Spirit of Adoption vs. Orphan Spirit

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Spirit of Adoption
vs.
Orphan Spirit

Human Needs*
Safety
Unconditional Love
Affirmation
Purpose

Frost, Jack and Trisha,
Shiloh Place Ministries

Orphan
Orphan - Biblical definition:
“Comfortless one”
Living as orphans or comfortless ones is living
with unresolved unmet needs – either without a
family, or in the midst of a family system. This can
be seen in our anxiety levels, and by the unhealthy
roles we take on to try and be accepted, loved,
and welcome in our own families.

There are over 200,000 orphans in the world today

The
effect of
physical
Orphanhood in
children

•Vulnerability to confusion, anxiety,
depression, and behavioral/psychiatric
disorders
•Failure to thrive and actual physical
growth stunted Johnson et al., (2011)
•Perceived lack of control leading to feeling
of helplessness
•Ongoing inner longing and hope for love
and sense of belonging
•Pleasure connected to life, love, joy and
happiness is numbed Dr. Judith Arndell, Psy.D.
•Lack of Identity

Identity
Where does identity come from??

In the World:

Occupation
Economic Status Sexual
Disease Religion Activity Victim Physical
Family Role Past
Illness
Material things

Just as children with absent genetic fathers have identity issues, (Terwogt et al., 2002) so will we without the truth from our heavenly Father about who we are.

In the Family of God: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father”

Romans 8:14-16

God: The Perfect Parent
In Him, we are adopted and can have our needs met

• John 14:15-18 “I will not leave you as orphans, but
14:15will send the Holy Spirit (The Comforter) to be with
you and in you.”
• Hosea 14:3 “In you the orphan finds mercy
• Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a
68:5defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God
sets the lonely in families”

ADOPTION
“Huiothesia” (Greek): “the place and condition of a son given to one to whom it does not naturally belong”; “ To place as sons”.

Adoption

Legal

Permanent

Change of name
and identity

Adoption in the Bible

Mephibosheth: David
brought him into his
own family and
treated him as a son

2 Sam 9:1-13

Esther: Adopted
and raised by her
uncle
Esther 2:7

Moses: Adopted
by Pharaoh's
Daughter in Egypt
Exodus 2

Adoption begins with Loss
Matt.
10:39

• “The person who tries to
preserve his life will lose it, but
the person who loses his life for
me will preserve it.”

John
12:24

• "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless
a grain of wheat falls into the
earth and dies, it remains
alone; but if it dies, it bears
much fruit.

Luke
9:23-24

”For

whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: but whosoever will
lose his life for my sake, the
same shall save it.”

But Offers New Life
2 Tim 2:11 I rely on this saying: "If we died with Him we shall also live with Him."

Levels of adoptee’s acceptance
• View of adoption determines outcome (Borders et al., 2007) No
acknowledgement

Denial

No truth or
healing

Acknowledgement
with questions

Questioning

Missing
something

Focus on Loss

Angry

Stuck in
resentment

Aware of both
Loss and Gain

Processing

Moving
Forward

Peace

Focus on
Gain: New
Life

LIFE

Orphan

Son
Image of God

See God as Loving Father

Independent/Self-reliant

Dependency

Interdependent

Orphan Spirit

Live by Law

Theology

Live by Love

Insecure/ Lacks Peace

Security

Rest and Peace

Strives for Man’s acceptance

Need for Approval

Accepted in God’s love and
grace

No Motivation or need to
impress

Motive for Service

Service motivated by gratitude
and love

Self-rejection
Counterfeit affections:
addiction, escapism
Competition
Distrustful

Self-Image
Source of Comfort...
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