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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/4
Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. God knows exactly where it is buried, and when the time is right, he will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! That will be a shocking day in the life of the guilty party. That is why it is so important for us to keep short accounts with God! 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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AZMOMXTWO 6/5/2013 7:37AM

  very true

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ANHELIC 6/4/2013 11:49PM

    Even though we are not perfect, knowing that we are a child of God keeps us on the straight and narrow path.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/4/2013 10:57AM

    Sin also is like a hiding lion. It will jump on you when you don't expect it! Thanks for the message.

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PATRICIA441 6/4/2013 9:26AM

  I truly do not understand how anyone without Jesus in their life survives this troubled world. Thanking God I am His child and for His love and mercy!

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SANDRALEET 6/4/2013 9:10AM

    We are not perfect put a work in progress

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/4/2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/4/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
2 Samuel 12:1-15

THOU ART THE MAN, Lesson 9b

v. 1-9 THE CONFRONTATION OF DAVID’S SIN
We may wonder why the Lord waited to deal with David’s sin. One answer may lie in the fact that David probably was not ready to be confronted when the sin was first committed. He might have rebelled at that time, caught up as he was in his pleasure and the cover-up. God confronted David and He did so at the perfect time to secure the right response.

God will use the same tactics in your life and mine! We may feel like we are getting a pass for a time, but we need to be aware that God is working behind the scenes. And, when the time is right, He will confront our sins and call us back to Him. By the way, people never get away with sin, (Gal. 6:7; Num. 32:23).

v. 1-7a The Shock Of The Confrontation – Let’s look at the story Nathan told. God sent Nathan the Prophet, a man David respected to confront his sin. Nathan came in with a story about a rich man with many sheep who took the only lamb belonging to a poor neighbor to feed a man who was just passing through. Nathan emphasizes the fact that the poor man’s lamb was precious to him, and represented all that he had in this world, (v. 3).

When David hears this tale, he is livid! He demands that the rich man restore the poor man four-fold, and then he orders the rich man to be executed. Isn’t it amazing that the man who excuses sin in his own life can be so harsh and so critical when dealing with sin in the lives of others?

Then David hears words that he never thought he would hear. Nathan looks at him and says “Thou art the man! It’s you David! You took the only thing Uriah had in this life and then you took his life. You had it all, but you wanted more! Thou are the man!” David has been exposed, he has been found out! The sin that was so carefully hidden away is exposed for all to see! A traveler named “Lust” came to the palace one evening and David fed that stranger a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. Now, there is a price to pay!

Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. God knows exactly where it is buried, (Heb. 4:13), and when the time is right, he will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! That will be a shocking day in the life of the guilty party. That is why it is so important for us to keep short accounts with God!

For a long time I pictured Nathan pointing his finger like a laser at David’s nose as he furrowed his brow and lifted his voice to yell, “Thou art the man!” But, I am more inclined to think now that Nathan may have said those words with tears coursing down his cheeks. I think his heart was broken over having to confront his friend.

By the way, there may come a day when you will have to confront a sin in someone’s life. In the course of my ministry, I have had to do that. If that day comes, do not do it in anger or in self-righteousness. Do it in a spirit of love and with a broken heart; realizing that were it not for the grace of God it could be you who was being confronted, (Gal. 6:1-2).

v. 7b-9 The Shame Of The Confrontation – Now David is reminded of all that the Lord has done for him. God had chosen him, saved him, blessed him and elevated him to the throne of Israel. God had given him more than he could have ever imagined and God would have given him so much more, if he had only wanted it, and this is how David repays the Lord for His grace and kindness. What a stinging rebuke! Surely it melted the heart of the King!

The blessings of God and the grace of God that we have been given ought to serve as a shield against evil! To think of all that He has done for us and then to consider how we treat Him. The Lord deserves far better than He receives from His children!

v. 9a The Sorrow Of The Confrontation – You can almost hear the sadness in the voice of Nathan as he asks that pitiful question in verse 9. “Why did you do this? After the Lord has been so good to you! How could you!?” It must have broken the heart of the Lord to see the man that He called “a man after God’s own heart” in this pitiful condition.

I would imagine that our sins hurt Him just as deeply. Look at all He has done for us! He loved us. He gave His Son to die for us. He saved us when we should have been thrown in to Hell. He has been good to us, meeting our needs, lifting our burdens, blessing us in ten thousand little ways. And, we act like we owe Him nothing! When sin comes our way, we forget who we are; we forget about the Lord; we lose ourselves in the pleasure of the moment. I know it must break His heart! Some years ago Ray Boltz wrote a song called “Feel The Nails”. The second verse of that song goes like this:

Verse 2: Seems I'm so good at breaking promises
and I treat His precious grace so carelessly
But each time He forgives, what if He relives
The agony He felt on that tree
Chorus: Does He still feel the nails every time I fail?
Can He hear the crowd cry, Crucify again?
Am I causing Him pain, then I know I've got to change,
I just can't bare the thought of hurting Him.

God help us to consider what our sins do to Him! This thing is not about us, our pleasure or our happiness. This life is about Him, first and foremost, (Matt. 6:33).

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 14:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He Bore It All” By: J. R. Baxter, Jr. (1926)

My precious Savior suffered pain and agony
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
He broke the bonds of sin and set the captive free
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus:
He bore it all (Jesus bore it all) that I might see His shining face
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
I stood condemned to die but Jesus took my place
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

They placed a crown of thorns upon my Savior's head
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
My cruel man, with spear, his side was pierced and bled
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus

Up Calvary's hill in shame the blessed Savior trod
He bore it all (Freely bore it all)
That I might live (I with Him might live)
Between two thieves they crucified the Son of God
He bore it all that I might live (in His presence live)

Chorus (x2)
TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Grace, God Of Mercy!

We cry out to You for deliverance from the pits of sin in which we find ourselves, pits that we have dug for ourselves. We confess our sins to you for You are a Forgiving God, a Merciful God, a Gracious God. Deliver us from all those things that keeps us from becoming all you want us to be. In the midst of our fallen situation, even in the most hopeless situations, we cry out to You for You are a God of miracles and compassion. Free us from our sins, for we pray and ask these things in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/4/2013 11:57PM

    Thank you for a great lesson, hymn and prayer Vic. It is inevitable that we will sin, but as a child of God, it is up to us to confess to God and ask forgiveness. When we are sincere, He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Great teaching Vic.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/4/2013 10:57AM

    Thank you!

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HONOURIA 6/4/2013 10:53AM

    God's timing is always perfect. He's amazing. And Nathan had an unenviable task there. That's a tough thing to have to do.

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    We are all sinner If we think not the truth is not in us

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, June 03, 2013

6/3
When we sin against the Lord, we can be sure of His chastisement. It may not come immediately, but it will come. That is His promise. Constant guilt, loss of joy and peace, the sense of God’s displeasure are all the regular companions of those who walk away from the Lord and who refuse to deal with their sins. If we could learn to do it God’s way, it would save us so much sorrow and heartache. Like he “check engine light” in your car, when it comes on, you can ignore it, you can break the light, or you can get the problem fixed. If you ignore it or break the light, eventually, you will harm the engine. If you fix it, everything goes back to normal. The same is true with guilt. It is the check engine light of the soul. When it comes on, do not ignore it, but take the problem to Jesus and get it fixed. 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 6/4/2013 12:18AM

    Thanks Vic. This is so true.

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CANDOIT54 6/3/2013 4:07PM

    definitely true. Thanks, Vic

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DIANER2014 6/3/2013 10:04AM

    That is so true! Thank you Vic!

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SANDRALEET 6/3/2013 7:47AM

    so true

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AZMOMXTWO 6/3/2013 7:47AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/3/2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/3/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
2 Samuel 12:1-15

THOU ART THE MAN, Lesson 9a

2 Samuel 11 tells us about the darkest moment in the life of King David. After being blessed by the Lord in many ways; after reaching the pinnacle of success; after leading his nation to peace, prosperity and power, David fell into deep, dark, despicable and disgusting sin.

Now, we all know the story! David succumbed to a giant named “Lust” that lived within in his heart. He committed adultery with a married woman and got her pregnant; and then in an effort to cover up that sin, David had her husband put to death. Chapter 11 closes with the sin of David hanging like a dark cloud over the life of the King and the nation.

Now, we know that God did not punish David immediately for his sin. But, this does not mean that God merely winked at what David did. God had a plan to reach out to David, to reclaim his life and to restore him to fellowship with the Lord. Our text today speaks about this plan. I would like to examine the steps God took to deal with the sin issue in David’s life. What we learn here will help us when we are forced to deal with sin in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

David found himself in a place in life that he never thought he would occupy. There had been a time when David walked with God and sang praises to the Lord and the Lord God blessed David’s life in a marvelous fashion. Now David looks at the remnants of his broken vows. He sees the shattered dreams, ruined lives and wrecked futures lying all about him. He has sinned and he knows it! In the midst of this tragedy, God speaks to David. God comes to him in his sin and exposes David for what he is. God come to him and says, “Thou art the man!” I would like to take that statement as my title today. I want to look into this passage and consider the steps the Lord took to make these matters right. Let’s think for a while on the thought “Thou Art The Man.”

v. 27 THE CHASTISEMENT OF DAVID’S SIN

Between 11:27 and 12:1 there is a gap of some twelve months. During that time there is no mention of David’s sin by David, by God or by anyone else for that matter. But, this does not mean that those twelve months were a peaceful time for the troubled king. If I may, I would like to pull a couple of thoughts from the space between these two chapters. You see, sometimes what is not said speaks just as loud as what is said!

It Was A Time Of Silence – For nearly a year, David kept his sin hidden within his heart. There is no record of him telling anyone about it. Oh, he knew what he had done. Bathsheba knew about the adultery, at least. Can you imagine how their relationship suffered? Every time David looked into her eyes, he saw the hurt and the betrayal reflected back at him. Every time their eyes met guilt flashed back and forth between them. There was no joy, there was no peace, there was no anticipation over the birth of the baby; there was only pain and guilt, (Psa. 51:3)! Joab knew. Some of the servants knew. Worst of all David knew and he knew that God knew!

This is how it is for all of those who try to hide their sins in silence. The Bible is clear about this matter, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper…” (Pro. 28:13).

It Was A Time Of Sorrow – It seems that this episode in David’s life prompted him to write at least two different Psalms. One of these is (Psalm 32) and the other is (Psalm 51). These Psalms were apparently written after David had confessed his sin, been forgiven by God and been restored to fellowship. They tell us that the months following David’s sin with Bathsheba were not a carefree time of love, happiness and peace. No, those days were days of suffering for David. Look at what he says in (Psalm 32:3-4) and (Psalm 51:2-3). The Sweet Psalmist of Israel seems to have lost his song! The moisture of Heaven in his soul has dried up. David is broken by the weight of his sins. He had no joy, (Psa. 51:12). His entire life has grown unstable, (Psa. 51:10). He was suffering under the chastisement of the Lord and he knew it, (Pro. 3:11-12). The guilt must have been unbearable!

Thus it is for everyone who does not deal with their sins according to God’s Word. When we sin against the Lord, we can be sure of His chastisement. It may not come immediately, but it will come. That is His promise, (Rev. 3:19; Heb. 12:6-12). Constant guilt, loss of joy and peace, the sense of God’s displeasure are all the regular companions of those who walk away from the Lord and who refuse to deal with their sins. If we could learn to do it God’s way, (Pro. 28:13; 1 John 1:9), it would save us so much sorrow and heartache.

The “check engine light” in your car. When it comes on, you can ignore it, you can break the light, or you can get the problem fixed. If you ignore it or break the light, eventually, you will harm the engine. If you fix it, everything goes back to normal. The same is true with guilt. It is the check engine light of the soul. When it comes on, do not ignore it, but take the problem to Jesus and get it fixed.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 8:16 (New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Revealed Light
16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Rock of Ages” By: A. M. Toplady (1776)

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law's commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father and God of all creation, the Only True Living God!
Help us to separate ourselves from anything that draws us away from You. We do not want to waste time and effort on things that have no value for our lives or for Your glory. Reveal to us all our sins that we have done or are doing. Enable us to recognize our sins for they compromise our relationship with You. Enable us to eliminate sin that keeps us from serving You. Grant us the ability to see sin as You see sin….worthless. Teach us to set up the right priorities in our daily lives and keep our hearts and mind and souls pure. Mold us to be more like Jesus and less of self. These things we pray and ask today in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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CRITCHFIELD1 6/4/2013 12:20PM

    It is often repeated that David was a man after God's own heart and this is true, not because David was without sin, but because when confronted with his sin he was grieved, sorely grieved. It caused him to toss and turn, but he didn't stay in that guilt ridden state; he confessed all to God and God forgave him. Yes, there were consequences of his sin; the baby died, the sword never left his house, yet God kept His promise and there will be a king from his lineage forever. So there is. We are not loved of God because we are good. We are loved of God because He IS love. What a wonderful gift He has given us in the Beloved Son, Jesus, yet a gift does us no good unless we open it and avail ourselves of it. There are so many whom I love and yet to this day they have not taken hold of the most beautiful gift this world has been offered. I pray all who would, come to Jesus now. Have a very blessed day.

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ANHELIC 6/4/2013 12:24AM

    Great lesson, hymn and prayer. The longer we put off confessing our sins and repenting, the harder our life will be. God will punish us for our sins when we feel that we might have gotten away with it. Repent and ask forgiveness and feel how our life changes. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic. Blessings for your daily teachings.

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FERGSGIRL2 6/3/2013 8:22PM

    Really helped by this blog, thank you! Really explained answers to some questions I had--God is always on time.

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CANDOIT54 6/3/2013 4:16PM

    Thank you

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HONOURIA 6/3/2013 3:13PM

    We are forgiven for our sins when we confess them to the Lord and ask pardon. However, very often - not always - but very often there are consequences to those sins on the earthly level that are not erased. David's life was never easy after this.

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    We are sinners to Cod forgives put he dose punish

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TODAY'S, THOUGHT!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/2
Sin led David deeper and deeper into its prison and farther and farther away from the Lord. This is how sin always works! It is never satisfied, but it will lead you along, taking you deeper and deeper, ever tightening its grip on your heart and life. Don’t be deceived by the giant that dwells in your heart. He will settle for nothing short of your total destruction! When the Bible says “the way of the transgressor is hard”, (Pro. 13:15); it means what it says! 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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SANDRALEET 6/3/2013 7:21AM

    We are blind to our faults

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ANHELIC 6/3/2013 12:04AM

    Great reminder of what we should be like.

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  thank you

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MJRVIC2000 6/2/2013 7:51AM

    AMEN, SANDRA! And THANKS! In His Love! Vic.

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    We have to be aware of who we are to change

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