Last week we saw a heart of sonship releases to us a continual abiding in the Father’s love, an experience of being placed in His presence. (Romans 8:15)
When we have not had this experience or the struggles with having the heart of a spiritual orphan cause us to lose this experience, we battle the curse of fatherlessness.
Without Sonship There’s a Curse
Mal.4:5, 6 — Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 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.
This curse is over every nation, it’s the curse of fatherlessness. The world is full of rebels, people using other people to get what they want. People who cannot submit. Even Christians that become angry when God does not meet their expectations.
The Rat Race
“A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of lab rats racing through a maze to get the ‘cheese’ much like society racing to get ahead financially.” — Wikipedia
Countless people in business have sacrificed their relationships with their families to “get ahead,” to be a success. People in ministry often struggle with this even more. Bible schools in many places actually teach that we need to be willing to sacrifice our families for the sake of the Gospel. Our children then grow up and often want nothing to do with God because of what they’ve experienced in an absentee father who gave it all for the ministry.
Our identity gets tied up in doing whatever it takes to be successful. We are in the Rat Race. However, if you win the Rat Race, that makes you the number 1 Rat! You end up old and lonely. Is that what we really want?
The orphan spirit is often a man with a hurt little boy on the inside of him, angry at never being fathered (never being made to feel safe, loved, and accepted).
The orphan heart means you feel like you don’t belong – at work, school, the church you attend. It continuously pushes you into striving to attain, to be something, to feel okay about yourself.
God wants you to feel “at home” in love where you have a sense of, “I’m valued, I belong, I’m accepted.” Not many have come into this deep of a rest. It starts with receiving the Father’s love and it continues by receiving and embracing a heart of sonship.