FROM THE DESK OF DAVID ABBOTT
ONE ~ Raising up a great and mighty army
Not an army with gun’s and tanks going out to kill and destroy but a huge great number of children and young people who will go out living for God and for righteousness, who live to please God and who God can use now and in the future. Not necessarily going out preaching or carrying a huge bible but those who when others look at them they see Jesus. By the way they live, the things they do and don’t do others will see that they are different. These will come from places, peoples and situations we least expect as well as from those we do. This is illustrated in the story in Ezekiel 37:1-14.
In Ezekiel’s valley were a mass of completely dried out bones, in other words completely useless. God said can these bones live, Ezekiel’s reply “you know Lord” in other words, I can’t see it but you can do it.
God said to him speak to these bones, he had a hard choice but he did it and so opened the way for God to do the impossible.
The second time he was told to speak to the bones was easier and so on so the end result the bible says was they stood up a great and mighty army. So this great number that God is raising up many will come from the peoples and places we least expect, they will be the ones we least expect, the ones deemed useless and hopeless just like a valley full of dried out useless bones.
They will be the ones like Ezekiel who will say “I can’t, but you can, God” so they will show the power and glory of God by allowing Him to do the impossible through them. They will make the bible live today.
TWO ~ Those who will be prepared to learn to recognise the voice of God and listen.
This is illustrated in the story of the young boy Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1 – 21
Israel was in a very sad place where it says that “messages from God were very rare and visions were quite uncommon.” Isn’t that like the times in which we are living now?” Where even many of our, in quotes Christian leaders have lost the ability to hear the voice of God through the written and prophetic word much like Eli? In the midst of this God raises up a young boy who is different. He starts off a trainee of the priest Eli doing probably manual menial tasks in the temple. One night Samuel and Eli have laid down on their beds and a voice calls Samuel’s name, he doesn’t recognise God so thinks is Eli and rushes to him. Eli sends him back to his bed saying I didn’t call. This happens three times and finally, Eli realises it must be God and tells Samuel what to do. Let’s think as far as scripture lets us there was only two people in the temple, Samuel and Eli so if it wasn’t Eli? The fact it took God three times of calling for Eli to realise it was God points to the fact that Eli had lost the ability to recognise the voice of God. Samuel didn’t recognise Him either but that wasn’t his fault he was only a boy, a trainee, Eli had failed to teach him to recognise the voice of God. So what did Samuel do, went back to bed and did exactly what Eli told him, no questions, arguments etc. He just went back and did what he was told and God spoke clearly to him. Following this the bible says in 1 Samuel 3:19 that Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and we see that a mark of Samuel’s life throughout was that he always recognised and heard the voice of God.
So this great number of children and young people who God is raising up will be a generation that learns to recognise the voice of God and listen to him.
THREE ~ They are the ones who will make the right choices (God’s Choices), not necessarily the ones their parents did and will act on those choices.
This is illustrated in the stories of two generations who arrived at the river Jordon had the same message from God but made different choices and reaped the fruit of those choices. Found in Deuteronomy 1:21 & 1:26-28, then in Joshua 1:10 &:16.
The first generation (Moses Generation) were a generation who knew the power of God from the plagues in Egypt etc. They had the word from God to go in but looked at it through their natural senses and said no God we can’t. Forty years later the children of the (Moses Generation) the (Joshua Generation) stood in the same place their parents had and had the same message just different wording. Nothing had changed in the promise land to when their parents stood there except that God (In Quotes) made it harder to decide because the bible tells us that when Joshua got to the Jordon it was just after the rains had come and the river was deeper and wider. But this generation’s answer was “we will trust you and do what you tell us” and in saying that to Joshua their leader they were saying it to God.
So these that God is raising up are those who will make the right choices even when it doesn’t fit into the understanding when those before them or even their parents have made the wrong choices they will still make the right choices, God’s choices and make the bible live.
So putting together the three thoughts, we see a picture of what I see God has been doing so far this year and I believe will continue to do for the rest of this year. It is the thing I have been talking about and praying for, for a number of years and I am now beginning to see it happen. I believe this is only the first steps and more will follow after this as more rise up to take on the challenge. So what is it we have going on?
God is raising up a generation of children and young people who are the ones we least expect, the useless and hopeless ones coming from places and situations we least expect. But they will together make up a great and mighty army (great number of people) who will show the power and glory of God by allowing God to do the impossible through them and so make the bible live. They will recognise the voice of God and listen to Him and those who make the right choices (God’s choices) even when it doesn’t fit into their understanding and when those older than them or even their parents have made the wrong choices they will make the right ones.