Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. John 14:19 NIV
We are born again! This is something you need to get deep down in your spirit. Too many of us concentrate on the suffering of Christ, and we think that it glorifies Him to beat ourselves up over and over again, but it is written:
I, I am he
who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25 ESV
Not too long ago there was a girl I knew who was struggling with life, and I thought I could help her so I invited her to stay at my place. I came to realize that I could not save her, only Jesus can, and she had to want to be healed. Now I know this sounds crazy that anyone who is sick would not want to be healed, but some people, like the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-17), get themselves in the ‘pit’ and after trying to get out on their own strength – which once in the pit only Jesus can get you out – and fail, they begin to make themselves comfortable there. They accept their situation and I’ve even known people who hang pictures and decorate the place rather than turning to Jesus and doing the work He wants you to do to get out. This is the same sin that got Satan cast out of Heaven – Pride. To make a long story short I eventually had to ask the girl to leave. As you can imagine things turned ugly and she made a statement “you’ve forgotten where you came from”. No I didn’t forget that I had once been like she was, this was the compassion that had me invite her into my home to start with, but the key here is that I hadn’t forgotten. . .I just didn’t live there anymore! And if you have surrendered your life to Christ, neither should you!
Luke 15:11-32 tells a parable of two sons and a father. The youngest goes to his father and demands his share of the estate to which the father gives him. Any of this sounding familiar? How many times have we treated God like a genie, demanding he grant our wishes instead of treating Him with respect? He is our creator and we are his creations. Now the younger son has all these riches and goes traveling and partying. Before long he has spent every last dime, and a severe famine came over the land. So he went looking for any kind of work he could get, and there he found someone who needed someone to feed his pigs. He became so hungry that he wanted to eat the food he was giving to the pigs. And he was in such despair and felt all alone that is says ‘no one gave him anything.’ Those of us who have traveled down the wrong road to the point of despair can testify that once the money and partying runs out, so does everyone and everything else, and yes we find ourselves in the middle of a famine and in need. We try to get out of the pit on our own strength, remembering better times spent with family and friends that we turned our back on. I love the next part it says ‘when he came to his senses’ he decided to give up his wayward ways and return to his father asking for forgiveness. He didn’t ask to be restored to his previous position because he didn’t think he deserved it, he just ask to be as one of the hired servants. I don’t know about you, but this is how I felt when I confessed and repented. Please Lord just let me clean the toilets!
This is the part you need to identify yourselves with! The Father had been looking for the lost son and it says that ‘while he was still a long way off his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’ WOW! Continue reading He’s Alive!