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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/17/2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/17/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 5:1-5
The Road To The Throne, Lesson 1c

V. 5:1-5 THE PLACE OF PROFOUND SURRENDER
After two years of struggle and civil war, all the people of Israel come to David and anoint him to be king over the entire land. This is the third time David is anointed for this office. The first was by Samuel in 1 Sam. 16. The second was by the people of Judah. The third is by the entire nation. They are finished with partial submission. They crown David King of Israel. As they do, they acknowledge three great truths. These are important to our understanding of what it means for Jesus to be our King as well.

v. 1 They Acknowledge A Relationship – They come to David acknowledging the fact that there is a family relationship between them. They are saying, “David we are connected by blood.” Only one with that family connection would have been fit to rule over them.

One of the first steps in yielding control of your life totally to the rule of King Jesus is to recognize our connection to Him. He is qualified to be our King because He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins, (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5; Isa. 53:4-8). When we came to Him for salvation, we became connected to Jesus by His blood! Most of us came to Jesus to get out of our sin trouble, right? But, in any genuine salvation experience, there is also a genuine desire to repent and to serve the Lord, (1 Pet. 1:14-15; Titus 2:11-12). In other words, a person who comes to Jesus for salvation also understands that he or she is saying goodbye to the old life of sin and hello to a new life of service and submission to the Lord, (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 5:6-8). You can’t have Jesus as your Savior if you are unwilling to have Him as your Lord also! It impossible to hold to the Lord with one hand, while still clinging to the world with the other, (Luke 16:13). I know some will disagree, but it does not change the fact the Jesus is still, and always will be, the Lord Jesus Christ! And, when you got Him, you did not get part of Him, you got all or nothing!

v. 2a They Acknowledge A Responsibility – Israel remembers the heroic deeds of David. They remember His power and the victories God gave Israel when he was leading the armies. They remember all that David has done for the nation and they realize they have a responsibility to bow before him.

If we would just stop to think of what Jesus has done for us, we would immediately see our responsibility to Him. The very fact that He would die for us and save us from our sins and from an eternity in Hell is cause enough for us to bow before Him in humble surrender to His Lordship in our lives. If we acknowledge the fact that He saved us, we are also admitting the truth that we owe Him our very lives. The very least we can do is surrender to Him as our Lord and our King, (Rom. 12:1-2).

v. 2b They Acknowledge A Revelation – They verbalize their understanding of the fact that David was King of Israel by the will of God. They seem to grasp the truth that to bow to David as their king is to bow to the will of God for their lives and for their nation. So it is with us in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is Lord! Not because I say so, but because God has said so, (Acts 2:36). So, our duty to Him is to bow to Him; acknowledge Him to be Lord of all; and do our best to honor Him as our Savior, our Lord, our God and our King. After all, we will give and account to Him someday of how we have responded to His lordship in our lives, (Rom. 14:8-12).

Conc: The road to the throne was long and hard for David; but he finally arrived there and was crowned king of all Israel. Imagine the hardships the nation would have been spared if they had bowed before David as soon as Saul died!

But, let’s not be too hard on those folks. I am speaking to people today, who have yet to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and King in your life. You are saved, but you are not totally surrender to Him. He is still walking the hard, long road to the throne in your heart.

Now, I know that we all have trouble in this area. I know I do! There are times when I seem to say, “Lord, how about letting me sit on the throne for a while?” You ever do that? I wonder how many of us are saying in our hearts today something like this: “God being my witness, I want to enthrone Him in my heart and life and declare Him to be Lord of all. I want to bow at His feet and yield everything to Him. I am tired of the warfare. I am tired of the wasted opportunities. I am tired of making Him wait to have what is truly His. I want to bow once and for all and surrender everything to Jesus. I am His by relationship. I know that He is King by revelation and I know that I have a responsibility to bow before Him and enthrone Him in my heart as my Lord and King”? Is that your heart today? If it is, follow through on that desire. Bow before Him and end the battles, end the bloodshed and enthrone Jesus in your heart. If you are not saved, realize all that He did for you and come to the King for what your heart needs today. Those who love the King obey the King, (John 14:15).


TODAY’S VERSE!
John 14:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Take My Life, and Let It Be” By: Frances R. Havergal (1874)

1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father and God of the Past, the Present, and the future! Time has not changed since Jesus walked the dusty roads of life. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world did not know Him; but we have come to know Him and love Him. Give us confidence in trouble times, to learn to look inward and upward for salvation and deliverance. Enable us to place our faith in Him, knowing that You will keep Your promises to us just as You did to the faithful of long ago. Thank You for sending Jesus, Your Beloved Son, the Christ, to us, to be our Savior, Lord and King. He reigns in Heaven and earth, and now in our hearts and mind and lives. Blessed is the King of kings and Lord of lords. This is our prayer today to You in His Mighty name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/17/2013 11:48PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn and prayer. Unless we surrender to God, we will simply wander around aimlessly and be victorious in nothing. I did not receive today's lesson since my computer was down yesterday. I will have some catching up to do. Thank you for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your daily teachings.

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LOSTLIME 5/17/2013 8:34PM

    thank you,Vic for the understanding in David's story. Have a blessed week. thank you for my goodie!

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SANDRALEET 5/17/2013 9:07AM

    yes accept God love all and live in Gods word and light We are a family of God the church we the belivers

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    emoticon May your day be blessed!

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JOANIE69 5/17/2013 8:12AM

    Thank you for this lesson, and for the goodie you gave me yesterday. I am not able to be on line much for a while as we are spending time at our cottage where there is no internet.I do have some good books there to read and study by such great theologians as Tozer, Packer and others. The lake calms my soul, and I am restored.

Blessings to you and yours, Joanie

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NELLIEH1 5/17/2013 7:41AM

    Deep within today, GOD strikes a chord of remembrance. Daily we are drawn by Jesus our Lord and King to GOD's throne of mercy and grace, where we have the everlasting privilege to bow in worship because of our blood connection and covering; the Lord's revelations to us and the inner joy and peace of His plan becoming real in us! Yes: relationship, responsibility and revelation...such constant gifts day by day all enabled by the Holy Spirit for opening and using in absolute surrender. Yes, LORD, take my life and let is be continually consecrated, O Master, to Thee!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/16/2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/16/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 5:1-5
The Road To The Throne, Lesson 1b


v. 2:12-4:12 THE PLACE OF PAINFUL STRUGGLES
Because of this division in the land of Israel, a high price was paid by the people on both sides. Their partial submission to God’s choice as their king cost them plenty in the form of the painful struggles they were forced to endure.

A Time Of Terrible Warfare – 2 Sam. 3:1 tells the tale. “There was long warfare between the house of Saul and the house of David.” Israel and Judah fought a bitter war over which party would rule the other. Because of this warfare lives were lost, property was destroyed, families were devastated and lives were ruined. But, in the end, the outcome was inevitable. We are old that “David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” It was a foregone conclusion that David and his army would win. This had already been determined by the will of Almighty God, (1 Sam. 16:1, 12). The war was waged, but it was a futile war in the end.

When a believer’s life is only partially submitted to the Lord, warfare is always the result. You see, from the moment we are saved, until the day we leave this world, the house of Saul (the old nature) makes war against the house of David (the rule of Christ in our hearts. This warfare is clearly stated in the pages of the Bible, (Gal. 5:17). This is not just some abstract thought, however. We have all experienced the trauma this battle can cause. It is stated best by the words of Paul as he described this battle from his perspective, (Rom. 7:14-25). David also talked his battle with the sins of the flesh, (Psa. 19:12-13; Psa. 65:3).

I can identify with these men, how about you? Where can the saint of God find victory over this warfare? They will find it in total surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, (Gal. 5:16). When the flesh rules, there will always be conflict in the soul, (Rom. 8:5, 13; Gal. 5:19-21). When the Spirit of God rules, there will be peace and joy, (Gal. 5:18, 22-25).

So, if there is warfare in your soul today and you are paying a high price as the casualties of this war mount up in your life; the best thing you can do is lift high the flag of surrender. Acknowledge Jesus as your King and let His peace reign in your life.

A Time Of Tragic Waste – In any war there are casualties. A quick look at 2 Samuel 2-4 reveals that the casualties in this war were severe. Let me list a few of them.

2:16-17 – Many men died in the first conflict of this war
2:18-29, 32 – A young soldier named Asahel was slain by a seasoned warrior named Abner.
2:30-31 – 20 of David’s men are dead and 360 of Abner’s men die.
3:27-29 – Abner is murdered by Joab
4:1-12 – Ishbosheth is beheaded while he sleeps by two assassins, and they are executed by David when they take the head of Ishbosheth to David.
Sadly, none of this ever had to be! If Israel had only bowed to the will of the Lord and accepted David as their King, they could have been all that grief and bloodshed. Their partial submission cost them plenty!

As we think about the warfare in our own lives, and of the times when we have walked in partial surrender to the Lordship of Jesus; what has been wasted in our own lives? Certainly time has been wasted. People have lost months and years of their lives and service to God because they refused to bow in total submission to the King. Testimonies have been wasted. Opportunities have died before our very eyes while we wandered through the quagmire of partial submission to King Jesus. Some people have allowed the whole of their Christian lives pass by, while they stubbornly refused to yield to His absolute control in their lives. What a waste! What a tragedy! Won’t it be sad to stand before Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ and find out what could have been? Won’t it be a harsh day when you have to stand and give an account of all the wasted days, wasted opportunities and wasted blessings?

Thank God, not another moment has to be wasted! The entire direction and devotion of your life can change in this very instant. All that needs to be done is for you to surrender your all to Jesus and acknowledge Him to be your King, your Lord and your absolute Master.


A preacher tells the following story. “I was driving down a bumpy country road when I saw a bag of cement beside the road. It appeared to have fallen off a delivery truck as it hit one of the bumps in the rough road. Being a person who does not like to see anything wasted, I stopped to pick up the lost bag of cement. When I reached down to pick up this heavy bag, to my surprise, I discovered it was not soft and limber, as I had expected but had solidified into an immovable piece of cement.”

Often our lives are like that bag of cement. They take on shapes that were not intended and become hardened in that shape. That bag of cement was meant to become a part of some beautiful structure but, because it did not reach its place of service, it became a useless rock in the form of a bag of cement. God wants to make something beautiful of your life. Don't let His purpose be thwarted by a bump in the road of life. What a waste!

A Time Of Troubled Waiting – While all of this warfare and waste is going on, what is David doing? If you read these chapters, he is not doing much at all. He is mostly passive as the battles are being fought around him. He is merely waiting on that moment when everything God has promised him will be delivered into his hands. For David it was a time of patient, but troubled waiting.

When Jesus saved us by His grace, He saved us for a purpose. Do you believe that? What was that purpose? He saved us to serve Him and to do His will in the world, (Eph. 2:10; Matt. 5:16; Col. 1:10; Titus 2:14; Heb. 13:21). Yet, while we waste our time with partial surrender; He patiently waits for the day when we will finally yield ourselves totally to Him and to His will for our lives.

While He waits, He speaks to us about our condition. He speaks to us through the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost, (John 16:13). He speaks through His infallible, inerrant Word, (2 Tim, 3:16-17). He speaks through chastisement and by using the circumstances of life to get our attention, (Rev. 3:19; Heb. 12:5-16).

When He does these things, He is merely trying to show us that He has a better way for us to live our lives. If we will only yield to Him, the warfare and the waste will be handled by Him. The casualties will diminish and life will take on new meaning. When Jesus is recognized to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords in our life, He establishes a kingdom of peace, love, joy and blessing. That’s what we all want! It only comes when Jesus is Lord of a life!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Jeremiah 33:15 (New King James Version (NKJV)

15 ‘In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Teach me Lord To Wait” By: Stuart Hamblen (1953)

Teach me, Lord to wait
Down on my knees
Till in your own good time
You will answer my pleas
Teach me not to rely on what others do
But to wait in prayer
For an answer from You
Refrain:

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me, Lord, to wait

Teach me, Lord to wait
While my heart is all aflame
Let me humble my pride
And call on Your name
Keep my faith renewed;
Keep my eyes fixed on You
Let me be on this earth
What You want me to be
Refrain:

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me, Lord to wait


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of this Universe! We pray today that every time we read and study Your Word, You will teach us all that we need to know to live life the way You want us to live it. Help us to understand Your Truth and speak to us, especially about how each passage we have read relates to our lives and to the lives of others. Help us to mediate on Your Word and take steps of faith and obedience so we can live in Your perfect will and prosper as You have promised us. These things we ask in the glorious name of Jesus, our Master. Amen!

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NADINEL 5/17/2013 9:59AM

    Wonderful message, Vic. emoticon

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HONOURIA 5/16/2013 2:53PM

    It is also about letting go when it is time. God favoured Saul for a time, but when that time was up, Saul would not let go, or surrender to God's will. It is important to listen to God's plain direction, and follow it, even if our desires would have it otherwise. If not, the results can be tragic.

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LOSTLIME 5/16/2013 11:41AM

    thank you for the prayer and the message.

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CANDOIT54 5/16/2013 10:16AM

    Thank you, Vic and God bless you.

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    emoticon for this wonderful study, Vic, and have a blessed day!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/16/2013 9:45AM

    Beautiful prayer. Thank you.

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NELLIEH1 5/16/2013 7:42AM

    Thank you, Vic for your exhortations to be being fully surrendered to our Lord Jesus Christ day by day. We all need to hear this message from GOD in our innermost selves right now, so that we can, enabled by His Spirit, live, move and have our true being in Him. GOD has indeed given us all we need for life and godliness, but we must receive Him completely, not partially (as you say). I particularly appreciate the bag of cement story today. Hardness of heart is the most frightening condition we could ever be in as believers, seekers or others.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/15/2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/15/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 5:1-5
The Road To The Throne, Lesson 1a

The nation of Israel is in a time of severe crisis. Saul, the old king was killed by the Philistines in battle. The three eldest sons of Saul were also killed with him. This leaves the kingdom in disarray. After Saul’s death, David returns from exile and goes to the city of Hebron. When he arrives there, he is crowned King by the people of Judah, (2 Sam. 2:1-4a). It appears that a change in dynasty is about to take place.

However, a little farther north, one of Saul’s sons, a man by the name of Ishbosheth has survived. Abner, who was the head of Saul’s army, quickly proclaims Ishbosheth as the King of Israel, (2 Sam. 2:8-10). This sets the stage for a brutal civil war in Israel. It also prevents David from seeing the immediate fulfillment of God’s promise to make him king over Israel.

Thus we have the background for our Scripture passage. The road to the throne for David was a difficult and rocky road. It wound its way through some tragic and very dark byways. David had been scorned, hated, and vilified. He had been hunted, hounded and harassed. But, eventually, David ended up right where the Lord had promised him he would: he ended up on the throne as the King of all Israel.

As I read and study the events that surrounded David’s rise to power in Israel, I can see some parallels with events within your life and mine. You see, from the moment David was crowned King in Judah, until he was crowned King over all the land, there were problems and trials that fell across his pathway. In fact, there were some significant places, or points of interest, at which the nation of Israel stopped along the way. So it is in the lives of most believers. From the time we are saved, until the moment we reach the place of absolute surrender, and Jesus is crowned King in our hearts, we face the danger of pausing in the same locations.

I would like for us to follow David as he travels the road to the throne today. I want to point out those places where Israel paused. I want you to see the parallels between their experience and ours. I would like to teach for a few minutes on the thought: “The Road To The Throne”.

v. 2:1-11 THE PLACE OF PARTIAL SUBMISSION

2:1-4a The New King Is Crowned – David’s big day has come. The moment he had waited for since he was a teenager had finally arrived. He is accepted, adored and anointed by his people. He is crowned king by the people of Judah. It must have been a jubilant day for David! All the years of isolation and exile are over. The years of being hunted like a wild animal have ended. The days of waiting for the promises of God to be fulfilled in his life are at hand. Surely, he must have thought that it would only be a few more days until the entire nation was bowing at the feet of their new king.

2:8-11 The New King Is Challenged – No sooner is David crowned king in Judah, than some unexpected events begin to unfold up north. Abner, in an effort to prop up the old kingdom of Saul, elevated Saul’s youngest son Ishbosheth to the throne of Israel. All of the people, except the tribe of Judah, bow to Ishbosheth and proclaim him to be the king.

This event set the stage for the first real division within the nation of Israel. The fact of this division is clearly seen in (2 Sam. 2:10). What we have here is two kings attempting to rule the same nation; and that is a recipe for trouble, (Matt 6:24).

What does this have to do with us? I see here a parallel between these events and what happens in our own lives when we come to Jesus for salvation. You see, when we are saved, we get a new King. I would just remind you today that we serve the Lord Jesus Christ. When a person comes to Jesus for salvation, they cannot accept Him as Savior today and then make Him Lord later. He is the Lord Jesus. It impossible to divorce His role as Savior from His role as Sovereign! In other words, you cannot have Jesus as Savior unless you are willing to have Him as your King as well. I realize that some folks don’t like that nor believe that, but your objections do not change the facts. Jesus is Lord of all, (Acts 10:36, Rev. 19:16; Phil. 2:11), or He is not Lord at all!

Now, that having been said, it is possible for a believer to offer Jesus Christ partial submission. We come to Him for salvation with good intentions. We want to be saved and we want to go all the way for the Lord, but somewhere along the way, we begin to pull back. We begin to hold back areas of our lives that we control as we see fit. We keep back compartments of our heart that we reserve for our own use. Instead of laying everything at the feet of Jesus and acknowledging Him to be the Lord over every square inch of our life, we hold back areas, often large areas, over which we rule.

It may be some habit that we refuse to lay down. It may be some person that we refuse to separate from. It may be some activity that we refuse to give up. It may some command that we refuse to obey. It may be some old grudge that we will not forgive. The possibilities are endless, but the results are the same. When we do this, we are guilty of partial submission to the Lord. We are saying to Jesus, “I want all that you can give me. I want Heaven. I want a get out of Hell free card. I want your best Jesus. But, I will not give you all my best in return.” How many are living in that place today?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Job 28:28 (New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Tell Me The Story Of Jesus” By: Fanny J. Crosby (1880)

1. Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”

Refrain:
Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.

2. Fasting alone in the desert,
Tell of the days that are past,
How for our sins He was tempted,
Yet was triumphant at last.
Tell of the years of His labor,
Tell of the sorrow He bore;
He was despised and afflicted,
Homeless, rejected and poor.
Refrain:

3. Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,
Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
Tell how He liveth again.
Love in that story so tender,
Clearer than ever I see;
Stay, let me weep while you whisper,
“Love paid the ransom for me.”
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of knowledge and wisdom, God of truth and grace! We lift up to You all our afflictions this day, and ask You to take it away. Thank You for your constant grace and mercy towards us. We extol You, O Lord, for You lift us up when we are sick, weak or injured. We cried out to You and You healed us. Bless the Lord, O our souls, and forget not all His benefits. You heal all our diseases and forgive all our iniquities. If You decide not to heal us in the way we desire, we trust that You will bring good out of our suffering that will glorify You. Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed. Save us, O Lord, and we shall be saved. Forgive us, O Lord, and we shall be forgiven. You are our praise! This we pray today in the blessed name of Jesus out King! Amen!

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NADINEL 5/16/2013 10:14AM

    Thanks, Vic. I appreciate this lesson. Enjoy your week!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/15/2013 10:32PM

    Thank you.

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ANHELIC 5/15/2013 10:31PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn which I love, and prayer. Just seeing what David went through before becoming King was showing us what strength he had and how humble he was to God. We should all be like David and accept everything, considering God won't give us more than we can handle. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your daily teachings.

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NELLIEH1 5/15/2013 9:23PM

    My DH and I had two lessons to begin to learn in the late 1970's: GOD initiates and GOD reigns. He is our only focus forever. Come and worship, royal priesthood! Our Lord Jesus Christ is King!

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CANDOIT54 5/15/2013 6:44PM

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JUDITH316 5/15/2013 5:08PM

    emoticon Vic for an inspiring Bible Blog... The Hymn you shared today I especially enjoyed.... Blessings on your day...

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LOSTLIME 5/15/2013 3:41PM

    thank you,Vic. I can see the analogy. In order for the Lord to welcome us home, we
have to give him all of us! There are no second measures.

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HONOURIA 5/15/2013 12:26PM

    What a wonderful analogy. It seems the Lord has in His design challenges for us. He did not hand Israel on a platter to the Jews when they came out of Egypt. They needed to grow and stretch. So do we, in our lives as we come through faith.

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FLYER99 5/15/2013 8:38AM

    This is great. I specially liked the prayer for today. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
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  I'd just like to say thank you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/14/2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/14/2013

1 Samuel 31:1-13
HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN?, Lesson 18c


THE TEACHING FROM SAUL’S DEATH

Before we leave this passage, there is one more aspect of the death of Saul that I would like to examine. You might not believe it, but there are some common elements between the death of King Saul and the death of King Jesus. I would like to point out a few of those today.

The Appearances Of Saul’s Death – There were two things that appeared to be true when Saul died. These same two things appeared to be true when Jesus died.

It Appeared That The End Had Come – When their king was slain, Israel fled away in fear, (v. 7). Many saw Saul as the hope of Israel and when he died, they thought all hope was gone.

How must the disciples and followers of Jesus have felt when they saw Him hanging dead on that cross? Surely they thought that all hope was gone. I can imagine their fear, their sense of loss and their hopelessness when Jesus died that day.

It Appeared That The Enemy Had Won – v. 7-10 tell us that the Philistines occupied the Israelite cities; they mutilated the corpses of Saul and his sons; they sent Saul’s head from city to city as a testimony to the power of their gods; and they rejoiced in their victory over Israel. It looked like the enemies of the people of God had been victorious!

It must have looked like Satan and his minions had won the battle against God, the day Jesus died on Calvary. I can picture the demonic hordes as they rejoiced in the death of the Messiah. It looked, from all appearances, that the enemy had won; that life had been defeated by death; that righteousness had been destroyed by sin; and that hope had been vanquished by hopelessness.

I am glad that appearances can be deceiving! In Israel, Saul might have been dead and the Philistines might have been claiming new territory; but God still had His man! David would step up in a few days and set things right. The enemy had won nothing but a little more time. The day was coming when the King of Israel would destroy them forever.

Thus it was also when Jesus died on the cross. Hell rejoiced; earth mourned and Heaven waited with bated breath. From all appearances hope was gone and evil had triumphed; but God still had His Man! Three days after Israel crucified their King on the cross; He arose from the dead; defeated His foes and claimed an eternal victory for Himself and all those who follow Him! Hallelujah! Christ arose! (Matt. 28:1-6; Rev. 1:18; Rom. 5:10).

The Accomplishments Of Saul’s Death – God used the death of Saul to accomplish some important matters in Israel. God used the death of Jesus to accomplish some important matters in the spiritual realm.

It Allowed The Introduction Of A New Plan – When Saul and his sons died, the way was opened for David to be the next king. This fulfilled the prophecies made to Judah, (Gen. 49:10); and to Samuel, (1 Sam. 16:1; 12-13). God used this event to change the royal line of Israel to prepare for the advent of the Messiah. So when Jesus was born, He was the rightful heir to the throne of Israel; (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38).

The death of Jesus signaled the end of the Old Testament system of sacrifice and worship. This was graphically pictured when the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom, (Matt. 27:51). God would no longer be approached through the blood of animals and a Jewish priest. He would now be approached through the shed blood of Jesus and through the Person of His Son, (Heb. 9:22; 1 Tim. 2:5). He is the Daysman that Job longed for – (Job 9:33).

It Allowed The Introduction Of A New People – David was not in the human line to ascend to the throne. The way was opened for him by the death of another.

The death of Jesus on the cross opened the way of salvation for people who had no hope otherwise. The poor Gentile had no hope or chance of salvation; but Jesus opened the way for us to come to Him by faith when He died, (Heb. 4:15-16)!

When Jesus died on the cross, His death provided a way so that “whosoever will” could come and be saved by grace. His blood pays our sin debt and allows us access to God by grace, (1 John 2:2). That is why the Bible tells us that Jesus alone is the path to salvation, (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Now, because He died, the way to God has been opened and all who will can come to Him will be saved, (Rev. 22:17; John 3:16).

It Allowed The Introduction Of A New Promise – The reign of Saul had been a time of failure and terrible dissatisfaction among the people of Israel, (1 Sam. 22:1-2). When he died, a new era was ushered in. When David came to the throne, he brought a season of prosperity and hope to Israel like they had never known.

When Jesus died on the cross, His death signaled the end of an era of guilt and law and brought in an era of grace and truth! Now men can be delivered from their guilt, their past, and their sins by simple faith and obedience in a risen Savior, (1 Pet. 1:8; Col. 1:12-14).

The Absurdity Of Saul’s Death – In his death, Saul displayed for all to see the foolishness of man. He literally “played the fool,” (1 Sam. 26:21). He had lived like a fool and now he had died like a fool as well.

When Jesus died on the cross, many must have thought that He and God had played fools as well. No one expected the Messiah to be crucified; it would have been foolish to plan anything like that, at least from a human perspective! But that which appeared to be foolishness to man was actually the power of God in action, (1 Cor. 1:18-25). Through the death of Jesus, the Kingdom of God was established forever; lost, Hell-bound sinners were redeemed forever and God was glorified forever.

It may have seemed foolish to others, but the death of Christ on the cross was the culmination of four thousand years of patient activity on the part of God. When Jesus died on that cross, the way of salvation was opened for God’s people. The world still sees the preaching of the cross as foolishness; but it is still the power of God to those who believe it and receive it, (Rom 1:16)!

Conc: How are the mighty fallen? Saul died like a fool. Jesus died as a Victor, (John 19:30). How will you die? What will be said about you when you leave this world? Will it be said that you lived and died like a fool? Or, will it be said that you lived for Jesus while you were here and died enjoying the victory of Christ in your soul?

There is a cemetery in an old Methodist church in Burke Country, North Carolina. There are graves there that date back to the 1,700’s. On a few of those graves there are tombstones that have hands carved in them with the index finger of that hand pointing up toward heaven. That is a testimony to their life and to their hope in death. However, there are at least two tombstones there that have hands carved into them that have chains wrapped around the wrists and the index fingers of those hands are pointing down. These tombstones are testifying to a foolish life that ended in eternal tragedy.

If we were to carve your headstone today, what would best fit the kind of life you have lived? If there are problems in your living or dying, now would be a great time to get that fixed up. The fact is, we will be leaving this world one day, would to God that we would all leave it ready to meet Jesus, saved by His grace, believing in His death and resurrection.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 13:33 (New King James Version (NKJV)

33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”


TODAY’S HYMN!
“Victory In Jesus” By: E. M. Bartlett (1939)

I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory
How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory

Chorus:
Oh victory in Jesus (victory in Jesus), my Savior (my Savior) forever (forever)
He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood (He bought me with His blood)
(He loved me 'ere I knew Him) He loved me 'ere I knew Him (and all my love is due Him) and all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood

I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing
How He made the lame to walk again and He caused the blind to see
(I cried out, "Dear Jesus") And then I cried, "Dear Jesus, (come and heal my broken spirit) come and heal my broken spirit"
I then obeyed His blest command and gained the victory

Repeat Chorus

I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory
And I heard about the street of gold beyond the crystal sea (beyond the crystal sea)
(The angels singing) About the angels singing (the old redemption story) and the old redemption story
Oh and some sweet day I'll sing up there the song of victory

Repeat Chorus (x2)


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Creator of Life, Giver of Life. We worship You above all else. You are our light and our salvation; whom or what shall we fear? You are the strength of our lives, of whom or what shall we be afraid? Though an army may camp against us, our hearts shall not fear. We place our trust in You, the only True Living God, who is faithful and unchanging. Thank You for Jesus, for when we seek You through Him, You are always near and ready to deliver us from all our fears, and save us out of our troubles. Thank You for the angels who are camp around us to help us and carry us home when death comes. Thank You for making death a Victory through Jesus. It is in His Beloved name that we pray these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/15/2013 12:22AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. It is wonderful knowing that for us, death will be a victory. In years past, I never thought that way and was afaid of dying. Now, knowing where I will spend eternity, it will be a blessing.
Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings to you for your daily teachings.

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NELLIEH1 5/14/2013 11:26PM

    In Jesus is our only victory for He is the One and Only Victor!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 5/14/2013 8:49PM

    The thought never occurred to me about similarities in the death of Jesus and Saul. That is interesting about the tomb stones. Thank you for posting.

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    emoticon emoticon God bless you Brother Vic for this wonderful blog!

God bless,

Dee

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IAM_HIS 5/14/2013 1:05PM

    What a hope filled reminder for me not to believe what things appear to be. That I need to remember that God has everything happen for a reason and in the end, it is for the good.

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LOSTLIME 5/14/2013 11:47AM

    Thank you,Vic. The story of the 1700's tombstones is really interesting. As the saying
goes "You learn something new everyday" is true. Have a blessed day!

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HONOURIA 5/14/2013 11:10AM

    What an interesting fact about those 1700 AD tombstones. It certainly sounds characteristic of that period. I didn't know that!

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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!

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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.

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HONOURIA 5/13/2013 10:57PM

    Thanks you for doing this. I love it.

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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."


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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