giant that you would like to see defeated in your life? Let me tell you, they don’t always fall easy! Goliath went down on the first swing; yours and mine might take many more than that. But, if your giant ever falls, it will be through the work of Almighty God in your life, on your behalf, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts,” (Zechariah 4:6).

It is interesting to watch the characters involved in this account. Saul nurses his fears; Eliab feeds his jealousy; Goliath polishes his pride; and David flexes his faith. The rest watched as David claimed victory. It could have been Saul; it could have been Eliab; it could have been any of the thousands of Israel; but it was left to a shepherd boy to claim the victory and teach them all about the power of faith.
So, tonight, you can hide in your tent and try to avoid that giant. Maybe he will just do away. He won’t. Look at verses 3 and 25. By the time the 40th day had arrived, Goliath had already crossed the valley and was starting up the mountainside toward the camp of Israel. Your giant won’t just go away; he will get closer and closer and eventually, he will defeat you, if you do nothing. Your giant will not be content to do nothing; he will take over your life if he can.

Or, you can get up and go out to meet that giant with your faith in the God of battles. That is the recipe for victory in the war against the giants of life. If you need to do a little giant killing this evening, this altar is a good place to load your sling and take your swing at your giant.

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 John 1:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)

6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Battle Belongs To The Lord” By: Jamie Owens (1985)

In heavenly armour we'll enter the land The battle belongs to the Lord No weapon that's fashioned against us shall stand The battle belongs to the Lord
Refrain:
We sing glory and honor Power and strength to the Lord
We sing glory and honor Power and strength to the Lord


The power of darkness comes in like a flood The battle belongs to the Lord He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood The battle belongs to the Lord
Refrain:

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear The battle belongs to the Lord Take courage my friend, your redemption is near The battle belongs to the Lord
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Almighty and Powerful God. We worship You as our Lord and King. We praise You that You are all knowing, all seeing, and all powerful. You uphold all things by Your might and power. You hold our lives in the palm of Your hand. You know and see both our past and our future. Make us instruments of faith and trust in You and in Your purposes for us.. Make us vessels of Mercy and vessels of faith and vessels of Trust in YOU. Use us to Your glory and honor. Lift us up so we may see and do all things from Your perspective. Do in us and through us all that Your hearts desires. These things we ask and pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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RSSSLHB 4/4/2013 8:47AM

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NELLIEH1 4/4/2013 8:37AM

    Avoidance...procrastination..those are my operating procedures with this little "giant" in my life. Like those around the shepherd boy David, I look at the "HUGE" thing before me and shrink back into other activities or interactions instead of facing up and dealing with it. Confession is good, but now is the time to begin the process...the weeding out of stuff. Thanks again, Vic, for your faithfulness in sharing with us. GOD is using you to start me up all over again! emoticon ...in the Lord, not myself!!!

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FLEMIDG 4/4/2013 12:00AM

    Thanks for the wonderful teaching. God bless you.



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ANHELIC 4/3/2013 10:16PM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. We realize we don't face our giants alone and we will be victorious no matter what it is. God will do batter along side us. Thank you for this reminder, goodie and note. I have been busy for two days and have some catching up to do. Blessings to you Vic.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/3/2013 2:28PM

    Very fitting song for today's reading! I read somewhere, can't remember where, that David picked up 5 stones because he might have to fight Goliath's 4 brothers after he killed Goliath. Either way David is a good example of courage and faith.

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CAMSEDGE 4/3/2013 12:30PM

    Thank you for the lesson.

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TONYVAND1 4/3/2013 11:57AM

  So true Vic It is time to take acton and to know that the battle belongs to the Lord

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AZMOMXTWO 4/3/2013 7:37AM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/3/2013 7:35AM

    I learned that some things in life just take time We want right away God gives us the way if we ask and follow his ways.He also gives us patient to wait for him answer

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WENDYSPARKS 4/3/2013 7:20AM

    Thank you and emoticon have a good day!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/2/2013

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 17:32-40
SURVIVING GIANT COUNTRY, Lesson 5b

v. 25-40 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TRUSTING

When David hears the threats and defiance of Goliath, he determines that something must be done about this giant. He makes his intentions known, (v. 26-32); and David sets out to see Goliath defeated. But, as soon as David expresses his desire to see the giant defeated, he is met with criticism, (v. 28), and doubt, (v. 33). Yet, as we watch David move toward the moment when he will face off with the giant; we see a young man who has learned something about faith and trust in the Lord.

David has learned about God’s Purposes –1 Sam. 16:13 – David had been anointed as king to sit on a throne. David knew that he would not die this day.

David has learned about God’s Protection – v. 34-37 – David knew that everything God had done in the past, he was still able to do.

David has learned about God’s Power– v. 38-40 – David knew that victory did not reside in swords, shields, spears, armor and bows, but in the mighty power of God. He would go into this battle with the same God and the same weapons he had used before.

In other words, David’s trust was not in the army, the armor or the armaments; David’s trust was in Almighty God. The same God Who had protected him and given his victory after victory on the hills of Judea, would grant him the victory in the Valley of Elah! For David, there was only one giant there that day and His name was not Goliath. The only giant David had in his life was the Lord God Almighty, (v. 26; 32; 36-37).

What a lesson for those of us who also face giants from time to time! If we could ever learn the same lessons that David learned about fighting giants; we could make short work of them all. Here is what you need to know:

God did not save you for some giant to destroy – God saved you to take you home to glory some day! That giant cannot undo the eternal work God has already done in your soul, (Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12). That giant is there as part of God’s eternal plan in your life. That giant is there to grow you, (Num. 14:9). There’s nothing quite like cutting your teeth on a few giants to help your faith grow stronger. You can trust God’s Purposes!

God will not change courses in the middle of the stream – He will always be that which He has ever been. One of the greatest attributes of our Lord is Him immutability. That simply means His unchangeableness! God is a God, Who cannot change, (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8)! The same God Who did all those marvelous, miraculous things we read about in the Bible is still the same God today! You’ve heard about the Red Sea; the Manna; Water from a Rock; the Meal Barrel and the Cruse of Oil; the Loaves and the Fishes; the Raising of Lazarus; etc. Well, the same God Who did all those things and countless others is still our God today! His Name says it all (Ex. 3:14). He is the self-existent; changeless God! You can trust God’s Protection!

We seem to have no trouble remembering our past defeats; but we have real trouble remembering that victories the Lord has given. Think about it! We can remember every valley; but can’t seem to remember even one mountain top.

God will never fail those who place their trust in Him – Those who trust men, methods and materials can and will fail. But, those who place their unwavering trust in God and His power will never fail. You see, our God is not a weak, anemic God. No! He is a God of power; a God of glory; a God Who is ever moving in mighty ways to make His power known. Those who trust Him as they face the giants of life can see that power work in their lives by faith. God is powerful, (Luke 1:38; Matt. 28:18; Jer. 32:17). And, those who walk with their faith in Him can experience that power, (Heb. 11:1; Eph. 3:20). God is “able” – (Dan. 3:17; Dan. 6:20; Heb. 7:25).

Where is your trust as you face the giants of life? Is it in man; in the economy; in self? Those will all fail. As we face our giants let us be certain that our faith and our dependence is in the Lord. He and He alone will never fail! Our survival depends on our being able to trust Him.

TODAY’S VERSE!

Numbers 14:20-21 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Trust and Obey” By: J. H. Sammis (1877)

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Refrain:

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
Refrain:

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Refrain:

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Mighty and Faithful God. We bow down before You, thankful for the faithful who have gone before us, who has taught us and shown us the way to live and the path to follow….Jesus, the way, the truth and the life! Helps to live like those that have gone before us, to follow their examples, to be faithful like them, to witness and encourage others to follow Jesus to Your glory. Enable us to persevere and be blessed, and be a blessings to others. These things we pray for us and for others in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and King. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/2/2013 11:44PM

    David knew what God had said about him being the future king, and I am sure this encouraged him as he faced Goliath. Still it was an act of faith showing that He believed God to be true to His word. God has also told us that we are joint heirs in the kingdom with Christ. We are of royalty chosen by God to be future rulers. Daily our faith is being tested. May we face the giants with confidence just as David did knowing that God will give the victory!

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NELLIEH1 4/2/2013 5:33PM

    Like Nan, I too was struck with the fact that David knew he would not die that day because GOD had anointed him king (through Samuel) and he was still being trained up! In this life we also are being taught and tested with giants and little pits in our paths. And we know we will not die because Christ Jesus has given us resurrection life forever in Himself! "But...what if...if only...", my heart says. "I AM" my GOD answers!

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JADOMB 4/2/2013 12:30PM

    Thank GOD for being within us to show us the way and to help us slay all the giants that come our way. AMEN

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LOSTLIME 4/2/2013 12:05PM

    The Lord helps us in our times of need. Thank you,Vic for all these blogs.

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TONYVAND1 4/2/2013 10:57AM

  Walking with the Lord in the light of His word.

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WENDYW596 4/2/2013 10:15AM

    Thanks! I also love that old Hymn....... something to dwell on all day! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 4/2/2013 9:23AM

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JERZGURL_NAN 4/2/2013 8:44AM

    I'm sitting here stunned over the statement that "David knew that he would not die this day". That was STILL a huge step. My faith in Jesus assures me that I will not 'die' today or ever but = yes - but.
No, I am ashamed to even consider a BUT.
In Christ Alone Will I GLory and ONLY In Christ Alone

ANyway - that act/step of faith alone was enough to merit the title - David, a man after God's own heart. WOW.

Have a blessed Day - it's sunny but still cool here in Jersey.

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ANNIE924 4/2/2013 8:38AM

    Thank you. Now I'm singing Trust and Obey in my head while I'm at work. Nothing better.

Have a great day. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/2/2013 8:10AM

    With God we overcome Thank you we do not have to Kill any one put pray for them and let God deal with then That love your enemy's is hard at times we are not to hate them put whot they do. We to are sinners

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/2/2013 7:57AM

    Amen!

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AZMOMXTWO 4/2/2013 7:52AM

  love your blogs thank you

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JOANIE69 4/2/2013 7:49AM

    Amen Vic, we ought always to give thanks and praise His holy Name.

LOVE that old hymn; had almost foregotten all about it! (I shall be singing it all day now.)

Blessings, Joan

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NEPTUNE1939 4/2/2013 7:32AM

    Amen!

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