Nearly five years ago my fine wife Bev and I attended my high school reunion.
I was amazed that we were the only ones not aging.
Laughing. I’m just kidding.
Probably 90% of those present were retired. I’m listening to them and wondering how much golf can you play. . .how many fish can you catch. . .how many exercise classes can you attend in one week?
Don’t get me wrong. . .I’m not really against any of those things but I am against rigor mortis of the mind. . .I can’t ignore the assignment God has given me.
Yes, we like to take trips. . .my fine wife is my best friend and she’s the one I want to be with.
However, as long as I have breath in my body I will be glorifying God, terrifying the devil and setting the financial captives free from the bondage of debt and poor thinking.
It’s important to realize that we’re never too old to fulfill God’s destiny for us. It’s an ongoing process … one you never retire from.
I’m not suggesting that we work the rest of our lives but I am encouraging each of us. . .to fulfill God’s assignment for us.
My Mom, Ms Annie Ruth. . .will be 88 next month. She still teaches high school and college age students on Sunday morning and they love her. Plus, every Tuesday she drives 30 minutes to teach a Bible study at another church.
My Dad, Mr. Harold. . .will be 89 in May and he still remains the greatest one-on-one soul winner I’ve ever met. I wish everyone could see the sparkle in his eye each time he talks about leading someone to the Lord.
It’s not how old or young we are. . .it’s what we’re doing with the life God has given us.
I think it’s our attitude about the future. . .do we yield to the path of least resistance. . .do we accept things the way they are or do we purpose in our hearts to bring about the change God wants in each of us.
Regardless of your age. . .do you have your marching orders for the future?
Abram received his marching orders from Jehovah at age 75.
Genesis 12:1 in the New King James Version says:
“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”
The command was an abrupt one.
"Leave your family and get out of your home country."
The command to leave his father's house had special impact for Abram.
Their family business was idol making. Not only was Abram to follow God, he was to totally leave behind his old lifestyle...including his profession.
Abram was commanded to move in faith and head out for a land that God would reveal when he got there.
This is not exactly the sort of directive to stir the hearts of Americans today.
Genesis 12:1 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father's house, to the land that I will show you.”
Leaving behind what’s familiar to you. . .is not just family or a geographical location. . . it’s also, you’re old way of doing business.
When you need money for a car. . .repairs on that car. . .tires. . .groceries or anything else. . .if your first thought. . .your first action is to whip out your credit card. . .then you need to leave behind what’s been familiar to you in the past.
If you want God to secure your financial future. . .you must trust Him to provide for every need you have.
More than ever before. . .we need to leave behind the world system of credit. . .and move into a debt free lifestyle.
Genesis 12:2 in the New King James Version says:
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”
Blessing is on the other side of obedience.
God knows we have a need for financial security.
Financial security follows obeying the commands of God.
God promised obedient Abram that solitary obedience would birth a nation.
God declared that by obeying Him, Abram would be so greatly blessed that his name would be made great and he would be able to bless others.
Genesis 12:3 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”
You shall be a blessing. . .so that you can operate in the end-time office of the giver. You shall be a paymaster for the kingdom. . .dispensing good to others.
Genesis 12:3 in the New King James Version says:
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; “
Our God never does anything half-way.
Here he tells Abram something important.
God promises to get involved with those who get involved with Abram.
Those who bless Abram will find themselves blessed by God. Those who curse him will find themselves cursed by this same God.
God wants you to be able to close your eyes and see yourself being a blessing to others. Sometimes they will know the blessing is from you. . .and sometimes they won’t.
Proverbs 10:22 in the Amplified Bible says:.
“And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].”
Can you see yourself blessing others?
The last part of Genesis 12:3 in the New King James Version says:
“. . .And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Making the promise even greater, Abram is promised that all the families of the earth shall be blessed through him.
There is one more verse. . .we ought to look at.
Genesis 12:4 in the King James Version says:
“So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
The verse says “. . .and Lot went with him. . .”
But yet, in Genesis 12:1 God told Abram to:
“Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father's house.”
Was God happy about this? No.
In fact, there is no scriptural record that God spoke to Abram again until Lot had departed from his presence.
Genesis 13:14 in the King James Version says:
“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him. . .”
Do you feel that God isn’t speaking to you?
Even though you’ve been obedient to do whatever He directed your hands and heart to do.
Abram did everything God told him to do except one thing. . .He allowed Lot to go with him.
The scripture doesn’t say. . .Abram encouraged Lot to come with him. . .it just says that Lot went with him.
In other words, he allowed it to happen.
God wants our total obedience to His directions. When we completely obey His Word . . . blessings come our way.
Genesis 13:14-15 in the King James Version says:
“. . .Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”
Obedience. . .total obedience brings rewards.
Remember, it’s never too late. . .to do the things God has called you to do. . .whatever and wherever that may be.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS