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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/12/2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/12/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11d

DAVID HAD HELPFUL FRIENDS

2 Sam. 17:27-28 – Shobi, Machir and Barzillai

These three men were nobodies who became somebody’s in the life of David. They walked in when most everyone else walked out. When they came, they came in at the right time and they came with exactly what David needed. Let’s look at these men a little closer.

Shobi – He was an Ammonite. His father, Nahash the king of Ammon was cruel beyond words, (1 Sam. 11). His brother Hunan had embarrassed David’s messengers, (2 Sam. 10). But, Shobi became an ally of David and stood by him through these difficult days. David had fought against his people. But, Shobi did not allow the past to cloud his love for David.

Machir – He was the man from Lo-debar who gave shelter to Mephibosheth. He was the kind of person who had a tender heart and seemed to want to reach out and help others. He may have thought that he had already given enough, but he gave more because he was David’s friend. He never forgot what David had done for Mephibosheth.

Barzillai – He was an old man and had plenty of money, (2 Sam. 19:32). He could have said, “Get someone else! I’m old and I’m tired.” But, he didn’t! He was David’s friend and he rose to the challenge. When he was needed, he came and he gave to his friend.

These men reveal the true nature of friendship. They gave without being asked and they asked for nothing in return. They gave out of love with no hidden agenda. They did what they did because they loved David. He was their friend and no price was too high and no inconvenience too great. They did what they could for their friend!

Notice where David is, when these three men come to him. He is in a place called “Mahanaim”. This is not the first time this place has been mentioned in the Bible. The first time it is mentioned in during the life of Jacob. As Jacob returned home after 20 years in exile, the angels of the Lord met him in “Mahanaim”, (Gen. 32:1-2). Just like the angels came and ministered to Jacob; Shobi, Machir and Barzillai came and did angel’s work in David’s life. Thank God for friends like these!

One of the all-time greats in baseball was Babe Ruth. His bat had the power of a cannon, and his record of 714 home runs remained until Hank Aaron came along. The Babe was the idol of sports fans, but in time age took its toll, and his popularity began to wane. Finally the Yankees traded him to the Braves. In one of his last games in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth began to falter. He struck out and made several misplays that allowed the Reds to score five runs in one inning. As the Babe walked toward the dugout, chin down and dejected, there rose from the stands an enormous storm of boos and catcalls. Some fans actually shook their fists. Then a wonderful thing happened. A little boy jumped over the railing, and with tears streaming down his cheeks he ran out to the great athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around the Babe's legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth scooped him up, hugged him, and set him down again. Patting him gently on the head, he took his hand and the two of them walked off the field together.

That is the kind of Friend the saints have found in Jesus! He came in when we had no hope. He gave us just what we needed when we needed it. He did, not the work of an angel, but the work of a Savior in our lives. He gave His all and never stopped to consider the cost or to ask for repayment. As the song writer said, “What a Friend we have in Jesus!”

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 25:9 (New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” By: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.


4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Light, God of Love!
What are we that You are mindful of us, that You give us so much attention? It is hard for us to comprehend the depth of Your love and why Jesus wants to be our Best Friend. You care about every detail in our lives. We are grateful that in difficult times You are with us, walking beside us all the way through to the other side of pain and trouble. Forgive us when we blame You for the trouble we bring on ourselves. Thank You for Jesus and for working things out for our good. These things we pray before Your throne of grace in His precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/12/2013 11:17PM

    Thank you for the great message, hymn and prayer. When we have a faithful friend in Jesus, we have a strong ability to continue and feel secure. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your continued lessons.

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CANDOIT54 6/12/2013 9:50PM

    Thank you Vic. The hymns are so much better when I find them on youtube and listen to them.

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HONOURIA 6/12/2013 9:54AM

    A true friend indeed.

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SANDRALEET 6/12/2013 9:10AM

    Love like God uncondituly

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NELLIEH1 6/12/2013 8:16AM

    Thank you, Vic, for helping us to dwell on the one Friend we have forever! Jesus is there indeed as our hope wanes. He is always present to/for/with/in us as believers into Him. He has paid all costs eternally for who we are (dead in sin) so we are made alive in Him and totally reconciled with GOD everlastingly!

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/11
The saints have such a Friend in the Lord Jesus! He put everything on the line for us His friends. He placed us ahead of Himself. He stormed the ramparts of Hell; defeated the power of sin, death, Hell and grave. He gave us the victory that He had suffered to win. Thank God for a Friend like Him! 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 6/11/2013 10:58PM

    Praise the Lord. Thank you for your love.

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BLEGNER1 6/11/2013 9:11PM

    Hallelujah, thank you Lord.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/11/2013 7:32PM

    Hallelujah!!!

God bless Brother Vic!!!

Dee

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SANDRALEET 6/11/2013 9:00AM

    Our strenght and wat.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/11/2013 8:35AM

    And to think He planned it all before creation!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/11/2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/11/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11c

DAVID HAD HEROIC FRIENDS

2 Sam. 15:30-37 – Hushai the Archite
The next friend to come to David’s side was a man named Hushai. We are told in (verse 37) that he is David’s friend. He comes to meet David as David is leaving Jerusalem, and Hushai is clearly in mourning. He is broken hearted over what is happening to his king and to his friend. David sends him back into the city. He tells him to go to Absalom and feign allegiance. David wants Hushai to counter the counsel of old Ahithophel. Ahithophel was David’s counselor, but he was also Bathsheba’s grandfather. He saw the rebellion of Absalom as an opportunity to get even with David for what he had done to Bathsheba and Uriah. So, Hushai does what David asks and saves David’s life, (2 Sam. 17:15-22). He served as David’s eyes and ears in the throne room. He was heroic in that he laid his life on the line for his friend. One slip and Hushai would have been a dead man!

Few, but precious are the friends that will take that kind of stand for you. David was blessed in that he had a few people who were willing to take a chance to help him in his time of need. He had Hushai, Zadok, Abiathar, their two sons Jonathan and Ahimaaz, an unknown girl who took a message, (17:17), and an unnamed woman who hid Jonathan and Ahimaaz as they carried a message to David, (17:18-21). Thank the Lord for those people who will stand by us no matter what the cost!

Jesse Owens seemed sure to win the long jump at the 1936 games. The year before he had jumped 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches -- a record that would stand for 25 years. As he walked to the long-jump pit, however, Owens saw a tall, blue eyed, blond German taking practice jumps in the 26-foot range. Owens felt nervous. He was acutely aware of the Nazis' desire to prove "Aryan superiority," especially over blacks. At this point, the tall German introduced himself as Luz Long. "You should be able to qualify with your eyes closed!" he said to Owens, referring to his two jumps. For the next few moments the black son of a sharecropper and the white model of Nazi manhood chatted. Then Long made a suggestion. Since the qualifying distance was only 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches, why not make a mark several inches before the takeoff board and jump from there, just to play it safe? Owens did and qualified easily. In the finals Owens set an Olympic record and earned the second of four gold metals.

The first person to congratulate him was Luz Long -- in full view of Adolf Hitler. Owens never again saw Long, who was killed in World War II. "You could melt down all the medals and cups I have," Owens later wrote, "and they wouldn't be a platting (sic) on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long." That is the mark of a true friend! They always put you first!

The saints have such a Friend in the Lord Jesus! He put everything on the line for us, His friends. He placed us ahead of Himself. He stormed the ramparts of Hell; defeated the power of sin, death, Hell and grace. He gave us the victory that He had suffered to win. Thank God for a Friend like Him!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 12:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I’ll Be a Friend To Jesus” By: Johnson Oatman (1922)

1. They tried my Lord and Master,
With no one to defend;
Within the halls of Pilate
He stood without a friend.
Refrain:
I’ll be a friend to Jesus,
My life for Him I’ll spend;
I’ll be a friend to Jesus,
Until my years shall end.

2. The world may turn against Him,
I’ll love Him to the end,
And while on earth I’m living,
My Lord shall have a friend.
Refrain:

3. I’ll do what He may bid me;
I’ll go where He may send;
I’ll try each flying moment
To prove that I’m His friend.
Refrain:

4. To all who need a Savior,
My Friend I’ll recommend;
Because He brought salvation,
Is why I am His friend.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Giver of souls, Spirit and Truth!
Lead us to be transformed in our minds by refusing lies. Enable us to identify lies of our enemies and to accept Your Truth. Jesus who died for us, brought us Truth and Grace. Teach us how to stand against the enemy of our souls. Help us to surrender control of our lives into Your capable hands. Help us to focus our minds and hearts on Jesus and on His Word. Enable the mind of Christ to dwell in us so that it will crowd out all lies. Thank You for the power of Jesus and His Word, not only to teach us but also to protect us. Help us to guard our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. It is in His Precious name that we come before Your Throne of Grace today. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/11/2013 11:00PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. It is awesome to know what a great and loving friend we have in Jesus for him to lay down His life for us.
Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for teaching us each day.

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BLEGNER1 6/11/2013 9:16PM

    Thank you and God bless

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HONOURIA 6/11/2013 11:16AM

    What a wonderful blog on the merits of true friendship, and to the analogy of Christ as our best friend.

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SANDRALEET 6/11/2013 9:04AM

    Oh what a friend we have In Jesus

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  thank you

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NELLIEH1 6/11/2013 7:39AM

    It is so good to have the daily reminder that Jesus is indeed our True Friend throughout life. How well will we believe into Him moment by moment?

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, June 10, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/10
Sam Davis was a Confederate spy executed at Pulaski, Tennessee, for his crime. When captured by the Union army, he had in his possession some papers of vital importance. After examining the case closely, the officers in charge knew he must have had an accomplice in securing the papers. He was court-martialed, led out before the firing squad and blindfolded. Then the officer in charge put forward a proposition: "If you will give us the name of the man who furnished you this information, you may go free." Sam Davis did not hesitate in his reply, "If I had a thousand lives I would give them all before I would betray a friend." I am glad to report to you that the saints have such a Friend in Jesus! He loves us so much that even when we were His enemies, He gave His life on the cross to save our souls. He even called us His friends when we were acting like His enemies. He is a Friend Who loves us like we are, even when we are unlovable. He loves though we often act foolishly toward Him. He loves us even though we do not deserve His love. He is a faithful Friend! 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 6/10/2013 11:28PM

    Amen. What a friend we have in Jesus.

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    Amen! Oh such a Friend; He loved us ere we knew Him!! (1 John)

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEP[S OF FDAITH, Mon, 6/10/2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/10/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11b

DAVID HAD HUMBLE FRIENDS
2 Sam. 15:23-28 – Zadok and Abiathar
Zadok and Abiathar were priests. They were men of God who loved David and wanted to follow him. When he fled from Absalom, they followed David bringing with them the Ark of the Covenant. David, however, sends them back to Jerusalem, placing his trust in the power of God to deliver him, (v. 25-26). David tells them that they can best serve him by being his eyes in the city. Then, without comment, the two priests turn around and carry the Ark back into the city. By returning to Jerusalem and agreeing to act as spies for David, these men took a great risk! They put their very lives on the line for their friend.

These two demonstrate one of the great marks of a true friend. A genuine friend will love you and accept you, even when he does not understand you or agree with you. A real friend will stand by you regardless of the risks involved. They will stick out their necks for you. They will be there when others turn and walk away! A genuine friend might even get hurt in the process of taking your side. But, no matter when you look, you will find them standing firm, in your corner! That is a real friend! If you have a friend like that, then God has greatly blessed your life.

Two men were out hunting in the northern U.S. Suddenly one yelled and the other looked up to see a grizzly charging them. The first started to frantically put on his tennis shoes and his friend anxiously asked, "What are you doing? Don't you know you can't outrun a grizzly bear?" "I don't have to outrun a grizzly. I just have to outrun you!"

That is the kind of friends most of us have. When the chips are down, they think of themselves first. A true always puts you first! That trust is illustrated in the following story.

Sam Davis was a Confederate spy executed at Pulaski, Tennessee, for his crime. When captured by the Union army, he had in his possession some papers of vital importance. After examining the case closely, the officers in charge knew he must have had an accomplice in securing the papers. He was court-martialed, led out before the firing squad and blindfolded. Then the officer in charge put forward a proposition: "If you will give us the name of the man who furnished you this information, you may go free." Sam Davis did not hesitate in his reply, "If I had a thousand lives I would give them all before I would betray a friend."


I am glad to report to you that the saints have such a Friend in Jesus! He loves us so much that even when we were His enemies, He gave His life on the cross to save our souls. He even called us His friends when we were acting like His enemies, (John 15:13). He is a Friend Who loves us like we are, even when we are unlovable. He loves though we often act foolishly toward Him. He loves us even though we do not deserve His love. He is a faithful Friend!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 15:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Without Him” By: Mylon R. LeFevre (1963)

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I?d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Refrain:
Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don't turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be


Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I?d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I?m saved

Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Lord and King of all Creation!
We bow before You with a humble spirit and a grateful heart, for You are our God and Greatest Blessing. You see into our hearts and know the way we think and how we act towards others. Others may see us as sinners and worthless, but You see us as pertinent, with value, for You can take our nothing and make something good out of it. Our actions often expose what is in our hearts. Forgive us when we fail You and fall short of Your glory and what You desires for us. Grant us the wisdom and strength to see our faults and repent of them. Help us to serve You in the way, will and work that You have called us to do. Help us to face our challenges by faith in You and make the commitment to serve You, the only True God. These we pray by faith in Your Son. Amen!


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ANHELIC 6/10/2013 11:32PM

    A friend can be closer than a brother, but Jesus is closer than that. I am glad to know how secure we are knowing our friend Jesus is with us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your daily teachings.

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CANDOIT54 6/10/2013 4:52PM

    Amen! Thank you, Vic.

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NELLIEH1 6/10/2013 2:13PM

    How can it be that the Sovereign LORD of the whole universe is our Friend? Amazing exchange! Incredible compassion! Love beyond all imagining!

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HONOURIA 6/10/2013 9:28AM

    Devoted He is.

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    We are his He is our Shepperd who looks after his sheep

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