Fresh Hope – 10th October 2018

My grandma was made an orphan. My great grandmother died giving birth to my grandma. When my grandmother was only four years of age, her father then also died in a motorbike accident. If it weren’t for my great great grandmother who then adopted and raised my grandma and her sisters, my grandma would have been sent to an orphanage. My grandma’s life, and the generations to follow her were changed because of adoption.

Adoption is a powerful privilege. To be made a son and daughter, when you are parentless is the ultimate act of redemption and restoration. We were once orphans too. Not necessarily in the natural, but spiritually. We were lost and insecure, BUT our heavenly father then adopted us. We went from no protection, no comfort, no security, no inheritance, no provision and no identity, to all protection, all strength, all provision, and restored identity.

Scripture reaffirms the power of our adoption in Galatians, ‘…In Christ, I am no longer an orphan but his child: “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons(Galatians 4:4–5).

In fact, scripture says that God preplanned that we would be made sons and it would be His pleasure! ‘He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will(Ephesians 1:5).

Since we are children of God, we live like it!

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father’ (Romans 8:15).

If we aren’t living as sons and daughters, we are still acting like orphans.  An orphan is very insecure and fearful. An orphan doesn’t yet understand that they are a child of a loving parent. An orphan struggles with worth and identity. There are Christians that don’t quite understand that they are no longer orphans, but are now children of God! They are no longer slaves, but are sons!

Being a child of God means we have access to all that was available to God’s other son – Jesus! Everything that Jesus was able to tap into – healing, connection with God, miracles, and freedom in ALL areas – is also available to us as children of God. We share in his inheritance. Romans 8:17 says, ‘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’.

Don’t live with an orphan mindset. Live knowing that you have been chosen, won, and are loved deeply by your heavenly Father.

Emma Burchell

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