It is self-sufficiency, an independent spirit, a drive for recognition, and the gaping cavern of fear that identifies the spirit of an orphan.
Once adopted, she is given a name, her needs are supplied, gifts - abundant and cherished. She is given rights to her home... rights to feast on its wealth of goodness and she rests easy in a new-found security that she is forever loved.
How foolish, we would say, if she were to live as an orphan within her father's house.
Foolish... yet, the spirit of the orphan runs rampant among us... leaving us exhausted, alone and scared. It whispers, "You're not safe enough... you don't have enough... you're not loved enough. You. will. never. be. enough."
Daughters of Christ - rise up out of your huddled masses. Remove the shelters of self-sufficiency you've created... they are little more than broken cardboard boxes on the plush carpets of God's living room floor. Why stockpile scraps for tomorrow, when your AbbaDaddy invites you to feast bountifully with Him every day?
When He gave you His name, He gave you rights to live (TO LIVE) as His child - not to simply exist in His kingdom.
Run to His kitchen - open the refrigerator! Dig in! You are His child and He is giving you access to all that is His.
Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love.
Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.
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