From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
There is no doubt that God is raising up the next generation of Kingdom builders and they will take the world by storm! I really enjoyed this great read by Angie Stolba about the Joshua Generation and what they will do.
As Angie shares in this word of the Lord, it is our job to support them:
"Support these young ones and honor them, for I will use them as My change agents to bring My love and reformation to a lost and dying world. Change and reformation is coming, and I will raise up a Joshua Generation. They will be bold and fearless, and they will burn with My heart and passion."
Now, as Christ's Church Body, we are ALL a part of His great reformation many have said is coming...we can support and lift up one another in what God wants to accomplish through us together in our day. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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"Take the Leap! I Am Raising Up a Joshua Generation"
by Angie Stolba, Washington, IL
"After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: 'Moses My servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelite's. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" (Joshua 1:1-5)
Recently, I had a dream of my daughter and me driving on a very busy road. There were many different intersections, each heavy with traffic. At one point, we came to a sudden detour and found ourselves stuck. The only way we could reach our destination was to get out of the car and travel by foot over this precarious looking bridge.
Getting to the bridge wouldn't be an easy task. In order to cross over, we would have to take a leap of faith from the ground and over a gap that led to the bridge, itself. The bridge stood tall, but once you jumped over that gap, it would be easily accessible. Ahead of my daughter and I were several other people who were crossing the bridge, continuing to make their way to their appointed destination. To some, crossing over to the bridge looked like an intimidating and challenging risk to take. However, my daughter (who I truly believe symbolized the younger generation) went ahead of me and made the leap, and she was able to get to the other side successfully. I stood behind her, and followed after.
Take the Leap!
Later that day, I was inquiring of the Lord as to the significance of my dream. I heard Him say, "Take the leap. I am raising up a 'Joshua Generation.' I am raising up a generation that will have the courage to go fearlessly into new, uncharted territory. They will be ones who don't fit the mold that many in the Church would seek to keep them in, but I have called these ones and I have chosen them."
I love what my pastor often says: "We should desire our ceilings to be our children's floor." In other words, we want them to go further and do even greater things than we, ourselves, ever did.
I believe that it is the Lord's heart to speak to us in the older generation, urging us to go behind them (even as I was symbolically positioned behind my daughter in my dream). I hear the Lord saying, "Support these young ones and honor them, for I will use them as My change agents to bring My love and reformation to a lost and dying world. Change and reformation is coming, and I will raise up a 'Joshua Generation.' They will be bold and fearless, and they will burn with My heart and passion.
God's "Joshua Generation"
"This will be a generation that will do great damage to the kingdom of darkness. Don't expect things to be 'business as usual,' for these ones will be like new wine skins. They will carry My revival fire outside of the walls of the Church, but they will be known by their love (John 13:35). The Joshua Generation will not bow down to the fear of man, nor will they conform to the mold. They are My chosen vessel, for I use the foolish things to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).
"I am calling forth the older generation to get behind this new breed that is arising: love them, honor them, and mentor them in My ways. I am calling forth My Bride to greater unity."
"Now if the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12:15-18)
"Do not fear the Joshua Generation that I am raising up, for you have much to instill in them, cheer them on, for their success will be your success as well. The contrast of the older generation coming aside the younger generation, co-laboring together for My Kingdom, will make a beautiful picture. Even as I have said in My Word: In the last days, God says, 'I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams'" (Acts 2:17).
We are living in such a time as this. The Lord is raising up His Joshua Generation, and His name will be glorified! Let us not fear the change, but take the leap! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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