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March 5th

“There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.” Luke 15: 11-13

This is the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but it is a story of an older brother and the father. It is a story of people who have a relationship with the Father but reject it, and rebel against the father.

The younger son comes to his dad and tells him that he wants his share of the inheritance and to go and enjoy the things of the world. When his dad gives his money to the son, he leaves to go to the world. He spends all of his inheritance on partying.

As we begin to look at this parable. Why did the father give his son the money? Why did he not refuse giving it to him? Why did he not try to stop his son from leaving?

I wonder if the father knew that if your son does not want to be with you, you cannot make him stay. When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, it is all about our heart! How many people no longer have a heart relationship with the Lord.

God created us with a free will, choice and we all must make a choice to love the Lord freely. If we do not want to serve the Lord, love the Lord then that is our choice!

God does not force to love Him! He wants us to want to love and serve Him!

Lord, help me today to want a closer relationship with You! Help me to realize that there is nothing in this world that is better than You!

We continue with the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

"And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything." Luke 15: 14-16

This boy who had everything at home, and never wanted for anything while he was with the father. He now is on his own, and has nothing left, he blew all of his money on the things of the flesh, and now he has no money, no friends, no place to go, no food and is in a desperate condition. This is the story of many people still today.

When trouble came, this young man is in NEED! He was desperate and could not fix his situation anymore. He could not buy his way out of this mess. Dr. Richard Dobbins says: "Until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, people will not change." In this story, the thing that would change this young man is "he was in great need." Until people realize that they are in need - they are not going to change. How many of us came to the Lord because we were in NEED? Life was out of control, and we could not change our situation.

NEED is a catalyst for change! So when our families, and friends are in need, that is what it may take for them to change. When we are in NEED, it will force us to do something. We can get bitter or we can get better. NEED is a good thing if it causes us to turn to the Lord.

This young man, looks for a job and the only job he could find was feeding the pigs! Think about how degrading, humiliating that must of been for this young man. Just a few days ago, he was on top of the world, and today he is out feeding the pigs. When everything is taken from us, we then realize that we need to turn somewhere. This young man is hungry, empty, and no one gave him anything to eat.

This man only had one place to go? When we are at the bottom, that is when we need to look up!

"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1

Let us look up to the Lord today, when we are in need! Let us pray for our unsaved loved ones, that they will look up when they are in need!

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