AGE DOES NOT LIMITS GOD PROMISES OR POWER
Many of us come to know the Lord in our young age, like Samuel and David and from there we grow, progress, change, transform and bear fruit. For others, there are those that come to know the Lord in their middle ages, like Lydia and Cornelius. Their families, homes and friends are brought to Christ by their transformations.
But there is a large group of people like Abraham, who come to know the Lord in his old age or Zachariah, who has been in the Church for years, but still have yet to bear anything great for God.
It is this time when the hair turns gray and the steps are slow, we will be like Abraham who learned, "Faithful is our God." We will come to know like Zachariah, age does not stop the promises and power of God.
Their lives, as well as Caleb, Paul and many others , lets us know to never allow the thought of age to be the reason for thinking that we are to old to bear fruit, to do work in the Church for the glory of God.
HE WILL CARRY YOU
Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
YOU SHALL BEAR FRUIT
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
YOUR GRAY IS A CROWN
The gray head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
IN OLD AGE I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR MIGHT AND POWER
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
YOU SHALL NEVER BE FORSAKEN
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Whether you are growing old in God, or have come to know the Lord in your old age. You as His child will say in heavenly agreement,
At whatever age, He decided that you should come to know Him, say with a loud voice, "Loving, kind, forgiving and merciful is our Lord"
The Way to Love
Human love is powerful, yet it is limited. How then do we love in times of trials the way that God requires? How do we love when people have hurt us so bad?
"Love one another as I have loved you." To love like this, we must receive not just God's love toward us, but the Love of God in us.
We have the power to posses love, give love, receive and express Love.
But God is Love itself! And when He pours out love, He is pouring out Himself.
Romans 5:5 "And hope make not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Spirit."
Romans 5, tells us that the proof of the hope of God's promise is based up the power of His Love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This Love not only is our assurance in great trials, but this Love also enables us to love the unlovable. The Father not only created within us a new heart, but He has filled that heart with the power of His love.
The Way of God's love is to us, in us and through us.
The Way of Love, demonstrates many times in our own lives, as we have sinned against God and don't deserve the mercy and kindness of God in our lives. Yet because of His love for us, His grace and mercy and ever-loving kindness is showered upon us, time after time.
So when Christ says, love one another as I have loved you. How? Because His Holy Spirit has poured God's Love (God presence) in us and that power of His love, enables us to love ourselves and love one another, even when we don't deserve it.
The Way to Forgiveness
Like human love, our forgiveness at it's best, is limited. A question is then placed before us again. How can we forgive the unforgiveable? How do we forgive, when someone don't care about what they did to us or how it has affected us, and is capable of doing it again?
We know that forgiveness is better for us and will help us, but yet with all the knowing, we just can't let it go.
First, lets straighten out that there is a difference between the affects of human forgiveness and divine forgiveness.
Human Forgiveness: You can go to a secular counselor and they can help you to get to the point of forgiving someone and moving on with your life. It may help you with overcoming some bad habits you've picked up trying to comfort yourself emotionally because of what has happened to you. This does not guarantee wholeness, you've just been informed more about Self, reformed by leaving people, jobs or answering why you dress like you do? You are healed somewhat emotionally in a certain areas. In other words, you pick up the pieces and move on with your life and just learn to live with the rest.
God's Divine Forgiveness- is not just about, reforming, conforming or informing, it's about a Transformed life.
You see, we can only give forgiveness, if you have received forgiveness.
You can't give what you don't possess.
Jesus said, "as I have forgiven you." What is the Way that he has forgiven us?
When we ask him for forgiveness, it is because it is the sin that we have done against him. Jesus didn't do us any wrong, we did him wrong by sinning against him. Yet he forgave you.
The same Way, that you did did not do that person any wrong, when they hurt you. He is asking you to forgive them.
STEP BY STEP IN HOW FORGIVENESS IS DONE
1. When we pray to ask for Forgiveness, the power of God's Spirit, touches our spirit and the healing of His power forgives the unforgiveable in us toward Him.
IT IS A POWER THAT WE MUST EXPERIENCE. It is more than just believing it is in your heart, quoting a scripture on forgiveness or taking a mental stand against unforgiveness. You must experience divine power in that area being healed and the pain of it gone. If you don't "feel and experience that power", all you will be doing at best, is "trying" to believe that you will and can forgive.
It is not wishful thinking nor positive reinforcement, it is a power coming in you.
2. Once you experience the power of His forgiveness to you, by His Holy Spirit. That experience will create in you a Forgiveness, a humility, a spirit that desire to want to Forgive others.
Your spirit, your soul will flood with an understanding and knowing I forgive them. You will praise God as the man being healed and jumping up and giving glory to God. The impossible, will become a miracle to you.
You will understand, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
You see, He did NO WRONG and He did you NO WRONG, but you did Him the wrong! And yet He willingly, wantonly died for you and forgave you.
You didn't want to sin against him, to do him wrong, but you did. You did it over and over again.
You don't know why they did to you what they did, but you know now, that they are just as blind against you, as you were to him.
And now you know that they need a Savior to forgive them as he has forgiven you.
You will then have the Spirit to do the same.
You will then willingly, wantonly died to Self, and forgive the other person, for what they did to you.
It is not something you will have to try and convince yourself that you have, you will have it and know it and feel it and do it.
3. You will think of that person, pray for them Matthew 5:43-44
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That does not mean I am to just let the person continue to abuse me, forgiveness is about being made WHOLE from what they did AS you leave the abuse.
Romans 12:18 "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men."
Wholeness means, you are given the power to Forgive, to confront, to not dwell in habits, with people, situations that destroys or demeans you. Godly Forgiveness is The Way to being made whole, it's the difference between surviving your life and living your life.
Following the Lord Jesus is the The Way, to Love and Forgiveness for your life.