Malachi 4:6 states that if Elijah does not come and turn the hearts then God will smite the earth with a curse. The astonishing indication is clear and that is if there is not a move with fathers and children, a curse will come upon the earth. The attack of the devil on fatherhood is now unveiled as a major strategy to destroy the entire fabric of society. Societal chaos can be traced to these tremendous attacks on fatherhood. If there is no fatherhood then there would be no sonship. The Scripture declares that you have many instructors but few fathers. Instructors will give you matters of information;fathers will give formation. I know that many have stereo-typed the move of God and made it predictable but the greatest need today remains the need for fathers to assume their God-given position.
This prophetic move, this spirit of Elijah move of God will touch the hearts of fathers and sons. When others are looking for a replay of the move of God as it was in the past years, this present, different move, this restoration is one that is of vital relevance to our lives today.
The scripture teaching that this end-time move has to do with the families, whether it is the family of God, the family unit, or the church family is amazing. One of the things that are overlooked is that this involves the turning of the hearts. There can be no lasting change if the hearts of people are not affected and turned around. The indication is that the heart is in the wrong place and it needs to be turned. The scripture declares, “Out of the heart are the issues of life.” So, if the issues of life are messed up, the heart is messed up. Only Almighty God has the power to reach deep into the heart. So, this turn around must be brought about by the move of God.
There must be a turning because things have gone in the wrong direction and the turning must be related to the heart. A resolution, often made at the turn of the New Year, endeavors to change action, but unless the heart is changed, there will be no change. The move of God goes deeper than any reason, strength of will or intellect can go. Resolutions will not bring a transformation. This move of God goes past the mind and the emotions and turns the innermost part of your being. If the heart is not touched and changed, then actions cannot be changed. So the move of God goes deeper than any reason, strength of will or intellect can go, creating transformation from deep within the heart.
If there is not a heart change, there is not a life change. All that is left is an intellectual, mental acceptance of spiritual things which brings no permanent change. It is purely surface and superficial and has no substance. SO many are living lives of great information and their desire is always to receive more teaching, more knowledge. They are ever learning and never coming to knowledge. There is no transformation of life and no formation of life. There is form but no force; profession but no possession. Their lives are zeroed in on pleasing others and speaking from a purely mental perspective.
Information that does not lead to transformation brings consternation. There is a temptation to live in a sub-standard spiritual life that has nothing to do with the depths of heart change. It involves no responsibility and very little accountability. This is not the kind of life that we see Elijah living. He was the prophet of deeds so we the realm of demonstration of the power of Almighty God, because out of this heart are the issues of life. The right heart produces right living and this is the move that is produced by the Spirit of Elijah. There must be a turning point and it must begin in the heart, in the inner man. Our Lord really is the King of Hearts.