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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/18
Will you be waiting when He returns? When the truth of what the Lord has done for you dawns in your soul, you will be possessed by a love for Him that cannot be explained. When you consider that He has forgiven every sin, removed the penalty of your sins and even broken power of sin; how could you not want to see Him? When you remember that He loves you and keeps you and blesses you with more than is ever deserved, it will touch your heart and will cause you to long for His return. My friends please do not let the return of Jesus catch you looking at the world and all its treasures. Instead, strive to found looking for Jesus when He returns. 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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BJPENNY70 6/19/2013 12:55AM

    I do long for HIS coming for us! I pray for HIM to come soon.

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ANHELIC 6/18/2013 11:44PM

    Great message Vic. Thank you. I am waiting for Jesus' return.

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    Amen!


For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2.


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/18/2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/18/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 19:15-17; 24; 31; 20:1
HOW WILL YOU MEET THE KING? Lesson 13b

V. 19-30 SOME WILL BE WAITING
Among those who came to meet David was a man named Mephibosheth. This was the man who had been misrepresented by his servant Ziba. When Mephibosheth comes out to meet the king, we see that he hasn’t washed or shaved since the day David left Jerusalem. He has apparently spent his time in mourning over the king’s absence and in waiting for his return. There is a very good reason for this.

Mephibosheth’s story is told in (2 Sam. 9:1-13). He was a descendent of Saul and as such was the enemy of David. David had every right to kill Mephibosheth, but instead, David spared the crippled man and took him into his own family and treated him as one of his own sons. Mephibosheth’s love was based on what the king had dome for him, He longed for nothing more than to see the king.

When David did return, he acted a little unfairly in regard to Mephibosheth, (v. 29), but the love of Mephibosheth is seen in the fact that he cared not about his land or property, he only cared about being with the king.

Not every Christian will be worried when Jesus comes. There are some who spend their lives waiting for Jesus to return. To their hearts there will be no sweeter sound than to hear that trumpet blast and the shout from Heaven, “Come up hither!” Some of you are looking for Him right now! I want everyone who is looking for the Lord Jesus to know that one day your heart’s cry will be answered. Jesus will do as he said and He will return in power and glory and take His people to be with Him in Heaven, (1 Thes. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52). Yes, praise His wonderful Name, Jesus is coming again.

Will you be waiting when He returns? When the truth of what the Lord has done for you dawns in your soul, you will be possessed by a love for Him that cannot be explained. When you consider that He has forgiven every sin, removed the penalty of your sins and even broken power of sin; how could you not want to see Him? When you remember that He loves you and keeps you and blesses you with more than is ever deserved, it will touch your heart and will cause you to long for His return. My friends please do not let the return of Jesus catch you looking at the world and all its treasures. Instead, strive to found looking for Jesus when He returns. Are you looking for Jesus Christ today? If so, then rejoice, for He might return today. The King is coming, keep watching and keep waiting for He will return, (Heb. 9:28).
TODAY’S VERSE!
Ephesians 2:13-14 (New King James Version (NKJV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Be With Me, Lord” By: T. O. Chisholm (1035)

Be with me, Lord, I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone,
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need Thy strength to lean myself upon.


Be with me, Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap ev'ry where about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.


Be with me, Lord! No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare--
A constant sense of Thy abiding presence,
Where'er I am, to feel that Thou art near.


Be with me, Lord, when lonliness o'ertakes me,
When I must weep amid the fires of pain,
And when shall come the hour of my departure
For worlds unknown, O Lord, be with me then.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Lord and King!
Because You care about us, You have called us to come to Jesus; You have challenged us to walk and live in Him by faith and with obedience; and You have commanded that we surrender totally to Your Sovereignty. Many seek Your salvation but fail to accept Your sovereignty. You are Lord of lords whole created us to trust in You to carry out Your plan and purpose to our good and to Your glory. You are King of kings and it is Your kingdom in which we are to become a citizen. How can we be transformed in our minds and hearts, if we seek Your salvation and not turn control of our lives to You. Help us to understand Your will and Your way. Forgive us for our lack of knowledge, faith and trust. This we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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BJPENNY70 6/19/2013 12:59AM

    Thank you brother in CHRIST JESUS! What a blessing this message is.

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ANHELIC 6/18/2013 11:49PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, I am waiting for Jesus' return. This world can't keep on going with the destruction and sin. We need to have a new world to come with Jesus ruling . Thank you for the goodie and note.
Blessings.

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HONOURIA 6/18/2013 10:53PM

    Well, not soon enough for my mind. I am anxious to see this corruption returned to a new and improved state!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/18/2013 7:08PM

    God bless & keep you Brother Vic!!

Dee

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NELLIEH1 6/18/2013 4:33PM

    The marvelous truth is that GOD Himself puts that expectant desire for Him alone within our inner beings. Nothing of us...all of Him only. To GOD be all the glory!!

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, June 17, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/17
The Bible tells us that there is a King named Jesus who left this earth one day to go back to Heaven. Before He left, He gave His people some precious promises that stand as a glorious hope for the people of God. These promises are a great blessing for those who know and love the King. But, they signal doom for those who do not know Him. Now the truth of the matter is this, not everyone will meet Jesus the same way when He returns. Some will be excited and happy, others will be caught off guard, still others will be found lost and undone and will find that an eternity in Hell is all they have before them. The question I have for you today is this: “How will you meet the King”? 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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    Great message Vic. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you for your message!

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NELLIEC 6/17/2013 4:58PM

    I have had the privilege of 3 near death experiences where I met Jesus and he told me my time was not yet and gave me an assignment. I will be joyous to see Him, since it was very hard to come back!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 6/17/2013 10:40AM

    These are uplifting words for me but I feel for a loved one that is an atheist. Thanks for sharing!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/17/2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 6/17/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 19:15-17; 24; 31; 20:1
HOW WILL YOU MEET THE KING? Lesson 13a

This chapter finds King David returning to his home and his throne in Jerusalem after a forced exile caused by the rebellion of Absalom his son. Absalom has been killed and the king is returning to take his rightful place on the throne of Israel. David’s return finds the people of Israel at odds over his return. Some are prepared for the return of the king, others are not so glad to see him return.

In this chapter, and in the first verse of chapter 20, we are presented with 5 different people who met the King. Each individual meets King David with a different attitude and from a different point of view. Needless to say, before we are done, we will see that while the king’s return was a time of joy, not everyone was happy to see David coming back to Jerusalem.

Today, I want to intertwine this passage with the account of another returning King. The Bible tells us that there is a King named Jesus who left this earth one day to go back to Heaven. Before He left, He gave His people some precious promises that stand as a glorious hope for the people of God, ( John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Rev 22:20). These promises are a great blessing for those who know and love the King. But, they signal doom for those who do not know Him.

Now the truth of the matter is this, not everyone will meet Jesus the same way when He returns. Some will be excited and happy, others will be caught off guard, still others will be found lost and undone and will find that an eternity in Hell is all they have before them. The question I have for you today is this: “How will you meet the King”?

Today, I would like to look at a few of the people who met King David when he returned from exile and I would like to show you, from the accounts of these men, how many will meet King Jesus when He returns someday. I would like to show you the ways various people will meet King Jesus when He returns. As I teach this message, please allow the Lord to speak to you heart and look inwardly, at yourself, as you consider the question that must be answered, “How Will You Meet The King”?

V. 17 SOME WILL BE WORRIED

When David returned one of the people who met him was a man named Ziba. This man had some real reasons to be worried when he saw the king coming.
When David left Jerusalem, Ziba came to the king and brought him food and other necessities, (1 Sam. 16:1-4). In the process of giving food to the king, Ziba took the time to slander the name of Mephibosheth, and by doing so he obtained all the property that belonged to Mephibosheth under false pretenses. In short, Ziba lied to the king and attempted to deceive him. Therefore, Ziba was worried, and rightly so, when he saw the king coming.

Ziba is a picture of the folks in the church who profess love and allegiance for the King, but who, in reality, are not for Him at all! In other words, Ziba is a portrait of the hypocrite! Sadly, many are guilty of hypocrisy because they claim to be one thing but live another.

Folks, this is not the way things were designed to be! When the Lord saves a soul, He takes possession of that life, (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The saved person loses all rights and control over his/her life. As a result, we are expected by the Lord to live for Him, (1 Pet. 1:16; 2 Cor. 6:17). Still, many who say they are saved refuse to get in line with the Lord!

Will you be worried when Jesus comes? Yes, if you are not living a sold out life before the Lord. If you have chosen to be unfaithful to the Lord, His house and His work, then you have reason to worry, because when He comes, we will all stand before Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ, (2Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:12).

Someone may say, “Can’t I live as I please?” Yes, but know there will be a price to pay – (Eccl. 11:9; Gal. 6:7). But, here is the real question you should be answering: “If I can live like I please, am I really saved?” You see, along with salvation comes a desire to live for the Lord!

I will briefly mention Shimei. He also came to meet King David and I am sure that he was worried at the king’s coming. When David left the city, Shimei had followed after David, cursing him as he did, (2 Sam. 16:5-13). Now, David has returned and Shimei is forced to face the King.

Now, there are many, many people who are living life on their own terms. They deny Jesus, mock Jesus and refuse to submit to His authority in their lives. Still, there is coming a day when every person who has ever lived on this earth will face Jesus someday, (Rom. 14:1). The saved ones will face Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ, (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15). The lost will face Him at the Greta White Throne judgment, (Rev. 20:11-15).

The best thing to do, in light of His coming, is to be prepared. If you are lost, come to Jesus today and be saved. If you are saved, live your life in such a fashion that you will not be ashamed at His appearing.

The return of Jesus doesn’t have to be anticipated with worry and fear, but know that many will be caught off guard by the return of Jesus, but it need not be so. Jesus Himself warned us to be ready, (Matt. 24:44).

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 John 3:18-19 (New King James Version (NKJV)
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Church’s One Foundation”, By: Samuel J. Stone (1886)

The church's one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation
by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.

2. Elect from every nation,
yet one o'er all the earth;
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.

3. Though with a scornful wonder
we see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping;
their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.

4. Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till, with the vision glorious,
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest.

5. Yet she on earth hath union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Glorious Father, Awesome God!
Our only hope for deliverance and restoration is found only in Christ Jesus. Help us to be prepared to meet You and follow you. Teach us how to surrender control of our lives to Jesus, our Lord and King. You have saved us for eternity and for Your glory by the power of Your Word and the gift of Your Spirit. Nothing is impossible with You. Please do not give up on us until we are set free and restored for eternity. Enable us to shine like the morning sun in this dark world. Thank You Father! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit! These things we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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NELLIEH1 6/18/2013 2:09AM

    Thank you, Vic, for continually pointing us to our one Source...our Lord Jesus Christ, our coming King!

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ANHELIC 6/18/2013 12:09AM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. As we await Jesus' return,we should be glad and honor Him. Fear should not be an issue at this time since we are living in latter days and we should be encouraging others to become ready as well. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your daily teachings.

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BJPENNY70 6/18/2013 12:00AM

    This is an excellent message. We must remember to pray for one another, even if we do not know each other. Just pray for the body of CHRIST, which is us. I pray for the LORD to revive us to a strong body. Not a sickly body like the church of Laodicea. We must be about the FATHER's business and bring HIM glory and honor. Sharing CHRIST with the lost and encouraging the saint in the LORD. Thank you for this message, today.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/17/2013 10:21PM

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JOANIE69 6/17/2013 1:11PM

    Love your lessons, prayers, today's great hymn, and thought for the day, Vic. I am always better off for it when I can visit your blogs, and don't like missing them when I must. Bless you, Joanie

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HONOURIA 6/17/2013 11:48AM

    Thank you!

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NADINEL 6/17/2013 10:14AM

    Thank you for these warnings and encouragements. Have a great week!

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SANDRALEET 6/17/2013 8:26AM

    Yes many do not live in the light or have and have out Self righteous and judgmental or unforgiving

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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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JOANIE69 6/16/2013 7:54AM

    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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    For give and let God deal with it He will.Even murder

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