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Where do I start? This answer is easy. It's never changed since time began. “SEEK YE FIRST...” declares God's Word, in simple terms with Heaven's added GUARANTEE!! God's STEP ONE verse is “ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Plumb the richness of this directive and guarantee by feeding on the whole chapter 6. No matter the obstacle or opportunity in front or inside you and I, start with God's precious infallible word, the Bible. Why? The psalmist says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm119:105) It teaches me about me (feet) and where I'm headed (path).  But isn't scripture dry, hard to undersand, and hard to swallow its directions? Set your taste buds on what the psalmist says, “Thy words are sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalm 119:103b) I'll bet my problem isn't covered in the Bible 'cuz it was written for people long ago and far away.  Sink your teeth into the Bible's description of itself, in 2Timothy 3:16, 17: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (rules), for reproof (testing), for correction (discipline), for instruction (training) in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect (complete), throughly furnished unto all good works.” (Notice the 'all scripture' and 'all good works'.) (Parenthese added). Other scriptures tell us that God gave us the
Holy Spirit to be our schoolmaster in scripture and spiritual growth. (John 16:13+) Try an experiment. Take a quiet walk through each room in your church or meeting place. Touch each wall. Touch the chairs, tables, and other furniture – even the furnace and water heater. Imagine or remember the sacrifice and prayerful actions that produced those classrooms and the buildings themselves.   Realize that Satan wants to turn what you've just made contact with, into a vacant building; a monument to Christians that don't care, or are afraid to trust God at His Word. This is actually the first step in the silver- haired generation understanding they are the best generation for reaching out to youth of every age. Go through the building again, but in a 'Prayer Walk' spirit. Ask God what you can do to step up to the plate and claim that “...all these things shall be added unto you” promise. Ask Him to show you that shunning the youth moves the process toward that vacant building, in which you now stand. One important step is needed. For God to truly bless the prayer-led efforts in building your youth, you must get out of His way. That is, you must admit to Him and yourself that you can't do it. OH BOY! That's what He wants to hear from you, about you. 'Cuz when the victory comes... your braggin' bones can only point to Him. [~]   [~]
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