Thank you for visiting our web site, and I praise the Lord for your desire to serve your Lord in spite of your failures. I would like to encourage you, there is hope for tomorrow, you can reach your potential for your life in Christ. It is the will of God for you to do so.First keep in mind, the fact that God's will is to restore, not to destroy or throw away that which was purchased by His own Son's blood. The price He paid for you was too high to be discarded. Consider Luke 15:1-32 "Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3And he spake this parable unto them, saying,4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?_5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing._6And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost._7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 8Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?_9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost._10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
Let me point out you cannot lose, what you do not already have. The illustrations above are that of restoration of that which already was owned. It was the lost sheep of Israel Jesus came to save. However, the principle of restoration here applies to both Jew and Gentile alike.
Sometimes God uses our environment to wake us up to the fact we made the bed we sleep on. Jesus continues giving us an example of the heart of our heavenly Father for His children that made wrong choices in the past. Luke 15:11-32 (KJV) 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:_12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living._13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living._14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want._15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine._16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him._17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!_18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,_19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants._20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him._21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:_23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:_24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry._25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing._26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant._27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound._28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him._29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf._31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine._32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."
There are some great lessons to be learned here. Notice: The miserable circumstances this son was in, woke him up, to the fact he was there because of the bad choices he had made. Notice: The father was looking for the return of his son. Furthermore, the father did not reprimand him for his actions, but joyfuly restored him. Also notice, his father giving him his robe and ring of authority is a symbol of total restoration to the place he had before he left. All showing us he was received as though he had never left. Such was the heart of the father for the son. This was not so of his self-righteous brother. [vs. 25-32] for the father upbraided him, for not having the heart of the father for his brother.
Praise God we have such a Father in heaven, and His Son our Lord, has the heart of the Father for those that repent and return to Him. Consider 1 John 1:5-2:6 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. . . 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
My friend, look up, you have a wonderful God that loves you,because He has an awesome investment in you, namely that of the life and blood of His son. He is not about to discard you. You are too precious for that, so He cleanses and restores you, when you recognize the need for Him to do so. God uses the prompting of the Holy Spirit, to bring conviction of sin, that results in confession, and repentance, from the heart of those that are His.
Confession is agreeing with what God knows of us. Repentance is having godly sorrow and turning from our ways to God's ways.
King David was reluctant to repent to God, so God sent Nathan the prophet to confront him with his sin, just as God sometimes uses others and circumstances today.That is by God's standards a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart such as King David had when he prayed consider Psalm 51:1-19 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the phrophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions._2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin._3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me._4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest._5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me._6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom._7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow._8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice._9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me._11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me._12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit._13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee._14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness._15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise._16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering._17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise._18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem._19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar." God is always ready to receive and restore those that have a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart over sin. As a result King David was restored in the eyes and heart of God, he was now a usable vessel for the Lords service. David continued ruling Israel and will rule there again under the Lord during His millennium kingdom. [1 Kings 15:5] So lift up your heart my friend, when you follow the prompting of the Lord there is always hope for tomorrow. When the prompting of the Holy Spirit is ignored, God is compelled by the actions of His blood bought possessions to chasten them. God cannot use unclean vessels for His service. Consider Hebrews 12:5-14 "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" In every case God's will is to restore not destroy or throw away that which was purchased by His own Son's blood. In every case God's will is to restore those that are His to a holy and righteous state, making them restored and serviceable vessels for His use.
What should you do after you have been restored by the Lord? Consider the Apostle Paul's excoriation Philip. 3:13-17 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample."
The greatest testimony you have for Jesus Christ is the changing life you have in Him, Amen.
The promise of Romans 8:28 is yours as you press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Look it up, mark it, memorize it, hang on to it, and it will see you through all that this world can put upon you.
Of course all of this is fruitless academics IF we do not trust it, and apply it to our lives. If parents and churches do not demonstrate the heart of Christ for those who made bad choices in life, their children will be overwhelmed with hopelessness, as many are today.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE OPPORTUNITY GOD HAS GIVEN YOU?
The material in this outline has been compiled from our Bible course "The Family of God Bible Outlines"It is a Biblicist perspective of discipleship for the family of God that is focused on learning to know the person of God and His will for our lives. All scripture references are from the authority of the KJV of the Bible.
Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to read and consider what is said here. If it has been a help to you, I would appreciate your comments and any questions you may have, or if I may be of more help to you in reaching your potential in Christ our Lord.
Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise of Romans 8:28" And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith
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