“It’s about adoption.”

February 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm 4 comments

Fort McDowell, Arizona

I have been wondering why it is that our daughter Traci and son in law Brandon have had to struggle so hard with the assimilation of their adopted son, Eyob into their family.  While things are going better now then they did at first, it has not been the joy Traci expected, in fact it has been very difficult.  She has been very open about her struggles in her blog, hoping that her experiences will help others.  You can read her blog here.  We have, of course, hurt for her as she goes through this tough time and have tried to give her perspective about it that isn’t just the standard though true “give it time”.

Saturday we were talking with Traci about her struggles and the victories she was experiencing and trying to understand together what it all means when I clearly heard the Father say, “it’s about adoption”.  Of course I am thinking, “of course it is”.  But I also began to think about how adoption speaks from the natural into the Spiritual and how critical this illustration is.

The Father often uses natural illustrations to speak Spiritual truth.  For example the New Testament uses the illustration of the natural family to speak about the Spiritual Family, the church.  The marriage of a bridegroom and bride in the natural becomes a picture in the Spiritual of Jesus as the Bridegroom and His love for His Bride the church. 

The enemy hates these illustrations because they speak so clearly about the Father’s deep affection for His Family and the desires He has for each one of us to know  love in a personal and intimate way.  No wonder the enemy attacks marriages and families.  No wonder he drags our children off into gender confusion. If he can destroy the natural illustrations he obscures the Spiritual and people miss what the Father has in mind for His children.  The enemy knows he cannot change  Spiritual reality but he still has power in the natural.

So when I heard “it’s about adoption” I remembered that adoption in the natural is a huge and important illustration of a greater truth in the Spiritual.  So you should not be like cowering fearful slaves.  You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family–calling Him Father, dear Father.  For His Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us we are God’s children.  And since we are his children, we all share his treasures-for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. (Romans 8:15-17)  When we by faith, receive the promise of eternal salvation, because of what Jesus did on the cross for us, we are adopted into the Father’s family and are given all the rights and inheritance that is Jesus’.  It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, how far away from the Father you are, how poor or rich you are, what color your skin is or what language you speak.  By faith you are adopted into His Family and you will never be kicked out.  His love is infinite and eternal.  You are His and He is yours.  That’s adoption.

Like the enemy’s attack against marriage and family, because they illustrate Spiritual realities, so the enemy comes hard against natural adoptions because of the Spiritual implications they teach.  We should expect it and of course prepare for it.  Traci and Brandon are living in a culture in Utah that desperately needs these pictures, so the enemy comes hard to try and blur and obscure them by stealing Traci and Brandon’s strength and courage, destroying their joy and determination and killing their vision. (John 10:10) 

The best way to communicate truth is by illustration and natural adoption is such a great picture of the most important reality in the Christian faith, our adoption as children by a Father who is the Most High God, there is no question the enemy wants to destroy that picture.

So, we amp up the prayers, we speak truth, we fight against the discouragement and fatigue and we steadfastly believe that what the Father has called Traci and Brandon and thousands of others to do is of vital importance and so must not stop.  It is extremely vital in the natural but even more so in the Spiritual.

Take a moment to read Traci’s latest post so you can see that the enemy is not winning.  Find it here.

It’s about the marriage of one man and one woman, it’s about family,  it’s about adoption!  As a friend of mine says “that’s a good word, right there”!

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Entry filed under: Adoption, Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom, Prayer, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  February 9, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Hi! This is Utah Susan, I met you guys at one of your visits to B&T’s. I just wanted to thank you for this post and for the perspective that it has offered me, not only in helping to explain the struggles Trac is having with Eyob, but also for myself in our beginning the adoption process. The battle is real and this insight has helped me to validate that in my own experiences. Thank you and we hope to see you guys next time you visit-bring heat please:)

  • 2. Royal  |  February 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I want to thank you both (Greg and Traci) for sharing this. I have never thought about “adoption” in this way. I am still struggling to grasp it, I find it a challenge, a welcome one.

  • 3. Battlefield « Further Up and Deeper In  |  February 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    […] this point I want to direct you to my dad’s blog and his post about adoption.  I think it will help you see adoption for what it is…….a picture of God’s […]

  • 4. Traci  |  February 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Dad-

    Thanks so much for this “word.” I was encouraged by talking with you Saturday and even more encouraged today. I am going to link this post to my blog so that all my adoptive family friends can read it and begin to fight the real enemy in this battle for our children. The fight is not against flesh and blood as I so often am led to believe it is against the spiritual darkness that surrounds us. Hopefully, as people see the battle that satan is waging against adoption they will be able to fight and prepare themselves. Thanks dad for listening to what the Lord tells you and so effectively communicating it to the rest of us as is the gift HE has given you. Love you and mom!
    Traci

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