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 He has withdrawn from them.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

Joyful Confidence

JOYFUL CONFIDENCE There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.  Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away.  Hosea 4: 1,3          If I turn my back on my home and strive to make some distant place … Continue reading Joyful Confidence

Understanding God’s Comparison

UNDERSTANDING GOD'S COMPARISON And it will be, like people, like priest.  Hosea 4:9     I can understand God's words another way.  "As the people go, so go the priests."  We can often expect the pastors and people in ministry to be holier than we are, even … Continue reading Understanding God’s Comparison

Advancement Based On What?

ADVANCEMENT BASED ON WHAT? They (the priests) feed on the sin of My people and direct their desire toward their iniquity.  Hosea 4:8     I want you to know that I don't send out devotionals lightly.  Whenever I embark on the challenge of teaching a book, … Continue reading Advancement Based On What?