Hosea 4:8 Feeding Upon Sin

Bird eating

They feed on the sins of my people and relish their wickedness. Hosea 4:8 

Freedom is something that is cherished in most nations. People love to have their freedom to think and do what they like. No one really likes to be told what not to do or think.

To many people the thought of freedom is to be completely free from all rules or regulations. People do not like to be bound up in regulations on what they can or cannot do. With this in mind people have chosen to be free to sin and love wickedness.

God tells Hosea that the people love to feed upon sins and relish the wickedness of others. They were pleased when God’s people sinned.

Sin is not only rampant throughout all nations, it is also commonly promoted. People live upon sin. Trillions of dollars are made every year because of sin. This can be seen in the sin promoted in movies, books, television shows, music and more.

While most people see violent murder as wrong, they will go and see a movie that promotes a bad person who just goes around doing violent murder. It gives them enjoyment filling up their appetite for entertainment. This can go for other sins–sex, nudity, cursing, idol worship, defamation of God, and much more.

Often those in the church are being seen doing and acting in the same way as the world. They will also feed off of sin that is promoted in some way. They find enjoyment in watching sin occur.

God’s heart breaks every time He sees sin. It is not His desire that anyone should ever sin in any way. Jesus came to break off of the guilt of sin and remove the power of sin in the life of a person. The believer must feed on God’s holiness and righteousness, not on the sins of this world.

Ask yourself what gives you satisfaction in your life? Are the things, the sins of this world filling you up? Or is it God and His word?

Jesus said that His food was to do the will of the Father, not to eat of the things of this world.

Seek what is God’s will in your life and turn away from the sin of this world. Do not allow yourself to find satisfaction in sinful practices or beliefs. Those sins only bring about death. God’s word will bring you life.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will know God’s holiness; that you will feed upon God and His word; and that you will turn away from all sin. 

Psalm 23:8 Among The Enemy

Men eating together

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:8 

Very few people really want to be near an enemy. A person attempts to go the other direction when he sees the enemy. Seeing the enemy usually means there is trouble about to happen, or it could happen.

It can also mean that there is danger nearby. No one wants to be in a dangerous situation.

The few that want to be near the enemy are usually there with the plan to destroy the enemy. Those few are doing it out of zeal for whatever they are against.

David talks about how God makes a table for him in the presence of his enemies and in that same process he is anointed and overflowing with life.

There are a couple of things about this table and where it is located. Most people will not eat, unless there is peace and calmness. They will not sit down to eat around the enemy, because there is danger. However, with God making the table and food, there is peace. God is in control. The enemy can do nothing without God’s permission.

Along with this, believers need to be among the ‘enemy’, the world, in order to be a witness of who Jesus is. Sitting down in peace while in a battle, shows that they know something the enemy does not know–God will win the battle. Believers are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit to win.

The believer also needs to be among the enemy in order to be a witness. Many believers run from the enemy or refuse to be among them. How can they be an influence? How can the world hear about Jesus, unless someone goes to them?

You most likely have some people in your life who are the enemy. They make life difficult for you. As like most people, you probably try to avoid being around them.

Instead of avoiding them, allow God to prepare a table among them. Use those times to be His witness, to show His love to them. God has anointed you by His Holy Spirit to be His witness to the world.

Do not fear the enemy and run away, but stand in God’s strength and power. He placed you there for a reason.

You are on the winning side. The enemy cannot win. Are you His witness in the enemy’s territory today?

I pray today that God will anoint you with His Holy Spirit; that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that the world will see Jesus in you.