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2 2 Before we begin... Lets look at a true son

3 3 Spirit of Sonship  “Christ was faithful as a Son over His house” (Hebrews 3:6)  You can only be a Father if you are a Son.

4 4 Example of a true son, Timothy  A genuine son embraces and cares for the concerns of his father. Philippians 2:20.  A son is not self-centred. Philippians 2:21  A son serves his father. Philippians 2:22  A son serving his father is compared in this passage with serving Christ. Philippians 2:21,22  A son can be sent to represent the father. Philippians 2:19, 1 Corinthians 4:16,17  A son reproduces himself. 2 Timothy 2:2

5 5 “Christ was faithful as a Son over His house” (Hebrews 3:6) Exposing the Nothos Syndrome in our lives

6 6 Nothos  ‘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)

7 7 Roots of the Nothos Syndrome  Unsure of/Loss of identity  Loss of father  Dysfunctional father; absent, distant, disinterested  Abusive father; verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual  Misunderstanding  Wrong teaching  Poor or incorrect example set by church leaders/parents  Self-centredness  Immaturity  Trauma

8 8 Group One: Spirit of a Hireling  “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)

9 9 Identifying a Hireling Spirit  Works for a wage.  Institution mentality.  Comfortable commitment.  Disappears under pressure.  Not whole-hearted  My way  Takes offence, gives criticism  Reasons from part to whole  Correction  Finds it easy to leave

10 10 Group Two: Spirit of an Orphan  The root for the Hebrew word 'orphan' means 'to be lonely'.  Example of an orphan spirit, Ishmael. Genesis 16:3-12; Genesis 21:9,10.

11 11 Defining an Orphan Spirit  Independence 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.

12 12 Defining an Orphan Spirit  Comfort 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.

13 13 Group Three: Spirit of Slavery  So then brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free woman. (Galatians 4:31)

14 14 Identifying a spirit of slavery  Parentage Free woman and Father God  Covenant; Hebrews 12:22-24 Mount Zion – New Covenant  Basis of acceptance Promise  Inheritance Heir to all the Father has  Timescale; John 8:35 Permanent, the son stays forever  Parentage Bond-woman and Satan  Covenant; Hebrews 12:22-24 Mount Sinai – Moses' Law  Basis of acceptance Works  Inheritance None  Timescale; John 8:35 Temporary, the slave does not remain in the house SonshipSlavery

15 15 Identifying a spirit of slavery  Yoke; Matthew 11:29-30 Light, easy  Attitude Peace and rest  Characteristic feeling; Life, hope and confidence  Depth of relationship Rom 8:15 Intimate  Assurance of salvation Certain  Yoke; Matthew 11:29-30 Heavy, burdensome  Attitude Lack of peace, always work to be done  Characteristic feeling; Death, hopelessness and fear  Depth of relationship Superficial  Assurance of salvation None SonshipSlavery

16 16 Identifying a spirit of slavery  Jacob  Abel  Paul  Onesimus  Esau  Cain  Saul  Onesimus Sonship examplesSlavery examples

17 17 Group Three: Spirit of Slavery  Watch 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)

18 18 Spiritual orphans, hirelings and slaves do not have legal rights to the inheritance. Dealing with the Nothos Spirit

19 19 Dealing with the roots  Loss 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.

20 20 Dealing with the roots  Misunderstanding. 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.

21 21 Dealing with the Nothos Spirit  Approach your life from a godly perspective  But to this one I will look, to the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word. (Isaiah 66:2)  Acceptance  Confession and repentance  Receive forgiveness  Walk out the heart's decision  Walk in your inheritance

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