Lost in lies of separation, orphan mindsets look through religious eyes at security and confidence in union with God and see arrogance and blasphemy. Just as Jesus was crucified so shall we be persecuted because of the Truth that has set us free. It is not the world who persecuted Christ they embraced Him. It was those who believed they knew God because of their works. They looked in Scripture for what they must do, but Scripture did not point to more works, it pointed to the Author, it testified of Him. So too today we see a Book that points us to an Author. And as these traditions are broken off, we will once again see the heart of an orphan that killed his brother Abel. And this was the child of the enemy.
Orphanism then is the ultimate tool of the enemy and the number one opposer of freedom that God is revealing through His sons and daughters. It is the thought that if it’s to be, it’s up to me. It removes a good God from the equation and replaces works out of fear. It places doing above being. And it denies inheritance forgetting everything the Father has is theirs. Instead it looks with jealous eyes at the prodigal who has returned to fellowship and wishes it can be so for them. This is the importance of love. This is the importance of family. That we who have been set free, might turn around and invite others into the family, breaking off the lies of the orphan and sweeping through this Earth to make disciples of our Father’s Kingdom. This is why the tools and weapons of our warfare are spiritual and not carnal. Because flesh begets flesh, but spirit begets spirit. It is our love in the face of persecution that shows an orphan how valuable they really are.
Jesus was the perfect example for us to live with the Father and the Spirit inside of us. Yet, we never see Him praying to the Father to heal. We see Him doing all of the healing and commanding all the sickness.
He slept through a storm that threatened His disciples. He woke up and commanded it to be still. Yet, how often do we say oh it’s God’s will for that storm? God sent that storm because of their sin or because of His “great plan”. But Jesus only did what He saw His father doing. And He told that storm to silent down!
Far too many believers have been devastated by the attacks of the enemy, but the one that I believe has done the most damage is from the religious spirits. They say that God has some “higher purpose” in letting loved ones die. That God is more concerned about sin than love, etc etc.
But then we see the people who are the most religious, with the loudest and fiercest opposition of sin, living lives void of love. Is it any wonder that the world has thrown up its hands? Said that they want nothing to do with our God? Even creating fables in the guise of wisdom to prove His non-existence?
It’s just persecution?
After the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples Peter went up and gave his first sermon. So filled with passion and purpose 3000 came to know Jesus in all His glory. Yet, have we also noticed that these are the same men who crucified Him? Jesus said that yes the world would persecute us, but we see here that of those that persecuted Him many came to be saved.
Can we not expect the same? Yes we will be persecuted! But this should not be a position of finality, but temporary. What is the purpose of persecution? It is the opportunity of the Kingdom to be revealed! When people respond with love to unfairness and anger, what happens? Christ is preached.
Even for ourselves… do you remember the times that you also treated God unfairly? When you were His enemy? But what was His answer to you? Was it not love? And did it not save you and open your heart?
We think that the Holy Spirit is continually convicting us of our sin, but in reality we see in Scripture that the Spirit of Truth convicts the world, but not the children. Once we are saved, we have been justified, and glorified. And now the Spirit of Truth is telling us who we are not who we are not.
This truth must be reestablished in the church, because how we believe God sees us is how we will see each other. If we do not know God’s love for ourselves, how will we show love for one another? If we think holiness is something we do instead of who we are, will we not continually eat of the same fruit of good and evil?
But God is repopulating the Earth with His sons and daughters.
My heart breaks when I see how we have sold our birthrights for such a small price just like Esau did. How we have forsaken inheritance! And left the world itself, waiting for them to come to us. Instead of going to them. Yes, we have our work cut out for us. And with all the broken families, over-spending governmental policies, and impassioned atheists. The odds may seem to be stacked against us, but I say that it is for this reason that we will see the greatest works of God.
Jesus promised that those who believed would see even greater works. That His ceiling would be our floor. So, we know that there is a powerful momentum that is pushing us into destiny. It’s already been written.
Because while the darkness may seem to increase, the light is growing all the more. His Kingdom is without end. But what will we choose to focus on? Will it be life or death? Love or apathy? Power or persuasion? Fear or faith? Time will tell…
But I believe we can have hope, eternal hope, because from what I know of the future, we will choose correctly because love never fails. And greater is He in us than is in the world. Bless you.