Ravi Zacharias – There’s no guarantee in the next generation

Ravi Zacharias how do we challengeIn case you missed this

~~When you’re talking tonight, or in the future, about living with the Word, and finding yourself equipped and strengthened for the future, to face the future, as it is rushing towards us at an incredible pace. How do we meet them? How do we challenge this generation?

~~In my 40 years of traveling and preaching, I have never seen the challenge more daunting than it is now. Incredible challenge, extraordinary distortions. And, on the one side you face a rabid, strident naturalism that wants to do away with God in all paradigms. And, on the other side you see a new spirituality- „so called”. The end result is the same in both of them. Because when you think about it, what does secularism really do, when it is taken out to its logical and systemic conclusion? It is the eviction of God. And what does the new, so called, spirituality do? That basically deifies the individual. Same end result. There is no transcendent, infinite, all wise personal being. It’s all about you, one way or the other, either in spiritual terms or rabidly naturalistic terms.

At such a time like this, you and I have been called to live. It is by divine appointment that we are here, at this time. And we have set our hand to the plow, and we dare not look back. There is a path ahead of us. And, as we are called to live for the word, and empowered  for our future, I want to bring to you a message tonight that I hope will stir your hearts, touch your mind and ultimately  bring a response from your wills to the honor and to the glory of God.

Text 2 Kings 21

Manasseh Reigns in Judah

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lorddrove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of theLord, provoking him to anger. 

I wonder if you caught one line there, a very simple line: He basically destroyed everything that his father Hezekiah had stood for. You see, there’s no guarantee in the next generation. His father had ushered in the greatest revival of that time.

How do we challenge this generation?

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