Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship by Jack Frost

The Orphan

  • We were given orphan hearts from the Fall. Our orphan heart begins in recognizing the faults in our parents, closing off our hearts to intimacy, becoming self-reliant, abusing others for personal gain, and seeking counterfeit pleasures. The devil feeds our orphan hearts with false beliefs about God’s love for us and will put people in our lives to drive us away from sonship.

From the Orphan Heart to the Heart of Sonship

  • “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
  • God is actively at work to change our orphan hearts to hearts of sonship.  God never created you to be an orphan with no home. He created you to be a beloved son who has found a home in his Father’s embrace.

Follow Jesus

  • “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”  it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:14-18
  • We become like Jesus by focusing our life upon what Jesus focused His life upon — being a son!
  • Obedience through parents — Jesus first learnt obedience through his parents. Jesus was 18 years a carpenter. Jesus’ submission is part of His sonship. Was also spiritually submitted to John the Baptist.  When we accuse & judge our parents, we become orphans & subject to our own mission.
  • Don’t be in a rush to take your inheritance as a son. Jesus passed the test of sonship in the desert where Satan tried to get Jesus to abandon his sonship — then his ministry began. We too must have a desert to test whether or not the Father’s love is really all we need.
  • Those who are faithful with a little will be put in charge of much (Mt 25:21).
  • Paul was completely subject to the Father’s mission — I have been crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20).
  • How can you minister to others what you are not willing to receive?  A son has a teachable spirit, especially for those less knowledgeable.
  • Sons are not driven to prove, strive after position, power or prestige. Instead, they are content to simply experience the Father’s love and accept & share it.
  • Honour — the heart of a son honours all people — most especially the “little fish.” This is a gauge for our sonship.
  • Homecoming: Jesus has prepared a place for us in the Father’s house. We don’t have to wait until you go home to experience that homecoming.  Do you really think of heaven as your home?

Fight against the orphan heart daily

  • Daily renounce ungodly beliefs & hidden lies in orphan thinking (Prov 23:7).
  • Your inheritance is delayed until you learn obedience from things that you suffer by becoming a son.

Keys to finding our way home

  1. Forgive your parents for misrepresenting God’s love to you & ask your parents to forgive you for the way you hurt and disappointed them.
  2. Focus your life upon being a son — humility and sonship can be interchangeable words.

Sonship

  • Sonship is heart that feels at rest and secure in God’s love.
  • From slavery to sonship is a matter of reaching the place where you get up in the morning feeling so loved & accepted in your Father’s heart that your whole purpose for existence becomes looking for ways to give that love away to the next person you meet.
  • We either live life as if we have a home, or we don’t. We either live as sons of the Father or fatherless orphans.
  • How can you be a father if you have never felt like a son?

Experiencing God’s love 

— it’s one thing to know God as Father theologically, but a whole different thing to experience God as Father in a deeply personal way. “We have come to know and believe the love which God has for us” (1 John 4:16).

Whose mission are you on? 

  • Either God’s mission or the devil’s mission because even our own mission is a diversion from the Father’s mission & therefore serves Satan.
  • The Father’s Mission is to experience His Love (the great commandment) and give it to others (the great commission). Seek to know God’s love and make it known. Without love, nothing else matters. The great commandment must proceed the great commission. Intimacy must proceed fruitfulness.
  • God deals with us as sons (Heb 12:7-8). Sons are disciplined, orphans are not. Sons embrace discipline b/c they know God cares for them. We know whether we have the heart of an orphan or son by how we react to decisions from the Father that do not benefit us.

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