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You Will Still Have A Difference To Make

“Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.” Joshua 13:1 ESV

While you are here on earth You Will Still Have A Difference To Make. 

Far too many people reach a stage or stages in their lives where they begin to feel old, washed up, useless, without purpose, and believe the time has run out for them to make a difference.  I can kind of see why a non-believer could feel this way. But what burdens me even more is the amount of Christians that buy into this belief.

I see and hear about this in churches often.  People’s kids grow up, leave the nest, get married, start a family, and attend a new church.  And for some reason the parents of those who left, no longer serve in their church, attend services less often, and make excuses for why they can no longer be as involved as they once were.

People reach the age of retirement and instead of pouring their life and wisdom into the kingdom of God they begin to withdraw and say things like “That is for those young people, I am too old to do that, I have served my time.”

This is wrong.  As long as God allows you to walk on the earth, You Will Still Have A Difference To Make!

Just like the Lord told Joshua there was still land to be conquered, I believe he would tell you; I still have work to do through your life.   You too will still have land to conquer. 

The child has a difference to make in the lives of those he or she grows up playing with.  The teen has difference to make in their family, school, and extracurricular activities.  The college student has much strength and energy to pour into serving the Lord.  The young adult has a difference to make in their work place.  The young married couple has a godly marriage to build as an example to those around them.  As parents raise their children they have a responsibility to point their kids to God’s vision for their lives.  The empty nester has people to pray for and lives to touch with godly wisdom.  The old sage has a young warrior or king to lead along.  The grand parent has grandkids to show the love of God too.

You and I never reach the age where the Lord decides he is done using us.  Until we breathe our last breath the Lord still wants to work through us.  I don’t care what stage of the game you are at.  You are not too old to be used. You are not with out purpose.  The Lord is not done telling your story.  You are not too young to begin changing the world.  The Lord is eager to watch you fulfill the destiny that he desires for you.

“And now behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.” Caleb  (Joshua 14:10b-11 ESV)

Do not put your life in coast.

You have a difference to make and You will still have a difference to make. 

P.J.


 

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God’s Truth and Life’s Facts

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you…And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’  then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.‘  For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over,  so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.  Joshua 3:5 & 4:21-24

There are moments in life where circumstances stare us in the face and cause us to cripple in fear.  These times can cause us to cave in and want to quit.  I call these situations, life’s facts.

For example:

The fact is you may be stuck in overwhelming debt.  Your marriage may be in bad shape.  The fact is you may be tired, overweight, and addicted to food.  The fact is your greatest fear may be powering over you more than Gods power flowing through you.  The fact is you may not feel good about yourself.  The fact is you may have an addiction that you cannot seem to conquer.  The fact is you may be about to lose or have lost your job and are without income.  The fact is you may not have the greatest relationship with your family.  You may not have been the greatest parent, friend, brother, sister, etc.

Get the picture yet?  Life’s facts can be very daunting.

They were overwhelming and impossible for the Israelite’s as well.  Israel needed to cross the Jordan.  How were they going to do it?  The fact is this was an impossible task.  But the truth was and still is that God was about to do wonders among them. We see this all through out scripture.  Where God’s people are faced with staggering life facts, God is eager to do the impossible.

The fact is the Jordan was full, flowing, and too deep to cross.  The truth is God dried up the waters for his people to get across.

The fact is Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego should have been burned to death in the fiery furnace.  The truth is God delivered them.

The fact is nobody is able to walk on water.  The truth is Jesus did and so did Peter for a moment.

The fact is at death we are supposed to be done.  The truth is Jesus died and conquered death through his resurrection and made eternal life available to all who believe in him.

The fact is the world appears to be going to down hill.  The truth is God has a beautiful plan that we can barely wrap our minds around.

So what about you?  Will you let life’s facts dominate you or will you trust God’s truth?

The fact is you may be in debt. The truth is when you steward your finances for God’s glory he is more than able to deliver you from debt.

The fact is you may not like yourself.  God’s truth is that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.  There is no one else just like you.

The fact is you may be addicted.  The truth is God’s power is greater than that your addiction.

The fact is you may have made some jacked up decisions in your past.  The truth is you are totally forgiven and set free through the blood of Jesus Christ.

I could go on and on.  The point is, if we are going to live the lives’ God wants for us, then we have to believe God’s truth instead of life’s facts.  The fact is life is tough.  The truth is our God is the creator and is greater!

Consecrate yourself and the Lord will do wonders among you!

P.J.


Can You Carry The Mail?

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities.  He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” Colossians 4:7

Have you ever thought about those in scripture who were in charge of making sure the letters of the New Testament reached their intended destination?  Because these biblical mail carriers are mentioned briefly, it’s easy for us to skim over their names, and move on to the meat and potatoes.  However, these people that carried the letters must have had great character.  They had to possess character qualities that proved they would make sure these vital messages reached the congregations that we now read about in the New Testament.

What about you?  Can you carry the mail?

This is a question about your character.  At each stage of our lives, we are entrusted with Continue reading


What About Today?

Dwelling too much on the past or focusing too much on the future can paralyze YOU in the PRESENT.

We are all guilty of it.  So many of us live in the present trapped by our past.  Others live joyless in the present because they are too focused on the future.  Sound familiar?  It does to me.  I often miss out on what the Lord has for me today because I am too focused on where I want to be in the next day, weeks, months, or years to come.

The truth is, you are also guilty of this. There may be something in your Continue reading


Refreshed

Are people Refreshed when they are around you?

This is a pretty important question for you and I to honestly answer.  Do people find themselves refreshed after they have spent time with you?  Do people look forward to being around you because they know you are refreshing to be with?

I started thinking about this question the other day while I was reading in Romans 15.  In Romans 15, Paul is telling the Roman  believers about his plans to visit them.  In verse 32 Paul says “so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. “

Apparently there was something about these believers that was refreshing.  Paul looked forward to being with them.  He knew it would be a refreshing experience.

As followers of Christ, people should be refreshed when they are around you.  And they should walk away feeling like their was something different about you.  Why? Continue reading


P.J.’s 2011 Bible Reading Plan

Last week I wrote a post here at neutralgetsyounowhere about the importance of having a bible reading plan.  After the post last week, I had a couple of friends ask me to post my bible reading for 2011.

Before I share my bible reading plan I want to cover a few things.

1.   The reading plans that have http://www.youversion.com  beside them were taken from and can be found at http://www.youversion.com

2.  I intend to do my bible reading plan in addition to whatever bible study my church or small group may be reading through.  I believe it is very important for one to read and study the material that his or her leaders and pastors have selected to study as a church or small group.

3.  Do not read the bible to get through the bible. Read the bible to get Gods word and truth through you.

4.  If you miss a day, don’t give up! Pick back up with the next days reading or do some overtime and catch up on what you missed the day before.

Below is my plan for 2011.  I hope you find it helpful and motivating.

PJ

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