Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Kings 2:14-15 (KJV); And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
I have heard people who claim that the doctrine of spiritual fatherhood is not scriptural.
What do the scriptures say?
Paul speaks of having Timothy and Titus as his sons in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4).
He speaks of how in that dispensation, there were few fathers but many instructors. He speaks to the Corinthian Church; how he had begotten them in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 4:15).
The Old Testament is also full of several examples of this pattern.
Elisha called Elijah his father (2 Kings 2:12). Eli was a father to Samuel, as Saul was to David.
I know Christians who are struggling in their walk of salvation simply because they cannot accept this truth.
God has continually compelled them to acknowledge the authority of certain men or women over their lives but they are too proud to do so.
From my study of the story of Elijah and Elisha, I realised that the sons of the prophets spoken of in the scriptures were like these stubborn Christians in our present day.
To them, Elijah was merely “the master of Elisha.”
It is a tragic truth that these men did not know that they owed sonship to Elijah. They only understood the authority Elijah was in the spiritual realm after he was carried away by a chariot of fire.
Our theme scripture reveals that they bowed to Elisha when they saw that the spirit of Elijah rested on him.
Sadly, by then, it was already too late for them to receive directly from the chariot of Israel like Elisha had done.
Child of God, it is essential to have a spiritual authority over your life; someone to whom you account because this is a clear pattern in scripture.
Don’t be like the sons of the prophets who only appreciated the man God had anointed for their sake after he was taken away.
Seek God to lead you to whom he has appointed over your life.
It is only when you submit your life to such a man or woman that you will have access to certain places in God.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 13:17, 1 Corinthians 4:15
It is essential to have a spiritual authority over your life; someone to whom you account because this is a clear pattern in scripture. It is only when you submit your life to such a man or woman that you will have access to certain places in God.
PRAYER: My God, I thank you for this Word. I receive it as wisdom to access deeper realms in you and as wisdom for spiritual growth. I acknowledge spiritual authority over my life. Your Word has instructed me to submit my life in a manner that causes those that rule over me to give account to you with joy. This I do every day to the glory of your name. Amen.