We are familiar with the parable of the LOST SON (The Prodigal son). The parable is about a son who requested for his own share of his father’s possession. There is the possibility that a lot of discussion had taken place between the father and his son. In any case, the father granted him his request. After which he went abroad to squander what was given him and later, he was left with nothing. His situation became unbearable.

One day, he realized that it would be better for him to go back to his loving father who would probably accept him back, at worst, as one of his servants. The whole story is about a repentant child of God. (Lk. 15:11-32 KJV)

The point I am trying to raise here is not the repentance aspect, but the giant step, which the prodigal son took which is worth emulating for every child of God.

At a point in life, we all want to have freedom away from the presence of God for one unreasonable reason or the other. Some people feel that God’s action is too slow for their liking. Another unreasonable reason is that many people today don’t like to be restricted by any divine rule from performing what is on their mind. Whatever is their intent, getting away from divine guidance will be disastrous. It amounts to inviting evil and doing things that is contrary. This is the situation the prodigal son finds himself.

In real life, what happened to the prodigal son is applicable to life experience. What happen is still rampart among the youth of this age. It takes a life experience for them to understand the process of life. Youth are more into getting their freedom from parents, from their instructor, and from working for others before being independent on their own; not knowing that outside the home or dependence from where we can gain more knowledge, life becomes more difficult.

Freedom without caution or restraint can lead to destruction. Adolescence life under their parents is more protective than to live a free life that leads to destruction. Likewise, adult life without God’s guidance leads to a debase mind that can eventually lead to destruction. Many children of God today are finding themselves in deplorable and regrettable situations that call for something to be done.

Before he began his journey back home, the Bible described three states of the Prodigal son’s disposition, let’s examine the three dispositions.

  1. He took a deep thought “ But when he came to himself…” v17
  2. He took a decision, “I will arise …” v18
  3. He acted on his decision, “And he arose” v20



Taking a deep thought of situation “But when he came to himself”

That is, the prodigal son realized the poor state he found himself, which now has become unbearable. Where was his mind since the day he got out of the house? The Bible declared,

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Rm. 1:28 KJV).

Many people have gone out from the way of the Lord only to find themselves in a miserable situation. Their lives are not spirit filled. They are filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness and riotous life, at their own detriment. Not until they trace back where they have missed the mark – getting away from God, they will never come to their senses to examine themselves.

At this point, the prodigal son realized he has missed the way; he realized he needs deliverance; and he realized he needs God’s help to rescue him from his deplorable situation.

Nebuchadnezzar, in his own situation said,

“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me…” (Dan. 4:34 KJV)

Where was his understanding? He lost it because of his pride, attributing his success to himself and leaving God out of it.

No matter how difficult your situation may be or how tough your undertaking may be, the moment you realize that you have a Father in heaven that can deliver or help you, the solution is at hand. The prodigal son realized that he has a loving father who can take him back; likewise, king Nebuchadnezzar realized that the Almighty in heaven could restore his glory. What the two have in common is, they lay at the mercy of Him who can get them out of their bad situation and both have faith in God.

Faith in God through our Lord Jesus Christ is the power for deliverance.

Taking a decision – “I will arise”

Determination to stand up and do something is a stage that proves difficult for many people. Many people have plans, they know what to do, how to do it, and where to go and to whom they should approach to get things done. However, they fail to arise, pursue, stand up and go for it. The prodigal son determined to go to his father.

The position of the father stands for solution to his problem. When you know where to get a solution, be determine to take a positive move; to go for it without any delay. Procrastination will make you lose time or never to arise or never go for it.


Acting on a decision “And he arose”

This is the giant step and the necessary action for anyone to get out of any terrible situation.  If you realized that you are in a terrible situation and know that there is a way out, stand up to action, or else, your terrible situation will remain permanent with you.

In another scenario, if you aspire to start any undertaking. You need to take this giant step, or else, you will never take off. Many people have dreams, visions, goals and mission that have shattered, simply because they failed to arise, they failed to take any action.

Beware of the following causes of inaction and don’t allow them to disturb or become an obstacle for you to arise and take the necessary step for a better life.

  • Debase mind – not retaining God’s knowledge in your thought
  • Worldly enjoyment – barrier to coming to one’s sense
  • Laziness – spiritual and physical idleness and slothfulness
  • Procrastination –delay which can end up killing intention
  • Fear of failure – lack of faith and hope
  • Shyness – loss of identity
  • Environment – will encourage or discourage
  • Obstinacy – unyielding to counselling and self-centeredness


Why you need to arise

  • To get better
  • To be save
  • To get out of terrible situation
  • To get delivered from all powers that are not of God
  • To get out of stagnancy
  • To get out from slavery and comfort zone

When you arise, you are activating faith to bring your hope to reality. The only unfailing power that can help you to take any giant step is found in God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the propelling power that helps you to penetrate through any obstacle that stands in your way

Jesus said,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”    (Matt. 11:28 KJV)

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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