Mothers for Prodigals

Repent, Believe, Live Free

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (NIV)


My mac dictionary defines a prodigal as.....
a person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way.
  • (also prodigal son or daughter) a person who leaves home and behaves in such a way, but later makes a repentant return. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the parable in Luke 15:11–32.]


THE SINS

Many parents have interceded for their prodigals, their own children, to return home. Like the father at the fence in the fifteenth chapter of Luke, we have waited in prayer for our children to return to their senses and come home. 

At some point in our lives, we all have probably walked the road of a prodigal, if we turned away from God’s will. He is our Father and Creator. He made us in His image and He knows us by name. And He waits with grace-filled arms to welcome us to Him.

He calls us to repent of our sin and come home. He says He cannot fellowship with sin, but He doesn’t condemn us. He simply tells us to repent and live as He did, walk like He walked. He waits for our return to our senses and yearns for us to believe His truth.


THE CROSS

On a hill in Los Angeles, California stands an enormous white cross, beaming its brilliance for miles. As in any place, sin and rebellion against God’s truth surrounds the area. Yet someone thought it pertinent enough to remember the God of the universe and erect a testimonial of His love up high for all to see. 

Jesus Christ lived. Jesus Christ shed His blood and died upon a cross. Jesus Christ rose up from the dead and lives eternally. Jesus Christ intercedes for us before His Heavenly Father, the Ancient of Days. He is the One True God who extends grace to all who confess and repent of their sins. Believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive His abundant gift of mercy and grace.


THE IMAGE

Below is the picture of the cross in Los Angeles. But it displays an image miracle. As I rode in the back seat of a car down Interstate 101 in LA, I rolled down the window to capture with my phone the image of this cross on a hill. When I opened my photo app to look at the picture I took, this is what I saw. Imagine my surprise at a double cross! As I studied the photo, it spoke volumes to me. What do you see and hear from God as you study the picture? 

It tells me that Jesus Christ lives in heaven and on earth. He’ll inhabit your heart if you’ll give your consent to His loving ways. Come home, O sinner, and live freely in the grace of a righteous and holy God.


THE PICTURE




THE WORD

Allow God’s truth to penetrate your hearts and minds. Meditate on the verses below and praise His Holy Name!

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 (NIV)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:1-6 (NIV)

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:21-24 (NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)


THE SONG

Enjoy "Amazing Grace" below.....


THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we give you praise for your mercy and grace. Thank you for loving us so much that you would shed your life’s blood to cover over our sins. We lift up our gratitude for the exchange you made for us—our sins for your righteousness.

Lord Jesus, we have sinned. Forgive us for our intentional and unintentional misdeeds. Thank you for your mercy in not punishing us as our sins deserve and for your grace in blessing us even though we don’t deserve it. 

Thank you for your guiding hand in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Protect and preserve us throughout our walk on earth as we shine your light for all to see. We look forward to the day when we are united with you and all believers in eternity. 

In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!

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