Summary: You cant return to the life you once had as a child, the home that you remember is no longer there.
You Cant Go Home Again You cant return to the life youve left as a child and the home that you remember is no longer there. Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth, I am come not to send peace, but a sword....... and a mans foes shall be they of his own household. To be able to understand the spiritual side of the scripture, you hafe to understand the physical side of life. The scriptures are spritually understood, Ive named this sermon, You cant Go Home Again, because it was delievered to me by the spirit especially to show me, that the things that I remember from my childhood are no longer there. So lets look at the physical first, At a glance you can see the people that you used to know are grown up ,moved on and some have passed on. Do you remember people of your youth, that you havent seen in years, you remember them as pretty and hansome and strong, and then all of a sudden you see them and cant believe the condition that they are in. The home you grew up in is gone, the town you remember has changed so much ,you dont recognise anything. I ran into a frend of mine, that I havent seen in 30 years, they didnt match the memory I had of them, it broke my heart. My mother in laws house that I use to visit was gone and in its place was nothing but weeds, children grew up there and I was married there, all gone. The family that I once knew were not the same, they became, not really family , not really frends and not really enemies, but a mixture of all three, supportive of my ministry, no, concerned with my feelings, no, worried over my health, not really. Then the spirit said again, You cant go Home Again. Jesus said in Matthew 10:39.. He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. This verse, as with many in scripture ,holds more than one meaning, for me I found a special meaning, a meaning that revieled the message from the Holy Spirit, I cant go Home, because ,it no longer exists and what I find will hurt me. But weve found a better life, that we must commit ,body, mind and soul to. That life with Jesus. He told us that He would be everything that we needed, Father, Mother, Sister and Brother. If you can say that nothing has changed in your life, then youve become the exception to the rule. In Matthew 13:57 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. Your hometown, will turn away from you and your own family will turn away from you, thats what Jesus was saying. The word, SAVE, here means, except. Your honor is not with those that you remember fondly, as you were growing up, but with strangers that youve never met. We are now in a different life with a different lifestyle, a different leadership has taken hold of us, we cant go home again. The account of the young rich man, in 19:16-22, demonstrates the point that Jesus was makeing, once weve left home, or the old life of sin, we cant go back, we hafe to let everything go and begin anew. We hafe to release everything, includeing, money, homes, lands, family, everything, because once weve been born again, our life starts over in Christ, Behold, all things have passed away, behold all things become new. If this isnt the way your liveing, as a christian, then your still wanting to turn back, trying to hang on to the old memories of people and things in your past. Its a dream world brothers and sisters, its a fantisy. Its time to let go of the dream and face the reality of this present world that we live in. Dont be mistaken, memories are fine, memories of loved ones that have gone on to meet Jesus, memories of a happier time, but keep them in perspective. Once we have put our hands to the plow and turned back, Jesus Said, that you are not fit for the kingdom of heavan, in otherwise, once youve accepted, Jesus, as Lord of your life and Savior of your soul, you cant go home, you cant go back from where you came from, its no longer there, its gone. Satan will use these memories to tempt and torment you, he will try to give you a fantisy world to live in, useing up valuable time from your work for God, in endless, dreams of a by gone time, of memories of home, that was sweet and peaceful, safe and serine.He will come to you as an angel of light, pretending to be a frend, he will try to tell you that he can take you home again, to relive past honor and glory to revive past loves and accomplishments. All the while, trying to drown you in sorrow and disapointments of things that no longer exists. Cherish your memories, but consintrate on makeing new ones, fresh ones, memories of people that youve lead to Jesus, church gatherings that youve really been blesed and look for the joy of your new life in heavan. You cant go Home any more, but why would you want to, youve got a brand new home, just over the next sunrise, just past the next prayer, just a step beyond the river. A Home where youll never hafe to keep anymore memories of the old days because the day will never end. ars.