June 11, 2023
TOPIC: UNSTOPPABLE GENERATION
What is a generation?
A generation refers to a group of individuals who are born and live during the same time period, typically spanning a range of 20-30 years. Generations are often characterized by shared experiences, cultural influences, and historical events that shape their values, beliefs, and behaviors. Each generation can exhibit distinct characteristics and trends that differentiate them from other generations. Examples of generational terms include Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.
Different kind of Generation based on the Bible
From the scripture, each generation of people is associated with particular trait or behaviour which differentiate them from other generation
1. Evil Generation (Deuteronomy 1:35; Luke 11:29)
2. The Crooked Generation (Deuteronomy 32: 5)
3. Forward Generation ( Deuteronomy 32:20)
4. The Stubborn and Rebellious Generation (Psalm 78:8)
5. The wicked Generation (Mathew 12:45)
6. The adulterous Generation (Mathew 12:39)
7. The Faithless and Perverse Generation (Mathew 17:17; Luke 9:41)
8. The Unstoppable Generation (Joshua 1:1-5; 1 Peter 2:9)
What to note by Unstoppable generation (Psalm 24:3-6)
Unstoppable generation” can be understood as a group of individuals who are empowered by God’s Spirit and guided by His principles. They are dedicated to advancing His kingdom, spreading His love and truth, and impacting their world for good.
Note after the death of Moses, God raised up a new generation of arm led by Joshua who could not be stopped by any man due to the mandate given to them by God. These people are referred to as the Joshua generation or the unstoppable generation. These men were so strong that even the River Jordan and the wall of Jericho could not stopped them. We are the unstoppable generation, we are the generation of believer which cannot be stopped.
In our journey of faith, as an unstoppable generation it is essential that we continue to press forward, seeking more of God, His wisdom, His blessings, and His purpose for our lives. Let us dive into God’s Word and discover how we can cultivate a heart that continually reaches out for more.
What does it mean to reach out for mire? (Philippianv3:14)
Reaching out for more involves pursuing a deeper relationship with God, seeking wisdom, understanding, and God’s will, striving for righteousness and holiness, and prioritizing the Kingdom of God in one’s life.
God has destined us for something bigger, therefore, we should not settle for less. Perharbs, there are moment feel like quitting but we never yielded the demand of such moment, he keep pressing and pushing for more (2Timothy 4: 6-8) which says, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
How do we reach out for more?
1. Hunger for the Holy Spirit: We must earnestly desire for the fruit of the spirit. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” The first step to being an unstoppable generation is to develop a deep hunger for God. We must desire more of Him, His truth, and His ways. Let us not settle for a superficial relationship with God, but let our hearts long for His presence and His will.
2. God must be our utmost priority (Always locate him)
We have to desire God, we have to put him first in everything we do, if we don’t desire god, and then other worldly desire will set in. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God promises that when we earnestly seek Him, we will find Him. It requires a wholehearted pursuit, not a half-hearted or occasional seeking. We are called to prioritize our relationship with God above all else and seek Him with passion and devotion.
3. Cultivate a Lifestyle of Prayer: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
4. A Continuous Renewal of the Mind: Romans 12:2 instructs us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” To keep reaching out for more, we must engage in the ongoing process of renewing our minds through the study and meditation of God’s Word. This transformation empowers us to discern God’s will, resist worldly influences, and align ourselves with His purposes.
5. Pursuing Spiritual Growth: The Apostle Peter encourages believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Spiritual growth requires intentional effort and a commitment to continually learn, mature, and deepen our relationship with God. We should eagerly seek opportunities for personal growth, such as studying the Bible, prayer, fellowship, and serving others.
Qualities of Men who were unstoppable generation by reaching out for more
By examining the lives of biblical figures such as Nehemiah, Paul, and others, we can glean valuable lessons and be encouraged to embrace our role in the unstoppable generation that God is raising up today.
1. Visionaries with a Purpose: Nehemiah, driven by a burden from God, set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem despite immense opposition (Nehemiah 2:17-18). Paul, transformed by his encounter with Christ, became a fervent apostle, spreading the Gospel fearlessly (Acts 9:15-16). These individuals exemplify the unwavering determination and clarity of purpose that characterize the unstoppable generation.
2. Courage in the Face of Opposition: Nehemiah encountered fierce opposition from external adversaries who sought to halt the rebuilding project (Nehemiah 4:7-9). Similarly, Paul faced numerous challenges, including persecution, imprisonment, and hostility from both religious and secular authorities (2 Corinthians 11:23-27). Yet, their unwavering faith and courage propelled them forward, undeterred by the opposition they faced.
3. Resilience in Times of Adversity: The unstoppable generation displays remarkable resilience in the face of trials. Nehemiah and his team faced constant threats, but they persevered with unwavering faith, adapting their strategies and relying on God’s strength (Nehemiah 4:16-18). Paul, despite numerous imprisonments and hardships, maintained his resolve and continued to proclaim the Gospel (2 Timothy 4:6-8).
4. Unshakable Faith and Trust in God: Nehemiah’s constant reliance on God’s guidance and provision is evident throughout his journey (Nehemiah 2:4; 4:9). Paul, too, demonstrated unwavering faith in the midst of trials, proclaiming, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). The unstoppable generation understands that their strength lies in God and places their trust in Him alone.
5. Collaboration and Empowerment: Nehemiah’s project involved the collaboration of various individuals, each contributing their skills and resources for a common goal (Nehemiah 3). Paul, likewise, emphasized the importance of unity and the diverse gifts within the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). The unstoppable generation recognizes the power of collaboration and empowers others to rise up and fulfill their calling.
6. Perseverance and Impact: Both Nehemiah and Paul remained steadfast in their mission, refusing to be swayed by setbacks or personal challenges. Nehemiah’s unwavering commitment led to the successful completion of the wall (Nehemiah 6:15), while Paul’s relentless dedication to spreading the Gospel impacted countless lives and established numerous churches. The unstoppable generation perseveres, knowing that their perseverance will yield lasting impact.
When we fail to seek for more in our spiritual journey, the problems that can arise:
1. Stagnation: Hebrews 5:12-14 warns about the danger of spiritual immaturity, stating that those who are not advancing in their understanding of God’s Word are like infants. The Apostle Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to continue pressing forward, not resting on past achievements but striving for greater growth (Philippians 3:12-14).
2. Lukewarmness: In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus addresses the lukewarmness of the church in Laodicea, expressing His dissatisfaction with their lack of zeal and passion. He urges them to repent and become fervent in their devotion to Him.
3. Spiritual Dryness: Psalm 42:1-2 expresses the longing of the psalmist’s soul for God, comparing it to a deer panting for water. When we fail to seek God with a genuine thirst, we can experience spiritual dryness and a sense of longing. The psalmist encourages us to put our hope in God and seek His presence.
4. Vulnerability to Temptation: Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, urges His disciples to watch and pray, recognizing their vulnerability to temptation (Matthew 26:41). The Apostle Peter warns believers to be vigilant because the devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Seeking more of God through prayer, Scripture, and dependence on the Holy Spirit helps protect us from temptation.
5. Missed Opportunities: In Ephesians 5:15-17, Paul exhorts believers to make the most of every opportunity, understanding the importance of aligning our lives with God’s purposes. Failing to seek more of God can cause us to miss out on the opportunities He presents for growth, service, and Kingdom impact.
6. Ineffectiveness in Kingdom Work: Jesus commissions His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 to go and make disciples of all nations, promising to be with them always. Failing to seek more of God hinders our effectiveness in fulfilling this Great Commission. Jesus reminds us in John 15:5 that apart from Him, we can do nothing. Seeking Him empowers us for effective service in His Kingdom.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us be a generation that keeps reaching out for more of God. May we cultivate a hunger for His presence, seek His kingdom, and pursue spiritual growth. As we thirst for righteousness and embrace His calling, God will pour out His blessings and empower us to make a significant impact in the world. Let us press on with perseverance, knowing that the more we seek Him, the more we will find Him, and the more we will experience the abundant life He has prepared for us.