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The Pig Pen

  • But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger! 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, fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:18'20 WEB.

    The prodigal younger son in the story Jesus told here had really messed up his life. He ran through all of the inheritance his father had given him and spent it in wild living and prostitutes. When all his money was gone, so were his friends. A famine came on the land, and even those who may have helped him were no longer able to.

    When he was broke and starving, he found work feeding pigs, which would have been repulsive to a Jew. Pigs (swine) were considered unclean under the 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, which is also their toilet.

    While the young man was starving and living in a disgusting place, he suddenly came to his senses. Hardship has a sobering way of bringing us back to reality. He remembered that His father's hired servants had food to spare. 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 and was moved with compassion. He ran out to meet his son and hugged and kissed him. While the son was still trying to explain how sorry and unworthy he was, the father was already commanding others to bring out the best robe and put it on him. Then 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 delighted to have his son come home.

    Sometimes we stumble and feel like we are no longer worthy of talking to God. We think 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 we are. Often, he is right. We did it, and there is no one to blame but us. We knew it was wrong but chose to do 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.

    Even if you find yourself broken, hungry, and living in a disgusting place, and it was entirely your fault. Remember, 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 off that defeated mentality and lift your head, for you are a Child of the King. 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 Your body. Help me come 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. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Lord Jehovah for all you have done for me and all of us. Yes, thank you for the reminder of knowing who I am in you! ❤️
Nov 14
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God you are my only hope. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen

Nov 14
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. My Trust and Faith is with the Lord. He is welcome in my home and my heart always. AMEN

Nov 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Jesus, Amen!

Nov 14
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus,you are so awesome. Amen 

Nov 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name  amen 

Nov 14
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I thank you that you are a God of second chances, third chances, fourth chances, and all the chances we need while we still breathe!

Nov 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, we have an awesome God. Thank You for loving me.

Nov 14
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Nov 14
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen

Nov 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Nov 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for being so considerate with me a sinner, to receive me back even when I've sinned. I regret wasting my time and I need more of You in my life for You are my everything. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Great reminder to keep in mind, God bless you and Sylvia. Thank you both. 

Nov 14
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Lord, for the reminder of knowing who I am in You!

Nov 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thank you Father for telling me I am your son and for the Grace you gave me at the cross, I may not be perfect but I am forgiven all I have to do is ask. I love you.

Nov 14
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

I know God loves me...His timing is always perfect.It's hard sometimes to be patient, when the circumstances haven't.changed. but His Plans are always better than mine. At this time in my life I don't have any plans to speak of. Just want to get well and clean up my home and yard. Hopefully get out of Debt. Get my Joy back. He knows what I need. Trusting Him, to restore what has been taken. I Give him glory & praise  for walking through all this mess...

Nov 14
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Nov 14
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 14
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 15