2 Generations

Deuteronomy 30:19 – “Today I give you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, (my desire) is that you choose life, so that you and your descendants (2 generations) might live!”

There were two generations of Israelites involved in the transition from Egypt to the Promised Land. The first generation did not make it, though they had the same opportunity and the same promise as the second generation. However, with a little examination of the difference between those that made it and those that didn’t you will see there was a distinct difference in speech, in mindset and action. 

The mark of those that did not make it was that they grumbled and complained. God performed miracles by giving them food in the wilderness, water from a rock, but they grumbled and complained. They weren’t just dissatisfied with what God was doing, but because of their grumbling spirit, they blamed their leader. “And the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness” (Exodus 16:2). They grumbled and complained against the man that God chose to lead them, Moses. Whenever we choose to grumble and complain against the man or woman that He chose to lead us, God takes it personally. In Numbers 14:27 God asked Moses, “How long will this wicked congregation grumble against ME? I have heard their complaining and grumbling.” God called their complaining against “His Man” as wickedness. What they spoke caused them to aimlessly wander in the wilderness, not making progress and being impeded by limitations on every side – which eventually kept them from their promise.

The second generation (the ones that made it to the promised land) was different. They were under the same leadership (Moses). Yet they chose to speak differently. They did not grumble or complain. This generation not only learned God’s ways (submission to leadership) but they taught God’s ways to the next generation. They accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders and became trainers of the next generation. What they spoke led them to the reality of their freedom and promises. Both generations received the fruit of their mouths. The first generation died unfulfilled while the second generation died old and fulfilled. It’s an important question – what are you saying?

Just like the Israelites, we get to choose our destinies. We can either wander around aimlessly or we can see the promises of God become a reality in our lives. God’s hope is that you choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19) so that all the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in Him are Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Our speech and our mindsets direct our energy and ultimately our actions. The generation that did not experience the promises of God, fought God by not accepting the Leader that He gave them. Numbers 14:4, “The people said to one another, let us find a different leader.” What they were saying was that they wanted a leader that would do things their way. The generation that experienced the promises of God choose not to fight their leader, but rather fight their enemy. When the first generation wasn’t getting their way, they resorted to blaming and attacking the leaders that God appointed. The second generation, that enjoyed the promises of God, took personal responsibility for their actions when they were challenged. Here’s the lesson: If you don’t fight to overcome your own attitudes and weaknesses you will blame and attack others. Another important question – who and what are you fighting? 

I’m declaring to you today that if you struggle with a “Grumbling Spirit” God is releasing a grace for you to get delivered from that wicked spirit. In the last days, God is pouring His Spirit out on all people that will receive it (Acts 2:17). This is an exceedingly powerful grace being released from heaven. It will radically transform all who will receive it. God desires that you become a purposeful warrior instead of an aimless wanderer. I remember when my Pastor, Pastor Bill Johnson, said: “That God sometimes has to offend our minds to transform us” (Romans 12:2). I believe that if you receive this grace, it will challenge and change your attitudes which will change how you speak and ultimately change your actions. Then you will become of the generation that enters in and experiences all the promises of God.

The generation that possessed the Promise Land accepted the training from God’s appointed leaders, to fight the real enemy, not each other. The biggest enemy that any of us face is the attitudes of our hearts (Matthew 13:3-9). God’s grace will transform our hearts as we receive His Word. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable (for our own good) for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” We live in a strategic prophetic time in history. If we respond correctly, history will change. Those that possessed the Promise Land changed the entire culture of that region. That is what is at stake here, your destiny and the Kingdom’s impact on a generation that does not yet know our God. 

My prayer for you today is that you will choose life and receive the grace to overcome. Because as you do it will not only affect you, but it will impact the next generation. As you overcome every obstacle that is hindering you, you position yourself to experience every promise that God says is yours.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”