Refuse To Get “Old” – Pastor Chris
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:5).
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Joshua 13:1 tells us something interesting about the man Joshua. It says, “Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.”
Being old here isn’t just about being grey-headed; it has to do with relevance to God and the work of His Kingdom. Joshua was a hundred and ten years old when he died, and wasn’t as old as Moses, who died at the age of one hundred and twenty years. Yet, Moses wasn’t described by God as old. The Bible says, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated” (Deuteronomy 34:7).
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It doesn’t matter if your years are many, refuse to get “old” in your mind. Old people know too much, and their experiences could make them cynical. They know too much of what doesn’t work. They’re very difficult to be inspired because they always remember that someone tried the same thing they’re being asked to do, and failed. But with young people, it’s different. They can’t think much of what doesn’t work; they take up the challenge. They’re adventurous with God, and for God. That’s why God loves to use them. They always want to learn something new.
Your body might age, but refuse to get old. The Bible says, “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Psalm 92:13-14). Start seeing with the eyes of the Spirit. When you walk in sync with God’s Spirit, you’ll never run out of strength, ideas, and vision. You’re invigorated for life. He’ll constantly renew, refresh, and rejuvenate you through the Word. Paul said, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Hallelujah!
The Spirit of God strengthens me in my inner man and my youth is renewed as the eagle’s. I refuse to get old in my mind; rather, I open my heart and mind to fresh ideas from God’s Spirit. Nothing can stop me, for I’m daily vitalized and refreshed through the Word.
further study: 1 timothy 4:12; ephesians 4:23; Isaiah 43:19
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Luke 8:22-39 Joshua 5-6
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Matthew 26:47-56 exodus 39
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