Published on October 16th, 2012 | by Desiree M. Mondesir0
Who’s Your Daddy? Being Freed From the “Fatherless” Curse
It has been said that this is the fatherless generation. In Western ministry specifically, fatherless ministers and ministries are a very real problem. Because there is a lack of hearts of fathers being turned to their children—i.e. making them fatherless—the curse of Malachi 4:6 is very much at work. What is the evidence of this curse? A bastard, independent and rebellious spirit. Easy sailor-we’re not trying to call you a bastard—but rather, point out that all of these expressions are poignant effects of this fatherless generation, and that only one spiritual “Daddy” can be the Mr. Fix-It.
Recently, my spiritual father said, “Bastard ministries produce bastard people and an independent spirit is developed” (Apostle G. Maldonado). Now don’t look at me crazy; I didn’t curse! What the apostle expressed was that individuals who go into ministry who are spiritually fatherless produce people who are also fatherless. Let’s look at it from a natural standpoint.
If a man is born not knowing or interacting with his father, it will be very hard for him to have a healthy family life. Unless God breaks that cycle, he will very likely teach his children exactly what he learned whether he is present in their lives or not. It is the same in ministry.
If you choose to go into ministry thinking that you can be your own boss and not submit to anyone, and not honor anyone as a father, then you are sorely mistaken.
Being (In) Dependent
A healthy dose of independence would do us all good. Yet when we are so independent that we don’t submit to, honor, or ask help from anyone, then we are deceived. If it is hard for a young person to grow up without a father in personal life, then why would we think it would be any different for his or her in ministry when countless souls are at stake?
You can recognize independent spirit because they are those who proclaim themselves apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, etc. without the recognition of spiritual parents. They have no covering. Elisha didn’t wake up one day and call himself a prophet. He submitted to Elijah and served him faithfully until God raptured him in the chariots of fire. And it was because of his faithful service to his spiritual father that he was honored with the prophet’s reward as the double-portion prophet. And even when the time came for the kings of Judah and Israel to seek the oracle of God, Elisha was still identified with his father as the one “who poured water on the hands of Elijah” (II Kings 3:11).
Rebel Without a Cause
The best example of a rebellious spirit is King Saul. As the first king of Israel, blessed of God, mighty in battle, yet oh, “how the mighty have fallen!” Saul grew arrogant, and in his arrogance became rebellious against God and his spiritual father.
Samuel commanded Saul to annihilate every last one of the Amalekites as well as destroy all of their belongings for their treatment of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Yet Saul kept the best for himself. This rebellion cost Saul—and his descendants—the throne and, ultimately, his life. (Please see the full story in I Samuel 15.)
Being spiritually fatherless is no joke. The prophet Malachi did not lie when he declared that the spirit of Elijah must return in order to prevent the curse that comes from fatherlessness. We see it everywhere we go.
Luckily, Abba (Daddy) God is inviting you to spiritual adoption and wants to guide you to spiritual parents when the time is right. They are the stewards who will shape your destiny and declare the Word of the Lord over your life. You cannot do without them.