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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/12/2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/12/2013

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO EACH OF YOU!

1 Samuel 31:1-13
HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN?, Lesson 18a
So far, our journey with David has covered about ten years of his life. For about seven of those years, David has been on the run from King Saul. Saul had been a good, godly man in the beginning of his reign; but his rejection of God’s plan for his life, and his refusal to walk with the Lord, had brought about his own rejection by God, (1 Sam. 16:1). From that tragic moment, Saul began a downward spiral into insanity.

Saul’s insanity manifested itself in jealousy and murderous hatred toward young David. The Bible record is clear; Saul hated David and wanted him dead. But, God in His sovereign plan protected David from the murderous intentions of the mad king.

David survived and even thrived during those hard years when he was on the run from Saul. He grew stronger while his enemy Saul grew weaker and weaker. What a testimony to the grace of God!

This text records the awful, tragic death of King Saul and his three sons. I want to examine these verses because I believe they contain an important message for each person here.

By way of introduction, allow me to call your attention to 2 Sam. 1:17-27. In those verses, David is lamenting the death of Saul and Jonathan. As he sings his psalm of mourning, he makes a statement three times in that passage. Three times David says, “How are the mighty fallen!” I would like to take that cry of pity and lamentation and use it as my title. I want to make three observations today from the death of King Saul.

THE TRAGEDY OF SAUL’S DEATH

His Death Was A Sad Death – The scene on the battlefield that day. The armies of Israel are put to shame before their enemies and badly defeated. The bodies of the wounded and the dead litter the landscape. King Saul, the powerful, handsome king is struck by the arrows of his enemies. Near the king lie the dead bodies of his three sons. He knows that he cannot escape and that he cannot live. Saul seeks the help of his armor-bearer in ending his life; the man will not help the king so Saul ends his own life by falling on his own sword. A reign that had begun so well ends in suicide after a tragic military defeat. What a tragedy!

His Death Was A Shameful Death – While the death of Saul was sad; it was also shameful. There are two reasons why I say this.

It was shameful because of what happened – After his death, the body of Saul was desecrated by the enemies of Israel. He was beheaded and his head was sent from city to city as a grotesque symbol of the Philistine victory. His body, along with the bodies of his three sons, were taken to Bethshan and nailed to the city walls. The great king of Israel became a symbol of mockery to the enemies of God.

It was shameful because it did not have to happen – Saul’s life did not start out like it finished. Forty years earlier Saul had been a handsome young man. He had been humble, brave and obedient when he was first inaugurated as king. But, little by little he had allowed compromise into his life and he had descended into weakness and wickedness. When Saul died, he was only a short distance from Ramah where he had been crowned king forty years earlier. Spiritually, however, he might as well have been on another planet.

The tragedy of Saul’s death is that it did not have to happen like it did. God had a far better plan for his life; but he failed to live his life within the plan of God and he paid a terrible price as a result.

Sadly, we see the same thing happening to people all around us. God desires to save, bless and use people for His glory. Men, however, refuse to go God’s way and they live lives of defeat and ultimately they die tragic deaths. It does not have to be that way. God has a better plan.

Jesus said this: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,”( John 10:10). It appears from that verse that we can either have the ministry of the thief or the ministry of the Good Shepherd in our lives. So, if you are out of step with God’s plan, let me encourage you to line up today so that you and your family might avoid the same tragic ending that befell Saul and his family.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 16:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Let all that you do be done with love.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Ring Out The Message” By: James Rowe (19110

There’s a message true and glad
For the sinful and the sad,
Ring it out, ring it out;
It will give them courage new
It will help them to be true;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus
Ring out the word o’er land and sea,
Still far from Jesus many live in sin and doubt;
Ring out the news that makes men free,
To all the lost of every nation
Ring the message out.

Tell the world the world of saving grace,
Make it known in ev’ry place,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Help the needy ones to know
Him from whom all blessings flow;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus
Sin and doubt to sweep away,
Till shall dawn the better day,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Till the sinful world be won
For Jehovah’s mighty Son;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God! The only True Living God! Help us never to be careless about Your ways or Your Word. Enable us to not allow anything that has to do with our worship of You and our service to mankind, to become lifeless or ritual where we lose sight of the depth and meaning and purpose of our worship and service. Keep the discipline of prayer, praise and the reading and studying of Your Word fresh and alive in our hearts. Grant us a passionate hunger for Your presence, Your Word, and Your way that will guide us towards heaven and Your glory. Please accept this prayer we pray in the glorious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/12/2013 10:59PM

    Thank you Vic for this great teaching of what not to do in todays life. We do not want to die the way Saul did and be humiliated and die a death of shame. thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you for your daily teaching.

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  thank you

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    Thank you, Vic! Thank you for my goodie today! God bless!

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    emoticon Vic. God bless!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/12/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks you!

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NELLIEH1 5/12/2013 8:08AM

    There are always consequences for each of our wrong choices (wrong attitudes, thoughts, words and deeds). Along with GOD's precious forgiveness after we agree with Him about our sin (confess), come the results for us and those around us. Yet, the LORD also enables us to walk with Him triumphantly even in the midst of these IF we will trust into Him and choose to follow Him. Oh how merciful and gracious is our Living LORD!!

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GLUECIPHER 5/12/2013 7:22AM

    At midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.--Exodus 12:29

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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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AZMOMXTWO 5/10/2013 7:49AM

  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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"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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    Thank you! Another awesome insight into David.

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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

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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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LOOKINGUP2012 5/8/2013 7:40AM

    Amen. Beautiful prayer and wonderful lesson.

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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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