Will We Lose a Generation?
There is a season in which God’s people must move or lose a generation. The season to alert and train the young generation is now. It is a season that will pass. There is a core or cadre of children who are foreknown and predestined by God to be central in the last battle. The prophetic word for today is “Seek these kids while they may be found. Call upon them while they can hear.”
The day is coming when it is too late and too dark. If our generation does not move now, the young generation will not be positioned to receive and handle the coming power or trials. This call for adults to move looks like an opportunity and looks optional. But once the door to obedience is missed, however, no amount of repentance can reverse lost destiny.
Grace for Change
When God calls us to move there is grace for the change. There is lack of opposition to the change because the element of surprise gives His change-makers advantage on the playing field, so to speak.
The Holy Spirit moves God’s people to anticipate spiritual disaster and provide for escape. His people respond to circumstances not yet seen. That is what it means to move in the prophetic season. We must move while we have light (revelation) because only while the revelation is active can effort be effective. (John 9:4)”
[Prophetic word by Pamela Ayres]
Many Will Never Experience Old Age
There is a generation that will not live to be old; they will not experience Old Age. God said that He would pour out His Spirit on our sons and daughters and this great outpouring would usher in the end of this age. Parents with young children and teenagers should realize that they need to prepare their children for an entirely different life in relation to the limited time left.
They need to prepare their young people for a coming new world order—that of the Kingdom of God in the earth. If you knew that you would only live a few more years how would you live your life? This age is expiring and we are living in the dawn of a new age.”
Neville Johnson’s newsletter, Secrets of the Kingdom, Series 3, Volume 3, November 17.
Welcome to 2013. Will you move off dead center and reach a pivotal generation? Or will you continue to say, “Sorry, I’m not called to children’s ministry?”
In one way or another, every Christian is called to disciple the next generation. That does not necessarily mean teaching a Sunday School class. There are endless ways you can influence and mentor younger ones coming up under you. God is a generational God. From the beginning His plan was that one generation would shout the praises of God to the next. But somehow in our narcissistic society our Christianity became all about “us” as adults. We have assumed the little ones would catch out faith our beliefs, our passion for Christ simply by osmosis.
That might have worked in generations past. But we now live in a culture that is aggressively and effectively influencing our children away from the faith of their fathers and mothers, and considering other “options” for lifestyles and belief systems. If we continue to remain passive in the area of faith, we are going to lose on many fronts. But we cannot afford to lose this generation.
Talk About Your Faith
Did you know most Parents Don’t Talk about Faith with Their Kids? According to the Search Institute’s nationwide study of 11,000 teenagers from 561 congregations across six denominations, only 12 percent of youth have a regular dialogue with their mom on faith or life issues. In other words, just one out of eight kids talks with their mom about their faith. It’s far lower for dads. One out of twenty kids, or 5 percent, has regular faith or life conversations with their dad. One additional interesting statistic: approximately 9 percent of teenagers engage in regular reading of the Bible and devotions with their families. So not even one out of ten teenagers looks at Scripture with their parents. When it comes to matters of faith, mum’s usually the word at home.
Clark, Chap; Powell, Kara E. (2011-09-20). Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids (p. 71). Zondervan. Kindle Edition
Hear, O Christ Follower: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. IMPRESS THEM ON YOUR CHILDREN! Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
What are you waiting for?
Kids in Ministry International
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