EAT MORE FAITH - THE PRELUDE OF FAITH Webster’s Definition of Prelude : an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter. Genesis 22:15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba. Beersheba means – Well of Oath or Well of Seven - Abraham is 100 when he took Isaac as a son. - Sampson took a lad. - Eli took Samuel who was a young man. Then the young man revealed the message. - Jesus used to lead a young man at the loaves and fishes - Noah and his young sons - Moses lead his older brother Aaron. - Paul wrote to Timothy who is much younger every time there is a transfer of power of God and involve the younger generation and older. - Ruth and Boaz comes because her mother-in-law who is an older lady Naomi. - Esther had her older uncle Monica. Joel 2: 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. Separate the man in the room. Under 40 on one side, our 40 on the other. Point out the strengths of each side. Recognize it takes both sides to be successful. Wisdom comes from failure. David said Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. Paul said Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Jesus quoted Isaiah in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; Bridging the gap. Multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-talented, multiplication. Multi means more than one. At my age I sit in the middle of the teeter totter, one side is my youth. My zeal. My dreams and visions. Get the other side is the gray hair, wisdom from mistakes of the past, but most importantly understanding and respecting those that have pave the way for me to stand here today. Through blood, sweat, tears, prayer, fasting, and persevering, we stand here with the opportunity to leave the next generation something that money can’t buy. The methods change from generation to generation, but the message is still the same. Which group is smarter, which is wiser, which is stronger, which is more forgiving, which is more zealous, which is more encouraging? If we were in a tug-of-war, which side would win? If your life hung in the balance and you lean on one decision, in your tug-of-war of life, which side would you prefer to help you make that decision? Psalm 71: 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Psalm 145: 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness. 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and [b]not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.