3Spirit of Sonship3“Christ was faithful as a Son over His house” (Hebrews 3:6)You can only be a Father if you are a Son.
4Example of a true son, Timothy 4A genuine son embraces and cares for the concerns of his father. Philippians 2:20.A son is not self-centred. Philippians 2:21A son serves his father. Philippians 2:22A son serving his father is compared in this passage with serving Christ. Philippians 2:21,22A son can be sent to represent the father. Philippians 2:19, 1 Corinthians 4:16,17A son reproduces himself. 2 Timothy 2:2
5Exposing the Nothos Syndrome in our lives 5“Christ was faithful as a Son over His house” (Hebrews 3:6)
6Nothos6‘Nothos denotes an illegitimate child, one born out of lawful wedlock.’But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (Hebrews 12:8, AV)
7Roots of the Nothos Syndrome 7Unsure of/Loss of identityLoss of fatherDysfunctional father; absent, distant, disinterestedAbusive father; verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, spiritualMisunderstandingWrong teachingPoor or incorrect example set by church leaders/parentsSelf-centrednessImmaturityTrauma
8Group One: Spirit of a Hireling 8“He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them.” (John 10:12)“He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the sheep.” (John 10:13)
9Identifying a Hireling Spirit 9Works for a wage.Institution mentality.Comfortable commitment.Disappears under pressure.Not whole-heartedMy wayTakes offence, gives criticismReasons from part to wholeCorrectionFinds it easy to leave
10Group Two: Spirit of an Orphan 10The root for the Hebrew word 'orphan' means 'to be lonely'.Example of an orphan spirit, Ishmael. Genesis 16:3-12; Genesis 21:9,10.
11Defining an Orphan Spirit 11Independence and self-reliance.Live by the Love of Law.Insecure and lacking peace.Strives for man's approval.Motivated by need for personal achievement.Christian disciplines are a duty.Holiness brings God's favour.Opinion of self derived from comparison with others.
12Defining an Orphan Spirit 12Comfort sought in counterfeit affections.Threatened by peers.Exposing of other's faults to improve own standing.Find it difficult to receive admonition.Conditional expression of love.Walks in condition of bondage.Spiritual ambition to achieve and be seen and counted among the mature.Attitude to the future is fight for what you can get.
13Group Three: Spirit of Slavery 13So then brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:31)
14Identifying a spirit of slavery 14SonshipSlaveryParentageFree woman and Father GodCovenant; Hebrews 12:22-24Mount Zion – New CovenantBasis of acceptancePromiseInheritanceHeir to all the Father hasTimescale; John 8:35Permanent, the son stays foreverParentageBond-woman and SatanCovenant; Hebrews 12:22-24Mount Sinai – Moses' LawBasis of acceptanceWorksInheritanceNoneTimescale; John 8:35Temporary, the slave does not remain in the house
15Identifying a spirit of slavery 15SonshipSlaveryYoke; Matthew 11:29-30Light, easyAttitudePeace and restCharacteristic feeling;Life, hope and confidenceDepth of relationship Rom 8:15IntimateAssurance of salvationCertainYoke; Matthew 11:29-30Heavy, burdensomeAttitudeLack of peace, always work to be doneCharacteristic feeling;Death, hopelessness and fearDepth of relationshipSuperficialAssurance of salvationNone
16Identifying a spirit of slavery 16Sonship examplesSlavery examplesJacobAbelPaulOnesimusEsauCainSaulOnesimus
17Group Three: Spirit of Slavery 17Watch out for the warning signs.Has serving the Lord or serving in the church has become a duty or a chore?For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! (Romans 8:15)
18Dealing with the Nothos Spirit 18Spiritual orphans, hirelings and slaves do not have legal rights to the inheritance.
19Dealing with the roots19Loss of father. Fathering. Understanding that God is Father to the fatherless.Father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5).Dysfunctional father; absent, distant, disinterested. Fathering. Forgiveness and healing. Understanding the character of God.Abusive father; verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual. Fathering. Forgiveness and healing.
20Dealing with the roots20Misunderstanding. Fathering. Equipping and teaching the truth.Wrong teaching. Fathering. Correction.Poor or incorrect example set by church leaders/parents. Fathering. Forgiveness and equipping.Self-centredness. Repentance. Fathering. Trauma. Fathering. Healing, equipping and restoration.
21Dealing with the Nothos Spirit 21Approach your life from a godly perspectiveBut to this one I will look, to the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word. (Isaiah 66:2)AcceptanceConfession and repentanceReceive forgivenessWalk out the heart's decisionWalk in your inheritance