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.
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