Healing the most devastating emotional problem of Christians

by | Sep 20, 2019 | Christianity Today | 15 comments

Hebrews 12:9: “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live.”

In a popular movie from some years ago, the main character described the horrors of war:

“I have seen, boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit; there is no prosthetic for that.”                 

What on earth does that movie quote have to do with this letter? It has everything to do with this letter! In fact, it touches on every social ill, including self-destructing starlets, young men who commit murder, and a vast unnamed generation tormented by the bitter failure to find self-worth.

Something unseen is feeding on the American spirit. Colleges scramble to deal with a surge of “mental illness.” People go to anger management and come out enraged. Miracle diets have made their victims fatter. People go into rehab addicted to drugs and come out addicted to rehab.

It is no longer the heinous acts of criminals that stun police as much as the mindless acceptance of these acts by society. Entire neighborhoods concede the future of their children to crack houses, gangs, and pimps.  An entire generation is conceding their future to government control because they feel helpless to face the future.

We were tasked to reach and disciple students at the University of California during the campus revolutions of the 1970’s.   We labored amid tear gas, riots, hedonism, and suicide.

We saw that those students had the heart of an Orphan, and they had an amputated spirit. They came from homes where performance was everything.  At Berkeley they faced a double edged sword—pressure to get good grades and pressure to join the demonstrations. Neither side showed them any mercy.

This is a widespread crippling condition among Americans today.  It is as rampant in the Church as it is outside the church.  The orphan-hearted feel they are on the bottom even when they are on top. No matter how lofty their success, they cannot savor it. Nothing removes their insecurity because hidden software running in their spirits keeps them desperate for the approval of some vague ‘someone.’ They can never please this phantom, but they cannot stop trying.

The last verse of the Old Testament predicts this and names the cure. Malachi 4:5-6 says, “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

To be free of an orphan heart, learn these truths.

1. Transfer your search for approval from an earthly father to your Heavenly Father. Let Him provide the missing nutrients in your past and present. God will heal your devastated childhood.  Hebrews 12:9 says it so clearly: “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!”

2. Remember, important people may do important things, but it is wrong to assume that if we accomplish important things, we will feel important.   Again, even after success, orphans feel worthless.

3. Let the Holy Spirit flood your heart with the Spirit of Adoption!   Lord, let us see how the death of Jesus on the Cross destroyed the curse of sin that separated us from God our Father and made us orphans.  Show us how You yearn to saturate our hearts with the unshakable knowledge that we are Your beloved children.  When we know that through Christ we have Your approval, no one else’s approval will ever matter. And no one will ever be able to make us feel worthless.  Amen.



  1. Mark Hagey

    GOOD Mario Romans 8:15,16.

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  2. Gregory A Dean

    Our problems in the US are cultural. Not fixable via politics.

    How does government fix an amputated spirit?

  3. Maria Holm


    “God will heal your devastated childhood”. I have experienced that since my conversion to Christ in my youth. The Lord never lets us down

  4. kingskid48

    I believe you hit this on the head, Pastor Mario. Multiple thousands of students are walking out of their classrooms today, marching in fear of the world burning them from global warming within a dozen years. They’ve been brainwashed by globalists into believing there is no point in marrying and having children, no point to their lives since all they really are is advanced monkeys, and they should be willing to destroy their lives and their bodies by following the latest leftist lies regarding the earth, and regarding sexuality. The leftist radicals will have much to answer for in Eternity for what they have done to the children.

    • Carolina

      AMEN kingskid48, These young impressionable minds have been taught from tiny tots to believe all the rhetoric hubris that the progressive liberal globalists dished out. It is literally heart breaking to see how psychologically bound their thinking is. If that globalist drivel is all a child ever learns then they’re doomed to believe, repeat and ultimately base their lives on a series of orchestrated lies. Meant to eventually control them and submit their freedoms under a central rule of authoritarian government. These ‘Green Scheme’ brokers could care less about the children & their future, they’re simply in it for the global monetary alteration to help make them rich or richer. These lie brokers use FEAR tactics and peddle out a dismal future with death mantra in order to cause the youth to align with their narrative and obey them. Add to that Mario’s insight of the Orphan spirit and its a double whammy evil burden placed upon a youthful soul too naive to fight back.

  5. Debra

    Timely Word!
    Please pray for my family!
    Thank you!

  6. waibera mahamba

    Thank you for this message

    May God bless you abundantly

    Our vision: Planting Churches around the nations of the world as we minister to people who have no hope.


    2019-09-20 17:57 UTC+02:00, Mario Murillo Ministries

  7. clovenfire21

    This really hit the core of my heart and spirit. It is truth. I have lived it. I have grandchildren especially one who is being destroyed, and I scream out to God because I see it. I am completely powerless to help her because if I try to address it even in love, I am cruelly attacked and she and I both are kept from each other. Even the counselor she is going to does not believe her. So she can’t even tell her the truth. Neither her Mom nor her Dad see their part in her destruction. Her Father is my son. Her mother had full custody. Both of them are alcoholics. Her Mother’s parents know but cover up for her, her sister is also an alcoholic and verbally and physically abuses her. Her stepfather know the truth but he covers for her too. He was a jailor and now a hospital guard. His father is a retired well known attorney. Even though there are witnesses they will not speak up for her. If I persue outside legal help the authorities would put her in foster care. I realised her from birth to 5 years old, then her mother took her. I have seen her go from a beautiful sweet child with a voice for singing from God since she could even make sounds. By the time she was 9 she was beating her head against the wall saying she wanted to die. She is 13 now and totally filled with rage and hatred. She curses her mother to her face and if she is struck she will strike back and fight. Everything is twisted back on her and I am not the only one who has seen that. Please please intercede for her and he little 8 years old brother who I raised til he was four, he is Ina very bad situation also and legally my hands are tied. Please pray for me asI bear the pain of seeing it and being helplesd. I pray for their parents but nothing is changing…yet. please do not put this comment publically. They know my name on here. Please pray.

  8. Bobbie

    PLEASE give them your Story and keep is concise, only the facts, truth (where people go wrong is emotions, emotional in length of writing).
    1. Contact Carissa Phelps who wrote “Runaway Girl” she is an Author and Attorney, see if any suggestions and or help. Please read her story along with “Sometimes if God has a Kid’s Face” by Bruce Ritter excellent write with horrific true stories.
    2. Contact Rutherford Institute-John Whitehead and Group and see if anyone can help as they might refer you to someone who can help.
    3. You might NOT like Dr. Phil but he has RESOURCES and NO Child should be going through this. Sat through many a Court Case and Children have RIGHTS!
    4. IF, the CORRUPT Court and Judicial System isn’t defending this Child then that needs to be exposed to all media (Google: all email addresses for Media and mailing, do something).
    5. Then there is the ACLU
    6. Authors Susan Forward, Ph.D, Dr. Laura, Dan Neuharth, Diane Langberg, would ask them for help and referrals.
    The Reference Department of any Library can print out their information, address, phone, fax and or any information.

    Note: Movie “Irreconcilable Differences”1984: These two narcissistic parents well, how it all plays out. MAJOR PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY, “Jezebel Spirit” out to Destroy the Home/Marriage/People/Children and “Diabolical Narcissism” & “Gaslighting” by Ann Barnhardt which is all satanism. Years ago AARP ran an article: “When Your Child Won’t Talk to You” by Josh Coleman; other writers-2012.

    This Nation better wake up, we value STUFF*/THINGS over Children and People and our Elderly who just want our TIME, LOVE AND LISTENING EAR; it’s definitely the Malachi 4:5&6 call. Even recently headline in “People Magazine” is some couple begging people to spend more time with their children. What would happen if we all turn off the “Plug in Drug”, Electric Toilet, and Computers; Phones had time limit. *the weather elements are stripping people of what they thought was important, HUMAN LIFE IS IMPORTANT, stuff doesn’t matter people do. We need “Make A Wish Foundation” for the Elderly and they want someone to take them for a Drive, or talk with, or Play Game Boards/Card Games, or Conversation or watching TV with; as their children/gran-kids have NO time because they are under the Egyptian Master of NO time themselves.

    We are all People; NOT Race per yellow journalist news. It’s NOT about being Separatist ANYTHING (race, creed, color, religion, political party dung, education, money, titles); WE ARE ALL PEOPLE AND OUR HEARTS ARE THE SAME COLOR and we ALL need to come together and say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. This is America and look hardcore at us! Do BELIEVE in the Power of Prayer that the Lord can take the blinders off their eyes; bring healing, peace and salvation to situation!

  9. Bobbie

    P.s. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING HARDCORE. If, you don’t know what to Pray for ask God and he will tell you.

    • Clovenfire21

      Thank you so very much for your time, advice, and all the information. I am praying so hard, but I have got to make it more Word and less tears and emotional. Thank you for that advice,! I know you are right. I have got to move fast, my granddaughter is at the breaking point and I see it clearly. My email is tewalker21@gmail.com. I would love to be able to have contact with you besides on here, if you don’t mind. I am going to start on some of your advice today. There are details I dared not divulge, I know you understand.

  10. Bobbie

    Mario: Talk to Kevin Prosch about this “Orphan Spirit” as he has an AMAZING, AMAZING Testimonial was there to hear it; it was so profound, one of those. Consider him a very gifted Prophetic Psalmist that was another one “violently killed in the church”! Was there for a lot of his recordings: “Even, So Come, Save Us Oh God, King of Saints, Hear Our Cry”. I’ve actually called Tom Davis of Amber Rose; as he did a lot of those recordings to find Mr. Prosch and do more recordings and a Pastor brought him up to me and a friend recently her favorite Album was Peppercorn. I’ve seen him get so lost in the Presence of the Lord didn’t know the Audience was there. His hearts cry for what your writing, the “Orphan Spirit”, wow! I told that, Pastor find him ask if he will do a Concert as would attend. When God brings people to mind also, it’s to PRAY for them. For numbers of years his music and Robin Mark’s “Revival in Belfast, Come Heal Our Land was the only items could listen to for YEARS. Hope he wrote a Book.

    Thot: You might bash him for ministries he aligned with; I see it, as them using people to bring money to build their empire and their agenda, their coffers.

  11. Clovenfire21

    Could you please tell me how to find Kevin Prosch’s information, writings, books, anything that night help me minister mentally and emotionally to my 13 year old granddaughter. She is at a very dangerous emotional and mental stage. Her Father is my son, both her mother and father have alcohol and emotional problems. I raised her until she was five years old, and I financially devastated myself trying to help her Dad. I fear authorities will become involved and take her from us all, and that would push her over the edge for sure. If I can help her, by learning more how to handle her emotional problems, she may be able to be saved.

    • Bobbie

      Sorry haven’t gotten back to you but EVERYTHING has been hijacked even my phones. I would give you my number but I’m on my 11th phone and can’t get them to work at all and problems with new numbers. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. I can give you a copy of the Orphan message or actually his Testimony by Kevin Prosch but NOT for couple months. He did the message at Anaheim Vineyard maybe they have a copy of his Testimony. Because I’ve been at this for years; that’s why gave you the list to contact. Also, watch Mark Levin’s interview with Jaco Booyens and see if his organization can help. Watch his Video “8 Days”; his interview is crucial.

      You have to start somewhere. So, breathe; get a lined tablet and start calling and faxing the List for help or contact them by emails, etc. Get everyone’s name, dates, address, fax whatever information; stay focused, stay with same Tablet. EVERYONE; please pray for Clovenfire21 and this situation; as it is the Malachi 4:5&6 call period. PERSEVERE, ENDURANCE, ENDURANCE, ENDURANCE, NEVER GIVE UP; NEVER SURRENDER. LOOK UP TO HEAVEN AND ASK GOD TO SEND HELP. I DO IT ALL THE TIME AND HE DOES.

      Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.




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