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The Prodigal Father

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The Prodigal Father
Words of Faith 9-29-2021
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Romans 8
[32] He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all‑‑how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

      We do not serve a stingy god who withholds blessing capriciously. Rather, we serve a lavishly generous God. When the time came to redeem you, the price was high. In fact, the price was so high no one could have paid, even if they would have paid. The price was God's only Son, the only human who, though tempted in every way just as we are, yet was without sin. No one could have offered such a son or paid such a high price, but God alone.
       No, He is not stingy. In fact, He is the prodigal (recklessly lavish) Father who waits and watches for His lost child, then runs to greet the child on the road with a beautiful robe of righteousness, a family ring and shoes of freedom. He is the Father who throws a recklessly lavish party to celebrate the return of His lost child, whether others will join in the rejoicing or not.
      Mary of Bethany understood that God is not stingy. She was the woman who came to anoint Jesus just prior to His passion. Rather than dab a drop of the expensive perfume used for special occasions, she broke the jar and poured out perfume worth an entire year's wages upon Jesus. Some thought it was wasteful, but actually, she had recognized the incredible sacrifice that was being made for her. God's generosity has that effect upon people.
      Paul said it best when he wrote to the Philippian church. "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). He will graciously give us everything that we need. Will God give us graciously "all things"? Certainly, all the things that we need, and none that we do not.  

      Lord, God, I thank You for Your generous care. Thank You for providing all of my needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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