Spirit of SonshipMoving from being Orphans to being Sons Based on the teaching of James Jordan
We are meant to be sons, not orphans • A revelation of the Father will change everything in your life. • If you allow the revelation of the Father to touch every area of your life, He will deal with your fears, insecurities and pain, because He will not leave you. • God is a Father by nature. He is Love by nature. • I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
Roots of Spiritual Orphans - I • Isaiah 14:12-16 – King of Babylon • Satan and the Five Ambitions of Sin • I will ascend to heaven • I will raise my throneabove the stars of God • I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north • I will ascendabove the heights of the clouds • I will make myself like the Most High - I will displace God the Father and I will be the highest being in the universe.
Root of Sin • Satan wanted to make himself like God, or above God, because of self-serving pride. • We still put our desires above His desires for our life and go our way and not God’s way.
Roots of Spiritual Orphans – II • Ezekiel 28:12b-19 – the King of Tyre • Satan’s ambition was to displace God – maybe even to kill God. So, Satan was cast out of heaven – what was he cast out of? • The Father’s presence • Heaven = love of God, love of Father • An eternity joy and glory. He was cast into an eternity of hell & suffering • Satan was cast out of the Father’s love • Satan decided he did not want God as his Father and he became the first and the ultimate spiritual orphan.
Orphans No Home No Inheritance Fight for everything – no presents No name – belonging to a family Sons Knows how to be at home Inheritance Gifts Bears the name of his father Values of orphan life
The Creation of Man • Genesis 2:7 • God forms Adam from the dust. God breathed into Adam – Father kissed his son and life came in. • In the first seconds of Adam’s life, he has amazing love expressed to him: • Touched - Father leant over him and breathed into Adam’s nostrils – the first heavenly kiss • Saw - Father’s eyes – looking into the face of love • Heard - Father’s voice (affirmation)
The Garden • What was the garden like? Bathed in Love, absolute confidence, joy, peace. It was heaven on earth, with love oozing out of it. • The woman was also created. She did not have a name until after the fall. They are both called Adam until Genesis 3:20-23. Adam and Eve have total unity together and with their Father. • Then Satan’s Trap was set. • Eve loved God and wanted to be like him. Eve took from the tree & ate it – then Adam ate and then their eyes were open. • The trap was sprung and sprung for life. Adam and Eve had no idea of death. Life will never be the same. The consequences were devastating but there was no going back on it. • The consequences are now set in place.
The Expulsion • Genesis 3:20-24 • If they keep sinning everything that is good in them will rot. There will never be an end to the path of destruction if they eat from the tree of life. • God in his love cannot bear to see them going down a spiral of sin upon sin and so he has to make them leave the garden. It is the best of two impossible decisions. • God the Father comes and in His love for Adam and Eve, banishes them from the garden. They cannot see that He banished them because He loves them. He drove them out. Adam and Eve had the greatest broken heart that the world has ever seen. They had felt perfect love but now they are pushed out, dragging their heels, trying to stay. • Adam blamed Eve for the sin. How would Eve have felt about this? They were so one, that they couldn’t even sin individually. Adam was with her – “at her elbow”, when she took of the fruit. From that point on the relationship between man and women was broken. They walked out of the garden as two individuals. They walked out into fear, struggle, pain, and emptiness. They were walking out of Father’s love and became Fatherless.
An Unholy Alliance • Ephesians 2:1-3 • As they walked out, an unholy alliance was formed between Adam & Eve and the ultimate orphan spirit – Satan • All of us were in Adam & Eve as they walked out of the garden. Through the generations we all have walked out into orphan ways. • Now we fight for everything, do it yourself, looking after yourself, get what you can get when you can get it. “I want what I want, when I want, and I want it now!” • We live in an orphan world.
The Father’s Heart • How do you think God the Father felt as he watched them? His Children are suffering. He would rather it was Him than us. God the Father knows the future of the human race, this orphan life, the pain and suffering, wars, starvation, broken marriages, poverty etc. • The Father wants to love them to life. There is a tornado of love for his children building in Him and is was ready to burst. • So, He sent representation, prophets, kings, poets, men of God, but no-one could represent who the Father was really like, until the Father asked Jesus to come. When Jesus came, He only did and said what the Father was doing and saying. • I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19 • For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me told me what to say and how to say it. John 12:49
The Father’s Heart • The gospel is not about us giving our life to Christ and having a blessed life, it’s about a Father who lost his kids and would do anything to get them back. He wants to love the orphan spirit out of you and introduce you to your true Father. Just look into his eyes. Take yourself back into the garden and imagine you are Adam waking up for the first time. This is your inheritance.