Summary: This is the year for empowering the new generation with prophetic, pastoral and administrative gifts. We the generation that goes before the new generation has to mentor and facilitate it and the new generation needs to come under that mentorship and grab
Opening illustration: Scientists studied a native tribe in South America whose people have been dying prematurely for generations. After thorough investigation, the cause of premature death was determined. The disease was transmitted by an insect that lived in the walls of their adobe homes. This new information presented several options. They could move to another area where such insects don’t exist, tear down their homes and rebuild them, use insecticide to rid their homes of the bugs, or, continue as they have and die early. Surprisingly, these people have opted to remain as they are and do nothing about their problem. Many people behave similarly. To save themselves, they know what they must do; instead, they opt to remain unchanged.
Therefore this first Sunday of January 2013, we will be pondering and laying down the vision for ‘the Well’ for this year.
Introduction: What is God saying as we enter 2013? Many Christians have a gloomy outlook. They are focused on the negative events of 2012: Freakish weather patterns, mass shootings, political division and the looming fiscal cliff. Others wring their hands over our national shift in values and declare that God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah if He doesn’t judge us swiftly.
There’s no doubt we deserve fire and brimstone for our sins. Yet when I pray for our nation in the light of the cross of Christ, I am reminded that His plan is redemption, not destruction. And I know and believe that God has redemption in mind for 2013.
At the end of each year we all who walk the prophetic call always seek the Lord for a clear prophetic word for our own lives, and sometimes God reveals to us about our own nation. This year the message has been clear. He told us which has been clearly confirmed and received by the prophetic realm in our nation: “Pray for a great awakening in the younger generation.”
How should the new generation be empowered?
The story of Samuel is just as fascinating. He was born during a time of acute spiritual famine and corruption. Eli, the high priest of the day, had lost all connection with God and his entire household was corrupt, causing the people of Israel to sin in the temple and at the altar. The Word of God even says that "there was no open vision" in Israel due to this. Very much parallel the times we live in today in America.
Samuel, as a young boy, ministered to the Lord in the presence of Eli, and during that time, the heaven opened up and God's voice was once again heard clearly. It's amazing how dull and dim-sighted a religious spirit makes men. Eventually, when Samuel did hear God's voice, what he heard was shocking. God basically informed Samuel, the young boy that He was going to destroy Eli and his family in order to bring an end to the stagnancy and the spiritual lack in Israel.
You have to destroy every present hindrance before you can move to your next level. I want to give you a task to do: Take a pen and write down every hindrance that you can see is stopping you from moving to your next level of freedom, liberty and happiness.