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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/22
When the child of God stops and ponders just what God has done for him through Jesus, it is plain to see that we have more than abundant reason to love Him with every fiber of our beings. John reminds us that our love for Jesus is rooted in the fact that Jesus first loved us. Yet, we need to dig a little more deeply! Think of what you were and how you have sinned against the Lord God. If you and I got what we deserved today, we would all be in Hell right now. If we received justice, we would have been forever separated from the presence of God. However, through Jesus, we have received grace. Now, because the Lord loved us to the extent that He willingly sent His Son to die for our sins, and because He willingly reached out to us when we were dead in sin and couldn't get to Him on our own, it is apparent that we owe Him a debt of love and devotion. When we stop and think that Jesus willingly suffered all that He did just so we might be saved by grace, it stirs the heart! If it doesn't move the soul to love and to worship before the Lord, then there is a problem at the heart of your Christian experience. True love for Jesus is always born of a sure realization of what He has done for the child of 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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SANDRALEET 6/23/2013 7:12AM

    Love not money power possessions And show respect for the Government Remember nothing is in place without Gods will God is separate and above all

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    Amen, thanks for sharing "Today's Thought"

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I am a Jew, and the Lord called me to be His 20 years ago. It changed my life.
I was destined for hell, and instead I get Eternity! Praising God to the highest.

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ANHELIC 6/22/2013 5:01PM

    Thanks Vic. "NO JESUS, NO HOPE. KNOW JESUS, KNOW HOPE". We just have to keep remembering this.

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    Without Jesus' love for us, we'd have no hope. Thanks for the message!

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    Yes, it's all about GRACE! Thanks for this and have a wonderful weekend!
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat,6/22/2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 6/22/2013

A MAN, AFTER God’s Own Heart
2 Sam. 19:24-30 HOW TO LOVE THE KING, Lesson 15a

This is one of those obscure passages in the Old Testament that often doesn't receive much attention. In these verses, we witness the reunion of David and a man who loved the king more than his own life. In these few Old Testament verses, there is a valuable lesson for the children of God in any age. You see, by the testimony of this man named Mephibosheth, we are given a clear cut example of how we, God's redeemed children, are to love the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, it's a fact that we speak of our love for the Lord often. However, I fear that we do not demonstrate that love for Jesus as we should. That is the focus of the message. If we learn nothing else, let us grasp the truth that we serve a risen Lord who is worthy of all the love and devotion that we can give to His glorious Name. Please join me as we look together at the trials and triumphs of this man named Mephibosheth and what he teaches us about “How To Love The King”.

LOVE HIM WITH ABSOLUTE DEVOTION

Mephibosheth demonstrates his devotion to King David in various ways in verses (24, 26, 27, 28, 30). Let's see if we can come to understand the root of this all-consuming devotion that Mephibosheth showed for David.

The Cause Of His Devotion - The reason Mephibosheth was so devoted to David can be seen in what David had done for him, (2 Sam. 9:1-13; 2 Sam. 19:28). As the son of Jonathon, Mephibosheth was in line to ascend to the throne of Saul. In reality, he was a rival to David for the office of King. Yet, David, instead of acting with justice and executing Mephibosheth, he extended grace to this little, crippled man. David had every right to kill Mephibosheth, but because of his great love for Jonathon, he spared Mephibosheth's life, (2 Sam. 9:3; 1 Sam. 20:15).

When the child of God stops and ponders just what God has done for him through Jesus, it is plain to see that we have more than abundant reason to love Him with every fiber of our beings. John reminds us that our love for Jesus is rooted in the fact that Jesus first loved us, (1 John 4:19). Yet, we need to dig a little more deeply! Think of what you were and how you have sinned against the Lord God. If you and I got what we deserved today, we would all be in Hell right now. If we received justice, we would have been forever separated from the presence of God. However, through Jesus, we have received grace, (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:20). Now, because the Lord loved us to the extent that He willingly sent His Son to die for our sins, (Rom. 5:6-8), and because He willingly reached out to us when we were dead in sin and couldn't get to Him on our own, (Eph. 2:1; John 6:44), it is apparent that we owe Him a debt of love and devotion. When we stop and think that Jesus willingly suffered all that He did just so we might be saved by grace, it stirs the heart! If it doesn't move the soul to love and to worship before the Lord, then there is a problem at the heart of your Christian experience. True love for Jesus is always born of a sure realization of what He has done for the child of God.

The Course Of His Devotion - Mephibosheth's great love for David translated into a life of service and devotion. Because he loved the king, it showed in his life. Mephibosheth lived a life of total devotion and absolute faithfulness toward the king.

In other words, you won't have to run around saying, "I love the Lord!" It won't need to be said, because it will be clearly seen in everything you do. It will be seen in your prayer life, your attention to Scripture, your attendance upon the worship of the Lord, your witnessing life, your manner of life. All I am saying is that when we are in love with Jesus, whole heartedly, it cannot be hidden. It will tell on you! What does your life say about your love for the Lord?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 10:12 (New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Love Divine” By: Charles Wesley (1747)

Love divine, all loves excelling
Joy of heaven to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling
All Thy faithful mercies crown
Jesus, Thou art all compassion
Pure unbounded love Thou art
Visit us with Thy salvation
Enter every trembling heart


Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit
Let us find Thy promised rest
Take away the love of sinning
Alpha and Omega be
End of faith, as its beginning
Set our hearts at liberty


Come, Almighty to deliver
Let us all Thy grace receive
Suddenly return, and never
Never more Thy temples leave
Thee we would be always blessing
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing
Glory in Thy perfect love




Finish then Thy new creation
Pure and spotless let us be
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee!
Changed from glory into glory
Till in heaven we take our place
Till we cast our crowns before Thee
Lost in wonder, love and praise


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, God of All Life in Heaven and On Earth!
Transform our minds so we can step out of our old habits of thoughts and feelings that paralyze and limit our love, our devotion and our serve to You. Search us, Lord, and know our hearts; try us and know our anxieties; see if there is any wicked or secret sin in us; and lead us the way of everlasting to Your gory and praise. Help us to seek You in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving and gladness of heart. Enable us to guard our hearts and minds the power of Jesus Christ, Your Word, and Your Spirit. Fill us with Your joy so that it becomes strength and healing for our bodies and souls. These things we pray in Jesus’ name with a humble spirit and a grateful heart. Amen!

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    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Loving Jesus by our actions is more significant than by our words. Just repeating the name Jesus, thanking Him for all He has carried us through and thank Him for the very things that are troubling us and the trials will feel awkward, but He is building us up for His return. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic and have a Blessed weekend and Sabbath.

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NELLIEH1 6/22/2013 3:35PM

    Truly "Love Divine" is all other loves excelling day by day in/for us. Oh to love him more!!

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    I wish I could do more than I do!

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    Thank you Vic for this wonderful lesson!
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IAM_HIS 6/22/2013 9:51AM

    Vic, thank you for this. I am not writing any words today. Instead, I am going to put my love into action.

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    Love him in good and bad times

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"Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus, Because He first loved me."
Thanks Vic. "The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows." emoticon Blessings on your weekend and Lord's Day.

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Friday, June 21, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/21
I think we should take a moment to find something that speaks to our own hearts. The truth is, we have all been hurt. But, the sadder truth is that we have all been on the other side too. We are all guilty of saying things out of turn; talking about someone else; doing hurtful things; and even of telling lies on another person. When life finds us in this position, what are we supposed to do? We are to do exactly what Shimei did. We are to go to the person we have offended and we are to confess to them what we have done and we are to seek their forgiveness. That is the clear teaching of the Bible. Many things have to be straightened out and much hurt has to be healed, but our response of forgiveness, made possible by our own understanding of the forgiveness of God, becomes the basis of a new joy and a new life.” When we are wrong we need to admit it. When we have been wronged, we need to forget it. 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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    We find it very difficult to admit our wrongs, and even harder to forget when someone else has wronged us. Yet those are very important to our Christian life!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 6/21/2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 6/21/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 19:16-23
A PORTRAIT OF A FORGIVING HEART, Lesson 14b

THE ADMISSION DAVID SECURED - 2 Sam. 19:16-20

Well, months have passed. The rebellion of Absalom has been quashed. David is returning home. As he is his men cross the Jordan, several people are gathering to meet the returning king. Among them are old Shimei and one thousand of his men. Let’s examine what happened the second time these men met.

v. 18 There Was A Humble Confession – When Shimei comes before David, he falls at his feet in humility. This is a far different attitude than he displayed the last time his path crossed that of David. Perhaps Shimei has had time to contemplate his mistakes.

v. 19-20 There Was An Honest Confession – Shimei said the three hardest words known to man: “I have sinned.” He made a full and complete confession of his wrong in his attack on David.

v. 19-20 There Was A Hopeful Confession – Shimei hopes that David won’t hold the past against him. He seems genuinely sorry for what he has done and is hopeful that David will offer him forgiveness.

It took a real man to do what Shimei did! There is some debate among scholars as to whether his confession was sincere, or whether it was just an attempt to save his hide. We cannot know his heart or his motives, but it seems to me that we should just take the account at face value. After all, the Holy Spirit does not call his confession into question.

Now, before we look at David’s response to Shimei, I think we should take a moment to find something that speaks to our own hearts. The truth is, we have all been hurt. But, the sadder truth is that we have all been on the other side too. We are all guilty of saying things out of turn; talking about someone else; doing hurtful things; and even of telling lies on another person. When life finds us in this position, what are we supposed to do? We are to do exactly what Shimei did. We are to go to the person we have offended and we are to confess to them what we have done and we are to seek their forgiveness. That is the clear teaching of the Bible, (Matt. 5:23-24; James 5:16).

THE AMNESTY DAVID SUPPLIED - 2 Sam. 19:21-23.

When David hears this, he responds to Shimei in grace and not in retaliation. Notice what David did at this moment in time. What he did is a lesson to those of us who get hurt from time to time.

What David Prevented – Again, Abishai wants to kill Shimei, but David prevents his violent nephew from killing the humbled man. In other words, David stood as a protector of the very person who had wronged him. That is grace!

What David Perceived – David knew that this was a day of rejoicing and a day of forgiveness. He also perceived that it was a day of grace in his own life. He was returning to glory to reclaim his throne and it was only so because God has forgiven him and had given him grace and not what he deserved.

What David Promised – David promised forgiveness and amnesty to Shimei. Why? It had not been many days since David himself had sinned against Uriah, Bathsheba, the nation of Israel and the God of Heaven. When David had bowed before the Lord and confessed his sins, God had freely forgiven him. Now, David extends that same grace to one who had wronged him greatly.

David’s response to Shimei demonstrates what our own response should be when we are faced with an opportunity to forgive. First, we need to remember that even at our very best none of us are perfect. We have all sinned against God and we have all against others. Still, we have been forgiven many times. We have a responsibility to forgive others when they sin against us, (Matt. 18:15-35; Luke 17:1-5; Eph. 4:32). Get the picture?

Second, just as we should be quick to forgive, we should learn to express that forgiveness. In other words, don’t just think it, say it! When something happens, we may pray about the matter and leave it with the Lord, but the offending party needs to know that they have been forgiven. We need to reach out to those who reach out to us!

What if someone hurts us and they don’t deal with it? Can we hold a grudge then? Is it all right to be angry with them until they come around begging our forgiveness? No! Regardless of what they do to us or say about us we should have the same spirit Jesus displayed when He was on the cross and he said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34).

A good example of this kind of forgiveness is demonstrated in a story told by Stuart Briscoe. He says, “Some years ago a fashionably dressed women came to my study, very distressed. She had made a commitment to the Lord a few days earlier but had asked to see me because something was troubling her. She poured out an unpleasant story concerning an affair she had been having with one of her husband’s friends. Then she insisted that her husband should know, and that I should tell him! That was a new experience for me!

After some discussion with the women, I called the husband. When he arrived at my study, I told him what had happened. Turing to his tearful and fearful wife, he said, “I love you. I forgive you. Let’s make a new start.”

Many things had to be straightened out and much hurt had to be healed, but his response of forgiveness, made possible by his own understanding of the forgiveness of God, became the basis of a new joy and a new life.”

Let me share this before I close. David may have forgiven Shimei, but David never forgot what Shimei did. I would submit to you that forgiveness like that is not forgiveness at all! David’s last request before he dies is found in (1 Kings 2:8-9). On his death bed, David commands Solomon to be sure that Shimei pays for the evil he had done. Solomon eventually carries out this command and Shimei is executed, (1 Kings 2:36-46). David’s forgiveness was not perfect, was it?

Some people forgive like the man in this tale: A man lay dying in a hospital bed. But as he lay there, he suddenly remembered an old enemy he once held a grudge against. Calling a nurse to his bedside, he whispered, "Nurse, please summon my old enemy."

The enemy arrived, and the man opened one eye, and said to him, "My enemy, I have called you here today to say I'm sorry for all the wrong I've done to you." Then he paused, and added, "But mind you, if I ever get BETTER, you be sure that the old grudge still holds good!"

Aren’t you glad that God does not forgive like man does? When God forgives, He also forgets, (Jer. 31:34). Thank God, that truth is sounded forth again and again in the Bible, (Psa. 103:12; Isa. 38:17; 43:25; Jer. 50:20; Micah 7:19; 1 John 1:7).

It takes effort; it takes grace and it may take all that we have, but we should strive to give forgiveness to the same level that we have received forgiveness. No wonder the disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith, (Luke 17:5).

Conc: How are you doing in the arena of forgiveness? Are you practicing the kind of forgiveness that pleases the Lord? Or, are you in the business of holding grudges and getting even? If there is a hurt that needs to be forgiven, this would be a good time to deal with it. If you are the offending party, it would be a good time to go to that other person and say, “I am sorry!” We should seek to forgive to the same level that we have been forgiven. And, we should strive to keep short accounts with our fellow man.

I can condense this message down into two statements. When we are wrong we need to admit it. When we have been wronged, we need to forget it.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Micah 4:4 (New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“Freely, Freely” By: Carol Owens (1972)

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name,
I've been born again in Jesus' name,
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His love as He told me to.

Chorus:
He said, Freely, freely you have received;
Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe,
Others will know that I live."

All power is given in Jesus' name,
In earth and heaven, in Jesus' name;
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His power as He told me to.

Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Lord and King of our lives!
Help us to have a close communion with Jesus so we may know Your will and Your way of doing the work You have set before us. Enable us to have the mind of Christ in us to guide us and direct us in the way we should walk, for in Him we have our being and our lives. He is the one that will teach us on how to reach the many lost souls who are seeking Your Kingdom and righteousness, who are accepting the challenges of righteousness, who are committed to Your salvation and bowing to Jesus’ sovereignty, and who need a close communion with Him to glorify the God who loves us and died for us. It is in His glorious name that we pray. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/21/2013 11:45PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. Forgivness sometimes becomes difficult in some circumstances but if we don't forgives others, God will not forgive us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your daily teachings. Have a blessed weekend.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/21/2013 9:48PM

    Wow! Great message!

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GOOZLEBEAR 6/21/2013 8:14PM

    The concept of God's forgiveness, never fails to humble me. Thank you for a wonderful Bible study!!!!

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BJPENNY70 6/21/2013 7:41PM

    This message hits home for us all doesn't. This is a wonderful message. It helps us to clean up our lives. I think GOD speaks to us all about this at some point in our lives. Thank you!

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IAM_HIS 6/21/2013 2:46PM

    Vic, this really hits home to me. Thank you for this. As I read it, I thought more about what I have done wrong. And, about how people have forgiven me. I feel so grateful, however, at a much greater level of gratitude. And when I thought of how much God forgives me, it blew me away...I cry with thankfulness and gratitude.

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NELLIEH1 6/21/2013 8:11AM

    Freely, freely we do receive of GOD everyday...ALL of Himself in Christ Jesus! He forgives all of our sins and heals all our dis-eases. How can we not also forgive those who harm/hurt/persecute/pain us? How can we not humbly ask, "Will you please forgive me?" of those we have harmed/hurt/persecuted/pained? GOD, please help us freely give as we also freely receive of YOU!

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    Forgive always so we will be forgiven Sometimes we now not our own sins We to have to learn and repent

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/20
The next time you are cursed, attacked, threatened, lied about, etc., what are you going to do? Well, you can step outside of God’s will and handle it yourself. Or, you can take the high road and leave it in the hand of God. By the way, if you determine that you are going to be like Jesus, you had better keep a tender heart ready to forgive, and you had better a skin as thick as that of a rhinoceros because you are going to be attacked. 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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HONOURIA 6/22/2013 2:25AM

    Thanks Vic!

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LOUIE-LILY 6/21/2013 8:00AM

    This is exactly what I've been going through! I've been praying every morning for the Grace to return hatred with love, bitterness with kindness and impatience with understanding. I figure Jesus withstood the real attack so I can just turn it over to Him each day and He will handle it. And He has been!
I am so grateful for friends and loved ones in this world, but most of all for the love of Jesus!
Thank you!

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SANDRALEET 6/20/2013 9:55AM

    So true And do not do it our self Think before you say anything

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    Thanks for sharing!

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