The Fathering Spirit
by Michael Tummillo
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The Fathering Spirit
In Genesis 45:8, we read what Joseph - now Prime Minister of Ehypt - said to his father and brothers: “...it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
This is a significant statement because all Pharaohs were handed over to surrogates as soon as they exited the womb. They were NEVER given the benefit of a loving, nurturing birth father. Egyptologists believe 1/3 of all Egyptian children did not reach age 15. Twelve of Ramesses II's sons died before he did. Most of a Pharoah's kids merely packed the royal processions and were entirely ignored by their father.
Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was the father of our current President. He is the central subject in the President's memoir, “Dreams of my Father.” According to Wikipedia, the two spent very little time together before the elder Obama died at age 46.
ENTER THE ORPHAN SPIRIT
I cannot help but wonder how many other far-leaning Liberals would honestly attest to a weak or non-existent relationship with their earthly fathers. But that's just my wandering mind talking.
What is an orphan? Essentially, it's someone who's been abandoned by their primary care giver. A void is all that remains and the orphan finds themselves forever seeking to fill the void with some semblence of a fatherly relationship.
The Kingdom of God is based upon relationship. The central relationship of course, is that of parent-child. Biblical examples of this type of relationship include: "Older women should admonish the younger women," Titus 2:4; "Timothy, my true son in the faith," 1 Timothy 1:2; and "I am your father in the Gospel," 1 Corinthians 4:15.
We become an orphan when those who are meant to care for us abandon us, or when those who should care, do not. This can happen when parents are killed, die, or are divorced. In other instances, a severe illness, or even a career in military service, can introduce the Orphan Spirit. An Orphan Spirit can enter in for many reasons incuding a poor level of parenting, abandonment, abuse or adoption into a poor environment.
Neglect even occurs within institutional the Boy of Christ. Demanding leaders, legalism, ministers so busy with church life they neglect the life of the people and, as a result, are not “fathered” from within The Church. There may be promises of nurturing, parental love but, truth is, perception is reality to those who feel they are only useful as tithers.
What is an Orphan Spirit? It can be any one or more of the following. See if any of these apply to YOU:
Inability to have lasting relationships
Hatred of authority
Distrust for leaders
Lack of direction
Inability to make quality decisions
Drawing near, retreating from intimacy
A sense that, ultimately, rejection is inevitable
Strong sense of failure; never measuring up
An inexplicable drive to succeed, win, prove yourself
GOOD 'OL' JEPHTHAH
Hebrews 11 is often called “the hall of faith." In vs 32, we read, “It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.”
Jephthah? Who was JEPHTHAH?
We can read about Jephthah in Judges 11. He was the son of a prostitute. Yes, his daddy got a hooker pregnant. His father's wife had other children, but his step-brothers rejected him.
Again, here comes that Orphan Spirit.
Disinherited, rejected, wounded, alone.
Like so many others in similar situations, Jephthah ran away, eventually attracting many like-spirited men, soldiers, warriors, mighty men who were "endebted, distressed and disenfranchised." In this regard, he was not unlike King David. When Ammon invaded the land of his father, and the elders of Gilead came to him for help, they invited him back and accepted him as their leader. Jephthah was forced to wrestle with that loud, Orphan Spirit's voice which had provided the prism through which he had always seen himself and by which he filtered every circumstance within his life. This time, Jephthah managed to cast down that orphan Spirit's taunting voice. He joined his birth father's people, defeated the Ammonites and the Ephraimites and became judge over Israel for six years. Hebrews describes him as a man who "conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises."
MY OWN FATHERING TESTIMONY
Two decades ago, the woman I was married to and had three children with, became pregnant through an extramarital affair. Abortion was not an option for me. I sought counsel through a Catholic priest who said, “Well, Michael, Joseph raised a baby that wasn't his...”
That's all I needed to hear. Frankly, it's all I can recall being said.
Same God, right? His grace proved sufficient. Though the mother of my three children divorced me, I raised that little girl as my own daughter. Today, that beautiful young woman is married to a great husband and they have three kids – my grandbabies. She is intelligent, kind, loving, a great mommy and lights up a room with her smile. God has big plans for her – for THEM – as a family.
On several occasions, while struggling to “fit in” with her bio-dad and his two birth daughters and his wife who stayed with him even after learning the truth 16 years after the fact), that lovely young lady has melted my heart with statements such as, “I wish it were just you and me, dad.”
As a Pro-Lifer, I've heard MANY such stories of children whose families made the choice for Life and how the child made a huge difference in other people's lives later, in some cases saving their mother's life during her pregnancy.
But this isn't a Pro-Life message; it's a Pro-Father message.
Romans 8:15 tells us, “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.”
We are children of God, bought by the Blood of Jesus, joint heirs with Christ who is our elder brother. Malachi 2:10 asks, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?”
You belong. You may not know your bio-dad – perhaps not very well if at all – but Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
If you are one who is longing for fathering, grow in your knowledge of Jesus. He's real and He WILL fill that void.
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