A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, May 6, 2014
“But when he [the prodigal son] was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20b
While I was going for a walk last night in my anointed fields, the Lord said to me “you don’t get to pick.” I responded “Lord, what are you saying?” “You don’t get to pick,” was His repeated reply. And then the image of the father waiting for his prodigal son to return home came into my spiritual view.
With that, God finished His sentence: “you don’t get to pick which prodigals should come home, only I do. And I deem them all worthy to come home, which is why I watch and wait.”
You see, these past many months, I have had to endure some pretty foul behaviors from people that I considered men and women of God. These folks slandered me, stirred stuff up behind my back, and talked about me like a dog. These supposed “Christian” brothers and sisters showed their true character regarding a certain situation. And the Lord was showing me my heart toward them.
They had wreaked such havoc in my life, through their own pride, jealousy, and prejudices, that it took a real emotional toll on me. And truth be told, I really didn’t want them coming to their senses and returning home to the Father because of the way they treated me. Sound familiar, my brother? Is someone coming to mind, my sister?
I can really relate to Jonah during times like this. Most people think Jonah ran from God because he was scared to go to Nineveh; for these people were fierce foes of Israel, who were greatly wicked, and plundered, captured, and killed just for the fun of it (sounds like today, huh?). While Jonah refusing to go because of fear may be partially true, the real reason why Jonah did not want to go to this pagan place was because he did not want to be part of any plan where these lost souls could possibly be saved! If there was even a chance that these reprobates could possibly be touched by the love of the Father, repent, and come into His kingdom, Jonah wasn’t having it (Jonah 4:1-2). Thankfully, Jonah allowed God to change his heart on the matter; albeit, the Father had to put him in a fish for three days! God loves us so much, that He will do whatever it takes to help us come to back to Him.
“But Brother Matt, you are a pastor!” I’m just keeping it real with you, family. We need to be honest and transparent before the Lord so that He can do that deeper work which He truly desires to do. And we all have issues of the heart that need to be addressed. Some of our issues are so deep, that we need to come to God’s Divine operating room, and let Him perform the spiritual surgery needed to make our heart right. It is at these times, that we must put our heart on the Father’s altar, so He can make us whole. I am grateful for these times.
The Great Beckoner also revealed to me: “Notice that the older son did not go out and wait with his father, who was watching for his rebellious son to come walking down that road. Why? Because he didn’t want what his father wanted, which was to have his lost son back home safe in his arms. This is the case with many of My sons and daughters, who will not watch and wait with Me. They will not ask Me who I am looking for, so that they can come into agreement with Me, and call out the names of my lost and wayward children. And by denying my heart, they are denying Me.”
Can you imagine if God put someone else, other than Him, in charge of making that decision whether you or I come home? I thank God that He didn’t! And neither should we put ourselves in that place of bitterness, hypocrisy, and outside of the Father’s loving heart.
I had a good time with my Father in the fields last night, as I always do. It was a time of reflection, repentance, and redemption. And at the end of it all, I found myself standing next to my Daddy, waiting with Him and watching with Him. And I asked my Loving Father “who are we looking for?” so I too could call out their names. What about you?
Father, we repent for holding ought in our hearts. Forgive us for harboring unforgiveness, which keeps us outside of Your love. Help us, Holy Father, to release everyone who has ever hurt us over to you. Help us to never harbor ought or unforgiveness toward anyone ever again. Instead, help us to pray for those who have wronged us; so that we too can immediately join You in waiting for them, in calling them back home. In Jesus Name, we thank You for keeping our heart right, because it is Your heart which beats within us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow the Great Physician to perform the necessary spiritual surgery on your heart. Allow God to circumcise your heart, cutting away every hurt and offense that others have inflicted upon you. Choose to forsake your will for the Lord’s Will by submitting to Him. And continue to fight the good fight of laying your heart on the Father’s altar; for God, your Heart of the matter, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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