2000/2001-Present - New Silent Generation or Generation Z 1980-2000 - Millennials or Generation Y 1965-1979 - Generation X 1946-1964 - Baby Boom 1925-1945 - Silent Generation 1900-1924 - G.I. Generation
The Silent Generation or Generation Z that is anyone born after the year of 2000. Generation Z stands for a Generation that’s asleep! Just like this little girl in Mark 5:21-43
And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
It's easy to see and compare this story this Picture in the world today: But I believe The Holy Spirit would have us look at that story again and we might Just see not Just a world that is asleep (But a sleeping Church) The Church of Generation Z!
I love this story of this little girl: I believe that this little girl. Let’s call her “little Z” for Zoie and her situation or condition and her resurrection is so powerful because it reminds us, “that it's not over till God says it's over”
It reminds us that God can do anything
It reminds us that God works in the dark
It reminds us that man's impossibilities are God's opportunities
It teaches us that God is not glorified by our sin or sickness and disease,
but he is glorified by our deliverance, our healing, and our salvation.
In our story word comes to Jesus (Zoie is sick) But unlike the story of Lazarus Jesus does not wait 2 days to respond He leaves at once!
But something comes up
Something gets in the way
Someone comes and needs Jesus
And little Zoie dies
It could just as easily had been 12 years like the woman with the issue of blood. Or 38 years like the man at the Pool of Bethesda. The point is: it doesn't matter Zoie’s condition, your condition, your problem does not matter
The point is: it doesn't matter how long or how hard or how strong: it is all the same to Jesus. It's the same power that heals a headache that drives cancer out of your body It’s the same power that heals a pulled muscle that drives demons out. After 2 days Jesus says (Now Let’s go wake Lazarus up)
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
And after Jesus has power pulled out of Him He goes and wakes little Zoie up! Jesus is even reluctant to speak of her as dead, he simply says: she is asleep and I'm going to wake her up. Because as far as God's power is concerned there is no difference. Somebody here today needs to know: your case it's not too hard for Jesus. It may be too hard for doctors, but Dr. Jesus will take your case. All you need to do is reach the him on His rob and know that Jesus is the healer Another thing this story shows us is: it's never too late.
Never give up
Never quit praying,
Never quit confessing,
Never quit praising God.
Never quit believing.
You're closer than you think, you're on the edge of His hem, you’re on the edge of an answer. And this story shows us: sometimes God delays in answering our prayers why? So God alone gets the glory.
You see church that sometimes things get in the way of your blessing, your answer! But just because there is a delay that does not mean NO! It just means wait, please wait!
Sometimes the delay is mistaken for no, or you may hear people say that it means you don’t have faith but the truth is that sometimes a delay is just a delay!!!!!!!! For many years the church has used this portion of Scripture to represent a hopeless cause, an irreversible situation, a condition beyond repair.
That which has gone beyond the Hope of no return, and that, which from all natural evidence is dead and buried. That’s what it meant when they shut the door: It meant (It’s over, it’s passed, it’s decided (it is what it is) and it’s never going to change. But I feel something pushing me here: Cause you can't refer to the story of Zoie dead in her bed, because the whole message of Zoie is one of redemption, of resurrection, of healing and wholeness and deliverance. At the voice of Jesus: Zoie is raised from the dead and the end becomes a new beginning, Where death had reigned life begins again. And that is the message to what has been called the Generation Z (God is not finished with you: You may be bound, you may be full of demons, you make look dead, and act dead, you may look like you’re beyond hope)
But at the Sound of His voice (The dead are raise) This generation: Is not unreachable, they are not beyond hope. But the answer is not in religion, it’s not in philosophies, or traditions of man: It’s not in our ideas and it’s not in these semi religious songs today that make no difference between your boyfriend, or girl friend or Jesus. Just like Zoie: They Must hear the Voice of Jesus
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
The sad thing today is that: There are not many places where Jesus Voice is being heard We’re hearing all kinds of goofy doctrine, and all kinds of self-help gurus, and gracism, teachers and life coaches:
We don’t hear very many Pure Simple Undiluted, Unadulterated preachers of the gospel anymore. When Zoie Hears the Voice of Jesus she is resurrected: When this Zoie Generation hears the Voice of Jesus they will also be resurrected. And they might rise from the dead
With green hair,
With piercing all over their bodies,
And they might even rise from the dead not sure of whether they are male or female.
But the Church has to be ready to disciple them We have to have enough of the love and the compassion of Christ to look past their past and equip them for their destiny. If the Church is not able to do this: (As far as making a difference in the world is concerned, the church is irrelevant). I’m not talking about endorsing all this weird stuff: I’m talking about loving the person enough to deal with the weird stuff in order to disciple them into their destiny. Now I’m going to take this story to another level: You might want to check your seat belt and make sure you’re buckled in:
I Believe that if we were honest about it: We can see that Zoie also represent this generation Z church age that we are living in. Zoie represents the church that has fallen asleep They are spiritually lifeless, dormant, powerless.
Even know I believe that our Church is above the curve I still think that we have some work! Note: Zoie was sick before she dies The church has become sick she has become sick by mixing with the world, the spirit of worldliness has poisoned the church. Something that shouldn't be in the body has poisoned it.
Sin is poison to the body of Christ
Sin makes us cowards
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Sin separates us from God
Sin robs us of our power
Zoie was sick (By and Large today: The Church is Sick)
Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt more and more: The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; But wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: They have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
I want you to know God loves the church: but she is sick. Gambling, drunkenness, fornication, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, Shacking up, perversion, is poisoning our churches.
We the church needs to wake up!!!!!! if you want to know why the church you see today for the most part is powerless: it's because she's been drinking poison Statistics say: between the ages of 18 to 30 years of age 77% of professing Christian men look at porn at least monthly 36% of them daily 32% admit there addicted to it 12% think they may be addicted to it. It's estimated today that 9.4 million women view porn monthly, and 13 percent of women admit accessing porn at work. Every minute 184,000 dollars is spent on porn 10-14 Billion dollars are spent annually on porn And again I beleve that our Church is a great, loving church but we will grow and as we do we have to stay on fire with the power to overcome the things of this world so that we can help others in there life.
And here's the part that really disturbs me: It's How many Christians are watching these sex charged sitcoms: watching men kissing men and women kissing women and justify it by saying it's just comedy and they're just actors.
And watch movies that glorify sexual domination bondage intimidation and perversion. Or go to the casino and gamble all night Saturday maybe have a couple beers and then come in on Sunday raise our hands and sings songs and wonder why we don't experience the glory and the power of God. I'm afraid that we're becoming the people Jeremiah was speaking about
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No they were not ashamed at all, neither could they blush. Therefore, they shall fall among them the fall when I visit them they shall be cast down. and the people in
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: And what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, And that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; Yea, they that work wickedness are set up; Yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
From now on, as far as we're concerned, "Blessed are the arrogant" For those who do evil shall prosper and those who dare God to punish them shall get off scott-free. You may not hear those exact words: But that is the message that is coming from many pulpits today:
What are your telling me? I'm telling you that the church is asleep and many would even go so far as to say dead: (But The good news is that Zoie was raised from the dead.) Even though she had been sick and died that wasn't the end of the story from a human perspective and natural perspective when they closed the door of her room that was announcing its over, its finish, it's done. There's no possibility of any change, forget it. Don't pray anymore, don't fast anymore, don't confess the promises anymore, just let it go. How many are glad right here that somebody didn't let it go.
Somebody held onto God
Somebody kept praying
Somebody kept confessing the promises of God
Somebody kept believing.
Somebody I'm talking to right now you are just like Zoie, you are dead and stinking in your mess.
But God. But God didn't write you off:
Some of you were angry,
Some were fornicators,
Some were alcoholic's,
Some were drug addicts,
Some were prostitutes, and lesbians, and homosexuals,
Some of you even told people leave me alone let me go to hell at least I know I'll have some friends there.
You did everything you could to roll the stone in front of the door. But God God love you too much to give up on you God love you when you hated yourself and everyone around you And he came to your stinky house
He came right into your mess
God is not afraid your mess
Mess doesn't stop God's love
Mess won't stop God's power
Some of you are in a mess right now: but Jesus is coming to you.
Some of you feel like you've gone too far,
You've done too much,
You can never be saved,
You can never be free,
but that's why this story is in the Bible: to show you the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.
To show you His love, His power To show you that His love, His power is greater than any closed door or sin in your life. His love, His power will come to you right where you are.
A crack house
A house of prostitution
A Church House
It doesn't matter: The Holy Ghost will come to you The church like Zoie is loved by God, and also like Zoie the church has become sick
Spiritually sick Lukewarm, indifferent, materialistic, carnal, worldly. And the easy thing to do is just to roll the stone over the cave and say it's over:
The church is dead She’s lost her power: she's played the harlot and now she's dead She has no anointing, no authority, and no power.
Just like Samson she has laid her head in the lap of Delilah
Like Samson While he slumbered he was shaven and shorn of his power and didn't even know what happened.
And they found him and poked out his eyes. Again that's not the end of the story: Samson's hair began to grow again. This speaks of a new consecration, of repentance. And Samson killed more Philistines in the hour of his death than he killed throughout his life time. Zoie come forth, Church come forth There is a call going forth to the slumbering church “Zoie come forth, Church come forth” Slumbering church wake from your slumber
Wake from the seducing spirits that have lulled you to sleep
Wake from the sleep of worldliness and pleasure seeking
Wake up to take up your cross and follow Jesus
There are a lot of people that have written the church off.
They say the church is no longer relevant
They say the church is dead
They say the church has no power
They say the church is just an outdated religious institution
They say the church is just a bunch of dried up old bones
But I came to tell you: something is getting ready to happen in fact it's happening already
All over the world people are hearing the voice of the Son of God.
All over the world people are hearing the voice of Jesus
All over the world people are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and people are waking up.
All over the world the dry bones are hearing the word of the Lord The wind of God is blowing through the valley of dry bones Resurrection power is coming
Lets read again
And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
The church is returning to a book of acts anointing and power Jesus is not coming for a
Lukewarm, half in half out,
Can't tell the difference between the church and the world bride.
He's coming for a
Holy separated consecrated
Holy Ghost anointed,
Without spot or wrinkle victorious,
Overcoming, Alive conquering bride.
Just like the children of Israel went out of Egypt with a high hand the church is going out with a high hand.
(If you're hearing his voice today)
To come forth in resurrection power
To come forth in divine health
To come forth in holiness and righteousness
To come forth into a fresh anointing and authority
I want you to meet me here in the front of this building: Meet me here this altar
For the Next few minutes I want us to bury our heads and Cry out to God for a visitation (Like our lives depend on it) Because they do. The church is waking up. *The Generation Z “Zoie” Church is Waking Up* And we’re coming out:
We’re coming out with a fresh fire
We’re coming out with a new commitment to the word
We’re coming out with a new Zeal and new Passion for Holiness
We’re coming out clothed with a new Mantle of Power.