“Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
Most believers and most Christians have no accurate Biblical understanding of the power of ministry and where it comes from. It is common to hear people say, “This is ministry. This is what God has called me to do,” but they are unaware of the order and flow of their ministry. The Scriptural order and flow of ministry happens from generation to generation. God has instituted a divine order, but many have been disconnected from true spiritual impartation in the ministry.
What we have lost
We have lost much because we have failed to honor our fathers. The anointing, the treasure could reside in our lives if we had only been in the proper position to receive it. The next generation might experience unnecessary barrenness if the order and flow according to God’s Word will not be re-established in the present for the future.
In the book of Acts, the first generation of the Christian church showed awesome and mighty deeds that led more people to know God. As the believers prayed, God moved mightily in their midst. This generation of believers passed on to us much of the blessings we enjoy today. However, in the present, loss of power and the current loss of apostolic anointing are due to the destruction and the negligence of generational connection.
In the Gospels, Jesus Himself expects that generations are to not only follow Him in His works but even increase through multiplication. We are to follow Jesus to experience spiritual inheritance that we can pass on to the next generations. In Isaiah 9:7, the prophet declares the increase of His government and peace, that there shall be no end to the increase of the government of the Kingdom of God. It is meant to increase from generation to generation. This is the plan and the purpose of the order set by God. Unfortunately, somewhere between then in the ministry of Christ and now, the flow of generational blessing has been disconnected.
For centuries, every new generation of the church has been forced into a new genesis of beginnings instead of rising higher in the flood of generational increase. The only way we can receive our spiritual inheritance in God is through our connection to the Father and the Son.
Don’t neglect your inheritance
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” –Romans 8:17
In a ministry based on Biblical order and flow, everything that comes from God to a believer comes in the form of an inheritance. It must be held with great honor and respect. We are never to look at our spiritual inheritance lightly, and we are forbidden ever to sell it at a price like Esau did (Genesis 25:29-34). Our inheritance in God should be honored and respected. Esau did not know that the birthright he sold was a double portion of his father’s house. Let us not hold lightly the legacy given to us by the Lord through our spiritual fathers.
In Malachi 1:2-3, God says that He loved Jacob but hated Esau because “he laid waste his mountains and his heritage. For the jackals of the wilderness.” The older brother cared more about his stomach than his soul, and it led him to lose the blessings that he could have shared with his children’s children.
From the Father to the Son to Us
“So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.’” –Hebrews 5:5
The basis of all the power in a person’s ministry is the Father flowing through the Son. Jesus’ ministry was based on His connection to His Father that in John 14:9 He says that whoever has seen Him has already seen the Father.
When we minister, when we go out into the world, do people see Jesus ministering through us? Do people see us as ourselves, or are we hidden in the power of and presence of our Master?
To flow in the same depth of the anointing and power is to honor this divine order of all spiritual ministry. This means that we should honor the Father-Son relationship.
When it comes to ministry, there are times when this goes beyond the biological connection. We see this in how Elisha called His mentor Elijah “father” when the latter was taken up to heaven (2 Kings 13:14) and how Paul called Timothy “a true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2). There is no possibility of ever receiving a double portion unless it comes from a father to a son or a daughter.
“And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Hope is not lost for our generation. We must turn our hearts as spiritual children and parents, understanding the order and flow of our ministry so that we can gain the power God has imparted to us. As we learn from the success and even the failures of those who came before us, we are on our way to increase. When we honor this spiritual impartation, we are also setting the stage for the next generations to be blessed.