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The Orphan Spirit

Mike Connell

Sermon Notes

1. Introduction
Story of Hosea and Gomer – Hosea 1 – 2
Gomer (to fail, come to an end) runs away in spite of the love Hosea has for her.
She believes she is unlovable, undeserving of love.
She sabotages her relationship with Hosea – proving what she believes.
Core belief: I am unlovable – root of negative behaviour, addictions, ‘performance’.
God reveals His Amazing Grace through Hosea – His unquenchable love for Gomer.

Jn 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans”.
- Jesus came to reveal the Father and His Love and heart for people.
- Jesus spoke the words His Father gave Him.
- God calls people orphans – ones without a Father.
- Jesus promises - not to leave you orphans = send Spirit of Father
to live in you.
- To resolve the issue of being orphans by being
united with the Father.

2. Origins of Orphan Spirit

(a) Lucifer
Is 14:12-15 Lucifers 5x “I Will” – I will be like the Most High.
Ezekiel 28:12-16 Lucifer – cast as a profane thing from the mountain of God
He lived in the garden of God – the presence and glory of God, the Father.
He rejected the Father hood of God and His positioning.
He was cast out of the Father’s presence, love, glory.
He was rejected, abandoned, judged, with no hope of restoration.
He became the original orphan, the source of the orphan spirit.

(b) Adam
Gen. 2:7-8, 21
(i) God formed Adam (v7)
- All other areas of creation God spoke into existence – “let there be”.
- God did no ‘speak’ Adam into existence. God formed man.
- Form = to squeeze into shape like a potter models the clay.
- He used His own hands to shape and form a human being in His likeness.
- Formed a perfect adult human – perfectly functioning body – without life.
(ii) God breathed into Adam’s nostrils (v7)
- God kissed Adam – came near to him and imparted His breath – His life.
- Adam suddenly came alive – a living soul in a body – able to experience.
- He became conscious, alive – personality awoke, memory and experiences start.
- Brain had immense capacity to think, image, reason (we only use 10%).

(iii) Adam’s first experience – Father’s Love
- Adam opened his eyes for the first time – first experience – first feelings and sensations.
- What experience? Father’s face – smiling with approval and love.
- Small fragrance of His presence – looked into the face of God – face of love.
- First experience was the face, and love, and touch, of God the Father.
- Jn 17:3 “This is eternal life that they know the Father …”
- Adam looked into the love of God.

(iv) Relational Unity
- God called their name Adam – Gen 5:1
- Adam and Eve walked in love, oneness, unity – experiencing glory and love of God.
- No experiences of pain, rejection, sorrow – lived in Kingdom – love, peace, joy.
- Daily intimacy and oneness with Father and with each other.

(c) The Temptation and Fall
Gen. 3:6 – 10
Satan the original orphan – hates God and hates the family of God – destroyer.
He set a trap for Adam and Eve – “be as God knowing …”
He formed the lie = there is life to be found outside of God.
Immediately Adam followed his wife into sin.
- Loss of Glory
- Experience guilt, shame, fear of punishment
- Disfigured by sin
Example of Lord of Rings – Gollum.
Lust for power – corrupted and changed him – grossly disfigured.

(d) Consequences of Fall – ‘Orphaned’
Gen. 3:20-24 God drove them out of the Garden
- Confronted them
- Called to account
- Made a promise to them
- Clothed them
God still loving and compassionate
Could not allow them to continue to live forever progressively disfigured.
Drove = to force out from a possession, divorce.
Adam and Eve were stunned emotionally, spiritually – in shock!
Never experienced this before – lost their relationship with Father – orphaned.
- No sense of home or belonging
- No name, identity, words of affirmation
- No inheritance gifted
- No source of provision, discipline
- Alone – having to perform, fight, compete for everything
- Subject to world system governed by the devil – look after No.1, compete
- Roots – rejection, abandonment, shame, fear, bitterness, loneliness
When people grow up in this system they think it is normal – Way of Life.
Jesus Promise – John 1:12, John 14:18, Romans 8:15.