I know I am...and God's prophetic voices are giving us excellent insight.
In his recent word, Joey LeTourneau gives us fresh revelation into this new year and beyond...including 3 steps into a Generational Era.
I'm going to let you read through this, pray into it, and get equipped in what the Lord wants to do in this fresh new year and decade. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
As we've just entered the Jewish new year of 5780 along with a new decade, we've entered what I believe is a "Generational Era."
This is a time period where we will begin to actualize Malachi 4:5-6 (also see my previous word from July), the turning of the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. The new will fulfill (and honor) the old, and the young will be empowered by those who have gone before them.
The walls of misunderstanding between generations will be torn down; fear of those ahead or behind will be overcome, and a "family structure" that empowers the "seed" will come into design to create a multiplication that ushers in a true Kingdom government into our midst.
I see the Hebrew mark of "tav" (the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet) over this mutual generation, a mark which in its ancient form looks like a cross or an "x." "Tav" means "marked" or "sealed." This is not just one generation that is chosen, but a time of generations coming together, a mark upon multiple generations that are sealed and anointed together to fulfill God's Word during this time in the world.
The Family Structure
In 2 Samuel 7:11 David's desire to build God a house is confronted with a new reality. Despite his pure motives to build God a house, God, through Nathan, essentially tells David, "No, I will make you a house." This has become a life verse for me, as God is teaching David a different way to build.
"House" has two meanings here: 1. A physical structure. 2. A family structure. David wanted to build God a physical structure, but God wanted to build David into a "family structure"—a heritage, a lineage—from his seed.
The Lord went on to tell David: "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish His Kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of His Kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:12-13). (Photo via Pixabay)
Notice that Solomon, David's son, would be the one to build God a house, and yet this was not to take away from David or disqualify him, but rather to fulfill him. God was making David into a superior form of a house.
God used the generation after David to set up a throne that would have David's name on it forever. David didn't establish that, his lineage did. Solomon got to actually build the physical structure, but it is the throne of David, the line of David which would birth Christ, that the whole family would be set upon. David was fulfilled through those who came after him.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain...Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:1, 3-5)
I see God building this "family structure" like never before, and the generations together will help lead and prepare the way.
Like David, we are often more accustomed to building through physical structures (buildings, organizations, ministries, programs, etc.). But ever since the Garden, through Abraham and his promised seed—the 12 sons/tribes of Jacob, Boaz and Ruth, Jesus and the Spirit of Adoption—God has consistently established His government and new moves through family.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder..." (Isaiah 9:6)
Right now is no different. Culture and the world need a living example of those who overcome insecurity and fear, who see through the lies of misperception, who believe in one another's God-given differences and who honor and empower each other's unique place and purpose within the family.
It's the greatest house we could build, but truly, it's the one that God is making us into right now.
Here are 3 steps into a Generational Era:
1. Restore Hope
How can you be or represent renewed hope for the generation that is before you, or the one after you?
If you are 30 years old and under, I challenge you to find someone—a leader, a parent or someone who is in the generation before you—and restore hope by honoring them and what they mean to your generation. Let them know how important they are and how much you need them to go forward into your destiny. Let your life and your honor of them be a place of revived hope for them, and an example to others.
If you are over 30, find someone in the generation younger than you who needs to be believed in and give your belief away freely, with no strings attached. Let them really feel it without measure! Let them know how important they are to the time we are entering; point out strengths they carry, even in ways you may not understand yet. Whatever you do, help them feel believed in!
2. Rebuild Identity
I talked about this a little more in depth in my "Generational Blessing" word in July, but there is much more to dive into. The truth is, both generations (younger and older) long to have their unique identity within the family of God rebuilt and their place in this "tav generation" understood.
Many in the previous generation have not given the younger generation a true father's blessing because they were not given one themselves. And many in the younger generation are like Esau, who after giving away his birthright saw/felt what Isaac gave Jacob and let out a loud and bitter cry, "Bless me, too, father!" (Photo via Pixabay)
You can't hear this cry with your physical ears, but your heart can hear it everywhere if you truly tune in through the Father.
There is a generation crying out for fathers and mothers to step into the "role of Isaac" in their lives and bless them forward in their identity journey with God—"from Jacob to Israel" (Genesis 32:22-30).
3. Empower Purpose
My wife and I have often talked about not only being equally yoked in our faith, but being equally yoked in our purpose too. So it is in the family of God, where not only must we learn to empower each other in our unique purpose and calling, but we must learn to find purpose together in what God is doing in the world right now.
This step is two-fold:
1. Empower each other to discover your own unique purpose and help one another begin to live it out towards the world. We each carry something so different, often something that doesn't seem to fit, that requires someone to come and champion it forward in our lives. Be this champion for each other, for those before you and behind you.
2. Ask yourself how your purpose, united together with the other generation, fits into the greater purpose God is releasing on the earth right now. How can you build together? How can you break down walls together? And, how can you, together, help others take these same 3 steps into the generational era that is upon us?
David didn't build God the physical structure he wanted to, but God sure made David into a pretty special house. Which house will be the legacy of your life?
Together, let's make sure this time in history is remembered as an era when the generations chose to build something with and through one another to help offer Jesus His full reward. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Heavenly Hope Ministries
Joey, his wife Destiny and family are pioneers and reformers who carry the Father's heart to re-build God's family. They have lived and traveled all over the world speaking, training, consulting and creating resources to impact and empower cultures, nations and generations through hope, identity and purpose. Joey has written seven books and they have launched a movement, The Culture Purple, designed to empower your community to bring out the best and the most from within one another.
To receive more words like this in YOUR inbox, subscribe FREE to the Elijah List at this link https://elijahlist.com/subscribe.