Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Growing - Orphan spirit vs. Spirit of adoption
by Erik Momsen
Jesus was who He was because He knew His Father. He said He only did what He saw the Father doing and His bread was to do the Father's will. He spoke about "My Father" and said that He came to earth to show us the Father. His close personal relationship with the Father in Heaven drove many to hate and kill Him.
Humans mostly do not know their Heavenly Father. There is a persistent wound not even healed in the hearts of many believers. Malachi 4:6 states the desire of God's heart to "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse".
Possibly the most powerful parable in the Bible is that of the "prodigal son" who rejects his father and is yet lavishly welcomed on his return.
THE ORPHAN SPIRIT
Jesus knew His disciples would feel abandoned. While preparing his disciples for His death and the coming of the Holy Spirit, he tells them "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)
The orphan spirit comes from the deep wound of being abandoned. All have some degree of the orphan spirit. Those who were supposed to love you completely and unconditionally failed you and left a scare that said, "You are not worthy".
R.I. Holmes says; "So what are the hallmarks of an orphan spirit? - Inability to have lasting relationships - Hatred of authority, general distrust for leaders - General lack of direction for your life - Inability to make key, strategic decisions - Drawing near, then backing away from intimacy - A sense that they're just going to reject you anyway - A gnawing sense of failure, never quite good enough - An inexplicable drive to succeed, win, prove yourself.
Ras Robinson writes, "Feeling like an orphan can be debilitating. It has to do with sensing in your heart that you have no inheritance, no real heritage, no sense of security in feeling protected and that no one really cares about your destiny. Most people affected with feeling like an orphan also feel and fear abandonment".
WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
No matter how perfect our background and childhood, we only find our full worth as children of the Father. The gift of the Spirit of God to us does so much more than healing and tongues. It changes our nature, names and home.
Jephthah was the illegitimate son of Gilead and a prostitute. His half brothers say to him, "You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman" (Judges 11). Enter the orphan spirit. Disinherited, rejected, wounded in the house of his father.
Jephthah fled, and the Lord brought to him, like He did for David, an army. Then Ammon invaded Israel and the elders came to him, begging for help. They invited him back and accepted him as leader. Japhthah could have said, "But you drove me out, you hated me," but he rose above that orphan voice. He defeated the Ammonites, and Ephraimites (42,000 of them) and became judge over Israel for six years. No wonder Hebrews 11:32 says he was a man who "conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises". He overcame the orphan spirit and inherited.
"For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ." (Romans 8:15-17)
- Fear is not of God - fear of failure, rejection, unworthiness, inadequacy, incompetence. Fear drives but love draws.
- Our security is complete as we know who we belong to.
- The Spirit in us empowers us to say "My benevolent Father".
- Sons and daughters inherit the wealth of the Father.
- Confidence in knowing our Father negates people's opinion and approval.
- With Him on our side we live and love as the God of all creation does.
"Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ ..." (Ephesians 1:3-5)
- Believers already have every spiritual blessing - BELIEVE & TAKE IT.
- He chose us - made us holy in His sight by the blood of Jesus.
- An affirmation of the blessings God has given us - Spiritual blessings.
- God planned before creation that we be adopted.
In the USA, Australia and Canada an adopted child cannot not disinherited = receives equal to the surviving spouse.
Date Added: 2008-07-16
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