Ellie is a thirteen-year-old girl who accepted the Lord when she was five but struggles to understand that God loves and accepts her. She has feelings of unworthiness and rejection and works extra hard to prove her worthiness, but still feels inadequate. Can you relate? Have you ever felt isolated, overlooked or alone? Or thought, “Does God or anyone even hear and care?” Those thoughts come from an orphan spirit. People look normal and often are high achievers, but there’s a hole in their heart and they long for acceptance.
What is an orphan spirit?
An orphan spirit refers to a spiritual condition in which some Christians profess outwardly to know God as Father, but experience an internal contradiction to that belief. Deep down they struggle to comprehend that God loves them unconditionally. An orphan spirit is defined as, “A type of demonic spirit that invades a person’s mind causing a sense of abandonment, loneliness, alienation, and isolation. It often attaches itself to someone who has experienced rejection in his or her life. A person operating out of an orphan spirit compensates these feelings of insecurities by being performance driven, competitive, and works independently. They struggle with self-worth and find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships,” Kurt Landry.
These thoughts are built upon deception and error and can come from a wide variety of sources, including environment, friends, parents or even demon spirits. Once anyone comes into agreement with these thoughts, a stronghold of an orphan spirit has legal right to enter and to steal the truth of Father’s love and acceptance.
An orphan spirit is a stronghold:
A stronghold is defined as a mindset that agreed with the lie of hopelessness, despair, unworthiness, etc. It causes one to accept things as unchangeable due to incorrect thinking patterns. They keep individuals believing they will never be good enough, can’t measure up, or will never be blessed like everyone else. Jesus told His followers, “I will not leave you as orphans”, John 14:18. When someone feels neglected, they feel like they are walking through obscurity and darkness. Jesus realized the tendency His disciples had in developing that mindset, that’s why He sent the Holy Spirit. “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…,” John 14:16-17. The Holy Spirit is a gift given to all believers to understand and receive Father’s love and acceptance.
Strongholds can be broken:
Since strongholds are built upon error and falsehood, it is through the truth that we tear down such faulty thinking patterns. Strongholds are built when we accept and receive error and begin to meditate on them. It forms in our minds an imagination, a false concept that we believe to be true, but in reality, is not. The Bible addresses these imaginations, and shows us how they can be torn down by controlling our thoughts: 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Strongholds and imaginations are cast down by renewing of our minds: Romans 12:2, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” As our minds are renewed, we are able to receive God’s acceptance and love. He knows each of us individually, loves us personally, and is inviting us to renew our minds to receive His love. The following prayer will break off an orphan spirit so you can receive Father’s unending love, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness”, Jeremiah 31:3.
Father, I repent and renounce any agreement with an orphan mindset. I take authority over that mentality in Jesus’ name, and I break its hold over my mind. I thank you I am your son/daughter, and that you have blessed me with an eternal inheritance of your everlasting love. I receive your love and forgiveness and decree, I am accepted and part of the family of God, In Jesus’ Name. Amen.