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Your sins are your downfall!

Scripture reading for September 8th: Hosea 12-14

“But I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.  You shall acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior except Me.  I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat.  When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot Me. Hosea 13:4-5

For people who have been saved from sin, God’s love initially seems so good.  God is good and moves us from darkness and slavery into a new realm of abundance and true soul satisfaction.  It would appear that such a people would love and follow God forever, enjoying the abundant life.  (John 10:10)  Hosea tells how God’s once faithful people became satisfied and promptly forgot Him.  The source of this forgetfulness was pride, which became their downfall!  (Hosea 13:6, 14:1)

Pride is the sin that caused Satan’s downfall from the highest heavens.  Satan desired to be like the Most High and to sit on the throne of God.  God’s abundant blessing on his life in making him beautiful and giving him a place of honor brought out iniquity hidden there.  (Ezekiel 28:1, 14-17)  He was cast down from heaven’s glory to earth.   We must be vigilant for this subtle sin that can creep into those who bear God’s image and carry His glory!

“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God.  Your sins have been your downfall!  Take words with you and return to the Lord.  Say to Him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously; that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” ” Hosea 14:1-2

God’s mercy is also toward those whose sins have taken them down!  Hosea gives a wonderful altar call.  Repentance is an act of faith in the patience, kindness, love and mercy of our Lord.  We can offer Him nothing but ourselves and our words.   God desires to heal us and love us.  Check your heart and attitude today and ask God to expose any pride that could be your downfall.

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely; for my anger has turned away from them.” Hosea 14:4

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning?  He will understand them.  The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9

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Return to the Lord!

Scripture reading for September 10th: Hosea 12-14

“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God.  Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord.  Say to Him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” (Hosea 14:1-2)

God’s always calling out to those who will hear.  He desires none to perish, but all to come to repentance. (2nd Peter 3:9)  Repentance is a change of mind and direction.  It is turning from rebellious and selfish ways back to the Lord.  This turning comes when we recognize that our actions and attitudes constitute “sin” and that this sin is the cause of our downfall.  The next step is to come to God with words that come from a broken and contrite heart.  Asking God to forgive us and receive us again is the path back.  God waits joyfully to receive His people back who come sincerely.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9)

Hosea describes the Lord’s mercy and compassion to his countrymen.  “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them.” (Hosea 14:4)  God longs to heal His people and His love goes out to them even as His wrath and anger went out against their sin and rebellion.  He would much rather show mercy in love than punish in anger!  Repentance is the key element needed to draw God’s love and turn away that anger!

“Who is wise? He will realize these things, Who is discerning?  He will understand them.  The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” (Hosea 14:9)   God’s ways are always right and just.  When men are in rebellion, they are ignorant and lack the discernment because of the darkness that covers their hearts.  When God’s people willfully reject an understanding of God’s ways and refuse to follow, they are destroyed by this willful lack of knowledge.  (Hosea 4:6)  True prophets turn God’s people back to the Lord and His mercy.  They expose sin and lies.  Check your own heart today.  Do you need to “return to the Lord”?  Simply take words and ask Him for His mercy!

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Your sins are your downfall!

Scripture reading for September 10th: Hosea 12-14

“But I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.  You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.  I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat.  When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot Me. Hosea 13:4-5

For people who have been saved from sin and delivered by God from bondage and slavery, God’s love initially seems so good and following Him is our heart’s delight.  God is good and moves us from poverty into a new realm of abundance and true soul satisfaction.  It would appear that such a people would love and follow God forever, enjoy the abundant life, and celebrate their deliverance.  (John 10:10)  In the completion of this book of Hosea, God tells how his once faithful and thankful people became satisfied but promptly forgot Him.  The source of this forgetfulness was none other than pride!  (Hosea 13:6) This pride became their downfall!  (Hosea 14:1)

Pride is the sin that caused Satan’s downfall from the highest heavens.  Satan desired to be like the Most High and to sit on the throne of God.  God’s abundant blessing on his life in making him beautiful and giving him a place of honor brought out iniquity hidden there.  (Ezekiel 28:1, 14-17)  He was cast down from heaven’s glory to earth.  Satan’s sin of pride was his downfall and now he tempts man made in God’s image with forgetting God and His grace in our lives!  We must be vigilant for this subtle sin that can creep into those who bear God’s image and carry His glory!

“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God.  Your sins have been your downfall!  Take words with you and return to the Lord.  Say to Him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously; that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” ” Hosea 14:1-2

God’s mercy is also toward those whose sins have taken them down!  Hosea gives a wonderful altar call of repentance.  Repentance is an act of faith in the patience, kindness, love and mercy of our Lord.  We can offer Him nothing but ourselves and our words.  Life and death are in the power of our tongue and confession brings life!  (1st John 1:9) God desires to heal us and love us.  Repentance restores the flow of His love.  It is so simple, yet so profound and hidden from the rebellious!  Check your heart and attitude today and ask God to expose any pride that could be your downfall.

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely; for my anger has turned away from them.” Hosea 14:4

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning?  He will understand them.  The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9


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