Many people are suffering from an orphaned spirit. But what is it? People with an orphaned spirit usually have a lifelong wrestle with feelings of depression, rejection and low self-esteem. They find it difficult to believe that they can truly be loved by anyone, including God. They are often manipulative and problematic, and suffer from addictions, and failing relationships, and fear getting close to others because they might be rejected, so they reject the other person first. And they struggle to believe God's promises are for them, and wrestle to receive them for themselves.
Does this sound familiar? Do you struggle with these very same problems as described above? If so, you are not alone. Many of God's people have come from painful backgrounds, and don't understand what's wrong in life. Oftentimes, the reason for their suffering is that they are living with an orphaned spirit.
You do not have to be physically orphaned to suffer from an orphaned spirit. Perhaps, you never knew your earthly father, because either he was nonexistent within the family unit, or maybe he was there physically, but not there emotionally. Perhaps, your mother or father or both abandoned the family. Maybe they were very abusive or uncaring to you. Regardless of the situation, the pain was and is very real and controls your daily life and hinders your ability to be happy again.
I was recently ministering in a church, and from the moment I walked in, I could sense an orphaned spirit. As I was sharing our son's amazing testimony about how we raised him from the dead, and by faith, believed and received a new heart, lungs, kidneys and a new brain for him from the goodness of our God, the Lord gave me this underlying message in the midst of this very powerful testimony about being set free from an orphaned spirit. Our son was orphaned from the time of conception inside of his birth mother's womb. She truly did not want him and tried to end his life via abortion attempts but could not succeed. We received him when he was just one day old; we gave him a name, loved and cared for him, and fought to adopt him, and after many years, his adoption was complete. Our son is no longer orphaned, nor does he have an orphaned spirit.
When I gave the altar call almost half, if not more, of the congregation came forward. It was an amazing moment to witness so many of God's people take the initial steps to freedom from an orphaned spirit.
And for those of you that have suffered a difficult past, and have struggled for many years because of it, there is hope and freedom from an orphaned spirit. His name is Jesus. And He gave all He had for you because He loves you and wants you. And fought the enemy, Satan, to purchase you with His blood and adopt you into His family.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of slavery again to fear. But you have received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him" (Rom. 8;14-17).
As I have said to many of the children in our children's home over the years, "You can't go back into the past and change what has happened, but you can overcome the bondage of the stronghold it has over you. It's like an old, worn-out shoe that you need to remove and throw it away in the trash, and not pick it out of the garbage and wear again. Throw it away, and now walk in the authority that Jesus gave to you to overcome all hurts, past and present."
I come before You with this great hurt from my past, and I give it to You. I choose to walk away from it, and never turn back to it. The truth of my past hurts, and I call upon Your healing balm of Gilead to heal these emotional wounds. And I know I need to do one more thing—forgive. And so by faith, not by feelings, I forgive the person or persons that have so wounded me. And I forgive them because Your Word tells me to do so. In obedience to You, I forgive and I not only forgive, but I release (name of person or persons) from my bitterness and from my revenge. And because I forgive and release (name of person or persons) from my bitterness and revenge, I am now forgiven of my own sins and free from the bondage of the past. Thank You, Father God, for accepting me into Your family.