Posted by Derrick Dillion on Jul 07, 2019

The Root!

Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

September 11, 2001 marked a time in our countries history that will be forever remembered as 911. Most people can remember a time and place where they were when they heard the news. 911 was a time of uncertainty, emotionally draining and a period of real fear in our country. I remember driving down a highway and got the call from my coworker in South Carolina asking if I have heard what was going on. I remember rushing to get to a television to see this horrible act of terrorism. Not only did this affect me personally but it also affected my job and the people I worked with at the time. Air travel was my mode of transportation. As a matter of fact, one of my coworkers was stranded in Boston and because all air travel was stopped, they had to rent a car and drive 2200 miles to get home just to be with love ones. In times like this, all you want to do is be with the ones that you love. For those of us that remember this, it was a time of reflecting, where do we go from here? The terrorist had planned an attack and followed thru with it. One of the main reasons for terrorism is to produce widespread fear.

Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

“We did not receive the spirit of slavery…….” Slavery is bondage. Fear doesn’t care about how pretty you are, doesn’t care about how much your worth. Fear wants to control your life in every area. Fear will put you in chains.

Leviticus 26:13. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright”

This verse in Leviticus where God said, “You should not be slaves; I have broken the bonds of your yoke,” was a reminder. Nine times in the book of Leviticus the Lord reminded the people how He delivered them from Egypt. After 400 years in captivity, slavery had become a mindset, a learned, generational way of life.

Fear can do that. Fear traps us into a mindset of slavery that not only shackles our lives but is passed down from generation to generation.

The young ones held in captivity in Egypt learned from their elders, "Never lift your head or make eye contact. Never be yourself or speak your mind. If you do, you will suffer consequences." After Moses pleaded, “Let my people go,” over and over on the night called Passover, freedom came. In one night God delivered them from Egypt. But their mentality, their perception of life and the way they thought of themselves—that would take a lifetime. To realize they were elevated to being God’s chosen people, the sons and daughters of the Almighty – that’s a radical change of life and thinking.

Fear lets us be Christians inside these four walls but controls us outside of them.
Fear is the root of anxiety and worry. Fear is something that the enemy likes to use to keep your focus off who you are and what you are called to do as a believer. Listen, if you’re scared to try anything that you haven’t done before, how will you know if you’re ever going to succeed in it? Fear can lead to loneliness which in terms can make you vulnerable. The church is a place to where you come to fellowship with those of like faith, get equipped to do the work of the ministry and to be built up, edified. But if fear keeps you up at night, afraid to go outside your home how can you get the things you need as a believer. Or here’s another thought, what if you haven’t been to church in a while, fear plays on you again. What will people say, how can I show up when I have been gone for a while? Fear will keep you from being where you are most welcome and need to be. Fear doesn’t play fair and it wants to destroy the way you live!

What is the Root?
As most of you know, our family was blessed to expand by 3 about 2 years ago. We were blessed to adopt 3 beautiful boys and literally, our lives are changed forever. Bringing my boys in, we physically couldn’t show them how much we love them and prayed for the very moment that God brought them to us. From the boy’s point of view, we were just another home. However, they wanted to do everything they could control to be good kids. It wasn’t easy for them to except that someone could just love them for them. After 6 years in the foster system, there’s no way someone that they didn’t know could just love them. So, they felt that they had to “work” to earn the love from us, when it was given so freely. They wanted to make sure that we knew they took the garbage out, clean their room, eat all their food, etc. They were living in fear because they didn’t want to have to be moved again to another home. Romans 8:15 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The root of fear is an orphan spirit.

The Orphan Spirit
Lucifer knows the orphan spirit so well. Lucifer was one of the big 3 angles in heaven before his fall from Love. He was known as the Angle of Light. After pride took over and he was cast out of heaven he became the first orphan.

Isaiah 14:12-19 12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'
15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,
17 who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?'
18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb;
19 but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.

Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael

What is an orphan spirit?
The orphan spirit is a sense of abandonment, loneliness, alienation and isolation. You can go back to Adam and Eve and the orphan spirit’s effect on human nature. After Adam and Eve was alienated from God the Father in the Garden of Eden and orphan spirit has permeated the earth causing untold damage. Almost immediately after the fall in Eden, the fruit of this orphan spirit resulted in jealousy culminating in Cain murdering his brother Abel because God the Father didn’t receive his offering. I believe all of the emotional, physical and spiritual ills of society can be traced to humans feeling alienated from God and their biological fathers. Orphaned men have a hard time connecting to their spouses, children, those in spiritual authority and have a hard time accepting and loving themselves.

1. The orphan spirit operates out of insecurity and jealousy
a. Those with an orphan spirit are constantly battling jealousy and insecurity since security originates in a secure relationship with our parents. Those with an orphan spirit are so insecure they even have a hard time hearing a biological or spiritual father praise their siblings or co-laborers. Those with the spirit of sonship are so secure in the Father’s love and favor that they are content to serve in any capacity needed, whether or not they are in charge or are celebrated in the process.
2. The orphan spirit is jealous of the success of others.
a. Along these lines, those with an orphan spirit are happy when their brother fails because it makes them feel good about themselves. On the other hand, those with the spirit of sonship joyfully commit themselves to serve, celebrate and help their brothers succeed since they don’t work for human accolades but out of a deep sense of the love and affirmation of Father God.
3. The orphan spirit serves God to earn the Fathers love.
a. Along these lines, those with an orphan spirit are constantly striving and trying to earn the Father’s love through accomplishment in ministry or career. Those with a spirit of sonship already know they are accepted in Christ and serve others out of the abundance of this acceptance.
4. The orphan spirit tries to medicate his deep internal alienation through physical stimulation.
a. Those with an orphan spirit are constantly trying to push down their sense of alienation, loneliness and lack of self-worth through constantly working, going from one relationship to the next, physical gratification and living a life of narcissism and self-indulgence. However, the more they indulge, the more addicted they become, the larger the hole in their heart becomes because only the love of the Father can fill the deep emotional needs they have.
5. The orphan spirit is driven by the need for success.
a. Many attempt to accomplish great things to satisfy the deep yearning in their hearts for their father’s approval. This results in them being driven to succeed instead of being led by the Spirit. Even many leaders get their churches into huge debt to build huge buildings, driving the people around them because they are blinded by their own innate feelings of inadequacy; they think they can feel good about themselves with great accomplishments.
6. The orphan spirit uses people as objects to fulfill their goals.
a. Those with an orphan spirit tend to use people as objects to accomplish their goals. Whenever we objectify people we manipulate them with words, threats, and anything necessary to have our way and control them. Mature people who walk in sonship don’t use people; they serve and release people to fulfill their destiny in Christ.
7. The orphan spirit repels their children.
a. Leaders and parents with an orphan spirit are constantly in turmoil, fighting, and striving for their own way which gives their spiritual children the sense that their leader is in competition with them instead of loving them. This results in repelling their spiritual and biological children which can forfeit their influence over the next generation! Those who walk in sonship walk in the Father’s anointing and draw their children towards them because their children hear the voice of a shepherd who cares for them.
8. The orphan spirit has issues with anger and fits of rage.
a. Those with an orphan spirit have issues with uncontrollable anger, fits of rage and other forms of manipulation because they feel they must control others and their circumstances in order to fulfill their goals, since they lack the trust necessary in their heavenly Father to guide and control their future.
9. The orphan spirit is always in competition with others.
a. Those with an orphan spirit are always trying to outdo others in their church, family, business or denomination because they receive their identity through being better than everyone else. Those who walk in sonship are constantly seeing how they can bless others since they already have the affirmation of God in their souls, so they want to freely share His love with others.
10. The orphan spirit has a lack of self-esteem.
a. Those with an orphan spirit have a hard time loving and accepting themselves. Those walking in sonship are filled with a sense of divine love and acceptance that enables them to walk confidently in the joy of the Lord in spite of the fact that all humans are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.
11. The orphan spirit receives their primary identity through material possessions.
a. Those with an orphan spirit can never have enough career success, material possessions, pleasure, or illicit relationships to satisfy the hole in their heart related to their identity. Consequently, they are constantly striving to gain satisfaction through the use of various things or people in their lives. In many cases even their form of dress, including an inordinate amount of tattoos, skin piercings, and hairdos, can be their way of trying to stand out as unique and a cry for attention due to a lack of self-esteem and fatherly affirmation.

Breaking the Orphan Spirit
1 John 4:18. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
The only way to break this orphan spirit is for people to be filled with a sense of the Father’s love for them in Christ, which then enables them to become mature sons who serve God out of knowledge of His undeserved grace instead of trying to earn the Father’s love through performance.
The orphan spirit is perhaps the greatest curse on the earth today. It will take spiritual parents with great spiritual depth and authority to break and reverse this curse to perpetuate a generational blessing. Only when a person is healed of fatherlessness through the love of God is the orphan spirit broken so they can begin the process of entering mature sonship. Sonship is so important that all creation is presently crying out for the manifestation of the mature sons of God