Your Prodigal son/daughter has come back! Hallelujah! BUT, he/she is not quite delivered. What next?
The Parable of the Prodigal or Lost Son, found in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-32, tells us how the son wanted his share of his father’s estate now.
That desire of “give it to me NOW” can get us into so much trouble.
The son felt like he was missing out and wasn’t receiving what was due to him. He felt like he would “die” if he had to wait any longer. His father agreed to divide his wealth between his two sons. Unfortunately, the younger son did not stick around to receive the covering that his father provided. Instead, he packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land where he wasted all his money in wild living. While he was away, he went through many hardships; thankfully, at some point, at the end of himself, he finally came to his senses. He was ready to go home, humble himself before his father, and admit his sin against both heaven and his earthly father. He was willing to work among the least of them, just to have a place back under his protective covering.
When he returned, he was ready, delivered; he had come to himself.
In the lives of our “prodigal”, we, just like the father in this parable are filled with love and compassion for the return of our children. We embrace them. We shower them with love. We don’t hold on to the sins of the past, nor do we pass judgment as we move forward to a brighter future. We want to offer them a different way and a future filled with endless possibilities that had been deferred as they traveled an alternate path.
But what does happen when your Prodigal son/daughter has come back but he/she is not quite delivered? What next?
You Fight On!
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) says,
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
This is my story today. So much has transpired. We have come from the doors of death back to life, but there is so much farther to go. The fight is real. The fight is constant. One step forward, generally ends with three steps back. It’s hard. It’s draining. It’s overwhelming. It’s necessary.
I just had to repeat that. Because if ever there was a time to fight, it is now. Satan is not happy that our prodigal has been able to move beyond his immediate grasp. See, he, for a time period, was in charge, in control.
So he thought!
But we know that God has always been in control and through this all, God will get the glory!
I feel your pain. I recognize that look in your eyes. I carry that same weight throughout my day, but I never lose sight of God. He has a purpose and a plan and an amazing ministry for our prodigal. Their testimony and their journey will provide deliverance for so many, if we will continue to fight for them and literally pull them through the final stages of this deterred path.
We’re almost there. We cannot give up. Too much has been invested. Too many prayers have been prayed. Too many tears have been shed. It is not all for naught. God gets the last say and He says, “The Fight is On”. He will sustain you.
Psalm 55:22 (NLT) says,
Give your burdens to the Lord,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Don’t back down! The Fight is On; but we win! Victory is already ours through Jesus Christ! Fight on my friend!
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Psalm 89:1 NLT
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