The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


Leave a comment

When the Lord has touched your Mouth…

To those that carry the New

It’s amazing how well received you are if you play along and help maintaining the Old, although carrying the New.

But the moment they realize you didn’t come to confirm the Old but to Declare the New, silence and rejection becomes your part.

It’s hard when the values of the Old become strongholds that resist the New.

Defending the Old as being the Now means that the Old will always be old and only becomes older.

In the same time, declaring the Old as being the Not is declaring your Tree doesn’t has Roots and your House doesn’t has a Foundation.

Very few realize that there is a progress involved when we understand the renewal of the Old by embracing and recognizing the New.

Thinking generational means thinking progression, legacy and infinity.

And remember, Old is not Wrong but… Old and of course, New is not per definition Good, but just… New.

Old only become Wrong when its refuses to understand that it’s a stepping stone to the next level.

Generations are not a part of a repeating itself system but with deep honor involved to the values that are brought by the Old, a progressive process of Restoration and Renewal.

When we become part of the “Behold I will do a New thing”, we become part of a Kingdom bigger Perspective. We become part of the Taking back what the enemy has stolen.

When you become the Voice of the Old by rejecting the New, you become the personification of what is supposed to be a process, not a person.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.“”

Jeremiah 1:4-10 ESV

…to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.


Leave a comment

The Restoration and Rise of Families!

By Katie Barker

“I am raising up families who will minister together. These families will be markers of all I will bring forth in My Body, for I desire to see spiritual mothers and fathers equipping and releasing those coming after them into the fullness of the destiny I have for them. I desire to see an honoring of the path pioneered by the previous generation. Unity will be the hallmark of these families and it will flow from a solid foundation of love and a firm standing on the truth of My Word. Watch for the rise of these families.”

I heard the Lord say, “I am restoring families and the key role of the family.One of the greatest ploys of the enemy has been the degradation of family, and with this has come a departure from the fullness I intended for My people. With this has come a departure from My ways. Many are walking with deep hurt and mistrust but I am coming to heal wounds and bring restoration.” Continue reading


Who Can I Send?

Destructive sounds have invaded the atmosphere and caused the world to give in to darkness and the demonic powers. Called to be the Light, the Word, the Provision, the Church has become silently irrelevant and therefore gave away, neglected the assignment and the calling of the Lord to go and make…

Complaining about “the darkness”, made us whiners, irrelevant voices ignoring the fact that we are The Voice, The Change, The Answer, as He told us to be and clothed us with all that was needed.

But… Continue reading


Leave a comment

The Synergy of the Generations

If the Church hopes to be relevant and meet the needs of the twenty-first century and beyond, it must be willing to undergo a paradigm shift. The Elijah to Elisha Revolution confronts the status quo by challenging the Church to reexamine many of its assumptions. One of these assumptions is what could be called the “quick escape mentality.” Continue reading


Leave a comment

Teacher vs. Father

By Joshua Horak

For though you have countless guides [teachers] in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 4:15, ESV)

It was my 13th birthday. Tragedy struck. My parents announced to my sister and I that they were getting a divorce. My father was removed from my home.

Despite this tragedy, Father God remained faithful to me throughout my youth and into adulthood by giving me a handful of spiritual father’s. Now that I am both a natural and spiritual father, I recognize that as His Grace. Because of the divorce, I should have been a statistic. However, God altered this probability by ‘fathering’ me through the skin of godly men who chose to invest time in me and love me despite my weaknesses and failures. Continue reading


Leave a comment

This Generational Faith

Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

1200legacy

As I wrote in my last blog, a wonderful awareness of responsibility is arising Continue reading


Leave a comment

Is There a Son in the House?

I am reblogging an amazing post today from Ryan Elward. My son (!) send me the link yesterday, just an hour after I posted my blog “This “my” is God!

——————————————————-

For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:15

A couple of nights ago I had a dream that me and my son arrived unexpectedly at my father’s house. When we arrived he was so excited to see us. It was as though he was anxiously waiting for us to come back home. In the dream I was taken aback because while I love my father our relationship is awkward. We don’t spend much time together and dropping in on one anther unannounced is almost never heard of. I awoke remembering the promise in Malachi that Elijah would come and restore the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers.

Hearts are being turned, awakening is coming.

We’ve been put in the families we are in for a reason. God is taking us somewhere and He has things to teach us and things for us to inherit through the families we are birthed into (whether natural or spiritual). For example within my natural family my father was a product of the Jesus movement. I remember hearing from my great aunt (a nun in Southern California) that she always believed he was called to the ministry. In many ways I believe that I’ve inherited that calling. My roots are in the Jesus movement and as a result of that God moved on my heart at a young age.

The sons are coming home.

This past weekend I attended a service at a Church I was a part of for many years. While seeing the young people being ministered to I was brought back to the powerful encounters I had during those years. God was doing some amazing things in my life during that season. There was a number of us who were being trained for the work of the ministry and were being raised up as sons in our father’s house. Unfortunately a number of things happened that caused many of us in this group to move on and set a different direction for our lives. It grieved me thinking that the dreams of my friends had died. While processing these thoughts I heard the Lord say, “The sons are coming home.” What that means or how that’s going to come about I don’t know. What I do know is that regardless of who stayed or moved on we are still family. It’s the Lord’s Church and not ours.

But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1 Corinthians 12:18

More than just needing correct teaching in the Church we need those who can model the message by their life. Paul comments in 1 Corinthians that though there are ten thousand teachers there are not many fathers. We don’t need more instructors. We need more fathers. God’s method of bringing the Church to maturity is through the relationship of fathers and sons. Fathers are put into the Church to reproduce life into others in the body who can then reproduce that life in another. The great commission given to the Church was to go and disciple, not just convert, all nations. While many of us today are seeking revival and another move of God it will never be sustained without the proper relationship between a father and a son.

One of the reasons that revivals fizzle out isn’t because people aren’t hungry or praying enough but because the structure to sustain the revival has not been accurately built.

When the local Church has to consistently go outside of the body to find ministry it’s because the message of the fathers and sons has been neglected. There is a time and place for outside ministry but it should never be considered the norm. God has placed the gifts needed within every local Church body to fulfill the mandate she has been given. We are called to know no man after the flesh, including Christ Jesus, but rather after the new creation man (2 Cor 5:16,17). The problem is that instead of recognizing sons in the local body we’ve become familiar with the members after the flesh. Rather than making room for those in the body to use their gifts (which will bring increase in the body) familiarity causes the gifts to be hoarded thus stifling spiritual growth. It’s time for the fathers in the local body to invest themselves into sons and daughters who can reproduce the ministry in the next generation. As thankful as I am for itinerant Apostles, Prophets and the like who run with the message God has given them I am convinced that God has in the local body those that he has graced to carry the same message.

Where there has been hurt and division in the body because of the neglect of the sons by the fathers God is bringing healing. In this third day the Lord is reviving us and raising us up that we may live in His sight (Hosea 6:2). Restoration is coming to your local Church body. Sons are coming home and the fathers are being prepared to receive them. Hearts are being turned from the fathers to the sons and the sons to the fathers.

In 1 Kings 17 shortly after Elijah performs the miracle of the multiplication of food for the widow and her son he (the son) falls sick and dies. There is no more breath left within him. The sonship message fell sick but the ministry of Elijah will revive it. The miracles of provision and prosperity as seen in the multiplication of the widow’s food are not enough to sustain this message.

New Covenant fathers consistently point people to Jesus and His righteousness rather than to their identity apart from Christ.

The widow woman asks Elijah if he’s come to bring her sin to remembrance by putting her son to death. Much ministry today rather than brining life puts people back under condemnation by reminding them again and again of their sin. This is the message of doom and gloom. The letter of the law kills but it is the Spirit that gives life. When we are at our deepest need it is the enemy and not God who tells us that things are the way they are because of our sin. New Covenant fathers consistently point people to Jesus and His righteousness rather than to their identity apart from Christ. The old order wants the revival without having healthy sons in the house.

Rather then answering her questions Elijah tells the widow woman to “give me your son.” Here we see the father taking responsibility for the son. The ministry of Elijah bears the infirmities of the weak. We are all called to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). When fathers don’t care for weak sons they die. Elijah carries him into his UPPER ROOM and lays him in his own bed. One of the reasons the message of the fathers and sons has been neglected is that we’ve dealt with it on a horizontal plain. The Lord is calling us to go vertical. Bring sons into contact with the Lord Jesus Christ himself! The father prays for and identifies with the son he is raising back to life. He lays the son in his bed picturing rest. It’s from a position of rest that we manifest the kingdom.

The Church is in need of some fathers to take sons into the upper room.

Elijah stretches himself out three times on the son. Stretch, stretch, stretch. In the Hebrew stretching here means to measure with a line. God has given us New Covenant fathers so that the Church might go on to maturity measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). In Luke 13:32 Jesus said, “Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” What did Jesus mean by the third day I shall be perfected? He couldn’t have been talking about His death, burial, and resurrection because when He was in the tomb he didn’t cast out devils or do cures. So this must have some other meaning. He is the Head and we are the Body. ON the third day (stretched out 3x) the Church is going to come into a place of maturity where Christ is fully formed in them and they are going to rise up out of bed!!! The fathers and sons are going to see the work finished.

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah and revived the son. This is the first time in Scripture we see resurrection. When Christ raised people from the dead it wasn’t so that people could see that a powerful miracle had taken place but rather so that evidence could be given that the Kingdom has arrived. It didn’t have anything to do without people dying outside of their time. It had everything to do with the new creation coming. We don’t need a Church who cries rapture, but one who shouts resurrection. There is a generation that will join in a shout like Elijah and declare “Your son is alive!” (1 Kings 17:23). Dead sons are coming to life in the upper room (the third story).

It’s Fathers and Sons that turn the world upside down.

Upon the son coming to life the widow woman declares, “now I know that you are a man of God.” It amazes me that the first miracle Elijah performs for this woman isn’t enough. The message of prosperity can only do so much. Revival can only do so much. It’s Fathers and Sons that turn the world upside down. When we have the correct pattern accompanied by the miraculous we will see the work finished. Elijah is carrying the son down from the loft and displaying him whole to his mother. Local Church get ready because you are about to be put on display. The nations are going to come into your house because fathers are bringing dead sons back to life.

Are there sons and daughters in your house? Are there people in your local body who have been given prophetic words, dreams, desires that are laying dormant? Fathers bring your sons and daughters into the upper room. Stretch yourself out upon them. Breathe life into them. You don’t need more prophetic activation, words, etc. What you have already been given is more than enough to finish the work. Raise up sons and daughters in your (local) house that can reproduce your vision and I guarantee that when the revival comes that we’ve been praying for it will be sustained.


Leave a comment

The Strength of (a) Family

I know, it it my favorite subject as it is so close to my heart. I know I have been writing about it over and over and… even will keep writing about. Family is an unending inspiration to write about and mostly a treasure-box to live it! Diverse, creative, fun, inspiring… it’s all there, right in your midst and with endless possibilities!

importanee-of-family-quotes

The strength of a family

“What do you think about the weekend Rob”, he asked, as we sat and had some coffee after the service. The weekend he was asking about was called, Breakthrough Weekend! Teaching, worship, healing and fellowship of a stumbling into the new little church in a little village. Stumbling, but getting to it’s feet by releasing the past through taking responsibility and arising from the ashes by changing the languish!

What do you think… Well my answer was maybe surprising but in the same time –since it is my favorite subject– mostly predictable: “This was not so much about church,” I replied, “this was mostly about the strength of a family, your family!”

They were ‘all-over’; the dad (being the pastor(), the mother (a proud mother taking care of the grandchildren while her children were ministering)  and all the children (singing, making music, serving and bringing the word)! It was about the wholeness –through struggling– of a family, being on the right place, in the right time, doing the right things! A family that had to show the results of a journey not so easy, a life full of disappointments and even hurt by rejection.

They were there all weekend, they stood on the platform and shared their life, their testimony! Even on the sunday morning, while one of their grandchildren was in the hospital because of a terrible burning accident, they stood there to give Him all the glory!

The strength of a family! A family that stands, that continues despite all the adversary, that encourage by confirmation, by doing things that are not so swedish through affirmation.

This is not so much about the elevation of a family, but about emphasizing the significance of all the posts I have been posting about family! About a God who is family, who is father and mother and son and all! A God that works through family, through generations, through lineage!

But, in the same time it is a ode to that wonderful family that we can call us our friends!

It was a great weekend, as probably more will come, but mostly it was the proclamation of a family, strong through trials, standing and testifying of the goodness of a Father, sowing into the soil of a church!

Many people went back longing for another weekend or sunday like that! They (that family) just went back to what they are, as they shared it with the church and continue to be it on an everyday bases!


Leave a comment

What fathers must understand!

the_prodigal_son_large

As I try to express my real heart in serving this new powerful generation, I would like to define the boundaries of the vision.

It has everything to do with fathering, empowerment, honoring, impartation, recognizing and setting free. It is giving them the resources that The Father stored in our lives, so they can live and work with this inheritance.

It has also everything to do with understanding the purpose of Jesus taking “His twelve”. As we will take “our twelve” so they can serve us, Jesus served His twelve so they could do the work, the Father choose them for. The absolute proof of the significant difference between serving and serving is found in the way the church applied Eph. 4:11.

As the church took this verse to create the positions of the guys in the suit, Jesus gave everything He had and placed it on the apostles to serve the church.

So first of all “taking the twelve” is taking them out, setting them free, releasing them!

Take them out

Where are they now, where do they come from and where will we take them!

One of the most significant stories Jesus told us to define freedom and purpose is the story of the Prodigal Son. As the church tried to bring the Prodigals home, home turned out to be an Egypt with backing stones. As they turned “home” they found them selves moving mud and straw to make bricks for a building they would never live in! After finishing the bricks they returned to there “prisons”.

As far as I can understand it, by understanding His heart, Jesus told us the story to express the real purpose of the Father. No one will ever be able to steal your real purpose. Being back is being in business again. No restrictions, no limitations. Because, coming back is the expression of the heart of the Prodigal.

So, lets call them out and bring them in!

Setting them free

I think the the most amazing thing the “prodigal” experienced was the reaction of the father. It was this reaction, this expression of the heart of his father, that opened his eyes for the things he left. It opened his eyes for the riches he had that could not be expressed by the money he got. The real inheritance he didn’t take with him was the source of the money.

So experiencing this “coming back” and the reaction of the father was the thing that really set him free. Our reaction to the prodigals, who carry the future of the land, will set them free and heal them from every wrong mindset and disappointment they experienced in the world. As the world toke advantage of the inheritance and misused the “goodness” of the son leaving him empty handed, lets call them in and restore there source, which is the real inheritance, and release them again in there field of ministry.

Releasing them

Now, when the father released the son again in “being son”, he revered to the upbringing that was in his structure. He brought him back to his origin. In fact, he revealed his purpose and continued the work. He knew his son, restored him, trusted him and did not bury him under the weight of his feelings of disappointment.

As Jesus took the twelve, He knew them, He knew the upbringing His Father placed in them and acted according to that purpose. He knew their structure and spoke a Word of Live that produced Life. As Jesus walked His purpose, He spoke the Word and knew that, when the Spirit falled upon them, the Word would become flesh and became what is was meant for. From that moment, they did the Works of Their Father. As Jesus brought them home by dying for them (how much can we serve), the Father restored them back to there lost Purpose.

Conclusion

In releasing we make a statement! The statement is that life belongs to the Father and not to us, not to church and certainly not to leadership! The real leadership should understand that, because that’s where the fatherly calling comes in as we receive and let go again, understanding our god-given task in the generational calling!

Releasing, letting go, setting free in that way is the proclamation of understanding! With it we say: “Yes Father, we understand! Give us the wisdom to do it Your way!”

And by the way… Taking does never means owning!


Leave a comment

Living a Kingdom Legacy, Part 2 (devotion)

Harvest-Field1

By Jasmine Green on June 17, 2013

This devotional is the second of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.

Last month, we looked at Ruth’s choice to live a Kingdom legacy life and how it benefited from spiritual kinship – by positioning herself alongside a ‘spiritual mother’ who would share her knowledge, wisdom and life experiences for Ruth to learn from.

As Ruth’s journey continued, another key principle Kingdom legacy living becomes evident.

2. A Kingdom legacy life attracts favor

In chapter 2, Ruth goes to work in the fields to support herself and Naomi. She arrives early at the nearest fields and receives permission to collect the grain left over from the field workers.

Boaz, the owner of the land, arrives onsite and asks his foreman who she is. He learns that it’s Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, and officially extends the offer to her to continue working in his field, helping herself to the water from the well, and even the protection of staying with his young women workers.

With all of this kindness poured upon her, Ruth inquires about the favor she has been shown, especially as a foreigner. Boaz’s replies,

“I…know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” (Ruth 2:11-12 NLT)

It’s interesting that Boaz had to ask who she was at first. But when he found out, he was already aware of whom this woman was, and more significantly, the Kingdom legacy life choices she had put into motion.

What I notice in this passage is a supernatural principle is at work.

In God’s marvelous economy, which is logically puzzling yet amazingly tangible, blessings not only accrue in Heaven but in this earthly life too.

When you choose to live a Kingdom legacy life – putting God first in your life as a priority – you will encounter favor with God and favor with man.

It reminds me of Proverbs 21:1 (NLT):

The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.

When I reflect and consider how God’s favor has been poured out on my life, I often think, “who am I, but a little speck of dust in comparison to the entire universe, that God cares so much and blesses me in turn?”.

Well, that’s just the nature of who He is; He is faithful to those who show themselves faithful.

For me, I’ve found that once I embarked on my Kingdom legacy life journey, there was no way I wanted to go back to my old ‘ordinary’ life. How about you?

Don’t forget to check back next month for the final and third part of this series: living a Kingdom legacy life transforms generations.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


Leave a comment

Waiting

waiting-down

One of the skills I still have not developed to the full is the art of waiting! I mean, I know what waiting is as for the past so much years I have spend much time in waiting. Waiting in the car, waiting on a certain appointed place, waiting during a meeting before everyone shows up and so on. But there is a difference between forced to wait and deciding to wait. The difference is how you spend your time during the waiting. In the forced to wait modus there is always this feeling of the disrespect on behalf of the person who lets you wait, as if the message is: There were so many other more important things to do than bend on time. On the deciding to wait modus there is a giving yourself to it, a choice and with it a possibility to do something else or just wait!

Frustration? No, just the introduction to an issue I want to address!

Wait upon the Lord, is probably one of the very most quoted verses in or out of context! Used as an excuse to not do anything is mostly the outcome and that is exactly the issue I need to discus.

Who is waiting on who?

My point is that the question really is: Who is waiting on who?

For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. Romans 8:19

anticipation: expectancy, expectation,excitement, suspense.

eager: strongly wanting to do or have something.

There is a part in Gods creation that waits, that strongly want to do or to be, that has not come to its potential and still believe, expect, even with excitement. I know, you need to develop some skills in “hearing” the sound of waiting, but when you do, when you disconnect yourself from the overall sound of impatience and frustration, there is still a pure and faithful sound that whispers: I eagerly wait for the revealing of the son’s!

For God’s sons to be revealed…

reveal: divulge, disclose, tell, let slip,let drop, give away, give out, blurt (out), release, leak; make known, make public, broadcast, publicize, circulate, disseminate; informal let on. ANTONYMS hide, conceal.

Now, if we don’t raise sons and only do church or ministry, the creation can wait “till the cows come home”, and that is not funny!

The sons to be revealed, to be presented as mature, to take the lead and to be trusted!

Will be continued!


Leave a comment

Living a Kingdom Legacy, Part 1 (devotion)

By Jasmine Green on May 19, 2013

worship_devotions_aaw_graphic.jpg-process-s600x-q100-t1368972413

This devotion is the first of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.

As I prepare to become a first-time parent in August, the distinction between leaving alegacy and living a legacy has really challenged me.

Leaving a legacy is, generally, positioned in the future tense. It’s usually placed on the mental shelf until you need to get serious about thinking of retirement, or perhaps when you need to make decisions about your children’s’ future.

Living a legacy is based in the present. That’s because what you value, say and do in everyday moments right now, is already shaping your legacy.

We see three key principles of living a Kingdom legacy – where the supernatural (God’s handiwork) infiltrates the natural (your everyday life) – at work, in the book of Ruth.

1.  A Kingdom legacy life benefits from spiritual kinship

In chapter one, Ruth is released from her ties with Naomi, her mother-in-law, following the death of Ruth’s husband. Naomi encourages her daughter-in-law to return to her old life, her family and land.

Ruth chooses to stick with Naomi and says, “Your people will become my people, and your God will be my God”. (v.16)

It’s here in this moment, that Ruth chooses a Kingdom legacy life and we see the fruit of that start to unfold.

And it is why “church” – the body of Christ – is so important for us, today. We are all made to do life together.

Each of us has had mountains we have overcome and valleys we’ve walked through. Beyond our biological parents, daughters also need spiritual mothers and sisters, and sons need spiritual fathers and brothers in their lives.

Likewise, through lateral kinship with people of the same age, we can share and support others through life, especially when we do it side-by-side.

If you don’t have a spiritual kin (buddy, mentor, etc.) in your life, I encourage you to pray to be positioned alongside someone who can support you as you choose to live out a wonderful Kingdom legacy life.

If you already do, how has your life benefited? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check back next month for part two in this series: living a Kingdom legacy life attracts favour.