The Outpouring on the Generations

September 09, 2013

Generals News, Generals News


 

“And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.” Joel 2:28-29

 

Across the nations of the earth there is a powerful visitation of the Spirit of God beginning to fall upon the children and youth; the sons and daughters of God’s people. The scripture in Joel says, “your sons and daughters shall prophesy.” It is important that we as Christians know and understand what the Spirit is saying to the Church in this time of visitation so we can cooperate with the move of God. We can actually quench the power of the Holy Spirit in the sons and daughters if we are not aware of some practical steps to take.

 

Recently I was participating in a chapel service at Every Home For Christ. Victor Lorenzo from Argentina was sharing about the move of God among the children in his home church in Buenos Aires. He shared that 200 children ages 3-12 prayed 5 hours in the plaza the day I spoke at the church. After Victor shared, Dick Eastman got up and told how one of the EHC leaders in Fuji has reported that it is not uncommon for the Spirit of God to come upon an eight-year-old in their midst to stand and preach the whole sermon! I also know of a church in Japan where the power of God fell upon the children in a prayer meeting and the children started weeping, laughing, and prophesying under the power of the Spirit. Recently, as I was praying for the children at my home church, Springs Harvest Fellowship pastored by Dutch Sheets, the children began to fall under the power of God, weeping and laughing. After a while I asked if Hannah, one of Pastor Sheets’ children, would start praying for the adults. Hanna is a beautiful five-year-old with big brown eyes. As Hannah stood before her own daddy and simply said, “In Jesus name,” the power of God fell heavily upon her own dad to the point he could not stand up under the glory of God! Truly God is pouring His Spirit out upon the sons and daughters—the children and youth of this generation.

 

Several weeks ago as I was speaking at an inner city church in Oakland, California. I felt a stirring in my heart to have the youth who were present pray for the pastors who had come to the spiritual warfare conference. As the youth began to pray for the leaders, many began to weep and experience a powerful renewal in their walk with the Lord. At and evening service a little black boy of around eight years of age was healed of a large lump on his rib cage. The power of God overcame him and he fell under the power for almost two hours. When he got up he described how God visited him and took him to heaven in a vision. Joel 2:28 says the young men shall see visions. He was so transformed by the vision he glowed! I asked him if he would begin to pray for those present who needed healing and God started doing wonders through the small boy. Another youth who was prayed for, walked over, took the hand of a lady in a wheel chair and she got up and walked! Not only did she walk but she regained her eyesight!

 

Here are some signs and indicators of the presence of God moving on the children and the youth:

 

  1. An unusual sensitivity to the convicting power of God. Recently a number of children in our church came to their parents weeping and confessing the sin of rebellion—totally independent of one another!
  2. A desire to want to “enter in” to the life of the Body of Christ either by wanting to teach, preach, or pray publicly.
  3. Recurring dreams or “night visions.” Children wake up in the night and tell their parents that an angel visited them or that Jesus came and talked with them.
  4. A boldness in witnessing to the lost and their peers as well as the desire to stand up for the things of the Lord. They seemingly lose all fear of man and openly speak of Christ and godly principles. My 12-year-old son recently did an intensive study on evolution and creationism and took it to his public school librarian. She has agreed to include books on creationism in the library where there were previously no such books.

 

There are some very practical ways to release this move of God in your church and participate in the out-pouring upon your sons and daughters. Here are a few suggestions:

 

  1. Make it a point to ask the teachers in your church which children they have seen the Spirit of God particularly moving upon. Give those youth an opportunity to help minister in some capacity in the church.
  2. Visit the classes as a pastor and interview the children and youth. Ask them what God has been saying to them. Many times we as adults do all of the talking and so we do not know what is happening in a spiritual sense inside these spiritual “sons and daughters.”
  3. Be sensitive to the moving of the Lord in your midst and seek the Lord for a strategy to integrate the children and youth. In many churches they are “seen and not heard.” Bring them into the services as a part of the services to testify, sing or quote scripture. Make them feel as important as the adults. Often times churches are only adult-sensitive and not children and youth sensitive. Victor Lorenzo’s church has the children actively participating in praying for the services, laying hands on the sick, and praying from the microphone during their prayer meetings.
  4. Mobilize special intercessors to pray for the children and youth. Have watchmen on the wall whose job it is to know which children or youth are having difficult times and need special prayer coverage. Commit one church member to be a liaison between these age groups to the pastoral staff to help keep a pulse on the spiritual growth and needs of these age groups.

 

In the study of the history of revivals, it is apparent in any great move of God that one of the signs of true revival is children and youth being used powerfully. It is imperative that the church knows what to do with these visitations of God’s Spirit on the youth. In the past, children have even been hospitalized because their parents thought they were crazy when they wanted so desperately to give themselves totally to prayer.

 

Jesus says in Mark 10:13: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” According to the Greek, this “Let the children” or “Suffer” or “Permit the children to come” also has the connotation of sending forth the children. Could it be that the move of God is sometimes hindered in our churches because we do not understand how to send forth the children and youth?

 

May God grant you great wisdom and strategy as you seek His face on how to cooperate with the visitation of God upon this upcoming generation until every son and daughter of every tongue, tribe, and