"And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” (NKJV)
When the prodigal son came back home, he was given a warm welcome and restored to his place as a son of the house. His father was filled with joy and threw a party to celebrate, but not everyone shared his exuberance. The other son was bitter and resentful that his brother had received a free pardon and that he had been reinstated as a son of the house. This is when the father said to him: “Son you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”
This word of encouragement is for all the sons and daughters out there who are so loved by Abba. Receive the words from His heart!
1) There is a huge inheritance for the sons and daughters. The prodigal son never realized just how much he had in his father’s house until he went away and lived apart from the blessing and favor that was his. Luke 15 talks about how he wasted the money his father had given him and how he had to work with pigs to keep himself alive. Hunger made him want the pigs’ food when there was no scarcity in the father’s house. It was this painful realization that led him back to repentance and to his father. People settle for second best, or put up with something painful or difficult because they have left the Father’s house and chosen to live apart from Him. They have turned their backs on the goodness of living in Abba’s love, and all the awesome plans He has for them. To be reinstated into our rightful place of joint inheritance, all it takes is to bring our sincere repentance to Daddy, and ask to be restored. He is looking for sons and daughters to come back into His arms and into the fullness and goodness of their Father’s love. He says to you today: “All that I have is yours”!
2) Separation from the Father resulted in a separation from the Blessing . It was not the blessing that left the boy, but the boy who left the blessing! All the years he lived in his father’s house, he probably wanted what the world had, and never really saw how much he was blessed and how privileged he was. The Word of God says “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), and once we have truly tasted of the reality of Jesus, there is nothing that can fully satisfy. Many people try to balance a double life – with one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom because they have never truly tasted of the presence of the Lord or begun to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The things of the world draw us when we have not drunk of the Presence and experienced what is far superior and more wonderful than anything the world could offer. Today is a good day to decide to come back to the Father and back into His presence and blessing. He says to you today “All that I have is yours”!
3) The son who stayed had access to all the provision but never appropriated or enjoyed what was his. Instead, he was resentful when his brother returned and stepped into the father’s blessing once more. Abba gives every person the same opportunities to know Him and walk in the fullness of His blessing. However, sonship is the freedom to choose. Slaves have no choice but to work hard for their food. Sons have the Holy Spirit and open access to the Father (Romans 8:14) and all the resources He has made available to them. The older son chose to live the hard way, trying hard in his strength to ‘earn’ what he thought he should have, when all along he was blessed with sonship and had the right to enjoy all his father’s riches and love. He was so focused on working for his rewards that he never stopped to enjoy life. Everything the Father had was his but he lived a life of striving because he had the mindset of a servant and not a son. Daddy God is reminding us today that we are sons and daughters and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Jesus already redeemed us from the curse of poverty and suffering. He has already dealt with every sin issue that kept us away from Abba. Today we can walk into our Father’s house and freely receive His loving embrace. His arms are open wide as He says to us: “All that I have is yours”!
Papa’s heart calls out to his sons and daughters today, as he says “who do you choose to be – a son or a servant?” He sees how much we strive to overcome our limitations and be like Him, and how hard we work to please Him. He loves and appreciates it all, but there is an easier way – Daddy’s way! He says “You are always with me, and I am always with you”. He says “Everything I have is yours”, as He invites us to get closer into His presence and receive through rest in Him.
Friend, we do not have to beg for the Father’s abundance and for answers to prayer. His blessings are available to all His kids, and there is no good thing that He would withhold from those who trust in Him (Psalm 84:11). If we are in Christ, His provision and Presence are our portion. There are realms of glory which are for us to know and experience, which many sons and daughters have not begun to walk into because they are still living as slaves rather than as the redeemed and royal recipients of Abba’s freeing love. He is saying to us today “All that I have is yours”. That means “everything”, with nothing held back! Begin to seek God’s “All” pressing in for more, and begin to step into dimensions of Daddy’s love which are still to be discovered, in terms of revelations, dreams and visions, signs, wonders and miracles. He has for us exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine, hallelujah! (Ephesians 3:20).
I pray that the precious Holy Spirit will draw you into an encounter of Abba’s extreme love, and that you will feel His arms holding you close as you hear Him saying into your heart: “My dearest child, you are always with Me and all that I have is yours. I never left you and will never leave you. You are Mine and I am yours, and everything that I have is forever yours”!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 06 May 2013
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