February 9, 2020
John 14:18-20 (TPT)
18 “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you![n] 19 Soon I will leave this world and they will see me no longer, but you will see me, because I will live again, and you will come alive too. 20 So when that day comes, you will know that I am living in the Father and that you are one with me, for I will be living in you.
Who we become in Christ is dependent on what we focus on. (New Man or Old Man)
You must discern whose voice you are listening to and the thoughts you are receiving.
Every time the Father speaks He speaks out of love.
The father of lies is a legalist. He deceives you. He questions / uses truth to try to deceive us.
Every thought we receive and dwell on impacts our future.
Every voice you listen to determines your inheritance.
If you are a child of God, you are joint heirs with Jesus Christ. What is His is mine.
Inheritance is not for orphans – it’s for sons!
Romans 8:15-18 The Passion Translation (TPT)
15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,”[a] leading you back into the fear of never being good enough.[b] But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,”[c] enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”[d]
16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”
17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has.[e] We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings[f] as our own.[g]
The mindset of a son vs the mindset of an orphan
Acceptance vs rejection
Receiving vs. Transacting
Relational vs. functional
Every day our prime objective is to receive –
1. God’s view of us.
2. His purpose for us.
3. His thoughts toward us.
Universal Problem: Not one of us are born into this world as mature sons and daughters. We are all born with an orphan spirit. We are all born as orphans. We can be born again, spirit filled, and yet still have an orphan mindset.
Many have been introduced to the Father and His but you can’t receive His love and enjoy His presence. You can legally be a son or daughter but still live your life as if you don’t have a home –
You cannot cast out an orphan heart. You can only introduce the love of a Heavenly Father.
Heb. 12.7 (NKJV) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Heb. 12.8 (NKJV) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons
Two categories of Children of God.
1. Those living their lives knowing their Father and are enjoying His love.
2. Those living their lives as if they don’t belong and aren’t fully accepted by God.
The orphan heart always feels like you’re on the outside looking in.
Never fully belong or feel accepted.
He feels he has no:
· place of affirmation,
· or affection.
· and inwardly isolated,
· he has no one from whom to draw Godly inheritance.
Therefore, he has to:
· and earn everything he gets in life.
It easily leads to a life of anxiety, fears, and frustration.
o Orphans live as if they do not have a home or a Father. Orphans live with a feeling that they do not have a safe and secure place where they are affirmed and protected, where they find identity and a place of belonging in the Father’s love.
o Orphans minded believers strive to earn a place in the environment they are in; Sons rest in the place that has been freely given.
o Orphans minded believers are self-preservers not sure who is going to care for them thus they fend for themselves; Sons are dependent upon their Father because they know He loves them.
o Orphans minded believers are always out to prove something, mainly two things – “I’m good enough, so please pick me” & “I can do this on my own”; Sons are rejoicing that they have been accepted fully.
o Orphans live with walls that surround and protect them; Sons and daughters have allowed God to break down those walls and learn to love and to be loved.
The first orphan ever was Lucifer when he was expelled from Heaven.
Eve was deceived into orphan thinking,
“You will be like the Father”.
“Just do it the way you want to do it.”
“Eat of the wrong tree.”
They went into hiding and did not want to fellowship with Him.
**As parents we know when our children are lying to us. We know when they are hiding from us because they close off their heart
The Father LOVES to cover you – God took an animal and made clothes from the skin.
· will not take responsibility (Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed satan)
· blame others
If you chose orphan thinking you have to leave the garden of the Father’s love.
Galatians 4:6-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)
6 And so that we would know for sure that we are his true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts—moving us to cry out intimately, “My Father![a] You’re our true Father!”
7 Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!
First Relationship then Ministry:
“This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus was first affirmed by the Father’s love before He started His ministry.
First the Great Commandment before the Great Commission!
After you receive the Father’s love you are led into the wilderness to make sure that all you need is really only the Father’s love.
Satan will do everything to try and steal from you your sonship. He will come to you with orphan thinking.