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Luke 15:20-24 Authority Over Relationships: Restoration and Forgiveness

Luke 15:20-24 New Century Version (NCV)
20 So the son left and went to his father. “While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for his son. So the father ran to him and hugged and kissed him. 21 The son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[a] 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Hurry! Bring the best clothes and put them on him. Also, put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get our fat calf and kill it so we can have a feast and celebrate. 24 My son was dead, but now he is alive again! He was lost, but now he is found!’ So they began to celebrate.

Last week we learned how to take authority over our health and seek healing. This week, we are taking authority over our relationships. As Genesis 2:22 reveals to us, God does not want us to be alone, but rather in relationship with others, whether it is romantic or platonic.

Consider the following:
The Prodigal son’s story illustrates the power of forgiveness and restoration. In this story, the younger son asked for his inheritance and when his request was granted by his father he quickly squandered his fortune. After returning home empty handed and with the spirit of shame weighing on his conscious, his father surprisedly opens up his arms and welcomes him home. Later on in the scripture we discover that the eldest son rejects the idea of acceptance and love for his younger brother, but the father reminds him that one day he will inherit everything, and that they should still celebrate the return of the younger son because he was lost and is now found.

The father in this parable represents God’s love for us and the restorative power of His mercy. Today, God wants to remind us that we can have authority over our relationships and if we are praying for restoration and forgiveness we are able to seek it out through the Holy Spirit. Due to the father forgiving and accepting his son, the son is now back in alignment to receive God’s blessings and God’s vision for his life. Remember, there is no relationship that God cannot heal, fix, or bring together.

If you are on this call and are waiting for God to…

  1. Break generational curses, God says “Repent, and I will come; Enter into my courts and I will deliver”

  2. Help you forgive those who have hurt you, God says “Open your heart, so I can fill it”

  3. Present to you your husband or wife, God says “Trust in me and lean not into your own understanding”

  4. Bring love back into your relationship, God says “Put me in the center of your life and relationship”

Here is a short prayer you can recite to receive authority: God, please give me authority over my relationships. I bind up every generational curse; every demonic force or illegitimate sacrifice that is in my linage all the way back to Adam and Even; I pray that the spirit of un-forgiveness is destroyed; and abuse to my body by myself or others no longer controls me for I am yours and have been made whole. I cover my relationships with your blood. I believe that all things will be renewed, healed, and united in your name. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

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