GAINING CONTROL OF THE RUNAWAY LIFE

LUKE 15:11‑32

 

 

  I. REASONS FOR A RUNAWAY LIFE.

     vs 12‑13

 

     A. Rejecting God's Plan (vs 12)

 

 

  John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I

             have chosen you, and ordained

             you, that ye should go and bring

             forth fruit, and that your fruit

             should remain: that whatsoever

             ye shall ask of the Father in my

             name, he may give it you.

  Eph 1:4‑9  4 According as he hath chosen us

            in him before the foundation of

            the world, that we should be holy

            and without blame before him in

            love:

             5 Having predestinated us unto

            the adoption of children by Jesus

            Christ to himself, according to

            the good pleasure of his will,

             6 To the praise of the glory of

            his grace, wherein he hath made

            us accepted in the beloved.

             7 In whom we have redemption

            through his blood, the

            forgiveness of sins, according to

            the riches of his grace;

             8 Wherein he hath abounded

            toward us in all wisdom and

            prudence;

             9 Having made known unto us the

            mystery of his will, according to

            his good pleasure which he hath

            purposed in himself:

 

B. Rejecting God's People (vs 13)

 

  Eccles 4:9  9 Two are better than one;

             because they have a good reward

             for their labour.

             10 For if they fall, the one

             will lift up his fellow: but woe

             to him that is alone when he

             falleth; for he hath not another

             to help him up.

             11 Again, if two lie together,

             then they have heat: but how can

             one be warm alone?

             12 And if one prevail against

             him, two shall withstand him;

             and a threefold cord is not

             quickly broken.

 

  He was leaving the fellowship of Godly

  people for fellowship with wicked men.

 

  Prov 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall

             be satisfied with bread: but he

             that followeth vain persons is

             void of understanding.

 

  1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you

             not to keep company, if any man

             that is called a brother be a

             fornicator, or covetous, or an

             idolater, or a railer, or a

             drunkard, or an extortioner;

             with such an one no not to eat.

            

 

     C. Rejecting God's Providence (vs 13)

 

  Gen 1:29 29 And God said, Behold, I have

           given you every herb bearing seed,

           which is upon the face of all the

           earth, and every tree, in the

           which is the fruit of a tree

           yielding seed; to you it shall be

           for meat.

           30 And to every beast of the

           earth, and to every fowl of the

           air, and to every thing that

           creepeth upon the earth, wherein

           there is life, I have given every

           green herb for meat: and it was

           so.

 

 Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of

           God, and his righteousness; and

           all these things shall be added

           unto you.

 

  II. RESULTS OF THE RUNAWAY LIFE

 

     A. Dissatisfaction  (vs 14)

 

  Prov 13:25 The righteous eateth to the

             satisfying of his soul: but the

             belly of the wicked shall want.

            

  Eccles 6:7  7 All the labour of man is for

             his mouth, and yet the appetite

             is not filled.

              8 For what hath the wise more

             than the fool? what hath the

             poor, that knoweth to walk

             before the living?

              9 Better is the sight of the

             eyes than the wandering of the

             desire: this is also vanity and

             vexation of spirit.

 

     B. Degradation (vs 15)

      

 He had become a slave to sin.

 

  Romans 6:16 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye

              yield yourselves servants to

              obey, his servants ye are to

              whom ye obey; whether of sin

              unto death, or of obedience

              unto righteousness?

              17 But God be thanked, that ye

              were the servants of sin, but

              ye have obeyed from the heart

              that form of doctrine which was

              delivered you.

              18 Being then made free from

              sin, ye became the servants of

              righteousness.

              19 I speak after the manner of

              men because of the infirmity of

              your flesh: for as ye have

              yielded your members servants

              to uncleanness and to iniquity

              unto iniquity; even so now

              yield your members servants to

              righteousness unto holiness.

              20 For when ye were the

              servants of sin, ye were free

              from righteousness.

              21 What fruit had ye then in

              those things whereof ye are now

              ashamed? for the end of those

              things is death.

              22 But now being made free from

              sin, and become servants to

              God, ye have your fruit unto

              holiness, and the end

              everlasting life.

 

     C. Destitution (vs 16)

 

     He found himself with no help.

     Where were his friends?

     Who would help him now?

     Who would stay with him?

 

  Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they

           be agreed?

 

  III. REMEDY FOR THE RUNAWAY LIFE

         (vs 17‑21)

 

     A.Realistic Assessment

 

          Look at your life realistically.

          Don't blame others for your sin.

          They will give account for their

          sin, we will all give account for

          our lives.

 

  Jer 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of

          deceit; through deceit they refuse

          to know me, saith the LORD.

 

  Jer 8:5 Why then is this people of

          Jerusalem slidden back by a

          perpetual backsliding? they hold

          fast deceit, they refuse to return.

         

  Prov 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to

            understand his way: but the folly

            of fools is deceit.

 

     B. Repentance & Remorse

 

  Deut 4:29 29 But if from thence thou shalt

            seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt

            find him, if thou seek him with

            all thy heart and with all thy

            soul.

            30 When thou art in tribulation,

            and all these things are come

            upon thee, even in the latter

            days, if thou turn to the LORD

            thy God, and shalt be obedient

            unto his voice;

            31 (For the LORD thy God is a

            merciful God;) he will not

            forsake thee, neither destroy

            thee, nor forget the covenant of

            thy fathers which he sware unto

            them.

 

  Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them

               that are of a broken heart;

               and saveth such as be of a

               contrite spirit.

 

  2 Tim 2:25‑26 25 In meekness instructing

                those that oppose themselves;

                if God peradventure will give

                them repentance to the

                acknowledging of the truth;

                26 And that they may recover

                themselves out of the snare

                of the devil, who are taken

                captive by him at his will.

               

  James 4:8  8 Draw nigh to God, and he will

            draw nigh to you. Cleanse your

            hands, ye sinners; and purify

            your hearts, ye double minded.

             9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and

            weep: let your laughter be turned

            to mourning, and your joy to

            heaviness.

            10 Humble yourselves in the sight

            of the Lord, and he shall lift

            you up.

 

  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is

             faithful and just to forgive us

             our sins, and to cleanse us from

             all unrighteousness.

 

  C. Reconciliation (vs 20)

 

  Heb 2:17‑18 17 Wherefore in all things it

              behoved him to be made like

              unto his brethren, that he

              might be a merciful and

              faithful high priest in things

              pertaining to God, to make

              reconciliation for the sins of

              the people.

              18 For in that he himself hath

              suffered being tempted, he is

              able to succour them that are

              tempted.

 

  Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel

               together, and walked unto the

               house of God in company.

              

  Psalms 119:63 I am a companion of all them

                that fear thee, and of them

                that keep thy precepts.

               

 

  Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and

          so fulfil the law of Christ.

 

  Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily,

           while it is called To day; lest

           any of you be hardened through the

           deceitfulness of sin.

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