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Counsels of Faithfulness and Truth                               by J. Kirkpatrick
Why Do the Birds Love To Fly So High                      by J. Kirkpatrick
Just a Grape                                                                author unknown
The Continuing Rembrances of Grandfather Oak # 2   by J. Kirkpatrick

Counsels of Faithfulness and Truth
By J. Kirkpatrick

Where are God's Spiritual Grandparents who will counsel Faithfulness and Truth?

How can grandparents become wise counselors? It is only because of one thing, the wonderful, marvelous works that God has wrought in each of their lives. Can you truly say, as Paul in Romans 8:28, all things you have been through are for good? Yes, Yes, Yes, and again I say Yes! Because of these experiences and hardships, we all can now minister life to those who also are going through hard times.

"...Who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold..." Numbers 12:7&8

There is a country western song that I would like to make over to be sung unto the Lord. "I'm beginning to see my Father in me. That's how it's meant to be. And I find I'm more and more like Him each day. I walk the way He walks. I talk the way He talks. I'm starting to see my Father in me." We must instill the Father's likeness and similitude in our children and grandchildren. Our children and grandchildren are to look like the Father with His character, personality, and attributes. What does the Spiritual Father look like? We know that He is Spirit and that we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. In the Spirit, we behold FAITHFULNESS and TRUTH upon a white horse,

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war." Revelation 19:11

This is the seed that must also be birthed in our house. We, as parents and grandparents, are to foster, feed, and train our generation in the attributes of FAITH and TRUTH. This is what the Father looks like.

Our nation has produced a generation of children in whom is no faith, Deuteronomy 32:20 . Why is this so? How can this be? Somewhere along the line we have neglected to foster, feed, and train our young ones in FAITH and TRUTH. We must become that righteous nation who will bring forth a righteous seed unto the Lord. We must become as Faithful Abraham. If we are to birth and bring forth in our old age, we must reproduce this seed in our young ones. It is our responsibility. God has given this responsibility to us as grandparents. We have the power and the love to teach our young ones sound words. They are to hear them from us in FAITH and in LOVE which we have seen in the Father. We are to become that mirror, that similitude. The attributes of the Father, FAITHFULNESS and TRUTH truly abode in Timothy's mother and grandmother so that they could bring forth, be the mirror and the similitude of Christ, for Timothy to follow and learn by, I Timothy 1:13 & 15. Numbers 12:7 tells us the Father speaks mouth to mouth with those who have FAITH in their house, as He did to Moses. How does FAITH and TRUTH come into our children?

"...Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

Can you hear? Can you hear Him speaking? The Word of God is Truth. Speak His Word. Who of you are of the household of faith? If you are of this household and have been taught in the Word, teach your sons and your grandsons in all these good things. There was a wise woman in the days of old who was accustomed to speaking the words of the Lord. She reminded all Israel to return to the words of the counsel of the old ones, the fathers, the grandfathers, the patriarchs of the tribes, II Samuel 20:16-19. She was a mirror of the Father, saying, "I am one of them that are PEACEABLE and FAITHFUL in Israel." Let us return to this similitude of wisdom. Let this seed come forth. Let it be birthed in us.

As it was in the days of Lot, so it is today. The hearts of God's people are vexed by the unrighteous and filthy way of life of their young people, II Peter 2:7-8. Many are crying out, "Help, Lord! For the godly man ceaseth. The FAITHFUL fail from among our children," Psalm 12:1 . We need to encourage our grandchildren, saying, "Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God." Romans 10:7. I encourage you to share God's Words with your grandchildren, Psalms 12:6. We need to exhort our grandchildren to keep and preserve the Words of the Lord from this generation and for ever, Psalms 12:7.

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when He cometh shall find so doing." Matthew 24:45-46

Will we be found doing these things when He returneth? Who are the faithful and wise servants? The wise counselors are the hoary heads who are to have this honour. They will receive a crown of glory, if they be found walking in the way of righteousness. We, as grandparents, are given the responsibility to impart our experiences to our grandchildren. Through wisdom we can share a happening in due season to minister life to them. I am sure that you all have thought, "Why did I not give my children more attention in their growing up years?" Do not condemn yourselves for this. This is the grandparents great joy, that we now have more time to spend with our grandchildren. This is the rewarding role of grandparents. Begin to take this honored position in their young formative years.

If you are a parent, adopt a grandparent to counsel and teach your young ones, one who has held fast God's faithful Word, that they by wise counsel may be able to help the children, Titus 1:9.

Abraham was also a Father of Faith. Moses was FAITHFUL in all His house. As a servant he gave testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. Joshua was also a Father of Faith. Will you be the Spiritual father of your household and say as Joshua,

"...As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord?" Joshua 24:15

And Grandparents, begin to counsel these precious young ones to hold fast the FAITHFUL WORD you have taught them, that they, too, may be able to stand firm and teach their future grandchildren.

Why Do the Birds Love To Fly So High
by J. Kirkpatrick

Why do the birds love to fly so high
and take wing at every threatening sigh?
They fly here and there and everywhere
and do not rest until they fly to safety.

Let us take thought upon their flight
and consider their escaping plight
Then we will soon discover
and learn to warn our brothers

Yet listen closely and I will tell thee
what the flying birds told me
We have learned to fly away and be at rest
safe from harm `neath the Father's breast

Be wise and learn of our escaping flight
Be ready to leave and know our plight
Be willing to rise above your own sight
Before the darkness of the night!

Just a grape...

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the one worthwhile is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
Is the one that shines through the tears.

- Author unknown

The Continued Remembrances
of Grandfather Oak
Part 2

"Though I am now cut down and awaiting another purpose in life, I recall the many who enjoyed my beauty. I remember the children playing games, the young people, picnics, carving their names on my bark. Many others sat beneath my shade. Many returned years later. There I was, still standing, very much a part of their cherished memories. But they have come and gone. And now, I too have gone. Yet still there is hope in these new shoots."

"Oh, thank you, Grandfather for sharing your story with me," said Little Tree. "But wait, I have much more to tell you," Grandfather said. "Oh, please go on! I would listen to your wisdom daily. I know you have many a story to tell."

"Yes, young man, I will tell you of what began to happen to me when I finally came to maturity. I ask you to listen very closely, for my words hold much truth. You know, young man, if you would observe my growth, you would find it took over twenty years before I came to the stature of maturity. Even then my life was just beginning. It was only at this point that I received the capability to produce fruit.. And produce I did, abundantly. Then began my yearly observations. You know, those first few years of maturity were completely new to me. I had a lot to learn about my responsibilities. I soon found that I was not fully mature."

"Yes, I had indeed reached a place in height that others could enjoy my shade and comfort. And yes, I started to produce fruit abundantly. But there were so many experiences yet in the future. So many adventures took place beneath these spreading branches. I soon found that life was a continual unfolding of others lives beneath me. I began to find that from my view point, I was being shown many valuable lessons. You cannot begin to imagine the experiences which have come to pass beneath my branches over the past."

"Yes, there are many stories to tell. Some are fond memories. Some bring back hurt and shame. Yet, through all that has come to pass, I have found that these observations have taught me many valuable lessons. Lessons I would very much enjoy sharing with you, knowing that you will greatly benefit, and hopefully, young man, will observe others mistakes and grow thereby." To be continued...

... From J. Kirkpatrick


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