No Longer Orphans

One of the most damaging lies that Satan likes to tell, is that God gives us barely enough to survive this life. Most believers live feeling very alone, exhausted, and feeling like an orphan. When we’re used to living on life support for so long, it comes as a shock when the Spirit tells us who we really are in Him. That we are empowered in His Spirit with love and fullness of life and beauty and peace (the spirit of adoption)… and much more… For those living with an orphan spirit, we respond to God speaking like by saying, “That’s too good to be true.” 

Can you identify with that? I know I can. When we’re in the midst of this battle it’s much easier to accept how horrible we are than to embrace the wonder of Christ in us. 

Here’s the secret that Satan doesn’t want you to hear…

YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE. AND YOU ARE NOT WHO THE WORLD TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE. YOU ARE WHO YOUR FATHER SAYS YOU ARE. 

That means that in Him, you are far more than you think you are. But, the difference between us settling for having an orphan spirit and those who embrace a spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:15) is:

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we try to live for God.
Choosing to embrace that we are children of God, we live from God (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we may experience a visit from God every once in a while. Because, if we’re being honest, we don’t actually believe He will do much more.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we embrace that God is with us, and continually speaking to us, and live in God’s fullness (Eph. 3:18-19).

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we tend to get exhausted and run on empty a lot.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we live filled with God’s life… and though we get tired at times, His love fills us to overflowing (John 7:38).

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we get held back by the shame of the past or fear of the future.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we can get excited about our God given destiny (Jer. 29:11). 

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we tend to settle for the scraps from Satan’s table because we don’t believe God has given us any more.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we eat feasts at the Father’s table because in Christ we realize we are co-heirs with Him (Rom. 8:16). 

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we don’t ever feel like we are enough and usually long to be someone else… someone we think is better. 
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we know that we are already who we’re supposed to be (Ps. 139:13-18, Eph. 2:10 - in the Greek, this verse says each person is God’s “poiema” or artistic masterpiece).

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we don’t really feel like we have what it takes… and even if we do we are limited to what we can do.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we are filled with the Spirit of the Almighty, and that means we are no longer limited. It also means that every room we walk into, heaven walks in with us… The atmosphere changes… Why? Because heaven lives in our hearts (2 Cor. 3:17-18). 

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we feel like we must always perform and always prove ourselves. We always feel like we’re fighting for victory.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we’ve already won because Christ has won for us (Rom. 8:37). We have nothing to prove, His righteousness is now our righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). And His peace, our peace (Is. 26:3). 

Choosing to embrace the orphan spirit, we never feel like we fit. We always feel like no one likes us and we’re a square peg in a round hole.
Choosing to embrace our sonship or daughtership, we no longer worry about who likes us because we’re so full of love from the Father that we want to find who may need His love and pour it out on them. In other words, believing in who God says we are makes us others-centered instead of self-centered (1 John 4:19-21).

I’m not trying to separate us into two camps. And guilt trips never did anyone any good. I’m simply trying to differentiate the lie that Satan tries to get every Christian to believe, and the truth God empowers us to step into. 

But the question is - Will you and I choose to live with an orphan spirit, alone and barely surviving? OR, will we choose to say, “I am no longer an orphan, I am a child of God.”

Drew East