The Eternal Inheritance Waiting for the Children of God

Those of us in the Orphaned Heart Ministries in East Africa and the U.S.A. have been writing a lot about the Orphaned Heart traits to help individuals understand the degree to which they suffer from this deep wound of the soul. A universal definition of “orphan heart” can not be found, but the definition from Shiloh Place Ministries is simple and gets to the point: “someone who does not feel they have a safe place of value in the heart of a loving father.”[1] The key to the orphaned heart is that it is an emotional wound often resulting from the lack of love from a human father.

The ‘orphan spirit’ attaches to the wound of the orphaned heart and is present until the wound can be healed in an individual through the power of the Holy Spirit. The symptoms of the orphan spirit are seen in a heart attitude (how the heart feels) and as a mental stronghold (what the mind thinks from the input of these feelings). To have such a condition, a person would exhibit traits including independence, hostility, contentiousness, and no sense of home, belonging or of being a son.”[2]

Those suffering from the orphan spirit think of themselves only as servants, performing duties, but not sons and daughters of the Father, the King of heaven and earth. They feel they must strive for all they have because they do not have the assurance of the great spiritual inheritance available only to sons and daughters of God the Father. Instead they try to get what they can for themselves and resort to competing, stealing, or begging.   They also are afraid of intimacy because they have never been able to trust their human father and therefore, have never learned to trust anyone, even God Himself.[3]

On the other hand, when we receive the ‘spirit of Sonship’ (or the spirit of Adoption) by entering the family of God the Father through the saving work of Jesus Christ on the Cross we receive the gift of eternal life. We begin to understand and sense that death is not the end. Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us. We are not afraid of death. In fact we look forward to the day we will be with Jesus in Heaven. We feel a sense of security and joy knowing we will be with the Father forever.

Clarification is important here: a person is not given the spirit of sonship simply because they have accepted Jesus as their Savior. It is a mature spiritual heart attitude. The wound of the orphaned heart must be healed first in order to receive the spirit of sonship, because this wound was the way the spirit of the orphan entered the person’s heart. It must be healed to have this spirit leave. In my belief, it is part of the life long sanctification process of the Christian walk well described by Paul:

For all who are being led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

(Romans 8:14-18 NAS)

Written by Janet Helms, Founder and Director of Orphaned Heart Ministries.

[1]                 Bruce Brodowski. My Father My Son: Healing the Orphan Heart with the Father’s Love. (Matthews, NC: Carolinas Ecumenical Healing Ministries, 2010), 65.

[2]                 Brodowski, My Father, 106.

[3]                 Brodowski, My Father, 119.

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5 thoughts on “The Eternal Inheritance Waiting for the Children of God

  1. It hard to remember when an orphan thinks about what he/she went through the life. Even if counselors tried to help healing the wounded heart. The only counselor is Jesus. Wether you are young or old when coming to talk about the orphaned heart it’s all the same. I’m 44 but my memory still remember what I want through! I always ask God to remove those memories. My phone number has changed because I can’t afford the old T.mobile. The working number is 615-836-8822
    May God bless his work.
    Joel Dumba

  2. I must confess that i have been blessed by this post from you mother. Indeed it is nit enough for one to only accept the Lord as their savior and yet stay with wounds on their heart. One needs to receive the spirit of sonship. As children of God through adoption, there is nothing that we can do that can do to change his love for us but the orphan spirit causes us to agree with our conscience that we are not loved by him. When i read this blog the Spirit of the Lord quickly dropped LUKE 15:11-32 In my ind to make me realize that many times we become slaves in our fathers houses.

  3. I must confess that i have been blessed by this post from you mother. Indeed it is not enough for one to only accept the Lord as their savior and yet stay with wounds on their heart. One needs to receive the spirit of sonship. As children of God through adoption, there is nothing that we can do that can do to change his love for us but the orphan spirit causes us to agree with our conscience that we are not loved by him. When i read this blog the Spirit of the Lord quickly dropped LUKE 15:11-32 In my ind to make me realize that many times we become slaves in our fathers houses.

  4. Very well put mum, often we get born again and we still remain enslaved in bitterness, lonesomeness, anger, low self esteem, feelings of rejection simply because we have not dealt with the wounds deep inside our hearts (the orphaned heart) which in my own words would refer to as an undelivered heart and because of this we find ourselves confessing Christ as our personal saviour the second time thinking that perhaps the first time we didn’t really get born again or if not, we (most Christians) resort to “a life alone with my Jesus” in the name of that’s the way i was made and there is nothing i can do about it only God understands me and we fail to realize that yes God truly understands us best but its his desire and will that you and i get healed completely and live a wholesome life 100 on earth and 100 in heaven.
    Its prayer that every believer will understand the need for healing deep inside our hearts, the need for deliverance from all those wounds/bondage which cause us to build walls so high and around about ourselves so that we will live a fulfilled life that which honors Christ but also attracts the non believer to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

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