Read 1 John 3:1
Our Father God knows us intimately – but He longs for us to know Him as well. Many people have asked how to know when God is speaking to them. This question always brings to mind an illustration we have done with our youth group.
Consider this – suppose you are in a large room of people. Everyone is talking and you are blindfolded. You are told to go find your dad. You listen to the noise and soon you hear your name called. You immediately dismiss it, because you know that wasn’t your father. Soon everyone in the room is saying your name, but there’s that one voice – that tone you recognize so well... your dad.
For some of us, the sound of his voice brings discomfort due to a painful childhood. For others, hearing your dad call your name evokes love and anticipation. Earthly fathers are often how we envision our Heavenly Father – and that can be helpful, but it isn’t always accurate.
Our Abba Father is a good Father. Satan tries to distort our view of Him – from day one he had Eve doubting God’s character. If he did that to Eve, we can know and expect that he will do that to us as well.
When a child is adopted, it’s important for the parent and child to spend time together to build a bond that cannot be broken. Our adopted Father is always ready to spend time with you and I – it is vitally important for us to take time with Him. He’s always with you – be aware of His presence and soon you will recognize His voice – no matter how many other things are calling out for your attention.
Do I acknowledge that I have been adopted in the Kingdom of God?
Do I live like I am a child of the King?
What area do I struggle in the most?
How do I plan to change me?
We’ve studied many aspects of the Orphan Spirit and hopefully we have reached a place where we can acknowledge who we are in Christ.
Adopted. Forgiven. Loved. Free.
Do you belong?
Yes, you do. We all have a unique role within the Kingdom. Knowing this, may we choose to love one another well as we celebrate the new life we now enjoy as sons and daughters of the King.
Thank you for joining me on this 16 day journey of Identifying the Orphan Spirit. I'd love to hear from you. You can comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more in-depth study, I recommend reading All the King's Orphans and the correlating Study Guide.
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