Healing the Orphan Heart

I don’t think there’s anything worse than a Christian being saved and adopted by God as His dearly loved son or daughter, and yet living their lives enslaved by satan’s lies, carrying around an orphan’s heart.  Below are 21 symptoms of an orphan heart, taken from a sermon I heard from my best friend’s church.

  1. Abandonment
  2. Rejection
  3. Loneliness
  4. Hopelessness
  5. Worthlessness
  6. Sadness
  7. Mistrust
  8. Hiding
  9. Superficiality
  10. Insecurity
  11. Hypersensitivity
  12. Fear
  13. Poverty
  14. Greed
  15. Manipulation
  16. Anger
  17. Selectivity
  18. Fantasy
  19. Perception
  20. Independence
  21. Striving

I, for one, have way too many of these symptoms.  Would you like to come on a journey with me to destroy these 21 symptoms, thus rooting out your orphan heart?  It probably won’t be comfortable.  But… I’m tired of living like this.  I have big things to do with this life He’s given me and I refuse to be enslaved by satan’s lies any longer.  Come on, let’s go get free!

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.  And since we are His children, we are also His heirs. – Romans 8:15-17


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