Chapter 4: Recovering Our Spiritual Inheritance

by Bill Johnson

While this chapter isn’t about sound, vibrations, or frequencies, we wanted to put Bill Johnson’s teaching on recovering our spiritual inheritance in this book because there are whole realms of insights that belong to the people of God we’ve failed to explore and, therefore, haven’t been leaving as a legacy for future generations. Bill Johnson explains when the Church stops “taking things forward,” a vacuum forms that the enemy fills. He emphasizes how crucial it is for us to recover lost “God truths” as an inheritance to future generations of  Christians.

We often speak of laying up a spiritual inheritance for future generations, but what exactly do we mean? What is an inheritance?

An inheritance in the natural can be anything a person values enough to leave to the next generation. It usually is either property or money and represents years and years of another person’s effort. If you receive an inheritance when you’re younger, say as a young, newly married adult, that inheritance can financially “jump start” your ability to have things that otherwise would have taken you years to attain. You might be able to buy a house, or live in a part of town only people higher up the corporate ladder can afford. You might be able to pay for your college education or buy a nice car. An inheritance allows you to start out ahead of where you would have been without it. With an inheritance, you receive for free what others worked to obtain.

A spiritual inheritance works the same way. It enables us to start our Christian life at spiritual levels that might normally have taken us years to reach. Another generation’s “ceiling” in God can become our spiritual “floor.”

However this is seldom what happens. The tragic record of history is that no revival has ever made it a priority to leave a spiritual inheritance to the next generation. That means each new revival started from scratch and only built for its generation, so we’ve only seen what one generation can accomplish in God. We’ve never seen the accelerated spiritual growth that comes from inheritance. We’ve never fully seen what a spiritual “jump start” can mean to the next generation.

Moves of God come and go and usually by the second or third generation the precious truths that the first generation embraced and fought so strongly to maintain have been either distorted or forgotten. Those who began in the move of God had no plan to pass on what they discovered to the ones who would follow them. So much of their revelation of God’s power, His presence and His ways died with them.

Unclaimed Mantles

There are anointings, mantles, revelations and mysteries that have lain unclaimed, literally where they were left, because the generation that walked in them never passed them on. I believe it’s possible for us to recover realms of anointing, realms of insight, realms of God that have been untended for decades simply by choosing to reclaim them and perpetuate them for future generations.

Proverbs says that a righteous man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. That means righteousness, when it has a true effect on your heart, forces you to see that your decisions today have a domino effect on multiple generations following you. My decision today will affect generations beyond me. How do I want to affect them?

Truth Should Always Move Forward

When truth came to the early Church, it was to increase and increase in the next generation. It was always meant to go only in forward motion, yet that didn’t happened. But we have an opportunity in this generation to grab the concept of spiritual inheritance and see, for the first time in church history, what it looks like. We have the opportunity to lay ourselves down for a generation we’ll never see, so they can build on our ceiling and take it to places we never had time to go.

We have a history of two thousand years of unusual things. None of them were to have been lost, but all maintained, and all built upon and expanded. Though I don’t have a clear enough perspective on history, I have this sense that because of the time of the Lord, the time that is left, this place where we are in the unfolding of history, we may be in a position that no other generation has ever been in. We may be the generation who actually carries things forward in God.

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  1. Jonathan Cavan says:

    Generational inheritance is very powerful…my experience has been that those that occupy the mountains of influence carry a rich generational inheritance that, in many cases has been subverted by the enemy. Over the last few months God has brought me illuminati members, people connected to the royal family, people related to Prime Ministers and to an Arch Bishop. These are influential people that have needed cleaning out and connecting to Papa. When this happens they re-occupy their positions as there generational line is re-claimed for God…they are then able to release Kingom into these Mountains.

  2. Peter Johnson says:

    I have heard Bill Johnson speak and respect him , however the last person I knew who believed in the illuminati was my uncle and he came to these views for distinctly not christian reasons in the 1930’s.
    I am open to change my views but currently I am off the oppionion a belief in the illuminati is sub christian

  3. I believe as a Jewish Believer who live in the Land and serve as missionary in the USA, that the most important issue of inheritance been taking away from us way the same reason Yeshua came to this world and is to bring the Hebrew understanding of the Kingdom of God. An inheritance the bridge as forgotten for the vibrations in the frequencies of the Hebrew Bible language can not me dismiss as part of Yeshua’s language and culture.

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