Month: September 2011

The Unacceptable Way Out

THE UNACCEPTABLE EASY WAY OUT Oh Ephraim, what shall I do to you?  O Judah, what shall I do to you?  For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud and like the early dew it goes away.  I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the … Continue reading The Unacceptable Way Out

Unpredictable Affection

UNPREDICTABLE AFFECTION What can I do with you, Judah?  Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.  Hosea 6:4 It is confusing to experience fickle behavior at the hands of a friend. One moment their eyes may be framed with … Continue reading Unpredictable Affection

Living Through Discipline

LIVING THROUGH DISCIPLINE Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, … Continue reading Living Through Discipline

Superficial Repentance

SUPERFICIAL REPENTANCE They will seek the Lord but they will not find Him. He has withdrawn from them. Hosea 5:6 "The proof is in the pudding." My talk is cheap. Actions must prove my words. The same is true of repentance. If I tell God … Continue reading Superficial Repentance

Carried By The Wind

CARRIED BY THE WIND The wind wraps them in its wings and they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices. Hosea 4:19 This morning, my spirit has been so drawn to this verse. I have spent a lot of time just walking around my office, … Continue reading Carried By The Wind

Why Am I A Captive?

WHY AM I A CAPTIVE? "Since Israel is stubborn like a stubborn heifer, can the Lord now pasture them like lamb in a large field?"  Hosea 4:16 Cattle can afford to roam open pastures because they are not easy prey.  Their size makes them secure.  … Continue reading Why Am I A Captive?

It Rubs Off On Us

IT RUBS OFF ON US Do not let Judah become guilty; may they not go to Gilgal or go up to Beth-aven.  Hosea 4:15 During Hosea's lifetime, God's people were divided into two nations.  Israel was to the north and Judah to the south.  Israel … Continue reading It Rubs Off On Us