Jeremiah 6:16-8:7 / Col 2:11-23 / Psalm 78:1-31 / Proverbs 24:26
Psalm 78: 4-8
“We will not hide from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and the wonderful works He has done…that they should make them known to their children; that the generation might come to know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments; and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation. A generation that did not set it’s heart aright, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
As children of God, we’ve been given a shot at this very time in history to declare, with great truth, passion and authority, that we serve the LIVING GOD! We hold the opportunity in our hands to shout this LIFE-GIVING truth from the mountaintops for this generation to hear, come to know and whole-heartedly embrace!
We no longer have to get caught up in the “blame game” recounting the ways the generation before us failed us (spiritual speaking). The truth is (generally speaking), we have become a generation that has allowed ourselves to become spiritually dull, stubborn and unequipped to identify the schemes and lies of the enemy. Thus we’ve found ourselves sitting on our “spiritual tushes”, living mediocre, powerless lives that we are passing down to the generation to come.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS, we must say, “NO WAY – NOT ON OUR WATCH!” We must commit to NOT be passive and/or “asleep at the wheel” of our marriages, parenting, relationships, etc…We have the wonderful opportunity, by the power and grace of God, TO STAND UP AND COURAGEOUSLY DECLARE the TRUTH that God desperately loves us, He is GOOD, He saves, He restores, heals, brings peace, safety and LIFE!!
Imagine a generation (US!) that chooses “to set our hearts aright”, TRULY LIVING OUT THIS TRUTH AND PROACTIVELY AND PASSIONATELY TEACHING IT TO THE GENERATION TO COME. Our children will see the life of Christ being lived out in us AUTHENTICALLY (as opposed to hypocritically and religiously), and will come to understand that LIFE WITH GOD WORKS! As they experience His awesome goodness, their passion will become contagious and will flow out to the generation following them - thus igniting an incredible legacy of relationship-centered living (with God at the center) that brings REAL LIFE! INSPIRING!!!