Ministry 4 Men and Families
No longer orphans without a spiritual Father.
The goal of this message is to uplift and encourage us in our daily walk as followers of the risen Christ. It is also to help remind us of who we are and whose we are in a world that is determined for us to forget that we are no longer of this world even though today we live and participate in it.
We are no longer orphans without a spiritual Father. We who were lost have been found. Chosen and adopted as sons with all the privileges of sonship Jesus had; the intimacy of a Father/Son relationship.
As sons and daughters of God, the Father, we are all given the rights of sonship. This is the right of inheritance, to be heirs and the ability to fully participate as partners in all that the Father has. Adam was the first created son who was given all the rights and privileges of a son.
When Eve and then Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, so they too could be like God their best friend, the cost was to forfeit their intimacy of fellowship and the partnership they had with all three persons of God. Since then all of mankind has longed for and is trying to find their way back into this relationship. Every religion that has a God centered focus has at the heart of it the accomplishment of this goal.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life because He is our path and model for this relationship with God, the Father. In the heart of all men is the desire to rekindle this intimate one on one relationship of Father and son with our God and Creator. Until we have this relationship we are all driven through the passions in our heart to accomplish becoming worthy and acceptable. This is how we are often lost in our own understanding of the truth God has for us.
For many of us, we have determined that we have "discovered" a path to God ourself whether we have others on the same path with us or not. Another choice is that we settle for the position of never being able to accomplish this and are doomed to be lost. As a result we never lose the orphan mentality of wanting to belong that is a hole in the heart of every man. This is why we are so adamant about our "truth" of God making the statement that we are no longer orphans.
In the book "Rooted In Christ" by Gary Stewart, a pastor for 45 years, he has written this:
" 'God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.' It is through Jesus Christ that we become completely reconciled to God because only through Christ will we discover God as our Father. The world began with a Father/Son concept: God (the Father) and Adam (His son - Luke 3:38). Adam fell in sin. Because of his fall
the orphan spirit has been (and still is) on the descendants of Adam (all mankind).
God then sent His Son Jesus to redeem and reconcile lost mankind to God; to reestablish the Father/son relationship with mankind which Adam lost. Jesus Christ (the Son) came to demonstrate how sons are to be related to the Father.
Jesus came to make the Father known.
Only the Father/Son can reestablish our Father/son relationship.
Therefore, get to know Jesus; become His disciple and you will be reconciled to God (the Father).
Jesus is the way to the Father!
Sonship is what the Father wants you to experience in your spirit;
not just know in your head."
1 Corinthians 15:45
“And so it is written: ‘THE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING,’the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
It is important to note the difference in the relationship between man and God in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The ability to hear and commune with God is available to all in the new covenant established by Jesus. In the Old Testament we read about men and woman of God who had the Holy Spirit come upon them and spoke as the voice of God to God’s people. However, this was not the constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit that we have today.
Many times there were years, even centuries between hearing God speak to His people through the prophets. In Jesus day it was thought He was the spirit of Elijah because it had been over 400 years from the time of Malachi, the last prophet in the Old Testament, to Jesus. They witnessed the miracles of the prophets of old for the first time and even adding one never done before. Walking on water was never seen before or told of in the Jewish Bible or in their oral traditions.
Today, the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children having received the spirit of sonship.
“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves great wealth for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything the father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.”
“And that is the way it was for us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you.”
It is when we understand that we are no longer orphans in our mind and accept this truth in our heart that we are able to act like a son. We are no longer driven to accomplish this gaining of acceptance, of being worthy with our daily rituals or in how we serve others so that we can be lovable. It is because God loves us unconditionally for who we are that we have value.
We can finally accept who we are and participate in the fullness of the Father/son partnership.
To accomplish this we take away the list of things to do and learn how to be. When we are in fellowship with God, the Father, we have placed God in the center of whatever we are doing at the time. The effort we strive for is to have this "God consciousness" at all times. This is just like anything else, it takes time and practice. I believe this is what Paul is referring to when he wrote of praying without ceasing. Regardless of where we are in our relationship, the intimacy of fellowship, partnering with God in all that we do is what Jesus is referring to when He instructs us to abide in Him and He will abide in us.
Just as in any relationship if we want it to grow we have to spend time with that person. God is no different. When we spend time with God in the intimacy of fellowship through the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and never leaves us, we are able to clearly hear the small still voice, the whisper of God when He speaks to us. This ability to hear happens when we are able to be still, abiding in the presence of God, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
I pray that each of us can know and accept more than we ever have before, the fullness of our God’s love and acceptance of us because of who we are as His child, not because of what we have or what we do. May each of us stand taller with confidence because of the value our God gives us through His unconditional love for each of us.
May their be an awakening of deeper intimacy with The Living God who cares too much to let us remain as we are; may we all enjoy our time and purpose in the valley as we help those around us experience the revelation of God’s love in a higher, wider, deeper and longer way.
May this be a new beginning, regardless of where we are in our relationship, of walking with a better understanding of the partnership our God and Creator offers us and wants for us. Amen
Thank you for letting us be a part of your faith journey as we each move upward and onward in our Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him. You are the blessing, it is not what you do.
Enjoy getting to know the real person God says you are, not who the world has told you to be.