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Generation To Generation

She heard the heart behind my typed words.

I want this ministry to outlive me. When I am gone, I pray that it will carry on.

When we sat face to face, she poured encouragement into me. She confidently stated that the ministry I have poured my life into, would live on. “Martha, it is not just who you can see with your eyes. It is not just who passes through our ministry doors. As God’s word has impacted women’s lives, their children and grandchildren likewise have greatly benefitted. According to God’s word, it passes on from generation to generation.”

Wow! What a privilege. What an incredible responsibility.

I remember the Thanksgiving family gathering many years ago when Daddy, Mama and Brother were still in our circle. At Daddy’s request I stood to read the Bible before we prayed. I chose Psalm 145 declaring that His greatness had been given to us through our parents; we likewise would spread it on through generations to come.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (3-7)

When God looked at Abraham, He saw his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and you and me. Long before there were any children or any hope of children, God made a covenant with him.

“…Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him…” (Genesis 18:18 ESV)

This covenant made with Abraham reached forward into many generations and became covenant with you and me. As sons and daughters, we are the descendants of Abraham. We are His promise fulfilled.

When God touches one life, generations are impacted.

God looks for those who will receive His message, His call, and His assignment and pass it on. Our lives look different than Abraham but our stories matter just as much. We continue to be the fulfillment of God’s plan. As we allow God to use all of our life for His glory, His goodness is passed on.

God has a specific way that He wants to express His goodness through you. He desires to touch everyone that passes through your life. Look beyond your own family to any that God drops into your path even if for a few minutes.

You might ask, “How can I impact generations?”

Commend His works to another

Tell of His mighty acts.

Speak of the glorious splendor of His majesty

Meditate on His wonderful works

Tell of the power of His awesome works

Proclaim His great deeds

Celebrate His abundant goodness

Joyfully sing of His righteousness

God give us vision for generations to come.

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