Today was a great day to be with the Lord Jesus. I had the opportunity to connect with the new group of men that came up from all over the United States. All of them are on fire as god is on fire. Thank You Lord for this Blessing. This is a new season for me. Lord plant me beside the waters of the holy spirit. I am eager to learn what you have in store for me and my friends. Amen. Today we learned about the prodigal son. We learned the difference between who the father is and who the son and whom the holy spirit is. Here it is.
God is the center of all. The Son is God. The Father is God. The Spirit is God. But alas, the Father is not the Spirit as the Spirit is not the Father, the Father is not the Son as the Son is not the Father. The Spirit is not the Son as the Son is not the Spirit.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (This wasn't customary to Hebrews of the time. This showed how much the Father Loves us.)
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
What a passage! What an Amazing testimony of how much God loves us. This just shows that no matter how far away. How much time we have spent in Greed. How much time we have spent in another season besides Christ Jesus, our Father has that amazing compassionate Love as a mother has for her children. We sung. Oh How he Loves us. By David Crowder. It felt good to sing holy praise to our Father. Mike, a leader in Christ, showed us a photograph done by Rembrant (as pictured above). He asked us to carefully look and reflect on what makes this picture a reflection of Gods Amazing Love. What do you think? Check out the fathers hands, the fathers compassionate face, and the older brothers indifferent stance.
Such a great painting about how much our Lord loves us.
Me and Chris are really looking forward to being pure. To follow Christ. To be Apostles. To LOVE LOVE LOVE. To be agents of Love. Today was a great day. God Bless this ministry and God bless me and Chris and others that will be touched by this ministry. AMEN.