There are many people in this world who have turned their back on God and
lived a life of sin and even though they feel bad and want to come to the
Lord and start fresh, they think God will not forgive them and instead of
confessing their sin, they continue in it. The Lord laid the message of
the Prodigal Son on my heart, which is a message of forgiveness and
redemption and that is what I wanted to share with you today.
The story of the prodigal son is one of first pride, second wild living,
third failure and finally realization that repentance is required for a
clean start. I want you to read this parable and know that just because we
fall short and sin, God the Father is willing to forgive us from all our
unrighteous and make us a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Here is the parable in its entirety as it is written in the New King James
Luke 15:11-32 (The numbers in the text refers to the Bible verses)
11Then Jesus said: "A certain man had two sons. 12"And the younger of them
said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to
me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. 13"And not many days after, the
younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there
wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14"But when he had spent all,
there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
15"Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he
sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16"And he would gladly have filled
his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired
servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18'I
will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you, 19"and I am no longer worthy to be
called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."'
20"And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way
off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck
and kissed him. 21"And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against
heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it
on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23'And bring
the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24'for this
my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they
began to be merry.
25"Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the
house, he heard music and dancing. 26"So he called one of the servants and
asked what these things meant. 27"And he said to him, 'Your brother has
come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has
killed the fatted calf.' 28"But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore
his father came out and pleaded with him. 29"So he answered and said to his
father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed
your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that
I might make merry with my friends. 30'But as soon as this son of yours
came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted
calf for him.'
31"And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is
yours. 32'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your
brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'"
The parable of the prodigal son is a good message for every person whether
they are believers or unbelievers in Lord Jesus Christ because it shows
the mercy of God and how willing He is to forgive all who come to Him in
For the believer it is a good message because it shows how we are not to
act, in that we are to rejoice when sinners come to the Father and receive
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and we are to be exceedingly glad,
for they have escaped an eternity in hell. I say this because just as the
older son in this story saw it unfair for his father to have mercy on his
son because of his selfishness and sinful living, we sometimes do the same
thing when someone has misused our trust or treated us wrongly. God
forgives and wipes their slate clean and so should we; for we have all
fallen short at one time or another. (Psalm 103:12) (Romans 3:23)
I believe it is important that we realize that God is just and will judge
all who continue in sin, but He is willing to forgive all who come to Him
now before it is too late and that soul is lost for all Eternity; for God
has said "Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is
near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:6-7
If you feel like the son in this story and you are sick of living an empty
life of sin and unrighteousness, I want you to know that God is waiting
for you to call upon Him and He promises to welcome you in with open arms
just as it is written in this parable. I want you to be confident in the
fact that no matter what sin has you feeling unforgivable, God will
forgive and make you whiter than snow. Simply call upon the Lord and ask
for it. (Revelation 3:20) (Isaiah 1:18)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 103:10-14 "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor
punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above
the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the
east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust."
Romans 10:9-10 "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation."
2 Corinthians 6:2 "...Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the
day of salvation."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
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is Spirit led and God anointed.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry