Hosea 4:8 Feeding Upon Sin

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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. 

John 21:17 Do You Really Love Jesus?

“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

One of the last things John records of Jesus is His asking Peter if he loves Him. This question is asked three times. Peter answers, yes, all three times and Jesus responds with the statement to feed His sheep.

It is very easy for people to say that they love someone. Think about children saying that they love their boyfriend/girlfriend. This can start even in elementary age school, but definitely happens in high school. They “love” each other for a while, then something goes wrong and then they start to hate each other and break up. This love is more of a like, than a true love. Many people go into a marriage with this same type of love.

Loving someone is more than just a word. It requires action and a commitment. It requires self-sacrifice for the other person.

As a believer in Jesus, you should show true love to Jesus. God showed His love to everyone in the world by sending His Son to it. Jesus showed His love to the world by dying on the cross for everyone in the world. The goal of God’s and Jesus’ love was to save everyone in the world.

If you really love Jesus, you would have the same goals as He has. You would support His desires. To reach the world you need to tell others about Him. To reach the world you need to teach others how to reach others.

All of this is feeding His sheep. The food is doing the will of God. Remember Jesus said that His food was to do the will of God.

Are you feeding His sheep? Are you telling the lost sheep of Jesus what He has done for them? Do you really love Jesus? Or do you just like Jesus?

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will learn to love Jesus more; that Jesus will show you ways to feed His sheep; that Jesus will show you ways to love others more; and that you will do the will of God for your life.

John 6:9 Anyone Can Be Used

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?” John 6:9

Jesus had been teaching for an extended amount of time in a remote location. There were about 5,000 men there, not to include any women or children. As it came to evening time Jesus asked about how the disciples were going to feed the people. They did not have any clue as to how to do it. Andrew then brings up a boy with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Jesus blesses the food and feeds everyone with leftovers at the end.

Often people come up against a situation in life that needs a solution and quickly. They look around and do not see any easy solution, while in God’s eyes, the solution is right in front of them.

God can take a very little and make it a lot. Read the rest of the story, they end up with twelve baskets full of left over bread crumbs. That is more than they started with.

In my family of just ten people, we can go through a whole loaf of bread in one meal easily. How can five loaves feed 5,000? It is by the work of God. He multiplied the loaves to meet the need.

Along with taking just a little food to feed the many, Jesus also used a boy. Most people do not even look at a child as a solution to a major food issue.

Many people also look at themselves like a child. They feel they are too small to really do anything big for God. They do not see how God can possibly use them in a real way.

Compared to God, you and I are nothing. You really have nothing of value, except giving your own self. Give God your life and you have given Him the most valuable thing available. God can then use you and what little you have to do great things.

Are you a willing little child? Are you available to God? Are you willing to give God what you have to use for His glory? Seek God today on how you can be used by Him. You may be surprised at what can happen.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how He can use you; that you will be willing to be used by God; that you will trust God with what you have; that God will work miracles through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 9:13 Give Them Food

“He replied, You give them something to eat. They answered, We have only five loaves of bread and two fish–unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” Luke 9:13

Jesus had been teaching about five thousand men in a remote countryside area. It was getting late and the people needed to eat. The disciples suggested sending the people home, but Jesus told them to give the people something to eat.

In this story, Jesus miraculously provided enough food for all the people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Everyone was able to eat until they were full, and then there was some food still leftover.

Today, God may allow you the opportunity to feed some or many people with a miracle of provision. Later Jesus stated that you are to feed the poor. This was with physical food.

There is also another food that every believer can provide every person with an unlimited supply. That food is the Word of God and God Himself.

The Word of God is food to feed the empty soul of a person.

Every person is hungry for something. They try to fill their lives with things that they expect to meet that hunger need. Very often it is material things: better cars, bigger homes, larger paycheck, more fame, and much more.

Although all these things can be good, they do not really fill a person up. These things are like eating a snack of some junk food–they taste good, but don’t really satisfy in the end.

Jesus had once told the disciples that His food was doing the will of God. People in the world need to hear the Word of God and get to know who God is in order to be able to do the will of God.

Once a person does the will of God, they will be satisfied in a way nothing on this earth can ever satisfy.

Be sure that you are eating the correct food–the Words and will of God. Then, find ways to feed everyone else the food that satisfies for all eternity. Give the people you meet the Word of God. Introduce them to the Bread of Life-Jesus. Let them eat and never hunger again.

I pray today that God will reveal His Word to you; that you will fill up on the Word of God; that you will pass on the Word of God to others; that you will be satisfied with God’s Word; and that God will build His kingdom through you.