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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/25/2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 4/25/2013

1 Samuel 22:1-4
CLIMBING OUT OF YOUR CAVE, Lesson 12b

v. 1b-4 THE REVELATIONS OF THE CAVE

The Revelation Of His Call – As David’s props began to be taken away, one after the other, he probably began to doubt the promises that God had made to him so long ago. But, after a while, people began to show up at David’s cave. First, his family came; then the defeated and downtrodden men of Israel began to show up. David’s family came out of fear of Saul; the rest came because they believed David was God’s man for the future. They all cast in their lot with David. God used this motley group of people to show David that He still had a plan for David’s life.

I don’t know how God will do it, but somehow, while you are in your cave, He will come to where you are and confirm His faithfulness and His promises to you! God will use your cave as a banner to write His love over your life! For example: Elijah had his ravens; Moses had his burning bush; Jesus had His empty tomb. God has a way of showing us that it will be all right.

The Revelation Of His Character – When his family and the malcontents of Israel showed up, it probably added to David’s burden at first. (Psalm 57), which was also written during that time, expresses that thought in verse 4. But, David rose to the challenge and the truth of his character was revealed in what he did during those times. He took measures to care for his elderly parents and he rose up and led his men. In other words, instead of breaking under the pressures of the moment, David’s heart was revealed. The leader rose to the challenge and led! But, it took pain and problems to squeeze that out of him!

Just as it did in the life of David, suffering and pain will reveal exactly what we have in our hearts as well. Take Job for example. He suffered! Satan said, “Let me squeeze him and I’ll get lemon juice from him. I will prove that what he appears to be on the outside is all a show. Let me squeeze him and he will get sour. I will get lemon juice from Job!” So, he squeezed him and when he did, he did not get lemon juice; he got lemonade! Job did not get sour on the Lord; he just shouted in the devil’s face and got sweeter, (Job 1:20-21)!

What comes out of you when you get squeezed? Do you get sour and bitter when trouble comes? Or, do you display integrity and keep on praising the Lord; knowing that He is in control and will work all things out for His glory? Consider people and how they act! Suffering will expose your heart like few other things can!

The Revelation Of His Commitment – In spite of what the circumstances said about David and his situation, David held on to the promises of God, (Psa. 57:1-11). David knew where to go to find refuge in the times of trouble. He did not give up, even when most others would have. He held on to the Lord and the promises of God. He knew that God would come through in His time!

Oh, that we could display that kind of commitment in our own hearts and lives. When the pressure is on, don’t turn on the Lord. Remain committed to Him! He knows what He is doing and He will not fail you! So, don’t you fail Him! Nothing demonstrates our level of commitment to God than our continued obedience and faithful service, even when we are in one of the caves of life! Consider Paul and his attitude – (Acts 14:19-20; 2 Cor. 4:7-10)!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Leviticus 25:35 (New King James Version (NKJV)

Lending to the Poor
35 ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” By: Fred A. Fillmore (1917)

I know that my Redeemer lives,
And ever prays for me;
I know eternal life He gives,
From sin and sorrow free.
Chorus
I know, I know that my Redeemer lives,
I know, I know eternal life He gives;
I know, I know that my Redeemer lives.

He wills that I should holy be,
In word, in tho’t, in deed;
Then I His holy face may see,
When from this earth-life freed.
Chorus

I know that unto sinful men
His saving grace is nigh;
I know that He will come again
To take me home on high.
Chorus

I know that over yonder stands
A place prepared for me;
A home, a house not made with hands,
Most wonderful to see.
Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most Loving God! Help us to be aware of Your presence no matter where we are, and help us to always seek You for the right reasons. Thank YOU for reminding us from Your Word that faithfulness leads us to a blissful ending. Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable always in thy sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Salvation. As we consider Your heavens, we express our thanksgiving for all that You are. May we be inspired by Your word and Holy Spirit to tell of Your wonders to others. This we offer in prayer to You in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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MZLADY77 4/26/2013 9:18AM

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ANHELIC 4/25/2013 9:20PM

    What an awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I have been stressed this week and this message came at the right time for me. I need to remember that God will never leave me during this time. Thank you for your goodie and note. Have a blessed evening.

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    Thank you for this post. It is exactly what I needed to hear today. Keep them coming! emoticon emoticon

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    Oh yes, "Suffering and pain reveal exactly what is in our/my heart(s)!" And GOD does not give up on us when we a discouraged/down/depressed/dis-hear
tened. He does come. How will He lead/guide us today? How well do we see Him in our routines and challenges?

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JADOMB 4/25/2013 12:03PM

    God is always welcome to my cave.

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MINISANDY 4/25/2013 11:44AM

    Over the last few days I've felt myself slipping into that "cave" and feeling discouraged about it. Your words really gave me a lift about how God meets us where we are. He is with us - even when it looks like a dismal situation - and He has something positive He will bring out of it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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JOANIE69 4/25/2013 10:26AM

    emoticon emoticon once again. Very timely in my life at the moment, in fact. Bless you, Joanie emoticon

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LOSTLIME 4/25/2013 9:44AM

    As always very nicely done. I hope that if I get squeezed the lemonade will pour out

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/25/2013 8:52AM

    I could hardly contain myself as I read this. God is so good! My prayer is that only His lemonade is what is squeezed out of my life. " Taste and see that The Lord is good"! Psalm 34:8

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/25/2013 8:44AM

    I had forgotten that verse about David taking his parents to be cared for. It is so amazing that in the midst of a tough time, he the youngest, provided for his parents. David truly had a beautiful heart. emoticon

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TONYVAND1 4/25/2013 8:17AM

  God will show a way when there seems to be no way. Look to Him and He will guide you.


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AZMOMXTWO 4/25/2013 8:07AM

  awesome thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/24/2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 4/24/2013

1 Samuel 22:1-4
CLIMBING OUT OF YOUR CAVE, Lesson 12a

Turn to Psalm 61:1-2 and listen to what David said in those verses. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life? We all do from time to time! This text finds David is one of those times. He is in a dark, damp, dreary, depressing cave. He has experienced the loss of everything and everyone he leaned on in his life. He is alone, defeated and discouraged. David is in one of the cave experiences of life.

What David did not see at the time, but soon came to understand, was the fact that God was behind it all and in control of it all. David did not know it at the time but God was going to use his time in the cave to help David grow stronger in the Lord. The day would soon come when David would emerge from that cave far stronger in the Lord than he was when he entered that time in his life.

There are times when we too find ourselves in one of life’s cave experiences. We think all of our help and strength is gone. We feel alone, discouraged and deserted. Have YOU ever been there? Sure you have. In fact, some are there right now! Well, like David, when we are dwelling in one of the caves of life, we often fail to see the hand of God in what we are facing. But, I would remind you today that just as surely as God is behind all the blessings of life; He is behind all the burdens as well, (Isa. 45:7; Psa. 37:23; Rom. 8:29-29).

This passage contains some blessings that we need to consider today. Here, we can learn something about the cave experiences of life and how we can come out of them stronger than when we entered them. I want to take this episode from the life of David and teach about “Climbing Out Of Your Cave”. Notice the blessings that are contained in this passage.

v. 1 THE REALITIES OF THE CAVE

The Reality Of Sorrow – David has been brought to the absolute bottom of life! He is hurting, he is broken and he is defeated. The Crown Prince of Israel is living in a cave! He does not rest his head on a sumptuous bed in the palace, but on the unyielding rocks of a cave! He no longer sleeps in the bed of the princess, but he seeks rest in the damp darkness of a forsaken cave. He does not find comfort in the house of a friend, but he fights loneliness in a deserted, dirty cave. Psalm 142 was written during this period of time.

There are times like that ordained for each of us as well. We should not expect to get through this life untouched and unaffected by hardship and sorrow. In fact, the Bible is perfectly clear about this matter, (Job 14:1; Job 5:7; John 16:33; Eccl. 2:17; Eccl. 2:23). Just as they were for David, sorrows are part of our earthly experience. Thank God for a home where they cannot follow us, (Rev. 21:4).

The Reality Of Suffering – God allowed David to come to this cave, so that David might learn not to lean on the props of family, friends, finances, fame, the flesh or the future. David was taught, through his sufferings, to wholly lean upon the Lord. You see, God was not trying to destroy David. He was not trying to discipline David. God was attempting to develop David into the man of God the Lord wanted him to become.

The same is true in our lives. To teach us to look to Him alone, the Lord uses the hardships of life to develop us. God does not do this to break us; He does it to build us. However, times of breaking up and tearing down often come before the times of building up! (Heb. 12:5-13). As hard as it may be to understand and bear, God uses the times of affliction, suffering and pain in our lives to train us to become more like His darling Son, Jesus.

The Reality Of Separation – David has been cut off from his family, his friends and his followers. He is in a place that prevents fellowship with others. David was brought to the place where he had nothing and no one but the Lord God. That cave was a place of separation!

We often find ourselves in the caves as well, don’t we? God will bring us to the place where we are alone with Him and shut off from the rest of the world. We fear those times, but they often precede the times of God’s greatest blessings in our lives! David alone in the cave; Jacob was alone in his tent; Elijah alone by the brook; Job alone surrounded by his friends; Moses alone on the backside of that mountain; Jesus alone in the agony of Gethsemane and Calvary. Each of these experienced their greatest triumph after that time of being shut up and shut off by God. You see, there are lessons that are learned in the dark that cannot be learned in the light. There are truths that can only be understood by those who are cut off and shut up with the Lord.

In reality, the cave times of life can be a blessed time of instruction and growth. You see, we may not like it, and we may not understand it, but when the Lord has brought you to a place where you have no one and nothing but Him, He has done you a tremendous favor. Why? He is more than sufficient; He is more than enough; and He will never leave you, (Heb. 13:5). He is a faithful Friend and a very present help in trouble, (Psa. 46:1).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Poured Out Like Wine” By: Traditional Arr: Reid Lancaster (1993)

Would you be poured out like wine
upon the altar for Me?
Would you be broken like bread
to feed the hungry?
Would you be so one with Me
that you would do just as I will?
Would you be light and life
and love My Word fulfilled?

Yes, I'll be poured out like wine
upon the altar for You
Yes, I'll be broken like bread
to feed the hungry
Yes, I'll be so one with You
that I would do just as You will
Yes, I'll be light and life
and love Your Word fulfilled

TODAY’S PRAYER!
O gracious Father, Loving God! We thank You that You know everything about us, and that You still love us, care for us and protect us. You know our hearts, out thoughts and our mistakes, and still You call us Yours, and chasten us because of Your great love. Thank You that You are always with us, teaching us and guiding us, comforting us and restoring us, so we may become more like the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are never alone, not even in the caves of life. You know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to know and love You better too. These things we pray and ask in Jesus’ Redeeming name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 4/25/2013 12:17AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We all come to a point where we feel alone and have no one to turn to. It is times like this that we find God. He is the only one who will not leave us, but be there to see us through and strengthen us. Thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you Vic.

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    emoticon This is so special--I know suffering and it has given me so many blessings plus forced me to wake up to depend on the Lord.

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JADOMB 4/24/2013 1:08PM

    Yes, we ALL end up in caves at some times in our lives. As a good friend of mine told me when I was in one of those caves, "That you ended up in this delema is not of any concern now, but how well you come out is". We can either stay in the cave and become a victim, or climb out and finish the journey.

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JLLOVETT 4/24/2013 11:14AM

    My brokenness is part of who I am and I thank God every day for the lessons ( good and not so good) he has poured into my life!




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CANDOIT54 4/24/2013 10:35AM

    Thank you for the reminder.

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/24/2013 10:28AM

    This is a beautiful hymn and prayer. Thank you so much for this lesson.

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LOSTLIME 4/24/2013 10:10AM

    May we emerge from our caves in His Light.

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TONYVAND1 4/24/2013 9:50AM

  Looking only to Jesus to get me out of the cave

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SISSIE21 4/24/2013 9:10AM

    Thank you for this beautiful lesson. I think the sentence "However, times of breaking up and tearing down often come before the times of building up!" is so profound and has certainly been true in my life. Have a great day! emoticon

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JOANIE69 4/24/2013 8:55AM

    Thank you once more, vic. I was inspired and moved by this lesson and the chosen hymn and your prayer. In fact I have printed off the hymn and prayer to refer to/pray often. Bless you, Joanie.

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NELLIEH1 4/24/2013 8:27AM

    To be willing to be poured out and broken in You, GOD, is what we desire, but then we/I climb out from in under the rod and staff, forgetting the lesson, having to be taught all over again. Please, Lord, forgive me. emoticon emoticon Thank You for your word to me today, my Sovereign.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/24/2013 7:50AM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/24/2013 7:15AM

    I hear and read so many say the devil is to blame and take no head to whot God is trying to teach them .

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/23/2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 4/23/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 21:10-15
LEARNING TO LEAN, Lesson 11c

Psalm 34 DAVID’S SUPPORT SYSTEM IS DECLARED

Did David learn to lean solely on the Lord? I think He did! As the metal of David’s life was tempered in the furnace of affliction, and shaped upon the anvil of providence, David learned to lean completely on the Lord. He writes about this process in Psalm 34. If you will notice the title of this Psalm; it shows us when it was written. It came about, after all the props had been removed from David’s life. It also shows us that David’s focus had been turned toward God in Heaven. Notice how David learned to lean on the right One.

v. 1-3 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Praise – The focus of David’s praise has been shifted higher than position, popularity, people and pride. David has learned to lean on the praises of God. Psa. 86:10, “For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”

v. 4-7 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Protection – Instead of running to Jonathan, Michal or Samuel to try and find protection; David has learned the lesson that God is the One Who protects His people. Isa. 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

v. 8-10 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Provision – He doesn’t need the kindness of others, or the bread from the Tabernacle; he has learned to lean on the open hand of His heavenly Father for the provisions of life. Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

v. 11-17 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Promises – David has learned that the promises of men do not amount to must. He has also learned that those who learn to lean on the hand of the Lord will see every promise of God fulfilled in their lives. Psalm 119:89, “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

v. 18 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Presence – The other props in David’s life failed just when he needed them the most. He has learned that those who lean on the Lord are never without a faithful Friend. Prov. 18:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

v. 19-22 He Learned To Lean On The Lord’s Preservation – In the end, not a single crutch that David leaned on so heavily was able to secure him or protect him. He learned the priceless, eternal truth that God, and God alone, preserves His people. Psalm 61:2, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Conc: This leaning business hits pretty close to home for me. There are plenty of times I find myself leaning on this thing or on that person instead of the Lord. How about you? But, I have also found that when I learn to lean on other things in my life; God will systematically and painfully remove every crutch I have. He will bring me to the place where I am leaning on Him and on Him alone. That is where He plans to bring each of us!

Now, when God begins to dismantle our support system, it can get quite painful. But, we should not fear what the Lord is doing in our lives. He is merely growing us and teaching us that He is all we need. He is all-sufficient; more than enough; He is God Almighty, and He will never fail you, leave you or let you down. He wants us to learn this truth: When we have Him. We have all the support system that we will ever need! ( Psalm 46)!

There is a verse and a chorus from a song by a man named John Stallings that I would like to share with you. It speaks to the heart of what I have been trying to say this evening.

Sad, broken-hearted,
At an altar I’ve knelt,
I’ve found a peace so serene.
All that He asked is a Child-like trust,
And a heart that is learning to lean.

Learning to Lean
Learning to Lean
I'm learning to lean on Jesus
Finding more power then I've ever dreamed
I'm learning to lean on Jesus

Friend, what makes up your support system today? On what or on whom are you leaning for your support?

If you know that you are not leaning on the Lord as heavily as you should be, I would invite you to tear down your own support system today and lean fully on the Lord Jesus.

If God is in the process of tearing down your support system already, come to him and express your faith in Him afresh today. Ask Him to help you learn to lean.
If you have never been saved, this would be a good time for you to throw down all your crutches and come to the Lord and lean on Him for your salvation and all the needs of your life.

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 5:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)

20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus Paid It All” By: Elvina M. Hall (1865)

1. I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Refrain:
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

2. For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.
Refrain:

3. And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.
Refrain:

4. Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
Refrain:

5. When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.
Refrain:

6. And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Holy and Righteous Father, God of Joy and Praise! You are Holy and Righteous, and we have no greater joy in life than entering into Your presence to exalt You with worship and praise. We will bless You at all times for You are an Awesome God, our God. Your praise shall continually be in our hearts and in our mouth. We welcome Your presence now and forever. We thank You that because You are all of these and more, we can be too. We praise You, Lord, with all our hearts, minds and souls, and promise to tell everyone of Your Greatness. You make us glad and we rejoice in You. In Your presence we find everything we need. When we worship You, it is the closest we can be to You this side of heaven. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! There things we pray in the glorious name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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ANHELIC 4/23/2013 11:39PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn and prayer. Leaning only on God sounds really easy, but sometimes we run to a friend for help instead of going to God. I am learning that man can't do for us what God can do. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. God bless you for your teaching.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/23/2013 10:33PM

    Thanks Vic for the lesson and SANDRALEET for voicing what is only too true. Sometimes we have to go through things over and over before we get it.

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CANDOIT54 4/23/2013 7:08PM

    Thank you Vic

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NELLIEH1 4/23/2013 5:11PM

    When we are exhausted, hurting, fearful, etc., we collapse into the arms of a dear one. But it is the LORD GOD who holds us moment by moment all day every day. There is no thing that ever separates us from His immense/infinite/eternal love which is Himself! Oh to gain that understanding and truly be leaning continually upon our Creator-Redeemer-Sustainer!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/23/2013 3:24PM

    I love how you separate it out verse by verse - sometimes when I read passages like this it all sorts of gets blurred and it's hard to focus on each element. Thank you for your faithfulness in putting these up.

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JOANIE69 4/23/2013 1:27PM

    Thank you Vic, I need these lessons on leaning on God alone, now, more than at any time in my life. Being a "new'' deacon in a small rural church and community, (though I am experienced previously in a large church), is like walking on eggs. Very delicate path to walk, for reasons I cannot elaborate upon here, yet trusting in the Lord brings peace within. He is the only One Who can turn all things to good, as one surrenders all things to His sovereignty. To God be the glory, and may His Name be praised.

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LOSTLIME 4/23/2013 12:55PM

    Thank you,Vic! I need to lean on Him at this time in my life. Bless you,Vic.

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JADOMB 4/23/2013 11:35AM

    One of my favorite funny sayings is, " a friend is one that will bail you out of jail, but a true friend is one that will be right there with you in jail". I think I should add one last part to that though, " but a very true friend in Jesus won't let you go to jail in the first place". Who would you rather have for a very true friend to lean on?

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TONYVAND1 4/23/2013 9:45AM

  How soon we forget to lean on Jesus. Praying that I will lean on Him every day.

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MZLADY77 4/23/2013 9:19AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/23/2013 8:03AM

    Great lesson on learning to lean on Jesus. Thank you.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/23/2013 7:51AM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 4/23/2013 7:17AM

    We like him have to learn that lesson more then once in our life

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon 4/22/2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 4/22/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 21:10-15
LEARNING TO LEAN, Lesson 11b

DAVID’S SUPPORT SYSTEM IS DISMANTLED

The Process Of The Dismantling – David’s support system was in place, but it was not going to last for very long. God allowed a series of events to take place in David’s life that destroyed and removed every single prop he had in his support system. One day David was on top of the world. The next day, he was on the bottom. David became a man hunted by his enemies; haunted by death and hounded by destruction. David’s own estimation of his troubles is found in 1 Sam. 20:3b.

You see, God began the process of systematically dismantling every piece of David’s support system. Think of it:

David Lost His Position – 1 Sam. 19:8-10 – The Captain of Israel’s army, the greatest battlefield hero in the nation’s history, has become a fugitive from justice. Another prop is taken away.

David Lost His Popularity – As one removed from the public eye, David was soon relegated to memory. People probably assumed that Saul would be successful in his attempts to take David’s life. Still another prop removed.

David Lost His People – Every person upon whim David leaned in his life was taken away.

Michal Was Removed – 1 Sam. 19:11-17 – First Michal tells David of Saul’s plot and helps him escape; then she lies to her father and says that David had threatened to kill her unless she did. She deliberately walks away from David and they relationship will never be harmonious again. Another support is taken away!

Jonathan Was Removed – 1 Sam. 20:41-42 – Jonathan goes as far as he can to protect David, and in the end, Jonathan must send David away for his own safety. There is a tearful parting of these two close friends and they meet no more as friends in life. Still another support is removed from David’s life.

Samuel Was Removed – 1 Sam. 20:1 – In 1 Sam. 19:18, David went to his old friend and mentor, the prophet Samuel. But, eventually David had to flee from the presence of Samuel, because of the relentless pursuit of King Saul. He lost another of his supports.

David Lost His Pride – 1 Sam. 21:10-15 - Here, David reaches the bottom. Here, the last support in his system is torn away and David reaches the lowest point in his life. He goes into the palace of King Achish, the king of the Philistines, to see if this king will give him sanctuary. Imagine, the champion of the armies of Israel runs to the palace of the enemy to try and find a friend!

But, the Philistines have not forgotten that it was David who destroyed their champion. David is filled with fear that the Philistines will retaliate, so he pretends to be a raving lunatic, so that he might escape from these people too. Here he is, the mighty man who killed the great giant Goliath; and he is scratching on the gates and drooling on his beard like a mad man! Oh, how the mighty are fallen! The last crutch; the last prop in David’s support system has been systematically dismantled by the Lord and David has reached to bottom. He has nothing left!

Every dream, every lofty goal, every hope had been dashed to bits at David’s feet. He has nothing and no one on whom he can lean. He is alone, afraid and alienated. God has brought David from the very top to the very bottom of life. Why?

The Purpose Of The Dismantling – Why did God do this to David? Why did God so afflict a “man after His Own heart?” God did this to David so that David would learn to lean on the Lord and not on all the other props he had constructed in his life! To teach David the great truth that God’s people should lean only upon the Lord, God systematically removed one support after another from under David until he had been taught to lean wholly upon the Lord!

How we need to hear this truth! All the way through life we lean on one thing and one person after another. We trust and look to our parents when we are young. Later we lean on teachers, schooling and friends. Then, our prop becomes a job or a pile of money somewhere. We lean on this crutch and on that prop and we forget a couple of very important truths.

Our Support System Can Develop To The Place Where It Can Take The Place Of God In Our Lives – (Deut. 33:27; Isa. 41:10). Look at what you are depending on today. Do you ever find yourself trusting people, things and self, more than you trust the Lord?

Our Support System Can Prevent Us From Looking Up For The Help We Need – Our focus should be vertical and not horizontal! Nothing cripples our walk of faith any more than all the earthly, human crutches upon which we lean. These crutches cause us to look at what we can do for ourselves, or what others can do for us. In the end, all these props will fail; our gaze should be cast heavenward! When we lean on the unfailing prop of God Himself, we can be sure that He will always come through.
Our Support System Is Temporary At Best - Every plank in my support system can and will fail; but if we learn to lean solely on the Lord, He will never fail,( Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20)!

It’s not easy to take it, but the truth is, when the Lord finds us leaning on everything else in our lives instead of Him; He will begin the painful process of dismantling our support system one prop at a time. He does not do this to harm us; but to help us learn to lean on Him alone!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ezekiel 11:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

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

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

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

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

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

Oh my
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Caring God! Help us to recognize the ploys and tactics of our enemy, so that we will not aid and abet them in their goals. You, O God, are well able to deliver us from every evil work, and keep us safe. Thank You Jesus for putting the enemy under Your feet. Reveal to us anytime that our enemy tries to erect a stronghold in our lives, and enable us to separate ourselves from all his plans. Keep us from believing any lies of the enemy. Engraft Your word upon our hearts, and help us to live in truth by standing on the Truth of Your Word. Keep us ever watchful and aware of the enemy’s tactic. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus, Our Savior and Redeemer. Amen!

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SUNSHINE5268 4/23/2013 5:06AM

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ANHELIC 4/23/2013 12:06AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Jesus is my all in all and is worthy of all my praise. Leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus is all we need to face our enemies. He will conquer them for us. Our support systems here on earth will fail one by one. Only Jesus will be with us until eternity. Thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you Vic for teaching us this important lesson.

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CANDOIT54 4/22/2013 6:19PM

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JUDITH316 4/22/2013 3:13PM

    Thanks Vic for an all inspiring Bible Blog, I also want to say thanks for posting the hymn, “You Are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990) I knew the chorus but didn't k now the words to all the verses, not sure if I ever knew them, thanks for posting, hope you don't mind but I copied and pasted the hymn to share in one of my blogs today, no worries I'll make mention that it came from you...Blessings my brother, keep on Shining for Jesus, you are a blessing indeed.. emoticon

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JADOMB 4/22/2013 11:28AM

    So true. Just like the baby chick that has to break out of the egg on their own power strengthens their chance for survival, so does one have to learn that the ONLY thing they really need is GOD to strengthen their chance for survival. We are foolish to depend on leaning on other weak humans. That is as risky as cheating off another students paper when feeling unable to do our own test. Especially when one has NO idea if that other student is doing any better on the test than they are. LOL

God wants us to be self sufficient and NOT needy of others. The ONLY true support system we should ever need is GOD. Any other support systems added are just the icing on the cake and NOT the cake.

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LOSTLIME 4/22/2013 11:05AM

    Thank you,Vic! I never knew that there were so many stories in the Bible. So many that can be put to this time and now. Starting out last year by finding a small congregation and pastor to start me on the road to finding my way to God. Then finding you on spark people was God's doing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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TONYVAND1 4/22/2013 10:57AM

  May I always keep the Lord number 1 in my life and not allow my support systemns to be that.

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JOANIE69 4/22/2013 10:03AM

    WOW! In all my years of Bible study nobody has pointed out to me at least, that David, like Lot, lost "all" he counted on for support. So, he too was left with no one to lean on but God! And this does happen to us, to a lesser degree in my case, and we turn to the Lord for comfort and answers to our questions. As we age we realize all the more every day that we ought to lean ONLY on God. Nobody will be there with us as we pass through Jordon. Only the Living Christ will be there with us...why not trust Him that much NOW? Thank you Vic, and Glory to God. Joanie.

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MZLADY77 4/22/2013 9:01AM

    Jesus is my everything. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/21/2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/21/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 21:10-15
LEARNING TO LEAN, Lesson 11a

This passage is a strange one to me. Here we see the Sweet Singer of Israel; the giant killer; the man who would be king of Israel; acting like a mad man. Here is a man who has thrown all of his self-respect to the wind. Here is a man who appears to have hit rock bottom in his life. What brought David to this point in his life?

I think this is an answer worth finding. Why? The answer is this: every person today is going to be affected by this message. You see, every one of us leans on someone or something to help us get through this life. We all have a well-developed support system in place. We depend on the people and the things in our lives to help us make it through, day by day. In fact, we are guilty of leaning on our support system more heavily and more often that we lean upon the Lord.

But, God did not save us so we could rest ourselves in other people and in other things. God saved us to walk in absolute and utter dependence upon Him. And, when He sees His children leaning on everyone and everything but Him; we can count on His teaching us the lessons we need so that we might learn to lean on Him alone.

I see this principle at work in David’s life. I want to spend some time in several chapters of the Bible today. I want to show you how David was taught to learn solely upon the Lord. I want us to learn the truth that what God did in David’s, He is prepared to do in your life and mine. You see, leaning isn’t bad; as long as we are leaning on the right One. I want to take our time today and teach on the thought: “Learning To Lean”.

DAVID’S SUPPORT SYSTEM IS DEVELOPED

Up to this point, David has done everything right in his life. He has been the absolute model of faith, courage, obedience, integrity and devotion to God and to his king, Saul. But, he is still a very young man who is living a long way from his home and family. David needed some stability in his life. So, God, in His grace, placed some things and some people in David’s life to be a support system for him. Let me share a few of those things with you.

He Leaned On The Support Of Position – 1 Sam. 18:13 – A humble shepherd boy had been promoted to a captain over a thousand in Saul’s army. He was also the chief musician in Saul’s court. His work gave him stability in his life. He needed that; he leaned on that. Of course, David probably saw his advancements in the army and in Saul’s court as merely stepping stones to the throne of Israel.

He Leaned On The Support Of Popularity – 1 Sam. 18:16 – The people of Israel loved David and respected him for what he had done and how he conducted himself before them. David leaned on the support of the people. No doubt, the praise of the people was just another assurance that one day he would be their king.

He Leaned On The Support Of People – God placed some special people in the life of David during those difficult days
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The Partner Michal – 1 Sam. 18:20, 28 – David was given a wife who genuinely loved him. No doubt David drew great strength from leaning on the support of Michal’s love for him.

The Prince Jonathan – 1 Sam. 18:1-4 – Jonathan proved to be a faithful friend to young David. He was David’s eyes and ears in the throne room. Jonathan even placed his friendship to David higher than his allegiance to his own father. David often leaned on the support of his friendship with Jonathan.

The Prophet Samuel – 1 Sam. 16:13; 19:18 – The old prophet was also a support in the life of David. Samuel taught David about sacrifice, service and worship. He was a significant support to David during those early years.

He Leaned On The Support Of Pride – 1 Sam. 18:15 – David took pride in the life he lived and he knew how to carry himself before God. He probably placed a great deal of emphasis on during the right thing. He had self-respect, self-control and self-esteem. His pride was a crucial part of his support system. Nothing wrong with the right kind of pride!

We ought to stop and thank the Lord for the support system He has placed within each of our lives. Just stop to think of where you would be and what you would do without the people and the props God has placed in your life.

Where would you be without the love of your spouse?

Where would you be without the support of your spouse?

Where would you be without the encouragement of your friends?

Where would you be without the fellowship and encouragement of your church?

Where would you be without the guidance and direction given to you from the Word of God?
Where would you be without the benefit of all these safety nets God has placed in your life?

Thank God for the supports, props, crutches, or whatever you want to call them that God has placed in our lives to help us make it! God has been gracious to you when He has supplied you with an adequate support network in your life!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 7:23 (New King James Version (NKJV)

23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms” By: E. A. Hoffman (1887)

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, God who is ever near us, where can we go from Your Spirit? Where can we go from Your presence. You, O God, are omnipresent! We can find You when we seek You for the right reasons. Help us, O Lord, to be ever aware of Your presence in our lives, and help us to always seek You and not run away from You. Explain Your Sovereignty to us so we may understand and be blessed. We are comforted by Your Word, Your Spirit and Your Presence, and we thank YOU! This we pray today in the blessed name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!

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JUDITH316 4/22/2013 3:18PM

    Thanks Vic, I so enjoyed this posting, and the hymn, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is one of my favorites, thanks for sharing.. emoticon

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ANHELIC 4/21/2013 11:36PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn which I love, and your prayer. I am learning to lean of God for help and not people. Sometimes, a friend can sway us in another direction away from the will of God. As long as we seek God, He will be there for us. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic.

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LOSTLIME 4/21/2013 1:25PM

    thank you,Vic,for sharing this blog. Yes, I am learning that I must lean on God in all things. I must put my trust in Him because He knows where I am heading. God bless
you.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/21/2013 12:21PM

    Thank you for this blog Bro Vic! I can hear my mother singing this song so loudly & so strongly & faithfully to the annoyance of many in the congregation but she leaned on Him in everything. I look back & wonder how we ever made but I now know what my mom knows and I am following in the footsteps of faith with my sisters & brothers in Christ!!

God bless & keep you all in Christ!

Dee

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JADOMB 4/21/2013 12:01PM

    I found many years back the humans can not be trusted and so I really don't lean on them. I can still love them but I just don't trust them all that much. I don't even trust myself all that much and I am a very strong person, so how can I trust others that I know nothing about.

I am always asked how I can trust God when I can't see him and he never talks to me, when there is so much heartbreak and evil in this world, etc. Well, good question. It still boils down to FAITH. He gave us life, who else has done such a thing? He gave us freewill, who else has done such a thing? NO, he hasn't sat down at the dinner table with me and talked politics or whatever, but he is WITH me at all times and helps me through life. Who else has done this?

One of my favorite sayings is, "Trust in God, but tie up your camel". Camels(like people) are earthly, they can't be trusted 100%. I love my support system and I do my best to support others. But we are just humans. So I will continue to lean on God and stand on my own when next to humans.

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CANDOIT54 4/21/2013 10:35AM

    Thank you and God Bless You.

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MINISANDY 4/21/2013 10:19AM

    Thank you for your good words and teaching! Very encouragement and very needed. "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" is one of my favorite hymns.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 4/21/2013 9:50AM

    Yes- His Everlasting Arms are always there for us!
Thanking the Lord!
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JOANIE69 4/21/2013 8:17AM

    Amen Vic,
This lesson and especially this part of your beautiful prayer really speaks to me at the point where I am personally in my Christian growth! "Explain Your Sovereignty to us so we may understand and be blessed. " I have come to understand and acknowledge that God is sovereign in my life, and to know that if I surrender moment by moment to His will, then He works through me for the furtherance of His kingdom. It matters not how mis-understood I am, for Jesus was also mis-understood. It matters most if I can say that my only purpose is to do the will of GOD...for Jesus himself taught us to proclaim that. Unless we have learned to lean on Him, we cannot say we are surrendered to His will and not our own. For us it is impossible to be 100% in His will with every breath that He allows us, yet we can seek Him, and He will perform what we cannot; to His honor and glory forever. Amen.

Bless you, Vic, and yours, this day.

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SANDRALEET 4/21/2013 7:49AM

    In the later days he started leaning more on his wants then Gods Like when he wanted to take a censuses was told not to put did anyway Many died when he did from illness his choice of wife and from then on things changed for him He still believed in God put God punished him for his action It is like that for us to We will be forgiven put our action have consequences

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NELLIEH1 4/21/2013 6:42AM

    As a"chief musician" and a"leader" at our Ladies' Retreat this weekend, I've found the absolute necessity of leaning upon GOD to guide/direct/teach me what to do next as each session begins with worship. In the past I've leaned more heavily on our music team as we've all done this work together with no one facilitator. How easy it is to pre-emptorily pray for GOD to bless and guide, but then sort of do the work all ourselves. May we take this lesson to heart...Wait upon the LORD...Lean on Him!

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