Once upon a time in a small southern town USA, there lived a family who had seven children. When the mother was in her mid-forties, she gave birth to their eighth child, a little boy.
The father of the family was a farmer who worked hard to feed his large brood of children; the mother sewed for the public to earn extra income for their large brood. The older children described their mother as a beautiful Christian woman. However, their description of their daddy was different--often spoke demeaning and harshly, but had a sense of humor although a bit warped at times.
A case in point was when his wife was pregnant with each of the eight children. He would always remark, “Well, it sure ain’t mine!” At the age of forty-seven, the father died. The older children had all married and left home, so the mother and the little three-year-old boy were left alone to fend for themselves. Thankfully, on his death bed, the father accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Fast forward 30 years---The mother was in the hospital at the point of death. She could be heard crying out, “Please, don’t tell him I’m pregnant.” Obviously, her husband’s words had not been funny to her. The wound of his rejecting each child was buried deep inside of her. No doubt, Jesus met this mother at The Pearly Gates and wiped away all her tears.
As the author of this story, it’s one of many stories I have written on the history of this southern family and their ancestors. However, no other story has intrigued me more than this one.
You see, the little boy in the story is my husband.
Recently, I wondered if my husband might fall into the category of The Orphan Spirit Lynn writes about in Marching Around Jericho (Chapters Five and Seven.) She also speaks about it in Module One’s Video and Field Guide.
Video: Kingdom Identity
Lynn noted that God’s sons and daughters often get stuck and not walk in their Identity in Christ. Why? They believe the lies of Satan related to the characteristics of an orphan child. To name a few:
1. orphans have to take care of themselves,
2. must always be strong,
3. only trust themselves,
4. don’t get close to anyone,
5. tries to prove their self-worth.
On the Field Guide, one paragraph really leaped out at me.
Quote: “The enemy of our soul is relentless to corrupt and deceive our true identity and his assault begins from conception. Yes, even in the womb, a human spirit can sense when mom or dad is unhappy about the baby. It seems impossible to comprehend that in our pre-born state, we can take on a belief that we are unwanted, unloved---rejected.”
So, I asked Lynn: “If my husband is a candidate for The Orphan Spirit, how can it be healed since he is not a believer?”
Quote: “As a spouse you carry great authority and can ask Jesus to release your husband and to help him find acceptance. This is likely at the core of his rejection of God. Fascinating!” (MAJFBG, March, 18)
I immediately implemented Lynn’s reply as my marching orders. I believe as I partner with Jesus, it will bring my husband out of the pig-pen of rejection and start him on his way home to his Father.
In my wildest imagination, I believe Father God will have a conversation with him that might go “something” like this:
First of all, I know you heard those words of your earthly father. Even medical science today confirms that babies can hear in their mother’s womb. Let me assure you that you were not a mistake. Now, listen to me carefully-------
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Although you took a detour around my plans, I pursued you as I did Israel. “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:5 NKJV)
Or, if you want to, call me Daddy.
BTW: You were a stubborn one coming home to me, but I am going to use that stubbornness like I did with Paul to bring glory to my name. And no, you are not too old! Don’t you remember the stories you learned in Sunday School when you were a little boy about Moses and Abraham? Get ready.
One last thing.---forgive your earthly Father and also thank your Mama and wife, along with Lynn and the Sumite Community for praying for you.
To be continued----------
My dear Sumite Friends, with the cornonavirus spreading throughout the world, may we know our Identity in Christ, and as Lynn stated, ask Jesus to release our spouses to help them find acceptance. May we cry out as a family, “Father, we humble ourselves before you; come heal our land.”
I leave you with the words to this old hymn:
In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Roc