INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL
WRITTEN BY LINDA SCHREURS
Linda at her H.S. Columbus H.S. Class Reunion, Waterloo, Ia.
In this issue:
- Thought I'd Always Be Young
- Spiritual Fathers and Mothers, by Guest Columnist, Larry Morris
THOUGHT I'D ALWAYS BE YOUNG
Oh yes! I’m sure we all think according to the above title when we graduate from high school as teenagers. It’s just not on our radar to think that we’ll get ‘that old’! But as this month’s picture shows, if you wonderfully keep having birthdays – you’ll be invited to your 10th class reunion, or your 25th, or your 40th, or more! And what I’ve learned from attending those reunions is that it’s all about reflection…how far we’ve come, how much we’ve hopefully matured, etc. Most of us hopefully can say: “I’m not like I was back then.” With this in mind, I’m bringing a message that I don’t think has ever been given, at least, not that I’m aware of. How did I get this message? From the Holy Spirit! Remember, one of His gifts is knowledge and another is wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8; 1 Cor. 2:10-16) When the believer becomes ONE with God, the communication between the two goes from revelation to revelation, from glory to glory. All the days of our life, we ought to be climbing Jacob’s ladder, going higher and higher into the knowledge and revelations of our Lord. (Gen. 28:12) Do you desire this? It really ought to be in our spiritual DNA all the days of our life no matter how old we are or where we are on our journey with the Lord.
Leaving A Good Legacy
We’re not getting any younger. From our youth, we go from ‘young pretty’ to ‘pretty old’! Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:31, “I die daily.” So what’s that about? Die to self. Die to selfish desires, die to unforgiveness, die to self-doubts and all the things that the enemy brings to try our souls. Die daily. Let go, and let God! So what are we doing with today? What are we doing with our tomorrow, or next week? What kind of legacy are we leaving when we exit this life for the eternal one? Will we have left a trail of tears, regrets, heartache, pain, sorrow? Or will we leave good and happy memories of doing all we could, to leave a godly trail of love and hope?
We’re born to live and we’re born to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2: “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven – A time to give birth, and a time to die…”
Every person goes through ‘stuff.’ Each of us has varying trials and tribulations - just don’t park there! Move onward and upward in Christ Jesus who gives you strength for each and every victory. Don’t even try it on your own because you’ll fail time and time again. We need the power of Calvary’s Cross which secured victory for us. Submit and surrender all of it to the Lord and live beautifully far and above all those who grovel in their own strengths.
The church is always talking about revival, thousands of people coming to the Lord and being born again. We definitely want that! But perhaps it’s time the church looks at our exit status as well. In other words, what will our legacy be and how are we living that out right now, today? What does our Christian life say to those around us whether we’re young or old? Are we living fully for the Lord with every fiber of our being? Or, have we become lax and lukewarm, just sitting on the sidelines wondering when our time will come? Are we still hot for God, or not?! Revelation 3:16 will always be relevant to each and every one of us till the day we die, no matter what our age. “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” This shows our true calling and purpose to always be fully committed to Jesus, being passionate and on fire for Him and letting that be felt by everyone around us. Coldness is definitely not acceptable but neither is lukewarmness!
The young and the old working together
I remember how our son-in-law would take his guitar and sing to his baby in the womb as our daughter sat there with an enlarged belly. It warmed my heart. I knew that act to be very special, very anointed. It set in motion part of the destiny for that child in the womb. The little guy is now 8 years old and plays the piano so beautifully that his teacher says he could have his own concert! Scripture says, “From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength because of Your adversaries, to make the enemy and the revengeful cease.” (Ps. 8:1-2) In other words, even babies can intuitively be aware of the Presence of the Lord because of the prayers of parents, grandparents and others.
Likewise, even the aged are to live out each day bringing glory to God. Psalm 70:17-18, “O God, You have taught me from my youth and I still declare Your wonderous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation.” Psalm 103:14-18, “For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.” It’s a generational blessing, as noted by our guest columnist, Larry Morris, and that blessing can extend to a thousand generations. Now that’s powerful! What we’re doing right now impacts many lives down the road from us. (Ps. 105:8; 96:7)
We’re all born with a divine identity and destiny so every day is a new day to bring glory to God. We need to realize that God isn’t finished with us yet. One is never too young or too old to declare the works and power of the Lord! Let’s chime in with God’s Word in Psalm 104:33,”I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
What is your life speaking?
What is your life speaking to those around you? What kind of influence have you had up to now? Has it been the goodness and graciousness of the Lord – a reflection of his love, grace and mercy, or is there still resentment, bitterness, anger, retaliation and other things that have tainted your soul up to this very hour? If so, each moment we have breath, there is still time to repent and repose (which means: calmness, rest, peace, trust, quietude – no fussing). You and I need to keep moving onward and upward in Christ Jesus with every breath we have. No one knows the day or hour of their departure from this life. Take advantage of today, while it is still called ‘today’ as spoken of in Hebrews 3:2,14 and 4:7.
Let’s go out on a high note. Stop complaining about every ache, pain and heartache. People don’t need to hear it continually. We all go through testings. (John 16:33). The body is weak and limited to be sure, but the Spirit is not! Live in the Spirit wherein your strength lies and see what happens.
One day, awhile ago, I was thinking about how one ages in life, and how you really don’t think you’ll get old and that you’ll stay young. But an accumulation of birthdays constantly brings it on. Dah! My thoughts continued… “When I was young, I felt pretty and life was an open book. Now it is closing as I’ve been aging. How will I be remembered? Why do we think we’ll never be ‘one of those older people?’”
What silly thoughts! The Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 39:4-5, “Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as a handbreaths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.” And part of verse 11 says, “Surely every man is mere breath.”
We were born for the same reasons Jesus was, to give honor and glory to God the Father with the few short years we have in this earthly existence. So how are we measuring up? What do we have to show the Father for our obedience to Him? Are we living the life of victory He’s ordained for us so those coming behind us can be trailblazers for His glory? Can those in this upcoming generation stand solidly on the ground we’ve laid for them, so they can go higher than we ever did? I dare say, this is the destiny, the legacy, the calling of the aged!
Think of Moses who was 80 years old when the Lord called him to go to Egypt and set the captives free. God gave him 40 more years to fulfill his divine destiny! “Although Moses was 120 years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.” (Deut. 34:7) I believe the Lord is bringing this kind of anointing to many in the Body of Christ worldwide at the End of the Age, which is coming nearer and nearer. Think of little Samuel, whose mother left him under the tutelage of the prophet soon after being weaned! (Samuel 1)
More examples of relational and generational blessings:
- Moses' older siblings, Aaron and Miriam, worked alongside their brother. (Exodus)
- Joshua & Caleb, young protégés under Moses, did great exploits entering the Promised Land even though they were in their 80's. (Joshua)
- Abraham and Sara. You know the story. But take note many of our current elders have been 'pregnant' with many promises which are about to be fulfilled! (Gen. 17 & 18)
- Consider the encouragement Ruth and Naomi gave to one another. (Ruth 1)
- Of course Zacharias and Elizabeth mirrored this Old Testament couple and brought forth John the Baptist. (Luke 1)
- The dialogue of love and support between the older Elizabeth and the young Mary is precious.
- Think too of old Simeon and his 84 year old friend, Anna. They saw the face of God in the infant Jesus! (Luke 2)
- And of course, there are many more examples then, and now.
We should be trailblazers at every stage of life. Our passion for the Lord ought to be contagious by inspiring others to want the joy, peace, love and security in God they see in our lives. So do we measure up to this? If not, why not? It’s time to get on the glory train of God and lay sound tracks of God’s grace, love and power, so those coming behind us can go faster, deeper, higher and through the power of the Lamb of God, win more battles than we ever did ushering in an EPIC REVIVAL, for the young and the old! Anyone of us can be used up to and including our last breath. Let our legacy be lived in the here and now under the unction of the Holy Spirit. Can we get up each day and say, “Today is a brand new day with a brand new, clean slate. What shall I write on it that will give glory to God?”
SPIRITUAL FATHERS AND MOTHERS
By Larry Morris, Guest Columnist
Larry and Sara Morris
Mike and I have gotten to know this dynamic couple through our Bible Study Group and treasure their friendship. As you can see from the picture, they are fun people! Larry’s sense of humor adds delight to all those around him, and his passionate devotion to the Lord is contagious. He is a senior vice president of Financial Architects in Des Moines and representative and financial advisor of Park Avenue Securities. He has practiced law as a trial lawyer and also worked in a variety of senior management claims positions with various property and casualty and life insurance companies. His undergraduate education was at Yale University followed by Southern Methodist University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He is a faithful pray-er and staff member at International House of Prayer – Iowa. His love for missions has taken him around the world. Larry chairs the 2013-2014 Iowa Prayer Breakfast Committee. He and his wife Sara have been married 36 years, reside in West Des Moines, Iowa, have three grown children, three grandchildren and another on the way!
Do you remember the old nursery rhyme about Mother Hubbard and her home in a shoe with so many children she didn't know what to do? Well, in the last few years God has made me laugh over and over again...like a child, as He has given me so many sons and a few daughters -- both my own children, their spouses and children (our grandchildren), and a swell of adopted young men and women, to the point that, well, yes, I feel like Father Hubbard. We're not all living in a shoe, thankfully, but I love each one entrusted to me and often call out to God for each of them on those occasions when I don't know what to do or how to love them the way He wants me to show them His love through me.
It first began when I fully grasped how much He loved me and I began to come into my full identity as a very special and beloved Son of the Most High God, who loves me unconditionally like no other Father can and no other Father will. He's my Abba, my Daddy, my Papa, my all in all. I didn't earn it or deserve it. In fact, like all of you who have that same destiny, our Father waited for us, sent his only begotten Son for us, the Son of God/son of man who willingly gave His life for each of us to make a way for you and me to be adopted into this very, very special family. How wondrous is the thought that we are Sons and Daughters of Jehovah, sons of Abraham with the same rights and inheritance, which began the very day we said "Yes!" to Jesus.
Doesn't that just put a new glow on your face, a spark in your heart, a wisp of the mind and will to believe once again the familiar childhood stories. I'm rediscovering gold in the nursery rhymes, the Cinderella rags-to-riches story, the knight in shining armor who shines for Papa God while rescuing orphans who are hungry for love, damsels in distress, and wounded warriors who Papa wants to get restored and ready to reenter the battle for His righteousness and glory. And yes, to shine forever in the light that never goes out...the Light of His beloved Son Jesus, the light that sets you and me free and makes us new creations, more than Conquerors, Overcomers, and Lovers of Him and of all of his created sons and daughters, of every race and color, gender, and nationality.
So, what's next? Well, Papa asked me to embolden each of you, dear readers, to come to know Him more and more as you read His Holy Word, to pursue the destiny He has for each of us, and put it fully into practice. For some of you like me, he's calling you to be Fathers (Mothers) to the fatherless and to heed the coming day of The Lord in these last days. In particular, Papa has directed my attention to Malachi 4: 5 - 6: "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of The Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."
I'm not boasting in anyone but Christ, but it's my joy to share that God has given me more than 30 sons and daughters, all of whom I love intensely, and I'm sure He's going to give me some more. That shoe called "my life" has room for more of Papa's children. He's looking for you and me to be about turning the hearts of the children to their fathers, and over time, they will be able to turn the hearts of their earthly fathers to themselves and to Papa, the awesome Father God, the Holy One who knows best what all of us need and long for.
It's our destiny, beloved. We were made to be loved and to love the One who loved us from the very beginning of time. It's our destiny. Go and make disciples, turn the sons to their fathers, turn the fathers to their sons, and turn us all to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father, who is eager to remove the curse and usher us into green pastures of Goshen as Papa prepares us for the great and wondrous day when we, and all our sons and daughters, are reunited with all the family of God in the heavenly place of blessings over and over again. And that's the end of this glorious story, the Revelation that we are soon to be with Papa and His Son Jesus forever and ever where there is no end. Paradise awaits. Won't you enter in and bring a host of sons and daughters, mothers and fathers with you. The party is soon to begin! Let no one you love --or are called to love -- be left behind.
Linda Will Be Speaking at Kim Lee’s ‘ARISE INTO YOUR DESTINY’ Women’s Conference Oct. 26, 2013. It’s being held at The Dwelling Place, 912 Central Ave. E., Clarion, IA. To make your reservation, please call TDP by Oct. 17th at 515-293-2822. The $10 registration fee is payable upon entrance. A light lunch will be served. The conference is being held from 9:30 AM - 2 PM. Worship with Angela Lantsky begins at 10, followed by the speakers: Kim Lee, Linda, and Wendy Jensen. Come and be inspired and blessed!
Women of Fire Fellowship – Watch for upcoming announcements.
Linda’s Books: These can be viewed/purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below:
- Armageddon Bride
- Word’s Aptly Spoken
- Holy Communion! Holy Invasion!
- Linda’s CD: Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! (Spiritually intimate prayers set to music)
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