As I have grown in Christ, I have worked with many age groups in many churches, camps, retreats, ministries, etc. In recent years God had me working along side a dynamic woman of God whose ministry is youth, but mission is children. I've been a prayer partner, accountability partner, and just there to help.
In this position God put me in, for a season, I began to see something specific He wanted me to learn. It gave me joy, and, it broke my heart.
I am a firm believer that every generation has it's own calling. The Bible denotes specific time periods as generations. I'm not talking about dates or hours. I'm talking about times when people and events were in direct response to the calling of the Most High God. I have been watching children from about the ages of 4 to 10 becoming aware of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. I have seen them on their little faces in deep prayer for family, friends, the lost. I have seen them lay hands on people and God has healed them of physical and emotional ailment.
I have watched the older children from about 10 to 20 as they have all night prayer vigils for their town. As they congregate in Kansas City at IHOP (International House of Prayer) to learn more and more about how to hear God. I've supported them in prayer and cash as they go to their neighborhoods and all over the world to do the great commission, build houses, and befriend the friendless.
I have come to understand that those older 'children' are the Joshua generation. They are learning to live without fear, without doubt in the Father even when they doubt themselves. They are strong and courageous. They do not fear the enemy, for they have all the power needed in themselves by Christ Jesus.
They are who I was supposed to be.
I am a child of the '60's and '70's. By mercy and grace, I was stronger in my faith than most and survived with very little collateral damage!
There was an invitation from God for us at that time. He was putting in place prophets, teachers, pastors, priests, healers and servants. A generation of His children to be prepped for battle, for salvation, for blessing. It takes special attitude to be blessed as a leader, especially if you are a leader of leaders. The spirit of strength was poured out in abundance over an entire generation.
The lies of the enemy, the sweet, tempting, self-crushing whispers in the ears of those who were supposed to be His garrison, became the nightmare of a nation. The enemy took those strengths and turned them to weakness. The same serpent that cooed sweetly to Eve and Adam used the same lies to turn the heads and hearts of the children to himself. A wanton destruction of the children of the Most High.
Now, any time God sends you out on a mission, whatever it is, He always has a blessing with it. He doesn't give you a race to run without a prize at the end. It's just His nature to bless and gift His family. What we earned from our selfishness and 'free' lives were devastation of so much we hold dear. Families with multiple divorces, alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse in unfathomable proportion, worship of evil, and on and on... The Jesus movement was there, but so small. So small.
We lost our blessing. WE were the Joshua Generation.
BUT GOD... ..
But God never gives up and He has these huge blessings that are piling up. So, He has given a new generation the opportunity to do the work, live the life, and receive the blessing. I am watching them. Praying for them. Loving them. Joining them.
You see, I know my generation of baby-boomers lost a lot. But God is quick to put you back where you are supposed to be if you want!
What do you want? Want to get back some of what you didn't even know you lost? Then , pay attention! He has a great big blessing for you even if you missed out once! He always has something for you, with you, in you! Go get it!
Now, about the Josiah Generation... ...