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Stepping Stones: Give Me What I Want

Stepping Stones: Give Me What I Want
June 7, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

Jesus taught the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. This young man really showed the classic “I don’t need any authority because it’s all about what I need and what I want…now!” mentality to guide his decision-making. We’ve all been there.

Deciding to set out on his own, he asked his father for his inheritance and off he went. He proceeded to make more bad choices, squandering his money on wild living. Eventually the money was gone and he fell to the position of feeding another man’s livestock. He was so hungry, even the food he was feeding the pigs looked good. He thought of home…his father’s servants would be eating better than he.

“I think I’ll return home and become one of my father’s servants”, he thought. “I don’t deserve more than that, but I believe he’ll hire me.” Good decisions; to admit his error and stop blaming others…to face up to responsibility.

The young man’s father, waiting for him and saw him coming home. He ran out to meet him with open arms, killed the fatted calf, and had a huge party to celebrate his son’s homecoming. This is one of the most powerful messages provided in the Word.

Don’t we often ask God for our inheritance, our salvation and other spiritual assets, and say, “thanks, but I don’t need you anymore. I’m off to satisfy my needs, my way, on my timeline, with no regard for my future growth.” Like the prodigal’s father, God gives us free will, hopes we choose to follow His instruction, but is always waiting with forgiveness and open arms when we come to our senses.

Have you made some bad decisions? Wandered off and squandered your talents or your opportunities to do good? Felt that your way was a better way than God’s? We all have, but return to Him and enjoy the contentment and celebration of letting Him be your Father, Teacher, Counselor, Coach, and Lord.

Today, make the right choice to follow the stepping-stones to your Heavenly Father. Every day, many opportunities exist to run with your inheritance and do life on your own. Or you can submit to His authority and guidance. Your choice. Make good decisions, because you have to live with the consequences or get to reap the rewards.
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Prayer
Dear Father God, I’ve made so many mistakes. I know many of the things I’ve done have not pleased You, but I thank You for this assurance of Your love and forgiveness. Please forgive me and take me into Your loving arms. I need You Father…I need more of You. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the one who opened His arms on the cross for me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
Luke 15:20

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