I remember when the shooting at the Orlando nightclub happened in 2016 and I felt the same feeling I did just a few days ago.. powerless, grieving, and in travail. Then God took me into a vision and I saw the heart of the gunman for a brief moment, a man living a secret life of shame and condemnation, searching for love, for something that would take it all away, wanting just to hear what his heart was longing for.. to know he wasn’t a mistake, unworthy, and unlovable. The same thing the shooter in Ulvalde would have been wrestling.
They were both orphans like I was. I didn’t know the Father. In my teens, my life was a mess and it’s only because of encountering the Father that my life turned around. It was then that God showed me how this is a generation that have not been fathered and a fatherless generation is one that finds their identity and worth in diversions and perversions of who they were made to be. You can trace most dysfunctional issues in society today to the lack of real fathering, from abortion, to gender confusion, pornography, and domestic violence.
What’s my point? I guess it’s just a small one I want to ring loud and clear and live out for the rest of my life.
We need more fathers. I mean real fathers. I mean Godly men who would go to war against the spirit of this age for the sake of this generation in the crossfire, and for the sake of the generations to come. Fathers who live to find those who are crumbling into destruction and simply need to hear the words “You matter, you are valuable, you are a gift!”
“He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:6
Author: Nate Johnston
Nate and his wife Christy host online courses to train, equip and empower people as they walk through deep inner healing, identity issues. They release regular encouragement and prophetic words to the body of Christ through social media and create simple, bible-based books and resources to help edify and empower the body of Christ to walk in their full authority and identity as Sons and Daughters of the King.