Month: October 2011

Belief And Unbelief

BELIEF AND DISBELIEF "Now, they will say, "We have no king.  What can he do for us?"  They speak mere words, with worthless oaths they make covenants; and judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field."  Hosea 10:3-4             God's people … Continue reading Belief And Unbelief

Grafted In To Share The Fruit

GRAFTED IN TO SHARE THE FRUIT Israel is a luxuriant vine; He produces fruit for himself.  Hosea 10:1             When God chooses to bless me, it is not so I can fill my barns with grain and sit on the pile and admire it.  … Continue reading Grafted In To Share The Fruit

Praying For Those Who Have Forgotten God

PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD Give them, O Lord - what wilt Thou give?  Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.  Hosea 9:14             When a person walks with God, it is easy to become bitter over someone nearby who is lukewarm in his faith.  There is … Continue reading Praying For Those Who Have Forgotten God

Trying To Be Too Nice

TRYING TO BE TOO NICE Let Israel know this!  The prophet is a fool, the inspired man is demented because of the grossness of your iniquity and because your hostility is so great.  Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; yet the snare … Continue reading Trying To Be Too Nice

Beating My Head Against The Wall

BEATING MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, they will bear no fruit. Hosea 9:16             One of the major reasons Israel went after idols like Ashtoreth and Baal was because those gods were thought to bring fertility.  God reminded … Continue reading Beating My Head Against The Wall

Wanting Time To Pass

Their bread will be like mourners' bread; all who eat of it will be defiled. For their bread will be for themselves alone; it will not enter the house of the Lord.  Hosea 9:4 Life is a gift.  Every day is a clean, twenty-four hour slate upon … Continue reading Wanting Time To Pass

Pretentious Churches

PRETENTIOUS CHURCHES For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces.  Hosea 8:14             It's easy to read of Israel's idolatry and point my finger at them in condemnation.  As soon as I do that, I turn into a Pharisee.  Is it possible that … Continue reading Pretentious Churches

The Spiritual Law of Proportions

SPIRITUAL LAW OF PROPORTIONS They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.  Hosea 8:7     The relationship between sowing and reaping is a most interesting dynamic.  The proportions change dramatically between the former and the latter.  We sow one amount but reap another.  The 'seeds' … Continue reading The Spiritual Law of Proportions

TEARS CAN BE WASTED They did not cry out to Me with their heart when they wailed upon their beds. Hosea 7:14     Is God compassionate?  Yes.  Is He moved enough by my pain to alleviate it?  Not always.  Oftentimes, He waits to see what kind of tears I … Continue reading

The Key To Redemption

KEY TO REDEMPTION I would redeem them but they speak lies against me. They do not cry to Me from their heart when they wail on their beds. Hosea 7:13b,14 I want every place of pain in my life to be redeemed, don't you? I … Continue reading The Key To Redemption