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The Prodigal Son – Pt. 1 Scripture Reading: Luke 15: 11-32 By Teacher Alton Felix Date: 1 st March, 2015
Meaning of ‘Prodigal’ n Prodigal - Wasteful; lavish ; extravagant n For example, a prodigal person is someone who may be excessive in his/her spending to the point of being wasteful. n For example, a prodigal person is someone who may be excessive in his/her spending to the point of being wasteful. n Most times a prodigal person’s goal is to satisfy his own needs and wants and he/she tends to be reckless on how money is spent to achieve this. n A prodigal person may feel that ‘money is not a problem’ as he/she may have easy access to wealth.
God Loves A Cheerful Giver! n Let’s not confuse ‘ a prodigal person’ with ‘a cheerful giver.’ n The difference has to do with the intention of the person. n A prodigal person usually spends money to satisfy his/her self, whereas ‘a giver’ cheerfully gives money to improve the life of another person or further the cause of an organization, e.g. the church.
Give Me What Is Mines! “A certain man had two sons: 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.” - Luke 15: 11-12 - Luke 15: 11-12 n It is customary for parents to leave an inheritance for their children, and this is usually done at the time when the parents are ready to do so, or even after their deaths. n The father in this story gladly consented to his son’s untimely request by sharing his life’s possessions between his two sons.
Where Life’s Journey May Take Us …. “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.” - Luke 15: 13 n The young man wanted to experience life…try new things, have fun, go to new places, meet new people and have a good time. n But there was a cost – he wasted what his father gave him. Also, he had moved from the known to the unknown… the relationship with his father was broken. n Spiritually, one’s relationship with the Heavenly Father is broken as we move away from Him and seek after the pleasures of life. Also, our spiritual gifts remain dormant or are wasted in the process.
When It Rains It Pours... “And when he had spent it all, there arose a mighty famine in the land; and he began to be in want.” - Luke 15: 14 n First he was broke, and now there was a famine! n Everything seems to go wrong at the same time! The devil’s plan for your life is to destroy you, no matter how sweet things may appear at the beginning! n What is interesting is that the young man was still in want. It is as though all the wine, music, and pleasures could not fill a void in his life. Sounds familiar. n Spiritually, the young man was in the wrong place. Once our relationship with God is broken we will soon come to a place where we will be in need, and nothing will seem to fill that void.
Desperation & Demotion “And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed the swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.” - Luke 15: 15- 16 n Things were grim and the son was desperate. In order to survive he went to work for someone – his job was feeding pigs. n Amazingly, the young man seems happy eating the pig’s food. It was really about survival: – either eat what the pigs eat or die of starvation because no one gave him anything. n This was a clear demotion from being the son in his father’s house eating the best food etc. to working in the field and eating pig’s food.
Don’t Always Blame the Devil… n The decisions I make and the people I associate with will ultimately determine how my life turns out. I will not blame the devil for everything that goes wrong in my life. Today I take responsibility for my decisions and actions.
A Time of Reflection… “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!- Luke 15:17. “ When he came to himself..” Wow! I can identify with that. We all go through stages in life where we do some really crazy stuff! We act out of character, just like this young man, and things may take a turn for the worse! “ When he came to himself..” Wow! I can identify with that. We all go through stages in life where we do some really crazy stuff! We act out of character, just like this young man, and things may take a turn for the worse! n Here the son started to take stock of his life…It is as though he is having a conversation with himself and asking, “What am I really doing? I’m eating pig food! Am I for real?” n He is reflecting on the changes which took place in his life over a period of time. He is assessing where his decisions have taken him.
Ultimately, the choice Is Our.. n Take time to reflect... Do I want to change? n Am I happy with where my life is heading? n Is this really me? n My life has hit ‘rock bottom,’ do I really want to continue along this path? n Is this path taking me to a ‘dead-end’ or,worse yet, if I continue the way I’m going, will this bring about my untimely and pre-mature death. n Am I doing what I was born to do?
Life’s Blows May Dim Your Vision of Who You Are… n Although this may be easier said than done, don’t see yourself as any less a person than you really are. n By all means do some critical self-examination of where you are in life, errors made, wrong relationships, bad decisions and so. n However, don’t repeatedly beat yourself over the head for past mistakes and hurts: ASK GOD FOR FORGIVESSNESS…FORGIVE OTHERS, and very importantly, FORGIVE YOURSELF. n Find the strength in the Lord, make the necessary changes, forget the past and move on victoriously in Christ.
Reality Check! n “How many hired servants of my father’s have enough to spare and I perish with hunger!”- Luke 15:17 n The son recognized that he was living a defeated life… a sub- normal life… he was living a life which was even below that of his father’s servants. He left for greener pastures which turned out to be barren land and dessert places!” n The grass always looks greener on the other side, especially when we live in a place of comfort, and have to operate within certain boundaries or rules..Sounds familiar?
As It Is In the Physical… n You will agree that in his father’s home, the son was in a place of authority, comfort and luxury, far beyond that of his servants. But now his disobedience has led him astray and almost to the point of ruin. n As it is in the physical, so it is in the spiritual. I remember the times when sin enticed me and I moved away from my relationship with God. There are always consequences which result from sin. But I thank God for His grace and mercy which allowed me to repent and return to Him before it was too late. n Don’t continue to live a life which may result in disaster. If you give Jesus Christ a chance in your life things always turn around for the better. Make that choice today.
Beware of Anger! n It seems that the son was angry with himself for making wrong choices which led to his situation: n “How many hired servants of my father’s have enough to spare and I perish with hunger!” n True, it was mainly his own actions which led to his near starvation, and it is only reasonable that he should be vex with himself or at least, regret making some decisions in the past. n What if someone else’s actions may have led to his wretched situation, say, he was kicked out the house, or he was abused and neglected and left to fend for himself? That would really make him angry, having to eat pig food to survive, wouldn’t it?
Don’t Allow Yourself to Become Bitter…. n Sometimes life can deal us a blow or set-back as a result of our own actions or the actions or inactions of others. n Listen, even though we may hurt for a time, don’t allow yourself to become so angry with yourself or so bitter with the person(s) who wronged you that you remain an angry person. n Take time to deal with the pain but find it within yourself and with the help of God to forgive. n Staying angry or bitter, and carrying unforgiveness in your heart will make you sick, literally. You will be unhappy, grumpy and even do things that you would not normally do. Sometimes, angry people can become depressed and even suicidal. n Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy or bring you to that place where you feel life is not worth living.
Let it Go! n If you are hurting to the point where you are angry with yourself or others, say this simple prayer: n “Heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me in spite of what I may have done or what others may have done to hurt me. Help me to deal with the pain, and give me the grace to forgive myself and __________________ (say the person(s) name). Touch my mind, so that I do not always think about the past hurts. I bless ______________________ (say the person(s) name), and I release myself and _______________________ (say the person(s) name), from the spirit of unforgiveness. Thank You for hearing my prayer, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” n Now that you are free from those hurts, allow God to have His way with you from this point onwards. Draw closer to God by spending time in prayer and reading the Bible. n Every time thoughts of the past come into your mind, resist thinking about them. Remember, you have already forgiven yourself and the person(s) who may have hurt you, so do not dwell on those negative thoughts…Let Go and Let God have His way with you.
I Will Live and Not Die!! n “How many hired servants of my father’s have enough to spare and I perish with hunger!” - Luke 15:17 n I will say it again: “Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy or bring you to that place where you feel life is not worth living.” n I will say it again: “Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy or bring you to that place where you feel life is not worth living.” n Things weren’t looking good for the young man in the story. Life was confusing, and it seemed as though he was living a life of regret. He may have become angry and depressed since he felt that he had reach the end of the line. He admitted that he was near starvation because he had little or no food to eat.
A Word for the Hopeless n Just in case you are one of those who may feel hopeless because life’s situations may have pushed you to the end of the line, ALL IS NOT LOST!! n At some stage in life we all have to deal with our own demons. Here are some: anger, bitterness, fear, anxiety, depression, lack, suicide, pride, jealousy, envy, hate, drunkenness, loneliness, negativity, rejection, complaining, fornication etc. n It is easy to feel overwhelmed and that life is not worth living! n The devil is a liar! I will live and not die, in spite of how things may seem. God loves me and have a plan for my life! n Let us pray.
SOS to the Throne! n Heavenly Father, I am lost without You. Help Me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
A Word of Caution n “How many hired servants of my father’s have enough to spare and I perish with hunger!” - Luke 15:17 n The young man in the story spoke about what he was going through. That is alright, but your circumstances are never permanent! n The Word of God says “Death and life is in the power of the tongue.” n So, speak life! Stop speaking negatively all the time. Learn to speak positive things into your negative situation. For example, don’t repeatedly say “I perish will hunger” but say “God will supply my needs!”
God Has A Plan For My Life! n The Bible also teaches that everything works out for good for those who love God. n What am I saying? Two things: 1) God has a plan for your life and sees the bigger picture which you may not always see; 2) Take it from me, after you get through the storms in your life, you realize that it was necessary that you experience those things so that you can become a better person and be a blessing to others. Can you hold on and trusting God long enough until He turns that situation around? Are you willing to make the first step if necessary and do what is required of you to change your situation? n God is saying to you, right now, “A new day is coming. Speak life!”
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