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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/2
We might think that as we grow older this thing called sin will get easier; that we will get a handle on the flesh and we will be able to live above sin. Dream on my friends! The sins that tempt you today may not tempt you when age comes creeping in, but I am certain that there will be a whole bunch of others sins just waiting to take their place. 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 7/3/2013 12:19AM

    I agree. Satan is our enemy and will try everything to tempt us no matter what our age.

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LOISJOHN14VS6 7/2/2013 6:02PM

    Ephesians 6:11, 12 Satan is our enemy for sure; he never cuts us a slack; always throwing temptations here and there. So glad for the sword of the Spirit to send Him on his way.

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BJPENNY70 7/2/2013 10:23AM

    This is very true. Satan is well versed in his snares and temptations of the flesh. It is an ever learning process for us each day of our lives. Ephesian 6:10-18

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FLYER99 7/2/2013 10:20AM

    Yep. I find as I grow older, my sins don't necessarily lessen. Great blog to think about.
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/2/2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/2/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 24:1-15
DAVID’S GREATEST SIN, Lesson 18a

When we survey the life of David, we often think of him in terms of his sin with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband Uriah. Most of us would pinpoint that one event in time and David’s life and declare that it was his low point. But, the text before us finds David in another period of sin.

He was a middle aged man when he sinned with Bathsheba. Like many men David’s age, he gave in to lust and committed adultery in an effort to reclaim a vanishing youth. Men, that is a trap and a lie! You cannot go back and you should be mature enough to know it! But now, David is an old man. Lust has been replaced by other sins in David’s life.

We might think that as we grow older this thing called sin will get easier; that we will get a handle on the flesh and we will be able to live above sin. Dream on my friends! The sins that tempt you today may not tempt you when age comes creeping in, but I am certain that there will be a whole bunch of others sins just waiting to take their place.

I would like for us to spend a little time in this passage today. I want to examine David’s Greatest Sin. As we looks at the lessons that are taught in this passage, we can see how to handle our sin, when it comes calling. So, let’s take a little time today to look at these verses and consider “David’s Greatest Sin”!

v. 1-4 THE TRAGEDY OF DAVID’S SIN
Sin is always a tragedy! Sometimes, people are overcome by evil and fall like an animal in a trap, (Gal. 6:1). We can sympathize with that kind of sin, because we all do it. But, at other times, people walk into sin with their eyes wide open, and to my mind, that is a greater tragedy! Such is the case in this chapter. Let’s examine David’s sin together.

v. 1 It Was A Sin Of Anger – We are told very clearly that God was angry with Israel. We are told that God moved David to be against them as well. (1 Chron. 21) is a parallel passage to this one. In (verse 1) of that text, we are told, “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” So, in this sin, Satan was used by the Lord as the agent of His chastisement. God used Satan to move David to do what was already in David’s heart. God is not and cannot be the author of sin!

Now, why was God angry with Israel? We are not told, but I would like to suggest a few reasons.

It may have been the fact that they followed Absalom when he rebelled against David.
It may have been that the majority of Israel went after Sheba, (2 Sam. 20:1-2).
It may have been that their hearts were lifted up in pride over all their victories, (2 Sam. 23). We are told time and again in that passage that the Lord gave the victory, but Israel might have come to believe it was about them and not about Him, (Deut. 8:10-19).

Whatever the reason, God was angry with them and allowed Satan to tempt David, and David, in his anger, sinned by numbering the people. I will admit that I do not fully understand all that is going on here, but I do know this: you had better be careful when you are angry! You will make mistakes you will want to take back later. An ancient Chinese saying goes, “He who files off handle, makes bad landing!” The Bible cautions us against allowing anger to take hold of our hearts and lives, (Eph. 4:26-27).

v. 2 It Was A Sin Of Arrogance – Now, you might wonder, “What is wrong with a census?” Good question! Maybe David was getting ready to go to war against an unsuspecting neighbor. Maybe he wanted to see how many people he had under his command so that he could strut around in his pride a little bit. The fact is, David is acting in pride!

Pride is always the root of our sins! It was the root of the first sin, (Gen. 3:1-6). Pride says, “I know better than God and I can do as I please!” Beware of your pride it will never lead to the Lord, only farther away! Our pride separates us from our God and from others!

v. 3-4 It Was A Sin Of Aggression – When Joab hears the king’s order, he stands up to David and says, “Why are you doing this? God has always made the people of Israel appear to be a hundred times stronger than they actually were. We are a people of faith and we should just do like we have always done and trust the Lord!” That is good advice, but kings always prevail over general and David’s order stood. David sinned in the face of good advice.

A lot of the time we get into trouble because we will not stop to listen to the good advice of others. People who love us will warn us that we are headed down the wrong road, but we plow ahead anyway. The Word of God warns us, but we carry on in the face of what God has to say about the matter. Actions like that can only end in disaster, ( Pro. 16:25).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 15:11 (New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Shine, Jesus, Shine” By: Graham Kendrick (1988)

Lord the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining
Jesus Light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me shine on me

Chorus:
Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light


Lord I come to Your awesome prescence
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me try me consume all my darkness
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
Shine on me shine on me

(Chorus)


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Holy Father, Merciful and Gracious God!
An unanswered prayer may not be an unanswered prayer at all, but that You are answering according to Your Will and in Your time. Help us to understand this concept as we align ourselves with Your will and Your Way. Help us to trust You and praise You for it, because You always keep Your Word and Your promises. Keep us from taking matters into our own hands for sin is always a tragedy. Thank You for allowing us to pray and before Your Throne of Grace with our partitions and request. You, O God, are our Wonderful Counselor, our Everlasting Father, our Stronghold in the days of trouble, and our Resting Place. This prayer we offer in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 7/3/2013 12:22AM

    Even though we are forgiven for our sins, our sin nature will do it again. I love the hymn and when we had a Christian march last year it was our theme song. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your continued teaching Vic.

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CANDOIT54 7/2/2013 9:24PM

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WENDYW596 7/2/2013 3:41PM

    Thank you for this insight on the Scripture!

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IAM_HIS 7/2/2013 3:36PM

    Thank you very much for this...the blog was filled with so much wisdom.


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HONOURIA 7/2/2013 3:30PM

    David was trying to rely on his own strength, and the strength of his men, when time and again the Lord purposefully reduced Israel's numbers against foes, or disarmed them, in order to show them who they could rely on. You'd think they'd get it, right?

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BJPENNY70 7/2/2013 10:27AM

    David was forgiven of his terrible sins, but he still had to take the consequences of his sins throughout his life. Yet he was a man after GOD's heart and GOD loved him. What a wonderful GOD we have.

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RSSSLHB 7/2/2013 8:30AM

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NELLIEH1 7/2/2013 7:26AM

    Yes, LORD, please help us take our hands off our lives and allow You to be GOD!

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SANDRALEET 7/2/2013 7:14AM

    So in different ways go we all.

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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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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

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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.

Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 9:07:55 PM

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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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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...
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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

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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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