Daily Feast – September 7

The Benefit of Healthy Mind

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living

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! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee -Luke 15:11-13, 17-18

Anything you do not value, you will lose. Spiritual law does not cancel natural law. You will not give a car to someone that learnt driving just only for two days and ask him to take you on a long journey. You must safeguard your life by wisdom. Even prayer should not violate wisdom. From our bible text, we see that the prodigal son came to the father saying, “give me” instead of “make me”. He did not stay at home. He took his journey to a far country and refused to be made under his father's supervision. Beloved, you must earn the trust of God. There is something you learn when you earn a thing. It makes you keep things. Why did the father allow him to go? You may ask- what you do not learn by instructions, you will have to learn by experience. But experience is not the best teacher. Many have died in the process of wanting to learn by experience. He left the house of the father believing in the confidence of the flesh. Beloved our lives must revolve round God.

When you spend your life outside divine supervision you are a waster. His father knew the danger ahead, but he could not tell him. After many days of living independent of the father, the prodigal son found himself in the midst of swine. A sheep is not meant to stay in the mud but for a swine the mud is a natural home. He found himself in an untested environment started to feel the oppression and pressure that almost drained life out of him. So is the way of backsliders. But he was humble enough to remember he was not meant for the mud.

Beloved the beginning of a healthy mind is when you can think through your situation. You should be proactive. You study the past and the future from the present. Although he came to himself, he was still in the midst of the swine. The beginning of solution is your mind. He came to the realization by thinking that the servants in his father's house lived under better conditions. Beloved, once your mind is changed, it is a matter of time, your situation will change. Poverty can become prosperity; sickness can turn to health. It is the issue of the mind. He could have died where he was. But he chose to swallow up his pride. Before life is over almost every man will have his turn to play a fool.

Many are not ready to turn. When the prodigal son changed his mind, his circumstance changed. Beloved, you must stay in the word and allow God to flush your mind with his word. It is not God that is withholding your miracle. The prodigal son's speech changed because his mind has changed. Some do not change because they do not hear the word. Even when they hear, they do not commit to the heart what they have heard.

Prayer: Lord, fill me with greater joy, peace and satisfaction. Make out of my life what is your perfect will for me in Jesus Name.

Further Reading: Luke 15:11-32
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 22:24-25

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