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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/10/2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/10/2013

1 Samuel 17:1-51

Read - 1 Samuel 17:32-37
Saints - 3; Giants – 0, Lesson 8b

V. 28-33 FAITH RESOLVES

As we move deeper into this account, David makes up his mind that Goliath has to die, (v. 32). When he makes this statement, he is immediately met with opposition. First, his brother, Eliab, tells him that David is just there to show off and see and be seem, (v. 28). Then, when King Saul hears of David's plan, he tells David that it can't be done because David is just a kid and Goliath is a real man and a warrior, (v. 33).

How would you like to have these guys for your cheerleaders? However, David did not allow the naysayers to dissuade him from what his heart told him must be done. Faith had reacted within him and he resolved to do something about that giant!

Friend, you might as well face the fact now that when your faith reacts and resolves to simply believe God by faith, there will always be that crowd who will pop up and tell that you can't do it! They'll talk about you behind your back, and sometimes to your face, and say things like, "Who does he think he is, some kind of super saint?", or "You know you can't do that! You do have the money, or the education, or the training.", or "She's too young to think she can just follow God like that."

Friend, don't let that crowd get to you! They tried that junk with David. They even tried that stuff with Jesus Christ, (John 7:3-6). David prevailed by faith! Jesus prevailed by faith! And you and I can prevail by faith! When true faith makes up its mind, it cannot be stopped short of victory, (1 John 5:4). We'll always have the can't and the canters, but true faith will win the victory.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Numbers 14:8 (New King James Version (NKJV)

8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Blessed Assurance” By: Fanny J. Crosby (1873)

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
(Refrain)

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.
(Refrain)

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God of all Grace! We pray our treasure will always be in You and not in any of our possessions we You have given us, or in ant distraction of this world, for our home is in heaven and nowhere else. Help us never to make an idol out of anything or anyone in this world, or put them before all the good things with which You bless us each and every day. We honor You and are grateful for all the good things and daily test of our faith You give us each day. You, O God, are our greatest desire and we put You above all else. This we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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JUDITH316 4/11/2013 12:21AM

    Amen, thanks for sharing.. God Bless you Vic, thanks for your visit today and the spark goodie, I always appreciate these Bible Blogs and your words of kindness and wisdom... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/10/2013 11:06PM

    David's response remind me of Phinehas, Eleazar's son in Numbers 25 when Israel was sinning by worshipping the Baal of Peor. He was zealous for GOD's honour, just as David was. By faith we can stand in Christ and overcome!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/10/2013 6:25PM

    Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/10/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for this blog and your others too. I am subscribing to them so i don't miss any. God Bless You.

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RSSSLHB 4/10/2013 2:10PM

    Vic thank you for praying emoticon

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JADOMB 4/10/2013 1:00PM

    So very true. It's one thing to battle giants, it's another thing to battle all the naysayers and skeptics that want to destroy our faith due to such lack in their's.

I have learned to treat them as just another giant to slay, along with all the others that come my way.

With God as our strength and Faith as our sword, there is NOTHING we can't conquer. Love God and Keep the Faith.

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IAM_HIS 4/10/2013 12:07PM

    This definitely was what I needed t read - what a blessing for me. Thank you!!

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ANHELIC 4/10/2013 11:10AM

    Thank you Vic for this encouraging lesson. We can prevail by faith and God will overcome our giants. I love this hymn, I sang it while reading it. My faith in God has overcome my giant this week. I praise His holy name and thank God for all He is doing in my life. Thank you Vic for reinforcing my faith and keeping me me loving our Lord and Savior and walking with Him in His Glory. Each lesson seems to reinforce my faith becomming strong each day. Thank you for the goodie and note. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYVAND1 4/10/2013 9:28AM

  Prevailing by faith

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LOSTLIME 4/10/2013 9:05AM

    Thank you for the hymn. it is one of my favorites. I am slowly decluttering my life. I am realizing that I don't need all the junk. I only need to follow in Jesus footsteps.

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JOANIE69 4/10/2013 8:52AM

    "David prevailed by faith! Jesus prevailed by faith! And you and I can prevail by faith!"
emoticon Lord I believe,
Lord I believe,
All things are possible,
Lord, I Believe. emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/10/2013 8:34AM

    Do not follow the way of the world for that is where the crowd is at.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/10/2013 7:24AM

  awesome as always thank you

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CASTIRONLADY 4/10/2013 7:21AM

    The victory is ours through Jesus Christ! He has overcome the world!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/9/2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/9/2013

1 Samuel 17:1-51

Read - 1 Samuel 17:32-37
Saints - 3; Giants – 0, Lesson 8a

These verses tell us of the classic match-up between the Israelites and the Philistines. These two peoples were long-standing enemies who showed up often on the field of combat to do battle. For them, the contest was always about one thing: which people would serve the other.

History tells us that battles such as this were often decided by having each side choose their bravest and strongest warrior. These two men would then meet between the opposing forces and fight to the death. When the contest was ended, the side that lost would become the servants to the victor. This seems to be what was happening here in the Valley of Elah, (17:8-9).

The only problem with this situation was the fact that Philistine champion was no ordinary soldier! In fact, the Bible tells us that he was quiet an impressive piece of humanity! 1 Sam. 17:4-7 tells us something of this man's stats. He was about 9', 9" tall, (v. 4). He wore armor that weighed approximately 175 lbs., (v. 5). He carried a spear that was like a long, heavy weaver's beam that weighed 17 lbs, with a spearhead that weighed in at 15 lbs., (v. 7). This was no ordinary soldier! Verses 5-6 tell us that this man was covered from head to toe in armor that was made of solid brass.

Imagine this 10 foot tall dude stepping down the mountain across the Valley of Elah just as the sun began to climb high against the Palestinian sky. This man came down the eastern face of a mountain and as the sun hit that brass, he must have looked like some kind of solid gold monster. No wonder he struck fear into the hearts of God's people!

Every day for 40 days this giant appeared before the armies of Israel and mocked them, cursed their God and challenged them to send someone out to fight him, (verses 10, 16). He did this every morning and every evening for forty days! And, every day, Saul and the army of Israel trembled in their armor and were afraid to go and fight this giant!

It must have looked like the Philistines would win this battle. Thank God, the Lord always has His man!

About this time, a young man named David, who and already been hand-picked by the Lord to be the next king of Israel (1 Sam. 16) was sent by his father Jesse to carry supplies to David's brothers, who were fighting in Saul's army, (v. 12-18). When David arrives at the place of battle, he is speaking with his brothers when, all of a sudden, Goliath makes one of his twice daily appearances and repeats his challenge and his taunts. This time, things were going to be just a little bit different! Oh, the soldiers still panicked and reacted in terror, (v. 24), but this time, Goliath and his threats were heard by a young man who believed God!

David took certain steps in setting this situation right that are a clear portrait of the walk of faith that should be exhibited in every believer's life. In this lesson from the "Faith Files", David shows us what faith does when faith is faced with giants, battles and obstacles. It is those qualities of David's faith that I want to look at for just a little while today. As we join David in his walk of faith, I want to teach for a while on this thought: “Saints - 3; Giants – 0”. Note these qualities of genuine faith.

V. 23-27 FAITH REACTS

When David heard the challenge and the blasphemies of Goliath, and when he heard that Saul was going to richly bless the man who defeated this giant, David made up his mind that he was going to be that man. Notice how interested he is in this promised reward – (v. 26; 30).

You see, for Israel, Goliath represented a stumbling block to the will of God being accomplished. This giant was standing in the way of God's business and he had to go! David's faith would not allow him to stand idly by while Goliath defied the God of Heaven!

There is a lesson in this for the believer! When the Lord saved us, He placed His Spirit within each of our hearts. Now, when one of life's giants appears in our view, there rises up within the heart of the child of God a desire to see that Giant fall! All around there may be those who tell us that the giant is too strong, or that we are unable to overcome it, but while the world and the faithless cry, "God can't!", there is One in our hearts Who rises up and declares with all the force He possesses, "God can, God can!"

What I am trying to tell you is that faith is not content to let the devil, the world, or the obstacles that hinder the work of the Lord, win the battles of life! Faith demands victory over these things. Therefore, we can say that faith reacts!

Faith reacts by standing when a pagan king says "Bow!" (Daniel 3). Faith reacts by praying when a pagan king says, "Don't", (Daniel 6). Faith reacts by preparing for a flood when it has never rained, (Genesis 6). Faith reacts by letting down ones nets at the word of Jesus, even when you have fished all night and caught nothing, (Luke 5:4-8). All I am saying is that faith looks at an obstacle and sees an opportunity instead. Faith reacts in a positive way!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 40:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus” By: George Duffield (1858)

1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.

3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.

4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Kindness! Thank You for all the times You redeem our lives from death and destruction; for all the times You have shown us Your loving-kindness and tender mercies. Everything in us blesses Your Holy name, for You are our Redeemer, Savior and King, who makes all things and makes our lives to be a testimony to Your glory and redemption. You are our Father, our Redeemer from everlasting to everlasting. Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Redeem our lives, O Lord, in ways we never dream possible. These things we pray and ask in the redeeming name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 4/9/2013 11:12PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Facing a "Goliath" without faith in God, we will be beaten. My giant fell today and I experienced God's will being done in my life. Your lesson just enforced my faith even more as I read it and could see the comparison in my life. Thank you for the goodie and note.
Sending you God's blessing to you, Vic.

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/9/2013 9:26PM

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:23PM

    "Faith looks at an obstacle and sees an opportunity instead". This really stood out for me. Thank you for these encouraging words today.

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JADOMB 4/9/2013 3:18PM

    No mountain is too high or giant too big. With God, all things are possible.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/9/2013 1:18PM

    Thanks Vic it sometimes is hard for me to believe this because I think god is taking too long to answer my prayers. The big giants in my life now are being unemployed so long, our family being estrnged from each other and our church in need cause of people who left. My mind says one thing and my heart says another.

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LOSTLIME 4/9/2013 12:28PM

    Thank you,Vic! We can overcome our obstacles if we believe in Him,our Lord ,our Savior.

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TONYVAND1 4/9/2013 10:10AM

  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

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NELLIEH1 4/9/2013 9:28AM

    Yes Vic and Joanie! It is always: "My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour Divine!" We are the temples of the Holy Spirit, who is our Teacher and Guide. The Lord continues to interceded for us at the right hand of GOD the Father and the Father is always drawing us into Himself in Christ Jesus. Why do we/I want to let anything in this life win? "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in GOD; trust also in Me." says Jesus.

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JOANIE69 4/9/2013 8:14AM

    emoticon and inspiring message, Vic. This sentence thrilled my soul today: "but this time, Goliath and his threats were heard by a young man who believed God! " One of my highest aims is to remind myself over and over that God is a sovereign God and His kingdom is here because it lives (also) in me. Do I truly believe that? As I age I believe it more and more and more. God's will is the (my) best will, and I seek it and believe in it and submit myself to it. emoticon Thy kingdom come Oh Lord, and let it reign in me. emoticon

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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 4/9/2013 7:47AM

  Bowing in submission to the KING!

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SANDRALEET 4/9/2013 7:35AM

    We are were we are because we always step out of Gods path Then as mow sin always destroys our land.The world and God do not work together.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/9/2013 7:32AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/8/2013

Monday, April 08, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/8/2013

1 Samuel 17:40-51
THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD USES, Lesson 7b

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COMMITTED PEOPLE

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Obstacles - 1 Sam. 17:4-11, 32 - David was determined to honor the Lord despite the size and power of Goliath. His eyes were not on the problem, but on the Problem-solver!

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Opposition - 1 Sam. 17:27-32 - Some said that David couldn’t do it. Others questioned his motives, but David was determined to defeat Goliath despite those who stood against him. Those who go with God are going to face opposition – (2 Tim. 3:12).

They Are Committed In Spite Of The Opportunities - 1 Sam. 17:17-26 - David had the chance to walk away, but David had his priorities in order. To him, the main thing was the glory of God! He had made up His mind that God would come first, no matter what! That should be the desire of every child of God – (1 Cor. 10:31).

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE
They Are Willing To Accept The Risks - 1 Sam. 17:38-51 - David was willing to put his life on the line for the glory of God. If the Lord hadn’t come through for him, David would have died! This was the same heart that motivated Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel!

They Are Willing To Accept The Ridicule - 1 Sam. 17:28, 32-37 - David was willing to listen to the taunts of his opponents and the jibes of his critics. To him, the rewards that came for obedience to the Lord outweighed any personal humiliation he might suffer because of others. Even Jesus suffered ridicule – (John 7:3-6).

They Are Willing To Accept The Results - 1 Sam. 17:49-51 - David walked out on that battlefield confident that he would win. He knew that he was the next king of Israel and that it was not his day to die. You and I do not always have that same degree of assurance. There are times when you will enter a fight and come up short, but keep this truth in mind: While you may not always win in the battles of faith, if your faith is in the Lord above, you can never lose! What looks like a defeat in our eyes, may just be a victory in the eyes of the Lord!

Conc: Do you want to be the kind of person God uses? I do! Regardless of what it costs in time, energy or reputation, it will be worth it to be used of the Lord. As you have listened to these characteristics exposed and explained, it may that you have identified certain areas of your life that need correction. If so, please come before the Lord and talk to Him about your needs. He will take your life and use you for His glory if you will get honest with Him. If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, then you come to Him today and I will take the world of God and show you how you can be saved. Wherever you may be right now, you can become a person God uses for His glory. Let’s determine to pay the price to be that person for the glory of God!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 29:1-2 (New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to God in His Holiness and Majesty
A Psalm of David.
29 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Live For Jesus” By: E. R. Latta (1892)

Live for Jesus, O my brother,
His disciple ever be;
Render not to any other,
What alone the Lord’s should be.
Refrain
Live for Jesus, live for Jesus;
Give Him all thou hast to give;
On the cross the world’s Redeemer
Gave His life that Thou mightst live.

Live for Jesus, wandering sinner,
Under Satan serve no more;
Of the promised prize a winner
Thou may’st be, when life is o’er.
Refrain

Live for Jesus in life’s morning;
At the noontide hour be His;
And at eve, when day is turning,
And inherit endless bliss.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Glory, God of truth and Grace! Thank You for the Truth of Your Word. Thank You for Jesus who is the Word. Your Word teaches us and shows us how to live in righteousness, Your righteousness. We praise You for the gift of Your Truth, Your Word, Your Grace and Jesus. We thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, for guiding us in all spiritual ways. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. Your Law is truth. We praise You for Your loving kindness as we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise. Enable us to make our worship of You a way of life. Forgive us as we forgive others. This we pray in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/9/2013 4:17PM

    Christ was not swayed by applause or condemnation. He steadfastly did His Father's will. I want to be used of Him in the same way.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/9/2013 1:25PM

    Thanks Vic for the lesson. I find that i have a long way to go here as far as being bold for Christ. i struggle sometimes with forgiveness and forgetting especially with family members.

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ANHELIC 4/8/2013 11:41PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. As David knew that he would be the next king, we don't know what's in store for us, but Jesus does and before we even get there, Jesus has already prepared the way for us. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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JADOMB 4/8/2013 11:38AM

    A man was being interviewed for a job and the interviewer sat a glass half full of water in front of the prospective new employee. Then he asked the man, "are you an optimist or a pessimist?". At which time the prospective new employee took the glass of water, and drank it. Then he replied, "neither, I'm a problem solver". He was hired right on the spot.

Think out of the box. God needs problem solvers, not robots.

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NELLIEH1 4/8/2013 9:44AM

    Thanks you, Vic for outlining the character traits of one who brings glory to GOD on the constant battlefields of life. Thanks, Joanie for your insights about how to stand in Christ instead of defending oneself against attacks, slights, hurts. My modus operendi had always been "Keep the peace and protect oneself against further pain". So I was very controlling of any situation I perceived as going into harm's way. Now I try to be being willing so that my faith (GOD's gift and enabling) can be proven and GOD gets the glory!

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LOSTLIME 4/8/2013 9:35AM

    Thank you,Vic for the clarification of the readings of the Bible. You make it so much clrearer for me.

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SANDRALEET 4/8/2013 9:02AM

    Sometimes God gives use a job want to or not he gets after us till we do it.

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TONYVAND1 4/8/2013 8:57AM

  Lord use me in any way you want. Help me to be totally committed to you

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JOANIE69 4/8/2013 8:08AM

    Amen Vic. Regarding your thoughts on risks and ridicule while serving the Lord, I have found something that works for me in regards to my own attitude. While being sensitive to the views and needs of others (or non-offensive myself), I vowed that I would never be "offended". To me that means if I find that I am mis-understood or mis-represented, that I will go straight to the Lord and ask Him to defend me and to intervene. I will pray for the person (s) who slighted or hurt me, and let it go...without defending myself when it would only make matters worse. There is an old saying that goes something like this: "he who defends himself has the world's worst lawyer in his employ". Jesus is our Advocate, and if we do our best with a clean heart towards God, we can confidently leave all the consequences to Him. Thank you for your teaching and all that it can mean to others in their (my) own spiritual growth.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/7/2013

Sunday, April 07, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/7/2013

1 Samuel 17:40-51
THE KIND OF PEOPLE GOD USES, Lesson 7a

Over 150 years ago, Henry Varley said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” A young man named D.L. Moody heard those words and determined in his heart to be that man! He gave himself fully to the will of God for His life and the Lord used him to shake two continents for Jesus. Moody preached to more than 100 million people during his ministry and many thousands came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a person God can use. The Lord is still looking for men, women, boys and girls that He can fill with His Spirit and use to make a difference for Jesus. You and I can be that person that God will take and use for His name’s sake.

In our passage, we are told about a young man named David. In his meeting with Goliath, there are some definite principles exposed that teach us about the person God uses. Let’s notice these truths. I want to teach for a while on this thought “The Kind Of Person God Uses”. These verses shed some light on the characteristics they possess. Allow me to share those characteristics with you today.

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE COMMON PEOPLE

Ordinary People Are Used By God - 1 Sam. 16:6-13 - Look at David’s treatment and status within his own family! In 1 Cor. 1:25-29, God uses the unknown and the ordinary because He will receive the most glory! (Examples: Moses, servant girl and Namaan, 12 Disciples, etc.!)

Obedient People Are Used By God - 1 Sam. 17:17-22 - The people used by God are willing to do the most mundane of tasks for the glory of God, (Psa. 84:10); for example: 2 disciples sent after the colt – (Matt. 21:1-7). David was on a mission that could have been handled by the least of Jesse’s servants, but David willingly did the job because he was commanded to do so. Of course, being there when he was afforded him an opportunity to serve the Lord in a greater way than he ever imagined! Don’t look down at the tasks the Lord assigns you, the least of them may reap the greatest glory to God!

THE PEOPLE GOD USES ARE CONSECRATED PEOPLE

He Uses People Who Are Related To Him - David’s words in v. 26, 29, 37, 45-57, reveal that David has a personal relationship with God. All one has to do is read the Psalms to see that David had a heart for God, (Psa. 23:1-6; Psa. 27:4, and Acts 13:22).

He Uses People Who Are Relying On Him - 1 Sam. 17:37-47 - David voiced his faith and confidence in the Lord. David was not looking to man-made weapons and resources, but he stuck to what had always worked in his life: faith in God! Any battles that are won in our lives will be won by God! If we are ever used in this life, it will be because we a leaning upon Him and His resources for our strength and provision!

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

2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“To Love Someone More Dearly” By: Maude L. Ray (1903)

To love someone more dearly every day,
To help a wandering child to find his way,
To ponder o’er a noble thought and pray,
And smile when evening falls,
And smile when evening falls:
This is my task.

To follow truth as blind men long for light,
To do my best from dawn of day till night,
To keep my heart fit for His holy sight,
And answer when He calls,
And answer when He calls:
This is my task.

And then my Savior by and by to meet,
When faith hath made her task on earth complete,
And lay my homage at the Master’s feet,
Within the jasper walls,
Within the jasper walls:
This crowns my task.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Loving Father, Almighty God! Help us to find favor in Your sight; make us servants and workers in Your kingdom. No task is too small and unimportant. Trusting You is essential for our relationship and our faith. Help us to be people others can trust so that Your will may be done through us to Your glory and honor. Enable us to right wrongs, to confess our wrongs, and to seek Your Word for guidance and direction in life. Help us to earn the trust of others when we keep Your commandments and enable You to accomplish Your eternal purpose for all of us. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!

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JADOMB 4/8/2013 11:32AM

    As a weak human I know I am always having to fight off weak minded thoughts and actions. I also know that my God loves and forgives me for my weaknesses. And my love for God is to continue to love him and to fight off the weak human ways to be more like him. I accept that I will never reach that goal, but that won't stop me.

I also don't worry about how small the good thoughts or actions maybe that I am tasked with. From a small seed a great Oak Tree grows.

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RSSSLHB 4/7/2013 8:05PM

    emoticon Vic

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ANHELIC 4/7/2013 5:44PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Praying that we will be chosen by God to do even the smallest of tasks for His glory and honor. God will only give us what we can handle and we can be grateful to be honoring our God.
Thank you for the goodie and note. Praying that you had a Blessed Sunday.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/7/2013 12:06PM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/7/2013 10:54AM

    If I can help a few to find there way I did some good I can help Gods people the best I can I am a spark lighter

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/7/2013 10:49AM

    Amen.

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LOSTLIME 4/7/2013 9:40AM

    Thank you,Vic! I want to be that someone that God wants. I know I just have to listen to Him.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

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EFFIEANNIE 4/7/2013 8:24AM

    Just saw your blogs for the first time. Great, thanks for the lesson. I remember that hymn too, a great song.

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SAINTBETH 4/7/2013 8:14AM

    Amen!

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TONYVAND1 4/7/2013 8:00AM

  I too want to be a man that God can use

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NELLIEH1 4/7/2013 7:19AM

    Our relationship with the Living GOD sets us on the pathway to dependence upon Him as well as His call to hear and do His will. How mightily blessed we each are to know Christ and to have the privilege of making Him know in our small (or larger) spheres of influence! Thanks, Vic

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JOANIE69 4/7/2013 6:42AM

    emoticon Vic, for a great teaching to begin my day. I pray your Sunday will be blessed.

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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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