1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
Series: Submitting to Elders
This week we have been studying on how to cultivate a relationship with our elders, pastors and mentors.
We may think we don’t need an elder or mentor in our life but the New Testament way of life shows a continual emphasis on elders – to obey and submit to our elders, to understand their heart for us and to accept the authority of those God has placed over us.
In 1 Timothy 4:14, God is speaking to Timothy through his spiritual father, Paul. There are several things we see in the scripture concerning elders:
1) Elders have the ability to impart God’s gifts into your life. God has blessed your spiritual leaders with special abilities and gifts. When they lay hands over you, the spiritual gifts they carry will be imparted into you. The Bible mentions many such spiritual gifts. For instance, you may not naturally have a discerning spirit or leadership traits, but when your elder lays their hands upon you, you will receive the anointing God has placed on their lives.
2) Elders have access to prophesy over you and there is a divine order in place to bring to pass everything that your elders speak over your life. That is why you should persevere to get the blessings of your elders over your life. The Bible says Jacob prepared a good meal for his father Isaac and because Isaac was happy, he pronounced a good word over Jacob which became a prophetic word and blessed him for generations.
Make the heart of your leaders happy and they will bless you out of the contentment of their heart.
Laying of hands is a sign of imparting and transfer of authority. The relationship, authority and intimacy that they carry with God, is released into your life and the elder gives you the opportunity to pursue God in the same way.
Do not neglect the word or advice spoken over you by your elders. Be willing to accept what God speaks to you through different leaders and elders. As you accept it, God will make it come to pass for your blessing and breakthrough.
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