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The Pig Pen

  • I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.' He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:18 WEB

    The younger son in the story that Jesus told here, had really messed up his life and ran through all of his inheritance in wild living and prostitutes. When his money was all was gone, a famine set in and those who may have helped him, were no longer able to.

    When he was starving, he got a job feeding pigs, which would have been repulsive to a Jew. Pigs (swine) were considered unclean under mosaic law. After growing up on a farm, I can confirm that. There is nothing quite like the smell of a hog pen, and they love to wallow in the mud.

    While starving and living in a disgusting place, he came to his senses. Hardship has an amazing way of bringing us back to reality. He remembered that His father's hired servants had food to spare and he decided to humble himself and go back home. While he lived with his father, he lived in royalty. When he lived on his own, he lived in utter poverty.

    The son put together a repentance speech: 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants' (Luke 15:18). Then he humbly went to meet his father, broke, barefoot, and hungry.

    His father saw him coming up the road, was moved with compassion, and ran to his son, hugging and kissing him. While the son was still trying to explain how sorry and unworthy that he was, the father was already commanding the others to bring the best robe and put it on him, a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. He threw a great feast and celebrated having his son back home safe and sound. The father was very happy to have his son back with him.

    Sometimes we stumble and feel like we are no longer worthy to talk to God. We feel that we have let Him down, once again. Then the enemy climbs on our back and rides us around like a pony, telling us how sorry that we are, and often he is right. We did it and there is no one to blame but us. We knew that it was wrong, but did it anyway.

    Yet no matter what we have done in the past, we can humbly turn back to God and He will begin to restore us. He is not mad, but so happy to see us walking on His road. Too often we go about with our head down, having no idea who we really are in Christ, or how much we mean to Him. We are bound by our past and living exactly as the enemy wants us, broken and defeated, when it could be corrected in seconds.

    If you ever find yourself broken, hungry, living in a disgusting place and it was completely your fault, remember that God's door is still open, and that He wants you back with Him. He promises us that He who believes in Jesus will never be put to shame. So shake that defeated mentality off and lift your head for you are a Child of the King, and you are always welcome in God's house.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for accepting me just as I am. Please restore me Lord and help me find my proper place in the body. Help me to know who I am in You. Restore my identity as Your child and lead me from this day forth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen
Feb 17
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Keep us in your sights dear God. Thank you Father. Amen. 

Feb 16
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father, Thank you for loving me

Feb 16
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Lead us Jesus for your glory.Give us strength and help us not to worry and turn our troubles and problems over to you. Amen 

Feb 16
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, lead me into Your perfect plans for my life, Amen!

Feb 16
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 16
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Feb 16
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank You for your blessings and for caring about mefor me. Amen 

Feb 16
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you God for your forgiveness and always wanting the best for us.  

Feb 16
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen

Feb 16
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know I've fail You many times but You always restore me. Speak and lead me, I want to show more of You in me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God bless you Pastor, great message. 

 

Feb 16
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen !! This is such a beautiful picture of how much our Father in heaven loves us. It doesnt matter what we have done or how long it has been since we prayed or went to church. He is waiting with open arms to receive us and He loves us like no one else can or ever will love us.There is nothing that can stop Him from loving us! Nothing that can separate us from the love of God! This is such a wonderful message!

 

Feb 16
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, we all fail at some point, but "we are more than conquerors...."

Feb 16
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 16
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!!

Feb 16
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

Feb 17
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! My life is a true example of this story and how true it really is. Thank You Father!

Feb 17
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen Thank you Jesus ❤

Feb 17