Romans 8:15 (TLB) And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father.”
I am adopted. Actually, not in the legal realm, but in the spiritual realm. I am a Child of God. No longer a cringing, fearful slave to an overwhelming, foreboding God who sits in heaven with a mallet waiting to knock me down for every failure like a Whack-A-Mole game at the local arcade. Yet too often Christians who have received ridiculous freedom and favor live life under the weighty heaviness of the Law without rhythms of amazing grace carrying them through the purpose, plan and prosperity of God. I have come to understand that this is an orphan spirit that keeps us from truly standing in the Love of God and all its miraculous potential. It is a mindset to be broken so that overflowing abundance in every fruitful endeavor will be our everyday experience.
Am I living in bondage to the orphan spirit? Friend, with full transparency, I will admit that I have lived this way most of my life without realizing it. The characteristics of this lifestyle include:
- Lack of emotional identity creating a need to create our own identity through something we do.
- A feeling of not belonging no matter how ingrained in a social group.
- Living in a continuous cycle of fear, anxiety and insecurity.
- An independent spirit shrouded in false self-confidence that allows hidden pain and denial of it.
- Constant concern regarding provision and protection.
- Feelings of abandonment, rejection, isolation, loneliness and alienation.
- To be performance driven.
- To lack self-esteem.
- To be deeply rooted in self-preservation.
- To live in competition with others and continual comparison.
- Operates out of fear and insecurity.
Can you relate to any, some or all of these traits? The enemy has uses the lie against us creating slavery to old emotions, feelings and insecurities to keep us from entering a right relationship with God as our Father. It is the orphan spirit that stagnates the renewing of our mind with an old identity. Christians who struggle with father rejection (natural or spiritual), people pleasing, fear of failure, and even fear of success are slaves to the orphan spirit because it keeps us from a right or righteous relationship with God as our Father. Why? “We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.” (I John 4:18)
Romans 7:22-25 (TLB) I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.
I love Romans 7 and am so thankful Paul decided to be transparent about sin. Slavery to sin is not God’s Will for us and must be overcome. Sin is not just the obvious abominations clearly defined by God’s Word. It is every mindset contradictory to His Word. It is every act of disobedience even those partial and delayed. God has given the Life of His Son – Jesus to pay the price of our sin, free us from a life of servitude to sin, and to make us His Sons and Daughters. He has an expectation of us that is not in our doing but our becoming that must not be overlooked. Enslavement to anything that hinders our freedom given to us by Christ is a sin that must be dealt with severely.
John 1:12 (TLB) Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them.
Only a few would welcome and receive Jesus. To those who do receive Him, they are given the right to become Children of God. The requirement – to trust Him to save them. An orphan spirit is bent on saving themselves because too many trust fall fails. I will only participate in a trust fall challenge if I am completely confident in the one who stands behind me and responsible for catching me. The list of people that includes is very small. I have trust issues that arise from an orphan spirit that I am learning to overcome. Do you? We must learn to trust the Lord with our whole heart especially the broken parts. The ravaged pieces left behind by people, sin, and suffering. Why? “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to!” (Ephesians 1:5) The adoption process of God and the price He paid for us was all because He wanted to. He didn’t have to love you. God chose to love you and include you in His Family.
Romans 12:2 (TLB) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.
God has adopted you and given you an amazing opportunity to be a new and different person. The one who He created you to be to fulfill the calling in your life and achieve a purpose that will satisfy your heart, mind, will and emotions completely. But slavery to sin must be exchanged for a robe of righteousness in order to complete the transformation process. I love the promise that you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you. Jesus came to give you a rich and satisfying life that the enemy will stop at nothing to steal, kill and destroy. A mindset caused by this debilitating orphan spirit will do just that if not dealt with swiftly and completely. It drags us back to our “Egypt” and “wildernesses” over and over to relive past mistakes. It isolates us. It violates us. It keeps us from all the benefits that Christ died for us to have. We must allow God’s Word to change how we view ourselves. I am a Child of God. You are a Child of God. We must learn to live like it. His Word changes our mind. Prayer reinforces it into our mind, spirit, body and soul. His Spirit weaves it through our DNA. Fasting starves the lie and feeds the Truth. Friend, God has great things for you because He is a Good Father. Tell the devil that your Father is bigger than his lie and give him the boot today. Repentance will do the trick. God loves you. His Love will change your mind about yourself if given the opportunity. Make today your Adoption Day!
Galatians 4:4-6 (TLB) But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born as a Jew, to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own sons. And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.