Last week we saw that many people have had an experience in the Father’s love but have struggled
to abide there continuously.
Embracing a heart of Sonship is the primary key to this abiding.
Malachi Captures It
Mal.4:5, 6 — Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
Why will Elijah be sent? Because he was a Fathering Leader. When Elijah was taken up Elisha cried out, “My father, my father.” (2 Ki.2:12)
Consider the heart of sonship Elisha exhibited. He followed Elijah no matter what:
- Even when he didn’t understand.
- Even when his spiritual father seemingly rejected him telling him to stop following him.
- Even when others mocked.
Are you learning to follow God even when life turns in directions you never expected? What about in the dry times, when it seems like God is not there? As we learn to abide faithful in these times, it is a sign our hearts are embracing sonship.
Elisha had a sonship heart that could trust – and so he received Elijah’s mantle of authority, his inheritance.
No fathers = no inheritance! Orphans don’t get an inheritance. Sons receive the inheritance of being placed in the Father’s presence.
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption (in Greek, it means “placed in the Father’s presence”) as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15)
A fathering spirit is being released on the earth in these last days restoring the hearts of the fathers to the children and children to fathers.
Malachi 4:5, 6 concludes by saying that without sonship there is a curse. Next time we’ll consider how that hinders us.