Some people struggle to find an experience of being loved by God. Others do experience God’s love but can’t seem to maintain it. Fears, worries, and anxieties quickly return.
Many times the problem is a sonship issue, a struggle with having the spirit of a spiritual orphan.
So first, let me define what I mean by an “experience” in God’s love.
Finding the Father’s Love – Feeling At Home in Love
The first time I was around my wife Cyndi (at that time my girlfriend) and her parents I was shocked. Nobody was afraid. Cyndi was very clearly not afraid of her dad. She seemed relaxed, talking, sharing, laughing. She was “at home” in her earthly father’s love. I was still learning to have an experience like this.
Are you “at home” in God’s love?
- A place you feel so loved, so safe, so accepted and valued.
- A sense you belong.
- No feeling that you have to do good enough.
- No sense that others are on the inside, accepted, but you’re on the outside.
- No sense you might accidentally say the wrong thing and get “the look” of irritation that communicates you do not measure up.
There came a point in my Christian life where I experienced God’s love. If your struggling with this, get this series on the Father’s Love and it will help.
After awhile, I discovered, I struggled to maintain God’s love. The fears came back.
The Orphan Spirit
I remember being on a ministry trip to Tampa, Florida with Jack Frost of Shiloh Place. It was a conference on the Father’s love. Yet I was having a panic attack. My mind started racing with all the problems I saw in my life that seemingly had no solutions. My heart was beating harder, my breathing became shallow, I felt adrenaline and knots in my stomach.
When I saw clouds in my life and everything wasn’t going my way, I would panic; fear would return and I would struggle to trust my Father’s love. Orphan thinking would pull me from being “at home” in His love.
Some people study all the books and CDs on the Father’s love. They come to the conferences, receive prayers – but just can’t get the Father’s love. They continue to live life as if they didn’t have a home.
The Stronghold: knowing how to have the heart of a son.
The Answer: needing sonship introduced to the heart.
Malachi Captures It
Malachi 4:5, 6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
As you begin to embrace a spirit on sonship in your heart you begin to live more continuously in the Father’s love. In the next post we will consider these verses in Malachi more closely.