Ecclesiastes 12:1-7,13,14Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them"– before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when men rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; when men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags himself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets.  Remember him–before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

 

The perfect time to get to know God and share in His glory is when you are young.  In the days of your youth you are the most alive and capable of responding to the voice and call of your Creator.  Sadly, it is a time when we can be most distracted and seduced by a myriad of other voices and influences as well.  Life is precious, handle with care.  Youth fades quickly into adulthood.  Strength and vitality dissipate rapidly through the years, and, unless you use the time and gift of life and youth wisely, it will be filled with regrets and missed opportunities to know God and share in His glorious plan for your life. 

Take time to visit with some of us from older generations and learn from our experience and testimony.  Listen to our “organ recitals” of lameness, fading vision, hearing loss, feeble hands, brain dysfunction, arthritis and numerous fears and apprehensions to attempt what we did only a few years ago.  Don’t procrastinate the day when you decide you will commit your life to God and receive His salvation.  “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2.  I’ve never heard anyone testify that they were glad they didn’t serve the Lord while they were young, but I’ve heard many testimonies of regret that those years were wasted on listening to other voices and seductions.  Our lives are God’s gift to us, what we do with them is our declaration to God of what we think of that gift.  The wise preacher man of Ecclesiastes reminds us that every deed, including secret hidden things, both good and bad, will be brought to God’s judgment.  C.S. Lewis chimes in with the statement, “God, in the end, gives people what they most want, including freedom from Himself. What could be more fair?” You are not getting any younger!  You are not guaranteed tomorrow!  Serve your Creator now, with the very best that you have!

 

Thursday:                   

  • Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
  • Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.         

Friday:             

  • Give thanks for the gift life and the vitality of youth.
  • Pray for the Good News families of the week: Bethany George, Dave & Sarah George (Nathanael, Rachael), Matt & Megan George (Nicole)

Saturday:       

  • Thank God for giving us the opportunity for salvation in our youth!

Sunday:                      

  • Pray that many will hear the Good News and believe in God’s great salvation – TODAY!
  • Join in with our Sunday prayer services to pray for God’s presence and blessing.

 Monday:                                 

  • Pray for young people to have the wisdom to commit their lives to Christ while they are young!
  • Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.

 Tuesday:       

  • Pray that the youth of our nation will hear and receive the call of God and tune out other distracting and misleading voices and influences.

Wednesday:   

  • Pray that we will make the most of every opportunity today to serve God and share in His eternal enterprise and work of the Gospel! 

Prayer Challenge: Thank God for the gift of Salvation.  Let nothing distract you from receiving His gracious gift.  Then, Give of your best to the Master, give of the strength of your youth; Throw your soul’s fresh glowing ardor into the battle for truth.  Give of your best to the Master, give Him first place in your heart; give Him first place in your service; consecrate every part.

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