This is a year to navigate the path of God set before us that contains the footsteps our heavenly journey of destiny. Our future is always connected to our present, but our present is also connected to the past. Without embracing the past today, we cannot navigate the path of destiny in our lives. We will end up creating our own paths and those paths will lead to something less than our true destiny in Christ. Our own path may seem desirable for a distance, but it will end up centered on our own desires and not the desires of God. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but those desires are God’s desires that then become the very fabric of our own hearts. When acknowledge God in all of our ways we give Him the ability to put His passion, His dream, and His vision in our hearts. We end up wanting what God wanted to happen in the path of destiny set before us. We find the antique and lost treasures of the past in the place of vision today. We live wanting what God wants. We find the secret to unlocking new sight, new hearing, and new thoughts that create a path for tomorrow. When this happens, we discover the path of our fathers in the faith. The fathers of faith in our lives set landmarks that lead to the path of destiny.
Proverbs 22: 28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.
We can only discover the landmarks of the past as truths in our path of today when we seek to apply their secrets in our own hearts. A good leader is a good follower and a good follower becomes a good leader in the path of destiny. If we see ourselves as independent of our fathers before us, we see ourselves as sources of new things alone. New things are a furtherance of a path, but new things in the path of inheritance are greater that new things that only reinvent beginnings that are independent of true inheritance and destiny.
The price of inheritance will carry with it the discipline of being a son, but as the writer of Hebrews declared: If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (Hebrews 12:7)
What is chastening? We think of chastening as a punishment for being wrong. We believe that the goal of chastening is compliance to some rule of law or some right action in life. True chastening has little to do with right actions or compliance to some form of rule. It has nothing to do with right verses wrong. It has to do with walking in the path of life, the path of inheritance, and the path of destiny. It is about embracing generational identity, inheritance, and destiny that is given to us by God. It is about waking in the path of life where we embrace our own identity in the destiny of the family tree. It is the place of finding the life-sap of the branch from the roots of the tree.
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. 13 Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
The rod in this verse is a grafting branch. It implies pain to the tree and pain to the branch that draws them close to one another, so the life of the tree becomes the life in the branch. Without the life of the tree in the branch there is no inheritance of the tree in the destiny of the branch.
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.
Apply your heart to instruction, apply your ears to knowledge, and don’t reject the correction that keeps you in the path of destiny. As we become fathers and mothers in the faith, we must be faithful to seek to impart the secret things of God to the hearts of our children. We must seek to activate within them a knowledge of the paths of God. We must not withhold correction from a child, for God has set His paths in the earth that lead to the true life of God in all things. Our correction cannot be the correction of law and our liberty cannot be the endorsement of lawlessness. We must seek to aid a generation in discovering what we have found as God-given secrets that rise up as desires within their hearts.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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