by Johnny Hunt

The Prodigal Friend Is Once Again Profitable
Johnny Hunt
Philemon 1:8-16

INTRODUCTION: The passage presents a beautiful story of a man who has a ''change of mind'' (Repentance) which leads to a change of direction. The change of mind leads him to begin to think about his past and his need to face it. Such thoughts as, ''I need to right some wrongs,'' ''I need to face the consequences of bad choices,'' ''Debts unpaid need to be settled.''

EXAMPLE: Zacchaeus' change of mind. Luke 19.
''Jesus said to him, today salvation has come to this house...''

Luke 19:8, ''Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.''

Before one has a God encounter, it is as though they live without acknowledgement of any wrong, however, once one turns to Christ, they begin to see all so clearly where they were wrong.

Standing Firm: ''God's revelations are sealed to us until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God's truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. Obey God in the thing He is at present showing you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. We read tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit when...five minutes of drastic obedience would make things clear as a sunbeam. We say, 'I suppose I shall understand these things someday.' You can understand them now: it is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens up and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself till you obey what you know already. Beware of being wise and prudent.
Oswald Chambers

Such reconciliation would have far-reaching implications in the whole church. It watched this test case with great interest. If Christianity could work in such tension-filled re ...

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