Blasting Our “Inner Orphan” with the Gospel

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I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal. 4:4-7

Lord Jesus, by your life, death, and resurrection, we now know God as the Father we always wanted and needed. But there are still stretches when we resort to thinking, feeling, and acting like spiritual orphans—as though we don’t really have a heavenly Father, lovingly engaged in every detail of our lives.

When we default to gospel-amnesia, our peace shrinks, our joy evaporates, and our fears enlarge. We get defensive and we go on the offensive. We blame people more than we trust our Father. Instead of the life-giving aroma of the gospel, we start exuding the stale-smell of unbelief.

So we come to you on this July Sunday preventively. Before circumstances “grease the track” towards the downward cycle of Abba-less thinking, we choose to blast our hearts with the gospel. In God’s perfect timing, you came into our world to redeem us; and you have done so once and for all.

You are now our comprehensive forgiveness and perfect righteousness. And just as you promised, you didn’t leave us as orphans. The Spirit sealed, indwells, and now abides in us as the Spirit of Adoption—constantly telling us we are God’s beloved children. Hallelujah, you will never abandon us.

Instead, we abandon ourselves to you, and the riches of grace. You are working in all things, for our good and your glory. Nothing can separate us from your love, threaten your rule over us, or delay your return for us. THANK YOU. So very Amen we pray with gratitude, in your triumphant and tender name.

 

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