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DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2004
( Leviticus 19:32, Proverbs 23:22, 1 Timothy 5:1,2 )
***WOW!!! That is all I can say. I am truly humbled by the incredible
outpouring of love and forgiveness from literally hundreds of thousands of
people in the past day. I really have no other words but thank you. I was
so encouraged to read how many people woke up and became motivated by what I
shared last March, read and were challenged by the various Devotionals on
the election and our nation in the past year, how many were serious enough
to join in the 40 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance for our nation
last May, as well as the prayer effort prior to the election. I pledge to
continue to do my very best each day to share with you what the Holy Spirit
has led me to write to convict you, challenge you, and inspire you in your
daily walk with the Lord in addition to being here to pray with you and for
you in your time of need. God bless you!
***DO NOT MISS THE MONDAY DEVOTIONAL, "God's Reprieve for the United
States." It is a message EVERY person needs to read.
Senior saints are the most under-used and under-appreciated resources in
the church today! I want to let you in on a secret. One of the great
sources of strength, encouragement, and confidence that I have in my life
and ministry, comes from hundreds of senior saints worldwide that pray for
me every day. These are senior men and women that know God intimately
because they have been walking with Him for decades. These are senior men
and women that know every inch of the Throneroom of God because they have
spent so much time there. These are senior men and women that have calluses
on their knees from spending tens of thousands of hours over their lives in
prayer. Knowing that these seasoned veterans of the faith are praying for
me each day, is like the security blanket that Linus (of Peanuts fame)
always carries around with him.
Sadly, many churches don't give their senior saints the honor and respect
that they are due. The reality is, that many of these men and women helped
form the foundation of the church. When work needs to be done, they are
always there. When projects need to be funded, you can always count on
them. When the doors of the church are open, that is where you will always
find them. The senior adults are the pillars of the house of God!
However, the greatest contributions that these men and women of God can make
is in the SPIRITUAL LIFE of the church. They are great prayer warriors.
They know that the altar is not for flower displays, but for people to come
and travail before God. They have the experience with God to know that
their prayers may not be answered in the first 30 seconds, and will "wait
upon the Lord" until He does answer!
They know the Word of God. All you have to do is look at their Bibles to
know that they have been read over, and over, and over, and over again!
God's Word is the "lamp" unto their feet. These aged warriors also have
incredible wisdom about real life. They have lived 60, 70, 80, 90 years on
this earth. They have seen and experienced everything that this life has to
offer, both good and bad. The church needs to start tapping into the
decades of walking with God and the real life experiences that our senior
saints have to offer.
For those of you that are struggling with issues in your life today, here is
my advice. Men, seek out an older man in the church that will agree to
stand with you. Women, you need to seek out an older woman in the church
that will stand with you. They can give you great wisdom about life, wise
counsel for the problems that you are facing, not to mention call out your
name before God each day.
The fact is, these senior men and women are LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES
to be used by God. I have several special men in my life that I speak to
week. I spend a good part of my life talking, that is what God has called
me to do. But I can assure you that when I am speaking with one of these
Godly treasures, I shut up and listen, trying to be like a sponge and absorb
all of their wisdom that I can.
I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that the church will
recognize this incredibly valuable and underused asset that we have in the
Kingdom. So many of our senior men and women have been asked to sit on the
sidelines, when they still have so much to offer. I want to encourage the
young adults today to love, honor, and respect those older men and women in
your life, and MAKE TIME to spend time with them. The greatest gift that
you can have in this life is wisdom. That is what you can gain from these
senior saints, WISDOM!
Finally, let me say a word to those precious senior saints today. I have a
special word for you today. GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH YOU! Let
me say it again. GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH YOU! You are in a wonderful
season of your life where God can use you to be a blessing to so many. You
have lived lots of life, gained great wisdom over these many years, and now
God wants you to share that wisdom with the next generation.
I read in the Bible how God used many men and women late in their life. The
fact is, we NEVER stop serving the Lord. There is NO RETIREMENT from
the work of God. So let me encourage you today to look for opportunities to
share the great wisdom and experiences of your life with those of the next
generation. Your greatest legacy will be in the lives that you touch for
the Lord along your journey. God has given you the gift of many days on
this earth, and I pray that you will share that gift with as many as you
possibly can before God says that your work here is finished and calls you
Thank you for your many years of service to our Lord. May all of us who
follow you in the faith, be found as faithful as you have been in our Lord's
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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