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

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    Thanks for the thought! I choose to follow Jesus.

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    Those bridges will help others stay in relationship with God.

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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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    YOU ARE SO TRUE!!!

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    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.
Refrain:


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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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Friday, June 14, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/14
Have you ever heard of the word “hypocrite”? It was how Jesus referred to the scribes and Pharisees. It is an interesting word! It was originally used to refer to “an actor, or one who plays a part.” In the famous Greek tragedies, one actor would often play many parts. This actor would have a different mask for each part he was to play. As he transitioned from part to part, he would simply switch one mask for another. Hence, hypocrisy came to refer to someone who “plays different parts by hiding behind different masks.” Someone who wears their church face on Sunday and lives like the world on Monday is a hypocrite. By the same token, someone who loves you to your face, but secretly despises you in their hearts is also a hypocrite. They are merely playing a part and hiding behind a mask. .” 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 12:27AM

    How true this is. Thank you for this message.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 6/14/2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 6/14/2013

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

Now, I am not much of a gardener, but I do know this: some plants, especially some weeds, will never die unless you dig out their roots and utterly destroy them. You can cut them off at the surface time after time, but they just keep coming back. However, when the root is exposed and removed from the soil, the plant is gone. It takes work to dig out roots, but it is worth the effort, since it protects the other plants in the garden.

I want to teach on this thought today: “Digging Out The Root Of Bitterness”. Do you know what bitterness is? The word is an adjective and it has the following definitions:

Strong and sharp in taste: having a sharp strong unpleasant taste, for example, like that of orange peel
Resentful: angry and resentful.
Difficult to accept: painful or very hard to accept.
Hostile: expressing intense hostility.
Very cold: penetratingly and unpleasantly cold.

I am interested in that second definition: Resentful. It has the idea of brooding anger over that which has happened in your life. This anger produces a bad spirit within a person. It is a spirit of hostility and coldness toward God or others.

Where does bitterness come from? Bitterness can come about as the result of what others do to us or say about us. Sometimes, bitterness can result from the events of life themselves, as we blame God or others for our troubles. Bitterness will affect every relationship within your life, but it will affect your relationship with the Lord most of all.

The Bible talks about this “root of bitterness” that is a possibility in our lives. Notice: (Heb. 12:15 and Deut. 29:18). These verses refer to that “root of bitterness”. It is called a root because it begins hidden within the soil of your heart. From there, its roots will entwine themselves around your heart and mind, until they choke the life out of you emotionally and spiritually. If allowed to grow unchecked, this “root of bitterness” will spring up into a plant that will cast a shadow over everything you are and do. A “root of bitterness” in your life will literally come to dominate your very existence.

In our text, we are presented with a man who was in the strangle hold of a massive “root of bitterness”. Ahithophel met a tragic end because he allowed a root of bitterness to flourish in his life. His was a sad fate, but thankfully, there are lessons that we can learn from his tragedy that will help us to avoid the same fate. As the Lord gives liberty today, I want to teach for a few minutes on this thought: “Digging Out The Root Of Bitterness”. What we can learn here will give us much help in fighting the battle with bitterness we all face from time to time.

THE TESTIMONY OF AHITHOPHEL’S LIFE

He Had The Testimony Of A Saved Man – Many things in this man’s life give the indication that he was a saved man.
He Sacrificed To God – (2 Sam. 15:12) – The very first time Ahithophel appears in the Bible, he appears engaged in the act of worship. This indicates that he was a keeper of the Law and a worshiper of the Lord.
He Spoke For God – (2 Sam. 16:23) – Ahithophel had the reputation as a man who gave good, godly counsel. In fact, this verse says that hearing a word from Ahithophel was just like getting the word directly from the mouth of God.

He Had The Testimony Of A Serving Man – Reading about this man’s life teaches us that he did not just believe in God, but he also served God by serving others.
He Was A Counselor To God’s Man –( 2 Sam. 15:12) – Great leaders have always surrounded themselves with good counselors and David was no exception. Ahithophel was one of the men David trusted for advice and direction as he governed the nation of Israel.
He Was A Companion Of God’s Man – (Psa. 41:9) – In this Psalm, which looks back on the treachery of Ahithophel’s life, David refers to him as “my familiar friend”. The word “familiar” comes from the same root that is often translated “peace”. These men were at peace with another. They were as close as men could be. The word “friend” comes from a word that can be translated “great champion or husband”, (Which, by the way, is how my wife sees me!) I think that in using these two words, David is saying, “Ahithophel and I were closer than brothers. Our hearts were wedded together as one and we walked together in peace.” He was a friend to the man of God!

In spite of the fact that Ahithophel gave every outward indication that all was well between himself and the Lord and between himself and David, there was something working in his heart that would destroy everything. Even during these times of his life, Ahithophel was being eaten alive, from the inside out, by an event that had happened years earlier.

I pointed out all those positive things from the life of Ahithophel to say this to you: You cannot always tell from the outward signs what is happening in a person’s heart! You may be thinking: “Preacher, no one here has a root of bitterness in this heart. After all, we are at church on a Sunday evening. We have a smile on our faces; we are joyous; we are worshiping together; everything is alright.”

I think Ahithophel is about to teach us that what you see on the outside does not always show you the true condition of the heart! Have you ever heard of the word “hypocrite”? It was how Jesus referred to the scribes and Pharisees, (Matt. 23:13-15; 23, 25, 27). It is an interesting word! It was originally used to refer to “an actor, or one who plays a part.” In the famous Greek tragedies, one actor would often play many parts. This actor would have a different mask for each part he was to play. As he transitioned from part to part, he would simply switch one mask for another. Hence, hypocrisy came to refer to someone who “plays different parts by hiding behind different masks.” Someone who wears their church face on Sunday and lives like the world on Monday is a hypocrite. By the same token, someone who loves you to your face, but secretly despises you in their hearts is also a hypocrite. They are merely playing a part and hiding behind a mask.

What is the bottom line? What you see is not always what you get! People tend to try and hide a lot of themselves from others. But, we all need to remember, God sees it all, even that which you think you have hidden, (Heb. 4:13).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 7:17 (New King James Version (NKJV)
17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“How Sweet, How Heavenly” By: Joseph Swain (1792)

How sweet, how heavenly is the sight
When those who love the Lord
In one another’s peace delight
And so fulfill His Word!


When each can feel his brother’s sigh
And with him bear a part!
When sorrow flows from eye to eye
And joy from heart to heart!


When, free from envy, scorn, and pride
Our wishes all above
Each can his brother’s failings hide
And show a brother’s love!




When love, in one delightful stream
Through every bosom flow
And union sweet, and dear esteem
In every action glow


Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above
And he’s an heir of heaven who finds
His bosom glow with love



TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Truth, God of Righteousness!
We thank You that we do not have to live with negative emotions that do nothing good for our minds, soul, and body. Show us where we are living with the root of bitterness and negative attitudes. Break their control which they have over us. Replace them with the fullness of Your Spirit and Your Truth. Wipe them out completely from our lives. You know the secrets of our hearts. Reveal them to us so we may be renewed with the right spirit and attitude. Heal our broken places and mend our hurting hearts. This we pray and ask humbly in Jesus’ most precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/15/2013 12:32AM

    Thank you for the lesson, hymn and prayer, Vic. Bitterness creeps up at times and it is hard to get rid of it sometimes. Only asking for God's help will get rid of it. Thank you for the goodie and note. Have a blessed weekend, Vic.

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    I need to be humbly grateful and vigilant of wrong attitudes.

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NELLIEH1 6/14/2013 12:54PM

    "See to it that no one misses the grace of GOD and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." - Hebrews 12:15 It is in turning from what GOD is offering us in Himself and relying instead on our own feelings, that we fall into jealousy, envy, bitterness. It is a deadly progression to be sure.

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LOUIE-LILY 6/14/2013 12:04PM

    Thank you for taking the time write this study on bitterness! How true it is. I have had to be ever vigilent and prayerful to keep from giving in to the inclination toward being bitter. Our sinful nature has no hope without Him! Praise God He has not left us alone in this struggle!

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LILYDOG11 6/14/2013 11:39AM

    I enjoyed your blog...oh how true regarding bitterness !! If you can tell me which team you are on I will go there and check it out. Thanks !!

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/14/2013 11:03AM

    I have seen personally what bitterness can do in a person's life. Thank you for the wonderful Bible Study today. I appreciate you!!!!

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HONOURIA 6/14/2013 9:56AM

    Yes - bitterness can surely take root in a heart, and it takes some well skilled Christian healing ministry to restore it once it has progressed and usually ends up with physical disorders.

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SANDRALEET 6/14/2013 7:59AM

    In the innermost of our self are the most heart-full things With God we can expose and destroy them

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