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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Monday, July 01, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/1
Think about this with me for a moment. If we do not stand, Satan will certainly take everything from the church he can get his hands on. If he takes away the Bible, what will the following generations eat? If he takes away our desire to witness, who will tell the Good News? If he takes away our will to pray, who will call on the Father and stand in the gap for this world. If we do not fight, then we will certainly lose those things that give us power and make us great for the glory of God. If we do not fight today, then people starve tomorrow. If the field is not protected now, those who follow will have no harvest to 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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ANHELIC 7/2/2013 12:01AM

    We are blessed to live in a country where we can still worship our Lord. Blessings . Our Canada Day celebrations have been awesome here.

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JOANIE69 7/1/2013 12:45PM

    emoticon Vic, we MUST fight the good fight! emoticon

(Today we celebrate Canada Day and soon you will be celebrating Independance Day. Aren't we blessed to live in N America?) emoticon God is so good to us. Have a great week, Joanie.

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KIMPY225 7/1/2013 11:25AM

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CANDOIT54 7/1/2013 9:33AM

    great message.

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SANDRALEET 7/1/2013 8:22AM

    We will always have God with us He fights the fight trough us That will remain till the end God will will be done,He is in charge not us.Fear not put stay in the faith The end times will be hard The bible tells us so

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/1/2013 8:09AM

    Great message!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/1/2013 8:06AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/1/2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/1/2013

2 Samuel 23:11-12
STAYING IN THE PEA PATCH, Lesson 17c

V. 12b IT WAS A TIME OF GREAT CONQUEST

The Lord Defeated The Enemy - This last part of verse 12 tells us that the One who really won the victory was God! He gave Shammah the ability to stand. He gave Shammah the power to fight. He gave Shammah the skill to win. He gave Shammah the victory over his enemies. Shammah may have held the sword, but it was God Who fought the battle!

It was the same when David walked into the valley against Goliath, or when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood their ground, or when Daniel continued to pray in spite of what the kind commanded. Men take their stand because they are empowered by God! He gives the victory!

When we face the spiritual battles of life, we need to remember that those battles are the Lord's, (2 Chron. 20:15; Psa. 35:1; 1 Sam. 17:47). Therefore, when you fight the battles, whether you win or lose, you have done what the Lord requires, you have been faithful! That is what he demands!

The Lord Defended The Ground - Because God had one man who was willing to stand, the fields were protected and the people were saved from starvation and from slavery!

Think about this with me for a moment. If we do not stand, Satan will certainly take everything from the church he can get his hands on. If he takes away the Bible, what will the following generations eat? If he takes away our desire to witness, who will tell the Good News? If he takes away our will to pray, who will call on the Father and stand in the gap for this world. If we do not fight, then we will certainly lose those things that give us power and make us great for the glory of God. If we do not fight today, then people starve tomorrow. If the field is not protected now, those who follow will have no harvest to enjoy.

Conc: The enemy is still attacking the people of God just as he did through the Philistines. And just like it was then, so people are still fleeing from the scene of the battle. People are abandoning the harvest and are choosing to flee rather than fight. Where do stand today? Are you willing to stand idly by while the enemy ransacks the church? Or, like Shammah, are you willing to take your stand for God, regardless of the consequences and fight until the victory is won. Will you stay in the pea patch while other are running away? Why not come before the Lord today and tell Him that you know some things are worth dying for. Tell Him that you will take your stand for Him and that you will be found in the battle, regardless of what others do. Will you stay in the pea patch today?

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Faith Is The Victory” By: John H. Yates (1891)

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Refrain
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind's breath,
Swept on o'er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
Refrain

On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation's helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble 'neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
Refrain

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv'n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav'n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We'll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus' conqu'ring Name.
Refrain


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Heaven and Earth, God of Creation and Salvation!
Help us to see Your purpose and reason for walking and living in Christ Jesus each and every day. Fill us with a sense of Your Love , Power and Victory as we face each day. Enable us to know with all certainty that You are with us and we are never alone, no matter what we face each day. Strengthen our faith to understand that You and The Holy Spirit are there to guide us and to direct our path. Help us to stay focused on doing that which is right according to scripture, and to stand with and for Jesus against all wickedness and evil. Thank You for Your perfect will for us. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 7/2/2013 12:04AM

    Thank you for your great lesson, hymn and prayer. If we don't fight the good fight for Christ, Satan will have hold on us and draw us away from the good life. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your continued teachings.

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DSPURLOCK4569 7/1/2013 11:48PM

    God does come to us when we need Him the most, when we are seeking Him, and not sure what or where the answer or sometimes what our own questions or fears truly are until He hits us in the face with them and gets us to acknowledge our deepest sins that are hidden in our hearts. You did that for me by inviting me to your group, the timing with this lesson was one I needed to hear both with my mind and heart and to realize what I had been doing for so long and the reasons why. It is written some in my introduction. God delivers messages as we need them when we need them, I am thankful for that and for the ability to know when to listen. Thank you again for the invitation, it means more than you can ever imagine to me.

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COOP9002 7/1/2013 3:05PM

    Love that old hymn. Thanks for sharing.

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IAM_HIS 7/1/2013 2:40PM

    This is exactly what I have been praying about and thinking about, "Being a Christian Warrior", no longer can I just sit and pray. Thank you Vic.

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HONOURIA 7/1/2013 1:25PM

    You are right about that. Christianity is not acceptable/"cool" in many situations now.

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CANDOIT54 7/1/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon I love it when I can find the hymns on youtube and listen to them while reading.

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NELLIEH1 7/1/2013 7:55AM

    As we don our full armor (Ephesians 6) and take every thought captive to Christ this day (2 Corinthians 10) emoticon , it is indeed in GOD alone that we can stand (Psalm 1), not in ourselves, as you say, Vic! (That goes for sitting and walking, too! emoticon )

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AZMOMXTWO 7/1/2013 7:47AM

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/30
There are some things worth fighting for! So it is in the church! We could just stand back and watch the church go the way of the world. We could just run away and hide while the enemy tramples everything we love under his feet. Or, we could decide today that we will take a stand! We could make up our minds that we are tired of seeing the devil hinder the work of God. We could resolve in our hearts today that there are some things that we worth fighting for! 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 6/30/2013 11:35PM

    With God all things are possible and we need not run from the enemy. We do have control over him.

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TERRY0217 6/30/2013 6:26PM

    The enemy loves nothing more that for us to run and hide...How can we??? after all..Christ became man, suffered and died for us!!
Thank you for all your instruction...
God bless emoticon

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AVANELL 6/30/2013 5:49PM

    Our service at church was on God and Country. Our Pastor took a bold stand for God in the midst of the state of our nation at this time. We must go back to our foundational roots based on God's principle and take our nation back!

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LOISJOHN14VS6 6/30/2013 5:41PM

    AMEN! When we have the whole armour of God on and having our feet shod with the gospel of peace; we had better take a stand against all the spiritual warfare around us. Ephesians 6:10-19

Thank you for encouragement to take a stand.

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AZMOMXTWO 6/30/2013 5:23PM

  awesome

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FLYER99 6/30/2013 9:54AM

    We cannot run from the enemy. We must fight him head on. That's what Christ would want us to do. God Bless you and have a wonderful Sunday!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/30/2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 6/30/2013

2 Samuel 23:11-12
STAYING IN THE PEA PATCH, Lesson 17b

V. 12a IT WAS A TIME OF GREAT COURAGE

Shammah's Resolve - The Bible tells us that Shammah "stood". He resolved in his heart that he would fight for that pea patch. He made up his mind that he would not run away from the battle. Maybe he had run before, but not this time! Today, he would stand and he would fight, even if it cost him his life! You see, Shammah knew that there are some things worth fighting for!

So it is in the church! We could just stand back and watch the church go the way of the world. We could just run away and hide while the enemy tramples everything we love under his feet. Or, we could decide today that we will take a stand! We could make up our minds that we are tired of seeing the devil hinder the work of God. We could resolve in our hearts today that there are some things that we worth fighting for!

Shammah's Reason - Why did Shammah fight? He knew that without food, the people would perish. He knew the people had to eat and that if they were going to eat, the fields had to be defended! I'll say it again, Shammah knew that some things were worth fighting for!

Let me just suggest a few things that are worth fighting for in this day and time.

The church, the lost, the Word of God, old-fashioned praying, preaching and praising the Lord, clean living, the reputation of the church, our families, our young people, etc. These things are so important that they are literally worth dying for! Where are the Shammah's that will stand up and fight for things of God!

Shammah's Reward - The Bible tells us that Shammah slew the enemies of the people of God! Because he fought, he enjoyed a great victory! If he had run away like all the others, he would have been a coward and he would have been defeated. The enemy would have prevailed!

Friends, we must take a stand for the things of the Lord! We must take our stand for that which is right and for that which is important. If we don’t, then who will? If we, who claim to love the things of God, do not take our stand and fight for what we believe in, then when these things are lost, we must not complain. When the enemy has secured the victory and the cause of Christ has been hindered, then we, who refused to fight the "good fight of faith", have no one to blame but ourselves! If we want the reward of victory, then we must arm ourselves, stand our ground and fight for the glory of God.

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 1:4 (New King James Version (NKJV)
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Battle Belongs To The Lord” By: James O. Collins (1985)
In heavenly armour we'll enter the land The battle belongs to the Lord No weapon that's fashioned against us shall stand The battle belongs to the Lord

We sing glory and honor Power and strength to the Lord (repeat)

The power of darkness comes in like a flood The battle belongs to the Lord He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood The battle belongs to the Lord
We sing glory and honor Power and strength to the Lord (repeat)

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear The battle belongs to the Lord Take courage my friend, your redemption is near The battle belongs to the Lord
We sing glory and honor Power and strength to the Lord (repeat)


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Divine and Glorious God!
Your wisdom and glory are too marvelous for mere words. In difficult times, when we are under attack for the cause of Jesus, may we maintain a cheerful attitude and make a difference in this dark world. Enable our attitude to encourage others to stand and fight the good fight of faith to Your glory. Help us to focus on that which is good and right and lovely, and not on the negatives of life. When there is a great conflict, there is also a great opportunity for courage: courage that come from our Savior and Defender, Jesus Christ; courage to serve the Lord of lords and the King of kings. Thank You for such a great blessing and privilege. This we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/30/2013 11:39PM

    Great message Vic. Love the hymn and was singing it all day. I have it on a CD and on in my car. With God with us, who can be against us. We have power over the enemy and should not run. Thank you for the goodie and note. God Bless you.

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WANTSZU 6/30/2013 5:38PM

    Awesome message and hymn. Thank you.

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AZMOMXTWO 6/30/2013 5:23PM

  thank you

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NELLIEH1 6/30/2013 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ...May we abide in Christ and choose to take that stand!

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DSPURLOCK4569 6/30/2013 2:04PM

    Thank you fot taking the time to put this together. It something I have been looking for and needing for quite sometime just could not find the right fit.
Desiree

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CANDOIT54 6/30/2013 11:31AM

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FLYER99 6/30/2013 9:55AM

    Amen and a big emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/30/2013 7:42AM

    The sins of each of use have to be corrected before we can correct others We all are sinners With out the grace and love of God we would not make it.You can teach put not force

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JOANIE69 6/30/2013 6:54AM

    Thank you for this awesome message, Vic. I absolutely LOVE that hymn and now shall be singing it all day. It comes at a very timely moment in my life and the life of our church, too. Blessings, Joanie

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/29
When does the enemy come against us? Often, he will come in the midst of great blessing and great victory. Often, he will come when we are involved in doing wonderful things for the Lord. He will come when our minds are occupied with other things. What a lesson for the church! How many times do we find ourselves engaged in the busy work of our lives and in the busy work of the church when we come under attack from the enemy? I think that too often, we are like the church of Ephesus, they were busy for the Lord, but they did not even realize that the enemy had inflicted a mortal wound in their heart. They were so busy doing good things that they did not see the enemy when he attacked and wounded them. 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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DSPURLOCK4569 6/30/2013 2:01PM

    Thank you for the email and inviting me to join your group. I have read 6/29 and 6/30 so far and really agree with what your message is about. I have experienced the same thing as I have tried to come closer to Jesus things happen, I am thankful that I I have Him in my life now to lean on during these times of extreme stress because I do not think I would have made it through emotionally sound if I had not been a Christian. Only good comes from God, He has always been there when I needed strength I just did not have, I am a different person than before I was saved but I also know I can be better. Thank you again for giving me a way to be better and giving me the support just when I needed it.
Desiree

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JOANIE69 6/30/2013 6:51AM

    Yes...we scurry about like ants and suddenly the ant hill is being stirred with a big stick, and we run in all directions for cover. If we'd been under His wings all along, no enemy could scatter us in terror. Thanks be to God who saves us and KEEPS us, and delivers us from such perilous times, so that we are eager to seek Him first once again.

God bless your Sunday and week ahead.

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MICKEYH 6/29/2013 5:24PM

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 6/29/2013 4:50PM

  thank you

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FLYER99 6/29/2013 10:55AM

    We always must be aware of the enemy. Thanks and have a blessed day!

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/29/2013 9:33AM

    The enemy, like a lion waiting to pounce!

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MIMIDOT 6/29/2013 9:02AM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing.

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