Monday, March 12, 2018

All the Prodigal Children

Once I thought that my ancestry was American Indian and then I discovered that it was not and it has been wreaking havoc with my sense of who I am! I am having to reconfigure my identity. So it is when we get born again of God spirit.

John’s idea of repentance would have been formed by it’s Hebrew word shub, which means “To turn back and retrace your steps, in order to return by the right way.”

I experienced a most amazing revelation this morning concerning the prodigal son story involving the fact that I am a prodigal daughter! When I was seven years old I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I know this because I began speaking in tongues at the age of seven, though I received instruction from no one, nor was I brought up in a pentecostal church.  I had asked God, in my ignorant innocence, to provide me a way to speak to Him without my family being aware, as I had been "forbidden" to bother them anymore with my requests to pray before dinner!

However, although I began reading a Bible at the age of six, and although I was aware of the Lord and his commands and principles that I read in the Bible, awareness and knowledge and understanding are all very different things.

The prodigal son grew up in the home of his father where he had everything he could ever ask for or need.

Although he was aware of all his father's goodness and wealth and provision he obviously lacked any understanding concerning his father's provision and love and care for him. That lack of understanding led to his foolish decision to squander that which his father provided in the most horrendous manner. And yet a day came when he, as the biblical story reveals to us, came to himself. He came to an understanding of that which previously he had only been aware of. That even the low List servant in his fathers house was well fed and well cared for. And so he went back to his fathers house where he was welcomed by his father with open arms, the killing of the fatted calf, and a great banquet to show his complete acceptance back into the family.

This parallels my own journey with the Lord.

Although I was aware, I lacked any maturity, Wisdom, or understanding concerning the Lord and all that was available to me as a born-again child of the living king. This led to my squandering what God was giving me, which was manifest as seen by the choices I made in my life. But when I came to myself which meant that I went from being aware to gaining some wisdom and maturity and understanding, and I returned home to my heavenly father, I was welcomed back with open arms and complete forgiveness of all my sin. All of it!

This is different then putting one's hand to the plow in wisdom and understanding and commitment and then turning away from it thereby making you not fit for the kingdom of the living God.

Just as the prodigal was able to return home and be fully restored to the family and fully fit for the kingdom of his father, so was I, as a prodigal daughter, able to return to the father be fully restored and be fit for the kingdom.

That forgiveness and washing away of the stain of sin, separating you from SIN FOREVER and COMPLETELY is available to any and everyone who simply ASKS for it.  The cry of Christianity has not changed.  Man may have added and subtracted and twisted truth over the years, but the Bible still contains the truth revealed - and the answer for a sinner is still the same:

REPENT, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.  

At hand means close by - waiting for you and I to turn away from sin, ask for forgiveness and receive it from the only Wise God, Who created us, breathed the original breath of life into us and loves us with an unconditional and everlasting love.

John 3:16 is so famous precisely because it is so true!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life"

We are all prodigals, and every one of us has a loving Father waiting with OPEN arms to welcome us BACK into the family we came from originally, the Family of God, where we will be forgiven, washed clean, beautifully dressed in His righteousness through Christ, and delivered from eternal death into Eternal Life through Christ Jesus who paid the penalty IN FULL for all our sin!

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