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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/26
God had enabled David to enjoy victory over every enemy. David had been able to achieve the impossible time and time again because God had sustained him through every test. Whether it was a lion, bear or giant, king, soldier or son God had allowed David to experience victory over every obstacle he faced in his life. The saints of God enjoy the same kind of relationship with our Father. In times of temptation, He gives us strength to overcome. In times of testing and trials, He supports us with His presence. He sustains us with His power. He supplies us with His promises. Thank God He is a God, Who sustains His people! That ought to fill our hearts with songs of praise! 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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AZMOMXTWO 6/27/2013 8:36AM

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    Gods plan He runs things not us,

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    When God chooses some one to do grate things They do it God new them before they were born since the beginning of time.

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    Thanks Vic. With God all things are possible.

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    Thanks so much, Vic! Your quotes bring solace at the most needed times! It is a gift, and I thank you and God for bringing it. emoticon

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    emoticon I SENT THIS TO A FRIEND IN GREAT NEED. PLEASE PRAY FOR HER EVEN IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HER.

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    I love that in the face of temptation He gives me an escape route. He is my ever present help in the time of trouble, my strengthen, my Redeemer & my Lord!

God bless Bro Vic!

Dee

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    The biggest price God gives us is contentment no matter the situations

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/26/2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/26/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 22:1-51
DAVID’S SONG OF SONGS, Lesson 16b

v. 21-30 DAVID SINGS OF THE GOD WHO SUSTAINS

Not only did David know God is a saving relationship; he also knew Him in a sustaining relationship. God had delivered his soul from death, and He had delivered David from harm and danger on many occasions.

v. 21-28 Through Times Of Temptation – David tells us that God had enabled him to remain true to the Lord and to keep his Word. Now, David is not declaring that he had never sinned. We know better! David had sinned and he had done so in a terrible fashion. He was guilty of adultery, murder and deception. David is referring to “imputed righteousness.” David believed in the Lord by faith and accepted him on that basis. When others had strayed away from the right path, David had continued to walk in the ways of the Lord.

v. 29 Through Times Of Testing – There were many times when David did not know which way to turn in life. In those times, God had been his guiding light. God had revealed the next step in the path time and time again. He has given us His Word, (Psa. 119:105), and His Spirit, (John 16:13), to do the same for us!


v. 30 Through Times Of Trials – God had enabled David to enjoy victory over every enemy. David had been able to achieve the impossible time and time again because God had sustained him through every test. Whether it was a lion, bear or giant, king, soldier or son God had allowed David to experience victory over every obstacle he faced in his life.

The saints of God enjoy the same kind of relationship with our Father. In times of temptation, He gives us strength to overcome, (1 Cor. 10:13, Eph. 6:12-13). In times of testing and trials, He supports us with His presence, (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). He sustains us with His power, (Eph. 3:20). He supplies us with His promises, (Phil. 4:19; Psalm 55:22). Thank God He is a God, Who sustains His people! That ought to fill our hearts with songs of praise!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 16:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“In Moments Like These” By: David Graham (1980)

In moments like these I sing out a song
I sing out a love song to Jesus
In moments like these I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice to the Lord

Chorus:
Singing, I love You, Lord
Singing, I love You, Lord
Singing, I love You, Lord
I love You

In moments like these I lift up my hands
I lift up my hands to the Lord

Chorus:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most Loving God!
We cry out to You for deliverance from those things that keeps us from becoming all You created us to be. Set us free from anything that separates us from You, Your Word and Your Spirit. To that end You have called us to be sanctified and holy, because You are a Holy God. Even the midst of what seems to be impossible, when life is darkest and hope evades us, You can do Your Greatest Works of salvation and deliverance. All we need to do is turn to you for help. Thank You for being our God, a God of miracles. Today You will perform miracles in many lives. Blessed be the Lord God, Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. It is in His Powerful name that we pray. Amen!

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    Indeed in all times, our GOD protects, provides, pursues us in His amazing unconditional love. HalleluJAH!

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    Amen to that!

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ANHELIC 6/26/2013 9:31PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. I deep God close to me as with Him, all things are possible. He gives us trials to strenthen us. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings as you continue your teaching.

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    Thank you

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    Thank you for the blog ! I will definitely keep The Lord close.

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    emoticon I SENT THIS TO A FRIEND IN GREAT NEED. THANK YOU.

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    Thank you for your wonderful teaching and pray. May God continue to bless your efforts.

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JOANIE69 6/26/2013 9:55AM

    Surely the Lord is with us "in and through it all". I love this hymn, and sang along as I read it. Thanks Vic, God bless.

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/25
David called on the Lord and God heard his cry and delivered him! There were many times in David’s life when the gates of the cities of men were closed off to him. There were times when he could not go into Jerusalem, nor could he run to the Tabernacle. But, even when the cities of earth were closed to him and offered no help or hope; the gates of Heaven, and even the very throne room of God was opened to his cry. When he lifted his cry to God, God heard him and moved in power to help him! This is the kind of blessing all those who know the Lord enjoy! 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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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/25/2013 9:35AM

    It's amazing how flawed David was, yet God kept his promises to David.

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    Thank you for spreading the word & the inspiration !

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/25/2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 6/25/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 22:1-51
DAVID’S SONG OF SONGS, Lesson 16a

David has done it all! We have observed the journey of David’s life and we have seen him revealed to be a Shepherd, a Soldier, a Sovereign, a Singer and a Sinner. He has been known as “the son of Jesse”, (1 Sam. 16:18); “David the King”, (1 Chron. 17:16); “a man after God’ Own heart”, (Acts 13:22); “the Sweet Psalmist of Israel”, (2 Sam. 23:1). But now David is nearing the end of his life.

The shadows are growing long for David and time has begun to takes its toll in the great king’s life. (2 Sam. 21:15-17) tell us that David went out to battle and was nearly killed by a Philistine giant. He was saved by his nephew and forbidden from going out to fight anymore. So, the days of battle have ended for King David. He knows that he is nearing the end of his earthly race.

Perhaps it was during those long days in the palace that David began to reflect back on a life lived for the Lord. David has achieved true greatness. He is a mighty king, ruling a great kingdom. His kingdom is at peace. God has given him victory over every enemy, (v. 1). As David remembered where the Lord found him and all that the Lord had done for him, David took his pen in his hand and he began to write the words of this chapter. As you may know, (2 Sam. 22) is almost identical to (Psalm 18). There are only a few words that are different in the two versions of this great song.

Some scholars believe that this was the last song written by David. If so, it is the song of his old age. It is a song of joy, victory and praise written at the close of a race well run. Reading this song is like reading all of David’s Psalms rolled into one. This is “David’s Song of Songs”!

As David writes about his own walk with the Lord, he gives us some insight into our walk with God as well. We are reminded of Who, God is and of what He does for His children. Today, I would like to examine this great song. I would like for us to get a glimpse of a God, Who is worthy of our praise; worthy of our worship and worthy of our songs. Let’s examine “David’s Song Of Songs”.

v. 2-20 DAVID SINGS OF THE GOD WHO SAVES

v. 2-3 He Sings Of A Personal Relationship – Ten times in these two verses David uses the possessive personal pronouns “my” and “me”. He is talking about the relationship that he has with God and he lets us know that it is very personal! David did not just know about God; he knew God! He did not live on what others told him; he knew God for himself.

David’s use of “my” and “me” puts me in mind of a small child. Children know all about “my” and “me”, it is one of the first things they learn to say. David, it seems, had a childlike love for the Lord. In fact, (Psalm 18:1) adds this statement, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.” The word “love” in that verse means “love deeply; have mercy, be compassionate.” It was used of “a mother’s love for her baby.” It carries the idea of “fondling or hugging.” It is the image of a mother cuddling her newborn baby; holding it close with a heart of pure love. That is the kind of relationship David had with God. David is saying, “He is my God and I want to hold Him close to my heart!”

Friend, do you have that kind of personal relationship with the Lord? It is not enough to know about Him; you have to know Him. It is not enough to know what others believe about Him; you have to know Him for yourself. You have to humble yourself as a little child and cling to Him by faith, (Mark 10:15). Do you have a personal relationship with God? Can you look at God and say “my” and “me” with full assurance of faith? You need to be able to do that!

v. 2-7 He Sings Of A Powerful Relationship – David knows the Lord as his Savior and also as his Sanctuary. God is the place David runs to in times of trouble. He tells us that God is our Stability (rock), our Shield (shield), our Safety (fortress), our Security (horn of salvation), our Supply (high tower), our Sanctuary (refuge), our Savior (savior). David is saying that the Lord is all he needs in a time of trouble. When trouble came, (verses 5-7), David called on the Lord and God heard his cry and delivered him! There were many times in David’s life when the gates of the cities of men were closed off to him. There were times when he could not go into Jerusalem, nor could he run to the Tabernacle. But, even when the cities of earth were closed to him and offered no help or hope; the gates of Heaven, and even the very throne room of God was opened to his cry. When he lifted his cry to God, God heard him and moved in power to help him!

This is the kind of blessing all those who know the Lord enjoy! His ears are ever opened to our cry,( Jer. 33:3; Isa. 65:24). He invites us to flee to Him in the hour of trouble, (Matt. 11:28; 1 Pet. 5:7; Psa. 55:22). When we do, we will find him to be all David declared Him to be and more! He truly is “all we need!”

v. 8-20 He Sings Of A Profound Relationship – David goes into great detail as he speaks of how God moved in power to defend him and to sustain him. He tells us that God worked in miraculous power, time and again, just to deliver David from those who wanted to destroy him. Why did God do this for David? (Verse 20) tells us that God did it “because he delighted” in David. The word “delighted” means “to take pleasure in”. God blessed David, protected David and sustained David all because God loved him and took pleasure in their relationship. God seems to be saying, “David is my child. I love him and I want to bless just because I can! And, I’ll do whatever I have to do to protect him and provide for him!” That is a profound relationship!

All those who know God enjoy the same relationship! God will move heaven and earth to meet the need of His child! This can be seen many times in the Bible: Elijah and the widow; the Three Hebrew boys; the 5,000; the Disciples on that boat, etc. Here is His promise to us: (Luke 12:32; Matt. 6:25-34). The thought that the God of the universe would condescend to bless us, just because He takes pleasure in us, is a thought too profound for the mind to grasp! Imagine God taking pleasure in us! Imagine God working on our behalf; moving mountains; meeting needs; working things out; just because we delight Him! That is something worth singing about! It is something worth shouting about too!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 22:21 (New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“God of Our Fathers” By: Daniel C. Roberts & George W Warren (1876)

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast,
Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Sovereign Father, God of Truth and Grace!
Enable us to imitate You in all we do. Help us to walk as a child of light, even when darkness overtakes us. Form good character traits in us as we follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Teach us how to reject the works and acts of darkness, not even tolerating them around us. Protect us from the evil things people do and say, for it is shameful even to speak of them. Guide us by Your Spirit so we may live and walk by faith to Your glory, praise and honor. Free us to live a life of holiness as You have provided. With these things in our hearts, we ask and pray for them in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

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HONOURIA 6/26/2013 3:10AM

    Yes, relationship with God is key. He's bit on it!

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    emoticon "The thought that the God of the universe would condescend to bless us, just because He takes pleasure in us, is a thought too profound for the mind to grasp! Imagine God taking pleasure in us! Imagine God working on our behalf; moving mountains; meeting needs; working things out; just because we delight Him!" emoticon Bless you for such great encouragement today, Vic.

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    Thank you for the lesson & God bless you for taking the time to spread His word to others.

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, June 24, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/24
Our King, the Lord Jesus, is also returning one day? He is coming, (John 14:3; Rev. 22:20a), and we are to be looking for that time when He will return, (Matt. 25:13). We should be longing for the day when we hear that heavenly shout and the trumpet of God – (1 Thes. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52). Our soul should yearns to hear the "Midnight Cry", when it shall be said, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him." That is the day we are living for. The day when we will take a “ air ride" to a better country, and cheat the undertaker at the same time! 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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IAM_HIS 6/25/2013 1:38PM

    What a very sould touching blog. You said what needs to be said, my actions say what needs to be said to our Lord.

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JUDITH316 6/25/2013 4:01AM

    Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus, I look forward to that day,

What a day that will be when we look upon His face the One who saved us by His Grace....Yes, that will be a Glorious Day!

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ANHELIC 6/24/2013 11:26PM

    Looking forward to that day.

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    Yes!

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    Something to look forward to, that's for sure


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    Amen!!!

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