Light: “And I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so they may follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them. Then they will be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20
Cultivating: This week Emily has asked us to let the Holy Spirit examine our hearts for signs of an orphan mentality so that those places can be loved and cared for… so we can be children of God. The table below has some of the signs she reviewed. Make a table of your own using examples from your life that the Holy Spirit has brought to light during the study so far.
Emily asked us to consider: what happens when you get hurt? When you feel like you really did mess up? What happens at these times is a strong indicator of our true posture with God, and where our fears and brokenness might still be robbing from us. She gave us this promise from Jesus: [John 14:18 in the Amplified] “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you.”
Pray and ask God to walk with you through a hurt/disappointment you have experienced. Let Him touch that place and show you what He sees in your heart.
God’s Fatherhood is the cure for our orphan hearts. Read through this list of scriptures from the lesson. Pay attention to the emotions that come as you read these. Is their joy, sadness, disappointment? Which ones are TRUE to you? Which ones are you currently only able to receive by faith?
1. “I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand. Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:13
2. “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
3. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3
4. “I know the plans I have for you. Plans for a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
5. “I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you… are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6.
6. “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches hidden in secret places…” Isaiah 45:3
7. “I will give you rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:28
8. “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147: 3
9. He promises to “provide for those who mourn… to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3
10. “I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief. I will refresh the priests with an abundance, and my people will be satisfied.” Jeremiah 31:13-14
11. In this place that you say is a ruin… there will be heard again a sound of joy and gladness, the voice of the groom and the bride, and the voice of those saying, ‘Give thanks to the Lord of Armies, for the Lord is good; his faithful love endures forever.’” Jeremiah 33:10-11
Emily told us that we are on a journey to retrain our hearts to believe our Good Father, to receive unending care, to walk beyond our own measures and resources, to be restored and renewed over and over, to walk in our spirits instead of our souls, to fellowship Him.
Read the words to Will’s song and consider how you are drawing from the Father as your source and where He is pouring you out. Talk to Him about what needs renewing and care. Pay attention to the people that the Holy Spirit brings to mind as you receive His care. As He fills you up, He will prepare you to be poured out.
Lord help me to be well
Help me to love well
To receive the life you always wanted to see
Pouring over and in
Flowing over and out
Over again and again
Lord Help me to drink deep
Help me to be clean
To believe the love - your loving-kindness for me
Let the children come
Come to God
I hear Him calling our names
As we run
Thank you for the life you always wanted to see
The life you bought and offer to me
Help me to come home
Help me to go out
Lord help me to be on my way
Always to and from
Contributor Donna Hyatt