You're No Orphan
You're no orphan. You have a Father who is better than anything you or I have ever known. He is perfect in all His ways and He doesn't change. But if we have such a great Dad, why do many of us act as though we are orphans? I had to battle this a few years ago when the Lord revealed to me that I was living with an orphan spirit.
Now, having an orphan spirit does not mean that you think God isn't your Father. Having an orphan spirit means you don't walk in the authority of a son or daughter of God. When you have an orphan spirit you are fearful of the future because you don't feel God will take care of you or provide for your needs. You are also jealous when others succeed because you feel God is overlooking you. When you have an orphan spirit you feel alone and that God has forgotten you. You see, there are two ways we attain an orphan spirit.
1. You view God through the imperfect lens of your earthly father
No matter how amazing your earthly dad is he will always fall short of the perfection of God as our Father. You see Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." This includes your earthy father. Your dad isn't perfect... He needed/needs a savior just as you and I did/do. So it's honestly not fair to our dads for us to hold them to the standards of God the Father. They can't be and never will be because they are not God, so stop putting them in a position where they will always fall short. Instead of seeing God as a reflection of our earthly fathers, let's see our dads as a reflection of God the father!
2. You believe lies of the enemy
Many times we go through tough situations and as we are in the valley it seems the voice of the devil is much louder than that of God. Trust me, I know it is so hard to believe the truths of God when you are having lies hurled at you left and right. Lies like "He won't provide for me if I'm not doing A,B, and C" or "He won't protect me" or that "He will change at any minute." I'm also overwhelmed by the lies I've believed that He isn't a good Father. You see the devil loves to get us to believe these lies because when we do we won't walk in all the authority we have as God's child. It is so important for us to combat these lies with His truth. So, in order to shake off these lies, let's look at what the Word says about God our Father.
(Before you read these let's remember that the Word of God is living and active. Though it was written many years ago, it is still relevant and true today. If you believe it is all true then read these verses and let them sink in. This is who God says He is and He has always proven Himself to be these things. Allow the truth of these verses to drown out the lies you've believed about God.)
He Takes Care of our Needs
"Every good and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights..." James 1:17
"If you then, sinful as you are, know how to give good advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give what is good and advantageous to those who keep asking." Luke 11:13
"Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its produce." Psalm 85:12
He's Our Provider
"Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32
"I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or His descendants pleading for bread." Psalm 37:25
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Jesus Christ." Philippians 4:19
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the gentiles seek after all these things and your your heavenly Father knows that you need them." Matthew 6:31-32
"Consider the ravens; they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than birds?" Luke 12:24
He is Constant
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
"Trust confidently in the Lord Forever, For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock." Isaiah 26:4
" For I the Lord do not change..." Malachi 3:6
"God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it." Numbers 23:19
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful- for He cannont deny Himself." 2 Timothy 2:13
He is Our Protector
"The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He drove out the enemy from before you." Deuteronomy 33:27
"O God my strength, I will watch for You; For God is my stronghold [my refuge, my protector, my high tower]." Psalm 59:9
"To You O God my strength, I will sing praises; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows be lovingkindness." Psalm 59:17
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strenghten you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
"God our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
He Never Leaves You
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
" The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. "Do not me afraid; do not be discouraged.'"Deuteronomy 31:8
"No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. "as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" Joshua 1:5
When we begin to believe He is truly a good Father we begin to trust all He says and does and we walk in a new level of authority. (Take a moment and imagine all you'd do differently if you felt God was truly a good, good Father.) Maybe you'd pray for the sick and believe they would recover or you'd preach at that conference. Maybe you'd apply for that job or you'd tithe. Maybe you'd have that baby or move to the mission field. Maybe you'd stop stressing over your finances. Maybe you'd do something else, but let's stop thinking of the maybe's because you can do all of those things!
You see, when we asked Jesus into our heart we became part of His family and are now His children ("But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God," John 1:12). When you have a child, everything you have is theirs because of the inheritance they have in you. So because we are now God's children we have His inheritance. Everything He has is ours now merely because we are His children. Now, anything you could need is yours because He is the maker of it all. How freeing when we look at it that way!?
There is a song I love that says, "Chains are broken. Scales are on the floor. Truth is spoken. I'm no orphan anymore." (Listen to the whole song here.) Let these words wash over you today. You aren't an orphan. You aren't Fatherless. You are His child. You've been grafted in. Anything you need you have in Him. You don't have to beg for His acceptance. You don't have to beg for His love or for His forgiveness. It's all yours because You are His. Take a minute. Ask the Lord what He thinks of you as His child. Write those words down and anytime you feel like an orphan speak those words over yourself and remember: you're no orphan.