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Aug. 1 Devotion: Now What

Now What?

Luke 15:17-20 [17] 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! [18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, [19] And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. [20] 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.

We’ve enjoyed a few days of wonderful fellowship, great food, outstanding singing, and some of the best preaching you’ll ever find. So now what? What are we going to do with it? The prodigal here has spent everything he had. Verses 17 and 18 sound great. He’s realized he has sinned, and reaches the conclusion he’d be better off back home as one of his fathers hired servants. That all means nothing though without verse 20. Had he not arose and headed home it was all just vain talk. The preaching we heard the last few days should’ve stirred your heart. Personally I believe if Bro. Wheelers message didn’t stir something inside of you then I’d do some checking up. What are we going to do with it though? We can sit around and talk about how great it was, it can even cause us to want to make some changes in our lives, but are we going to make those changes a permanent thing? It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and say or do certain things. What’s really going to change our church, our community, and the country though is permanent change. Truly doing something with what we heard from the Word of God this weekend. It’s not that everyone is living wickedly like this prodigal was, but are we truly sold out to God? We can easily say I’m going to read my Bible more, I’m going to spend more time in prayer, etc. Those things are wonderful. What are we going to do to make sure they become permanent fixtures in our lives? What are we going to do so that when the world looks at us they truly see something different? Are we willing to dig our heels in against the wickedness of this world? I believe God still wants to change our country, wants to send revival and save souls! What are we going to do in our own lives coming out of this meeting to help see souls saved and true revival break out across our land?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson


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