Friday, August 29, 2014

LESSONS FROM THE PRODIGAL SON

'I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee...' - Luke 15 vs 18

Dearly Beloved, this is one message aimed at reconciling men back to God. Too many people run from God because of their sin(s), but who else is able to receive us when we sin outside God? - Selah 

From our opening scripture, we see the story of the prodigal son. You can read the previous verses starting from verse 11, how that he asked for all his inheritance from his father, and took it and journeyed into a far country, and there spent it all lavishly. Now, look what this young man said in our opening scripture;

'I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee...' - Luke 15 vs 18

You see?

There are too many people who are running from God because of their sins, they think God is mad at them because of their wrongs, hence they begin to avoid church services, they begin to hide from their leaders (spiritual leaders, even their Pastors), they begin to become ineffective in the things of God, they begin to reject responsibilities in their church assembly. Why? sin! But the big question here is, who else can receive us when we sin outside the very person of God? No one. From the story above, we are told in the verse 16, that no man gave unto him. You see? No man gave him. This speaks of friends. Even friends rejected him. You see? No one is nice enough to receive you when you go wrong, only God whom you have wronged. So we see the wisdom of this son, he said he will arise and go to his Father, and tell Him how wrong his actions were. You see? This confirms what we've got in 1 John 1 vs 9;

'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' - 1 John 1 vs 9 {KJV}

You see?

Child of God, take courage and return to your Father. Listen, there is nothing happening to you in your life right now that God never knew of. That error is not a surprise to God. He's all knowledge. Let's see the Father's response to him when he came back;

'And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.' - Luke 15 vs 20 {KJV}

You see that? The Father didn't wait for him to come close, but ran after him first, and had compassion on him, and hugged him, and kissed him. Oooooooo Jesus! Merciful God.

My Dear, return to God, return to your Father, He greatly desires to pour on you His Great mercy with compassion, and He will restore your joy. That's what the son's father did;

Luke  15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  

15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:  

15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
{KING JAMES VERSION}

As you return to God your Father, I see Him restoring unto you all that you've lost because of sin. This I say in Jesus Christ Name. AMEN.

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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