Transferable Hearts

January 2, 2005
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

Stand to your feet with your Bible. Lift it high in the air. And if you’ve never declared it, when we’ve done it numerous times, I want you to make a declaration with your Word in the air today.

This is my Bible. I am who it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. And because of this Word I am healed. Because of this Word I am made whole. Because of this Word I walk in victory. Because of this Word I stand in prosperity. I’ll never be the same in the Name of Jesus. Somebody shout amen. Glory to God.

If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Malachi. Malachi chapter four, the last chapter of the Old Testament. Malachi chapter four. When you reach Malachi chapter four, give me a hearty amen. In Malachi chapter four, look at verse four.

4. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Pray with me.

6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word today, that it would be illuminated in our hearts and in our minds. We thank You that every assignment sent by the enemy today is bound. We thank You that every distraction is bound in the Name of Jesus. We thank You, Lord, that Your Word is living Word, God, that will cause us to live, Lord. We receive it today, Lord God. Let the Anointing remove every burden and destroy every yoke. And I thank You, God, that I’m anointed to preach this Word. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer, as You hide me behind the cross this day. In Jesus’ Name.

And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the house of the Lord.

Look at your Bibles. Look at verse five. He said:

5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Listen. The Word of God tells us that God knows the beginning from the end. And His vision passes beyond the barrier of time. And even before the worlds were made, He could see His beloved Son, Jesus, hanging on the cross. Amen, somebody.

I taught you before (glory to God) that God moves among and upon men generationally. And it’s very important that we understand that the thing He placed on your heart and on my heart today will directly affect those who come after us in the latter days. I need to say that again. You see, the things that He has placed on your heart and my heart (oh, my God), they’re going to affect our children and our children’s children, and those that come after them, if Jesus delays His coming. Amen, somebody.

It’s very important that we understand that today, and that our sons and our daughters must inherit our hearts. Listen at that. It’s important that our sons and our daughters inherit the heart that God has given unto us. They must receive something of this mission that God has given us, and the Anointing that God has placed in our hearts. You need to hear this word today.

Otherwise these deposits from God will begin to die, and our children will be doomed to start over with no inheritance. Because the Bible says in Proverbs thirteen and verse twenty-two,

22. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children . . .

I don’t know about you, but I don’t just want to leave finances to my children. I want them to have my heart that I have for God. I want the Anointing that is on my life to rest on their lives. I want the move of God in my life to be a part of theirs. Give God praise in this place today.

The very last prophetic words that God uttered in the Old Testament through Malachi were, “Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Did you see that in your Words? The curse was promised if the hearts didn’t turn.

Two people (Oh, my God. You need to hear this) in the Old Testament that perfectly depict the nature of the curse were (oh, my God) Solomon and Absolom. And both of them were a part of the house of David. Glory to God. You’ve got to understand that, because when we look at Solomon, even though he was picked to build God’s house, later on in his life he became bitter. Do you hear what I’m saying? And all that wisdom that he had began to fail him, because he did not prepare for the future.

Now, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Ecclesiastes. Because I want you to see something today. The Bible lets us know that Solomon was the wisest man in the earth. And even Jesus depicted Solomon as wise. In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter two and verse eighteen, it says:

18. Yea, I hated all my labour . . .

This is Solomon speaking.

18. . . . which I had taken under the sun . . .

Ecclesiastes chapter two.

18. . . . because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

Look at verse nineteen.

19. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

20. Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

21. For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

According to God, if you have not prepared (listen, children of God) someone to take your heart by inheritance, you have raised children, whether they are natural, or whether they are spiritual children, in vain. You’ve got to understand that not only am I a father to my natural children, but I’m a father to all of you as my spiritual children. And if I don’t raise you (oh, my God) to come after me with the same heart that God has given me, then all that I’ve given you is in vain. Look at your neighbor and say, “I got to get what I got to get.”

If I don’t raise up sons and daughters to succeed me, that’s why it’s important that you have the heart of the pastor. Why? Because the heart of the pastor is your Father’s heart, because He’s called me to be your father in the spirit. And if you don’t have my heart, then you get a curse on your life, because not only is the Father’s heart to be (oh, my God) turned to the children, but the children’s heart have got to be turned to the Father.

You can’t just come to church and not try to get my heart. You can’t just come to church and say, “I don’t like the pastor.” You can’t come to church and say, “I don’t like what he’s doing.” You putting a curse on you, baby. And unless you get it right, the curse . . . Oh, my God. You don’t want to hear this today.

I’m raising you up in the spirit, not that you can just drop a sigh like me, not that you could just preach and sing. I’m raising you to have my heart that I have for God. David was a man after God’s own heart, but his sons did not have his heart.

We’re talking today. Look at your neighbor and say, “We’ve got to have a conversation.”

Solomon was the wisest man who had ever lived, yet at the end of his life, he said, “Everything” (you read it for yourself) “is vanity, because I have to leave everything that I have to my children who don’t have my heart.”

I can’t afford to leave anything to you if you don’t have my heart. I can’t afford to entrust the things that God has entrusted to me if you don’t have my heart. God is ministering to us today.

He said, “It’s all in vain.” If you don’t get your pastor’s heart, it’s all in vain. Why? Because I am your spiritual father. We talked about me being your spiritual father before. But I’m taking it deeper for you today. You got to understand about this curse. God isn’t playing when He talks about a curse. He doesn’t just want me to love you. You’ve got to start loving me.

We talked about Solomon. Because he had nobody to come up after him. He didn’t prepare anybody to have his heart for the things of God. He didn’t have . . . He said, “All of this is in vain. All of this labor that I’ve done is in vain.” Think about it.

Let’s talk about Absalom. He was one of David’s greatest sons. He seemed to possess more natural leadership ability than even Solomon had. He had so much charisma and confidence and power that he was able to turn most of the nation against his father, powerful David. Do you understand what I’m saying today? He had so much charisma. He had so much confidence and power that he was able to turn (my God) most of the nation against his father, the king.

But instead of inheriting his father’s heart, Absalom chose to envy his father’s position and power. You’re not my real son or my real daughter if you envy the position that I have.

The spirit of Absalom has hit the body of Christ with authority. And that’s why people can get up and leave even when they hold position in a church, and have no regrets. The one thing about Absalom, he was barren spiritually, and he was barren physically.

Go with me in your Bibles to Second Samuel chapter eighteen. I told you on Friday night that God is shifting me into another mode. You see, if everybody in the body of Christ would understand this, that the person that God has placed in position over them as their father in the spirit, if they would understand that, that it’s just not, oh, some man or some woman that’s standing up trying to tell them something and tell them what to . . . Oh, my God.

Look at your Bibles in Second Samuel chapter eighteen. Look at verse eighteen.

18. Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.

It became what? A lasting monument, didn’t it? To his senseless rebellion that he was in. Rather to be able to (amen) magnify his wisdom and charisma, he had to build something that was what? A tribute to the rebellion that he was in. Amen, somebody.

You see, when there’s no generational transfer of the heart, we are forced to put our names on things in vain, hoping that somebody will remember us after we are gone. You need to hear that today. He built something that somebody would remember who he was. But I’m training up and raising up sons and daughters after me, not just you in this church, but our children and our children’s children, and our children’s children after that. Oh, my God. I wish somebody would catch on fire in this house.

He had to raise up some statue because he didn’t have a son or daughter in place. I don’t have to make a name for myself. Look at your neighbor and say, “You don’t have to make a name for yourself.”

Let me explain something to you. Because you’ve been given a Name. And that Name is who? Jesus. And Jesus transferred to us His calling, His Anointing, and His Spirit. You’ve got to understand that we are sons of God. And any time you have a son or daughter, you have got to what? Release your heart to them. You’ve got to train them up to have your heart. And that’s what Jesus was doing. He was training the disciples up to have His heart. But let me tell you something about Jesus. He understood His sonship, because he said, “I do nothing except what I see My Father do.” He had His Father’s heart. And Jesus is trying to transfer (oh, my God) that same heart that He had to us.

Don’t just want my ministry. Want my heart. Don’t just want my calling. Want my heart. Want the heart that God has given me to serve Him at all costs. Want the heart that God has . . .

Go with me to the book of John. We’re going to preach, but we’re going to teach today. Amen, somebody. In John chapter fourteen. Are you blessed today? Praise the Lord. It’s time to go to the next level. In John chapter fourteen look at verse twelve and verse thirteen. In red, it’s Jesus talking. He said:

12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also . . .

Wait a minute.

12. . . . and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do . . .

That the Father may be what? In what?

13. . . . that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Don’t you know that every time you do something that praises God and gives God glory I get a smile on my face. I said, “Wait a minute, now.” Glory to God. I’m not trying to take God’s glory, but I said, “That’s my son. That’s my daughter,” because I’ve been telling that thing . . . Oh, my God. It’s coming from the heart of God.

I want to see you do well. I want to see you do greater than I do. But if you don’t have my heart, it’s that sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. It don’t mean nothing.

Jesus gave us the perfect picture of that inheritance of God, didn’t He?

Let me tell you something. Absalom’s curse is the same curse that’s described in Malachi four and six. It’s the same curse. You see, when a son fails to turn his heart toward his father, or when a father fails to turn his heart toward his son, a curse descends upon them, doesn’t it? Did you read it in Malachi? The Absalom spirit needs to be destroyed. Amen, somebody.

You see, you got to understand in order for the blessings to flow to you correctly and legally you’ve got to have my heart. You can’t try to go outside of me and go around me to get the blessing, because it ain’t going to work. There’s a certain order that God has placed in the body of Christ. It wasn’t my idea, but it was the Word of God’s idea. It’s just like Jesus. You can’t get to the Father except you go through the Son.

Understand it today. Understand it today. The Bible says that we should preach with simplicity. This is revelation, but it’s done in simplicity. Shouldn’t nobody have like a, “What is he talking about?” This is plain and clear.

There’s a curse in the body, because the people won’t get the heart of the pastor, and the pastor won’t get the heart of the people. We’re family. We’re family. That’s why I find myself doing anything that I can do for you. But you’ve got to start doing whatever you can do for me. Lest a curse be upon us. Lest there be a curse upon us.

If your heart hasn’t been turned towards me, as your spiritual father, you need to seek God and ask Him why. You need to seek the Father and ask Him why. “Why don’t I have my heart?” It may be because you have an Absalom spirit. You want power; you want authority; and you want what I have, without paying the price for it. You can only sniff me for a little while. But after while if you don’t get what you want, you’re going to get tired, and it’s going to begin to show.

I’m my father’s children. And when I come home I hear voices when I come in the door saying, “Dad? Dad?” They’re children that come and greet me from downstairs, upstairs, calling me, “Dad?” That’s another name for father, isn’t it? Because their hearts are turned towards me.

And I said, “Yes, it’s me.” And my heart is turned towards them. And we greet and embrace one another, because there’s no curse in my house.

I was disciplining one of my children recently. And after I disciplined them . . . I disciplined them good, too. But later on they came to me and said, “Dad, I’m sorry.”

Oh, you don’t understand the magnitude of what I’m talking about. You see, though I discipline you, it should not turn your love from me. It should draw us closer together. Because even the Bible says He chastens them that He what? Come on, give Him praise today.

We’re going to get the spirit of Absalom out of the church. I look at people’s hearts. I look at them for a reason. I don’t just look at you on the outside and see how pretty or how handsome you might be. I look at you on the inside. I do. And when it seems like people are cutting up and stuff like that, I still look at their hearts when I talk to them. I look at their hearts. And their heart is just as tender. And I can see the true love that they have in them.

But some of us, we just look on the outside. We look at somebody’s attitude for the moment, and then we judge their whole character. You’ve got to look deeper than that. There are people that have come to this church and I know that they love me. I know that they care for me. I know it. I can feel it, because they show it. They show it. And they might not even be here all the time.

And there are those of you that are here all the time, and some of you love the ground I walk on. But then there are some of you that are unsure. Find out why. Find out why. Find out where your heart is. Because I try to walk the walk and talk the talk. I’m not perfect. But there’s no one in here that can say that I’ve never showed them some sort of love.

Some of you need more than what I’m able to give you. I’m not mad about that. You need more. Some of us are so affectionate, we need more; we need more. I’m like that too. I’m a very affectionate person. I’m not mad with you. But if you come to me, I’m not going to turn you around and tell you I don’t have time for you. I’m going to make room for you. Because I want you to see the Jesus in me. That’s all I’m trying to do. It’s not even about . . . I want you to see how . . .

I’m standing in position up here on this platform on a raised stage, so that you can see Christ. I’m not interested in you seeing, you know, all this handsomeness. I want you to see Christ. That’s what I want you to see. That’s when I pray about the Word, I say, “Lord, hide me behind the cross, that they would see You and not me.” I don’t want you to see me. I don’t want you to see me. I don’t want you to see flesh. I want you to know me by the spirit, and know that I have a father’s heart for you.

Your natural father may have not been there, or he may have hurt you. But whatever I can do for you that God allows, I’m available. I’m available. Sometimes some of you say, “Well, I didn’t want to bother you. I didn’t want to come to you.” If it’s legitimate, come to me. I’m not going to turn you around. But if it’s regarding what color shoes you need to put on with that, now, you need to take that somewhere else. Amen, somebody.

The Lord told me this morning when I was in prayer . . . Because the woman of God that prophesied to me on Friday night, she said, “Be not weary in well doing.” And as I was praying this morning during intercessory prayer, the Lord spoke to me again and He said, “Be not weary in well doing.”

I said, “Alright, Lord. I’m going to go even the more extra mile.” I’m going to go the extra mile for you, because that’s why I’m here. That’s why I’ve been put in the earth. I understand that when I leave this place I’m believing God that I will have fulfilled my calling and my duty. I’m not worried about this shell. I’m not worried about it. I’m not. Because I love Jesus. And I know with whom I have to do. I know that Jesus loves me. So if I was to leave this earth today, just know that it is well with my soul. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Every head bowed and every eye closed. You may be somebody here today who has not experienced the Father’s love. You may be someone here today that’s not saved, or you may be unsure of your salvation. There’s no love like the Father’s love. He’ll come into your bedroom when you’re lonely and all alone, and He’ll let you know that everything is alright. He’ll hold you and comfort you. Oh yes, He’ll chasten you too, because He loves you.

So if you’re someone here today that’s looking for love, you’ve found it today. Because some of us have looked for love in all the wrong places, and all we found was heartache and pain. But Jesus is here for you today. And if you don’t know who He is, or if you’ve got off the path, and you want to get back on it, will you come down here today? Is there one?

If you’re saved (glory to God) so be it. If there’s things that you have done, and you need to just repent, so be it. But you know if you’re backslidden. You know there’s a difference. That meant that you’ve been living like out of character of God. Is there one today?

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