Propheting This Generation: Raising Up God’s Next

by Dr. Adia Amos.

So much has been spoken about this millennial generation. What do they want?? How do we
reach them? How can we capture their attention? I believe that from God’s perspective, His
response to each generation is the same—who will be My remnant? Who will be my people,
who will make Me their God? After perhaps one of the greatest showdowns in prophetic
history, Elijah questions his ability to persevere alone, to which God responds, Yet I have
reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth
that has not kissed him (1 Kings 19:18).” Later, in Psalms David describes the Jacob generation
as those “who seek Him, who seek your face (Psalm 24:6).” What is God looking for from
millennials? The same thing that He commands of every generation. When we are thinking
about how to reach the generation of today, we have to begin with the same truth that is
responsible for saving and sanctifying every generation before them. In the process of making
our methods “relevant”, we may have polluted our message. With every new generation, God
expected and charged the elders from the previous generation to teach, pass down the same
faith, beliefs, customs and practices that kept and preserved them for His use. Consider
Joshua’s stance in Joshua 24. He recounts the history of their elder’s deliverance from Egypt,
noting their idolatry and its consequence, citing God’s demonstration of power that brought
them out, and then presents the current generation with a choice:

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which
your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems
evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua

He speaks the truth, identifies the options and then takes a stand. Further he warns them with
specificity and exactness:

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous
God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve
foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!” So Joshua said to the people,
“You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve
Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods
which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.” Joshua 24:19-23

Truth is the trigger for freedom (John 8:32), and freedom is the goal in every generation.
Freedom from the power of Satan to God, and a transformation from the darkness to the light
(Acts 26:18). Millennials are technological, intellectual, fast-moving, curious, and seekers; but
they are not exempt from needing the same truth that saved their parents and grandparents.

When I am ministering to this generation my methods are contemporary, and technological; I
utilize the advancements of today, and incorporate symbolism and analogies relevant to their
world; but my message must be unadulterated. Millennials require the same blood, same
power, same Holy Spirit and same gospel. Focusing on the purity of the God’s word and its
power is what makes us relevant because God’s truth is the same truth from the foundation of
the world. It speaks today, it resonates today, and it works. If you’re called to millennials, or if
you are pastoring them, lead with the same courage and conviction as with all of your other
sheep. Speak the truth, identify the options and then take a stand. People respond to truth, no
matter their place in the generational line. •

Dr. Adia Amos is the founder of 20 year five-fold ministry leader and founder of KingdomFive
Ministries. She is the host of Propheting This Generation, the broadcast and podcast series, and
the founder of InspireHER young women’s ministry. To learn more, visit