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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/11/2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013


FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/10.2013

1 Sam. 30:11-15
A STRANGER FINDS MERCY, Lesson 17a

David and his men are pursuing the men who destroyed their homes and took their families captive. Along the way, they encounter a man who was placed there by the providence of Almighty God. Isn’t it great how He governs in the affairs of men? There is more to this great story than just David and his men chasing their attackers. There is a picture here of the great love and mercy of Holy God for fallen men. In these verses, we can see a portrait of the Lord Jesus and His compassion for the sinner. As God gives you liberty today, I want to teach on this thought, “A Stranger Finds Mercy”.


1 Sam 30: HIS SITUATION

v.11 He Was A Foreigner – As a stranger from the promises of God and the hope of Israel, we too can remember what it was like to be outside of Jesus! Eph. 2:-1-3 and 12, reminds us that we too walked the “course of this world” before we received the call of salvation. Our thoughts and tendencies were to pursue the deeds that characterize even the present period of man’s history. God was not our Father, (John 8:44). Our iniquities separated us from our Father, (Isa. 59:2).

v. 13 He Was Friendless –The man had been left for dead! This is exactly how much the devil values your life and mine. He delights in using us up and throwing us away! The sinner only has one Friend, Jesus Christ, our refuge, (Psa. 142:4; Pro. 18:24). In John 15:13, Jesus calls us “friends”, if we abide in Him.

v. 12 He Was Famished – He was literally starving to death! The world will never satisfy the longing soul. The sinner will never find fulfillment in the arms of the world. It is only in the Person of Jesus Christ that the sinner can find true rest and perfect satisfaction. (Matt. 5:6; Psa. 107:9). Jesus offers us not only truth and grace,( John 4:13-14; John 7:37), but He is also the “Bread Of Life”, the bread that gives life, (John 6:35).

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 4:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Shine, Jesus Shine” By: Graham Kendrick (1988)

Lord the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining
Jesus Light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me shine on me

Chorus:
Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light

Lord I come to Your awesome presence
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me try me consume all my darkness
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)



TODAY’S PRAYER!

Most Holy Father, Redeeming and Loving God! Help us to separate ourselves completely from the past, when we walked in the course of this world. But You, O God, have set us free from it. You have brought light into our lives and have driven out the darkness. We can now move into all You have for us. Deliver us from every negative aspect of this world and enable us not to be influence by the way and the walks of this world. Help us to release all bad memories of the past and move forward, forgiving as we have been forgiven. Thank You, Father, that our hearts, minds and souls are no longer tortured by the darkness. Lead us out of the past and into Your glory. This we ask in prayer by the name and in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/11/2013

1 Sam. 30:11-15
A STRANGER FINDS MERCY, Lesson 17a

1 Sam 30: HIS SAVIOR

v. 11- He Found Him – No sinner can truthfully say that he has “found” Jesus. It is the Lord who does the looking, the finding and the awakening to the need of salvation, (John 6:44). Why was Jesus’ mission or purpose for coming to earth in the form of man? Luke 19:10 show us why” “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

v. 11-12b He Fed Him – David and his men met the need of this man. Jesus, when He is received meets the greatest need of mankind – the need of the soul! He brings salvation and forgiveness and eternal life! He satisfies the deepest longings of the heart of man, (John 6:48; 51) He never stops fulfilling our needs, (Phil. 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.).



1 Sam: 30: HIS SALVATION

David freed this man. His life was changed after he met David. Notice what David delivered him from.

Slavery – The slavery of sin, (Rom. 6:16; “ Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?) Eph. 2:1-3 reveals that we were once dead in sins but we have been “quicken” (made alive) by God’s power. Jesus sets the captives free, (Luke 4:18 ““The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me, to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed”. We are freed from the power of sin by Jesus, (John 8:36)!

Death – The man would have surely died. David brought him life. The Christian need never fear death. He has been delivered from the power of death through Jesus, (John 5:24; John 11:25-26). Rom. 6:23 reminds us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. He paid the price and we benefit from it!

Disuse – Here was man who had been used up and thought his life was over. David gave him new life and a new future! What Jesus does for those He saves, (Eph. 2:10). Jesus rescues us from the scrap pile (our earthly vessels), and puts us in the Kings service! God puts “His Treasure” (our eternal soul) in our trash can, so that the excellency of His power may be seen as His works in us, ( 2 Cor. 4:7) !



Conc: I don’t know many things this afternoon, but there is one thing I do know for sure. I know that I am saved and that Jesus came to where I was lying broken and wasted one day. I know He saved my soul and has given me a new life and I know that I am grateful and that I love Him. Thank God He lifts the fallen, delivers the captive, helps the burdened and saves the sinner. Thank God I was found one day. What about you?

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Timothy 6:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“For The Beauty of The Earth” By: Folliot S. Pierpoint (1864)

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Grace and Glory, God of Peace and Eternal Life! We give all of our anxiety and fears to You today. We surrender our hold on them and release them into Your capable hands. We lift our eyes to You, for You are our Help in times of trouble. We praise You in the midst of all that happens to our lives. In Your presence we need not be anxious or afraid. Enable us to not be discouraged with life. Your love comforts us and takes away our fears. Your power gives us strength and makes us gloriously secured. Thank You for giving us the courage to go forward proclaiming Your Truth and fulfilling our destiny in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, Savior and Friend. These things we pray this morning in His Blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/11/2013 11:20PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Since being found and had my life changed, I have stopped worrying like I used to. God has everything under control and allows only what I can handle to come into my life. I praise His Holy Name. thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God bless you for your teachings.

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LOSTLIME 5/11/2013 12:43PM

    thank you once again,Vic! You seem to know what I needed today. I have asked God to
take away my worries about my husband's surgery on the 22nd of May. May He bless
you and yours.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/11/2013 11:10AM

  thank you

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/11/2013 10:48AM

    Thank you so much, Vic for the lesson from the Word, the scriptures and prayers. We serve an awesome God. I always love reading your Bible lessons.

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JOANIE69 5/11/2013 9:05AM

    Amen Vic. Thank you once again for a message of Truth, and for all your encouraging notes and goodies, your hymns and prayers. Have a wonderful weekend.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/11/2013 8:11AM

    Thank you for the prayers.

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NELLIEH1 5/11/2013 8:05AM

    Yes, indeed..."Jesus rescues us from the scrap pile" and garbage heap to place us into His Kingdom! And what a privilege to have work He has prepared in advance for us to be about each day!

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DEDICATED2HIM 5/11/2013 7:45AM

    Thanks for sharing your insights!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/10/2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/10.2013

1 Sam. 30:11-15
A STRANGER FINDS MERCY, Lesson 17a

David and his men are pursuing the men who destroyed their homes and took their families captive. Along the way, they encounter a man who was placed there by the providence of Almighty God. Isn’t it great how He governs in the affairs of men? There is more to this great story than just David and his men chasing their attackers. There is a picture here of the great love and mercy of Holy God for fallen men. In these verses, we can see a portrait of the Lord Jesus and His compassion for the sinner. As God gives you liberty today, I want to teach on this thought, “A Stranger Finds Mercy”.


1 Sam 30: HIS SITUATION

v.11 He Was A Foreigner – As a stranger from the promises of God and the hope of Israel, we too can remember what it was like to be outside of Jesus! Eph. 2:-1-3 and 12, reminds us that we too walked the “course of this world” before we received the call of salvation. Our thoughts and tendencies were to pursue the deeds that characterize even the present period of man’s history. God was not our Father, (John 8:44). Our iniquities separated us from our Father, (Isa. 59:2).

v. 13 He Was Friendless –The man had been left for dead! This is exactly how much the devil values your life and mine. He delights in using us up and throwing us away! The sinner only has one Friend, Jesus Christ, our refuge, (Psa. 142:4; Pro. 18:24). In John 15:13, Jesus calls us “friends”, if we abide in Him.

v. 12 He Was Famished – He was literally starving to death! The world will never satisfy the longing soul. The sinner will never find fulfillment in the arms of the world. It is only in the Person of Jesus Christ that the sinner can find true rest and perfect satisfaction. (Matt. 5:6; Psa. 107:9). Jesus offers us not only truth and grace,( John 4:13-14; John 7:37), but He is also the “Bread Of Life”, the bread that gives life, (John 6:35).

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 4:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Shine, Jesus Shine” By: Graham Kendrick (1988)

Lord the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining
Jesus Light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me shine on me

Chorus:
Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light

Lord I come to Your awesome presence
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me try me consume all my darkness
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)



TODAY’S PRAYER!

Most Holy Father, Redeeming and Loving God! Help us to separate ourselves completely from the past, when we walked in the course of this world. But You, O God, have set us free from it. You have brought light into our lives and have driven out the darkness. We can now move into all You have for us. Deliver us from every negative aspect of this world and enable us not to be influence by the way and the walks of this world. Help us to release all bad memories of the past and move forward, forgiving as we have been forgiven. Thank You, Father, that our hearts, minds and souls are no longer tortured by the darkness. Lead us out of the past and into Your glory. This we ask in prayer by the name and in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/10/2013 11:39PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, wonderful hymn and prayer. May we shine with our lives and people see Jesus as we live. Have a blessed weekend and Happy Mother's day to Mary Lou.

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JOANIE69 5/10/2013 1:58PM

    Thank you and amen Vic.
"may our lives tell Your story "

emoticon Have a great weekend,
and Happy Mother's Day to Mary Lou! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/10/2013 10:07AM

    Hallelujah! For the friend that sticks closer than a brother. This OT story reminds me of the Good Samaritan story, the stranger came, caring for the one beaten, friendless, and ignored by the religious hierarchy.

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LOSTLIME 5/10/2013 9:42AM

    Thank you,Vic! Have a wonderful weekend!

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NELLIEH1 5/10/2013 8:42AM

    These lessons of being a foreigner, as yet without humans friends, and in need came home to us on the mission field. In Christ is our only hope and stay. He indeed is our Rock!

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  thank you have a great day

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    Amen! Amen! Have to move forward in God. God is the light and need to abide in Him. God will abide in us! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/9/2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/9/2013

1 Sam. 30:1-20
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR CRITICS, Lesson 16c

V. 7-20 THE RESULTS OF THEIR CRITICISM

V. 7-10 David's Faith Was Visible - When the critics began their harassment of David, he responded by turning to the Lord in prayer. He knew that retaliation was not the answer, but the families of David and his men needed to be saved and he went to the Lord to ask for God's guidance. It was evident to all his critics that David was walking with God in spite of their attack!

There is a lesson here for you and me. When we are criticized and attacked, our best response is simply to carry on with business according to God’s Will! Just keep on serving God and be what the Lord has saved you to be. He will bless that attitude more than He could ever bless an attitude of bitterness and one that lashes out at its enemies.

V. 11-17 David's Faith Was Vindicated - David, through the providence of the Lord was lead in the right direction and he and his men found the Amalekites and they defeated them. Because David refused to get caught up in little personal battles, God was able to use him in a great way to secure victory for himself and for the people. By his actions, David proved that he was who he claimed to be. They doubted his leadership abilities before, but now they know that David is the man that they should be following.

Again, there is something for us to learn here. If we will stick by the Lord in the face of our critics and attackers, then we can be assured of God's help and of the fact that He will see us through ever battle!

V. 18-20 David's Faith Was Victorious - These verses tell us about the great victory that the Lord gave to David. Did you notice that they recovered everything, (v. 18-19)? Did you also notice who got the credit on a human level, (v. 18-20)? David got the credit! Now, those men who wanted to stone him and were critical of his life were forced to admit that David did what was right.

Conc: Do you see that truth that is displayed here? Criticism is going to come your way! However, you have the choice as to how you respond to that criticism. As I close, I would like to show you 4 steps to take when you are criticized by another. Perhaps these will help you when that next critic unleashes his or her long tongue against your life.

1. Accept criticism as inevitable.
2. Carefully examine the source of every criticism. Some may be valid, but many are not! Ask yourself, "Who is the one saying this thing?"

3. Decide not to take criticism personally. Look at it objectively and try to learn from it. Ask yourself, "Is there any truth to this?"

4. Commit the matter to the Lord and with His help rise above it! Allow Him to vindicate you in His own time and in His own way. If we fail to cope with criticism, we will become like our critics!



It may be that you are being forced to deal with an issue like this right now. Maybe you are being criticized. I don't know why the Lord sent this message, but I make sure that someone here today needed some of this. If this spoke to a need in your life, then I would like to invite you to bring that need before the Lord and allow Him the opportunity to do His great work in your life.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 24:51 (New King James Version (NKJV)

51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus Is Lord Of All” By: Gloria & William Gaither (1973)

All my tomorrows, all my past
Jesus is Lord of all.
I've quit my struggles, contentment at last!
Jesus is Lord of all.
Refrain:
King of kings, Lord of lords,
Jesus is Lord of all;
All my possessions and all my life,
Jesus is Lord of all.


All of my conflicts, all my thoughts
Jesus is Lord of all.
His love wins the battles I could not have fought;
Jesus is Lord of all.
Refrain:

All of my longings, all my dreams
Jesus is Lord of all.
All of my failures His power redeems;
Jesus is Lord of all.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Blessed God! Anxiety in our heart causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Your Word, O God, is not only good, but also awesome. Help us to be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world. Teach us to spread cheer and light in all dark places. Have mercy on our worried minds and grant us the peace that You promised in Jesus. Surround us with the love of our fellow believers and unit our hearts in a glad faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Enable us not to be anxious for nothing, but to come to You in everything. This is our prayer today and we offer it in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/9/2013 10:52PM

    Great lesson, hymn and prayer, Vic. This message spoke to me as I just went through some criticizing from a friend. Like David, I did not retaliate, since I knew that I was not at fault and I prayed for this friend and left the rest in God's hands. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your faithful teachings.

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SISSIE21 5/9/2013 10:27PM

    Just got done getting caught up on the last 4 days. Very interesting what David is going through. He just seems so human with all his insecurities and mistakes, if you know what I mean...
I have to tell you Vic, it is so strange, almost very thing you write about pertains to my life at that moment. I will take those 4 steps you suggested to heart because I sure could use them right now. Thanks! Have a great day! emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 5/9/2013 8:50PM

    Amen!
Thank you for this powerful blog!
It has been a blessing !

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NELLIEH1 5/9/2013 4:01PM

    "Jesus is Lord!" the cry that echoes through creation: Resplendent pow-r, eternal Word, our Rock - Stuart Townend and Keith Getty
"The Way, the Truth, the Life, Faithful One and True, precious Lamb of GOD, Risen from the dead, redeemer are You!" - Ellen Hofford


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CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/9/2013 9:56AM

    Thank you!

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LOSTLIME 5/9/2013 9:08AM

    Thank you! Another awesome insight into David.

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    Thanks so much for this wonderful lesson

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JOANIE69 5/9/2013 7:48AM

    emoticon Amen!
"King of kings, Lord of lords,
Jesus is Lord of all;
All my possessions and all my life,
Jesus is Lord of all. " emoticon

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  thank you
your blog makes my day

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/8/2013

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/8/2013

1 Sam. 30:1-20
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR CRITICS, Lesson 16b


V. 6 THE REACTION TO THEIR CRITICISM
A Heavy Heart - David is bothered by their reaction. He has suffered just as much loss as they have. His heart was broken that the people had turned on him. In their defense, they were just looking for a scapegoat. Often this is the case in criticism. The critic uses his criticism as a means of raising himself in the eyes of others. Dr. M.R. DeHaan made this statement, "It is a dead giveaway when you meet a person who is always criticizing and finding fault with another brother. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred he's trying to divert attention from his own sins by pointing an accusing finger at someone else."


Unfair and unjust criticism always has a way of striking you right in the heart. It is painful, when you have done your best, to know that someone is observing your life to find fault. It is natural to be bothered by criticism. However, criticism should never be allowed to control your life.


The wife of a hard to please husband was determined to satisfy him for just one day. "Darling", she asked, "what would you like for breakfast this morning?" He growled, "Coffee and toast, grits and sausage, and two eggs - one scrambled and one fried." She soon had the food on the table and waited for a word of praise. After a quick glance at his plate, he exclaimed, "Well, if you didn't scramble the wrong egg!" The moral? Some people will never be happy no matter what you do, no matter what you say, no matter to what lengths you go to in order to satisfy them. People like that are not worth the time it takes for you to try and make them happy. Does it hurt when people criticize? Yes! But in the end, the only Person Who deserves to be pleased at all costs is God! Therefore, let the critics criticize and the complainers complain. If God is pleased with your life and mine then we have accomplished something of the first order!


A Humble Heart - Please note that David did not respond to his critics! He was upset and hurt but he did not retaliate.

The danger of being criticized is that it can cause you to develop a spirit of bitterness toward the criticizer. The surest way to fuel the fire of criticism, as well as the speculation that the critic may be right, is to go on the defensive. The best response to criticism is no response at all!
Colonel George Washington Goethals was the primary supervisor responsible for constructing the Panama Canal. This feat of engineering called for the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to be linked by a canal dug across the country of Panama. Since its completion, ships have saved millions of combined miles by being able to go through the canal and avoid the trip around the tip of South America. While the work was being done, Colonel Goethals had to endure severe criticism from back home which predicted that he would never be able to finish, what his critics called an "impossible task". This man refused to listen to his critics and pressed ahead with his work.


One day a subordinate asked this question, "aren't you going to answer your critics?" "In time", the Colonel replied. "How?", the man asked. The Colonel smiled and said, "With the canal!" His answer came loud and clear on August 15, 1914 when the Panama Canal opened to traffic for the first time.


This man answered his critics by sticking to the task at hand and humbly doing the work which he had been assigned! What a lesson for the child of God!


A Hopeful Heart - When David did react, notice how it came about. David turned to the Lord and called on His name. He knew that things might look bad for him and for his men, but David knew that the Lord was in control of all the matters of life. In the face of criticism, David turned to the Lord for encouragement. The word for "encouraged" means "to seize something as a support to give yourself strength." David did what we could all learn to do and that is to take our trouble, along with our critics, to the Lord!


Far too often, we try to take matters into our own hands. We want to handle our critics. We want to tell them off. We want to put them in their place. Our best course of action is to take them to the Lord and ask God to show us if their criticism is valid. If it is, then deal with it! If it isn't, then we need to leave our critics in the hands of God. He knows far better than us how they need to be dealt with! And, you had better believe that He will deal with them! (Rom. 12:19).


TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 8:1-2 (New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.

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

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

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

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Holiness, God of our hearts and Lives! Help us to find a new heart. You have given us an undivided heart and put Your Spirit in them. Remove from us our hearts of stone and give us a pure heart. Fill us with Your love and keep our hearts from wandering away from You and Your ways. Take away the hard-heartiness in us, the desire to take matters into our own hands. Teach us how to humble ourselves before You and trust You to take care of our critics and enemies. Take charge of our hearts and complete control of our lives. Light a flame of desires in us that will never go out and will teach us to do things the way You have taught us. Enable us to follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in His glorious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/8/2013 11:43PM

    Thank you Vic for an awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. How true it is to try hard not to show anger and retaliate against our critics. Learning to leave it is God's hands is the only way to please Him. Indeed, what a great friend we have in Jesus. There is none other. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings to you for your continued teachings.

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NELLIEH1 5/8/2013 9:10PM

    What a Friend, indeed,is our Saviour! We are hurt in many ways by others, but GOD loves us unconditionally!! You re right, Vic. We leave unfair criticisms and grumblings to GOD, praying for the ones who lay them upon us. But when a criticism is correct, GOD will deal with us, as you say.

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LOSTLIME 5/8/2013 10:32AM

    Great lesson! Leaving it in God's hands is the best thing to do! Have a blessed day,Vic!

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CANDOIT54 5/8/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon Vic

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JOANIE69 5/8/2013 9:12AM

    Amen Vic. Prayer is an open line to Heaven, and if we also listen, we can hear His reply, always leading us the the path that is best for us. Your lesson and that old favorite hymn and prayer were simply emoticon , and inspiring. Thank you again.

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RSSSLHB 5/8/2013 7:51AM

    Vic emoticonfor praying emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/8/2013 7:40AM

    Amen. Beautiful prayer and wonderful lesson.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/8/2013 7:32AM

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JERZGURL_NAN 5/8/2013 7:24AM

    SO? you truly have had a pulpit ministry, yes? STill? You are so gifted with sharing truth with wonderful insight and application - Thank You so much

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/7/2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/7/2013
1 Sam. 30:1-20

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR CRITICS, Lesson 16a

Criticism! No one like to receive it, but it will come anyway! Regardless of how well you live your life or try to conduct yourself in front of others, there will always be those around you who will find something to criticize.

Who can forget the life of Job? Here was a man that the Lord called "perfect and upright, and one that feared God and escheweth evil." Yet, when various calamities fell upon his life and Job's friends came to be with him, all they could find to do to Job was to criticize him. Notice what they said about this man of God, "You are a hypocrite!" (Job 5:4-5)! "You are a windbag!" (Job 8:2)! "You're just getting what you deserve!" (Job 5:8-15)! "You have a bad attitude!" (Job 5:17)! There are many more verses that could be mentioned where the friends of Job attacked and criticized this godly man. Yet, through it all, Job stuck with the Lord and never turned on God. As a result, he was restored and blessed by the Father.

Have you ever been criticized by others? Of course you have! And, you will be again! When it comes your way, you need to know how to respond to your critics so that you can have the victory.

In this passage, we find David on the run from King Saul. He has fled to the land of the Philistines and is waiting there for the Lord to deliver to him the kingdom of Israel. During this time, there arose a series of events that lead to David being criticized by his own people. In fact, verse 6 tells us that they were even talking about stoning David to death over this thing.

Today, I would like for us to look into this passage and see what brought about their criticism and how David handled himself in the face of their attack. The lessons gleaned from these verses will help us when we too find ourselves the focus of criticism. Let me speak to you for a few minutes about “How To Handle Your Critics”.

V. 1-5 THE REASON FOR THEIR CRITICISM

29:1-5 A Misguided Decision - In all reality, David probably had no business trying to help the Philistines defeat Israel. Whatever his reasoning, David was leading his troops to fight against their own people. When things turned out as they did, his men were justified in questioning David's decision.

When criticism comes your way, one of the main things you need to ask yourself is, "Is this true?" Instead of reacting defensively against your critic, try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment and try to see the issue through their eyes. It may be that they are right, at least to a degree. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

V. 1-3 A Military Defeat - When these men returned home, they found that their town had been destroyed by the Amalekites. To the minds of these men David was responsible for this event. If they had been home, instead of away, to fight in a war, they could have defended their wives, children and property. Their distress is easy to understand!

Apparently David was doing what he thought was right. However, those around him saw things a different way. We just need to remember that not everyone will agree with us all the time. There will always be those who could do it better, or who would do it differently. The critics are always close at hand!

John Wesley was deeply disturbed by people who seemed to enjoy criticizing others, especially those who were in the Lord's work. Once while he was preaching, he noticed a lady in the congregation who was well known for her critical attitude. All through the service she sat and stared at his new tie. When the meeting was ended, she came up to him and said very sharply, "Mr. Wesley, the strings on your bow tie are much too long. It's an offense to me!" He asked if any of the ladies present happened to have a pair of scissors in their purse. When they were handed to him, he gave them to the critic and asked her to trim the streamers to her liking.

After she clipped them off near the collar, he said, "Are you sure they're right now?" "Yes", she said, "that's much better!" "Then let me have those shears a moment," said Wesley. "I'm sure you wouldn't mind if I also give you a bit of correction. I don't mean to be cruel, but I must tell you, madam, that your tongue is an offense to me - it's too long! Please, stick it out, I'd like to trim some off." Of course, Wesley didn't follow through on his threat, but he sure made his point!

V. 4-5 A Monumental Discouragement - When the tragedy is discovered, the men weep until they can weep no more and needing a scapegoat, they turn on David, (v. 6). However, what they failed to realize, and the Bible points this put, David's wives were among those taken captive. They were simply concerned with themselves and refused to see the bigger picture.

Such is the way with critics! Very often, they are so caught up in themselves, how they feel, what is happening to them and how they are being affected that they cannot see things objectively. The best way to deal with this is to do what David did: Don't respond to your critic! Criticism often has the effect of injuring the critic more than the one criticized! One fellow put it this way, "If criticism has any real power to harm, the skunk would be extinct by now."

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 3:18 (New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Want To Be Ready To Meet Him” By: Adger M. Pace (1938)

You may have your worldly pleasures
Your silver and your gold,
You may pile up all the riches
That this old world can hold;
But I’d rather have my Savior
And with Him firmly stand
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land

Chorus
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him by and by.
I want (I want to be) to be ready (ready)
To meet Him in the sky.
Oh, I want to be more like him,
And do his best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land.

You may talk about your riches, your diamonds and your pearls, You may gain the wealth of ages of this and all the world, But the Savior is more precious, with Him I’ll take my stand, For I want to be ready to meet Him in the glory land.
Chorus


There is one thing I can boast of,
Salvation from the fall,
I’m an heir to wealth in glory,
My Father owns it all;
That is why I’m shouting happy
And go at His command
For I want to be ready to meet Him
In the glory land

Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, God of Glory and Grace! Open our eyes and hearts that we may see the truth about our situation. Grant us clear understanding when we are faced by our critics. Give us a clear vision of how You want us to respond towards our critics. Enable us to trust Your hand of protection as we lower our defensive shields, and see and understand the situation from their perspective. Enlarge our hearts so we can receive Your instructions and apply it in a way that will glorify You. Pour out Your blessings on all till each soul is filled with Your love and grace. This is our prayer today that we bring before Your throne of grace in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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MZLADY77 5/8/2013 5:52AM

    Thanks again for sharing! God bless you! emoticon

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ANHELIC 5/7/2013 11:01PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, I have often felt offended about what someone had said about me, especially when it was not the truth. A friend of mine made a joke of it and said, if they are criticizing you, they are leaving someone else alone. How true. I prayed about this and now with the help of Holy Spirit, I accept criticizm and am not offended. I just want to please our Lord. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your continued teachings.

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TONYVAND1 5/7/2013 4:47PM

  Responding in clarity to my situation through Christ.

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QTEALADY20031 5/7/2013 3:06PM

    Vic emoticon . Many times we must put ourselves in the shoes of the other person before we open our mouth and criticize. Criticism is not easy to take but yes we do need to ask ourself if what they are saying is true and then perhaps try to rectify.
In other situations there are people who are not happy with themselves and enjoy criticizing others. Thank goodness God hears and knows what is in our heart! emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/7/2013 3:07:12 PM

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JOANIE69 5/7/2013 12:52PM

    I too can relate. I was easily offended when young and a new Christian, but the Holy Spirit would suggest to me that just MAYBE they meant what they said in a different way than how I had taken it. It was foreign to my own way of thinking to reflect on these opposite possibilities, for if I'd said the same thing to someone, (and usually never would), I would have been criticising them soundly. Thus I know these thoughts were from the Spirit, teaching me that not everybody thinks the way that I do...LOL. And thus too I learned not to be easily offended, but to consider what I took as criticism, and ponder if there may be some other meaning to their words, and if not, then did I deserve that criticism? I can now benefit from constructive criticism. Isn't it marvelous how the Holy Spirit leads us along, step by step changing us into the new creatures we started to be, when we first received Christ? Oh to be more like Him every day of my life...steadily moving forward with my eyes fixed on my Lord God! That is glory. His glory.

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LOSTLIME 5/7/2013 11:57AM

    This was great! It is always better to put yourself in someone else's shoes before saying
something that can hurt or you can't take back. Thank you,Vic.

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IAM_HIS 5/7/2013 11:33AM

    Wow, another one that meant so much to me..thank you!!

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WARRIORFIT1 5/7/2013 10:16AM

    Wonderful, Vic! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 5/7/2013 8:34AM

    Yes, Father, may I have eyes to see and ears to ear You. And Lord, as You work, please keep plowing up my heart that the words I speak may come from a heart that understands.

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RSSSLHB 5/7/2013 8:26AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/7/2013 7:54AM

    Yes, Father, open my eyes so I can see situations clearly. Give me understanding and help me lower my defenses. In Jesus name,

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AZMOMXTWO 5/7/2013 7:34AM

  thank you

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