In Luke 15, we find three things that are lost, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son (the lost son). If you study this passage you will find that both sons were lost in a sense because the son that stayed home was of the impression that he had never sinned. When the father said “Thou art ever with me,” he was talking about always having those who thought they could get to heaven because they had never sinned near himself
The first son gets the attention in this story because he is the one who shows his rebellion early in his life. I want to focus on something that happened to this son, and I want to draw a lesson for America.
When I was growing up, for some reason I used to think prodigal meant the returning son. It actually means the sinful one or the wicked one. We all have the flesh that we battle against. The Bible tells us that the only way to overcome the flesh and its lusts is to walk in the spirit. We must let the Spirit of God control our lives if we want to overcome the lusts of the flesh.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
Man’s nature is to feed the flesh. The Bible tells us, in 1 John 2, what the world is made up of:
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:16)
We can find the motive for any sin on one of these three different categories, possession seeking, pleasure seeking, or position seeking.
Our story is found in Luke 15:11-32. The young man said to his father, give me what is owed to me and demanded his inheritance. The main thing I want to look at is when he comes to himself.
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! (Luke 15:17)
There is something that happened that caused him to come to himself. When someone gives himself to rebellion, we hope that one day he will wake up. We hope he will realize, not only the harm he is creating for himself, but also the harm he is creating for others. Maybe you have a teenager or a young adult that is filled with rebellion, there is a lot of this today.
Let me digress for a moment. There are many who find themselves in prison, or maybe even when they are not in prison, and they join Islam out of rebellion. It is like a badge of their rebellion.
Back when I was a pastor I had a family with a 16 year old son who was full of rebellion and would not obey. There were younger children in the home who were following the example of the older son. In Great Britain a 16 year old can be legally kicked out of the house. The family was struggling with this.
I asked if their son understood that as long as he lived in there home there were certain behaviors that would not be accepted. They said that he did. They had kicked him out, but he wanted to come back home. It is hard when something like this happens in a family. It is difficult when someone you love must be kicked out because you cannot support what they are doing.
When the son in our story had money, he had all the friends he wanted. Notice what it says is verse 14:
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. (Luke 15:14)
It says, “and when he had spent all.” As individuals we can come to the end of our resources, but the government can just raise taxes or print more money and borrow to meet its needs. Even the government can run out of money, just look at Greece and some of the other European countries which have chosen to follow socialism. Eventually you do run out of money. In 2008 our banks ran out of money here in the US.
When a person runs out of money, which this son did, he will do most anything to survive. This was a Jewish young man, and he was feeding swine. This is about as low as he could go.
There is something I want you to see in verse 16:
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. (Luke 15:16)
Notice particularly where it says, “and no man gave unto him.” When Israel would rebel against God, and God would send the preachers to warn them, they wouldn’t listen. He would bring famine, pestilence, and sometimes an enemy to bring them to the lowest point. His purpose was to get them to come to themselves and realize how stupid they had been. It happened when no man gave to them.
When there was nothing left, and no one to help, he realized that he had to do something. Our government is much like this young man, it is on a spending spree. The debt is at an extremely high level and is increasing. It is placing a burden on our children which they will not be able to pay.
If you have a rebellious child and you are still supporting him, you are enabling him. You must stop for the sake of your child. When you do, the child will come to the end of themselves and realize they don’t have to live this way. He will realize that he could repent and have blessings again.
This is my hope for America. I believe that God is creating political and economic problems in our country for just this purpose. We are seeing enemies raising up against us. When the bullies of the world see weakness, they will take advantage. We had better watch what is happening in North Korea and Russia as well is the Muslim nations because there are opportunities for them.
There is an orchestration of things that I believe is going to cause America fall, and to fall hard. I don’t want that, that is why I started this ministry. I don’t want to go through the pain that is coming upon our nation. Sin does not only affect the one who sins, it affects those around him as well.
America’s sin is great before God, How can He bless a nation that kills its unborn? Fifty-eight million babies have been killed in the womb since abortion became legal. How many nations in the world have populations near this number? I think Great Britain has a population of sixty million. We have killed nearly the population of the UK. A holy God cannot bless this kind of behavior.
Abortion has never been about choice. It is about escaping the consequences of one’s choices by taking all choices away from another human being. Think about that!
In Proverbs chapter six there is a list of things God hates.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The third thing on the list is hands that shed innocent blood.
God’s judgment is coming. It has already started. Let’s pray for God’s mercy, and let’s work to bring our nation to repentance.
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