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Celebration in repentance

“He also said: “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets to them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living. After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! ’ So they began to celebrate.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:11-24‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

In those days (still today) it was a disgrace to eat with animals especially with pigs; an unclean animal. From having it all to to eating with animals seems like a dramatic step back but this is what happens when you forget how good you had it. In that moment he repents; he had a change of mind. He went back to his father to ask for forgiveness and his father didn’t respond with words but with action. Giving his son his robe, a ring, and a feast to celebrate his return. In this parable it shows that the father cares for all his children even the ones who are lost. When we repent for the sins that we commit God rejoices. He rejoices because we understand that He is a loving God. The beauty in repentance is understanding that God always has your best interest. In the parable when the son comes back some parents would be more mad that the son left them rather filled with joy of the return. Repentance is a change of mind. Whatever we did before we got saved we corrected it by the word of God. When we renew our mind with His word it becomes more clear why we should serve our merciful God.

God bless

How far does God love goes

“I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! ’ So they began to celebrate.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:18-24‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

If your in this situation where you made a mistake or you continue to make the same mistakes; me and you are in the same boat. For me it’s hard for me to turn to God when I sin because I know that God is a holy God. More times than I want to admit that I forget that he is a father as well. A father that wants me to run towards him in the mist of trouble or when I scrape my knee from falling. God love goes above and beyond my understanding. And yet I don’t run to it. Instead I believe the lies that hinder me from bonding with my father. God is running towards us with open arms to lift the burdens that are to heavy, to shed light in places that grew dark, and help us understand that there’s no mountain high enough or no river wide enough to separate His love from us.

God bless

Devote yourselves to prayer

​Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2 HCSB

Sometimes we get too wrapped up in life when we forget to pray, give thanks or just acknowledge who He is. We lean back on our understanding instead of His. We start to take credit for things that was meant for God’s glory. This is due to lack of time spent with God. Somewhere in our walk we veered left but it’s time to get back on the road. Devote yourselves to prayer. Open that line of communication with God and restore the relationship you once had. Give God thanks and glory for being a forgiving, faithful, and awesome Father.
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Our identity in our creator

Have you ever meditated on God being our creator. This all powerful God made the heavens and the earth, mankind, animals, galaxies and even time itself. And yet He cares so much about us. Before the foundation of the world he knew who we are and what were going to do.(psalms 139:16) He knows the hair on our heads (Matthew 10:30)and all our needs.(Matthew 6:8)

             The devil steal this truth from us and replace it with a lie. One of those lies he tells us that we’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, rich enough, or skinny enough to be wanted. We have to remember that He made us in his image (Genesis 1:26-27) which means when He sees you He sees Himself. He sees His glorious work of art in you. WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD! We were fearfully and wonderfully made in his image (psalms 139:14) Our skin, size, looks, intelligence, finances, or anything else does not stop God our father from loving us. God knows who you are…… Now embrace who you are!
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God’s timing is always perfect

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31 NASB

God’s timing is always perfect.The problem is our timing. Sometimes He will provide at a time least expected, but right on time. Sometimes He will provide when you ask him and sometimes you won’t get what you ask for. We forget that He is our FATHER! He is going to look out for our best interest regardless if we know it or not. He loves us with a passion that can’t be described in words.

God bless

 

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