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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/12/2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/12/2013

1 Samuel 17:1-51

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

V. 37b-47 FAITH RELIES

When Saul hears what David has filed away about God, he sends David into battle with his blessings! He even tries to suit David up in his armor. However, David knows this won't work, (v. 38-39). When he fought the lion and the bear all he had was his staff, his sling and his LORD. If he is going to face this giant, then he will rely on those things that have never failed him. He takes off Saul's armor and David takes his staff, his sling and stops by a brook and selects him five smooth stones and then he goes out to meet Goliath, (v. 40-41). When the giant sees this young man coming out to fight him, the giant is insulted! "How dare these Jews send out a boy to fight me!", it seems to be what he is saying, (v. 42-43). And, he curses David. Then Goliath tells David that he is going to kill him and feed his carcass to the birds and the wild beasts, (v. 44).

Goliath's speech is a short one, but David has a little more on his heart. He tells Goliath that the battle is the Lord's (v. 47) and that before the sun goes down, both Goliath and Israel will know that the LORD is God, (v. 45-47)!

Imagine Goliath's impatience as David goes through this little speech! Notice David's use of the word "and". He just keeps on telling the giant how he is going to destroy the giant in the power of Almighty God.

Basically, this section boils down to David telling Goliath that the giant might have better weapons, superior strength and lots of armor, but David has God! This is the essence of genuine faith! It doesn't look at human ability! It doesn't see the size of the obstacle. It doesn't concern itself with such mundane thoughts as "I can't"; "it's never been done"; "I don't know how"; "Why me". No! Faith says, "Giant, you're ugly, you stink, but you're gonna die, because the Lord has already delivered you into my hands."

David didn't know about swords and spears, at least not yet. He knew God and he knew stones. He just stuck to the things that had always worked. He simply relied on God to give him the victory over the giant. My friends, that will still work for us today! Genuine faith looks beyond the problem to see a God Who is Able! I call your attention again to Ephesians 3:20. Notice the phrase, "Now unto Him that is able....." Able to what? You name it and that's what He is able to do! He is able! You need to remember that when you can't, He still can! He is still the great "I AM!" Did you know that His Name is an open ended statement? I AM what? Whatever His children need Him to be He is! He's not some washed up, has been, of a God! No, He is still the great "I AM!" And He can still take care of those little Goliaths that afflict you and me from time to time!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 29:24 (New King James Version (NKJV)

24 These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding,
And those who complained will learn doctrine.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Our God, He Is Alive” By: A. W. Dicus (1966)

There is, beyond the azure blue
A God, concealed from human sight
He tinted skies with heav'nly hue
And framed the worlds with His great might

Chorus:
There is a God (There is a God), He is alive (He is alive)
In Him we live (In Him we live) and we survive (and we survive)
From dust our God (From dust our God) created man (created man)
He is our God (He is our God), the great I Am (the great I Am)

There was a long, long time ago
A God whose voice the prophets heard
He is the God that we should know
Who speaks from His inspired word

Repeat Chorus

Our God, whose Son upon a tree
A life was willing there to give
That He from sin might set man free
And evermore with Him could live

Repeat Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Glorious Father, God of all creation! You love us and lead us so we may be separated from all sin, and live with You forever. Help us to separate ourselves from all sin, all evil and wickedness. Lead us away from all of these and show us the way to walk, live, work, react and prevail by faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Grant our souls strong conviction so we will always hear Your voice speaking to our hearts. Help us not to grieve the Holy Spirit and enable us to crucify all unholy desires. Tear down the wall of separation that stands between us and YOU. Guide us in the homeward way. This we pray with all our hearts, soul and mind, in the name of our blessed Jesus. Amen!

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IAM_HIS 4/16/2013 11:35AM

    What a beautiful picture you painted for us with your choice of words. I also related this to the vow of marriage couples make. Yet, so many do not take with them seriously. Perhaps it is because they do not know the unconditional love God has for us.

For me, marriage has taught me what it is to truly love, something I cannot on my own I have to keep my bond with God so I can love my spouse. I realize more and more how much I need God.

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ANHELIC 4/12/2013 11:07PM

    Thank you Vid for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes the battle is the Lords and with Him the victory is ours. Vengence is mine saith the Lord. Rely on the faith of God and He will bring our giants down. Our God is and awesome God and if we keep our faith in Him, He will defeat our enemy. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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RSSSLHB 4/12/2013 4:42PM

    Great hymn emoticon Vic

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WENDYW596 4/12/2013 4:09PM

    Something to hide in our heart....The battle belongs to The Lord! Thank you, for reminding us again to trust God.

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JADOMB 4/12/2013 2:41PM

    Be aware that NOT all giants are big, ugly and stick. Many comes in much more alluring forms that can hypnotize and entice. They are still giants that need slaying though.

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NELLIEH1 4/12/2013 1:23PM

    Faith...such a precious gift from GOD...that "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see!" The assurance and absolute knowing of our GOD is a treasure beyond measure. Will we each trust into HIm more fully today? Will we rehearse/recall /remember what He has done in the past so that we place ourselves unreservedly into His hands? Thank you again , Vic, for these encouragements/exhortations/edifica
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TONYVAND1 4/12/2013 8:45AM

  With God we gain the victory

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SANDRALEET 4/12/2013 6:47AM

    With God his light we change our heart and mind That is were most of our giants come from Our human flesh .lust wants strife .

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FOLLOWING IN THYE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/11/2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/11/2013

1 Samuel 17:1-51

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

V. 34-37 FAITH REMEMBERS

When David hears the objections of Saul to his going to do battle with the giant, David begins to remember some things the Lord had done for him in his past. I can see him as he stands there and accesses the file cabinets in his mind. He opens the drawer and thumbs through the files until he comes to the letter "G". He opens this file looking for some information on defeating giants. But, he finds the file empty. Then, he remembers a day when a wild lion came out of the forest and attacked his sheep.

He leafs on back through the files until his eyes land on "L". He opens the files and reads: "A lion took a lamb out of the flock: And I went after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. And, the LORD delivered me out of the paw of the lion!" Then, under that, David sees written this note, "Note to self: Remember, when facing lions, trust God. He always gives the victory! Saints-1; Lions -0!"

I can see a smile cross his lips as he again remembers a time when a bear came out of the forest and attacked the flock. So, he goes to the front of the file drawer to a file marked with the letter "B". He opens this file and reads, "A bear took a lamb out of the flock: And I went after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. And, the LORD delivered me out of the paw of the bear" Then, under that, David sees written this note, "Note to self: Remember, when facing bears, trust God. He always gives the victory! Saints-2; Bears-0!"

He shares all this information with Saul and says, "Oh, by the way King Saul, before I close these files I had better make myself a little note to remind me of something." So, he thumbs back through the files in the drawer and pulls out a folder marked with the letter "G" again. He opens this file and writes the following words, "A giant came down a mountainside one day and attacked the flock of God. I went after him and smote him and delivered the people of God out of his hand. When he arose against me, I buried a stone in his head and then I cut off his head with his own sword. And the Lord delivered me out of the hand of the Philistine " Then, as he was about to close the file, he wrote the following, "Note to self: Remember, when facing giants, trust God. He always gives the victory! Saint -3; Giants-0!"

What made David's so determined to defeat Goliath? It was the same thing that motivated him to kill the lion and the bear. As the shepherd of the flock, he was responsible for protecting the sheep. So, he killed the attackers and delivered the sheep. When it came to Israel, David had already been anointed to be the next king of Israel. In effect, he was their shepherd. When he saw the people being attacked by Goliath, he just reacted with the heart of a shepherd.

You say, "Teacher, you made all that up!" Oh did I? Look at what David said. He knew the outcome before the battle ever took place. How? Faith remembers what God has done in the past and faith knows that God doesn't change. What He did then, He is still doing now!

Folk, let me encourage you today by reminding you that God is still the same God Who stepped out from behind the curtain of nowhere onto the stage of nothing and spoke everything into existence! He is still the same God Who hung the stars in their sockets and placed the planets in their orbits. He still owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is still the same God Who saved you by grace when you exercised that little mustard seed sized grain of faith. He is still the One, Who met that need for you. He is still the One Who touched that loved one and healed them for you. He is still the One, Who has never failed you to this point. He is still worthy of your faith! Real faith just remembers that What God has done before God can still do! You see, our little problems, and the Goliath's we face pose no problem to God! He is greater than all of our need. Ephesians 3:20-21 sums it up nicely!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

TODAY’S VERSE!
Genesis 1:12 (New King James Version (NKJV)

12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He Is Able To Deliver Thee” By: W. A. Ogden (1887)

1. ’Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;
’Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”
Refrain:
He is able to deliver thee,
He is able to deliver thee;
Though by sin oppressed, go to Him for rest;
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”

2. ’Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main;
’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain;
’Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”
Refrain:

3. ’Tis the grandest theme, let the tidings roll,
To the guilty heart, to the sinful soul;
Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole,
“Our God is able to deliver thee.”
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Gracious Father, Wonderful and Awesome God! We thank You, that in Jesus, the whole body is joined and held together by His Love and Power, as we grow and are built up in His love so that each one of us may do his/her part of the work to glorify our God. You know our hearts and minds as we seek Your wisdom in Your Word and Truth; as we seek the way You are leading us to live. Grant us the courage to use every gift You have given us in service to You. You are so Great and we are so weak. Lift us from the mess we make of our lives, because Your way is all that matters in this world and in the world to come. It is with a grateful heart and a humble spirit, and in the name of Jesus, Our Lord, we pray and ask these things. Amen!

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IAM_HIS 4/12/2013 7:28AM

    What a very meangful lesson for me today!! The Holy Spirit gave me what I so needed...thanky for being His instrument!!!

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ANHELIC 4/11/2013 9:49PM

    Thank you vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. By obeying God's commandments, following Him and trusting Him. Our faith will battle our giants and we will become victors through God. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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JADOMB 4/11/2013 7:16PM

    Amen

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JOANIE69 4/11/2013 4:36PM

    Thank you vic. I love that old hymn. God is sovereign indeed, and always able to deliver us. Glory to His name!

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TONYVAND1 4/11/2013 10:05AM

  God gives the victory and we are victorious in Him

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MZLADY77 4/11/2013 9:42AM

    Amen! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/11/2013 8:49AM

    Yes, Vic, To GOD be the glory!! We have real bears up here, too. Especially in April, when they emerge from hibernation, I watch for a visit by one as I head out at 5 on Wednesdays to our Prayer Group. Two winters ago we had a group fo three "living" just across our stone wall in the woods. Though I've never faced one, like David I remember GOD is GOD Always! and GOD is Always GOD! On goes to armor He gave us (Ephesians 6) HalleluJAH!!

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LOSTLIME 4/11/2013 8:49AM

    Thank you for the lessons. I am learning so much from these stories from the Bible.

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IAM_HIS 4/11/2013 8:47AM

    What a powerful blog...thank you for reminding each of us how blessed we are and how much courage and hope is ours when we trust in the Lord.

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/11/2013 8:02AM

    Praising God that He lifts us up! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/11/2013 7:54AM

    God was is and will be for all tines He was is now and is in control of all things He uses people in his ways to get things done He calls them and puts it in there heart to do his work So do your job mo matter how little it is

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AZMOMXTWO 4/11/2013 7:51AM

 
i love your blogs i learn so much thank you

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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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AZMOMXTWO 4/8/2013 7:40AM

  thank you

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