THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Lewis Cushman. St Cloud Church of God.
April 17th 2016
Luke 15:11-32 The prodigal son.
“For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:24
What road are you on?
Q: What is the tragedy to backsliding.
Q What are the wages of ? A: Death
There is a way that seems right to man, but the end is destruction.
There are many people who are away from God.
They served once, but do so no more.
When we backslide on God, we fall with a thud of despair.
Samson laid his head in the lap of the enemy, and he was reduced to grinding meal.
His eyes were put out. He lost his strength.
-It is a dangerous thing when you turn your back on God.
-The devil never does anything good to you.
BUT... Greater is he that's in you then he that's in the world.
THREE THINGS THE ROAD IS PAVED WITH:
1- The road to recovery is paved with the word repentance.
Q: What can wash away your sins?
The bible only mentions two places to spend eternity, Heaven or Hell.
Q: Which one do you want to go to? Are you ready for the coming of Jesus?
Jesus said I don't condemn you ... but he also preached repentance.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3
REPENT MEANS: To turn away from sin, not keep doing it.
You have not repented till you feel about you sin the way God does.
2- The road to recovery was paved with reliance.
It takes God to forgive us and turn us around so that we might walk a new life.
God can save you, help you, strengthen you, and bring you through.
He has done it before and he will do it again.
God is ready to do it one more time.
DO: Ask God to do it one more time.
Some folks want to hurt the reputation of Jesus, and openly commit sin.
Then they want to come back to church and act like they are not doing anything wrong.
Repent, and do your first works over. Because the soul that sins will die.
But, there is a road to recovery.
3- The road to recovery is paved with realization.
The prodigal son realized he was living with the pigs. He came to himself.
Q: Are you living with the pigs and eating their food?
People are good at pointing out others faults, while you have faults of your own.
Realize you need to pray for reconciliation of fallen brothers.
Realize that you are the one who needs to turn back to God.
Realize where you are.
Q: What road are you on today?
Q: Do you know who Jesus is?
Q: Are you right with him?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
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