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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/16/2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/16/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:1-4
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, Lesson 9c

JONATHAN’S LOVE WAS AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Verse 3 tells us that Jonathan “loved him as his own soul.” Along the way, there were hurdles that developed which could have derailed their relationship. For instance, Saul hated David and repeatedly tried to kill him, (1 Sam. 18:25; 19:1, 8-11), and many other places. Jonathan’s devotion to David even caused a rift to develop between him and his father, as he repeatedly took David’s side against the king, (1 Sam. 19:2, 4-7; 1 Sam. 20:24-34). Things even became so heated between Jonathan and Saul that Saul actually tried to kill his own son. By the way, it’s a good thing Saul was a bad shot with that javelin!

In spite of the problems and in spite of everything that happened, Jonathan loved David to the end. His love was totally unconditional!

Even when it wasn’t easy for this friendship between Jonathan and David to exist, it did. It existed and flourished because Jonathan refused to allow anything to sever the bond he has with David. When his soul was “knit” to the souls of David, it was bound to him for life. The Bible also says that they made a “covenant” together, (1 Sam. 18:3). A covenant was more than a mere promise. It was life and death guarantee. They bound themselves together for life with an oath. They swore to be friends to the end; and they both honored the covenant. When Jonathan was killed in battle, David spoke of his death and of their friendship, (2 Sam. 1:17-27). As David speaks it is clear to see that he speaks of a friendship that was unfailing and unceasing.

Again, this is a picture of the kind of love with which God loves us. His love for us is not affected by our behavior. It is not affected by His feelings. It is unaffected by our responses to Him. His love is not affected by anything at all.

His love is never ending and it is totally unconditional. In fact, there is nothing that you can do that will make the Lord stop loving you! Nothing, and I mean nothing, can make Him stop loving His children, (Rom. 8:38-39).

You see, nothing we did made the Lord start loving us and nothing we can do will ever make His stop loving us. Love is a choice that God, in His sovereignty makes. It is a choice that He is willing to stand by forever. Thank God for unconditional love!

Greg Louganis recorded an unprecedented double/double in Olympic diving when he won gold medals in the men's 3-meter springboard and platform competition in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Few will ever forget how he fought back in 1988.
In the springboard event he missed one dive and hit the board with his head.

Physicians stitched his cut, and he went on to win. In the platform diving he won the gold on his final performance with an incredible reverse three-and-a-half somersault tuck. It was a breathtaking finish that brought Americans to their feet. It was the same dive that clinched the gold for Louganis in the '84 games.

When reporters hounded him in Los Angeles he gave them a very unusual response. They asked, "What were you thinking about as you prepared for your final dive?" Maybe they were referring to the pressure, or to the fact that that dive is extremely dangerous and killed a Soviet diver just a year before in 1983. Louganis' simple answer was, "I was thinking that no matter what happens, my mother will still love me."

When Greg was just eleven, he became very frustrated at his diving performance in an early and important meet. Frances Louganis took her son aside and said, "I do not come to see you win. I come to see you dive. Just do your best. I will love you no matter what." That unconditional love carried her son to forty-three national diving titles, six Pan-American gold medals, five world championships, one Olympic silver medal, and four Olympic gold medals.

My friends, may I remind you that God does not look to see if we are winning. He watches over us because he loves us and He will love us no matter what!
Conc: In the Jewish temple and tabernacle there burned a lamp, a light of sacrifice that never went out. Day and night summer and winter, it shed its soft and mystic glow within the holy place. In the temple of the life, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ there Is a lamp, a light that never GOES out. The oil that supplied it was never exhausted. No scorn, no hostility, no hatred could ever quench it. It Is the light of love.

Today, that same light still shines in the darkness of this world. That same light still illuminates the lonely road to Heaven. That light still sends its glow into hearts that have been afflicted and plunged into darkness by sin. It still brightens the way for those who are searching for hope in a hopeless world. It still shines to remind us that there is a God in Heaven Who loves us with an uncommon, uncomplicated, unconditional love. Today, God has reminded us again of this great, heavenly truth, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” (Proverbs 18:24).

Do you need that Friend today? If you do, you can come to Him and by faith He will save your soul if you are lost. If you have strayed away from Him and have strained your friendship with Him, you can return to Him and find that He is a faithful friend that always forgives those who come back. If you are carrying a heavy burden, and need a friend to help shoulder that load, there is no better friend than Jesus. He invites you to come, whatever the need may be, (Matt. 11:28).

A trucker tells the story on himself. He was yawning as he passed through rural North Carolina on Interstate 95, with only two more hours of driving, and then a good meal, some TV, a call home, and a warm bed. Most days on the road were like that--not quite as glamorous as some country-western singers suggest. A brown sedan entered the highway just ahead and began weaving back and forth between lanes, causing the trucker to throw his rig into a lower gear. At first he thought it was a drunk, but as the trucker came closer, he saw it was an older man shaking uncontrollably. The trucker was wide awake now. The car swerved violently, whipping its CB antenna like a fishing rod. "That's it," thought the trucker, "the CB."

So he called in, "You in the brown Chevy, if you can hear me, pull over. Pull off the road!" Amazingly, the car slowed down and pulled to a stop alongside the road. The trucker pulled up behind him and jumped out of his cab. The elderly man staggered from his car and fell into the trucker's hands. On a rock on the side of Interstate 95, the older man poured out his story of months of fear and pain that accompanied the illness of his only daughter. He was returning now from the hospital where she had revealed that she had decided to cease any further treatment. In the hospital, each put on a face of stoic strength. But out on the road, it had suddenly come over him, and waves of tears and grief overwhelmed him. The encounter was over in less than an hour. Wrenching sobs gave way to serenity, to a warm embrace, and to a new resolve to share pain rather than deny it. The trucker offered a simple prayer and they resumed their journeys.

For 50 miles they traveled in tandem, the young trucker using the CB to voice words of encouragement to his new friend. Finally, the older man announced his exit was next. The trucker said farewell, and asked if his friend could make it the rest of the way. Suddenly, a third voice could be heard across the airwaves. "Breaker 19, don't worry, good buddy. Go your way. I'll see him home!" Glancing in his rearview mirror, the trucker saw a livestock truck move into the exit lane behind the brown sedan. I’m glad that I can remind you today that we have a Friend Who will see us home! I sure am glad the Prince of Heaven loves paupers like you and me!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 12:50 (New King James Version (NKJV)
50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
Oh, That Will Be Glory” By: Charles H. Gabriel (1900)

1. When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be glory for me.
Refrain:
Oh, that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.

2. When, by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face,
Will through the ages be glory for me.
Refrain:

3. Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be glory for me.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Almighty Father, God of Love, Grace and Mercy! Open the eyes of our heart so we may see the hope and power of Your love at work in us. Help us to understand our glorious inheritance that You have prepared for us. Enable us to comprehend the magnitude of Your Love and Power on our behalf. Your love is unconditional, O Lord, but Your salvation is conditional. Teach us how to do Your will and live to Your glory. We seek Your love, presence, power and mercy to be manifested in our lives. We pray and we thank You in the glorious name of Jesus our Savior. Amen!

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JADOMB 4/17/2013 12:44AM

    Our Father's love is something that was meant to be passed on. That is what is missing in so many youths these days, they don't know what a father's love is. No wonder there are so many lost souls in this world.

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ANHELIC 4/16/2013 11:45PM

    Thank you Vic for the awesome message, hymn and prayer. What a feeling knowing that we have an eternal friend that will never leave us or forsake us. He will comfort us throughout each day and through every trial. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. God Bless.

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LOSTLIME 4/16/2013 2:26PM

    terrific blog! thank you for sharing!

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CANDOIT54 4/16/2013 10:18AM

    emoticon thank you for sharing


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TONYVAND1 4/16/2013 9:20AM

  Open the eyes of my heart Lord so that I too can see your marvelous deeds

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NELLIEH1 4/16/2013 9:11AM

    Almighty GOD of Love, to You be all the glory! May those families in Boston who have lost loved ones and those who have been badly injured know Your incredible unconditional love today and each day forward. May Your grace wrap each one powerfully round about in Your presence and assurance and comfort. In the Name of our Risen Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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RSSSLHB 4/16/2013 8:44AM

    Vic your doing a emoticon job emoticon

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JOANIE69 4/16/2013 7:49AM

    emoticon and uplifting! Glory to God!
"Oh, that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me. "
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SANDRALEET 4/16/2013 7:28AM

    we are his with him we make it

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AZMOMXTWO 4/16/2013 7:25AM

  awesome thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/15/2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/15/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:1-4
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, Lesson 9b

JONATHAN’S LOVE WAS AN UNCOMPLICATED LOVE

According to verse one, Jonathan loved David just as he was. Think about it! David was nobody from nowhere, but Jonathan saw something in little David that ignited love in his heart. He loved David just because he was David, and for no other reason! The prince loved the pauper and his soul was “knit” with the soul of David. The word “knit” means “to tie, or to bind together.” There was nothing in David to cause this love to grow, yet it was there just the same. The prince loved the pauper with an uncomplicated love.

This is a clear picture of the grace of God. This is portrait of how we are loved by the Lord Jesus Christ. His love for us is not based on our worth or our merit. The Bible is clear, in our natural state; we possess nothing that would commend us to the Lord, (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 8:7; Eph. 4:18-19).

But, He loves us anyway! His love for us is pure, perfect and uncomplicated.
His Love Is Primary Love – (1 John 4:10; 4:19) – Even when we could not love Him because of our sinful condition, He loved us anyway!

His Love Is Perpetual Love – (Jer. 31:3) – The love God has for you and me is a love that had no beginning and will have no ending. His love is everlasting!
His Love Is Proven Love – (Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:8-9) – The love of God found its ultimate expression the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins. God sent His Son, (John 3:16), to die for a fallen, wayward, sinful race, (Isa. 52:4-6). And, He did it all because He loves us!

God knew that we could never love Him like He loves us; but He loved us anyway! He knew that we would never show our love for Him to the same degree He demonstrated His love for us; but He loved us anyway! He knew there was nothing about us that merited His love; but He loved us anyway! He knew that we would trample Him and His love under our sinful feet; but He loved us anyway!
We will never understand it, but God’s love for us is really, very uncomplicated. He loves us because He is God and God is Love! He loves us because that is His nature, (1 John 4:7; Eph. 2:4). Thank God that His love for us is not based on what we deserve! He loves us because that is His choice!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 3:24 (New King James Version (NKJV)

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Greatest Commands” By: Traditional (1993)

Alto:
Love one another, for love is of God.
He who loves is born of God;
And knows God.
He who does not love, does not know God,
For God is love, God is love, God is love.

ADD Bass:
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Endures all things.

ADD Tenor:
God is love, God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love,
God is love, God is love, God is love.

ADD Soprano:
Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
With all thy soul, all thy strength,
All thy mind.
Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
For God is love, God is love, God is love.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Holy Father, God of Love and Mercy! We want to go where You go and stay where You stay. We are grateful the final grounds of holy fellowship are in You; that we are related to one another through Jesus. Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who lives and travels with us as we go through this life. May we bless others with Your presence as You have blessed us with Yours. Help us to believe in our gifts and be thankful for the opportunity to use them to Your glory. Help us to learn to see people as You see and love them. Help us to understand that You created each and every person. Help us to value every soul we meet with Your kind of love. These things we pray in Jesus’ name as we come before Your throne of grace. Amen!

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RSSSLHB 4/16/2013 8:43AM

    emoticon Vic for posting

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SANDRALEET 4/16/2013 7:27AM

    We are his with him we make it in this life

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JOANIE69 4/15/2013 9:11PM

    If God did not love us with unconditional love, what hope would we have - for then He would not have sent His Son to redeem us. Then too, He would be angry with all our disobedience, instead of remembering our frame as He does instead, and seeing us through the eyes of Jesus. There was an Amy Grant song about "My Father's Eyes" years ago that I loved. I still pray to this day that God will help me to see others through His eyes...through my Father's eyes rather than through my own. God is love, and we show that we are Christians by our love for Him and for others. Thanks Vic, and God bless you.

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TONYVAND1 4/15/2013 7:43PM

  What a loving good God we serve. Thanks Vic.

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JADOMB 4/15/2013 2:01PM

    He is truly a loving God. With so many "prodigal" sons and daughters running amok on earth, we are so fortunate that he is.

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CASTIRONLADY 4/15/2013 9:25AM

    I praise God for His Perfect Love and His Perfect Plan for us through His Son Jesus Christ! I thank God for you.

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LOSTLIME 4/15/2013 8:56AM

    Thank you for this blog. His love is unconditional. We are so lucky that God loves us as we are.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/15/2013 8:29AM

    Thank you, Vic, for all the goodies and encouragements! Yes, God loves us as we are. May the knowledge of this awaken a greater love for Him.

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ANHELIC 4/15/2013 8:12AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. I am thankful for God's uncomplicated and everlasting love. May we love one another in the same way and cherish our Christian friends that God has put in our path to help us grow. Those who don't know God, let them see Him through our lives and actions. Thank you Vic for you lessons and helping us grow deeper in God's love and learning. Thank you for the goodie and note. God Bless you.

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NELLIEH1 4/15/2013 8:05AM

    "Here is Love, vast as the ocean!" GOD's unconditional love for all mankind past, present and future," is not wanting/willing that anyone be lost/to perish, but that all people everywhere come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) "GOD our Saviour wants all men and women to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4) Oh that we each who do know Him would be disciples-in-the-making and constantly make connections with those who are not yet Jesus followers, so that all in our spheres of influence could be shown and told something about the Living Christ, who "is the same yesterday, today and forever!" (Hebrews 13:8)

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SANDRALEET 4/15/2013 7:45AM

    God loves all Even those who are not saved He hates whot we do that is sin He separates the two

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/14/2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/14/2013

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:1-4
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, Lesson 9a

As David moved through the days of his life, he was a man truly blessed by the Lord. God was gracious to David in that God placed in his life certain people on whom David could lean during the hard times of life. The people provided a strong support system for David and helped him make it through many dark hours in his life.
One of the most precious and profound of the relationships David enjoyed was the friendship he had with King Saul’s son Jonathan. Jonathan was a true friend of God to young David. In fact, the very name “Jonathan” means “Jehovah has given.” Jonathan was strategically placed in David’s life at the very time David needed a genuine friend. Jonathan proved to be the greatest and dearest friend that David would know in his entire life.

It is a shame and a disgrace that some have tried to take this precious, godly relationship between two men and make it into something it was not. Some have taken the words of 2 Samuel 1:26 and have twisted them to imply that David and Jonathan were lovers. Nothing could be farther from the truth! What is true is the fact that Jonathan became to David the rarest of gifts: he became a true, intimate, genuine friend!

You see, as you pass through this life, you will make hundreds and even thousands of acquaintances; but you will have few real friends. In fact, if you develop two or three genuine friendships during your lifetime, you are a blessed person.

So, what is a real friend? One person said, “A friend--a true friend--the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” Another said, “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are.” We ought to praise the Lord for the few, genuine friends we possess in our lives!

I want to examine this precious friendship between David and Jonathan. I want you to see the greatness of their friendship. But, I want you to see the even greater friendship that is pictured in these verses. For here, we can see a portrait of the love Jesus Christ has for the saints of God. You see, the saints of God have a genuine friend in the Lord Jesus. And, by observing the signs of friendship, as they are given in the Word of God, we can understand something about the greatness of Christ’s love for His people. So, let’s examine this friendship that David enjoyed with Jonathan and seek to understand the friendship we enjoy with Jesus. I want to teach on the subject, “The Prince And The Pauper”. Please allow me to share with you the signs of a genuine friendship.

JONATHAN’S LOVE WAS AN UNCOMMON LOVE

Verse 4 tells us that Jonathan removed his princely robe and placed it on David. He even gave David his sword, his bow and his girdle or belt. In other words, Jonathan willing laid aside the symbols of his position as the crown prince of Israel and gave them to David. When someone saw David on that day, they might have mistaken him for Jonathan. That is a picture of a love that involves personal, profound sacrifice. It is a picture of uncommon love!

This kind of love can also be seen in (1 Sam. 23:17). There, Jonathan reveals to David that he knows David will ascend to the throne of Israel after Saul. But, Jonathan is not jealous of David. He intends to stand by David, even as David assumes a throne that should have belonged to Jonathan. Again, that is a picture of selfless, personal sacrifice.

Jonathan consistently placed David ahead of himself. That is what a true friend always does!

This is a picture of the love Jesus has for His people. Just as Jonathan laid aside the royal robes and gave them to David; Jesus has done the same for His children. Consider (Phil. 2:5-8). That glorious passage reminds us that Jesus laid aside His Own robes of glory for a time to come to this world to die for us. And in His dying and His resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a way that old sinners like us could be clothed in His robes of righteousness. His death is proof positive of His uncommon love for lost sinners, (Rom. 5:8; John 15:13; 1 John 3:16; 4:9-10).

Like David we were nothing but paupers, dressed in the rags of our sins, (Isa. 64:6), until Jesus came to us in His love; saved us by His grace and clothed us in His Own righteous robes, (Isa. 61:10; Rom. 4:16-25)! Now, in heaven, we are in Jesus, (Col. 3:3); we are seated with Jesus, (Eph. 2:6); and the Father in Heaven sees us as if we were Jesus, (Rom. 4:24). Thank God for the Lord’s uncommon love!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 6:9 (New King James Version (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” By: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Glorious God! As the watch of night begins, we pour out our hearts like water before You, for in prayer we find hope in the midst of sorrow. Give us an undivided heart and put a new spirit in us. Fill us with Your great love and help us to keep our hearts right with You. Take away any hard-heartedness from our hearts and fill them with Your Truth and Grace. Take charge of our hearts and light a new flame of godly desire that will never go out, so we may live by faith for the Son of God. It is in His glorious name that we pray. Amen!

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IAM_HIS 4/15/2013 8:37AM

    Wow, what a beautiful blog...something that I will share with my youngest daughter...this will be an awesome teaching for her. Thank you Vic.

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RSSSLHB 4/15/2013 6:56AM

    emoticon Vic

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ANHELIC 4/14/2013 10:53PM

    Thank you Vic for such a powerful lesson, hymn and prayer. May we all be Jonathons and hold up our friends before us. Jesus is our truest friend ever and when He laid down His life for us. What a sacrifice Jesus performed to show His love for us and give us life everlasting. Praise His Holy Name. thank you Vic for the goodie and note. You are an awesome teacher and friend. God Bless You.

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TXGRANDMA 4/14/2013 4:55PM

    Wow, Vic! That is powerful.......Thanks so much for reminding us of this. How great that Jonathan stuck by David even though he knew that David would take "his" place! But, then, it was the will of God.......

I thank God every day for sending his only son, Jesus, to die for us. That is a very difficult concept to understand, without the Grace of God within us! Jesus, who was without sin, died, that we may live! PTL! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/14/2013 3:25PM

    What a friend we have in Christ! Jonathan was a God fearing man.

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JOANIE69 4/14/2013 12:46PM

    What a friend we have in Jesus, and what would we ever do without Him? He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother or sister, and every day He grows sweeter to me. Praise Him, and thank you for this lesson.

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JADOMB 4/14/2013 12:07PM

    I have been blessed to have a few true friends over my lifetime. Sadly though, time and distance has taken them away. But I will never forget what true friendship is like. One of my favorite sayings is, "A friend is one that will bail you out of jail, but a true friend is one that will be in jail with you. " LOL Many of the Biblical characters that were true friends did indeed end up in jail or death with their friends. They were true friends to the end.

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LOSTLIME 4/14/2013 8:56AM

    So true. We make many aquaintenaces but if we are lucky find that one rare friend that is always there through the rough and the good times. I have one of those rare finds. God sent her to me when I needed someone. She is always there for me.

Thank you,Vic!

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NELLIEH1 4/14/2013 8:30AM

    What a Friend indeed is our Saviour and Lord of our lives!! Jonathan and David made a covenant relationship with all the signs/symbols of that reality. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made a covenant relationship with us and He has done it all! ( just as GOD did it all with Abram/Abraham in Genesis 12 and 15!) HalleluJAH!! Thanks again, Vic.

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SANDRALEET 4/14/2013 7:26AM

    What we need God sends in our path .That is how we use our hands eyes and body to help others We are Gods workers That is whot we see in this story

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TONYVAND1 4/14/2013 7:25AM

  May I be a Jonathan to you Vic

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/13/2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/13/2013

1 Samuel 17:1-51

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

V. 48-51 FAITH RECEIVES

David finishes with His victory speech and he goes out to meet Goliath. He slings one stone and it hits the only exposed spot on the giant’s body and sinks into his head and Goliath falls to the ground. Did you know that this was the first time that anything like that had ever entered Goliath's head? So, Goliath is down and David had promised to take the giants head off, (v. 46), but he doesn't even have a sword. He runs to Goliath, stands on his body, draws the giant's own sword and lops off the giants head, (v. 51).

David received the object of his faith, the death of the giant, because he believed God!
I want to let you in on a little secret. Did you know that Goliath didn't really die in verse 51? Now, he didn't die in verse 49 either. If that is true, then when did Goliath die? He died way back in verse 26 when faith reacted. In the mind of David, Goliath was dead in verse 26, his grave was dug in verse 29, he was buried in verse 36, the grave was filled in by verses 45-47 and all David did was lay the flowers on the headstone in verses 49 and 51! Faith won the victory the instant it was placed in God!

What a lesson for the children of God! Folk, the victory is won, when faith is exercised in God! When He is honored by faith, He will in turn honor that faith. When we come to the place where Hebrew 11:1 is real in our hearts, (“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”), and we understand that the end is determined at the beginning by our faith it will change our lives!

Conc: Well, Goliath is dead and Israel wins a great victory. David leaves the battlefield a great, war hero. As a memento of his victory, he takes the armor of Goliath and puts it in his tent. Now, if David looked ridiculous in Saul's armor, what's he going to do with armor made to fit a man 9', 9" tall? Well, I can imagine in later years, as the giants of life came to David again and again, he would return to that file cabinet in his mind. He would open the folder marked "G", and read these words, "A second note to self: When facing giants in the future, just look in the corner and trust God. Saints -3; Giants - 0!"

I don't know what you may be facing, but I know One Who can send you home shouting the victory tonight. Bring your giants to Jesus. He is still in the giant killing business.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 21:31 (New King James Version (NKJV)

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” By: Ira Stampill (1950)

1. I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.

I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Refrain:
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

2. Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.

There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

Refrain:
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

3. I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.

And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

Refrain:
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand...


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father Most High, God Most Beloved! We worship You as our God and Savior. We praise You as our Redeemer, Master, Lord and King. Draw near to our souls and redeem them, O God. Redeem us and be merciful. Thank You for redeeming our souls from the pits of hell. Thank You for redeeming us from death and the power of the grave. Thank You for redeeming our lives from oppression. Thank You for restoring our lives in every way. Thank You for Your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, peace and joy. Thank You for creating a faith in us, one that honors You, and glorifies You. Thank You for Jesus and all the work He has done in us and through us. It is in His name that we pray and thank YOU. Amen!

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ANHELIC 4/13/2013 11:43PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. As I have been facing my Goliath, I was able to relate to your lessons and turn it over to God and let Him conquer my goliath for me. I stepped back from trying to battle it myself and when God took over, there was the victory. Praise God. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic. May you have a Blessed Sunday.

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NELLIEH1 4/13/2013 7:58PM

    I think it was Goliath's sword that David was given in Nob by the priest Ahimelech. In all honesty that part of the story has always confused me. (1 Samuel 21-22) But then I hear Jesus say to Peter in Matthew 26:52, "all those who draw the sword will die by the sword." Ahimelech and his whole family died because of David, killed at the order of King Saul by Doeg, who saw David come and take the sword. Why was Doeg, the Edomite "detained before the LORD"? GOD does work in/through us to overcome the giants in our lives! it is sometimes difficult to comprehend what that will mean. Thanks, Vic, for getting us to ponder these things.

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TONYVAND1 4/13/2013 7:42PM

  Victory is only gained throughChrist my Saviour

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IAM_HIS 4/13/2013 3:49PM

    This was a real valuable blog for me. Because of reading what you have written these past few days, I destroyed a Goliath in my life. It happened last evening. Thank you for reminding me that my stone and slingshot was my trust and faith in God. And I used them.

God bless you Vic!!

Comment edited on: 4/13/2013 3:50:55 PM

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JADOMB 4/13/2013 2:28PM

    "Did you know that this was the first time that anything like that had ever entered Goliath's head? " Something else that never entered Goliath's head was that God is much more powerful than he and so are his people.

When Giants come knocking at my door, I just turn to my Lord Jesus and say, "Here God, it's for you".

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AZMOMXTWO 4/13/2013 1:08PM

  thank you

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/13/2013 10:36AM

    Father, Make us like you.

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LOSTLIME 4/13/2013 9:38AM

    When we give our troubles over to the Lord,He takes care of them for us.

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SANDRALEET 4/13/2013 9:03AM

    Our victories are won no matter how they turn out when we give them to God

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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
tions!

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TONYVAND1 4/12/2013 8:45AM

  With God we gain the victory

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AZMOMXTWO 4/12/2013 7:26AM

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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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