Jesus was speaking in Luke 15:11 - 32 when he told this parable:
A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods
that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he longed to fill his belly (ERKJV)with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf,
because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. "
Does The Holy Ghost Stay Around?
Before we begin today, let me clear up an abbreviation I used in last month's text: ERKJV stands for " Easy Reading King James Version ". The original King James Version made it unclear by using the phrase " And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: "
Jesus is just like the father in that parable. When one of His children go their own way, He stands waiting and watching until they " come to themselves " or wake up and realize what they're doing and return to Him with a repentant heart. He loves us so much that He will seek us out. My former Pastor and spiritual father, Pastor Steve Teel, who regular readers know recently went home to be with the Lord, testified that Holy Ghost would show up in the bar with him and ask; " What are you doing in here? " This may ruffle a few feathers because the Word does say that God cannot mix with darkness. While that is truth from God's Word we must remember that we are the temple of the Holy Ghost [ 1 Corinthians 3:16 ,
[ 1 Corinthians 6:19 ] and everywhere you go, He goes with you.
To further clarify this, allow me to ask a question: When you go to the theatre to see a rated R movie that you know will have profanity and most likely God's Holy Name will be taken in vain, does the Holy Ghost leave your body? No! You might say; " I don't go to rated R movies. " What do you watch on television? What kind of music do you listen to? Does the Holy Ghost leave you as you do that? Of course not! He's inside you!
Now this is not to say that you can go out and live the way the world lives because continuous disobedience eventually leads to the person turning their back on God. The longer they continue in that condition, the more likely they will walk so far from God that they will intentionally cut off all ties with Him.
But if one day the Holy Ghost gets through and they listen to His voice and as a result, come to God with a repentant heart and ask forgiveness for their failing God, He restores them to their rightful place in Him.
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