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The Bishop stepped to the podium with a determined stride. It was evident to all in the building that something had stirred him and they were about to hear it. With a scowl on his face, Bishop Wright, in holy indignation, boldly rebuked the College President who had just spoken.
“That is, without a doubt, one of the most ludicrous things I have ever heard,” began the Bishop, and he didn’t stop there. He continued, “How foolish for any man, much less, an educated man to make such statements as One day in the future men may fly through the air like birds.” The Bishop went on to tell the Methodist gathering, “If God had intended for humans to fly, He would have created them with wings!”
When Bishop Wright returned to his home in Ohio, he related the foolishness of the College President to His wife. He also told her how he had set things straight and soundly rebuked him in the hearing of the entire gathering. They smirked over the preposterous idea that men would one day fly through the air. What foolishness! Although they scoffed at this ludicrous idea unable to see it’s potential, two of their sons, Orville and Wilbur, would one day dream the impossible dream.
“What if?” the boys asked. “Could it one day be possible that men could fly through the air? What if? True, God did not create us with wings, but did he give us the power to create wings with which to fly?”
These two young men dared to dream the impossible and through their diligence opened the door for one of the great marvels of the modern era. Flight!
Although I have taken liberties to reconstruct the conversation, the above story is factual. By all I have read, Bishop Wright and his wife were faithful Christians and wonderful parents. They just couldn’t see! This man of God could not see the jet age which we now experience. But, Orville and Wilbur dared to dream an impossible dream and birth it into reality. If we hope to make a difference in our generation, we must also dare to dream the impossible.
I love how little children dream. Have you ever watched a small boy with a toy train? He’ll make train noises as he moves it around the track, complete with whistles and bells. He’ll load the cars then chug around and around, deliver the load and start all over. How about a little girl with a doll? She’ll talk to that toy, wash it, hug it to herself, discipline it, and change its diaper, and want you to help her take care of her baby. This is not mere child’s play; it is preparation for the future.
I don’t believe God wants us to grow up and forget how to use the power of imagination. It is a God-given gift to prepare us for ever better and bigger things. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible.” [Mark 9:23] Solomon wrote, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” [Proverbs 29:18]
We were created to dream. Or as Walt Disney would say, “Imagineer!”
Here are three keys to dreaming God’s way:
- Dream big! It honors God when we believe HE is big enough for us to imagine big, ask big and act big. As Dwight L. Moody said, “If God be your partner, make your plans big.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us.” Eph. 3:20
- Dream God’s dreams for your life. We must surrender our thoughts and let Him birth His ideas in us. How do you know it’s God’s vision? “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” [Ps. 37:4]
- Hold on to the dream and don’t give up! If you hold on to the promise, the promise will hold on to you! One way to hold the dream is to write it down. God said, “Write the vision, and make it plain…” [Habakkuk 2:2]
Keep dreaming! What past generations could not even imagine, you may be the catalyst to make it a reality. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” [Luke 1:37] If you stopped dreaming, let God resurrect the Imagineer in you. Let’s become like childlike, and let God train us for the preferred future He sees. It is filled with mind-blowing possibilities! Through Jesus, we can and we will accomplish the impossible!
This is war! There is an all-out, full-fledged attack on this generation of young men and women. The reality is that without a genuine awakening to truth and the Holy Spirit, statistics point to only 4% of those born after 1984 being born again believers. Only 4%! Roughly 16% of my generation [born between 1965 and 1983] consider themselves to be born again. Of the generation born between 1946 – 1964, only 35% are deemed to be born again followers of Christ. This generation is currently in charge of American leadership.
Think about it. Our culture is shaped by morally corrupt movies and television programs, increasingly perverted music, a pornographic invasion on the internet, the legalization of homosexual marriage, the removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings, and an attempt to take “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. Christianity is under attack in the United States and around the world.
The shapers of our modern culture are, for the most part, motivated by the spirit of anti-Christ. It should be obvious to the discerning observer that there is a concerted effort in America to silence voices of truth. We are now living in the time when many call “evil good and good evil: who exchange darkness for light, and light for darkness; who exchange bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” [Isaiah 5:20]
Indeed, we are living in the last days when the Holy Spirit declared, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall…” [Isaiah 40:30] We see it all around us; the youth of our culture are worn out. They are weary in their minds, and when people become fatigued, they yield more readily to the influence of the culture. I know that there are wonderful exceptions but too many of the youth of today fall into these generalizations. Far too many live without purpose, with very little understanding of the value of life, and with souls that are increasingly being desensitized to the sin which steals, kills and destroys.
Why is the enemy fighting for our children so ferociously? It is because the prophecies concerning this generation terrify him. Haggai declared, “The glory of this latter house will be greater than the former, says the LORD of Hosts.” [Hag. 2:9} Of course, this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus entered the Temple, but it will find its ultimate fulfillment as Jesus manifests in this generation. Prophetic words abound expressing God’s desire to display His glory in and through the generation that will herald the return of our Lord! And the enemy knows that God will bring them to pass! It is just a matter of time.Why is the enemy fighting for our children so ferociously? It is because the prophecies concerning this generation terrify him. Click To Tweet
The enemy does not know everything about the future. He simply cannot accurately predict it. Just look at Job. Satan predicted that Job would curse God, but he was wrong! Hallelujah! He’s wrong about you too! But while the enemy does not know all there is to know about the future, he is a spiritual being and as such is aware of things happening in the spiritual realm. He is mindful of the fact that the spotlight of Heaven is upon this generation! God is in the process of raising a tribe of Josiah’s that will shake the nations and shape their world.
WE must fight for the generation that the enemy is fighting so hard against. How? We combat the devil’s ideas with the truth. There is a generation that is hungry deep in their souls for truth and authenticity. [John 8:31-32] We confront the weariness that is invading our youth like cancer with the joy of the LORD. [Nehemiah 8:10] We face purposelessness that produces hopeless living with the prophetic declaration of the plan of God. [Jeremiah 29:11]
To put it simply, we must make Jesus famous in this generation! Not the Jesus of the world’s design or the Jesus created in the image of religious men and women but the real authentic Jesus of the Bible. He loves children, and He longs to release every boy and girl into the fullness of His design.We must make Jesus famous in this generation! Click To Tweet
I am calling on you to join us in turning the tide of the predicted statistic. We declare that it will not be a pitiful number of 4% who truly know Jesus in this upcoming generation. NO! We declare that this generation is awakening and will be saved! JOIN us in getting your young people to Camp Tribe this year! It will be life changing for them! And please pray about joining us in becoming a Tribe Ambassador to partner with us in doing our part in the Awakening!
“WAKE UP!” Stop it with the snooze button! The last thing our generation needs now is a sleeping church. It is time to “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty….” [Joel 3:9] This generation waits in desperate need for the awakening of the mighty men and women of God! On every hand we see society collapsing. Real family values are crumbling, and perversion is extolled as virtuous. The nations of this world are in trouble. We are living in the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, “For behold the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people…” [See Isaiah 60:1-3] The Apostle Paul spoke of these days, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” [2 Timothy 3:1] The days are fierce and becoming fiercer. Violence is the go to now for those who do not get what they want. Rioting is becoming the new normal with loud outcries drowning out the voice of wisdom. These are indeed times of great stress; hard to deal with and hard to bear. But in these increasingly dark days, there is hope.This generation waits in desperate need for the awakening of the mighty men and women of God! Click To Tweet
The AWAKENING is here. There is a remnant that will display the glory of God in this generation! The shaking of the economic, political, educational, social and religious systems of the last few years is serving to wake us out of slumber. The Lord is increasing HIS light of revelation in us to help us shake ourselves, get up and move into the fullness of destiny. He declares, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” [Isaiah 60:1] He raises His powerful voice to shake, to divide, to break, and to cause to give birth. “The God of glory thunders…the voice of the Lord is powerful…” [See Psalm 29]
His chosen respond, “Yes Lord!” Like the young daughter of Jairus, this generation is responding to the voice of Jesus and awakening from the sleep of death. We are awakening to a greater understanding of who He is and who we are in Him. This awakening is not just about personal freedom and prosperity but to usefulness in the plan of God to be a conduit of His blessing to others.This summer’s Camp Tribe will be a powerful witness to the current move of God Click To Tweet
America and the nations of the earth are about to hear the clear roar of Judah’s Lion through His chosen vessels. “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him.” (Psalm 68:1) This summer’s Camp Tribe will be a powerful witness to the current move of God. YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS this opportunity! GET your youth registered today! All who come to this year’s camp will receive something powerful from the Lord. Testimonies will abound! The awakening is here, and Camp Tribe is part of what God is doing in these days! The JOSIAH TRIBE is awakening!
There is still time to get registered! Whatever it takes – make it happen and let’s see what God will do! Watch the videos, click the link and get in on the Tribe Awakening: