Joshua 14:11-12 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then! So I’m asking that you give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as spies we found the Anakim living there in great, walled cities, but if the Lord is with me, I shall drive them out of the land.”
I was 20 years old when I was called into ministry. I was 33 years old when God led me to start New Direction Christian Church. 15 years later I’m still walking with God and leading his church. Can you remember when God first called you? Can you remember your first big assignment? Do you still have that fire?
Basketball players start peaking out around age 38. NFL players also retire in their thirties because of the wear and tear on their bodies. When you look at people like Magic Johnson who are able to take their talents and passions to another level even after retiring. Getting older doesn’t mean you stop climbing mountains. You still got it!
Caleb had to remind Joshua that he still had it. He was 40 years old when God first called him and Joshua to spy out the land. Now he’s 85 and he reminds his friend Joshua not to overlook him just because he’s older.
- I’m older but still have the ability to travel and fight! The way you stay young is that you have to have some fight left in you. In the movie Creed, an aging retired Rocky is challenged to train his deceased friend’s son Adonis Creed to fight. At some point Rocky is diagnosed with cancer and he’s ready to quit. Adonis tells Rocky, “If I’m going to fight this man you are going to have to fight cancer!” There is still a lot that we have to fight and through God we have to search ourselves to discover that there’s still some fight and some flights left in us. Travel and see the world! You still have something left!
- Give me this mountain! There was some land Caleb had in his sight in the hill country. Old folks are scared of heights. When they get apartments they like the first floor so they won’t have to climb. Not Caleb! He said, “Give me this mountain!” Whenever I climb the mountain in Phoenix, I’m always humbled to see senior citizens in better shape than me still climbing mountains! What big audacious goal do you still have left to accomplish? Get a degree? Travel to another country? Help end poverty? Start a ministry? Go get your mountain! You still got it!
- I still got Giants, but if the Lord is with me; I will drive them out! No matter what giant problems we might have God is greater than any problem we might face. God will give us the strength to drive out our Giants! You still got him! Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!
I thank you that I still have a reasonable portion of health and strength! You’ve kept my mind fresh, my body healthy, and my vision big! I’m not fearing any man, because I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen the Promised Land! I’ve come too far to give up now. Thank you for your Holy Ghost that is in me. Take me to that Rock that is higher than I! Thank you God that I still have your power!
In Jesus Name,