The Test Of True Fatherhood

Series: Fathers and Sons; Sonship

Sun am 9 May 2010 – Kobus Swart

(Luke 19:13); Eph. 1:4-5, 22-23; (Luke 3:38); (Gen. 1:28); Mal. 4:6; (Gen. 11:26); (Gen. 10:8-9); (Gen. 9:22-25); 1 John 2:12-14; (Heb. 4)

Our Heavenly Father always views things from a trans-generational perspective. He is always the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many Christians, however, still cling to a one-generational mindset – Jesus can come “any minute”. But Christ Himself told us to occupy (do business) till He comes (Luke19:13).

Before time began, Father chose us in Christ and predestined us to adoption as sons (Eph. 1:4-5). When Adam fell he distanced himself from Father, and the orphan culture was initiated in the world. Being separated from the Father had serious consequences for Adam and the human race. Being disconnected from his origin distorted his sense of destiny. As a result of the curse man’s greatest need became that of protection and provision. In the last book of the Old Testament God reminds us of His original plan, and re-introduced the formula to break that curse. He would restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.

After the Fall in Eden, God looked for a man that would become a model of the kind of father needed to bring humanity back to His original plan. Abram was the first man in the Old Testament that was called by the name “father”. His name meant “exalted father”. This was a good title, but that was not enough; God had to change Abram’s character. It took God forty years of dealings upon Abram to bring him to the point where he could be renamed Abraham. Only then could he become the father of many nations. Someone had to be restored in perfect relationship with God the heavenly Father; someone walking in faith, obedient to every command. The spirit of an orphan would have to give way to the spirit of sonship.

But the enemy anticipated this, and positioned a man to try and destroy God’s chosen vessel. “Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before (“against”) the LORD…” (Gen. 10:8-9). Nimrod was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah. Ham exposed the nakedness of his father and brought a curse on him and his descendants. This event represents a huge violation against fathering (Gen 9:22-25). Nimrod was also the builder of cities like Babylon and Nineveh. He was known as a mighty hunter of the souls of men; he set up a Babylonian system (which is the prevailing spirit in the world today) and was responsible for the building of the Tower of Babel (=”confusion”). Nimrod tried to kill Abram, but Abram’s father Terah prevented it from happening.

Institutionalism works against the family spirit. God wants to establish a family of fathers and sons in the earth that will break the spirit of the orphan that is rampant in the earth. Countless believers are still wandering in the fields of the fatherless (Prov 23:10). God is restoring true spiritual fathers in this season. Institutionalism has brought substitutes (and titles) into the church because of the absence of fathers (See 1 Cor 4:15). You cannot have true sons if you do not first have true fathers. Fathers are those who know Him who has been from the beginning (1 John 2:12-14). Abraham had to pass several important tests and then finally God put him in a deep sleep, made a covenant with him, and changed his name to Abraham. “I am going to make you the father of many nations.”

How will we enter into His rest? Today if you hear his Word! It has to be a today Word; present truth that impacts your heart! We need to allow the Word to be written on our heart. True fathers in the spirit will only represent the Heavenly Father and not themselves.

Whatever it takes, I want to know Him who has been from the beginning; nothing else will substitute.

May a hunger grip your hearts! We are up against Nimrod, a system that castrates sons and kills fathers. Submit to the Father who is bringing forth a true family in the earth.