1 Corinthians 4:15 You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don’t have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus. GW
The above passage of Scripture suggest that while we have a number of elder brothers and friends who may speak into our lives at some level, we do not have many spiritual fathers who watch for our souls. There are those among us who believe that we can only have one spiritual father at a time, while there are others believe that we can only have one spiritual father in our lifetime. Spiritual fathers are emissaries who have been sent to represent the WAY of the FATHER’S heart to us. They provide oversight and may be directly or indirectly responsible for us being birthed into the Kingdom. They are master builders and equippers who are helping us discover our destiny as sons of the Kingdom.
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. ESV
NOTE: This scenario is based on a generally accepted understanding of the above passage of Scripture. It is not intended to be used to browbeat and pressure those of us who have not had the privilege of having a father/son relationship with a true spiritual father. It is obvious to me, that we would not be where we are today if it had not been for the FATHER’S direct influence over our mutual destinies. By Divine Providence and our ability to continue to hear and obey His voice, He has brought us to this place in order to hear together what He has been saying all along.
“This are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.”
That being said, I would caution us not to make little of any or all of the ways and means by which the YAHWEH has been working in us HIS will to do His good pleasure. More of us than not,may never have a father/son relationship with a true spiritual father; but by the love and grace of Yahweh we will be able to come under the FATHER’S hand where we will learn freedom in the yoke.
Romans 8:14- For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
“It is every sons responsibility to Catch and Embrace the Father’s Spirit and Heart in their lifetime”
“A spiritual father is nothing more than a mature son who was discipled by an elder brother who understands the way of the Father’s heart.”
Father – patér: (pat-ayr’) a father – one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.
patér – is used of our heavenly Father. He imparts life, from physical birth to the gift of eternal life through the second birth (regeneration, being born again). Through ongoing sanctification, the believer more and more resembles their heavenly Father – i.e. each time they receive faith from Him and obey it, which results in their unique glorification.
patér – (“father”) refers to a begetter, originator, progenitor – one in “intimate connection and relationship”
Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
We are living in a time when the fabric and foundation of our society and civilization has been frayed and severely damaged. It is troubling to think that we have now lived long enough to see the sanctity of marriage and family redefined on our watch. Much of the degeneration and degradation has been a direct result of violating the above commandment. Many of the millennias of this generation (18 to 31 years of age) have been brought up in an orphan culture, and that without the nurturing acceptance of a mother or the affirmation of a loving father. Most of them have no direction or purpose and for the most part have cast off restraint as it pertains to values and morals.
The good news is, for some time the hearts of the fathers have been turning to the children and now we are beginning to see the hearts of children gradually turning to receive those who are being sent to them. It is my hope that we live long enough to see this generation recovered from the precipice of absolute destruction. For those of us who are coming into a better understanding of the consummation of all things, it is expedient that we begin to become aware of the needs of the the orphans and widows of our worlds. A big part of what we will be doing in the future will involve looking for those who are looking for us and reaching to the unreached in order to discern where they are in the process. Trust me when I say, interruption, interfering and intervention will be a part of the work in which we are engaged in the near future. The number of those who are becoming disenfranchised from all religious persuations are growing in ever-increasing numbers, and they are going to be looking for the connection of family.
1 Timothy 5:17 – Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
As a tribute to all the fathers of the faith who are and have represented the WAY of the FATHER’S heart to generations past, present and future, we say thank you from the depths of our heart. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel concerning your faithful service to the King and His Domain. The testimony of your witness will give us the hope to carry on as a part your living legacy. You have gone before us and some of you have passed on to your reward; but we will continue in your stead until such time we can be reunited in eternity. It is and was and honor to have known and served with you. Your life-long work will not be forgotten and your name will spoken on the lips of many generations to come. Blessings!
P.S. Your example taught us that making a difference is not optional, and our worlds will never be the same because of it. Thanks again…
Blake Higginbotham – Apostolic Kingdom Alliance (AKA) – 1970 to Now!
P.P.S. On June 14, 2015, I will be entering my 45 years in service to the King. To be honest with you, I am looking forward to all that Yahweh has for us together. 🙂