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From One Prodigal To Another

    "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'give me the portion of goods that falls to me,' so he divided to them his livelihood. "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living." Luke 15:11-13

    You have heard the expression, "You can't con a con!" Well, I was one and have been there, done that more times than I can count with other people's kids, grand-kids, friends, relatives and the like for over thirty years! Like the insurance ad says, "We know a thing or two, because we've seen a thing or two!"

    I felt like the Lord wanted me to speak to all those who are experiencing this very same thing in their lives with a loved one, a very hard situation to deal with and even harder if you don't know Jesus. Even though I have not had a residential facility for years I am still contacted often for help with a child, loved one or even a spouse who has gone off in rebellion or on drugs! Though often thought impossible or deemed an incurable disease, addiction is sin and there is only one remedy for sin and that is the shed blood of Jesus received in the heart of the sinner.

    Being born again will convert the sinner into a saint, deliver him and set him free forever! Sounds simple, but in actuality it is the only way for the "Prodigal" to become whole again, in peace and back in the arms of their loved ones and their heavenly Father who created them. I know this because it happened to me, a hopeless wretch of a sinner, lost in despair, an alcoholic with a $2000.00 a week cocaine addiction. Take comfort in this: "With God all things are possible to them who believe!"

    "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine, and he began to be in want. "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into the fields to feed swine. "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate and no one gave him anything." Luke 15:14-16


    "But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish in hunger!' Luke 15:17

    I have never seen anyone get free who didn't become desperate and in need as the Prodigal son did when he ended up in the pig pen, feeding pigs! If a person doesn't come to the end of himself and his proverbial rope he will never be free! There are three things that have to happen in order for one to obtain freedom and deliverance from that which has held him captive!

    Number one, a person has to be in need, number two, no one can give them anything, and number three, they have to become hungry. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people reach one of these stages and the enemy comes and enables them to be sustained in their sin! Want to know who the enemy is? Not the devil, but mamma, daddy, the grand-parents or some other relative or ill-informed friend filled with a deadly disease called, "Human compassion!" The person finally comes to the end of himself and begins to become desperate, in jail, in need and crying out for someone to help them and "Bam!" Somebody bails them out, pays their bills or takes them in and the cycle starts all over again!

    If you think you are smarter than God, then reach out and save the drowning soul and he will end up robbing you and taking advantage of your compassion and will become worse than at first, and you could even become responsible for his death! I have seen it many times, but people will not listen! In the story of the prodigal, the boy ran out of money and ended up exactly where the father, a picture of God wanted him, in the pig pen with nothing! He didn't run after him, didn't go and check on him, he let the stench of the boy's own sin bring him to the point of desperation and need!

    "I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' Luke 15:18,19


    Therefore behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, and wall her in, so that she cannot find her paths. She will chase her lovers, but not overtake them; yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me, than now. Hosea 2:6,7

    If you really want to help someone, take your hands off of them and leave them in God's capable hands, after all He loves them more than you and He created them! When your Ford breaks down you don't take it to a shade tree mechanic, you take it to the creator, Ford Motor Company! Your position is to pray and believe God to deliver your loved one His way and cut off the food supply in order to choke the life out of their rebellion and bring them to desperation!

    The prophet Hosea had a wife who was a harlot whom God was using as an example to expose Israel's defection from Him and their blatant rebellion. God told Hosea that He would "Hedge up her way with thorns" so that she could not find her lovers so that she would return to her husband. We used this many times to see the power of God rescue runaways, bring drug addicts to desperation and even return a spouse who was committing adultery. The thorns (demons) bring about a wall of circumstances that stop the forward motion of the sinner and eventually will bring about remorse that leads to repentance!

    You must stand your ground and commit to pray and intercede when using this act of spiritual warfare because the enemy is in actuality bringing your loved one to desperation. Things may go horribly wrong at first but these things must take place in order for one to experience the glory of God's deliverance. You must be diligent in prayer for God's protection and if you persevere, you will see His deliverance! Forget the world's vain attempt to deliver your loved one, 12-step programs, secular rehabs, and 90 day wonder, promise you the moon to take your money rip offs, that can cost as much as $1000.00 per day, do not work! Only by the grace and mercy of a Mighty God will you see His deliverance just as the Prodigal son did when he finally returned to his Father! May God give you eyes to see His glory!

    "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. Luke 15:20

    'For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry. Luke 15:24

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin