Redeeming the Orphan Heart

God's original intention

Made for His pleasure
Revelation 4:11 (NLT) Everything God made was for His pleasure.
Colossians 1:16 All things were created by Him and for Him.
Isaiah 43:1-7 We were created for His glory. He formed us, we are His!
God wanted a family. He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden and His desire is to walk with us too. He enjoyed their company and wants to enjoy friendship with us as well!
Made in the image of His son
Romans 8:28-29 We are predestined to the likeness of His son. Not only are we made in Jesus' likeness but we can also share his inheritance and the intimate relationship he has with the Father.
2 Corinthians 3:18 being transformed into His likeness.
Enjoy the unity of the Trinity
The love within the Trinity is complete. Nothing is missing. This love and unity was meant to be shared with us! John 17:25-26
We were made by God
Genesis 1 All of creation except man was spoken into being. God's word went forth and creation happened. Yet God knelt down on His knees and formed man out of the dust of the earth - He then breathed life into him. An intimate act! This demonstrates that God intended a close relationship with this part of His creation.
Genesis 2:7 "God formed man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The man came alive - a living soul" (The Message). God also formed Adam’s wife. Adam was called the son of God – Luke 3:38.
His life came into us and gave us our life. We worked alongside God. We became his children.
We have an adversary
Someone is against us. Our enemy hates the glory of God that is hidden in our hearts. He has tried to trap and destroy God's son - Adam (and failed) - we are the target now!
Isaiah 14:7-15
Ezekiel 28:1-9
Satan stood against God - the five "I wills" (Isaiah)
I will ascend to Heaven.
I will raise my throne above God's.
I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly.
I will ascend to the top of the clouds.
I will make myself like the Most High.
He did not want equality with God; Satan wanted God's place for himself.
Satan was thrown out of Heaven and then went after the next best thing - God's kids!

The fall from God's intention
Genesis 3 We were tricked! "Did God really say?"
God gave Adam and Eve permission to eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They could eat of the tree of life - but there is no indication that they did!
Genesis 3:6 Adam was there as well! But yet he turns and blames Eve!

The Orphan Spirit
This led to separation from God. For the first time in their lives Adam and Eve feel shame - the sense of desolation and separation from God. They chose independence from God – instantly they became aware of their nakedness, their weakness and vulnerability. Became aware of humanity.

They clothe themselves - a basic covering to hide their shame. Yet God comes along and with compassion clothes them properly. (Genesis 3:7 and Genesis 3:21)
Adam and Eve receive separate identities - Woman is named 'Eve' whereas before this separation they were both known as Adam.

Genesis 5:1-3 Although Adam was made in the 'likeness of God', his own children were made in 'his' image as well - so we have taken on the fallen, separated nature of Adam. So they, and in turn us, were separated from God – Isaiah 59:2.
We started to walk in the ways of this world Ephesians 2:1-3.
Our separation from God leads to the same expression of emptiness and alone-ness, walking our own way without God. Gen 4:10-14 – Cain wandered the earth restlessly – ultimate orphan!
Restlessness = “something more I have to do to feel loved, valued or affirmed.”
Lamentations 5:1-9 The character and nature of an orphan.
Galatians 5:1 Not only has an orphan spirit fallen on us but also one of slavery.
A slave belongs to another with no rights or freedom of his own. He is owned and is accountable to another. A slave lives for the law, lives by the law and often makes up the law to feel secure.
Everything he does is for another.
An orphan has no name, no family, no rights, no inheritance. An orphan has to succeed on his own, make his own way and make a name for himself. An orphan strives to gain approval and acceptance.
There are many spiritual orphans in the church.

Driven from the garden – an act of love

Not an act of judgement - was done to protect us!
But Isaiah 9:6 – God is the eternal Father
John 14:18 – I will not leave you as orphans – in God’s heart as He drove them out.

Thankfully we are not left like this...
God promised to become a 'father to the fatherless' (Psalms 68:5)
One of God's names is 'Redeemer' = to regain possession of something through a payment.
Redemption has won us the right to be called sons of God (Galatians 4:6-7 and Romans 8:15-16).
We can now cry Abba - 'Father' or 'Daddy'.
God is restoring His original intention to the church today so that there are many sons and daughters liberated by the power of the Spirit, who are able to carry His name and love to a hurting, loveless, fatherless generation.
As we abide in Him (John 15), live in love (1 John 4:16) and walk in love (2 John v6) then the emptiness of our hearts will be satisfied and we will become more like Jesus.

Promise of restoration
A promise: Malachi 4:5-6. Elijah will come and turn hearts back to the Father. Elijah = John the Baptist, came as a forerunner to Jesus. His message of repentance was to turn people back to the Father. To make them ready for Jesus who was the Way to Father.

The Cross – second act of love

The cross puts an end to our fallen state. Crucifixion was the worst possible death, Roman soldiers represent us and all the worst of our fallen humanity. God let out of the temple to live in our hearts as he always intended. Our broken heart can be healed and our relationship with the Father restored.
Redemption - to buy back what was once owned - how much it cost Father! We can now taste of the tree of life and live!

God is love
1 John 4:1-8 God is LOVE. The complete expression of love is to be found in a person. He is not a substitute nor a counterfeit but the real thing!

Love is not one of God's attributes, it is His very nature. Everything He does is in love, with love and for love.

Our search for love
We all need unconditional love
Jeremiah 31:3 Loved with an everlasting love and drawn us with kindness. Not for what we do nor for what we achieve but for who we are.