Simply Scripture–John 10:10

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John10:10 (ESV)


Hosting Reflection #18–The Spiritual Battle for Orphans


Caring for orphans is a battle. Fighting their fight is not for the weak. It may break the plans you had for your life, your spirit, your heart.  I’ve seen many people go through very difficult situations lately, all for the sake of a special orphan in their life.  They struggle with facilitators, agencies, government, and caregivers.  They would give anything for their special children, and get worn thin from the struggle. 

This week I was reminded of a passage from Scripture:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

This verse reminds me of a very powerful truth.  It may feel like we are struggling with governments, authorities, and regulations… but there is a larger spiritual reality in operation.  There is a spiritual battle waging.  There is a war in the heavenly realms for the lives and souls of the millions of orphans around the world. 

The enemy is trying “…to steal and kill and destroy” but God has so much more in store for them “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)  And that is the reason we are fighting.  We believe that God has a full and blessed life for orphans.  We may not be able to reach them all, but we can make a difference one at a time.  And Satan is not happy.

He will try to put every obstacle in our paths.  Using anyone and anything that he can.  But take heart, God is on our side.  “no weapon forged against you will prevail,and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,and this is their vindication from me,”declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)   God supplies us with the resources, energy, passion, perseverance, and faith to keep fighting.   The things that we fight with are greater than the threats, limitations, and barriers that any man can put against us.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

God has given us authority over the threats of the enemy through our faith in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

But what happens when it just seems like God is not there?  How does satan keep winning in the battle for orphans?  Why can’t God just make it all better?  That is not for me to say or us to even know.  We need to believe that no matter what happens… if an adoption gets disrupted, children don’t get chosen for hosting, teens say ‘no’ to adoption, and authorities interrupt a family’s dream to give an orphaned child a forever home… that God is still in control.  Indefinitely.

He is all-knowing and all-powerful.  It’s very humbling when we accept that God can take care of all orphans.   

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
Psalm 10:17-18 (NIV)

I know, believing this does not take away the heartache and pain.  And I have not been through this personally, although I got a slight taste of it this summer.  I felt led to post about this today in hopes of being some encouragement to those of you who are in the throes of the spiritual battle.  God is for you.  Don’t give up the fight for these kids who have no one else to fight for them!


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