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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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LAILA07 5/19/2013 10:24AM

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

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CANDOIT54 5/19/2013 10:11AM

    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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LOOKINGUP2012 5/19/2013 8:00AM

    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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    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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    Intersting information on God and wind emoticon

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  thank you

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    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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    emoticon May your day be blessed!

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  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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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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FLYER99 5/16/2013 9:56AM

    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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    Thank you for the message! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 5/16/2013 8:20AM

  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

    emoticon thank you

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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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GLUECIPHER 5/15/2013 9:09AM

   
"I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent." Timothy 2:11




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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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AZMOMXTWO 5/15/2013 8:14AM

  thank you

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  I'd just like to say thank you.

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