Spiritual parenting and natural parenting as well is as challenging as every other occupation but far more emotionally intense.
Eli, Samuel, and David seem to have given their troubled children many privileges but little paternal involvement.
Yet we also know that even the most dedicated parents may face the heartbreak of wayward children. It breaks God’s heart to see the condition of his wayward children and he understands our heart break.
Parenting God’s children is an occupation that requires much prayer, skill, support, and love as any other, if not more.
To be a parent whether our children bring delight, disappointment, or both is to depend on God’s grace and mercy and the hope for redemption beyond what we see during our lifetimes.
Age itself does not make you wise. But do you have access to people who are spiritually mature?
Those who listen with the mind of Christ, who are not afraid to tell you something you’d rather not hear? Especially if the message is, “thus saith The LORD!” (Isaiah 15:23)
What has God said to you?
To rebel against God is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as idolatry. These things open us up to witchcraft, manipulation, and control among other devious motives.
If God speaks to us and we agree to his terms, HE takes it seriously! Are we taking our calling seriously?
Or are we not willing to give up that one thing that keeps us bound to disobedience that opens the door to other spirits making us ineffective?
When Elijah was told to anoint Elisha as prophet in his room, that calling didn’t take away Elisha’s choice to say no.
Elisha surrendered to God and served the prophet Elijah and learned (discipled) from the point when the mantle was given to when Elijah was taken up. Elisha heard from God himself because he served Elijah as unto The LORD.
When God calls us to service in discipleship and beyond, we are to obey God through our spiritual mothers and fathers, i.e. leadership.
Discipleship is an intense time of learning and correcting. It isn’t always fun and easy. In fact, it can be very difficult if we do not continually bring our flesh under subjection to God and refuse to learn our lessons.
Spiritual prayer covering is a benefit given by God. It is a powerful blessing, but a benefit that can be removed by God due to disobedience and rebellion.
To be a good disciple one must learn and respect God given authority over us.
Did God really say what you confessed?
That word “disciple” is key, as it is mainly learned through many disciplines and self-control. We submit to spiritual authority not based on age or qualifications we think we have or they have.
Today, God asks you; “What did I say to you?”
If you made a hasty decision and a mistake, you need to bow out kindly. H owever, if God really said it, and you don’t submit to it, you rebel against Him not the person.
Those you yield to in training have an awesome accountability they owe to God for their office! We don’t serve people blindly. However, we follow them as they follow Christ.
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17 KJV.
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV.
In leadership, regardless of spiritual maturity, most people feel uncomfortable in situations of conflict, so we tend to avoid facing conflict.
If you have confessed that God said… THEN discipleship will have plenty of conflict against the flesh and the demonic familiar things of our lives.
However, the seasoned spiritual parent must treat those under their care a lot like illnesses. Minor issues can clear up if we pray and overlook some immaturity, however like major illness, things can become festered and will work much deeper and will cause a catastrophe to our spiritual and natural lives!
In closing, spiritual mothers and fathers must treat all with respect.
However, respectful confrontations will and must happen to bring about the discipline that brings true maturity in The LORD.
The benefits are immense when we are truly discipled through mature seasoned spiritual mothers and fathers.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey