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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 5, 2021
Returning To God

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 15:11-32 KJV
11 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.
14 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.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 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!
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.
20 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.
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.
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.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick 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.
28 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:
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.
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.

Have you ever backslide in faith, not denying God but choosing not to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, instead going down a different road for a time. That is what the story of Prodigal son is truly about. The young man full of desire, wants and the party life style. He is the man that wanted all his desires and friends to be with, not understanding his friends were only attract to what he could buy for them in the party life style. A partier with money always has friends, and plenty of their sensual desires met, the minute it gone they may have a few friends left that will lend to him temporarily but sooner or later he got to go work and earn a living or he will get no help. The man found work and was hired on as a pig farmer. Now Jews who Jesus was telling the story to would of found this disguisting. Pigs were consider meat not to eat, and a filthy beast. The man found himself in the corn crib of the pigpen, and eating slop that the pigs ate to survive. In today's world he would be eating out of the dumpster of the street or begging for food from a stranger. The man realized the hire servants of his father were better paid then he was at the moment and decided to go beg a job from his father. Upon reaching the fields of his father, his father seen him and meet him coming up the road full of tears and joy that he had come home. He sent his own servants to go kill the fat calf and prepared a feast in celebration of his son coming home. The son that had remained with his father understood not, but he told him I have you with me always, but this son I have not, "he was dead and is alive again, he was lost and now is found".

Can we gain something this morning the man that desire the world and the world only desired his money and not the young man. How one can reach for fame and fortune and find not true happiness, because when the money runs dry there is nothing left. It is the same of those that follow God and his ways, only to one day follow the road of sin. They follow because of their desires and a rebellious heart thinking the things of the world is much better and if anything those things of the world will pass away. Marry after the lust of your heart and not for friendship is much the same consequences as the man that followed only his lust and desires to party. See the things of this world may run dry and empty but the things of God always remain. I have been married 32 years to a man that is my best friend, he was looking for a wife, not looking for a good time of the partying sort. Sometimes when one goes through a party stage in life and have no course but to eat from the pig slop, earn a living, hope that the next job is better, it sometimes the only recourse. Sometimes the return to human family is not same as the spiritual journey home to God. There some out there wondering what do I mean, sometimes you got to take the hand that is dealt you and pull up your own boot straps to survive, but it does not mean God is not there in the journey. See God welcomes you home, if you repent and turn to him. Sometimes the human family is not that why, they rather see how far you can go in your struggle to survive. After all we have to work and make a living. If you become a better for your struggle then it is an achievement. Some are not loving people, not everyone blessed by a good family.

Money of an heritance only last so long if one does not continue to work, or use it responsibly. Nothing wrong with enjoy life, or spending time with friends. That not what scripture is implying. This story is about the sinner that choose sin and realize by faith he had more by following in the footsteps of Jesus. He found his only recourse was to repent and do things God's way. God restoring the one that was lost and now is found, the one that was thought to have died but it now resurrected in faith. Jesus may of even been comparing how the gentile nation was returning to faith at that time. Baptizing and repenting. Everyone that repented and return to God was a child of God. Even Jesus sent those he healed to see the Priest of Israel.

What is happening when missionaries go on the highways and byways to share the Gospels they call both sinners that are believers back to Christ and also the sinner that never heard of Christ or only knows there is a God. The missionary begins to educate the people. Are you lost like the man this morning from the ways of God but you believe in God and Jesus, all you need to do is repent, turn from sin and confess your faults to God. Talk to him, he will begin the spiritual healing process in your life. Family, and friends may reject you but God does not. He loves you and desires you to come home to him. To talk with him, and to walk with him in the spiritual life of faith.

Dear Heavenly Father, open the hearts of the lost to hear you calling to them to come home, that your door is always open to receiving them as they learn to repent, obey and trust in you and that your way is best for their life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Luke 14:16-27 KJV
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


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