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No One Was Giving Anything to Him

February 14, 2020

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No One Was Giving Anything to Him

We all need food  and will soon begin dying  from a lack of food.      In the weakness  of the dying process,  we become unable to move,  then quite foggy  about what is going on around us,  and then  unable to partake of food,  until we finally die.      It can be a very long process.      In the beginning of starvation,  one realizes  the need for food  and will try to obtain it.      People can  become quite willing  to eat most anything — even if it is gross.

The same happens spiritually.      God’s word  in the Bible  is the healthy,  spiritual food  we need  to make us strong  in faith,  hope,  and love.      When we don’t partake  of God’s word,  we are starving  our soul and spirit.      We might  sort of realize  we’re lacking spiritual health,  and in our spiritual weakness  try to partake  of gross and false religious teachings  of all sorts.      But,  none of those false religions  can make us strong  in the spiritual truths  of our Creator and Redeemer,  Christ Jesus.

If we continue  trying to live spiritually  with what is falsehood,  we will become spiritually weaker  as time passes — and will eventually die  spiritually — for all eternity.

We need  to come to our senses  and get God’s word  in the Bible  to feed our spirits  and make us strong  in faith,  hope,  and love.      The parable Jesus told  of the prodigal son  ( in Luke 15:11-32 )  pictures the spiritual starvation  of a beloved son.      The following excerpt  tells of the son’s starvation process.      ( Luke 15:14-19 )

Now when he had spent everything,  a severe famine occurred  in that country,  and he began  to be in need.      And he went and attached himself  to one of the citizens  of that country,  and he sent him  into his fields  to feed swine.      And he was longing  to fill his stomach  with the pods  that the swine  were eating,  and no one  was giving anything  to him.

But when he came  to his senses,  he said, ‘ How many of my father’s hired men  have more than enough bread,  but I am dying here  with hunger!      I will get up  and go to my father,  and will say to him,  “Father,  I have sinned against heaven,  and in your sight;  I am no longer worthy  to be called your son;  make me  as one  of your hired men.”‘

Those spiritually living  far away  from God Almighty  can have  an inner realization  that they are  spiritually starving.      They can also realize  that the religious pretenses  they are dwelling with  are not giving them  what is decent,  healthy,  and good.      The philosophies,  cults,  and false religions  of this world  cannot make us live spiritually  unto eternal life.

The son  in this parable  had been foolish and selfish  in leaving his father.      But,  the most important point  Jesus makes  is that  he came to his senses.      He had the common sense  to realize  that  no one was giving anything to him  and that spelled death.      Then,  he had the common sense  to go back home  and ask for forgiveness.      It was richly and joyously  given to him  immediately.

Would that we all  had the common sense  to go  to our heavenly Father  for the forgiveness  we need — so that He  may have the joy  of preparing  a luscious banquet  for us — and we may live eternally  through His word.

In the joy  of being so beloved,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Abba,  Father,  thank You  for always  looking out for us  and for graciously  taking us back.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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