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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/21/2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FOLLOWING IIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/21/2013

2 Samuel 6:1-19
GOING AFTER GOD, Lesson 3b

v. 3-10 THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF DAVID’S HEART

David’s motives in bringing the Ark to Jerusalem were proper; but his methods were faulty. Instead of being successful; David’s methods for transporting the Ark resulted in the death of a man named Uzzah. This angered David, (v. 8) and created fear within David’s heart toward the Lord, (v. 9). Let’s take a moment to examine David’s disappointment a little more closely and seek to determine what caused his plan to fall apart.

v. 3 Created By A Faulty Decision – The Bible says that they “set the Ark of God upon a new cart…” David’s first problem was rooted in the fact that he either forgot or ignored the clear command of God as to how the Ark was to be transported. The Ark was to be lifted by means of two golden staves which were to be passed through golden rings fashioned on the corners of the Ark, (Ex. 25:14-15). The Ark was then to be lifted up and carried upon the shoulders of a family of Levites known as the Kohathites, (Num. 3:30; 14:15; 7:9). David made good plans and good preparations, but he neglected to do it God’s way. He paid a high price for this decision.

Another flaw that mars David’s decision is the fact that he did not seek God before he made it. Up to this moment, David has always gone to the Lord for guidance and direction. Time and time again, David asks the Lord for help. Here, he does not seek the Lord, but he just assumes that God will bless him because he is doing a good thing. Have you ever had this experience?

Another problem David has is that his methods were the same methods that had been used by the world. When the Philistines had the Ark and wanted to return it to Israel, they had placed it on a new cart as well, (1 Sam. 6:7-15).

v. 4-7 Caused By A Foolish Disobedience – For the first two miles of their journey, then the oxen shook the cart and threatened to dump the Ark off the cart. At this point, Uzzah reached out his hand in an effort to steady the Ark and prevent it from falling. This seems like a logical thing to do, but apparently God did not agree. He killed Uzzah on the spot! You see, the Ark was not only supposed to be carried only on the shoulders of the Kohathites; it was never to be touched by human hands, (Num. 4:15). The penalty for touching the Ark was death, as Uzzah and David quickly found out.

If these verses teach us anything, they teach us that God is very interested in the details. We may think that God does not care about the little things in life; but He does! When God gives a command, He expects it to be followed to the letter. A heart that is after God does what God says to do, and it stops doing what God says not to do.

In the Bible, there are precepts and there are principles. A precept is to be obeyed, there is no wiggle room. If God were to posts a 55 mile per hour speed limit, He will not accept 75; 60 or even 56. He expects absolute obedience. Regardless of the time or the circumstances, the speed limit is 55 MPH. That is a precept. His precepts are to be followed, to the letter, without question.

If God posts a sign that says “Watch for Children,” that sign is a principle. It will need to be observed more closely in a crowded neighborhood than it will on a deserted country road. In other words, a principle is to be applied with wisdom. A heart that is going after God will desire to honor both God’s precepts and His principles. God is intensely interested in the little things of life; even the things that you may not think matter at all.

Does God’s reaction seem harsh to you? After all, Uzzah was merely trying to do a good thing. But, that is the price for disobedience and for violating the holiness of God. God honors obedience and He will judge disobedience!

Some other truths that we should take note of here are the following:
God’s blessings come only through obedience and those who defy His Word and His will are going pay a terribly high price. The best thing a child of God can do is align themselves with the Word of God and walk in humble obedience, (John 14:15; Micah 6:8).
Failing to seek God’s will is just as dangerous as ignoring what He has already told you to do. His children should always pray before they make a move, (Matt. 6:33).
Trying to carry out God’s business using the methods of the world is a recipe for disaster. We have no business trying to carry the church on the new carts of the world’s wisdom. It is to be carried on the shoulders and in the hearts of the people of God!
Like Uzzah, we are often guilty of reaching out with our hands instead of reaching up with our hearts. We are guilty of trying to do spiritual work in the power of the flesh. We attempt to do the work of God with our hands and never really get under the burden. That will never work and God will not bless it, (Jer. 29:13)!

C. v. 8-10 Culminated In A Fleshly Display – David became angry. Possibly he was angry with the Lord; more likely he was angry with himself and his own foolishness. But, instead of repenting and doing things the Lord’s way, David chose instead to forget the whole business. He dismissed the people and left the Ark where it was. David stopped praising and he started pouting. We never do this…do we?

We should not be surprised when God refuses to bless us when we leave the reservation. When we seek to do His business our way, He will not bless it. When we employ worldly methods in an attempt to do His work, He will not bless it. When we fail to seek His will, He will not bless us. When we operate in the power and energy of the flesh, He will not bless us. When we refuse to obey His precepts and principles, He will not bless us.

If you want to be disappointed in your walk with Jesus as an individual or as a church, just do everything your way, and watch Him refuse to honor it. Watch Him send judgment instead. If you want His blessings, then do His business His way and He will honor it and bring glory to Himself through it.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 57:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)
19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord,
“And I will heal him.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Seek Ye First” By: Karen Lafferty (1972)

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, And His righteousness, And all these things shall be added unto you, Singing Allelu Alleluia

Man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word, That proceeds from the mouth of God, Singing Allelu Alleluia

Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened unto you, Singing Allelu Alleluia

Bridge:
Alleluia Alleluia, Jesus be my first love Allelui,a Alleluia, Lord you will guide me As I seek You,
Al - le - lu - ia
Al - le - lu - ia
Al - le - lu - ia
Al - le - lu Al - le - lu - ia


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Mighty Father, Awesome God! Thank You for adopting us by the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. We are profoundly grateful for every spiritual blessing in Him. Help us to see with our hearts our spiritual inheritance, a greater one than money or land, when we obey God’s commands and follow Jesus, walking where He walks and doing what He does, the way He walks and does things in life. For those who believe and obey, there is a part of the inheritance of Israel, for we have also been included in the lineage of Christ. This inheritance is kept in heaven for us. So help us to walk spiritually and holy the way You have commanded us to live. This we pray with joyful gratitude in the Blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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SANDRALEET 5/22/2013 7:32AM

    When we do things for our advantage we often turn Gods way to our way We make God our servant not us his

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ANHELIC 5/21/2013 11:49PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We find that sometimes, we stray away from God for a time, and then realizing how badly things happen by our choices tells us God's way is the best way. Thank you Vic for your teaching. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/21/2013 7:42PM

    Thanks for taking the time to walk through the details of this lesson with us! Tremendous.

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HONOURIA 5/21/2013 1:18PM

    Amen sister!

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NELLIEH1 5/21/2013 12:56PM

    We, as believers into Jesus Christ our Lord, each have many precious gifts from our Father in heaven. The indwelling of GOD's Holy Spirit means our Teacher lives in us. Having the words of GOD in print, yes, but more importantly in our hearts, means our Teacher can use the scriptures of the Bible to instruct, correct, guide and encourage us in "This is the way...walk in it." It is often difficult to know what, when, where, how GOD would have us do certain things, but we are expressly told about being. Having a heart after GOD is our calling. I don't believe that obedience is being a puppet. King David , who as king, probably had a copy of the Torah, failed to apply the scriptures in the caring of the Ark and this led to tragedy for his followers. Yes, we do need to have Faith..and along with that gift, we need to add goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness , brotherly kindness and love (which are more gifts from GOD!) How wonderful are His ways on our behalf in our Saviour!

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JADOMB 5/21/2013 12:20PM

    I too struggle with how to balance my obedience to God. It is difficult for me to know when I am to do things on my own or with God's guidance. I know many will say that you should always go with God's guidance, but how does one truly know if he has spoken to you or not? We are NOT puppets and God does not want us to be puppets. So we also have to follow our own instincts. In the end we will still have to rely on FAITH. Faith in God and Faith in how he is working through us.

Did Uzzah act out of disobedience lack of faith or ignorance to God's instructions to NOT touch the Ark? Or did he voluntarily sacrifice his life for God out of his human instinct to save the Ark? We continue to struggle to understand all that God asks of us, but we need to continue to have FAITH in order to do our best.

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HONOURIA 5/21/2013 12:08PM

    What a fantastic blog post this is. This is so true of our responses here on this side. Not much has changed in that regard. This is one of those instances where the bible is giving practical advice and at the same time showing not only our own human inclinations, but God's nature.

We humans find God hard to understand, and less easy to accept. God is holy, and we have a hard time grasping those implications.

You are right about the details. I never thought about that, but you are right - He's a stickler for detail. It makes His mercy precious.

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COOP9002 5/21/2013 10:03AM

    thanks

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SANDRALEET 5/21/2013 8:42AM

    Gods will not ours be done.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 5/20/2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

FOLLOWING IIN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/20/2013

2 Samuel 6:1-19
GOING AFTER GOD, Lesson 3a

When we last left David, he was secure in his position as King of Israel. The nation had gathered themself around him, and anointed him to be their king. While David was certainly grateful for the peace that existed in Israel in those days; he knew that Israel was still far away from the Lord. During the days of Saul, Israel had lost sight of their relationship with the Lord. David wanted to make that situation right. He wanted to bring his people back to God.

To do this, David knew that he was going to have to lead the nation to go after God. Our passage opens with David leading a massive army to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the house of a man named Abinadab. David knew that Israel would never be where they needed to be with the Lord until the Ark was restored as the centerpiece of Israelite worship and everyday life.

At this point, a little history regarding the Ark is in order. The Ark of the Covenant was built at the command of the Lord, (Ex. 25:10-22). The word Ark means “chest or box.” The Ark was a box of wood that measured 45” long and 27” wide by 27” high. This box was overlaid in pure gold. It was topped by a golden grate called the Mercy Seat. One either side of the Mercy Seat, were two golden cherubim. Inside the Ark were a golden pot of manna; Aaron’s rod that budded and the two tables of the Law that were given to Moses at Mount Sinai. It was here that God promised to meet with His people. It was here that the blood of the atonement was place on the Day of Atonement. It was here that the Shechinah glory of God rested as the child of Israel journeyed through the wilderness.

This Ark was vital to worship in Israel. It was symbolic of God’s presence among His people. It was often carried into battle in front of the soldiers. It was central to their lives; their worship and their relationship with God. But, the Ark had not been kept in the central position that it deserved; and, as a result, neither had God.

You see, way back in the days of Eli, some 75 years earlier, the Ark had been taken by the Philistines, (1 Sam. 4:11). However, the God punished the Philistines all the time the Ark was in their possession, (1 Sam. 5-6). Their solution was to place the Ark on a new cart and allow the cattle that pulled the Ark take the box back to Israel. So, after 75 years, David is about to take Israel and lead them to go after God.

We do not have an Ark like Israel did; but we still need the presence of God just as much as they did. We need God on us and we need His power and His manifest presence in our lives and our worship. This passage has something to say about this matter of going after God and bringing back His presence and His power. Notice with me some of the simple insights that are contained in this passage as we consider the thought, “ Going After God”.

v. 1-2 THE DESIRE OF DAVID’S HEART

When you think of David, what is your first thought? Do you remember his triumph over the giant Goliath? Do you remember David as the man who committed adultery with Bathsheba? Do you remember his failures as a father? Do you remember Him as a humble shepherd? Or, do you remember David as the “Sweet Singer of Israel?” Do you know God remembers David? The answer is given to us in (Acts 13:22). There, Paul quotes God and tells us that God look at David as “a man after God’s Own heart!” God remembers David as a man who cared about the things that God cared about; who loved what God loved; hated what God hated; and whose heart beat in time with God’s. This aspect of David’s character is revealed in the desire of David’s heart.

David Possessed A Holy Desire – David’s desire is clear and simple. He wants the Ark returned to its place as the centerpiece of worship and devotion in Israel. He wants God placed back in the center of the national consciousness. David was seeking to unify a formerly divided nation with God as their true King once again. David desired God’s presence, God’s blessing and God’s guidance.

David Possessed An Honest Desire – David was motivated by no ulterior motives. He was not after glory or power; David merely wanted to see God restored to His proper place as the Sovereign God of the nation of Israel. He strongly desired that God would be glorified among the people of Israel.

David Possessed A Humble Desire – David knew that neither he nor Israel would amount to anything without the presence and power of God. David knew they did not possess the power or the ability to fend for themselves. They needed God. They needed His presence and His power. Therefore, David set out to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem to restore it to a place of prominence in the eyes of the nation.

Let me just say that we need hearts like that which David possessed. We need a heart that beats for God, His power and His presence. We need to learn the lesson that we can do nothing without God, (John 15:5). We must have His presence and His power if we are going to serve Him; worship Him and carry out His will in our lives. Like David and Israel, it is high time the church rose up and went after the Lord! We know how to do it all; but I am afraid that we do not know nearly enough about how to seek His face, (2 Chron. 7:14). May God grant us hearts that are hungry for Him; that will not be satisfied until He comes by in power and glory and transforms us into all we can be for Him. That was David’s desire; may it be ours as well.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 7:1 (New King James Version (NKJV)

7 O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
Save me from all those who persecute me;
And deliver me,

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Standing On The Promises” By: R. Kelso Carter (1886)

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

3. Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:

5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Holy Father, Loving God! It is always Your will for us to be joyful and pray often, giving thanks for all our circumstances. Help us to remember to do Your will in this regard, even when we do not see answers to our prayers as we would like to see them. You are greater than anything we face in this life. Teach us to pray continually, to give thanks in all circumstances, and rejoice for this id Your will for us in Christ Jesus. Bless us and forgive us when we fail. This we pray in the name of our Blessed Savior . Amen!

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SANDRALEET 5/21/2013 8:40AM

    We with the best attention put our will in the place of Gods will and that brings trouble on to us .We are not God His will not ours be done

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NELLIEH1 5/20/2013 10:53PM

    Yes!! "We know how to do it all, but not how to seek Him above all."

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CANDOIT54 5/20/2013 5:51PM

    emoticon Vic

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HONOURIA 5/20/2013 4:37PM

    We sang this tune in the choir in the last month - I remember because I was the only one singing alto harmony and it was fun with this hymn.

It is often hard in current life with all it's distractions to remain focused on God.

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    emoticon emoticon Vic

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LOSTLIME 5/20/2013 1:27PM

    thank you,Vic!

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SANDRALEET 5/20/2013 10:21AM

    We the believers all are the church God made it much simpler for us We do not have to fear or kill anything in our path to faith love grace from God

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/20/2013 9:05AM

    emoticon Vic!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 5/20/2013 9:03AM

    I appreciate the fact you include the composer/writers of the hymns. Their incredible testimonies have stood the test of time. Such an inspiration of spreading God's word, you are! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/19/2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013







FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/19/2013

2 Sam. 5:22-25
THE SOUND OF A GOING, Lesson 2b

THE WIND SHOWCASES HIS POWER

When the wind came, the Lord came; when the Lord came, victory came, (v. 25). God led David and his man to a great victory by His awesome power.

When the winds of adversity blow into our lives, we can be assured that God will show up in power in His time.
God used wind to dry up the waters after the flood, (Gen. 8:1).
God used wind to bring the plague of locusts on Egypt, (Ex. 10:13).
God used wind to part the Red Sea, (Ex. 14:21). He stopped that wind to drown the Egyptian army.
God used wind to blow quail into the camp of Israel, (Num. 11:31).
God used wind to teach Elijah about the presence of God, (1 Kings 19:11).
God used wind to teach Peter about faith, (Matt. 14:22-33).

The winds that are sent into our lives do not come to destroy us. It may appear that they will, but God sends them to teach us about His purposes and His power in our lives, (Psa. 37:25; Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17). God is not trying to hurt you, but to grow you! It is in the storm that you meet that you find the Master of the sea!

THE WIND STRENGTHENS HIS PEOPLE

When the wind came, David was to “bestir” himself, (v. 24). “Bestir” means “to be decisive, to take action.” The presence of the wind declared the presence of the Lord and the absolute promise of victory for Israel. David was to go on for God when the wind began to blow.

Instead of living in fear of the winds of adversity and affliction, we should consider them to be blessings in disguise. When the winds begin to blow, they merely remind us God is near; God is working; and victory is just around the corner! (Psa. 27:1) For me, that casts the winds in a whole new light.

The greatest time to serve God is not in the calm day. His glory shines best in the midst of the tempest. Learn that the battle and the storm belong to the Lord, (1 Sam. 17:47).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 8:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

TODAY’S HYMN!
The Battle Belongs To The Lord” By: James Owens Collins (1985)

In heavenly armour we'll enter the land
The battle belongs to the Lord
No weapon that's fashioned against us shall stand
The battle belongs to the Lord

We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord


The power of darkness comes in like a flood
The battle belongs to the Lord
He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood
The battle belongs to the Lord
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord



When your enemy presses in hard do not fear
The battle belongs to the Lord
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near
The battle belongs to the Lord
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord
We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Gracious Father, Almighty God! It is by faith we stand in Christ Jesus. Faith convinces us fully that whatever You have promised to us, You will also be more than able to perform in our lives. Faith is a gift from You we receive when we believe in Jesus, Your Beloved Son, and when we follow and obey Him. We pray that our faith, no matter how it is tested by fire, will always glorify You and bring all praise and honor to You. Increase our faith daily and help us to grow in our understanding of it. May Your Word be so mixed with our faith that it will bring light and glory into our lives. These things we pray today in the blessed name of Jesus, our Savior and King. Amen!

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JUDITH316 5/20/2013 4:02AM

    emoticon for this awesome Bible Blog, thanks for today's Hymn,...always appreciated.. God Bless.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANHELIC 5/19/2013 10:55PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn and prayer. Being strengthened by God's wind and learning to remain close to Him will show how He can destroy our enemies. Thank you for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your teachings.

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    emoticon What a powerful and fitting word this morning. It came at the right time for me. Thanks for sharing!

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    emoticon Vic and God bless you.

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HONOURIA 5/19/2013 9:30AM

    Gotta love that hymn tune. Today is Pentecost. That was one holy wind!

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GLUECIPHER 5/19/2013 8:13AM

    "But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head..." 1 Corinthians 11:5

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    Amen! emoticon for some really great lessons.

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NELLIEH1 5/19/2013 7:29AM

    Thank you again, Vic! emoticon On this remembrance of Pentecost (Acts 2), we see the LORD and He is high and lifted up and His train fills the temple of our hearts! Winds of all kinds come and our GOD is with/in us and them for our good (Romans 8:28). HalleluJAH!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/18/2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/18/2013

2 Sam. 5:22-25
THE SOUND OF A GOING, Lesson 2a

David has just taken the throne of Israel. The Philistines think that the new king and his divided monarchy will be easy pickings, so they attack Israel, (v. 17-18). David seeks the Lord’s will for the battle; he follows the Lord, and God gives Israel a great victory, (v. 19-21). The Philistines are not totally defeated, so they come up against Israel once again. David turns to the Lord once more for leadership, (v. 22-23a). Instead of telling David to attack, God commands David to lead Israel in a flanking maneuver. They are to move around the Philistines and wait by a stand of mulberry trees, (v. 23b). When David hears “a sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees” he will know that it is time to attack.

The phrase “a sound of a going” literally means “the noise of marching”. It refers to the clank and clatter of an army on the move. It speaks of the pounding of feet and the rattle of equipment. The ancient Jewish rabbis taught that this sound was the angelic host marching to the battle. Others believe that God is simply saying that He will send a wind t0000000o stir the tree tops to let David know that it is time to move.

I want to focus in on the wind in this passage. We all know that wind can be either beneficial or harmful. Good winds cool hot summer days. Good winds scatter seeds upon the earth. Good winds help dry the earth after times of floods. The phrase “a fair wind” is used to refer to times of peace, blessing and calm.

Harmful winds, on the other hand, can do tremendous damage to people and property. We have all seen the devastation caused by the winds of tornados and hurricanes. The phrase “an evil wind” is used to speak of a time of hardship, trouble and turmoil.

The wind in these verses signaled the arrival of the Lord in a time of trouble. Often, you and I find ourselves trapped in windy seasons of life. When the winds of adversity and affliction blow against our lives, our tendency is to become filled with anxiety and fear. I want to show you that the winds of live should not fill us with fear, but with faith. Let me show you some of the blessings of the winds of our lives. I want to take these verses and teach on the thought “The Sound Of A Going”.

THE WIND SIGNALS HIS PRESENCE

The sound of the wind was the signal that God was present with His people to lead them to victory, (v. 24).

Often, the Bible uses wind to picture the presence of God.

God rides the winds – (2 Sam. 22:11), “…He was seen upon the wings of the wind.” Psa. 104:3, “Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:”

God showed up in Eden in the wind – (Gen. 3:8), “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:”

God showed up in the winds of a storm on Galilee – (Mark 6:48-51).

God showed up in the winds of a storm in Paul’s life – (Acts 27:14-25).

The wind may be blowing in your life, but it does not mean that God has forsaken you. The very thing you fear may be the thing that proves His presence. ( Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20; Gen. 28:15; Deut. 31:6, 8; Josh. 1:5; 1 Sam. 12:22; Psa. 37:25, 28; Isa. 41:10, 17).

THE WIND SEALS HIS PROMISES

The wind was the sign that God would give His people victory, (v. 24). When they heard the wind, they knew the Lord was leading them to victory.

When the Lord is moving with His people and His people are moving with Him, victory will always be the result, (Rom. 8:34). His presence with you is His promise of victory to you! He comes with you to lead you through the storm to the calm on the other side, (Isa. 43:2; 1 Cor. 15:57; Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14).

The wind may be blowing, and the outcome may seem in doubt right now, but we are to put our faith in the God Who rides the winds to give us victory in His time and in His way. (Paul – 2 Cor. 1:8-10). It may look like defeat is in the wind, but God will always keep His promises to His people! No wind, regardless of how foul it may be, can deter the God of Heaven from keeping His promises to you! His promises include His presence, peace, provision, forgiveness, grace, blessing, joy, etc. – Rom. 4:21.)

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 145:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)0
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus Calls Us” By: Cecil F. Alexander (1852)

1. Jesus calls us o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless, sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow Me!”

2. Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love Me more!”

3. In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love Me more than these!”

4. Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father and God of heaven and earth! You, who are worthy of all our worship, praise, glory and honor, help us to recognize any person or circumstance from the past we need to let go by forgiveness on our part, so we may stay connected to You and live to do Your will. Reveal to us specific persons, issues or incident we still resent. Enable us to confess our sins and lay them down before your feet so we may be free in deed. Teach us to forgive others as You have forgiven us. Lead us Holy Spirit into the light of forgiveness and a spirit of unity in Christ Jesus. It is in His name we pray and ask these things. Amen!

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SANDRALEET 5/19/2013 7:58AM

    yes you can feel his presence

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ANHELIC 5/18/2013 11:25PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Remaining close to God the winds that blow toward us, will not harm us. Thank you for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your teachings and have a Blessed Sunday.

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LAILA07 5/18/2013 9:53PM

    emoticon and may God bless and keep you! Love to read the word of God here!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/18/2013 8:24PM

    Thank you for your insights into the old testament wordings. emoticon

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NELLIEH1 5/18/2013 5:28PM

    Wind reminds me of Jesus with Nicodemus in John 3 and of Jesus calming the winds and waves in Mark 4. Thank you for the reminder that GOD rides the winds...is present in the winds. Oh to be at peace in Him continually in the midst of life's severe storms and battles! Jesus indeed continually calls us over all that raging! Blessings, Nellie.

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SANDRALEET 5/18/2013 4:20PM

    The wind of God can show us when he is displeased with us as well as when he is pleased with us What we sew we reap

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LOSTLIME 5/18/2013 1:44PM

    Interesting thoughts. Something to think about. Have a blessed weekend.

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HONOURIA 5/18/2013 11:55AM

    Intersting information on God and wind emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 5/18/2013 11:20AM

  thank you

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AEGISHOT 5/18/2013 11:07AM

    awesome

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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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FLYER99 5/17/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon May your day be blessed!

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AZMOMXTWO 5/17/2013 8:55AM

  thank you

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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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