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08/01/2011

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Like A Fish In The Water


"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death'" (Lk.15:17).

Fish don't do well out of water. Their breathing apparatus are designed for taking air out of the water. The water therefore is their habitat or environment. When the young man who we have come to know as the prodigal son found himself in a foreign place without food he began to understand that he was no longer in his element. Surely he had some hope that things would get better, but they were getting worse instead. He was like a fish out of water, but as a human even worse. He was starving physically, socially and spiritually. He saw that things would just not get better on their own and he alone was to blame. It was time for him to take the initiative as he faced the harsh reality of hopelessness on his own. When he had prematurely taken his share of his father's inheritance, it had been all about himself, and that just wasn't working anymore. His affections had change and that is not always easy. This change only happens when we love what we want to be more than what we are. When this took place his will changed and he could take action. When properly motivated to change the young man found two immutable truths...His love for his Father and his thought of a better life. Are we that fish? A price must be paid to get back into the water. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matt.16:24). Just like the prodigal son, we have the help of a Father's love for us. Our God puts a high value on us...He wants us to change. When we are away from God, we are out of our environment. Lets all get back to that better life...

Have a great start to your week...Begin it with a RAK or two or three.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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