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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
7/3
Conviction is one of the most amazing things about being saved, to me. When I sin, it does not take all day for me to know about it! As soon as the thought is finished, or the deed is done, I feel His conviction on my heart. God speaks to His children and lets them know that what they have done is wrong. His conviction is the first step in the process of drawing a wayward child home. Conviction hurts, but we should praise the Lord for it. It is one of the greatest assurances of salvation we possess! Here is what we need to remember: sin always has consequences. Sometimes they affect just the sinner, at other times they affect those around the sinner. Either way, when we sin, we can be sure that chastisement is not far behind! 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 7/4/2013 8:12AM

    Amen. I would 'rather have Jesus' and be under conviction and be able to repent, than to live under condemnation...God loves and cares for His children. God is good.

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ANHELIC 7/4/2013 12:14AM

    What a true message.

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    True message! Thanks for sharing!


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/3/2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 7/3/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

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

v. 5-16 THE TRAUMA OF DAVID’S SIN

No one sins in a vacuum. David’s sin affected him, but it also touched his people. David’s sin unleashed a traumatic time in the nation of Israel. Let’s examine their trauma for a moment.

v. 10 The Trauma Of Conviction – As soon as David gets the report from Joab and begins to study it, he realizes that he has made a big mistake. He confesses his failure and asks for forgiveness. Conviction tore his heart apart.

Conviction is one of the most amazing things about being saved, to me. When I sin, it does not take all day for me to know about it! As soon as the thought is finished, or the deed is done, I feel His conviction on my heart. God speaks to His children and lets them know that what they have done is wrong, (John 16:7-13). His conviction is the first step in the process of drawing a wayward child home, (Heb. 12:5-11). Conviction hurts, but we should praise the Lord for it. It is one of the greatest assurances of salvation you possess, (Heb. 12:8)!

v. 11-14 The Trauma Of The Choices – The very next, the prophet Gad comes to David and presents a strange message from the Lord. God allows David to choose his punishment. He is offered three choices.

The nation can experience seven years of famine.
Israel’s enemies can have victory over them for three months.
Israel can face three days of pestilence.

David does not know what to do. Regardless of the choice David made, the people of Israel were going to suffer terribly. He trusted himself and his nation to the grace of a good God. So he makes the wise decision and places the fate of Israel in the hands of the Lord, (v. 14). David had rather fall into the hands of a just, holy, good, gracious God than into the hands of sinful men!

God does not offer us such choices. I thank God that He does not! But, He has already warned us that our sins have consequences, (Gal. 6:7-8). This is the clear teaching of other passages as well.

Job 4:8, “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.”
Hosea 8:7, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”

Those who know the Lord and walk in sin will not prosper. (Haggai 1:6-7) says, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.”

v. 15-16 The Trauma Of The Chastisement – So God sends some sort of plague upon the people and seventy thousand die in three days. Imagine the grief and the shock as seventy thousand people die; seventy thousand families are plunged into grief. Why? Because one man committed a sin in his pride!

I believe that this passage should be a warning to each of us. You never know what the outcome of your sin is going to be. You might affect a few and you might affect many. Affecting just one is too many! I recently heard a preacher say, “Know what you sow; so you won’t weep when you reap!” I don’t know about you, but I would much rather influence people and point them toward God, than I had to drive them away from Him because of my sin!

Here is what we need to remember: sin always has consequences. Sometimes they affect just the sinner, at other times they affect those around the sinner. Either way, when we sin, we can be sure that chastisement is not far behind, (Rev. 3:19)!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Philemon 1:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)
6 that the sharing of your faith, may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Bring My Sins To Thee” By: Frances R. Havergal (1870)

I bring my sins to Thee,
The sins I cannot count,
That all may cleansèd be
In Thy once opened Fount;
I bring them, Savior, all to Thee;
The burden is too great for me,
The burden is too great for me.

I bring my grief to Thee,
The grief I cannot tell;
No words shall needed be,
Thou knowest all so well;
I bring the sorrow laid on me,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee,
O suffering Savior, all to Thee.

My joys to Thee I bring,
The joys Thy love has given,
That each may be a wing
To lift me nearer Heaven;
I bring them, Savior, all to Thee,
Who hast procured them all for me,
Who hast procured them all for me.

My life I bring to Thee,
I would not be my own;
O Savior, let me be
Thine ever, Thine alone;
My heart, my life, my all I bring
To Thee, my Savior and my King,
To Thee, my Savior and my King.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Holiness, God of Mercy and Grace!
You are the God of restoration, for you have restored us again and again. Help us to be in unity with others and to be the right example for them. Teach us to be compassionate just like Jesus; to be loving and tenderhearted, always conscience of what we are sowing, so others may be edified and directed towards Jesus. Bless our relationships with Your goodness, and with your forgiveness. Enable us to walk as ambassadors of Christ with His humility and zeal for all souls. These things we ask in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!


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    Very good message.

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SANDRALEET 7/3/2013 7:47AM

    I remember a story When you do a good thing can spread like fire Do a bad thing can all so spread like fire Our dead's Good or bad can do more then we think.We can do more harm then we realise

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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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    Thank you for this insight on the Scripture!

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    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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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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    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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