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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/16
What happened yesterday can never be changed. But, you do hold the key to tomorrow. You should never allow the hurts of yesterday to control your life today. It is a shame when we drag around the baggage of what someone said, what someone did or how we were hurt. It does nothing but strangle the spiritual life right out of you! You say, “I can’t forget it!” Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”. He also says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. Where we fail, He prevails! He will give you the grace to forgive and He will give you the grace to forget, if you will bring it to Him! If you will bring it to Him, He can really make the past “the past”! 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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    Amen to all this lesson and thought Vic.
I like Sandra's comment, too.

Blessings on this Father's Day today.
God is the best Father of them all. :)

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/16/2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/16/2013

2 Samuel 17:23
DIGGING OUT THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS, Lesson 12c

THE TEACHING OF AHITHOPHEL’S LIFE

As we look at Ahithophel’s life, I think you would agree with me that his life is a tragedy. His life is a lesson in foolishness. This man truly lives up to his name. Ahithophel means “Brother of Folly; or Brother of Ruin”. Knowing what happened to him, I think we would all confess that we do not want the same thing to happen to us. So, what lessons can we take away from this study today? There are a couple of lessons.

The Reasons That Produced His Fall – I have talked a lot about Ahithophel’s bitterness, but I have not yet told you what he was bitter over. I think we need to know. There are three passages that reveal the reasons behind this man’s bitterness and hatred toward David. They are: (2 Sam. 11:1-27; 2 Sam. 23:34). Looking at these two passages together you can see that Bathsheba was the grand-daughter of Ahithophel. David had treated his grand-daughter like she was a plaything and had arranged the murder of her husband Uriah the Hittite.

Considering what David did to Bathsheba, it is no wonder that Ahithophel was angry! And, he allowed his anger to burn for some 9 years, all the while feigning friendship toward David, biding his time until he could exact revenge. This bitterness ate Ahithophel alive until he was brought to the point of intrigue and murder, (2 Sam. 17:1-4). Then, when he saw that his plans had failed and the man he hated would return to the throne, Ahithophel took his own life, rather than face David.

Can you see the danger in allowing a root of bitterness to flourish in your life? Yet, in all of this, Ahithophel forgot two important truths.

God is sovereign and He is able to deal with the sins of His children, (2 Sam. 17:14; Rev. 3:19).

David had already paid dearly for his indiscretion with Bathsheba, (2 Sam. 12), and he would continue to pay for the murder of Uriah for the rest of his life, (2 Kings 12:9-10). God’s children never get away with sin!

The Remedies That Prevent Our Failure – With all this in mind, what can we do to avoid being consumed by a root of bitterness? Thankfully the Bible holds the answer to this question.

Acknowledge you own sin in allowing a root of bitterness to flourish. When you harbor resentment in your heart and fail to extend forgiveness to those who hurt you, then you are just as guilty as they are in the eyes of the Lord. Your first step is to admit your own wrong before the Lord, (1 John 1:9).

People must be forgiven! This is not an option; it is a necessity, (Matt. 18:15-17; Matt. 18:21-35; Luke 17:1-5; Eph. 4:32). It is better to confront those who have offended you and get things settled than it is to allow bitterness to consume from the inside out! Remember, God knows how to take care of His Own children, (Heb. 12:6-12; Rev. 3:19; Rom. 12:17-21).

Past events must be forgotten! What happened yesterday can never be changed. But, you do hold the key to tomorrow. You should never allow the hurts of yesterday to control your life today. It is a shame when we drag around the baggage of what someone said, what someone did or how we were hurt. It does nothing but strangle the spiritual life right out of you! You say, “I can’t forget it!” Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”, (Matt. 11:28). He also says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”,( 2 Cor. 12:9). Where we fail, He prevails! He will give you the grace to forgive and He will give you the grace to forget, if you will bring it to Him, (1 Pet. 5:7)! If you will bring it to Him, He can really make the past the past!

Hatred and anger must be forsaken! (Eph. 4:26-27), give serious warning concerning anger within our lives. It allows our adversary, the devil, a foothold, or a beachhead from which he can attack every area of our lives! You must bring your bitterness to the Lord!

Conc: Friend, are you afflicted with a root of bitterness? If so, then let me challenge you to bring it before the Lord and let Him dig it out of your life today. If you will honestly confess your hurt to the Lord, seek to forgive the offending party, and then God will give the grace needed to make that a reality in your life. You don’t need to let that root of bitterness live another minute!

Of course, some are bitter against others and maybe even against God and they know it, but they have no intentions of forgiving or forgetting, choosing rather to seethe in their anger and to feel sorry for themselves. If that describes you friend, then you are in danger today. You need to lead the charge to this altar, seeking the Lord for your own forgiveness and restoration, so you can begin the healing process.

Others need to get up and go to another Brother or Sister and say, “I’m sorry for what I said or what I did. Please forgive me!” That would be a blessing! Still others are harboring a hurt and nursing a wounded spirit and the person you are hurt at doesn’t even know they have done anything to you. The best thing you can do is to get before the Lord and deal with that matter in your own life. If you can’t get over it, then do what the Bible says and go to that Brother or that Sister and talk it over in a spirit of humility and love.

I have done what the Lord asked me to do today. I have delivered the mail. Now, it is up to you to read it and to do what the Lord is speaking to your heart. My friends, let’s be honest with our own hearts and with one another. Until we deal with our roots of bitterness, the power of God and the ability of the Spirit of God to convict hearts, save sinners and move in power will be hindered.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 54:13 (New King James Version (NKJV)
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Years I Spent In Vanity” By: William R. Newell (1895)

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

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Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

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Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!

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Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

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TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Almighty God!
We praise You as God of restoration, for we know You can restore our relationships and make them completely whole. Enable us to be in a spirit of unity with others. Teach us to be compassionate, loving, tenderhearted and forgiving. Teach us not to return evil for evil, but rather to bless and gain favor. You are every one’s Creator and everyone is our brother or sister. You laid down Your life for everyone. Help us to love one another as You have loved us. This we ask and pray in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/16/2013 11:56PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. Bitterness is something we have to remember to drive away. It will only eat away at us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Happy Father's Day Vic.

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BJPENNY70 6/16/2013 10:45PM

    This is a wonderful message. Thank you for sharing with us. It is a powerful message.

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HONOURIA 6/16/2013 1:28PM

    Well said. The destructiveness of bitterness and hatred cannot be overstated.

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    Thank you Vic.

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SANDRALEET 6/16/2013 7:40AM

    So many do not not now God forgives put God punishes.We suffer for our destructive act Even over eat get fat and health problems

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TODAY'S TRUTH!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Spiritual people, , should not allow their lives to be consumed by hate, anger and bitterness! The best thing we can do is build a bridge and get over it before it kills us! Walk In The Light Of Jesus! 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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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/16/2013 9:35AM

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ANHELIC 6/15/2013 10:42PM

    Amen. We all need bridges to cross over to the right side.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/15/2013 2:15PM

    Thanks for the thought! I choose to follow Jesus.

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/15/2013 11:02AM

    Those bridges will help others stay in relationship with God.

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ELLIPSISDREAM 6/15/2013 10:43AM

    What a kind sentiment... and that really ought to extend to our treatment of ourselves- although I suspect for many of us, that is the hardest part. Thank you for your kind comment on my page. It brought me great comfort- what I chose to disclose yesterday, after all of my years on the Spark was scary, but I felt it was time. Thank you for making it easier. *Hugs*

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/15
There are many in today’s church, who are also afflicted with a root of bitterness. Because of some events in your past; because of what someone said to you or about you; because you didn’t get your way at some point, your feelings are hurt and nothing means as much to you as getting your pound of flesh. You are angry at someone else and you want revenge. You are hurt and you want them to hurt. You are offended and so you give them the cold shoulder, or purposely go out of your way to avoid having to speak to them. You think you are hurting them, but in reality, you are hurting no one but yourself! How? Friend, your bitterness will kill no one but you! When you and I allow bitterness over the hurts, slights and events of life to control us, we are committing slow, spiritual suicide. We are allowing our very spiritual life to be strangled right out of us! When we allow our hurts to linger, they will grow into a root of bitterness that will stifle anything spiritual within our lives. 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 6/15/2013 10:43PM

    So true. It is hard to do, but with God all things are possible.

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LUANN7 6/15/2013 6:39PM

    YOU ARE SO TRUE!!!

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CANDOIT54 6/15/2013 12:21PM

    So true.

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LILYDOG11 6/15/2013 10:47AM

    Thanks for the blog...what you have written is so true !!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/15/2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/15/2013

2 Samuel 17:23
DIGGING OUT THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS, Lesson 12b

THE TRAGEDY OF AHITHOPHEL’S LIFE

The bitterness that was hidden within the heart of Ahithophel finally came out. Notice how it manifested itself in his life.

A Tragic Conspiracy – When David’s son Absalom rebelled against his father, Ahithophel saw his chance to enact his revenge upon King David. Ahithophel joined the rebellion and stood against God’s anointed, (2 Sam. 15:31; Psa. 41:9).

A Tragic Counsel – Out of his hatred for David, Ahithophel gave Absalom two words of counsel. The first recommendation he made was designed to Disgrace King David, (2 Sam. 16:20-23). By having Absalom go into his father’s concubines, he publicly disgraced David and created a rift between father and son that could never be healed. The second recommendation was designed to Destroy King David, (2 Sam. 17:1-4). Had this second piece of advice been followed, it is possible that David would have been defeated.

A Tragic Conclusion – Thankfully, David had a true friend in Absalom’s court, a man by the name of Hushai. Hushai had originally planned to go with David when he fled from Absalom, but at David’s request, he stayed behind in the city to try and overthrow the counsel of Ahithophel, (2 Sam. 15:32-37). Hushai comes to Absalom and professes his loyalty, (2 Sam. 16:16-19). After he has gained Absalom’s confidence, Hushai contradicts the wise counsel of Ahithophel, (2 Sam. 17:1-22), which resulted in Absalom accepting Hushai’s counsel and David being warned of what is about to take place and thus David is spared. Of course, the key verse is (2 Sam. 17:14). God was behind all this intrigue, because David, not Absalom, was the king of Israel!

When Ahithophel sees that his counsel has been rejected and that his plans to defeat and destroy David have failed, he returns to his house, puts everything in order and commits suicide! What a tragic end to what had been a good life! Ahithophel did all these evil things because there was a root of bitterness in his life. He hated David and had merely pretended to be his friend all those years. As that root of bitterness grew in his life, Ahithophel lost sight of his former friendship with David. He lost sight of his walk with the Lord. Everything of value in his life had been choked out and he was left with nothing but bitterness and hatred. The root of bitterness had utterly consumed this man.


As tragic as these events may be, I would like to point out that there are many in today’s church, who are also afflicted with a root of bitterness. Because of some events in your past; because of what someone said to you or about you; because you didn’t get your way at some point, your feelings are hurt and nothing means as much to you as getting your pound of flesh. You are angry at someone else and you want revenge. You are hurt and you want them to hurt. You are offended and so you give them the cold shoulder, or purposely go out of your way to avoid having to speak to them. You think you are hurting them, but in reality, you are hurting no one but yourself! How? Friend, your bitterness will kill no one but you! When you and I allow bitterness over the hurts, slights and events of life to control us, we are committing slow, spiritual suicide. We are allowing our very spiritual life to be strangled right out of us! When we allow our hurts to linger, they will grow into a root of bitterness that will stifle anything spiritual within our lives.

It is a tremendous tragedy when saved; spiritual people allow their lives to be consumed by hate, anger and bitterness! The best thing you can do is build a bridge and get over it before it kills you!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 13:5 (New King James Version (NKJV)
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Anywhere With Jesus” By: Jessie B. Pounds (1887)

1. Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go,
Anywhere He leads me in this world below;
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade;
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid.

Refrain:
Anywhere, anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

2. Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone;
Other friends may fail me, He is still my own;
Though His hand may lead me over drearest ways,
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise.
Refrain:

3. Anywhere with Jesus, over land and sea,
Telling souls in darkness of salvation free;
Ready as He summons me to go or stay,
Anywhere with Jesus when He points the way.
Refrain:

4. Anywhere with Jesus I can go to sleep,
When the dark’ning shadows round about me creep,
Knowing I shall waken nevermore to roam;
Anywhere with Jesus will be home, sweet home.
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TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Light, God of Righteousness!
Not only have You called us to come to Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life: You have challenged us to believe, repent, confess, be baptized, and walk with Him by faith and obedience. You have challenged us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, to make it a priority in our lives. Help us to believe, to repent, to confess Jesus as Lord and King. Teach us how to be baptized and how to walk with Him and be obedient to Him. Enable us to make this challenge to be the highest priority in our lives. Keep us in the work, the way and in Your will always. Forgive us when we fail You. Guide and direct our way to Your glory, praise and honor. By faith we pray these things in His blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/15/2013 10:49PM

    Thank your for this great lesson, hymn and prayer. When we harbor bitterness and hatred, it tears us up inside. If we don't overcome the bitterness especially from the past, we won't be able to carry on into the future with loving one another. Thank you for the goodie and note. Have a blessed Sunday.

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    How much easier it is to see the jealousy-envy-bitterness syndrome in others around us and miss it in ourselves. I've been thinking today about how nurturing our disquieted thoughts, feeding them with discontent, so often leads us down this tragic path away from GOD. Thank you, Vic, again for these reminders.

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HONOURIA 6/15/2013 12:26PM

    It is soulish and quite unChristianly human to indulge bitterness, the root of which comes from a spirit of Hatered. There is no place for it in the temple of the Holy Spirit - in ours!

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    We on SP have picked up many challenges. This is the most important one I have run into yet. I am going to put this prayer on my page, if okay, so I can look at it daily. emoticon

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LILYDOG11 6/15/2013 10:55AM

    A person who dwells on the past misdeeds that may or may not have occurred that might of been unjust, will have bitterness. Better to live in the present and think of the wonderful and glorious life you have NOW and in the future!!

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JOANIE69 6/15/2013 7:40AM

    Thanks for the lessons on bitterness, Vic. I know a man who is divorced and has enemies too, and he is always making fun of people and taking shots at people verbally and laughing over it. It is very unbecoming in a Christian leader, and I pray for him often. (I am not without my own faults and sin, but thankfully I am a cheerful soul and bitterness is not one of them. We fight against sin all our lives, but we are not under its power, so there is improvement as we mature in Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, I fear what kind of people I/ we would be. Love covers a multitude of sins and prayer changes things, but we must remove our blinders and realize/confess our faults before we can be set free. Thank you for holding up a mirror to sin, so we can examine ourselves as we read.)

Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Lord's day.

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SANDRALEET 6/15/2013 7:25AM

    Yes hate revenge destroys We are to forgive and move on WE have to if we want God to forgive us,

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