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This Generation

 

The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. - Matthew 12:42

It strikes me this morning that Jesus is a big deal.

I am sitting here, honestly in a bit of a funk, and I hear the voice of my Wonderful Savior whisper sweetly in my ear:

It’s not about you.”

Jesus speaks of a judgment in this scripture that I have not considered before.

We know that every man will stand, on his own before the throne of God and his deeds will be judged – your life reduced to a crazy heap of wood, hay, stubble, gold silver and precious stones, and the Word of the Lord which is like fire (Jeremiah 23:29) will consume all the combustibles and purify (Malachi 3:3) all that remains.

But Jesus speaks of a couple other judgments.

Matthew 25 describes nations or people groups being separated like sheep and goats. Apparently we have a responsibility to be an influence of righteousness in our nation.

But here Jesus speaks of the judgment of a generation.

I have not really thought too much about this before, but Jesus tells us here that the age when He walked the earth would be judged, and those who worshiped Him in the past would testify against them.

How is it with our generation?

Does our age stand in danger of condemnation from the Queen of Sheba? Will Rahab who turned against her own nation and generation and chose Christ, will she stand in judgment against our nation and our generation for making it all about us and not considering it all about Jesus?

I hear the voice of the Lord calling me to re-focus on Him.

Will you turn your eyes upon Jesus today?

Lord, forgive my selfishness, forgive me for making it about me, forgive my self-pity, and help me see Jesus today.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

I’m gonna’ follow Jesus. You coming?

Ben

9 thoughts on “This Generation

  1. joseph elon lillie

    POW! Right in the kissah! I am with you Ben. I have been in a huge funk for a bit and all complanyish about all the "stuff" God is having me do and "WAH!WAH! WAH!" Your words reminded me this is about Him and it is a privilege to serve. I am getting up and moving on!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      I am convinced all that self pity is an attack that must be dealt with seriously and supernaturally - but it feels so natural, so i just coddle it like a pet instead of killing it like the vermin it is.

      thanks Joe!

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      1. joseph elon lillie

        You are so right. We were just talking about this in our staff meeting yesterday. Many of us here in the ministry are feeling the same way. Some of it is just natural weariness but there is something deeper here too. We are fighting an enemy who does not want us to advance and who is trying to get us so self-focused we can't. I am glad God is using brothers and sisters around the globe to help us recognize this Laodicean Spirit so that we can cast it down along with every other stronghold.

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        1. Ben Nelson

          Amen - that is it - i guess it is just dawning on me. When I realize it is an enemy to life, it stirs me up and gets me in a mood to fight.

          And Amen ~ Thank you Lord for the family you have provided.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      wow - I am getting the logic behind confess your sins to one another and you will be healed - you will also be in group therapy so you can all be healed together.

      Thanks much Pastor Bill.

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