What does the Father say about you?
Genesis 1:27 - "You are made in God's image." (NIV)
Isaiah 43:1 - "You belong to your Father." (NIV)
Ephesians 1:3-8 - "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has 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, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." (NIV)
Ephesians 3:14-21 - For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
1 John 3:1 - "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (NIV)
Your Father sees you. He sees your contribution. He notices.
Your Father is proud of you.
Knowing you are right before God - Romans 5:1
Knowing the difference between conviction and condemnation - Romans 8:1
Knowing the difference between being humbled and humiliated - 1 Peter 5:5-6
You have a plan and a purpose - Jeremiah 29:11.
You have the promise of intimacy with your Father - James 4:8.
You have hope - Romans 15:13.
Characteristics of The Orphan Spirit (the one who lives without boundaries)
- Assumes they are over-looked and forgotten
- Lonely - wears this
- Rejected - lives this out
- Independent - fend for self
- Rebellious attitude toward leaders
- Over-sensitive to correction
- Dwells with comparison and competitiveness
- Deceptive - presents one way, feels another
- Hoards comfort - leading to addictions
- Striving for acceptance
Example of Living with the Orphan Spirit
- The Prodigal brother of Luke 15:28-32