In the year 2008,I had 101 reasons to leave home and stay on my own.We had rented a new house and it was too little for me,further more,I thought I could take care of myself.I looked for a new house and moved in.I was out in the wilderness for five years until one day I got a signal from my father to go back home.In fact,he said,”Stella,why are you staying alone,getting bored on your own,why don’t you come back home;don’t worry,one day you will get your own home.”I didn’t think twice,I moved back very fast.
When I was returning back home,the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32,kept on lingering in my mind.I could relate to it.I used to think that story only happened to some bad mannered children.But that was before I realized that I had become the prodigal daughter.
You might have a different story from mine that made you to leave your father,but whatever the case,nothing is impossible with God.It could be as simple as a small misunderstanding that made you stop talking to your family or friends.The decision is up to you to reconcile.Your family is waiting with open arms to receive you back.
When we fall into sin,we tend to think that we are not wanted,or loved,making us to avoid our family but keep to ourselves.This is The Deception of Sin.It is possible to return to God,returning to your heavenly father is possible.
Your sins may be so filthy that human beings may find it hard to forgive you,but God is waiting for you to come back to him with open arms.He wants you to come and reason with him as we see in the passage below.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
We have an example from the Bible,of someone, King David,who committed terrible sins of adultery and murder,2Samuel 11-15,yet he was able to reconcile with God.
When King David sinned,he realized that he had offended the Lord.He confessed his sins,repented and turned back to God.Though he had lost fellowship with God,the Lord forgave him and their fellowship was restored.
King David made the following prayer,asking God to have mercy on him and to forgive him.
51 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,a]”>[a]
And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
Returning to your father requires you make a deliberate effort to do so,and if you mean it from the bottom of your heart,God will help you and deliver you.
Do you have a broken relationship or communication with someone who is close to you?If yes,you need to take a step of reconciliation.Ask them to forgive you,purpose to stop your old bad habits,involve God in your plans.
In case you are a backslider,please come back to your Father,he will restore the joy of your salvation.
God bless you,
We have just finished studying the book of 2 Samuel.I invite you to join us as we begin the book of Romans next week.
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When studying your bible you may want to highlight using the following colors.At Good Morning Girls,we have meanings for different colors.We recommend this practice,because as you highlight,you spend more time in the word of God,thus you meditate more and the word is able to stick in your mind.
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