I first heard this term “Orphan Spirit ” a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t until I read the prophetic message that was written about Zimbabwe that it really made sense to me especially in relation to people from Zimbabwe.
We all have orphan spirits at some point in our lives, regardless of who is raising us. We all have orphan spirits before we are adopted into the family of Christ through His blood, but even after we have been adopted, we might still struggle with an orphan spirit without even realizing it.
“The orphan spirit causes one to live life as if he does not have a safe and
secure place in the Father’s heart. He feels he has no place of affirmation, protection,
comfort, belonging, or affection. Self-oriented, lonely, and inwardly isolated, he has no
one from whom to draw Godly inheritance. Therefore, he has to strive, achieve,
compete, and earn everything he gets in life. It easily leads to a life of anxiety, fears,
and frustration.” –Jack Frost
The term “orphan spirit”, has deep meaning, for everyone. God created us to belong. He created us to be treasured. He created us to need and long for human touch. He created us to both receive love and to give love.
There are many reasons why are may be living with an orphan spirit. In the context of a nation the nation may have an orphan spirit because of abandonment and lack of leadership. Zimbabwe the country of my birth is like an orphan. The reason that I say this is because the leaders who are in power have abandoned the nation, they do not care and have neglected their responsibilities and duties. Looking at the brief history of The International Organization for Migration has characterised Zimbabwean migration to the UK as divided into three waves. The initial wave of significant Zimbabwean migration consisted of white Zimbabweans who migrated after the country’s independence from Britain. The second major wave lasted from 1990 until 1997, caused by the economic hardship that resulted from Zimbabwe’s application of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Structural Adjustment Programme. The third wave began in 1998 and has resulted from political and social unrest in Zimbabwe. Prior to November 2002, Zimbabweans were free to travel to the UK without a visa and this provided a route to political asylum. In November 2002 the UK government introduced the requirement for Zimbabweans to apply for visas in order to travel to the UK, making it more difficult for them to apply for asylum. The number of Zimbabweans in the UK is estimated by community groups to be unofficially between 200 000-500 000.
As a result of this mass migration many families were torn apart. Parents came to the UK leaving their children in Zimbabwe. Couples were split apart and not reunited for many years or never. I meet so many people walking around like “orphans”. Some have settled but having been uprooted from their families and support structure have just been wandering around feeling isolated and alone.
As a result of globalisation many of us have lived isolated lives and not received love and attention from those close to us. Many have been uprooted from the extended family structure which often brings support and guidance. Some were abused financially by family and even here by people who they thought should be helping them. I have met people who have been held in domestic servitude for years and have been living isolated lives. Some have failed to develop authentic, deep, meaningful relationships with loved ones because of distance? Maybe we didn’t receive unconditional love some people have learnt to cope and have therefore adopted the stance of each man for himself and God for us all.
The orphan spirit is perhaps the greatest curse on the earth today. It will take spiritual parents with great spiritual depth and authority to break and reverse this curse to perpetuate a generational blessing. Only when a person is healed of fatherlessness through the love of God is the orphan spirit broken so they can begin the process of entering mature sonship. In the next post I am going to start to look at some of the traits and characteristics of sonship. I really believe that as a nation the only way that we will rebuild is by starting with the broken individual and then change will be seen in families, in communities and eventually in our nation. I read this quote which sums up my thoughts on this matter
Revolution is hasty, involves external forces, preoccupied with destroying the past, liberation and it distabilises….
Reformation is gradual, it is generational, starts internally first before external, is more FOC– USED on building for the future than destroying the past and leads to transformation. #DrMorgan#