We are in a season of navigation as believers in Christ. God has a path for us to find that is His path and it is found through His ways. Finding that path is like navigating the hidden paths of the sea by discovering the secrets to the trade winds or finding the seas hidden channels within. It is like maneuvering the sky by discovering the jet streams hidden within the atmosphere. God’s paths are hidden mysteries for those who seek intimacy with God. The slothful never find them, but the heart passionate, diligent seeker finds God’s hidden truth. The secret to finding God’s paths is to be changed in our hearts and minds by God’s ways. When God transforms our hearts and minds to embrace His ways, we discover His paths to the road of our destiny in Christ. The present is not disconnected from the past and the future is not disconnected from today. We must find our part in His calling, His inheritance, and the power of His course of destiny for our lives. God has an eternal plan and our today is connected to the today of men and women of the past.
Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
As I stated last week; God is truly our Father who birthed us into our path of destiny, but we have also had men and woman of faith who have set a path, a boundary wall, and a measure of rule for us to connect to and expand in the earth. Truly God, the Holy Spirit, is a mother to us in birthing our way, but the church as she has been empowered by the Holy Spirit in the past has also a mother to the substance of what we are for the sake of expanding the family name.
The kingdom of God is a Father led culture facilitated by the giving nature of fathers and mothers who seek to raise up sons and daughters who live for the Father’s will. A husband and wife are co-partners for their heavenly Father’s will. It is a matter of inheritance. We live in a world where the identity of fathers has been marred and eroded to become something less than what God has in mind. As a matter of fact, the cultures of the world seek to either destroy the image of a true father or despise that image. The kingdoms of the world create images of a father as an abuser or as an idiot. There is a spiritual attack against the image of a father. These worldly ways have affected our ability to find God’s heavenly paths. God is our Father, and as Father He is the one who gives identity and inheritance to sons. When we receive a proper view God as our Father, we view the world though a concept of what is, what was, and what will be. We no longer live for our generation alone, but for the joining of generations in our lives. Our vision becomes one that looks to what is, what was, and what is to come. This is not only a New Covenant reality; it is a testimony of generationally minded people. In Christ we are all joined to a family destiny that is both ancient and new. It is true for all peoples, nations, tribes, and tongues of men.
Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
In order to live to the fullest potential of the kingdom of God we must stay connected to the authority of God’s kingdom. Our destiny has been established upon the foundation of all that was in the Old Covenant (the Old Testament prophets), and all the foundation of what was established in the firstfruits of the New Covenant (the New Testament apostles). It is from that foundation that we can find the path of God in our lives today.
A father-led culture is one that knows that the authority, inheritance, and destiny of the fathers of the past are to be expanded upon through the fathers of our own generation. It is God’s intention that we stay connected to increasing authority, connected to increasing inheritance, and connected to unfolding destiny. We must know who sent us for such a time as this. What letter endorses who we are? What commission has been given to us? We are part of a culture that is both new and ancient in its purpose and plan.
Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
A scribe in the kingdom of God is someone who accepts responsibility for life in a generational way and allows God to write upon his or her own heart and mind in a multigenerational way. Embracing this understanding and focus in life will further the purposes of God in the earth. The purposes of God were given for God as a Father to an earthly father – Abraham, whose name meant, father of many nations.
Genesis 22:17 …blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
The good news preached to Abraham was that in blessing God would bless him, in multiplying God would multiply him, his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies, and through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. It was a Father’s blessing to a father’s destiny. It was multigenerational in its intent. God was to be the Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. He was to be the Father of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. This is the progression of blessing, multiplication, possessing, and influence. Without this, the ways of the world influence us and we end up in some path of our own and we fall short of our destiny in Christ.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson