‘When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
I can completely relate to the story of “The Prodigal Son.” And although he was basically saying to his father “you’re dead to me so give me my inheritance now!” and I wouldn’t necessarily go that particular route, I still have operated with a similar mindset in my past.
I did just recently discover some Apostle Paul Swagger (if you will) within his father that I haven’t seen before. In my opinion, the dad was wise enough to let his son go and live the life the son THOUGHT he desired.
Indeed the son set out to do all he had planned (the elaborate spending, debauchery, etc.). After he began desiring the pig’s food (Luke 15:16), I imagine him thinking “Uh, no! This isn’t cutting it AT ALL!”
He had a speech all prepared for his father, much like we prepare a speech continually for Our Heavenly Father, his speech was totally disregarded by the father. To me, the father’s act is a very good example of forgiveness.
A) Because I firmly believe that although the father was well aware of his son’s unwise decisions, the father CHOSE to welcome his son back home.
B) The father celebrated his son’s return by throwing him a party rather than rebuking him.
The father displays his faith in God by having a feast on honor of the son’s return home. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17) and the fact that the father was willing to throw a party for his son also indicated that he didn’t harbor any bitterness or resentment. *Now the other son (who stayed home the entire time) is a completely different story.
I wrote this blog because I have a very MAJOR issue with forgiving you’re truly. But I also decided to write this post because perhaps others struggle with forgiving themselves also.
In my opinion, the story of The Prodigal Son was perfectly illustrated by what Our Heavenly Father did for us by having Jesus Christ crucified. I’m sure it grieved both God and Jesus when the separation occured (Matthew 27:46).
Who wouldn’t serve a GOOD, GOOD Father like so?
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 15:2 NIVUK
I’m realizing exactly how much value I possess and frankly, that’s mind blowing!! Because of the LSE (low self-esteem), I have been selling myself way too short!
I have daily meetings with myself and God gave me a big halftime locker room talk (if you will) and reminded me of my value! He also reminded me that He’s taken up residency inside of me. He’s been living there for quite some time now, but I have NOT been treating Him/myself that way!
I have humbled myself enough to allow God to prune away the dead branches that produce zero fruit in order that the branches that do produce fruit can grow enormously!!
Frankly, I am very ready to see that part of me be completely RESTORED.
The photo below is a reminder to myself. It sticks in my refrigerator…
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”
Matthew 9:17 NLT
As I meditated on this verse today The Holy Spirit helped me get something completely new out it.
You see, I’m beginning to enter into a “new phase” in my life and it’s beneficial to know what to do with Marlon 2.0. I have been evaluating the various friendships in my life and God is assisting me with who or what stays as well as who or what goes.
Admittedly because I understand the difficulty in deciding on my own, I have elicited the aide of The Holy Spirit.
God knows very well what I need and He also knows what I desire (Psalm 37:4). That said, I am blown away 🤯🤯 by what He’s doing through one of my online eGroups through Elevation Church.
- Understanding my spiritual authority better
- Learning more about my true identity in Christ
I have been having major issues with my WiFi. Today however, I switched to Comcast. The technician came out today and hooked up the router and now the issue has been 1000% rectified. 🙌🙌
Early birthday gift
- God is revealing the “root cause” of my anger in order that I flourish completely.
- Seeing things much more clearly
- Listening to God’s voice more closely thereby uncovering true motivations.
- God’s favor is obviously on me and I have been unaware of this for several YEARS! Don’t misunderstand me, I definitely knew instinctively that people liked me and even my bad behavior was tolerated by most, but now I know why. 🙌🙌🙌
- I was asked earlier this week to go through leadership development training by my volunteering coordinator! 😲
- My future wife is getting more and more comfortable with me and is very accepting of my peculiar ways. 😃😃