The Spirit of Adoption – Week Three

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

Rain: (click each title to listen) Great in Power; Down at Your Feet; Reason to Sing


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.

(Will's song)
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
The well

Contributor Donna Hyatt

Notes: Session 2 Participant Notes.pdf


  • Germania Campbell

    What a blessing to be able to receive what you so beautifully have pour out into our lives, it was wonderful to meditate on the different scriptures and to realize how alive and reliable they are even when our daily lives are so changed, but Our God doesn’t He Remains Unchangeable, Faithful and a Good Father.

  • Ellen Duke

    This is Wednesday of Holy Week 2020. On this day all those years ago, Judas set out to finalize his plans to have Jesus killed. All the darkness and fierce hatred was gathering against Him. It is sobering and grievous to consider how day by day He moved toward the end choosing moment by moment to do the Father’s will. He was crucified, buried and into the depths dug out that all sufficient and eternal Well of Salvation. He was raised and sent the Holy Spirit to release the mighty power that He so freely gives to those who believe in Jesus so that they might become the sons of God!!! (John 1:12). The power to become—amazing. Deep gratitude to all of you who praying, preparing and presenting to us this wonderful teaching on our place in His family. Isaiah 12:3. “Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation”. I rejoice.

  • Courtney

    This was so great! As I was listening and watching the video I found myself realizing that I act like an orphan in so many ways. I know I am a child of God but I still run like and act like an orphan. Especially when I try to control everyone and everything. I feel like I’m having to sacrifice under the law instead of going to God and knowing that the sacrifice was already made. I do need to go to the well and just lean into God our Father and receive Him. This was very eye opening and touched my spirit. Thank you so much .

  • Nancy Connolly

    I asked the Lord last night if He wanted to speak anything to me about week 3 on the orphan / adopted son session. He spoke four specific things in rapid succession in regards to my years as a teenager and the painful things I went through that carried over into my adult life. Orphan spirit was at work. He put it together in such an amazing way. I did not see this before!

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