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A Generational Faith

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What’s on in Sweden

Every time I see this header showing up in The Local – (Sweden’s News in English), I wonder if the people really know what is on in Sweden.
Last weekend, my daughter had this Skype conversation with her friend, who is attending Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding USA. During their conversation she (the girl from BSSM) reported this great thing that since this year, the attitude of the Swedish students changed so radically from coming for their own blessing into being prepared and trained with a passion for the nation of Sweden. More than 40 young people, getting together every week and passionately praying for the salvation of Sweden.
We have seen it over the past two years that something significant is happening where a hunger for the nation and Gods presence is arising and where the fear makes place for a bold and courageous spirit to arise and speak out.
This morning the Word came in from the Lord:
In these days, I am “wresting” the last vestiges of “self” control [fear and pride] from the lives of all those who are truly seeking first My Kingdom. Truly I say to you, these are the days of “final preparation” – a final preparation that will see many enter [without “spot or wrinkle”] into the “fullness” of their true Kingdom position and destiny, in Christ.
“wrest” – to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist; to take away by force [in this case, the “forces” of the Kingdom: Love, Wisdom etc.];
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard [it,] and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare [My] own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him”…. Malachi 3:16-18 NASB“‘For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,’ says the LORD of hosts”…. Malachi 4:1-3 NASB“When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad…… Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying [his] bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves [with him.]”…. Psalms 126:1-6 NASB

 
It is so obvious that a shift is taking place and I just want to encourage you by reporting “what’s on in Sweden”, so our effort of the past years in prayer and intercession is actually working out in a new and fearless generation.
Last Monday, the combination of generations, the wholeness of the body of Christ was so wonderfully expressed as the humbling down and the crying out of the seasoned generation of prayer and the arising of a bold new young generation ready to rebuild, as we gathered early for our weekly prayer meeting in Huskvarna.
It felt like David and Solomon in their generational effort of building a House for the Lord. Where David shared his longing but was not allowed because of the war mentality, his son extended his passion by being the one that actually visualised the House! The beautiful working together as David represent a generation of freeing the land, receiving the blueprint and preparing the materials and Solomon was the one who provided the Dwelling Place of The Lord!
As Psalm 132 expresses so beautiful:
1 LORD, remember David
and all the hardships he endured,
2 and how he swore an oath to the LORD,
making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “I will not enter my house or get into my bed,
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep
or my eyelids to slumbere
5 until I find a place for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
 
And… David found a place!
For me, the generational issue saved me from my frustrations and disappointments as the Lord gave us (me and Prisca) the promise of Isaiah 58:12. Only through lack of knowledge we found ourselves in the pain of lack until we saw the beauty of a generational promise in the verse. I have been writing about is before in Foundations and Generations!
When God gives us a promise, it is always a generational promise. God always invests in the generations, where His work continues in the lineage of life! The promise to Abraham to build a ‘nation’ only resulted in the One Son needed as of course the human impatience brought the curse of the other son!
So, what’s on in Sweden? A generational awareness is arising where it is not just about Salvation or Revival. When God is restoring the family blessing, the ‘father-son’ promise of Malachi 4, the identity of where we come from and where we are called for, the result of this blessing is eternal, generational and will last for just more that a great meeting on Sunday morning!
Let our children not just be born in our salvation but rather in our passion for Jesus!
May our faith be generational!

Author: Rob van't Wout

Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by grace

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