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Coming To The End Of Yourself (Luke 15:11-24)Tommy Boring, September 8, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In this story we see that the father never gave up on his son. He let his son run all the while knowing it wasn’t a good thing to do. His son rebelled against his father even though his father had riches and anything that the son would ever need for.
Once the son left he began to realize that he had messed up. The father knew he had also messed up but loved him through it all. The father even gathered up the sons future riches and gave it to him before he left.
We just as the son have all left our father at some point or another. Jesus knows it’s wrong just the same as we know, but He allows us to leave. He never stops loving us, no matter what we do or go. When we run off we do it in rebellion thinking we know what’s best for ourselves. God will let you go as far as you want to go until you realize you’ve messed this thing up. During this time, God still calls for you to come home.
Once you realize that you’ve gotten as low as you can go then you’ll find yourself finding that Jesus is the only one still with you. So the question is, what are you hanging on to? What’s the thing that you think you can’t do without? God will work out the fleshly problems, the emotional issues and then He will deal with your spiritual lack.
Your flesh is selfish and God will remove those things it lusts after. Emotionally, God works out those things that you think you knew better about and stops those things that hinder. Spiritually God deals with you and shows you that you’re NOT god. You can’t do it yourself therefore you can’t know what’s best and perfect.
The faithfulness of God is that once your ready to come back to Him, He will go over and beyond to bring you back. For all of you that feel that you’re too far gone from Jesus, you’re only a turn away. Simply stop where you are and turn around. Repentance is simply about changing directions. God will feed you, clothe you and mark you as His once upon your returning. The only regret you’ll have is you’ll wish you had turned around sooner.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And 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. 13And 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. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And 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! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (KJV)