Generational Revival

If revival is a structure God is building on the earth, then I don’t want to spend my life building the same floor my fathers and mothers built. In other words, I can align my life under Bill Johnson’s and step right into a revelation of healing that took him years to acquire. But when I do, I have a new responsibility.

I must take what I received for free—paid for by another man—and steward it in such a way that it increases and more revelation is added. I must fight my own battles, not only to keep the revelation I was given, but to steward it in such a way that it increases in my care. The spirit of independence has deceived us into thinking we need to strive on our own and learn things by ourselves, so we end up only reaching as far as those before us. Rather than working from the same floor in the building of revival that my fathers and mothers have built, I want to take what they’ve received and propel it to the next level. And that is what they want for me.

As I’ve mentioned, the Church’s ability to sustain and increase revival from generation to generation has historically been limited because the generations were not properly connected. Except for a few isolated situations, revival has not carried on beyond one generation. Independence, disconnection, and improper alignment have robbed us of our spiritual inheritance. As a result, though much of the revelation we live in now has been around for years, we have not, unfortunately, built much higher upon it. If you read the sermons of men like John G. Lake, who lived in the early 1900s, you will see he was preaching the same things we currently are. But I believe we are called to grasp what he learned and run even further in revelation and understanding. I believe this is happening and many in our day are faithfully stewarding the revelations given to past men and women of God and taking them even further. I can align myself under John G. Lake by honoring him, apprehending what he received and pressing in for more. If we are going to see revival sustained and passed from generation to generation, then we must understand the concept of inheritance. I aspire for Bill Johnson’s ceiling to become my floor and for my sons and daughters to make my ceiling theirs!

I have found that the revelation of inheritance is affecting the way I pray. In the natural, if a son is working for his father in their family business and knows that one day it will be his, he thinks differently. The son wants his father to generate as much money as possible and to advance the business as prosperous as it can become. As I came to understand inheritance and align myself as a son under Bill, I began to pray that Bill would access even more revelation than he currently had. As God downloads revelation into his life, I know it will be coming my way because I’m a spiritual son.

Certainly, I want my own revelation; I’m not just sitting around waiting for God to show Bill everything and then to glean it from him. But I love it when Bill receives new revelation because the principle of inheritance says that I partake of that revelation too. It’s a family business, and I have aligned my heart under the covering of Bill.

Lou Engle’s revelation on prayer, justice, Nazarite consecration, government, fasting—that’s all mine. Danny Silk’s inspiration on honor, relationships, leadership—that’s all mine. Kris Vallotton’s insight on the prophetic, church government, royalty—it’s all mine. Cindy Jacob’s instruction on taking nations, intercession, strategic thinking—all mine. Dann Farrelly’s understanding of relational communication, grace, loyalty—I get it. I love it. I consider myself to be so blessed and honored to be aligned under the covering of spiritual fathers and mothers.

Taken from the book Jesus Culture: Living a Life that Transforms the World by Banning Liebscher

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