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Saturday, June 16, 2018

THE PRODIGAL SON





            Text: Luke 15:11-13  And he 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 falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Fathers are providers
            Luke 11:9-13  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

            Luke 15:14-16  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. Imployed?
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. He was employed and didn't have enough to eat.

            Luke 15:17-19  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
            Before a lost person can come to God he must see his true state of slavery to sin and separation from God. He must humbly return to the father, confess his sin and be willing to do whatever the father requires. It takes the Spirit of God to bring someone to the realization of his need.
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father; I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
            The least in the kingdom of god are better off than those with more and don't have God in their lives.

            Luke 15:20-24  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.
            God is always ready to accept those coming unto him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. True repentance.
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:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, 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.
            God always gives us more than we deserve when we come to him in repentance.

Elder son
            Luke 15:25-27  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

Father loved his elder son.
            Luke 15:28-32  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
            Our works go before us. We will be rewarded for all that we do for God, even if it's just a glass of cold water. Our rewards sometimes take a while getting here.
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots; thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
            The older son always had security and everything that he needed.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

            Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
            God provides spiritual and material needs for all his children.
            God created the world with us in mind. All that we need is available to us.
We have the material we need to build everything we for shelter etc.. We have all we need to produce food, clothing etc..
            God also provides all our spiritual needs. Music, songs, sound mind ect..

           

           


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