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Topic: INDEFATIGABLE (02/11/16)
- TITLE: Never Stop Serving The Lord
By Leonard Granger
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As we get older and find ourselves into the later years of life here on the earth, do we retire from all things including serving the Lord? These may be hard questions. but the Lord has given us all the extended years to serve him for a purpose. It may be to tell the young people how to live and be successful by putting our trust, faith, and hope in our gracious and loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then we can also tell others how important the power of prayer is in our lives and how the Lord is there to answer our cries for help, as we face the daily trials and tribulations Matthew 21-22, " And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
The Bible tells us how God's servants both men and women stayed strong in the Lord and one man was Caleb. We read; Joshua 14:10-11. " And now behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness; lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.( 85 years) As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me; as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in." We may not face a war as Caleb did in his day, but we face a spiritual war that can destroy us and our nation if we give up the fight against the sinful world.
I remember my father, who raised our family during the great depression years and never waived; we realized he put the Lord first in our family. We faced many difficulties, but the Lord in his mercy carried us day by day. My father with only a 10th grade education gave weekly to the church, as a priority. When he was laid off as a farm manager and moved the family to town, the wonderful Model A Ford had to go, as there was no money to buy gas; so dad traded even up for a bicycle. The grandmother sold dad an old house, built in the 1800's without running water, to be paid for when times improve. We thanked the Lord, when a church deacon found father a job at the John Deere Tractor Company driving tractors at the experimental farm. My brother and I each week, in Sunday morning services, saw an offering go to the Lord and asked dad if we could get new shoes with some of the money? He told us to put cardboard liners in them to keep the pebbles out, as an offering to the Lord has priority.
My father served the Lord until going home at age 90 years young with his faithfulness and helping others to meet their needs. By putting his families priorities in their proper order, the Lord blessed us with many material. physical, and spiritual blessings. The members of our extended family, including his four sisters, who all had received college educations, could not believe dad became a multi-millionaire as he helped them all with their needs. Yes, even today as in the Bible times, we can serve our living Lord who hears our prayers and if it is his will the Lord will reward those that are his faithful servants.. with a long earthly life.
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