TODAY’S DEVOTION (Friday 8TH November 2019)
And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord:”Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.”‘” Exodus 4:21-23 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 314TH DAY OF OUR YEAR OF GOING FORWARD.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my way shall not pass away” says the lord. That tells us that a people that builds their hearts on the word of the LORD shall never pass away. They may die when their days are fulfilled but they will never pass away. The Bible made it clear that they that do the will of GOD abides forever.
That is why men like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are still very much alive (though dead). We hear them speak to us each time we read the Bible. They lived by the word of the LORD and did the will of GOD and now they are alive forever more.
Indeed, any people who build their lives on the word of the LORD do not pass away! Jesus Himself certified them “alive” when He said God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And that He is the God of the living and not the Dead.
The word of the LORD is the manna that came down from Heaven which if we eat and respond to it positively, we abide forever. It carries what it takes to keep us connected to the Life of GOD in this life and the life to come. These men received and ate the word, today, after over 4000 years; they are still alive in the programs of GOD on earth.
One thing many do not know is that whatever gets planted into a man’s soul remains with him even after death. Death does not erased memories from the spirit and soul of a man. It does not erase the truths buried in that soul. It therefore cannot remove the word of the LORD that the soul may have fed on before a man dies.
Dying in Christ only perfects the revelations in a man’s soul because He is going into a realm where what He fed on is tangible. So, if you are spending your life in the word of the LORD you are getting your soul filled with things that will last forever.
With these opening comments I want to appreciate all who responded to the sound of the trumpet to gather at the 2019 School of Bible Prophecy. GOD started with us on with amazing moves of His Spirit. The presence of the LORD was so thick that even before the opening prayers ended few people were already on the floor under the power of GOD. The conference continues today!
WELL, IT’S BEEN OUR MONTH OF GOD’S MERCY, AND HEAVEN HAS BEEN FAITHFUL IN UNLEASHING ONE NEW TRUTH OR THE OTHER TO US.
Mercy is much more of a seed than a need! That was the word the LORD sent to us yesterday for chewing. I hope you are chewing it and getting what is chewed digested into your soul. The way the prodigal son handled the mercy of his father is very reformative. It will reinforce our understanding of how GOD’s mercy operates.
First of all, it was the Father’s mercy that made Him not to deny the young man his request to have his own share of inheritance even while the father was still alive. Inheritance is shared after death not before.
So, when he ran into trouble, he remembered what he used to see in his father’s house and decided to return (repent). He did not decide to return with the pride of the Pharisee or the “I deserve mercy” mentality. In fact, he returned with such a humility that was not even seeking the position of a son again. He knew he had lost it. He sought the position of a servant instead. The Bible says,
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”‘ Luke 15:17-19 NKJV
Hidden in this story is the very position to take if you want to recover from anything in life – don’t forget we crash-land in life and become victims of poverty, diseases, struggles, pain, disappointment, divorce, and etc. because of the Godless and Christ less decisions we do take in life. So, if your life becomes unbearable, that is not the time to storm the gates of Heaven requesting for blessings. The prodigal Son took a “return position” that forced great mercy from the heart of the Father when his life crash-landed.
ONE OF THE GOLDEN THINGS HE DID WAS NOT TO REQUEST FOR WHAT HE LOST.
He lost his position as a son and recognized it; hence requesting for the position of a servant. That was what made Mercy to flow out to Him. Don’t forget, the story of the prodigal son is the story of GOD and us. Jesus told us that story to show us, among other things, how to approach God in need. But many of us are still not learning!
I have come to realize that you will force mercy from the heart of God if you do what the prodigal son did.
I have said this in previous devotionals; Do you think you deserve a Child after you have aborted the one that you conceived maybe out of wedlock to save yourself from shame?
Do you think you deserve a husband after you have abused and destroyed the life of men through seduction? Do you think you deserve a marriage after you have so abused women as a man or destroyed other people’s marriage as a woman? Do you think you deserve peace after rejecting the counsel of God for your life and going to establish yours?
Whatever we may have lost to sin, ignorance and rebellion, is lost. We do not deserve another chance. We must come to terms with that for GOD to show us mercy. That was the revelation that the prodigal Son had – the very faith position that drew great mercies from the heart of his father.
So, he went back to GOD with a desire to get, not what he lost. But God gave Him much more than He lost! The Bible made it clear that he returned to serve but God gave him his position back! The Bible says,
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:20-24 NKJV
THE STORY OF A CONTEMPORARY PRODIGAL SON
I have shared this story over and over again and will keep sharing as many times as the LORD will have me share it.
Many years ago, a preacher shared with us the story of a harlot that GOD transformed totally and gave a home. She was a professional harlot that had some complications during her harlotry days. The doctors had to cut off her womb to save her life. Then one day she met the LORD through the preaching of a child of GOD; it was an encounter that took her away from the streets into the hands of Christ.
She later joined a Church and said to herself, “I don’t deserve marriage or children after all I have done. I will serve the LORD unconditionally and die and never join those seeking him for marriage.” Truly, she kept to her word. She did what the prodigal son did. “Father I am no longer worthy to be called your Son. Make me one of your servants.”
She served for some time, and then a young man showed up asking her hand in marriage. She declined. Then another came, and she declined. Then they started disturbing her from all over. Then in a bid to be sending them away she will always tell them “I have no womb.”
But one day certain young came; this one refused to give up even after she had told him she had no womb. The man maintained that God said to him she was his wife. Quickly, he went to the pastor dragging the lady along.
To cut the long story short, they had a Holy Ghost filled wedding and after one month the lady took in. That was when the man started his own ‘trouble’ – good trouble of course. He said to her, “So you lied to me that you have no womb just to put me away?” The lady was weeping uncontrollably. The man thought she was weeping because of his rebukes. But he never knew she was weeping because it was impossible for her to conceive.
SHE WOULD LATER SHOW HIM ALL THE MEDICAL PAPERS THAT VALIDATED HER CLAIM OF HAVING NO WOMB.
What do you think God did to this lady? He gave her what she lost to sin and wickedness when she repented and requested to be a servant instead of a son. He gave her what she lost because she never made it her reason for coming to the LORD!
Many Christians will rather ask God for what they lost and make it their reason for coming to him. That is why they remain without having it.
They will be placing a demand through prayer fasting, giving, and etc. for marriages, money, peace, prosperity, deliverance, healing, and etc. instead of making service the reason for their repentance, but not this woman or the prodigal son.
If you look at our devotional text this morning, you will realize that Israel was in Egypt for over 400 years and God raised Moses to bring them out. But His primary vision for bringing Israel out of Egypt was not to free them from Pharaoh but for them to serve Him. A major highlight in the text says,
“Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn.”
WHAT CAN WE GLEAN FROM HERE?
Israel in Egypt represents mankind in slavery to sin and Satan. God saves us from the slavery of sin and Satan for us to “serve” Him, not for Him to “save” us whatever. In fact, wherever you see God saving people, it’s for them to serve Him. That is why when we make our needs the primary focus in our walk and talk with God, we loose. But when we make service the primary focus, we gain.
I believe the message of this devotional has been passed. When God says a sinner should seek His face and be ready to serve Him when returning to Him, we should not go seeking His hands to do one thing or the other in our lives. Our hearts should respond by seeking His face. That was one of the secrets of David.
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR THE DAY
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. Psalm 27:7-9