Jan. 4 & 5, 2020

When Jesus was telling the story of the prodigal son, the young man represented those of us who are believers. (Luke 15:11-13)

The Webster definition of prodigal is lacking restraint; marked by indulgence in things deemed vices such as drinking or promiscuous sex.

In the Bible, death always means separation. (Genesis 2:16-17)

When we’re spiritually dead, we base our life on:

  • What we can reason in our own mind
  • What we feel at the moment
  • The choices we desire to make on our own

When we accept God’s offer of salvation, our relationship with God is immediately restored. (John 3:16)

Have you ever read something in the Bible that doesn’t seem to be true in your life as a Christian? (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:37 and 1 John 5:18)

Why do we sometimes go prodigal and walk away from God? It’s because we are made up of two parts:

  • We have a new spirit
  • We still have our old self

When we live apart from the Spirit, we’re self centered.

Because we’re selfish, our only hope is to submit to the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-17)

To live by the Spirit, the old self must die. (1 Corinthians 15:13, Galatians 2:20, Matthew 16:24-25, Luke 9:23, Romans 10:9, Romans 12:1-2)

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