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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/21/2013


Sunday, April 21, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 4/21/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 21:10-15
LEARNING TO LEAN, Lesson 11a

This passage is a strange one to me. Here we see the Sweet Singer of Israel; the giant killer; the man who would be king of Israel; acting like a mad man. Here is a man who has thrown all of his self-respect to the wind. Here is a man who appears to have hit rock bottom in his life. What brought David to this point in his life?

I think this is an answer worth finding. Why? The answer is this: every person today is going to be affected by this message. You see, every one of us leans on someone or something to help us get through this life. We all have a well-developed support system in place. We depend on the people and the things in our lives to help us make it through, day by day. In fact, we are guilty of leaning on our support system more heavily and more often that we lean upon the Lord.

But, God did not save us so we could rest ourselves in other people and in other things. God saved us to walk in absolute and utter dependence upon Him. And, when He sees His children leaning on everyone and everything but Him; we can count on His teaching us the lessons we need so that we might learn to lean on Him alone.

I see this principle at work in David’s life. I want to spend some time in several chapters of the Bible today. I want to show you how David was taught to learn solely upon the Lord. I want us to learn the truth that what God did in David’s, He is prepared to do in your life and mine. You see, leaning isn’t bad; as long as we are leaning on the right One. I want to take our time today and teach on the thought: “Learning To Lean”.

DAVID’S SUPPORT SYSTEM IS DEVELOPED

Up to this point, David has done everything right in his life. He has been the absolute model of faith, courage, obedience, integrity and devotion to God and to his king, Saul. But, he is still a very young man who is living a long way from his home and family. David needed some stability in his life. So, God, in His grace, placed some things and some people in David’s life to be a support system for him. Let me share a few of those things with you.

He Leaned On The Support Of Position – 1 Sam. 18:13 – A humble shepherd boy had been promoted to a captain over a thousand in Saul’s army. He was also the chief musician in Saul’s court. His work gave him stability in his life. He needed that; he leaned on that. Of course, David probably saw his advancements in the army and in Saul’s court as merely stepping stones to the throne of Israel.

He Leaned On The Support Of Popularity – 1 Sam. 18:16 – The people of Israel loved David and respected him for what he had done and how he conducted himself before them. David leaned on the support of the people. No doubt, the praise of the people was just another assurance that one day he would be their king.

He Leaned On The Support Of People – God placed some special people in the life of David during those difficult days
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The Partner Michal – 1 Sam. 18:20, 28 – David was given a wife who genuinely loved him. No doubt David drew great strength from leaning on the support of Michal’s love for him.

The Prince Jonathan – 1 Sam. 18:1-4 – Jonathan proved to be a faithful friend to young David. He was David’s eyes and ears in the throne room. Jonathan even placed his friendship to David higher than his allegiance to his own father. David often leaned on the support of his friendship with Jonathan.

The Prophet Samuel – 1 Sam. 16:13; 19:18 – The old prophet was also a support in the life of David. Samuel taught David about sacrifice, service and worship. He was a significant support to David during those early years.

He Leaned On The Support Of Pride – 1 Sam. 18:15 – David took pride in the life he lived and he knew how to carry himself before God. He probably placed a great deal of emphasis on during the right thing. He had self-respect, self-control and self-esteem. His pride was a crucial part of his support system. Nothing wrong with the right kind of pride!

We ought to stop and thank the Lord for the support system He has placed within each of our lives. Just stop to think of where you would be and what you would do without the people and the props God has placed in your life.

Where would you be without the love of your spouse?

Where would you be without the support of your spouse?

Where would you be without the encouragement of your friends?

Where would you be without the fellowship and encouragement of your church?

Where would you be without the guidance and direction given to you from the Word of God?
Where would you be without the benefit of all these safety nets God has placed in your life?

Thank God for the supports, props, crutches, or whatever you want to call them that God has placed in our lives to help us make it! God has been gracious to you when He has supplied you with an adequate support network in your life!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 7:23 (New King James Version (NKJV)

23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms” By: E. A. Hoffman (1887)

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, God who is ever near us, where can we go from Your Spirit? Where can we go from Your presence. You, O God, are omnipresent! We can find You when we seek You for the right reasons. Help us, O Lord, to be ever aware of Your presence in our lives, and help us to always seek You and not run away from You. Explain Your Sovereignty to us so we may understand and be blessed. We are comforted by Your Word, Your Spirit and Your Presence, and we thank YOU! This we pray today in the blessed name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!

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JUDITH316 4/22/2013 3:18PM

    Thanks Vic, I so enjoyed this posting, and the hymn, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is one of my favorites, thanks for sharing.. emoticon

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ANHELIC 4/21/2013 11:36PM

    Thank you Vic for this great lesson, hymn which I love, and your prayer. I am learning to lean of God for help and not people. Sometimes, a friend can sway us in another direction away from the will of God. As long as we seek God, He will be there for us. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic.

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LOSTLIME 4/21/2013 1:25PM

    thank you,Vic,for sharing this blog. Yes, I am learning that I must lean on God in all things. I must put my trust in Him because He knows where I am heading. God bless
you.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/21/2013 12:21PM

    Thank you for this blog Bro Vic! I can hear my mother singing this song so loudly & so strongly & faithfully to the annoyance of many in the congregation but she leaned on Him in everything. I look back & wonder how we ever made but I now know what my mom knows and I am following in the footsteps of faith with my sisters & brothers in Christ!!

God bless & keep you all in Christ!

Dee

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JADOMB 4/21/2013 12:01PM

    I found many years back the humans can not be trusted and so I really don't lean on them. I can still love them but I just don't trust them all that much. I don't even trust myself all that much and I am a very strong person, so how can I trust others that I know nothing about.

I am always asked how I can trust God when I can't see him and he never talks to me, when there is so much heartbreak and evil in this world, etc. Well, good question. It still boils down to FAITH. He gave us life, who else has done such a thing? He gave us freewill, who else has done such a thing? NO, he hasn't sat down at the dinner table with me and talked politics or whatever, but he is WITH me at all times and helps me through life. Who else has done this?

One of my favorite sayings is, "Trust in God, but tie up your camel". Camels(like people) are earthly, they can't be trusted 100%. I love my support system and I do my best to support others. But we are just humans. So I will continue to lean on God and stand on my own when next to humans.

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CANDOIT54 4/21/2013 10:35AM

    Thank you and God Bless You.

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MINISANDY 4/21/2013 10:19AM

    Thank you for your good words and teaching! Very encouragement and very needed. "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" is one of my favorite hymns.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 4/21/2013 9:50AM

    Yes- His Everlasting Arms are always there for us!
Thanking the Lord!
Great Blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANIE69 4/21/2013 8:17AM

    Amen Vic,
This lesson and especially this part of your beautiful prayer really speaks to me at the point where I am personally in my Christian growth! "Explain Your Sovereignty to us so we may understand and be blessed. " I have come to understand and acknowledge that God is sovereign in my life, and to know that if I surrender moment by moment to His will, then He works through me for the furtherance of His kingdom. It matters not how mis-understood I am, for Jesus was also mis-understood. It matters most if I can say that my only purpose is to do the will of GOD...for Jesus himself taught us to proclaim that. Unless we have learned to lean on Him, we cannot say we are surrendered to His will and not our own. For us it is impossible to be 100% in His will with every breath that He allows us, yet we can seek Him, and He will perform what we cannot; to His honor and glory forever. Amen.

Bless you, Vic, and yours, this day.

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SANDRALEET 4/21/2013 7:49AM

    In the later days he started leaning more on his wants then Gods Like when he wanted to take a censuses was told not to put did anyway Many died when he did from illness his choice of wife and from then on things changed for him He still believed in God put God punished him for his action It is like that for us to We will be forgiven put our action have consequences

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NELLIEH1 4/21/2013 6:42AM

    As a"chief musician" and a"leader" at our Ladies' Retreat this weekend, I've found the absolute necessity of leaning upon GOD to guide/direct/teach me what to do next as each session begins with worship. In the past I've leaned more heavily on our music team as we've all done this work together with no one facilitator. How easy it is to pre-emptorily pray for GOD to bless and guide, but then sort of do the work all ourselves. May we take this lesson to heart...Wait upon the LORD...Lean on Him!

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