The Awakening of our Youth

Today I was reading, with great interest, an installment by James W. Goll, on wwwlelijahlist.com, titled “A Youth Extravaganza that will Rock the Nations”.  In this article, Mr. Goll writes about a “Youth Awakening” which is underway in America and around the world.

 

Mr. Goll further sites Malachi 4:4-6 which states “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.  Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.  He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse”.

 

When I read this scripture I was struck with several things, not the least of which was the statement that; “I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD”.

 

Elijah a Hebrew name translates to “Yahweh is my God”.  When put in close proximity to the statement “the great and terrible day of the LORD”, it can be said that it provides an opportunity for dual fulfillment of this prophecy.  First, as noted by Mr. Goll, it is widely considered that John the Baptist was the “historical fulfillment” of this prophecy, in physical form, pointing to the birth of Jesus.  Second, also noted by Mr. Goll, is the connection to the final return of Jesus in what is commonly referred to as the “Second coming of Christ”.

 

In this second opportunity the prophecy takes on meaning through the name Elijah.  Elijah meaning “Yahweh is my God”, points to the more intimate “relationship” with God.

 

In these last days, as Jesus prepares to return for His bride, Christians are experiencing more and more of the pure love of God.

 

This is not more evident anywhere that in the youth movement.  The youth of today are turning away from the false influences of the world and are entering into intimacy with God, a love in the deepest way possible.

 

This movement is not exclusive.  It is an experience we can have along with our children.

 

The world has been on a crash course with the curse spoken of in Malachi.  The growth of drugs, sex out side of marriage, materialism, out of control anger, murder, gangs, extreme thrill seeking, are all symptoms of a world in need of the healing touch of Jesus.

 

Without a culture shift toward relationship with God this world will experience God’s curse.

 

As fathers, we need to model right behaviors.  We don’t need to get as close to the things of the world as we can.  We need to stand out in a dying world and build relationship with our children.  Through the modeling of this relationship our children will join this Elijah movement and along with us become a part of ushering in the perfected bride of Jesus.

 

We don’t need to preach or push our children in this direction.  We need to be like the drug prevention ad on television.  We just need to talk to our kids.

 

There can be no greater blessing for a father than to walk into greater relationship with Jesus with your wife and children as one family.

 

I expect my children will do greater things to further God’s kingdom than I would ever hope to do.  In so doing they will be a part of moving the world from the threat of a curse to a blessing.

 

En servicio como padre

Dave

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