I am an older man speaking to youngpeople - what counsel would I give to you? As a man who has walked the path with Christ for the last 28years what advice, that is worthy of yourattention, could I give?
• love God more• enthrone him absolutely - tear down every idol• know more about God• treasure him
Luke 10 On one occasion an expert in the law stood upto test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do toinherit eternal life?”26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How doyou read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with allyour heart and with all your soul and with all yourstrength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love yourneighbor as yourself.’”28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Dothis and you will live.”29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he askedJesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Matthew 6“Do not store up for yourselves treasures onearth, where moths and vermin destroy, andwhere thieves break in and steal. 20 But storeup for yourselves treasures in heaven, wheremoths and vermin do not destroy, and wherethieves do not break in and steal. 21 For whereyour treasure is, there your heart will be also.22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyesare healthy, your whole body will be full oflight. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, yourwhole body will be full of darkness.
William Carey“Expect greatthings from God.Attempt greatthings for God.”[Think greatthoughts of God,attempt greatthings for God]
• fellowship with him• delight in him• focus on him at all times
2 Corinthians 1314 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, andthe love of God, and the fellowship of the HolySpirit be with you all.Matthew 77 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and youwill find; knock and the door will be opened toyou. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the onewho seeks finds; and to the one who knocks,the door will be opened.
1 Corinthians 1227 Now you are the body of Christ, and eachone of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placedin the church first of all apostles, secondprophets, third teachers, then miracles, thengifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and ofdifferent kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles?Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all workmiracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do allspeak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Noweagerly desire the greater gifts.
•do more - youare capable ofmuch muchmore•give more•try harder•sacrifice until ithurts
Luke 2121 As Jesus looked up, he saw the richputting their gifts into the templetreasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow putin two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly Itell you,” he said, “this poor widow hasput in more than all the others. 4 All thesepeople gave their gifts out of their wealth;but she out of her poverty put in all shehad to live on.”
JonathanEdwards6. Resolved, to livewith all my might,while I do live.
• pray more• pray with passion
1 Thessalonians 516 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 givethanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will foryou in Christ Jesus.19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treatprophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; holdon to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.Luke 18Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show themthat they should always pray and not give up.
• More…• read your Bible more• memorise it• meditate on it
That same day the Sadducees, who say there is noresurrection, came to him with a question. 24“Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dieswithout having children, his brother must marry thewidow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now therewere seven brothers among us. The first one marriedand died, and since he had no children, he left his wifeto his brother. 26 The same thing happened to thesecond and third brother, right on down to theseventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, atthe resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven,since all of them were married to her?”29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you donot know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
Smith Wigglesworth,“God says it, I believeit, that settles it.”
•be a fanaticfor Christ•Btw - theBible callsthat being adisciple
Luke 923 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wantsto be my disciple must deny themselves andtake up their cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save their life will loseit, but whoever loses their life for me willsave it. 25 What good is it for someone to gainthe whole world, and yet lose or forfeit theirvery self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me andmy words, the Son of Man will be ashamed ofthem when he comes in his glory and in theglory of the Father and of the holy angels.