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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/1/2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/1/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart Series

2 Samuel 11:1-27
THE GIANT THAT SLEW DAVID, Lesson 8b

v. 2-4 THE POWER OF DAVID’S GIANT
As we examine what happened to David when he faced the giant of lust, we can learn something of the power this giant exercised in David’s life. Watching his battle can help us when our own battles arise.

v. 2-3a It Had The Power To Ensnare His Mind –
David is lying on his bed, when he decides to take a walk out on the roof. This was probably a patio just outside his royal chambers. History tells us that kings often kept these rooftop patios, which were lavishly furnished and often covered by awnings to provide shade, as places of sanctuary. They would be above the noise of the city and were high enough to give the king some privacy from those below.

On this night, David sees a woman bathing. The Bible says that her physical appearance is “very beautiful to look upon.” The Bible uses the word “very” sparingly in its pages. When it is used it is there to emphasize a truth. And, when it does use the word, it never does so to exaggerate! Therefore, when the Bible says that Bathsheba was “very beautiful to look upon” we can say without reservation that she was the absolute vision of female beauty and physical perfection. And, when David saw her, the giant of lust that dwelt within his heart roared to life.

All David can think about is Bathsheba. He wants to know who she is and everything about her. No doubt his mind is filled with fantasies of what it would be like to be with her physically. The giant has ensnared his mind and he has forgotten who he is, who he serves and how he is supposed to be living. The giant has taken control of David’s mind!

He saw her, her wanted her and he took her! This is how sin works, (James 1:15). This is how it has always worked: SEE Adam and Eve for another example, (Gen. 3). And this is how it will ever work, (1 John 2:16). The devil has never changed and the nature of sin has never changed!

This is the first step that you and I take when we are about to be overcome by our own giants. A thought develops into a desire within in our mind and demands to be fulfilled. The mind is the first battlefield with the giants of sin. If it falls, the rest of the defenses will tumble like dominoes!

God has something to say about the mind and how it is to be guarded at all times, (Phil 4:6-9; 2 Cor. 10:3-5). The mind must be guarded or the giants will ensnare it and lead the rest of the body into rebellion and sin!

v. 3b It Had The Power To Erase His Reason – When David enquires about Bathsheba, he is told that she is the wife of a loyal soldier, and that she is the granddaughter of a trusted advisor. This information should have caused David to stop the course of action he was pursuing; instead, he pressed on.

Such is the power of the giants that assault us. They first ensnare the mind, and then they seem to erase all reason. People in the grip of lust or some other fleshly desire often do things that they would never do under normal circumstances. When they get in the grip of their giant, they lose their senses and become intoxicated with gratifying their fleshly desires! When a look is allowed to linger, lust will be conceived; and when lust is conceived, sin is always the result, (James 1:15).

v. 4 It Had The Power To Eclipse His God – David knew better! He is fifty years old. He has been King in Israel for twenty years. He is a man of God. He is a mighty warrior. He is the “Sweet Singer of Israel.” But, at this moment in time, he reveals the truth that he has feet of clay. He brings Bathsheba into his bed and he commits adultery with another man’s wife! He dishonors her; her husband; his wives and, most of all, he dishonors God, (Ex. 20:14). David has forgotten his relationship with God. The giant of lust has blinded him to the point where David has become a practical atheist. He is living as if there were no God! The giant of lust is standing so tall in David’s heart that it has blocked the face of God from view! David and Bathsheba enjoyed the pleasures of an illicit affair. As the Bible says, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant,” (Proverbs 9:17). David paid for his moment of pleasure with a lifetime of pain!

Such is the power of sin! David forgot God and if you give into you giants, you will too! When that giant rises up in your heart, he will block your view of the Father! When that happens, you will find yourself doing things that you never thought possible. That is why it is so vitally important that the giants we fight be defeated when they first appear in their attacks against the mind. If we can stop him there, he cannot control our life like he desire to, (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

I want to address a couple of matters before we move on. I want to remind you that both David and Bathsheba are at fault here. David is a man of God and he knew better than to do what he did. He was the aggressor in this horrible act. But, surely Bathsheba knew that David, or anyone else for that matter, could see her as she bathed, if they were on a high roof. I do not know whether or not she intended for her affair with David to take place; but, these two people teach us a couple of lessons that need to be mentioned here.

Be careful how you look at others is the first lesson! We all know adultery is wrong; but Jesus said that looking at someone with lust for them constituted adultery already, (Matt. 5:28). Be careful how you look! Men have a greater problem in this area than women do. Fellows, I would just remind you that every woman in this world is either your sister in Christ or a lost soul that needs Jesus. If you will see women in this light, it will help you fight the giant of lust! There is no excuse for any man to look upon any woman with lust in his heart, unless he is married to her!

The second lesson is this: Be careful how you look to others! Yes, some men look when they shouldn’t, but some women dress to be seen! There is no excuse and no reason for any women who claims to know the Lord to dress in such a fashion that attention is drawn to her body! Short skirts, low rise pants, midriff bearing tops, low cut blouses, etc. are not fit apparel for a woman who says she loves the Lord! When a woman dresses in this fashion she is displaying a lack of love for her Christian brothers. Why? When a woman wears immodest apparel she is placing a stumbling block in front of him, and Jesus warned against that kind of thing, (Luke 17:1). No one forces a man to sin with his eyes and his heart; but no one makes a woman dress in such a way that it makes it easier for the man to sin in this manner. I believe that many women do not understand men and how they think. Not knowing one thing, but when you dress to look sexy and attract the attention of men, that is wrong! The Bible calls for women to dress modestly, (1 Tim. 2:9). You will attract the right kind of man with the right kind of dress, (1 Pet. 3:1-4).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 34:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)
7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Ring Out The Message” By: James Rowe (1911)

There’s a message true and glad
For the sinful and the sad,
Ring it out, ring it out;
It will give them courage new
It will help them to be true;
Ring it out, ring it out.

Chorus
Ring out the word o’er land and sea,
Still far from Jesus many live in sin and doubt;
Ring out the news that makes men free,
To all the lost of every nation
Ring the message out.

Tell the world the world of saving grace,
Make it known in ev’ry place,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Help the needy ones to know
Him from whom all blessings flow;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus

Sin and doubt to sweep away,
Till shall dawn the better day,
Ring it out, ring it out;
Till the sinful world be won
For Jehovah’s mighty Son;
Ring it out, ring it out.
Chorus


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Forgiveness, God of Love!
We recognize how sinful and needy we are. We know we cannot save ourselves in any way, but You have saved us in every way. So we humble ourselves before You, first for the confession of our sins, and secondly , to praise You for all that You have done for us and for what You are still doing for us. It is never too late to turn to You and receive restoration while we are still alive on this earth. Help us not to waste our time in satisfying the flesh, but to look to the Spiritual things You provide for our help and stay. Thank You for restoring what we have lost and for blessing us till our cup overflows. Thank You for Jesus and Your Word who makes it all possible. It is in His glorious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/1/2013 11:55PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. We as humans sometimes tend to look at the outside of a person, not at their heart. Women are just as guilty and dress to entire men. We must guard our eyes and not let them lust.
thank you for the goodie and note Vic. Have a Blessed Sunday.

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CANDOIT54 6/1/2013 5:21PM

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/1/2013 3:26PM

    Psa 34.7 is a great verse to pray. May we truly fear the Lord and live in his protection.

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HONOURIA 6/1/2013 12:12PM

    This shell that our spirits have been placed in, shares its space with the inclinations of its shell. Most are oblivious to that dichotomy. Humankind focuses on the body - it's shell, and its soulish emotions and intellect. The soul gives it an inflated superiority but in fact, is a glorified shell nonetheless.

Until the spirit is recognized, then the focus remains on an earthly plane. And even then, while the spirit can be enlarged earth-wise, it isn't operating correctly until it is energized by The Spirit - its source.

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AZMOMXTWO 6/1/2013 11:11AM

  thank you

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NELLIEH1 6/1/2013 8:51AM

    Yes, like Job we need to make a covenant with our eyes to not look and to not prepare ourselves to be seen. The mind is indeed where it all begins. Our culture chooses life from the outside in (starts with the physical and then moves on to the intellect and finally maybe the will) GOD seems to be always teaching us to start with the inner being of belief/attitudes and intents of heart and then move outward gradually in Him. We need Him to fill our whole selves all the time!

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SANDRALEET 6/1/2013 8:50AM

    We all have something in us that we should change till the day we die God reveals one thing at a time We to are far from perfect

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CASTIRONLADY 6/1/2013 7:27AM

    22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, Matthew 6. So God cares what we look at and what our mind lusts after - whether it is a new boat or another woman's husband. Let's keep our mind staid on God's word. Thank you for always pointing to the Word of God. emoticon


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/31/2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/31/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart Series

2 Samuel 11:1-27
THE GIANT THAT SLEW DAVID, Lesson 8a

When you think of the life of David, one of two events probably come to your mind. You either remember the time young David slew Goliath; or you remember when David committed adultery with Bathsheba. Both events were monumental moments in the life of David. In the first, David revealed fact of his humility. In the second, David revealed the fact of his humanity. In the first, David proved that he was a man of faith. In the second, David proved that he was a man of flesh. When David met a giant named Goliath, we are privileged to witness his greatest victory. When David met Bathsheba, we are forced to watch his greatest defeat.

Up until this moment, David had never lost a battle. Every time he stepped onto a field of combat, David won the battle and walked off the field a victor. However, when David entered the arena of combat within his own heart, he was soundly defeated by a giant far more powerful than Goliath could have ever hoped to have been.

Today, I want to look at this painful moment in the life of David. I want us to witness the defeat of a mighty man of God. I want us to see him fall at the feet of a powerful, brutal giant. I want us to look into David’s sin so that we might avoid the trap that he fell into. I do not want to gloat over David. I know that were it not for the grace of God, it could be me that we are going to talk about today. I do want to take this example that God has provided for us and look at “The Giant That Slew David”. In doing so, I want to help you and me to be aware of the internal giants that we face in life.

You see, it isn’t the giant of sickness, suffering, sorrow, poverty, pain or any other external giant that you might can name, that is going to give you the greatest trouble in your life. The giant who is going to cause you the most trouble dwells within your own heart right now. Many people fear the giants of life. Things like health problems, death, financial crisis, etc. seem to leave us quaking in fear. Yet, we never stop to think that it is the giants that we carry around with us day by day that we need to fear the most.

Let’s look into this passage together today. I want to show you the facts about David’s giant. Why is this important? The giant that slew David is out to kill you too! Let’s examine the facts as I try to teach on the thought “The Giant That Slew David”.

v. 1 THE PERSONALITY OF DAVID’S GIANT

David’s Giant Considered – If we really want to understand the nature of the giant that dwelled within David’s heart, we need to look back to (2 Samuel 5:12-13). We are told there that God had blessed David and had established his kingdom. We are also told that David recognized the hand of divine providence at work in his life. Thank God for the “Unseen Hand.” But, we are also given a piece of distressing news as well. Verse 13 says “And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem.”

What’s wrong with this? After all, David is a mighty King. He is undefeated on the field of battle. He has expanded the kingdom. He has built a great army and placed the right men in all the key positions. He has led the nation in growth militarily, financially, and spiritually. Surely no one would care if David indulged his appetite for women by taking to himself many wives and concubines.

Well, God cared! What David did was in direct contradiction to the word of God as found in (Deut. 17:14-17). There, the king was forbidden to do three things:
He was not to accumulate horses.
He was not to accumulate wives.
He was not to accumulate gold and silver.

David had honored God’s command regarding items number one and three. David had disabled the horses taken in battle, (2 Sam. 8:4). He had also dedicated the gold and silver taken as spoil in battle to the Lord, (2 Sam. 8:7-12). But, he had disregarded what God had to say about accumulating wives.

David had a giant, and if a name had to be attached to this giant, I think “Lust” would be appropriate. It appears that David had strong sexual desires and sought to satisfy his urges by accumulating women. But, David, like many others, discovered that many sexual partners will not satisfy your sexual desires, they will only increase them.

David had problems with a spiritual giant named “Lust.” You may not battle that one, but you know the name of the one or ones you do battle. In fact, if you have never done it, it might be good for you to identify the identity of you giant. Admitting that it exists is the first step in seeing it defeated!

David’s Giant Constructed – Where did this giant of lust come from? How did this giant obtain the power necessary to overcome a “man after God’s Own heart”?

There are several factors that combined to allow David’s own giant the power to attack his life.
Neglect of Duty – As King, David should have led his men into battle and not stayed at home while they were out fighting and dying.

Idle Time – David was in bed when he should have been in the battle! Too much free time allows the mind time to wander in areas where it ought not to be. An old English proverb says “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

Success – David enjoyed absolute success and victory over all the enemies of Israel. Success is a heady thing! But, you are never more vulnerable than when you have just enjoyed a great success. People tend to develop a feeling of invincibility.

Pride – David knew that God was with him, (2 Sam. 5:12). He may have let that knowledge go to his head. He may have forgotten the truth that God will walk with those who are going His way, (Amos 3:3). You see, when people are passing through hard times, they become very dependent upon the Lord. There is no room for pride when you are depending on the Lord for everything you need. But, when success come, when the dreams are fulfilled, when you have what you want, it is easy to become lifted up in pride.

Arrogance – David had come to believe his own press! He believed that he was everything people said he was. He reveled in his celebrity and it became his downfall, (Pro. 16:18). We all need someone around us, who will tell us the truth about ourselves, and help us stay humble before the Lord.

Neglect of the Spiritual Man – We can only speculate, but it seems that David was guilty of neglecting his spiritual health. People who stay close to the Lord through prayer and reading and meditating upon His Word do not do what David did.

I am sure there were other causes, but what we need to understand here is the truth that David’s giant was something that he allowed to thrive in his own life. He could have prevented what happened had he taken the proper steps.

Now, I do not want to be too hard on David. There are times when we are all guilty of feeding our own giants until they become so powerful that they overwhelm us. When you see yourself falling into the trap that David fell into, you need to know that your giant is going to get out of hand. When he does, he will not stop until he has nearly destroyed you, your life and your testimony.

You see, David’s giant, and the giants that we face do not usually come from without. They come from within, (James 1:13-14). Therefore, we must be certain that the inner man is strengthen so that he can do battle with the giants that lurk within our own hearts.

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 4:31-32 (New King James Version (NKJV)
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Lord, We Come Before Thee Now” By: William Hammond (1745)

Lord, we come before thee now
At thy feet we humbly bow
Oh, do not our suit disdain
Shall we seek thee Lord in vain?
Shall we seek thee Lord in vain?


Lord, on thee our souls depend
In compassion, now descend
Fill our hearts with thy rich grace
Tune our lips to sing thy grace
And tune our lips to sing thy grace


In thine own appointed way
Now we seek thee here we stay
Lord we know not how to go
Til a blessing thou bestow
Til a blessing thou bestow


Grant that all may seek and find
Thee, our God, supremely kind
Heel the sick, the captive free
Let us all rejoice in thee
Let us all rejoice in thee

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful Father, Loving God!
Show us prideful thoughts immediately when they enter our mind and hearts. Enable us the ability to recognize the enemy’s tactics. Teach us how to refuse his lies and deceptions. Pride will bring us down, but humility will keep us honorable. Lust will bring us to destruction, but Your Word will deliver us from the snare. Grant us a humble heart at all times. Establish our hearts in blameless and holiness. Fill our hearts afresh with the treasures of Your Holy Spirit and the power of Your Word. Lead us away from pride and on to glory in Jesus Christ our Lord. These things we pray and ask in His blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/1/2013 12:34AM

    Thank you for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, we must make sure pride does not come into our lives. Humble ourselves before God and we will win our battles against our giants with God's help. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. Blessings to you for your teachings, Vic.

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NELLIEH1 5/31/2013 9:06PM

    How can I "count myself dead to sin and alive to GOD in Christ Jesus", if I insist upon my own way? Accumulating stuff is really idolatry because I must believe deep down that I have to provide for my own mental and emotional needs with things instead of relying upon the LORD to supply what I require at the time needed. Our Lord Jesus had one tunic and one cloak, a pair of sandals and no place to lay His head. I have a whole "store" shoved into a Wee Hobbit House...for what purpose? to never be in want? to always have protection? Who is my Source Supplier Sovereign, my always Fortress?!

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CANDOIT54 5/31/2013 9:03PM

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/31/2013 2:13PM

    Thank you for the lesson and prayer. emoticon

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LAILA07 5/31/2013 12:37PM

    emoticon so much for these devotionals. I thoroughly enjoyed this one today that speaks so much to my own heart. Keep inspiring and spreading the word of God brother!

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HONOURIA 5/31/2013 11:40AM

    We each have our vulnerabilities. David changed after this. To a great cost, and with consequences, but it changed him, for the better I think.

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DIANER2014 5/31/2013 10:47AM

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JADOMB 5/31/2013 10:09AM

    Yes, we are always fighting giants. God bless

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SANDRALEET 5/31/2013 7:42AM

    Yes his life changed was never the same Hardship came in his life put God never stopped loving him

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AZMOMXTWO 5/31/2013 7:33AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/30/2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/30/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

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

v. 9-13 AMAZING GRACE IS EXPANDED
When Mephibosheth came to David, he did not get what he deserved. He received grace. When he received grace, he also received more blessings than he could have ever imagined. Grace was expanded. Notice what grace was provided to Mephibosheth and what saving grace provides to you and me.

v. 9-11a Grace Provided A Future – In Lo-debar, Mephibosheth had nothing. He was poor. He was an outcast. He was a fugitive. He had no hope and no prospects for his future. All he had was a pair of crutches and little more. But, when he met grace, everything changed! All of his present needs were met and his future was secured. Grace gave him something he never could have had in Lo-debar: grace gave him a future. Grace gave him the plenty of the King!

The same is true for all those who experience God’s saving grace. In Adam, our Lo-debar, we had nothing! We were lost, undone and headed to Hell. We were outcasts and fugitives, running for our lives from a holy God Who possessed the right and the power to send us to a lost eternity. But, when grace was extended and embraced, everything changed! What sin could never give us became ours in Jesus! For the first time, there was hope for the future.

We are promised security – (John 6:37-40; John 10:28; 1 Pet. 1:5).
We are promised a home in Heaven – (John 14:1-3).
We are promised that our needs would be met – (Phil. 4:19, Matt. 6:25-34).
We are promised His presence all the way home to Heaven – (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20).

That is what grace gives to all those who embrace it! No wonder it’s called amazing!

v. 11b Grace Provided A Family – Mephibosheth was adopted out of Saul’s family and into David’s. Grace gave him something that he did not have before it was extended to him. Grace gave him a family! Every day he lives, Mephibosheth was reminded by his surroundings and by the presence of the King that he was the recipient of grace. He was where he was because of the grace of the King!

When a sinner responds to the call of grace and is saved; that sinner is immediately adopted into the family of God, (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5). He is taken out of Adam, that doomed race, and is placed into Christ, (Col. 1:13; 1 Cor. 12:13). You see, in Adam, we were doomed to death; in Jesus, we are destined for life, (1 Cor. 15:22). Grace took us from our Lo-debar and brought us into the family of God, (1 John 3:1-3). My we never forget that we have what we have, and that we are what we are simply by the good grace of God, (1 Cor. 15:10). No wonder it’s called amazing!

v. 13 Grace Provided Fulfillment – Mephibosheth was a nobody in a house full of somebodies. There was Absalom, perfect and handsome. There were David’s other sons. There were David’s beautiful wives and daughters. There was Joab the general, proud and strong. There were princes and princesses; soldiers and statesmen; men of wealth and men of power. All of these took their place at the table of King David. But wait, as the family gathers, there is the sound of a crippled man coming down the hallway. There is the clump of his crutches and the sound of his feet being dragged. It is Mephibosheth and he takes his place at the King’s table with all the rights and privileges as the rest. Then, when he takes his seat and the tablecloth falls across his legs. He looks just like the rest. Grace took a nobody from nowhere and made him a child of the King!

That is the power of grace! It takes the lost sinner, changes him completely and gives him a seat at the Lord’s Table. It takes us from our Lo-debar and makes us one of God’s children. It puts us on even footing with all the rest of God’s precious saints. When you embraced His grace, He elevated you to a new position. You are not beneath Abraham, Moses, the Apostles or any other saint of God. You are His child, seated at His table and His grace has taken care of your past and your infirmities. That is the power of grace! No wonder it’s called amazing!

Conc: Julia Johnston penned a great hymn that speaks to what I have been trying to teach today. It is called “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.” It goes something like this:

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

Refrain:
Grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
(Refrain)

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
(Refrain)

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?
(Refrain)

Thank God for grace! Thank God for His saving grace! No wonder it’s called amazing!

Have you been “fetched” by it? Has its power, promises and provisions been made real in your heart and soul? If you are saved by grace, then you know what I have been trying to teach today. If you have not, but feel like the King is calling you to come to Him, the time to do that is now. If you would like to be saved, if you would like to have your fellowship with the King restored, or if you would like to come and thank Him for His grace, the altar is open.

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Timothy 1:13 (New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” By: Helen H. Lemmel (1922)

1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

2. Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
Refrain:

3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Love and Grace, God of Mercy and Hope!
Forgive us Father, for the times when we let the cares of this world and the pleasures of trivial pursuits crowd You and Your kingdom out of our hearts. Show us Father, the perfect balance between man’s physical needs and his spiritual needs. Enable us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus as our example so we may reach our spiritual destination and home with You. When we face a dilemma, help us to choose Your will over our will and the way of the world, to Your glory and Your Honor. Thank You Father for Your Amazing Grace. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/31/2013 12:16AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, awesome hymn and prayer. What a wonderful feeling, knowing that we have been saved by Grace and are in the family of God. It is a great feeling of security knowing God covers us and shelters us in His arms. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. God bless you for your daily teachings.

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/30/2013 8:24PM

    I am so thankful for the Grace of God to me. Thank you for a wonderful Bible lesson.
Also thank you for the Spark Goodie!!!!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/30/2013 3:39PM

    Thank you so much for another beautiful lesson on God's grace.

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CANDOIT54 5/30/2013 11:11AM

    emoticon SO MUCH

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HONOURIA 5/30/2013 11:09AM

    Yah, I've been fetched emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 5/30/2013 8:32AM

    Thanks Vic! It is always heartlifting to read your blogs! God's Grace is indeed AMAZING!!! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 5/30/2013 7:47AM

    Grace comes from God He uses us to do his work We are his living bodes to do good

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AZMOMXTWO 5/30/2013 7:34AM

  thank you

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TODAY'S, DID YOU KNOW?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

5/29
What a picture this is of the lost sinner who encounters grace. When Jesus first calls there is fear brought about by conviction, (John 16:7-11). The sinner knows that he deserves nothing but judgment and damnation from the hand of God. Yet, the call comes and it cannot be denied. When the sinner responds to the call and is ushered into the presence of the Lord, he falls down in humility, reverence and worship. Then, the King speaks and He reveals the fact that grace has turned away His wrath, opened His heart and His Heaven and that grace offers to restore to the sinner everything that sin took away! If you have experienced God’s saving grace in your life, then you know how overwhelming it truly is. DID YOU KNOW? 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 5/30/2013 12:37AM

    I have experienced God's saving grace when I felt He should have turned His back on me instead. God is Good all the time. Bless His Holy Name. Thank you for the note and goodie Vic. emoticon

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HONOURIA 5/29/2013 4:21PM

    sure have been there emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/29/2013 9:29AM

    I share every day!
hugs and thankx

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SANDRALEET 5/29/2013 9:09AM

    I sure did

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/29/2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 5/29/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

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


v. 6-8 AMAZING GRACE IS EMBRACED
For just a moment, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Mephibosheth. He is one of the few remaining members of the house of Saul. He is living in a place called Lo-debar, which means “no pasture.” He is probably living each day in fear for his life; afraid that King David will come and take his life way. No doubt he is a poor man. He does not have access to the wealth or the lands of his family. He is a crippled man. His father was killed in battle and when the news came, his nurse tried to flee with the child and he was dropped and his legs were permanently damaged, (2 Sam. 4:4). He was five when this happened. All of his life he has been warned that David might find him. He lives in fear and he lives in misery every day.

Then, one day it happens! There is the sound of horses and chariots outside the little house in Lo-debar. There is a knock at the door and in come men from Jerusalem. “The king wants to see you” they say. So, with a fearful heart you gather what meager possessions you have and you leave with the guards to go see the one man you never wanted to see.

After a while the chariots arrive at the King’s palace. Mephibosheth is carried into the King’s presence. When he arrives there, nothing is like he had imagined it. Mephibosheth has entered the presence of grace. Notice how he embraces it.

v. 6a With A Humble Heart – When Mephibosheth comes into David’s presence, he is aware that as a descendant of Saul, he deserves nothing but judgment from the King. Therefore, he humbles himself in the presence of David.

v. 6b-7 With A Happy Heart – Instead of judgment, Mephibosheth experiences tenderness. He hears David call his name. And, then to his amazement, he hears David speak peace to his heart. He hears the King as he promises him restoration of all the wealth and glory that once belonged to the family of Saul. Then, the icing on the cake, David promises to give Mephibosheth a place at the King’s table. It is with a happy heart that Mephibosheth embraces the treasures of grace!

v. 8 With An Honest Heart – Mephibosheth is overwhelmed by the grace he has received. He acknowledges that he is undeserving of such love and mercy. Grace has been extended and it has been embraced and nothing will ever be the same in Mephibosheth’s life again!

What a picture this is of the lost sinner who encounters grace. When the King first calls there is fear brought about by conviction, (John 16:7-11). The sinner knows that he deserves nothing but judgment and damnation from the hand of God. Yet, the call comes and it cannot be denied. When the sinner responds to the call and is ushered into the presence of the Lord, he falls down in humility, reverence and worship. Then, the King speaks and He reveals the fact that grace has turned away His wrath, opened His heart and His Heaven and that grace offers to restore to the sinner everything that sin took away! If you have experienced God’s saving grace in your life, then you know how overwhelming it truly is.

Think back and remember that day when as a lost sinner you were brought by the Spirit of God into the presence of God. Do you remember the fear? Do you remember the feeling of dread? But, do you remember how that He spoke peace to your soul that day? Do you remember how you came with nothing and left with everything? What grace! What blessing! What a great, wonderful, matchless, glorious Savior we have! When His grace is embraced, everything changes. No wonder it’s called amazing!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 9:7-8 (New King James Version (NKJV)
7 But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“His Grace Reaches Me” By: Whitey Gleason (1964)

Deeper than the ocean
and wider than the sea
is the grace of the Savior
for sinners like me

Sent from the Father
and it thrills my soul
Just to feel and to know
That His blood makes me whole

CHORUS
His grace reaches me
Yes, His grace reaches me
And ‘twill last thru eternity

Now I'm under His control
and I'm happy in my soul
Just to know
that His grace reaches me

VERSE 2
Higher than the mountain
and brighter than the sun
it was offered at Calv'ry
for ev'ry one

Greatest of treasures
and it's mine today
Tho' my sins were as scarlet
He has washed them away

CHORUS

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God of Amazing Grace!
Help us to stand firm in the freedom You have secured for us through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Open our eyes to see the hope to which You have called us. Enable us to understand our true glorious inheritance and to comprehend the magnitude of Your Power and Grace and Mercy on our behalf. Teach us to seek more of You and Your power and grace to be present in our lives, to see them manifested daily as we live for our Savior, who died for us. It is in His glorious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/30/2013 12:46AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. It is a great feeling knowing that as a sinner, we accepted Jesus and were immediately saved by Grace. How wonderful it is that we didn't have to buy our way to God. Thank you for the goodie and note and your daily lessons. God Bless.

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CANDOIT54 5/29/2013 11:26PM

    Thank you

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/29/2013 7:58PM

    Beautiful story!

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HONOURIA 5/29/2013 4:25PM

    Wonderful blog entry. Thank you for your faithful ministry of the word, and its implications. God bless you!

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NELLIEH1 5/29/2013 3:03PM

    "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go and leave your life of sin." - John 8:11
These words radically changed my life! Over and over as I heard: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins." - 1 John 1:9a, I was brought low, ashamed, "confessed", but was not set free. Then, one day, I truly listened to "and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9b) in combination with the John 8:11 words! Convicted by the Holy Spirit of my sin (John 16:8-11), given faith to believe Him (Ephesians 2), then agreeing with GOD about my sinfulness led to His cleansing me and making me whole!! I believed Him at last!! After that initial saving, the LORD has continued to convict, teach, rebuke, correct and train me up (2 Timothy 3:16) I know I'm not my own. Thank You, Jesus! To GOD be all the glory!!


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MNABOY 5/29/2013 11:49AM

    Thank You

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SANDRALEET 5/29/2013 9:12AM

    We are the lost family that God called to him.

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AZMOMXTWO 5/29/2013 7:52AM

  thank you

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