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Leaving a legacy


03/07/2012

David\'s provision for the next generation

Hello and welcome to my very first blog!

I\'ve determined that my blog\'s will be two things; devotional and secondly to reflect what I\'m learning on my daily journey of faith... So here goes!

What a great man of God King David was, amongst his many marvellous exploits, at the end of his life he makes abundant provision for the one thing that seems to dominate his thinking in his latter years, how can he help his son Solomon to prepare for the building of a Temple to honour the God of Heaven? From 1 Chronicles 17 onwards to the end of 1 Chronicles David is obsessed with making sure that everything is made ready for his son to succeed. He devotes himself to making sure everything is in place to ensure the success of his son\'s reign. So I ask myself, am I devoted to doing all I can to prepare the ground for the next generation who will follow me? Be that those who will lead the church in the future, or indeed the spiritual future of my own children. Both are my responsibilities. Lord, give me the urgency in my spirit to work towards establishing a legacy in the heart of my children and those in the generation to come that speaks of putting you above all things.

I\'ve been reading Arnold Dallimore\'s book on \'George Whitefield\' Volume 2. What a mighty man of God Whitefield was! Preached the doctrines of grace and saw thousands listening to his every word, and many tens of thousands claiming to have traced their spiritual birth to his preaching. Having gone through the \'Way of the Master\' campaign in our church recently I\'ve been struck more than ever by the importance of preaching the law of God as a means of raising an awareness within the lost of their need for God. Whitefield records in his diary a method of preaching that is almost totally unrecognisable in today\'s churches. He would deliberately plan a preaching tour which would consist of an initial visit to a place, preaching the demands of God\'s holy law, then leave the place for a period of time and then return to preach the gospel of Christ. Often he found sinners awakened to their lost condition and ready to receive the good news that Christ died to forgive their sins and grant them righteousness with God.

Telling people the bad news may be hard, but I have found it creates a much deeper appreciation for the gospel when they hear it and respond.

 
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