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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/19/2013


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/19/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 19:15-17; 24; 31; 20:1
HOW WILL YOU MEET THE KING? Lesson 13c


V. 31-40 SOME WILL BE WORKING

Barzillai was another of those who came to meet David when he returned to Jerusalem. Barzillai meets the return of the king with great joy and happiness. He is glad that the king has returned and even though he is 80 years old, he still comes down to welcome the king home. Not much is known about this man the Bible calls “great”, ( 2 Sam. 19:32). However, the Bible does give us one glimpse into his life. It seems that when David was away in exile that Barzillai was faithful in his service to the king and was instrumental in seeing that the king’s needs were met, (2 Sam. 17:27-29). When the king returns, we find that same spirit active in the life of this faithful man. He is still serving the king when he returns. Yes, Barzillai was old, yet he kept working for the king.

Will you be found working when our King returns? In truth today, there are a lot of Christians who are AWOL (Abesent Without Leave) Today). They have been saved but they refuse to serve the Lord with faithfulness. They are afflicted with what the Bible terms “divers diseases”, (Matt. 4:24). Notice some of these afflictions:

Sundayitis - (Also known as “Morbus Sabbaticus”) - This baffling condition produces symptoms that are only seen on Sunday. It produces acute laziness in the person afflicted. It causes them to sleep in, or it can make them spend the day in the mountains or at the lake. This strange disease never seems to affect singings or eating meetings, but only those services where the Word of God is featured. Symptoms are usually worse from 9 AM to 12 AM. During the afternoon, the sufferer feels better until 5 or 6 PM when the symptoms return. The patient is almost always better by Monday morning allowing him to return to work, but sadly he usually suffers a relapse on Wednesday that keeps him away from prayer meeting.

Black Tongue – Characterized by idle gossip. This disease usually ties the tongue securely in the middle, leaving to loose on both ends. This affliction makes the sufferer very disagreeable because they usually don’t have a kind word to say about anybody.

Spiritual Paralysis - This sad condition doesn’t affect any other of life except the Lord’s work. People can hunt, fish, go on vacation, etc. They usually look well and can attend church will little problems. The only symptom is inactivity. This disease usually causes the afflicted to refuse all jobs in the church. The most common phrase heard from those afflicted is, “Get someone else.”

Sore Eyes – This disease causes the sufferer to be on the constant look out for something wrong. This affliction causes the one affected by it to see only the bad in every person and situation they encounter. This disease usually accompanies “Black Tongue.”

Spiritual Indigestion – Causes upset stomachs and produces lots of gas. This disease is almost always triggered by the preaching of the Word of God. The sufferer has a strong desire for spiritual milk. When they are fed strong meat, the symptoms usually return.

Spiritual Malnutrition – The sufferer is unusually weak in the faith and cannot seem to develop a consistent walk with God. This disease is caused by a lack of Bible study and overindulgence in worldly pleasures.

Spiritual Bruises – Causes extreme soreness in the area of bruise. When the preacher preaches on faithfulness, tithing, obedience, surrender, etcetera, this disease becomes easy to diagnose. This is the easiest of the spiritual diseases to detect because the patient will yell when the sore spot is touched.

Cirrhosis Of The Giver - This all too common affliction produces severe tenderness in the area immediately around the wallet and the checkbook. It causes the sufferer to feel compelled to give as little as possible to the Lord and His Kingdom’s work.

There are some today that are afflicted with one or more of these diseases. My question for you is this; will you be found working when Jesus returns? Barzillai was faithful to David and he kept living, giving and working until the king returned. Can the same be said of your life? It should be said about every child of God – (1 Cor. 4:2).

Thank God, there are some who are still working! They love the Lord and are still in His vineyard laboring for the Master. May I remind those of you who have decided to remain faithful to the Lord that He will bless your faithfulness to Him? The day will come when He will receive you into His blessed presence and reward you openly, (Matt. 25:23). Do not give up the fight. Keep doing what you are doing! Stand your ground for Jesus and if everyone falls around you, if others leave the battlefield, you just keep fighting for the glory of the Lord. Those who stand will receive the victory, (2 Sam. 23:11-12). Will you be found working when the King comes? (Luke 12:40-48).

20:1 SOME WILL BE WITHOUT

There was one other fellow who met David when he came back. His name was Sheba. He is described in verse 1 and a “son of Belial.” This phrase refers to “a person who is a rebel or a wicked man.” This man Sheba had one thing on his mind and that was overthrowing the king. He wanted to see David ousted from the throne. He hated David and tried to lead Israel in rebelling against King David. In response, David’s generals went after Sheba and he was finally killed, (2 Sam. 20:22).

This man Sheba represents all of those are enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, many may feel that they are not His enemies, but the truth of the matter is that every person who is not in a personal relationship with Jesus is the enemy of God, (Rom. 8:7; James 4:4). When King Jesus returns, these people will find themselves in the same position as Sheba, They will find themselves shut out of the Kingdom and shut out of an eternity in Heaven. Will you be without when Jesus comes?

If you are not saved, you will find yourself on the outside of salvation, on the outside of Heaven, on the outside of hope and on the outside of the mercy and grace of God. Read the parable of the 10 Virgins – (Matt. 25:1-13). If the Lord comes and finds you lost in sin, then there is no place for you but Hell – (2 Thes. 1:8-9).
The good news today is that the return of Jesus doesn’t have to catch you off guard. You can be ready and you can be saved today. You see, 2,000 years ago a man named Jesus went to a cross and gave His life in the place for your death. If you will receive Him as the sacrifice for your sins, then God will save you soul and take you to Heaven when you leave this world, (Acts 16:31; John 3:16; Rev. 22:17). Then, when Jesus does come, you will be ready. Do not be like Sheba and find yourself lost forever. Be saved and have a blessed eternity.

Conc: How will you meet the King? If Jesus came today, and He could, would you be worried? Would you be found waiting? Would you be found working? Or, would you be found without? Like it or not, Jesus is coming again and when He does, He will find you in one of these four situations. Which will it be for you?

Right now is the moment of decision. Right now is the time to come to the Lord and to make things right with Him. Will you do what you need to do so that when King Jesus comes you will be able to meet Him without fear?

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 41:4 (New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Who has performed and done it,
Calling the generations from the beginning?
‘I, the Lord, am the first;
And with the last I am He.’”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Just As I Am” By: Charlotte Elliott (1834)

Just as I am without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am though tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt Fightings and fears within, without Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am Thou wilt receive Will dwell come pardon cleanse releive Because You promise, I believe Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father in Heaven, God and Creator of Life!
Thank You for redeeming each one of us and transforming each one of us from the inside out. Help us to focus our lives and worship on You always. Enable us to become more like Jesus each and every day. Keep us close to You so that we do not lose our way, the straight and narrow road that leads to heaven and paradise. Help us to continue to pray, to love and keep on looking for those lost souls that are seeking Your kingdom and Your righteousness. These thing we pray and ask in the beloved name of Jesus our Lord. Amen!


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANHELIC 6/19/2013 11:53PM

    Great lesson, hymn and prayer, Vic. I love your definitions, how true they are. Thank you for the goodie and note. I saw myself with some of these diseases and they can return easily if not careful.

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BJPENNY70 6/19/2013 11:24PM

    We do need to be about the masters business.

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NELLIEH1 6/19/2013 8:45PM

    Watching, waiting, worshiping and working are kingdom lifelong activities. We choose to re-tire at the end of one kind of work GOD gives us and then take off into His next planned tasks (Ephesians 2:10). The dis-eases of our culture do become ours so easily when we take our eyes off the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, as we smile at these descriptions of divers afflictions, we see ourselves all too clearly coming down with one or another when we "don't feel like" participating. Thanks, Vic, you've nailed the problems!

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RSSSLHB 6/19/2013 2:48PM

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HONOURIA 6/19/2013 12:59PM

    Hoo, hoo, hoo. This is a fantastic lesson - and humourous as well.

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BOHEMIANCAT 6/19/2013 9:34AM

    Thank you for today's Word, Mr. Vic.

Comment edited on: 6/19/2013 9:34:52 AM

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CANDOIT54 6/19/2013 8:55AM

    Amen. Thank you Vic

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SANDRALEET 6/19/2013 8:26AM

    Never forget whot Jesus said about the sheep and goats Only the sheep go to heaven


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LOOKINGUP2012 6/19/2013 7:57AM

    David's life has so many lessons. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 6/19/2013 7:23AM

  awesome thank you

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