The Mantle Of Paternity

Since it’s Father’s Day, I want to explain the significant role of a father in a family. You will be surprised how much impact a father has in the future generation…

Now people might disagree with I have to say but I have scriptural back up. People say that there is no such thing as generational curses, however, this only true for those in christ Jesus. The problem lies in those who operate outside of Christ and in darkness.

Your sin will be the next generation’s curse. Your obedience will be the next generation’s mantle.

The smallest things you do has great effects on the next generation. Therefore, you have a great responsibility as a father. In Genesis 20, Abraham lied to Abimelech saying that “Sarah was his sister”. He was reprimanded by Abimelech for this. Strange enough, Isaac the son of Abraham did the exact same thing in Genesis 26. this small lies became a deception in the next generation when Jacob deceived his father for Esau’s blessing (Genesis 27). In fact, Jacob’s name means ‘he deceives’.

Jacob had twelve sons and one daughter. Joseph the son of his dear wife Rachel was his all time favourite. This didn’t please the other brothers so they decided to get rid of him (Genesis 37:12-36). They sold him to the Midianites who sold him to Egypt. The brothers then returned to their father with Joseph’s multi coloured robe and told him the greatest deception ever. For over ten years, Jacob grieved the death of his son who was still alive! A simple lie grew exponentially over generations causing a lot of pain.

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All in all, we see God turning these things into good. How? because those in Christ are no longer under the curse. It is broken for those who are seeking God but those who rebel will receive their due. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that shall he reap (Galatians 6:7).

So fathers, you have a responsibility of what you do. Children may not do what you say but they do what you do. Whatever you do, your child will do better. Look at Elijah and Elisha! Elisha considered Elijah as a father and he performed twice as many miracles as him! If you sin, your child will do it greater. If you leave a godly legacy, your child will leave a greater one behind.

License To Drive

I had this weakness with driving. I knew that one day I needed to get my license but I couldn’t drive! I couldn’t get clutch control, and every time I changed gears I had to look at the gear lever and I would go off the road. I just couldn’t grasp the fact that your eyes had to be on the road, on every mirror, on the speed gauge and the blind spot! It was unreal and impossible!

I then was called to an interview. They were quite pleased with my resume but they needed someone with a license. They told me:

You have one month to get your license…

You have got to be kidding me right? What I couldn’t do in four years, you want done in one month?!

Anyway, I wanted the job, so I started going for lessons and praying a lot! Like a lot! I got better and better at it. A lot of people told me to pay a bribe and pass but I refused to dishonour my God. They all told me that I was going to fail because I was doing it fair. There was a lot of odds against me. The car I was learning to drive with broke down! I had to use a different car and that meant I had to get used to that clutch.

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I asked an elder from my Church (Brother Leon) to pray for my driving test. He gave me the most encouraging words:

Yes be righteous in all your ways. God is honoured in our lives when we honour His word….

I then realized something. There was no need to fear or worry. If all this was happening in God’s will and plan, all I have to do is trust His purpose.

I eventually went for the test and everything seemed surreal. Like a flash of time passed until I was back at the office signing a form stating that I had passed. The inspector telling me to go to the cashier. Yes God is honoured in our lives…

Unfortunately, the job was taken when I had obtained my license,  but I realized two things:

  1. God arranged all this so that I could overcome my fear and weakness of driving.
  2. In order to prepare me for what He has in store for me.

I can do all things through Christ…..(Philippians 4:13).

Gifts – Love = Nothing

We live in a time where the Church has become gift oriented. This is a tragedy.

Why? You may ask…?

Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

It is evident that without love, whatever you do means zilch. Zero. Nada.

You can preach, you can heal the sick and cast out demons and speak in tongues but if you do not have love, your works amount to nothing. The problem with Christians today is that we are looking for signs of gifts instead of fruit.

Let’s look at Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Nobody looks for fruit anymore, as long as some guy is performing miracles, they automatically believe that he is a true prophet.

Jesus gave this command in Matthew 7:15-20

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

 

You may ask…but Kristian, if someone does miracles, does that not mean God is working in them?

Let’s look at Romans 11:29

29 For God’s gift and His calling is irrevocable.

That means, God doesn’t take back the gifts after they have been given to you. Some translations say that the gifts are without repentance indicating that the person could be doing right but living wrong.

We need to look for fruit because that is true Christianity, Love. Love is what got us saved in the first place.

If you don’t have love don’t preach. – Theo Msomi

Now let’s look at the most frightening scripture in the Bible…

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Wait a minute now, those people did great stuff yet Jesus claimed to have never known them…

WHY? Because they didn’t function in love. Love is important. It is indeed the Foundation of Christianity because God is love. Rejecting Love is rejecting God. If you don’t love, you hate. And hate is murder. And no murderer can enter the kingdom of heaven. So love with everything you have, and the Holy Spirit will manifest the gift in you to fulfil a need in someone.