Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
The Restoration of Fathers to Sons and Daughters
~Kathi Pelton Our Father God loves restoration. He loves to heal hearts and heal broken relationships; He loves His sons and daughters.
Today as I was spending time with my precious Heavenly Father, I saw a vision of fathers and sons who had experienced turbulent and broken relationships suddenly weeping in one another’s arms.
The fathers’ eyes were open to see the hearts of their sons and the sons’ eyes were open to see the hearts of their fathers. In that moment the anger, hatred, and rage melted the hardened places, causing them to forgive and start anew. The fathers called out, “My son!” And the sons responded, “My Dad!”
Then I saw God pick up broken daughters who had been shattered deep within, and He held them in His lap. As He held them closely, their hearts that carried deep wounds from the men who were supposed to be “daddy” began to heal. The pain of abandonment and the pain of being raised by men who didn’t understand the Father’s love for themselves was touched by the perfect love of the heavenly Father. Then as these daughters were made whole I saw the Father hold their “daddies.” He held them until they realized that it was safe to love again. His arms once again melted the selfishness and hardened hearts, and the first thing these men did was run to their daughters to pick them up and hold them in their laps.
I saw this happening in many lives, families, and cultures that are not given to expressions of such tender love between fathers and sons or fathers and daughters. This healing that will restore families will spark healing that goes far beyond homes and individual families. It will touch the church and then the world.
For those whose fathers have long passed from this world, or whose fathers do not respond to this, God will raise up fathers to stand in their place; and you will understand that God is your father, and He will heal the deepest wounds that have caused your very identity to be impacted. He will call out to you, “My son!” or “My daughter!” and you will call back, “My Daddy!” He will call you by your true name and hold you. He will not withhold anything from you but He will give you all that belongs to Him.
“He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:6
This restoration will heal lands! As fathers and their children have their hearts turned back to one another it brings a blessing even upon the land.
The move of God that is coming will restore the hearts of the fathers! God is about to move upon fathers so that their hearts are made whole and they will be turned back to their sons and daughters. Many prodigals will return to the family of God as their fathers weep before them and repent for withholding their love, their affections, and their time from them.
There are many mothers in the Kingdom of God that are carrying this longing of the Father in their spiritual wombs. It is nearing the time to birth this into the tangible realm and see it come forth with breath and life. How we long to see the heart of the fathers turned to their children and the children’s hearts turned back to their fathers.
It’s time to push and see this birthed. Moms are needed now to once again give birth; and this time you are birthing both fathers and sons and fathers and daughters.
Will You Receive the Garment of Vulnerability?
During our worship service on Sunday morning I saw a heavenly garment coming down over the people. As I saw this “garment” coming down it stopped just above the heads of the people in the congregation. Then I heard the words,
“Do you fully trust Me?”
I responded, “Yes Lord, you know that I trust you.”
My response released this garment to come down upon me and as it did a deep rush of His Spirit went through me, causing a vulnerability to come upon me that was deeper than I’d ever known. It removed places of “guardedness” that were upon my soul so that I could fully open my heart to trust Him in absolute vulnerability.
Then the Lord asked me to release this invitation to the congregation to allow the garment of vulnerability to come upon them as well. Now He has asked me to invite those who are reading this to receive it.
It is a deep encounter that words cannot adequately express. It is a place of being fully yielded; allowing your soul to be naked and unashamed before Him. This invitation into vulnerability is an invitation into deeper intimacy. You may feel uncomfortable at first because the old garments of guardedness are removed but it will become the most beautiful gift you’ve ever received as you experience a new depth of oneness with Him. You will be taken into His heart and into the mysteries of His beauty in ways that you never dreamed possible.
You must know that this vulnerability will also expose the places that have been held you back from Him and from unity with His people. It will expose in order to cover and heal places that have not yet been fully His. But it will make room for more of Him.
He is inviting you to receive this garment. He will wrap you in His love as you receive it. He is trustworthy with all of who you are.
“Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25
Blessings Today--Meditations from the Word: Encouragement for those who are struggling
Many Christians with sensitive consciences carry unwelcome and uncomfortable baggage in the form of a nagging feeling that “something isn’t quite right.”
The Father's desire is that all His creation would flourish. He delights in our flourishing. If you currently struggle in your relationship with God, here are some Scriptures to ponder.
Do you feel your heart grown cold? That is nothing when you are face-to-face with unquenchable flame (READ: Daniel 7:9-10; Hebrews 12:28-29)
Have you been foolish and selfish? Your actions do not supersede or negate His wisdom working in you (READ:Proverbs 1:20; 1 Corinthians 1:21-30)
Is it difficult for you to submit to the will of God? Your stubbornness is not enough to shake off His “easy yoke” (READ: Matthew 11:29)
Are you fighting the temptation to withdraw from people? Your isolation cannot shut out the One to whom the darkest night is as bright as day (READ: Psalm 139)
Do you feel forgotten and alone? Your fear and loneliness are dispelled by His tender mercy and love (READ: Isaiah 49:14-16; John 10:10-11; 15:9; 16:27)