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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/28/2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 5/28/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 9:1-13
NO WONDER IT’S CALLED AMAZING, Lesson 6a

A story is told about Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII, was called by adoring New Yorkers 'the Little Flower' because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. He was a colorful character who used to ride the New York City fire trucks, raid speakeasies with the police department, take entire orphanages to baseball games, and whenever the New York newspapers were on strike, he would go on the radio and read the Sunday funnies to the kids. One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself.

Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. "It's a real bad neighborhood, your Honor." the man told the mayor. "She's got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson." LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said "I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions--ten dollars or ten days in jail." But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous sombrero saying: "Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Baliff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant."

So the following day the New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner, while some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation.

My friends, that is the essence of grace! It recognizes our wretched condition; it pays our debt and it gives us more then we could ever have imagined. No wonder it’s called amazing!

The passage we have read today provides for us one of the clearest pictures of amazing grace in the Word of God. God uses David as a living illustration of what grace is all about. I want to examine this text today. I want to point out some observations about amazing grace. I would like to teach for a few minutes on the thought: “No Wonder It’s Called Amazing”.


v. 1-5 AMAZING GRACE IS EXTENDED

v. 1 The Reason For This Grace – David says that he wants to show “kindness for Jonathan’s sake.” The word for “kindness” is also translated “goodness, mercy, favor, and loving kindness.” It is the Old Testament equivalent to the New Testament word “Grace.” Grace is often defined as “the unmerited love and favor of God toward the undeserving.” Grace is one person accepting another in a positive manner in spite of the unworthiness of the person being accepted.

David desires to extend grace to a member of Saul’s family. This is amazing in light of the fact that in those days, when a new king came to power, he usually destroyed every member of the former king’s household, in an effort to prevent any rebellion by that family. David had the right to execute judgment, but he chose to demonstrate grace instead. David did this, not because the house of Saul deserved it, but because of his relationship with Jonathan, and because of two promises he had made years before. David had promised both Jonathan and Saul that he would not totally destroy their offspring, (1 Sam. 20:13-17; 1 Sam. 24:20-22). So, this grace is extended because of another.

No wonder grace is called amazing! God extends His grace to the members of Adam’s family. We do not deserve His grace, His love and His mercy. In fact, if we received what we deserved, we would receive judgment, damnation and Hell, (Rom. 6:23; Eze. 18:4). Yet, God extends His amazing grace to us because of Another, Jesus Christ. He reaches out to fallen, depraved sinners because He loves His Son; and because Jesus died for us on the cross. Neither you nor I have anything to merit us to God, but because of Jesus, we can experience God’s amazing grace (1 John 2:12; Eph. 4:32). No wonder it’s called amazing!

v. 1 The Reach Of This Grace – When David decides to extend grace, he does so without any limits. He is looking for “any that is left of the house of Saul.” The house of Saul was the house of his predecessor and bitter enemy, but that did not matter. David also placed no limits on this grace. He was willing to extend it to “any” member of the house of Saul.

The key word in verse 1 is “any”. David was not looking for people who met a certain criteria. But, anyone who was of the family of Saul was a candidate for grace. Thank God that our Lord’s amazing grace knows no boundaries! It extends to all men regardless of their past, their race, their social standing, or their deeds. God does not reach out to save the righteous, but the sinner, (Mark 2:17). God extends His grace to “whosoever will”, (Rev. 21:17; Matt. 11:28; John 7:37). Praise God, there are no limits on who can come, but grace is extended to all who will!

That is how you and I got in. Friend, if you are lost, that is how you will get in as well! You see, no one deserves it; but all can have it. That is what makes grace so amazing!


Mel Trotter was an alcoholic. Again and again he promised his wife that he would give up drink for good. Once he managed to stay dry for eleven and a half weeks. At the end, thirst overcame him. He squandered his horse to pay for a round of drinks. He reached the point that he committed burglary to feed his awful habit. His wife and child suffered terribly for his sin.

They had only the one child. The boy was about two years old when Mel came home after a drinking spree. "I went home after a ten-day drunk and found him dead in his mother's arms. I'll never forget that day. I was a slave, and I knew it. It pretty nearly broke my heart. I said, 'I'm a murderer. I'm anything but a man. I can't stand it, and I won't stand it! I'll end my life." But he didn't have the courage to do it because he feared God's judgment.

He put his arms around his wife and swore on the baby's coffin that he'd never touch another drop. Two hours after the funeral, he staggered home blind drunk.

On this day, January 19, 1897, Mel Trotter made the decision to kill himself. He staggered drunk through Chicago, determined to throw himself into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan. Unable to break his habit, unable to keep his promises, he wanted to die.

His progress brought him past the door of the Pacific Garden Mission. Harry Monroe, who himself had been an alcoholic, was leading singing. As the doorman helped Mel in, Monroe stopped to pray for Mel. "O God, Save that poor, poor boy," he pleaded.

Monroe told the audience of his own past and how Christ had delivered him from alcohol. Mel listened and believed. That night, he answered Monroe's invitation to make room for God in his life. Monroe explained that Jesus loved him and would change him.

And that is what Jesus did. Asked later how he knew he was saved, he replied, "I was there when it happened, January 19, 1897, 10 minutes past 9, Central time, Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, Illinois, USA."

Three years later, Mel was asked to head a rescue work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He went on to found a chain of missions throughout the United States to help men like “himself”, who could not escape the slavery of alcoholism. What made the difference? Grace! No wonder it’s called amazing!

v. 1-5 The Response Of This Grace – David discovers that one of Jonathan’s sons is still living. He also hears the news that this man is crippled. Yet, the response of grace is not to ask what kind of man he is, or even how bad he is crippled. Grace does not concern itself with the man’s background, his surroundings, his abilities, his appearance, his future potential, etc. The response of grace is to ask “Where is he?” As soon as David hears where this man is, he sends his servants to “fetch” him. Grace said, “I am not concerned about his condition, I want him just like he is.”


So it is with the amazing grace of God. He does not look upon us and concern Himself with our crippled spiritual condition. He looks upon us thought the eyes of grace. He sees us exactly like we are, but He loves us in spite of what we are. He knows all about our past, our problems and our potential, yet He responds by drawing us to Himself anyway! When grace fixes its gaze on one of the crippled sons of Adam’s race, it cares for nothing but fetching us to itself. No wonder it’s called amazing!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Leviticus 19:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)
14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Amazing Grace” By: John Newton (1779)

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Gracious and Merciful Father, God of Amazing Grace!
Thank You for all the times You have redeemed our lives from sickness, eternal death and destruction. Thank You for all the times You have shown us Your loving-kindness and tender mercy . We bless Your Holy name and the works of Your mighty hands with everything in us. You are the Lord, our Redeemer, who has made all things and has made our lives to be a testament to Your glory and redemption. Your name is from everlasting to everlasting. Your Grace and Mercy is Amazing! Forgive us when we fail you, and continue to redeem and bless us by the power of Your Word, Your Grace, and Your Mercy. These things we ask humbly in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/29/2013 12:34AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. How many times, God has forgiven me when I prayed and ask for forgiveness. It is a lesson well presented and shown us how many times we should forgive and help people. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. God bless you for your great teachings.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/28/2013 7:42PM

    Thank you so much for this beautiful lesson, and thanking God for rescuing me and continuing to show mercy and kindness.

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FLYER99 5/28/2013 9:38AM

    Thanks for this. A wonderful blog.
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HONOURIA 5/28/2013 9:34AM

    Me included. How many times has God come and rescued me? Lots, and good grief some of those times I sure didn't deserve it. He's an amazingly patient teacher.

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SANDRALEET 5/28/2013 9:11AM

    we are not to add condition or our reasoning to get out of being a good samaroton

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TODAY'S, DID YOU KNOW?

Monday, May 27, 2013

5/27
What should our response be when God says “No”? We should first remember that we are who we are and have what we have because of His pure, perfect grace. We should remember that He is the Potter and we are but the clay. We should assume the place of a humble child before His presence and trust Him to do that which is best. Our goal in life should not be to reach our dreams; but to see His perfect will carried out in our lives. There is no greater honor than being used by the Lord to bring glory to His name, even it isn’t the way we hoped it would happen. DID YOU KNOW? HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 5/27/2013 11:49PM

    When God says NO, it could only mean, not now. Time may not be right for what we want to do. There could be disaster doing something our way and in our time.
Thank you Vic for the goodie and not. Thank you for your teachings.

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NELLIEH1 5/27/2013 8:13PM

    Each day we rehearse Who GOD is and what GOD does and says, we realize the privilege we have to belong to Him forever. Yes, He has the "inside scoop" and yes he always knows what's best for us. HalleluJAH!!

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HONOURIA 5/27/2013 5:57PM

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I am thanking God for all of my blessings!
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NITTINNANA 5/27/2013 8:26AM

    And sometimes it isn't "no" but merely "wait". If we don't accept the answer, though, we'll never know the difference.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/27/2013 8:20AM

  some times no is the right answer thank you

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/27/2013 8:06AM

    God wants us to follow him...always!
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SANDRALEET 5/27/2013 8:00AM

    So very true To many people think God is hear to serve us not we him.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/27/2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/27/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5c

v. 18-29 THE DEVOTION DAVID EXHIBITED
What was David’s response to God’s “No”? These closing verses reveal that his response was one of utter devotion to the Lord. I believe that these words reveal what our response should be when our dreams are shattered as well.

It Was A Humble Devotion – Notice what David did. In (verse 18, he went in and “sat down before the Lord.” In (verse 20), like a little child, he referred to himself in the third person. In (verse 18), he acknowledged the fact that he was unworthy of such a blessing. In (verse 19-22), David praised the Lord for His blessings, His grace and His wonderful love for His children. David, the mighty king, assumed the place of a humble child before the presence of the Lord.

It Was A Holy Devotion – Even though David did not get his way in the matter, he was willing to accept God’s plan for his life. His words are filled with praise for the God he loves. Unlike some folks who pout when they do not get their way, David just praised the Lord because He trusted God to know and to do that which is best all the time!

It Was An Honorable Devotion – David accepts God’s promises and acknowledges God’s ability to bring them all to pass. In his prayer, David reveals a heart that is willing to accept God’s plan, even though it is not what he originally wanted to do. The thrust of David’s prayer in (verses 27-29) is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” No wonder David is called “a man after God’s Own heart.”

What should our response be when God says “No”? We should first remember that we are who we are and have what we have because of His pure, perfect grace. We should remember that He is the Potter and we are but the clay. We should assume the place of a humble child before His presence and trust Him to do that which is best: for example Paul’s attitude, (Phil. 1:21).

Our goal in life should not be to reach our dreams; but to see His perfect will carried out in our lives. There is no greater honor than being used by the Lord to bring glory to His name, even it isn’t the way we hoped it would happen, (1 Cor. 10:31).

Conc: David was not allowed to build the Lord’s Temple. But, he was allowed to make preparations for the fulfillment of the dream. In (1 Chron. 22:1-19); David prepared all the materials necessary for the construction of the building. In (1 Chron. 28:1-17), David gave Solomon the plans and the instructions necessary to fulfill the dream. So, in the end, David was still a part of seeing the dream accomplished. It did not happen as he planned it, but he still got to be part of God’s plan; and that is a dream, come true!
If there is anything for us to remember from this message it is this: sometimes you will not see your dreams fulfilled until you are willing to let them go forever. You have to be willing to adopt God’s dream as your own. When that happens, you will get to see all your dreams come true!
A poem entitled “Treasures” has something to say about this matter.

One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glistening toy was lost.

And I walked earth’s highway, grieving,
In my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting,
“Lift those empty hands to Me!”

So I held my hands toward Heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His transcendent riches
Till they could contain no more.

And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God COULD not pour His riches
Into hands already full.

Do you have some shattered dreams in your life today? Have things not turned out as you thought they would? Is there a measure of bitterness in your heart that you didn’t get your way? Wouldn’t today be a great day to bring those shattered dreams before the Lord and let Him show you how to place those dreams in His hands and get past the pain of God’s “No”? If there are issues that you would like to come and pray to the Lord about today, bring them to the Lord. He can take what you perceive as a broken dream and use it to bless your life and to bring glory and honor to His name.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 8:11 (New King James Version (NKJV)
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Have Thine Own Way” By: Adelaide POLLARD (1902)

1. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
2. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
3. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
4. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, God of all Creation! Thank You for everything You have done in our lives. We praise You for each blessing You have given us. We know that all good things come from You. We are forever grateful for them. We are indeed blessed when we follow Your plan for us. Keep us from entertaining pride and arrogance in our hearts. Show us our prideful thoughts so we may lay them at feet of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Pride opposes all that You are and is rebellious against You. Keep us far from the destruction that is sure to come when pride takes hold of us. Teach us how to humble ourselves like a child before You. These things we pray and ask in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen!

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

  
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ANHELIC 5/27/2013 11:55PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We know God knows what's best for us. At times, things just would turn upside down if we did things our way. Let Go of our decisions and let God lead us along a victorious way.
Thank you Vic for your teachings. Happy Memorial Day.

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CANDOIT54 5/27/2013 7:07PM

    Happy Memorial Day, Vic, and thank you

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HONOURIA 5/27/2013 5:56PM

    Sometimes a "no" from God is reassuring. When you trust God, then the "no" is easily seen as a protective measure.

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WANTSZU 5/27/2013 2:34PM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us.

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BABY_GIRL69 5/27/2013 10:19AM

    Praise God for this wonderful word you have shared with us today Brother Vic! Continue to share with us the word daily....thus we will share with our worlds right where we are....being disciples and making disciples...

God bless,

Dee

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5b

v. 4-17 THE DENIAL DAVID EXPERIENCED

When Nathan returned home, during the night, God spoke to him and told him to return to David and tell him that his was not of the Lord. God seems to be saying in (verses 5-7) that David’s dream to build a temple was not from the Lord. It had originated within the heart of David. As I said, the motives were right; but the dream was from man, and not God’s!

But, when God says “No” to David, He does not just shatter David’s dream and leave him with a broken heart. When God says “No”, He tempers His no with some very precious words that are designed to soothe the heart of David. Let’s look in on those words and get some help for our own times when God says “No”.

v. 8-11a It Was Tempered By God’s Provisions – Instead of allowing David to give to Him; God turned everything around and gave to David. He reminds David of His great grace is taking him from leading the sheep. God, in His grace, took a nobody, and made a somebody out of him. Notice (verse 9). God tells David that He has made him a celebrity! Everybody knows who David is! David is reminded that he has been made the partaker of God’s rest, God’s peace, God’s victory and God’s power.

v. 11b-15 It Was Tempered By God’s Promises – David had a desire to build a house for the Lord; but God tells David that He (God) is going to build David a house, (v. 11). In (verses 12-15), the terms of the Davidic Covenant are given. God promises David that he will have a son. This son will walk with the Lord and he will be treated as a son by God. He will be established in his kingdom and he will be chastened when necessary. God tells David that this son will build a house for God! Surely these promises brought peace to the heart of King David.

v. 16-17 It Was Tempered By God’s Plans – God is saying, “David, you want to build me a house, but I am telling you that I am going to build your house. I will establish your throne forever!” What a promise!

David discovered that our dreams that we have for our lives are not always part of God’s plan for our lives. What can we glean from these verses?

Sometimes God says “No” to our dreams and to our plans. When He does, it is not to defeat us or to discourage us. He does it because He has something far better than we could have ever imagined planned for us. David thought he would build a temple and that would be the end of it. He found out that it was not God’s will for him to build a temple. He also found out that God had some things planned for his future that he never could have dreamed up on his own.

Some of you have witnessed the death of your dreams. You have watched as life has altered the plans and dreams of your youth. But, I think if you will take the time to look at all the Lord has done through your life, you will see that He had something far better in mind for you than you could have ever dreamed up on your own. God always has the best plan!

In Scotland a family by the name of Clark had a dream: husband and wife with their nine children wanted to emigrate to the United States. To make that dream a reality, they struggled, scrimped, and saved. Finally they managed to accumulate enough money and obtain all the paperwork they needed to take the trip and begin a new life in a new land. Ship reservations were made and the family was ecstatic. Then, as often happens, tragedy struck. Seven days before they were to leave the youngest of the children, a little boy, was bitten by a dog. The bite wasn’t serious; the doctor stitched the lad up in no time at all. The tragedy was the doctor also had to hang a yellow sign on the Clark’s front door. The yellow signed warned everybody to stay away: there was a possibility, a very small chance, that the boy had contracted rabies from the bite of the unknown dog. Their ship was to sail in one week, the family was quarantined for two. They would have to stay behind as their ship, and their dreams, sailed into the sunset.

The father, outraged at what he felt was the unjust, unfair hand that he had been dealt, went down to the pier to stare as the ship set out. Furious at God, frustrated with his son; he cried and he cursed. He stomped home in a foul mood. He stayed that way, too. Then only a few days after his vessel had left port he got word that on April 15th the very ship which was to have brought them to a new life, had been sunk. The Titanic had gone down. As it disappeared, it had taken with it the lives of over 1,500 passengers. Hearing that news, Mr. Clark’s attitude was instantly transformed. Excitedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, he hugged his son. Plainly, powerfully, and prayerfully, he thanked his God. Their lives had been spared. Their tragedy had been turned into a triumph.

Some folks have watched as your plans for your life have been shattered and broken. You’ve wondered why God would refuse to allow you to see your dreams fulfilled. Maybe you are disappointed with the way your life has turned out. Let me challenge you to look at what the Lord has done for you! Look at the positive side of the coin.

You may not have gotten all you wanted out of life; but hasn’t God given you so much more than you imagined? Has He not saved you by His grace? Has He not used your life to accomplish His will in the world? Some of you have been blessed to raise preachers, teachers and good servants of the Gospel. There is no higher honor! Some of you have been privileged to teach children who are now godly men and women. When God says “No” to your dreams and plans, it is because He has something far better in mind for you. This was David’s discovery. This was the experience of the disciples. They thought their dreams were shattered when Jesus died on the cross. They soon found out that God had something far better in store. It was Paul’s as well, (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Many others have had this same experience: the 3 Hebrews; Daniel; Elijah; the widow; Namaan, the leper; etc. It will be your experience and mine as well. The Lord always has the best plan!

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 7:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“You Are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Oh my
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father in Heaven, God who lives in us and through us! Show us the perfect balance between our physical needs and our spiritual needs. Enable us to keep our eyes and hearts and mind and soul on Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior, Lord, King and Friend. Open our eyes, cleanse our hearts, fill our minds with Your Word and Spirit, comfort and deliver our souls from the depths of hell and a life of destruction. Show us how to walk in Your way, the straight and narrow, and to do Your glorious will, to Your praise and honor. Help us to make this connection with You forever and ever. Joyfully we pray and ask these things in Jesus’ Precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/26/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. Just like the Clark family that was prevented from boarding the Titanic, I have had a few times that I was delayed from leaving to go somewhere, only finding out that just minutes earlier, I would have been in an accident. God has everything planned for our lives and I am so grateful that I never am angry for being late in arriving if this happens. Thank you for the goodie and note. Thank you for your great teaching Vic.

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WANTSZU 5/26/2013 6:37PM

    Wonderful blog today. God's blessings to you.

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    Thanks for sharing

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    God Bless You!
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Thanks for sharing Our God's Word!
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    Thank you so much.

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    What we want and God wants is not all ways the same

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NELLIEH1 5/26/2013 7:03AM

    Every one of us can see GOD's hand at work in our lives right now when we take the time with Him each day and ask. His desire is that we not set off on our own dreams/ways/plans, but instead wait at His feet, like Mary of Bethany, to hear His words to us from His scriptures, bu his Holy Spirit. GOD is totally faithful in and through every life experiene god or bad. He Is the great I AM!!

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    Thanks for the post.
Did you write it or copy it?

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/25/2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/25/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5a

This passage describes what were possibly the best days in the life of King David. He was the King of Israel. His nation was united and at peace. David was enjoying a time of rest, after all the problems that he had been forced to endure. For David, these days were a time to meditate and reflect on the blessings and the grace of God. As David meditated on the Lord and the Law, a dream was born in his heart. He wanted to build God a permanent dwelling place.

Since the time the Tabernacle had been built during the days of Moses; God’s presence had dwelt in the Holy of Holies of that temporary building. David wanted to give the Lord a proper, permanent place to manifest His glorious presence. The only problem with this dream is that God said “No!” David’s reaction to God’s “No” is something we should all take to heart.

There are people who have heard the Lord say “No” in their heart. Perhaps as a young man, there was a desire to be a preacher of the Gospel. You told God you would do it, but it never worked out. Perhaps there was a dream in the heart of a young lady to be a missionary or to give your life in some other form of service, but that didn’t work out either. Perhaps there was a dream in your heart to make a lot of money so that you could give to others and to the work of the Lord, but that dream never came to pass. It is as if God said, “That is not what I have planned for your life. I want you to take a different path.” There are others who will hear Him say “No” to your dreams in the future.

What do you do when God says “No”? I think David shows us what we are supposed to do when God looks at our dream and says “No, that is not My plan for your life.” Let’s examine this chapter together today and consider the lessons that are taught here as I try to teach on the thought When God Says “No”.


v. 1-3 THE DESIRE DAVID EXPRESSED

It Was A Good Desire – As David sat in his palace, he felt guilty that he lived in the lap of such luxury when the presence of God lived inside of a tent. David believed that a God of such glory should have a house befitting His majesty. This was a good desire and David was praised by the Lord for having this dream, (2 Chron.6:7-9). The Lord’s house and these grounds ought to look the best that they can. When people come here, inside and outside, what they see reveals what we believe about the glory of God. The Lord’s house does not have to be adorned with gold and glitter, but this should testify to a passing world that the people who attend God’s house believe that we serve a God, Who is worthy of the best we can give Him. How you treat this place reveals the depth of your commitment to the Lord!

It Was A Gracious Desire – David is not asking for anything at this point, his desire is not to receive, but to give. He wants to give something back to the God, Who has given him everything. That ought to be the desire of every redeemed heart today. We could never possibly repay the Lord for all that He has done for us. He has not asked us to! But, there should be a desire within us to see Him honored and glorified, regardless of the cost. After all, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver,” (2 Cor. 9:7).

It Was A Godly Desire – David had no ulterior motives in wanting to build the Lord a house. His desire was to see the Lord glorified and honored. He wanted God to be exalted and he wanted the Lord to receive the glory and honor that He deserved. David possessed a godly desire.

It is good to have a dream! But, we need to be certain that our dreams are from the Lord. While David had a good, gracious, godly dream, his dream was not from the Lord. He is even encouraged to follow the dream by the man of God, (v. 3). You will notice that Nathan didn’t even pray about this matter. It sounded good to him, and he thought the dream was of the Lord too. Apparently, David’s dream had all the earmarks of a desire impressed upon him by the Lord. But, his dream turned out to be his own creation and not the will of the Lord.

Thank God for a dream and a desire to serve the Lord! There is nothing wrong with having a dream; we simply need to be sure that our dreams are from the Lord and that they are part of His plan for our life. When our dreams are from the Lord, they will come to pass in every detail: for example: Joseph, (Gen. 37:5-11). When our dreams are merely our own, they will likely come to naught. Thank God for the desires that He places within our hearts.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 26:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Have Come Into His House” By: Bruce Ballinger (1976)

We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most Loving God! Where can we go or flee from Your Almighty presence? You know us inside and outside. You sent Jesus Christ to save us. We come as we are, bowing before You, asking forgiveness, that we might receive Your grace and mercy. Open our ears to hear the call that Jesus is giving us. Open our minds to the wonders of His call. Open our hearts to the love that prompts His calling. Open our lives to accept His call and to follow Him, now and always, unto heaven and glory. We approach Your throne of grace today with a humble spirit, a grateful heart, and in His precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/26/2013 12:01AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. When God says No, it can also mean I'm not ready for this. Listening to His voice will certainly lead us in His direction, not ours and distruction. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note and your teachings each day.

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NELLIEH1 5/25/2013 5:52PM

    Yes, David's heart of worship meant that he accepted GOD's "no" and then went to work to help prepare for the one who would build that house. GOD's temple is now within us!! Are we in a heart of worship continually?

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    Thanks for sharing

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HONOURIA 5/25/2013 10:11AM

    It is as important to listen to God as it is to be obedient. Reminds me of when I wanted to go into ministry and the Lord said: absolutely not :-) and He was right!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/25/2013 8:06AM

    Man's inventions can not substitute for God's will. Father, Give us a heart to know your will.

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SANDRALEET 5/25/2013 7:18AM

    Even when its good Gods will and ours can be different Same today

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CASTIRONLADY 5/25/2013 7:17AM

    When God says "No", He means "No"! Help us to accept this as it is always for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.
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