After waking Sunday morning, I did my usual routine of heading into the bathroom to refresh myself before prayer. As my feet passed the threshold I heard the words of a song.
“You’re in the Father’s house. Ooh ooh you are in the Father’s house.”
Someone must have left it on replay. As I brushed my teeth, those words resounded over and over within me. As I listened and reflected on what I was hearing, the warmth of God’s Presence engulfed me.
“Thank you Father”, I responded.
Moments later tears filled my eyes as I listened to the lyrics of the song. What an assurance. Shame, my shame, wasn’t welcomed in His house. I need not carry it. I need not focus on it. He bid me to leave it at the door. My failures weren’t counted against me. They too were to be left behind. In His house they weren’t final. In His house I am assured of His goodness, mercy and complete control over everything. Most importantly, I knew I was His son. His desire is to remedy all my mistakes. His desire is to put me back on the right path.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
– Psalm 16:11 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
My brother, my sister, I want to assure you that your Heavenly Father welcomes you into His house. It doesn’t matter how far you have strayed. His arms are open wide to receive you.
In Luke 15:11-32 Jesus told a story of the burning passionate love of the Father. He spoke of it in the form of a fictional story of a disgraced son who returned home. The son thought he had matured and insisted on getting his share of his inheritance. He took that wealth and went far away from his family. He lived a carefree life. Every desire was indulged. All night and day he partied with friends and associates. Everyone wanted to hang with him. Well until the day the money finished. All the friends disappeared. No one offered him any food or shelter. To survive he did the worst thing ever. He began working to feed pigs. Now it may not seem like anything to you. For this was a disgrace. He was raised with the knowledge that these creatures are unclean. They must have nothing to do with them. To tend them meant he had reach the bottom of the barrel. Things got far worst. He was forced to eat their food. How horrible! One day as he was reflecting on his situation, he remembered that he belonged to royalty. The servants in his father’s house lived far better than him.
“Why not return home? I could be a servant to my father”, he thought.
He knew he had messed up really, really bad. He thought he deserved nothing more. As he was walking to the house, his father saw his son coming. The old man rushed out to meet his son. His son who was lost had returned. The pleas of the son to be made a servant was tossed aside. Tears streamed down the father’s face as he embraced his lost son. He was overjoyed that his son had returned home. All he had done was instantly forgiven. To the son’s amazement the father restored him to his rightful position. The father’s royal robe was placed over him; the family ring, a sign of his authority and power placed on the son’s finger. He received more wealth than he had squandered. A huge feast was held to celebrate the lost son.
This is what your heavenly Father does for you when you return to Him. No matter what you have done. If you stray from your walk with Him know, that He stands ready to welcome you with open arms.
“Ooh your in the Father’s house. Leave your shame at the door. It ain’t welcome anymore. Your in the father’s house.”
Please pardon my mistakes. I was crying as I wrote this message. I could feel His Presence and love for you. I pray that as you read His Presence will come upon you. As it does, I pray that any shame, frustration and all bad thoughts will depart. May His love overtake you. I pray that you will make a complete surrender to the heavenly Father.
If you have strayed from the love of Jesus, He wants to restore you. Please welcome Him into your heart.
Lord Jesus, I have sinned. I repent of all I have done. From this day, I forsake all that is sinful in your eyes. I want to continue this life with You. Please cleanse me of my sins. I surrender my life to you. Please come into my heart. I denounce the Devil. I turn away from all that displeases you. I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart. Thank you for receiving my prayer.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
– Romans 10:8-10 NKJV
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
– Romans 10:13 NKJV