Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hopelessness - Identifying the Orphan Spirit - Day 11

Day 11 - Spirit of Hopelessness

Read Hebrews 2:14-15

Christians can often be the loudest promoters of hopelessness. Stop and consider how often you pass a church and is yard sign is either negative or condemning. Or both.

In a world of brokenness and despair, Believers have somehow decided that the best way to win the lost is to pile more condemnation, worries and fear to the already overwhelming burdens so many carry.

Satan stands at the gates of the Kingdom proclaiming his messages of fear and doubt – and we, the sons and daughters, are listening. Not only listening, but relaying his message - and pulling more and more of the church into our shared slavery to fear and despair.

The Orphan Spirit has little to look forward to. His future is bleak and offers more of the same – or worse. Though a child of the King, the Orphan Spirit lives a powerless Christian life on this earth. His only hope is that Jesus will come back soon to rescue His children from the brokenness of the world.

Jesus’ death wasn’t simply to offer us a free ticket to Heaven. No! His death was a victory over Satan, himself! The truth of the matter is that Satan has already been defeated and we are fighting from victory! We have the upper hand because of the Cross!

Ask yourself:

§  Do my fears disrupt my daily life?

§  Do I have dreams and goals for my future?

§  What dreams have I given up because of hopelessness or fear?

§  Were those dreams a calling God put in my heart?

§  Can God be trusted with my life? 

§  What areas do I need to trust Him more?

§  What am I missing out on because of the lies Satan is telling me?

§  How can I be a catalyst of hope in my own church?

I believe that God the Father is inviting His children to stop looking out the Kingdom walls at all that Satan is doing and instead, turn our eyes towards Him – our Abba Father.

Have we taken the time to learn who He is?

Have we stopped to consider what He is doing?

Have we asked what life He intends for us to live?

Get to know your Abba – He is your hope!

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