Recently, the Lord has been speaking a lot to me about direction, preparing for direction, listening to instruction, etc.  As I was praying about what to write this week I heard the Lord say, “Prepare to Merge.”  What I saw was a sign like what we see on the highway that informs us that traffic is merging ahead.  If you follow me on Facebook you know that I post something every day on the Stephen’s Gate Facebook page.  Earlier this week I posted something on two different days that go along with this.  Here are the posts from these two days.

2/18/15: “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28 NLT)
I woke up with this passage on my mind. There is a coming together of generations. The young will have the wisdom of the old and the old will have the energy and zeal of the young. There will be no boundaries where you are too young or too old to do something. Generations will blend and work hand in hand to advance Gods Kingdom.

2/19/15: “In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.” (Joel 2:29 NLT)
This ties in with what I shared yesterday about generations coming together. The same applies with genders. Gods calling isn’t limited to gender. Male and female alike are being called to do the work of the kingdom. I believe the women of God are rising into their callings like never before and it’s vital that they step into their calling and don’t listen to the voices that say it’s not a woman’s place to do certain things in the Kingdom. Male and female are both key players in these last days.

As I heard the Lord say “Prepare to Merge” I saw one of the merge signs that we see on the highway that says, “Lane Ends, Merge Left.”  There is a merging coming in the Body of Christ.  We can no longer do things on our own, God is saying the lane that you’re in, your own comfortable lane is ending, merge left.  In this merging I see a coming together of generations and genders as I mentioned above.

It’s often that the younger generation has the attitude that the older generation is out of touch.  An attitude that they aren’t relevant and don’t understand the younger generation.  In the same way the older generation sometimes has an attitude about the younger generation because they don’t like their music and they don’t like their style but that’s about to change.  Differences are being put aside and I see a great merging of generations.  I see the young going to the old for wisdom and impartation, I see them pulling on their experience and anointing.  I see the older generation linking arms with the younger and doing ministry together.  I see them smiling as the younger generation steps out into their callings, but they aren’t just standing back and watching, they are walking alongside of them, working together to accomplish the same goal.  The mindset that certain jobs are for the young people and certain jobs for the older is being eliminated.

There is also a merging of genders.  Sadly, there are still denominations that believe women have a role to play in the Kingdom and being behind the pulpit is not one of them.  That poor theology is fizzling away.  Men and women are called alike.  I see married couples doing ministry together powerfully. I see the wife operating in the same gifts as the husband, a partnership that hell can’t stand against.

It’s going to take all of us working together, putting agendas aside, listening closely to what the Holy Spirit is saying, and implementing what the Holy Spirit is saying.  Child, teenager, young adult, middle aged, senior citizen, men, women, are you ready?  Are you ready for all lanes to merge together?  It’s going to be powerful and it’s going to usher in a great move of God.  Church, Prepare To Merge!



Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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