MJRVIC2000   240,388
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
MJRVIC2000's Recent Blog Entries

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/13/2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/13/2013
1 Samuel 31:1-13
HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN?, Lesson 18b

THE TESTIMONY OF SAUL’S DEATH
While Saul’s death is a terrible tragedy; it also shares a powerful testimony with those whose hearts can hear it.

There Is A Reminder In Saul’s Death – Saul’s death serves as a clear reminder that death is coming for all of us. Think about it, on that battlefield that day, the poor man and the rich man; the king and the slave; the godly man and the sinner; the Israelite and the Philistine; the weak and the powerful; all entered death together.

This pitiful scene is a tragic, but clear reminder that death plays no favorites. Unless the Lord returns in our lifetime in the Rapture, none of us are Going to escape the first death.. That is the clear teaching of Scripture:

Heb. 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

2 Sam. 14:14, “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person:”

Job 14:5, “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;”

Job 30:23, “For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.”

Psalm 89:48, “What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.”

Rom. 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Eccl. 12:5, “…because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:”


We may not like to think about it; and we may live like it will not happen, but death is coming for us all. That is the testimony of Saul’s death; that is the testimony of every graveyard, every funeral home and every hospital in the world. Death is coming and you and I had better be ready when it does!

An old legend tells of a merchant in Baghdad who one day sent his servant to the market. Before very long the servant came back, white and trembling, and in great agitation said to his master: "Down in the market place I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and when I turned around I saw that it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Master, please lend me your horse, for I must hasten away to avoid her. I will ride to Samarra and there I will hide, and Death will not find me."

The merchant lent him his horse and the servant galloped away in great haste.

Later the merchant went down to the market place and saw Death standing in the crowd. He went over to her and asked, "Why did you frighten my servant this morning? Why did you make a threatening gesture?"

"That was not a threatening gesture," Death said. "It was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra."

Each of us has an appointment in Samarra. But that is cause for rejoicing—not for fear, provided we have put our trust in Him who alone holds the keys of life and death.

There Is A Reality In Saul’s Death – The reality is this: we can either die badly like Saul, or we can die well. When a life has been lived like the life of Saul; death is always a tragedy. When there was no repentance, but only the anguish of wasted years, that is a terrible and tragic event. We have all known people who lived such lives and died such deaths. When they passed, we just shook our heads and said, “My, what a wasted life!” It is never pleasant when death comes for one who has not properly prepared for it. Even God does not desire the death of the sinner. “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Eze. 33:11).

On the other hand, when a saint of God has lived the right kind of life and death comes; it is not a tragedy, it is a victory! Listen to what the Bible says about the death of a child of God:

Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Rev. 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
Phil. 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

When the precious saints of God breathe their last on this shore, they merely go home to be with the Lord Jesus in His presence, (John 14:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:1; 5:8). What a contrast between the death of the sinner and the death of the saint!

Have you given any thought to how you want to die? I want to leave here faithfully serving Jesus Christ. I want to leave here with my spiritual boots on, doing His work, accomplishing His will, and teaching and preaching His saving grace. If I do, then roll me down the aisle, put me in the corner and go to meeting. Shout it out for the glory of God! But, if I fall by the wayside, and drop out on God, just take me to the graveyard, plant my body in the cold ground and spare the saints of God the tragedy of burying a fallen teacher!

Saul left a tragic testimony in his death. What kind of testimony will you leave behind?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Deuteronomy 15:10 (New International Version (NIV)
10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Low In The Grace He Lay” By: Robert Lowery (1874)

Low, low in the grave He lay
Jesus my Savior
Waiting the coming day
Jesus my Lord
Chorus:
Up from the grave He, He arose (He arose)
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes (He arose)
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose (He arose)
He arose (He arose)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ arose!


Oh, and vainly, vainly they watched His bed
The bed of my Jesus
And vainly, vainly they sealed the dead
Jesus my Lord
Chorus:
Up from the grave He, He arose (He arose)
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes (He arose)
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose (He arose)
He arose (He arose)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ arose!


Death cannot keep it's prey
Jesus my Savior
He tore the bars away
Jesus my Lord
Chorus:
Up from the grave He, He arose (He arose)
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes (He arose)
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose (He arose)
He arose (He arose)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Christ arose!


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father and God of heaven and earth, Creator of life! Help us to be a person of our word. Enable us to keep our promises we make to You and to others. We have promised to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We have promised to be obedient and follow His teaching. We have promised to to be faithful and be doers to Your glory. We are Your children and are grateful for Your love, mercy and grace. Thank You for providing brothers and sisters in Christ to teach us and helps us learn how to serve one another. Thank You for Jesus who made it all possible; and thank You for the Holy Spirit who guides us daily in living our lives. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!



  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANHELIC 5/14/2013 1:00AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. In my early years before I was born again, I feared death, but since I accepted the Lord Jesus into my heart, I have learned more about death and how wonderful it will be in heaven. I simply want to hear God say "Well done my good and faithful servant." Thank you Vic for your teaching and the goodies and notes. God bless you for sharing your knowledge with us.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HONOURIA 5/13/2013 10:57PM

    Thanks you for doing this. I love it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 5/13/2013 3:57PM

    emoticonVic emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAM_HIS 5/13/2013 3:26PM

    Oh, I use to fear death years ago. Now I no longer fear it but look forward to going home--and I know that I do not know when it will be, however, I am working very hard on being ready. I am praying to hear the words, "Welcome my good & faithful servant."


Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOIT54 5/13/2013 11:20AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSTLIME 5/13/2013 10:14AM

    Thank you! I hope that when my times come I will not be one of those people that people remark that "I had a wasted life". I am turning my life around slowly everyday.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOKINGUP2012 5/13/2013 9:53AM

    Father in heaven, Lead and guide me by the power of your Hily Spirit today that I may stay in your will and accomplish your desires.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAILA07 5/13/2013 9:33AM

    emoticon for sharing the Word of God.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MZLADY77 5/13/2013 9:09AM

    Amen! amen! Thanks again for sharing your powerful message and with scriptures! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJRVIC2000 5/13/2013 8:39AM

    The sinner fears death, but the saint has Christ in him/her to see them over to the other side of death....eternal life. God Bless Everyone! Vic.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEH1 5/13/2013 7:56AM

    As we age, the closeness of death becomes more a reality. We ponder life's final war with pain and our last big examination before graduation into eternity. None of us knows the time or day/hour. But as you say we all should know that death is on its way. In all honesty, I'm a mixture of joyous anticipation to be there and at the same time deeply desiring to remain here in the work. I suppose the fear is of the unknown challenge in the passing...the dying. I am not afraid of death because Christ Jesus has taken hold of me forever. But that process is a bit worrisome. The "if yous" of scripture point to who we are to be...those who remain in the Lord and do what He has planned in advance for us to walk in. May Holy Spirit school be our priority day by day.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZMOMXTWO 5/13/2013 7:32AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZMOMXTWO 5/12/2013 4:32PM

  thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSTLIME 5/12/2013 1:25PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIL-DEB 5/12/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon Vic. God bless!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOIT54 5/12/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon Vic

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/12/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMANDACOETZER 5/12/2013 6:53AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!




























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!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOIT54 5/11/2013 8:26PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZMOMXTWO 5/11/2013 11:10AM

  thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/11/2013 8:11AM

    Thank you for the prayers.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEDICATED2HIM 5/11/2013 7:45AM

    Thanks for sharing your insights!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 5/11/2013 7:44AM

    emoticon Vic

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSTLIME 5/10/2013 9:42AM

    Thank you,Vic! Have a wonderful weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOIT54 5/10/2013 9:22AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 5/10/2013 7:53AM

    emoticon Vic

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZMOMXTWO 5/10/2013 7:49AM

  thank you have a great day

Report Inappropriate Comment
MZLADY77 5/10/2013 7:35AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

BE SURE TO READ MY DAILY “DID YOU KNOW” POST!
SHARE THIS LESSON WITH FRIENDS AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN THE TEAM!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENSFORLIFE 5/9/2013 8:50PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOIT54 5/9/2013 7:36PM

    AMEN! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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


Report Inappropriate Comment
CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/9/2013 9:56AM

    Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSTLIME 5/9/2013 9:08AM

    Thank you! Another awesome insight into David.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RSSSLHB 5/9/2013 8:22AM

    emoticon emoticon blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOOKINGUP2012 5/9/2013 7:49AM

    Thanks so much for this wonderful lesson

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZMOMXTWO 5/9/2013 6:42AM

  thank you
your blog makes my day

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 Last Page