purpose, relationships, word of wisdom

Prophetic Purpose of a Father and Your Promises

Joseph displayed characteristics of those whom played significant roles in rearing him. He was faithful like Abraham, his great grandfather. He was a man who lived quietly like Issac, his grandfather. He was a man who dwelled in the tents like Jacob, his father. And he was handsome, sharp, and witty like his mother Rachel. Joseph was well rounded and lived a balanced life because he knew who he was. It wasn’t difficult to hear the Father’s voice because he hailed from a background of men who heard the Father’s voice.

Your posterity says a lot about you. It says a lot about who you are and where you’re going. It says a lot about what you will do when you encounter difficulties in life. It says a lot about the determination you will have to reach your goal. Joseph had multi-generational blessings upon his head, therefore when circumstances in life conflicted with his destiny, he toiled on the more realizing the capacity for greatness lied within him not in his circumstances.

One of the things I am very grateful for is consistency in my life in terms of spiritual fathers (non-gendered). I recognize the multi-generational blessings of honoring those whom God has assigned to cover me, rear me, and tutor me in the faith. Have there been tough times, yes! Have there been times when I wanted to bail out, yes!! Have there been times when I disagreed with what I was instructed to do, yes. But did I run from my fathers, no.

I know that we are among a generation of people who think they can manage well on their own, but I find that contrary to scripture. Hebrews 13:17 NLT, “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.”

Having spiritual leadership or being spiritually parented carries more weight than many realize. Eccl. 10:8 RSV, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh through a fence, a serpent shall bite him.” Abraham, Issac, and Jacob became a fence, hedge, and a wall in Joseph’s life. The enemy was limited in what he could do to Joseph because he was protected by his fathers’ prayers, blessings, prophecy, and instructions. But if Joseph would have breached the wall, broken the hedge or torn down the fence his fathers built for him, the enemy would have free reign to attack his life. It is to your advantage to seek the Lord for spiritual leadership, if you don’t have one. I am only speaking of those with authentic spiritual authority, you will know them by their fruit. Do not entertain this life walking around naked because of what your last pastor did. You have an obligation to seek the Lord as to whom he has assigned for your life to lead you to your destiny. You need the blessings of that father (authority figure) and their fathers beyond them. The Lord is a multi-generational God who prefers to work in threes. Make sure your father has a father who had a father. You are to be a son or daughter of covenant, not a latch key kid.

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