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Generational Dysfunction Junction by Bob Shea, April 24, 2018

dysfunction-junction.jpgIf you are as boring as I am (spells of boring not always) then you might understand why I spent time deciphering how many generations have lived on earth up to this point. Although my math concludes 180 generations starting with Adam and Eve, I’m going to round to 200, which gives us a margin of error of approximately ten percent to the upside. (To you analyticals, these numbers are very specific to a true lineage therefore can widely differ from another)

If we can imagine all of the great qualities and experience we have cultivated as a race over the long haul, it is truly amazing. From Noah’s Ark to London/Paris in a little over three hours if the new supersonic jet known as “Son of the Concorde” tests out successfully. Additionally, the new crypto currency craze is touting certain companies proving payment methods that can transact around the world in less than two seconds. We are an amazing creation with the sky being the limit as potential.

As Christians, many of us believe we are in the last days before Jesus returns. This is a bible based belief and for the sake of not writing a book to substantiate this train of thought I am going to make the assumption, He is going to return soon so I may elaborate on my upcoming point. As discussed above on how we have accomplished a phenomenal amount of progress as a race, let’s take a peek at the not so shiny side of us humans.

We don’t want to get too detailed on our short comings or this article will turn into a horror flick but if we hone in on some of our personal issues per say we can start to follow trends. I don’t necessarily want to concentrate on the specificity of the ailments, I’ll explain in a minute but more on the amount that we possess. A quick foot note, when Doctor Phil came onto the scene X amount of years ago, a lot of people really enjoyed his show, including my wife. Within the first two weeks of my spouse being glued to his every episode, she diagnosed me with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Multiple Personality Disorder.

Within the year, she attached every letter in the alphabet in acronym form to my mannerisms. So safe to say, I want to stay clear from the type of dysfunctions and focus more on the amount of behavioral issues that we have picked up along our path of life. As stated earlier, we are about two-hundred generations and counting of living on earth and if we extrapolate possessing just two behavioral issues per person, per generation, multiplied by our entire existence, that’s a whole lot of baggage!! All of a sudden my wife is starting to look a bit smarter but to have that many dings in our armor; I wonder how we can effectively do God’s work.

As we can see with the following verse, our sins and the effects of sin start to snowball for the next generation in line.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. Exodus 20:5

Basically after 6000 years, we have probably become much less of our God given potential and would not recognize our original selves previous to sin. I know Jesus died for our sins and for us who believe, we are forgiven and will spend eternity with Him in the most unconceivable place but since we are still here on earth, we have to somehow become more productive for God’s Kingdom.

The following verse, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, Matthew 10:11 partially means, if this is going to happen within our generation and the largest revival known to man is at the precipice, then we need to lose some of the generational issues. One of the challenges arising is we don’t even know the type of baggage we are carrying since most was inherited.

Years back, I was on a mission trip in the Philippines and as I looked up at this broken down telephone pole, barely supporting over thirty thick black wires, I said to the local whom I was traveling, “why so many wires, that telephone pole is going to break”. He stated, over the years they have had so many failures and upgrades, they just don’t know which ones work thus not allowing them to take any of them down for fear of removing the wrong ones. In a sense that’s us right now and I feel we have arrived at what I coin a generational dysfunction junction.

If the Lord is preparing Heaven coming to earth and we are at the threshold of a major revival we need to be effective for the task at hand.  Here is what I’m thinking on prepping for the upcoming, most exciting time ever here on earth!! First, we pray for each other’s generational baggage to be removed and here is the tool to do so. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19,   Let’s keep it simple. That’s my speed and this verse pretty much covers how to pray for each other as a corporate body (the church).

And how do we know that prayer works? The next verse seals the deal on how powerful we really are for those who believe. And Your incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 You exerted when You raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at Your Right Hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:19-21,

Thanks to grace, accompanied with the above executed methods (God’s powerful word) I think we can remove two hundred generations of show stopping issues. Ironically, when Manilla, Philippines was cracking at the seams with their lack luster communication infrastructure with no answer in site, the world went wireless, bam, problem solved!!

The equation is as follows: Matthew 16:19 + Ephesians 1:19-21 + Grace = spiritual wireless for us!! If it sounds as if we just circumvented the system, well so be it for the Lord!! The pace is picking up and the Lord is looking for His remnant to work the fields. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Matthew 9:37

In closing, let’s pray the above equation for each other and believe in it wholeheartedly. As a corporate body praying in unison, it will become our defining strength.  Also, as a fringe benefit, I think my wife’s opinion of all my baggage could slowly start to disappear, so please, keep me in mind and I will return the favor.

One final note: As I was on the treadmill this morning I received an e-mail from Doug Addison at 5:08 am http://dougaddison.com/daily-prophetic-word/ and it read as follows; “You will feel like you are free of chains that you did not realize were there”.

When you think about that sentence, it truly does not make any sense. How could you feel to be free from something if you did not know it exists? My answer, the Lord sure knows how to deliver a punch line, for example, completing this article perfectly. It took me two pages to get my point across and it took the Lord one sentence!! God Bless www.itsreallytime.net

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