10.15.14

I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.

Isaiah 43:11-12

I have been reading “Prodigal God” and it is very good at drilling home that we all need a Savior.  The man on death row is no more a sinner than the man who has hate in his heart.  The woman who “works at night” is no more a sinner than the woman who lied.  Many of us know this, but how often do we truly believe it?  Do you know that you are as much a sinner as the people you judge?  Do you know, really know, that nothing you do will get you into Heaven?  Do you know that the person on this earth that you despise is a child of God?  We need to put our judgments away, we need to repent of our own sins, we need to pray for EVERY soul on this earth to change for Him.  And more than anything else, we need to trust Him, our Savior, our Lord, the Creator.  Our lives will be filled with joys and trials, but our life is the tiniest blip compared to eternity.  And He is waiting for us, all we have to do is knock.  

Pharisee

Don’t wanna be a Pharisee
Don’t wanna be a Pharisee
‘Cause they’re not fair you see
Don’t wanna be a Pharisee

My friends and I are doing the Prodigal God (by Timothy Keller) Bible Study.  It is very convicting…pointing out that the Prodigal Son is not only about the wayward son, but even more so about the older brother.  The older brother is too prideful, jealous, unforgiving and angry to go into the feast at the end of the parable.  We have to be careful not to be too judgmental or too prideful, as well as being careful not to break all the rules living wildly because we know that we have forgiveness waiting in abundance.  There is a fine line and middle ground between the younger brother and older brother, but no matter what, we can do nothing without Jesus.  He is the only way for any of us to live with Him forever.  We need to surrender ourselves to Him completely and totally and follow His will.  He gave everything for us.

Prodigal~recklessly extravagant; having spent everything