Devo Humble or Arrogant
Reading Luke 15:11-32
This is the story of the prodigal son or is it? We westerners think that the prodigal son was repented and humbled himself and went home to his father. That is not true at all. Looking at the story line we see the prodigal son went home because he was hungry and in need. He did not have in mind to obey his father but to work for him. He was only sorry the song and dance had ended him up in this pig pen. It is the father who humbles himself and runs to his son and accepts him back and then the son"s heart melts towards his father. Then the other son has an attitude that dad owes him the world because he stayed home. One reason many don’t get their prayers answered. Dad didn’t owe him anything, but out of love and mercy the father humbles himself and goes out to the son and loves him home. This is not a story about the son or sons. It is a story about the character of our heavenly Father. His love, mercy, compassion, and humility. Most people come to the father out of need not humility, true repentance, or love for the father, but true repentance comes after the Father accepts them back and reinstates them. WHAT A GOD WE SERVE. Who can speak of His love for us?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo God hears the humble
Daniel 10:2-3 (NIV)
2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.
Daniel 10:12 (NIV)
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
We live in an entitlement attitude society. People seem to believe that the world owes them everything. They demand their rights, food, healthcare, voice, cars, houses, land, and so on. People ask how do you get answers to prayer. They want a formula, a quick answer, or a magic wand. It is simple. Humble yourself before God. How? Fasting and prayer. Then have an attitude of Lord I am clay whatever you have for me I will accept, do, or live. Look how eager God was to answer Daniel's petition. When you go to God is it your agenda or His?
Pastor Jeff Lane
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