Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotional

Day 36

But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,                Luke 15:28

Anger is the adversary of affection.  It doesn’t let love live in life.  Ander closes the door on man and God.  It demands its’ own way.  Stubborn anger is an agreement with our feelings and flesh to fight what’s right and good.  It creeps into our lives when we treasure our feelings over our faith.  In fact, anger reveals what our faith is in. Anger is a manipulating motivator of the mind.  It makes everything and everyone hard to work with in life.  Just being angry pulls the door shut, keeps the fear in, and closes off the opportunity for love to work.   You can see when anger is in the room by all the closed doors in the house.

Friday, July 8, 2022

The Kitchen Table

“The Prodigal”

Day 35

But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,                Luke 15:28

When we can’t be happy, we can’t find happy.  And when we can’t be happy for others, it’s difficult to find happiness for ourselves.  It’s a sign of unhappiness when we can’t be happy for others.  When we let our negative emotions determine our environment, we’re sunk.  We will miss the moment and the opportunity to live, love, and laugh.  There were memories to make and moments to share but that doesn’t happen when we let our emotions like anger, jealousy, and hate rule our day.  Anger doesn’t create memories; it corrupts them and leaves us with regret.  And we let this happen by focusing on someone else’s decisions in life.  There’s a Father in heaven who loves you and His love is rich, choose Him, not hate.  Our Father is into good memories and great moments.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Kitchen Table

“The Prodigal”

Day 34

And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’                               Luke 15:27

When good news is bad news there’s troubling news on the way.  Something good has happened and something good is going to happen, there’s going to be a celebration.  But good news is bad news for those who like sad news.  There are some people who just like sad news.  It makes them feel better about their bad news.  The father received the wayward son back with a party.  Good news had replaced bad news and the new news was there was going to be a party.  Here’s the thing, sad news people don’t like good news and the bad news is that resentment lives where rejoicing dies.  Sometimes happiness begins with being happy for others.  Resentment can’t grow where rejoicing lives.  Paul writes, “Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2:18)

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotional

“The Prodigal”

Day 33

And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.              Luke 15:26

Some people will live their whole life based on what other people do or say.  That sort of life will leave a person out of sorts, outside the circle, and without what they truly want in life.  Jesus once said,  “The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:35-36)  The older son was left in the dark and as we go along, we will begin to see why.  He was living in his own world by his own words.  We can’t know the life of God apart from the words of God.  Hearing the word of God will keep us on the way of God and in the celebration of God.  Don’t rely on others to know the way, rely on God yourself.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotional

“The Prodigal”

Day 32

“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. Luke 15:25

There’s always another side, another story to tell.  There was another son who never celebrated.  We know that by verse 29.  Listen, if we don’t celebrate with our Father, we will become centered on our efforts and our emotions.  The bible says to rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:6)  Here was a guy that never left the land but never learned the love of his father.  That’s what happens when we don’t celebrate with our Father in heaven.  The young son tried to celebrate without his father and the older son never celebrate with his father.  The older son mimicked the young son but just in the opposite direction.  Neither knew their father at first and only the one who could repent and rejoice knew him at last.  Take time to celebrate with Father every day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 31

For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.             Luke 15:24

Know what you’re celebrating and don’t celebrate death but life.  Our Father celebrates life and it’s very clear here that the father wasn’t just happy to see his son but that his son had chosen life.  The son had returned, not just to the property but to the passion, perspective, and practices of the farm.  The son had repented and that’s what’s required of us (2 Cor 7:10).  We don’t celebrate death on the home place, we celebrate life for anyone and everyone who chooses it.  The son was dead, and now is alive and he was lost but now he is found.  That’s what we celebrate.  Don’t just be happy to see someone, be happy to see that person born-again, back on the ranch, and in the Father’s love.  Don’t be content with a reunion, celebrate redemption!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 30

And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate                                            Luke 15:23

You’ve got to love the way our Father celebrates.  He only brings the best because He only wants the best for us.  We can know what we cherish by what we celebrate, and we can know what we believe by what we bring to the party.  The father doesn’t just bring a calf, he brings the special, fattened calf.  Only the best for us.  Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.”  In fact, Ephesians 1 is a picture of the Luke 15 reunion.  James 1:17 says that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.  Our Father brings the best for us and we celebrate the best with Him when we bring our best too.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 29

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate.                 Luke 15:22-23

We can tell what we cherish by what we celebrate.  There’s no doubt about what the Father cherishes.  Jesus is telling the story is it’s about His Father and ours.  He loves it when we come home.  The most important thing is us and not what we’ve done.  We’ve come home where He can lavish His love on us once again.  He never quit loving us, we had just decided to live outside of His love.  That’s how it works.  And the secret to living in the love and riches of our Father is to be grateful and to celebrate like He does.  Celebration should fill the heart and house of every believer for what our Father has done.  Why not?  He is!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 28

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet                 Luke 15:22

It doesn’t take time and it’s not a process for our Father in Heaven to respond in love.  His love is ready and able to be loosed in our lives.  We just need to stay there and receive what He has for us and wants for us.  It’s that easy.  He knows our needs, He saw us before we saw ourselves, and He will respond to the faith no bigger than a mustard seed.  All we need to do is stand still and let Him do His thing.  Receive His word, His work, and His will.  Quit trying to explain, make it right, and help Him.  God knows what He is doing, and He wants to do it.  He has us in His heart!  Believe it!  Receive it today!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 27

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet                 Luke 15:22

The love of God, our Father, is instantaneous; it doesn’t have to be persuaded, prodded, or proved.  That’s how great the love of God is in all creation.  God lets love live and we struggle with that because of fear. It’s fear that leads us to ask for just a little of God’s love, but God is a big lover (Ps 57:10). It’s scary to us but simple for Him.  It’s simple because there are no levels to God’s love; He just brings the best and that’s it.  The problem is that we nibble on God’s love.  Let love live!  Let love live by letting His word come into our spirits as the breath of life.