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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/20/2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 4/20/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:5-16
IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS, Lesson 10d

v. 12, 14 THE POWER OF DAVID’S LIFE

David presented himself the right way; had his priorities in the right order and had a proper perception of his own life because things were in order between him and the Lord. All of these other things were possible in David’s life because his relationship with God was what it ought to have been. When you get right down to it, a right relationship with the lord is the first, essential step on the pathway to true greatness in life.

David’s Relationship With The Lord – David was in a faith relationship with God. He was able to say this in Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” David knew God in a personal way. His was not a faith based in what his parents knew. He did not worship God vicariously through the prophet Samuel. David knew God on a personal level and that made all the difference in his life.

David’s Resources In The Lord – It is said that “God was with him.” David was able to do all that he did because God was with him. He had favor with man because God was with him. He had humility and grace in his life because God was with him.

If you would be great in this life, the first step will be found in your relationship with God. Salvation is the key ingredient in achieving true greatness in life. You see, you might amass fortunes; you might achieve fame and status among men; your name might be a household word; but if you are not saved by the grace of God, you are nothing! When this life ends, and it will, what will you have to show for your life? Nothing but an eternity in Hell! True greatness is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

There are people in this world who are not famous and never will be, but you are leaving a legacy of greatness! Why? You know the Lord and through His work in and through you, He is doing great things. Others have passed this way, who were not great in the eyes of men; but they left their mark on this church and on your lives. Why? Because they knew the Lord and He used them for great things!

So, don’t worry about getting your name in lights. Don’t worry about grabbing the headlines. Don’t worry about being known by men. The best thing in life is living for Jesus Christ and allowing him to live through you to make an impact on this world. True greatness is knowing, Jesus Christ as your Savior, and living out your life for Him.

Conc: David’s life was truly great, not because of what he did, but because of who he was. The same is true in your life and mine. True greatness is not in the things we do, but it is found in who’s we are, and Who we know.

Would you like to live a life and leave a legacy of true greatness? If so, then take the essential step of ensuring that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, behave yourself well, establish the right priorities and live by them, and have a proper perception of who you are. When life is lived within this framework, true greatness has been attained.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Lamentations 3:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Let Him Have His Way With Thee” By: Cyrus S. Nusbaum (1898)

1. Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
Refrain:
His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.

2. Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?
Let Him have His way with thee.
Refrain:

3. Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father Almighty, God of Heaven and Earth! Thank You for assuring us that we are not alone in life’s struggles. Thank You for allowing us to come to You with our deepest worries, woes and problems. We know You care, and that You will help us overcome them. Thank You for making our faith strong in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your love and mercy that encompasses our being no matter where we might be, or when we might need it. Keep us busy in Your service and to Your glory, so that we may be a blessing to others. Thank You for all the blessings we did not expect. These things we pray to Your praise, and in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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NELLIEH1 4/21/2013 6:38AM

    "True greatness is found...in Who we know and who we are." This sentence really touched me, Vic, this morning. "We are" because GOD fashioned us and then pursued us with His unconditional love so that we might come to know Him, the Great GOD, who is our life. And knowing Him is eternal life (John 17:3) We want to know Him more when we are truly in intimate relationship with the living Sovereign of the universe. And He places that desire within us! Oh how amazing is our LORD GOD!

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JADOMB 4/21/2013 12:37AM

    As I get older and wiser I see and understand more and more about how Earthly riches are pretty much worthless. I find my rewards and riches in God and his family(my family).

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ANHELIC 4/20/2013 11:29PM

    Thank you Vic for an awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Living with Jesus and not looking for popularity and fame. Living life to please our Lord is the most important in our lives. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Have a Blessed Sunday.

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JOANIE69 4/20/2013 4:37PM

    Quote from your lesson: "So, don’t worry about getting your name in lights. Don’t worry about grabbing the headlines. Don’t worry about being known by men. The best thing in life is living for Jesus Christ and allowing him to live through you to make an impact on this world."

Amen, Vic.

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PANANA1 4/20/2013 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon with Christ I can do anything without Christ nothing

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TONYVAND1 4/20/2013 10:46AM

  Jesus walks with me on my journey here. I pray that I will leave a wonderful legacy for others to follow.

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RSSSLHB 4/20/2013 8:07AM

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SANDRALEET 4/20/2013 7:06AM

    think we are important from the inside How we show Gods light to others How we behave and the love we have Bigheads self will leads to destruction

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/19/2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/19/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:5-16
IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS, Lesson 10c

v. 17-23 THE PERCEPTION OF DAVID’S LIFE

David’s greatness can also be seen in how he was perceived by the people around him and by himself.

v. 7-9; 15; 29 The Private Perception Of David’s Life – How King Saul perceived David – King Saul hated David and wanted him dead. When he looked at David, he looked at him through jealous eyes. He saw a young man who was everything he himself was not. He saw a young man who walked with God. He saw a young man who carried himself well. He saw a young man who was ambitious, faithful and clean. And, Saul hated him because of it. Saul hated David so much that he tried to kill him with his own hand. When that didn’t work, he tried to kill David through deceit, (v. 17-25). Saul hated David, but he hated him because God was with David and not with Saul. He hated David because David walked with God.

The Public Perception Of David’s Life – How the people of Israel perceived David – Saul’s private perception of David was one thing, but the public’s perception of David’s life was altogether different.

v. 5 Saul’s Servants – The people in the king’s palace saw how David carried himself and they were impressed with David.

v. 5, 16, 30 Saul’s Subjects – All of the people saw God’s hand on David’s life and they were impressed with him.

v. 1-4, 20, 28 Saul’s Son and Daughter – Even Saul’s own children, Jonathan and Michal love David. There is something about his life that touches them as well.
The Personal Perception Of David’s Life – How David perceived himself - The only person in Israel who seems to be unaware of David’s greatness is David. When it is mentioned that he might become the king’s son in law, David speaks about his own unworthiness, (v. 17-23). David isn’t nearly as impressed with David as the others were.

Here is one of the most powerful secrets of obtaining greatness. The person who possesses true greatness will be the last one to know it!

All around us, there are plenty of people who want us to know how great they think they are. They are always talking about themselves and their achievements. They are constantly elevating themselves and exalting themselves above others. But, the truly great person will never be in the business of lifting up his own name or promoting his own fame. In fact, he will be amazed when others lift his name and talk about his greatness. This was the kind of spirit that David possessed and it is the same spirit that we should all strive to have within us. This was also the spirit that dwelt within the Apostle Paul, “I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.” (2 Cor. 12:11).

The Bible has something to say about this matter of self-perception:

Listen to Proverbs 27:2, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

Listen to Proverbs 26:12, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.”

Listen to 2 Cor. 10:12, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

The person who must toot his own horn to get attention and recognition is not a wise person, according to the Bible. It is far better to let the Lord exalt us, in His time, than it is for us to be in the business of exalting ourselves.

Listen to 2 Cor. 10:18, “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”

In fact, it is unwise to listen to closely to what others say about you! Folks will love you today and tell you how great you are; but just cross them up, and they will turn on you like a rabid dog! Live for God and let Him do the exalting; beware of thoughts of personal greatness and don’t believe all the good things others say about you!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Micah 4:1 (New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Majesty” By: Jack Hayford (1981)

Majesty worship His Majesty
Unto Jesus, be all glory,
Power and praise
Majesty, Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne,
Unto his own, His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high
The Name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify,
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His Majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all Kings.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Light, God of Grace! We praise You for Jesus, who is the light of the world. In Him there is truth and grace. In Him and Him alone there is Greatness. In Him there is eternal life! Your light is in us because of the indwelling Word and Spirit with which You gave us in Him, through Him and by Him. He is Light and in Him there is no darkness. Enable Your Light and Truth to lift us up, to guide us, and to bring us to Your Holy hill. We worship You for being the light of our lives, and we thank You for making our darkness disappear. Be the sun shining that shines ever brighter in our lives, that brings us ever closer to an eternal perfect day. Thank You Father for all Your works on our behalf. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen!

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MZLADY77 4/20/2013 1:36AM

    thank you for the Word. Doing God's way is the best. emoticon

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ANHELIC 4/19/2013 10:51PM

    Thank you Vic for an awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I remember being told to just do my job and give 100% without looking for a thank you or pat on the back. I remembered my Grandmother's words and I have never thought of myself as beeing anything, but faithful, living and working for the Glory of God.
Thank you for the goodie and note.

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PANANA1 4/19/2013 3:27PM

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MINISANDY 4/19/2013 12:35PM

    Thank you so much for today's encouragement. My prayer for myself is that God will help me to never think too highly of myself. I've seen this happen to others, and I hope that I will learn from observation of others what a negative impact this has on those individuals and those whose lives they impact. There is a healthy self-concept and poise that comes from knowing the love of Jesus in one's heart. May our hearts and minds be healthy!

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JADOMB 4/19/2013 12:16PM

    Perception is a daily battle we all have to work with. When I have a new class of students I do my best to NOT let first impressions taint how I treat the class or individuals. But it is very difficult.

Then when I return to that class in the future and see those kids or the ones that may have given me a bad time, I always tell them that today is a clean slate and let's try to make sure past issues don't carry into the day. Sadly though, it doesn't always work and my perceptions or first impression only get validified by more inappropriate actions.

But I still do my best to treat all equally and fairly and to fight off negative perceptions as I look for positive ones.

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TONYVAND1 4/19/2013 11:29AM

  Amen Vic thanks for the good reminder again that we need to be busy for the Lord and join Him in His work

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FLYER99 4/19/2013 10:19AM

    Hi Vic. As I read this I remembered my Dad who passed away to the Lord many years ago. He was a stalwart of his Church and was helping every night after a long work day and was there for them whenever they called. He never considered him self even remotely close to being great, even though those around him loved him and my Mom so much. He never asked for anything. He just went about his work amid serious health problems. The lord took him to be with Him over 25 years ago and took my Mom last year. I can just imagine the reunion. I try to follow in my Dad's footsteps and miss him every day. I don't think I can ever be like him, but I try. God Bless you, Vic, for these wonderful blogs. I don't comment on every one of them but I enjoy them so. Bob.


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GARDENSFORLIFE 4/19/2013 10:17AM

    Great Blog!
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God Bless You!

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RSSSLHB 4/19/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon Vic

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CANDOIT54 4/19/2013 9:31AM

    Thank you Vic, for these lessons. God Bless you

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JOANIE69 4/19/2013 8:37AM

    Thank you for this needful lesson, and OH how I love the apostle Paul's words. So often he abased himself, and the older he got and closer to dying, the more he humbled himself, calling himself in 1 Tim.1:15, the "chiefest of sinners". He understood what he wrote, that all our righteousness are as filthy rags = worthless! The road to greatness, what little we may ever be given by the Lord, is through the washing of feet. (Amen)

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NELLIEH1 4/19/2013 8:29AM

    How we like to be number one or at least be recognized for what we do. But here is a man who thought of others rather than himself most of the time. David grew up in humble circumstances as Saul did, but they chose different paths. David was always before the LORD, seeking His guidance, whereas Saul was looking to men. His jealousy, pride and fear of man contributed to his turning away from GOD. It is such a warning to us to be being/walking with our Lord all through every day. A gradually hardening heart is a fearsome thing. Thanks again, Vic for your nudgings to follow hard after Christ Jesus. To our GOD be the glory!!

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SANDRALEET 4/19/2013 8:22AM

    You do not have to be a leader to be whot God wants the lowly in life can also do there part Love and be Gods workers in this corrupt tine No more leaders like David in this times so its up to use to keep the ward going Follow that example

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TXGRANDMA 4/19/2013 8:13AM

    Vic, this is so true! I love the message about the Great person not knowing he is great! I have known very few people like that, but my Dad was one! He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, yet was a hard worker and close to the land and held God number one in his life!

I am proud to be his daughter! emoticon for sharing this!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/18/2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/18/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:5-16
IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS, Lesson 10b

v. 10-13 THE PRIORITIES OF DAVID’S LIFE

Another example of the greatness of David’s young life is the priorities he exhibited. These were not easy days for young David. He has been uprooted from his home. He has found instant fame from killing Goliath. And, he has found a bitter enemy in the person of King Saul, (v. 9). Still David remains faithful in his priorities. He carried on with his assignments in spite of all the difficulties he faced. Notice how David demonstrated faithfulness to the priorities of his life.

v. 10 David Was Surrendered – David knew the king was against him, still David walked into that throne room, picked up that harp and played his music. He had a job to do, and he did it faithfully.

v. 11 David Was Steadfast – In his hatred, Saul attempted to kill David. But, notice the phrase, “And David avoided out of his presence twice.” Saul tried to kill David and David ran away. I don’t know about you, but that would have probably finished me up. I would have turned in my resignation and headed back to the sheep fold. But not David! He was steadfast. Even though Saul tried to kill him, David returned to his post and continued doing the job he had been assigned to do.

v. 13 David Was Submissive – Even after Saul attempted to take his life, David kept on serving the evil king. David took his new assignment and carried to out to the best of his ability.

In these three verses, David sets a good example for you and for me. Often the difference between the average Christian and the great Christian comes down to a simple matter of priorities.

You see, we do the things that are important to us. Those things you attach value to determine the priorities of your life. Everything in your life is touched by this principle. For instance, your church attendance will be determined by what priority it holds in your life. The same is true of prayer, Bible study, witnessing, etc. You do what you think is important.

David’s standard of living is one from which we could all take a lesson. At some point, David had determined to be faithful in spite of injury; in spite of trouble; in spite of difficulty. He had made up his mind that he was going to be surrendered, steadfast and submissive to the king, regardless of what took place in his life.
This is how we should all be today. In fact, this is God’s will for each of His children, (1 Cor. 15:58; Rom. 12:1-2). But, aren’t we guilty of allowing everything in the world hinder our walk with and faithfulness to the things of God? We need to make up our minds that He will be the first priority of our lives, (Matt 6:33). If he is first, then we will have no trouble serving Him like He deserves to be served! If He isn’t, we will have trouble in this area, which will lead to trouble in all areas of our lives.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 33:22 (New King James Version (NKJV)

22 For the Lord is our Judge,
The Lord is our Lawgiver,
The Lord is our King;
He will save us;

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Seek Ye First” Adapted By: Karen Lafferty (1972)

Seek Ye first the kingdom of God, And His righteousness ,And all these things, shall be added onto you. Alleu, Alleuia.

Man shall not live by bread alone ,But by every word ,That proceeds from the mouth of God, Alleu, Alleuia.

Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened onto you. Alleu, Alleuia.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, And His righteousness, And all these things, shall be added onto you. Alleu, Alleuia


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Almighty Father, Awesome and Wonderful God! Help us to be separated from the world and yet still be in it in an effective way to do Your will to Your glory. Show us how to live in this world and still be Your light extended without being drawn into and influenced by all the darkness and dangers in it. Strengthen us to reject all peer pressure to be anything other than who You want us to be. Expose to us where we have given in to practices that are contrary to Your will. Shut off and shut down anything that pollutes our hearts, minds and souls. Open our eyes to things we have become accustomed to that ought not to be. Draw us ever closer to Jesus so we may follow His example. It is in His glorious name that we pray and ask these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 4/18/2013 10:52PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. It would be great if we could all be steadfast like David, but unfortunately, at times, we run in another direction when trials come our way. God, I pray that you will help me become more steadfast and not weaken our faith. Amen. Blessings to you vic for your teachings.

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CANDOIT54 4/18/2013 7:15PM

    Thank you

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NELLIEH1 4/18/2013 1:48PM

    Our whole culture continues to try to entice us to "jump ship" and get comfortable doing our own thing instead of the difficult decision to remain in the place/circumstances /situation in which GOD has placed us. Yes, we choose, but His plan and ways are what undergird us. Like everyone else, I want to be about what I want to do and not have to walk through the hard, painful things that are part of every relationship and job. Today I choose once again to say "Yes, LORD!" and walk in what He has prepared for me today (Ephesians 2:10). Thanks You, Jesus!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/18/2013 12:41PM

    Timely message for me as I push aside some things that have been distracting me. Thank you for posting these words of encouragement each day.

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JADOMB 4/18/2013 12:29PM

    As I get older and wiser I am much clearer on what is most important and how to prioritize. I still fail sometimes, but know I have a loving and forgiving Father that continues to help me find my way. Blessed is our Lord.

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TONYVAND1 4/18/2013 11:04AM

  We do need to seek first the things of God and then all things will be added to us.

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LOSTLIME 4/18/2013 10:59AM

    Wonderful prayer!

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FORMERFATGUY777 4/18/2013 9:47AM

    I love the devotion. I'm preaching on David this Sunday. Psalms 32. The blessing is we have a glimpse of his heart and what he was going through after he fell away from God. And we also see the reaction of a heart that is forgiven and knows very well they don't deserve to be. I enjoyed this

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SANDRALEET 4/18/2013 9:05AM

    He did his best in his time of trials So do we

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/18/2013 8:58AM

    Beautiful lesson on surrender to God's will for our lives. emoticon emoticon

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RSSSLHB 4/18/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon prayer Vic emoticon

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JOANIE69 4/18/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon What a beautiful prayer, Vic. emoticon
This part of today's lesson held special meaning to me: "I would have turned in my resignation and headed back to the sheep fold. But not David! He was steadfast." So often we feel that we just want to fade into the woodwork when things go wrong for us, as we serve the LORD and stand up for the whole Gospel message in a time when the pastors of large churches are clearly avoiding the preaching of the atonement through the blood of the Lamb as our only means of standing before GOD unafraid at His judgment seat. Glory to GOD for His provision, and may we like David remain steadfast in times of peril...for our God wins! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 4/18/2013 8:05AM

  awesome thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/17/2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/17/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 18:5-16
IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS, Lesson 10a

How do you measure greatness? Is true greatness seen in how much money a person has? Can it be determined by the car they drive, the size of the house they live is, or in the status that have achieved in life? Is true greatness recognizable by one’s achievements in life? For instance, if an actor wins an Oscar, has he or she achieved greatness? If an athlete topples longstanding records, have they achieved greatness?

If someone is able to do what no one else has ever done before, have they achieved true greatness? Some would say “Yes!” But, I have the sneaking suspicion that God would say “No!” I think God would say, “True greatness is not measured by what you achieve in life, but how you live your life.” ( Job 1:8 – God declared Job’s greatness).

We can see this principle fleshed out in the life of David. In this passage, David is just a young lad. He is a kid fresh from his first battle; but he has already achieved what so few people ever achieve in this life: David has achieved true greatness. I would like to take this text and share with you a few observations from the life of David. These observations reveal why I say that David has achieved true greatness; and they tell us how we can achieve it too. I would like to take this passage and preach on the subject: “In The Presence Of True Greatness”

v. 5, 14, 30 THE PRESENTATION OF DAVID’S LIFE

Three times in this chapter we are told that “David behaved himself wisely.” This phrase speaks of someone “walking properly.” It refers “to a person who knows how to carry themselves.” It is speaks of more than mere manners. It speaks of a person who watches what they say, what they do, and how they act; because they know they are being watched. It has the idea of walking “accurately and carefully,” as if one were navigating a minefield. It is the kind of walk we are all called upon to exhibit, (Eph. 5:15). There are three areas were this accurate, careful walk of David was on display.

v. 5 He Behaved Himself Well In Spite Of Life’s Promotions – After David defeated Goliath, he continued to prove himself to be a faithful, loyal subject day by day. David did not allow his victory over the Philistine to go to his head. David knew he was climbing to the top, but he was willing to take the climb one step at a time.

There is always a danger when we see some measure of success in our walk with the Lord. When God allows us to see a victory or two, we need to beware of the snare of pride. It has a way of telling us that we are greater than we actually are. Thank God for the victories He gives, but be careful that they do not go to your head, (Pro. 16:18; 1 Cor. 10:12).

v. 14 He Behaved Himself Well In Spite Of Life’s Problems – Even when Saul tried to kill him, David still carried himself the right way. David could have become bitter, or he could have been overcome by a desire for revenge. Instead, David continued to carry himself well and set a good example.

Often, it’s the problems of life that throw us off course. Some unexpected calamity will blindside us and we will be down and out before we know it. A sign of true greatness in one’s faith is the ability to continue to walk the right way in the right path, even when things are not going well in your life, like Paul in (Phil. 4:11-13; and Job – Job 1:20-21).

v. 30 He Behaved Himself Well In Spite Of Life’s Possibilities – David has, through the providence of God, become far more popular than King Saul. David has married into Saul’s family. David has been blessed and he has prospered greatly in Israel. He is in a position to attempt an overthrow of Saul’s kingdom. After all, he is the king! But, instead of trying to elevate himself; David is content to wait on the Lord. David continues to carry himself well in spite of the opportunity to promote himself.

Be very careful when it seems that you are on the way up. There is a tendency for us to blow our own horn. But, if we are wise, and if we are walking properly; we will leave the horn tooting to the Lord. He knows where we are and He knows how to elevate us in His time. Our duty is to live for Him and make a proper presentation of our lives before others for His glory. After all, the Bible says, “charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,” (1 Cor. 13:4-5.)

David may have been a young man, but he set the kind of example that we all need to follow. He lived a wise and balanced life for the glory of God. He lived a life that honored God and a life that God could honor. I don’t know about you, but I am interested in living that kind of life also.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 6:44 (New King James Version (NKJV)

44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Each Step I Take” By: W. Elmo Mercer (1953)

Each step I take my Saviour goes before me,
And with His loving hand He leads the way,
And with each breath I whisper "I adore Thee;"
Oh, what joy to walk with Him each day.

Refrain:
Each step I take I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until some day the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer home.

At times I feel my faith begin to waver,
When up ahead I see a chasm wide.
It's then I turn and look up to my Saviour,
I am strong when He is by my side.
Refrain:

I trust in God, no matter come what may,
For life eternal in His hand,
He holds the key that opens up the way,
That will lead me to the promised land.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Redeeming God! Be with us as we study from Your word. Help us to understand what we read and study. Give us the strength to make wise decisions as we try to do what we have learned from the scripture. Thank You for giving us Your armor in the size and style that fits us so we can enter the service of Your kingdom in the strength of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Enable us to walk upright, in the right way and in the right path to Your glory. These things we pray in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/18/2013 8:12AM

    Great lesson.

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ANHELIC 4/17/2013 11:41PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. I pray that I could have a heart like David and be a good example of how God's children act. I have slipped and fallen and I know God supports me even at those times and forgives me. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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JADOMB 4/17/2013 8:55PM

    Human nature is tough for all of us keep under control. But the more one understands and loves our Lord Jesus, the more they allow him to keep them strong and successful. That doesn't mean they will come into money, but money is a very weak indicator of success anyway. What legacy are YOU going to leave behind when you die? Are you going to allow God to help you do great things? Lean on him and he will never fail you.

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TONYVAND1 4/17/2013 5:48PM

  We need to be studying the Word with great dillegence

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/17/2013 5:18PM

    Thanks so much for the spark goodie with a line from this devotional. Just what I needed to hear today. God is so good!

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JUDITH316 4/17/2013 2:08PM

    Great blog, thanks Vic for sharing, God's Blessings on your day..

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IAM_HIS 4/17/2013 12:18PM

    This is so line with what I was thinking about this AM when praying. How I need to change my ways with my strong-willed teenage children. I have been asking God to help me be a better mother and show me what I need to change. I feel your blog helped me with my answer.

God bless you my friend for this blog.

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JOANIE69 4/17/2013 11:08AM

    emoticon Vic. Yes, I too want to be a person who brings honor to God by my life. Like David, I have stumbled and fallen, BUT he was a man whose heart was tuned in to God's heart, so in spite of his shortcomings and sin, common to all men (women), he did lead the life of a courageous leader who yet brought to God the glory, by his strong faith and trust in the Lord when his life and the lives of many were in David's hands. Through David God showed how great is His ability and desire to deliver us. What a glorious God we serve.

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CANDOIT54 4/17/2013 10:54AM

    Thank you for sharing. God Bless you

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LOSTLIME 4/17/2013 10:37AM

    thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great day!

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RSSSLHB 4/17/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon for posting emoticon

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NELLIEH1 4/17/2013 8:02AM

    David is a good example for us because he walked faithfully and uprightly in what GOD had promised him concerning the kingship, but he failed and sinned in his pride and stubbornness and lust to grab what he wanted. However, he repented and that's key. We do walk well as believers and also fail. But the gift of GOD is redemption and forgiveness in Christ Jesus our Lord! Thank you again , Vic, for bringing out these important truths. So often we can read the scripture GOD would have us absorb lightly, skimming over some of the depths.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/17/2013 7:39AM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/17/2013 6:52AM

    Sad part is he got himself in trouble with God later part and his life changed to a hard life just like many of us We suffer the consequence of our sin .Put till the end kept his faith in God

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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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