Hosea 1:9 Not Really God’s People

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Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” Hosea 1:9 

In every nation that are certain characteristics that its people have that distinguish them from every other nation. Often there are physical characteristics that can show where a person is from. These can sometimes be shape of the face or eyes, height or color of hair, although these are not always a guarantee of location.

The more common characteristic is one of how one speaks or acts in various situations. Each nation has various ways to speak and act that are unique to their country. Other nations would find those words or actions offensive or worthless.

God had Hosea marry a woman and she had some children. One of the children was named Lo-Ammi, which carries the meaning of ‘not my people’. God had this child named because He was no longer the God of the Israelites.

In America the national motto is ‘In God We Trust’. This motto implies that God is the God of the nation. Yet, God has been pushed out of many places. Even while some claim to have God as their God, they are not living like it. Sin is openly practiced and promoted everywhere, sometimes even inside the church.

People in this nation and many other nations do not display the characteristics of God in their lives. They may claim to believe in and follow God, but their lives show everything but following and obeying God.

There have been many who have said the sinner’s prayer and began to believe in God, but later only to reject Him and do their own thing. Churches have also chosen to walk away from God to allow and promote sin. God is no longer their God.

You may have given your heart to God at some point in your life. You may have told God that He was your God at some point. Examine your life and see if what you had said is still true.

What characteristics are you displaying in your life that show that God is still your God?

Jesus walked and talked just as His Father–God did. You are to be just like Him. Your life is to be one that when people see you, they see a mirror image of Jesus.

Can it be said of you that God is your God and you are part of His people?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be patterned after that of Jesus; that God will be able to say that you are His child; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will be able to say that God is your God.

Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive Anyone?

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“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

When a person has had something done wrong to him, most people do not want to forgive. They see that the wrong has given them the right to get vengeance and strike back.

Courts and judges are asked all the time to forgive a person. Yet, they are willing to ask the question of why. They want to know why they should forgive the criminal because he had done something wrong. Most often, they do not forgive and punishment is given.

God asks the people why He should forgive them. The people of Israel had rejected Him and gave themselves to foreign, false gods even while He was providing for them.

It is bad enough when a person does not know to not do something, but it is worse for him when he knows not to do something, but still does it. In cases where the person has been taught better, judges are more lenient on the judgments.

There have been many believers who have purposefully chosen to reject God’s way of living and follow false gods. Gods of money, position, and things. Even while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus, they give themselves over to sinful ways.

God does not have to forgive a person, but His love demands it when the person repents. Despite all that man has done against God, He is still willing to forgive immediately when a person repents.

The only reason God is willing to forgive is because of His immense great love He has for all people. Immediately upon repentance, God is ready to forgive and build the person back up again.

As you are going through your life, do not give God any reason to not forgive you. Know and understand His great love for you and live for Him with all of your being.

When God points out sin in your life, quickly repent of it and turn away from that sin. No longer allow sin to master you, but be mastered by God.

As you repent and turn away from sin and towards God, He will forgive you. God will restore you and build you up, rather than tear you down and destroy you.

Are you giving God a reason to not forgive you?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will not reject God in any area of  your life. 

Jeremiah 2:5 Finding Fault

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This is what the Lord says: “What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.” Jeremiah 2:5 

It is easy for a person to find faults in another person. They can see directly at a person and watch closely seeing what is said and done and will usually find something wrong. No one lives in such a way as to have absolutely no faults of any sort.

When faults are found, it is common for many to walk away from that person or condemn that person. Or they will begin to talk bad about that person. People do not like to be around others with faults.

God asks the question of what fault was found in Him that would cause the people to reject Him and follow false idols.

Over time there have been many people who have openly walked away from God. The reasons can be many, though often it is because God did not answer some prayer of theirs. These prayers are often for healing for self or someone else.

Many people have become very angry with God because of some unanswered prayer, or rather a prayer not answered in the way that they felt it should have been answered. They begin to seek other ways to get their own way, rather than trust God’s way.

Acting in this way brings on the following of worthless idols. They begin to follow the ways of the world and the dead things of this world, rather than God. Sometimes they continue going to church to look good, yet, are not really following God in their heart.

Believers need to trust and follow God through everything at all times. When truthfully looked at, no one will ever find fault with God that is legitimate.

You may have times when you don’t understand God’s will in your life. You may not fully understand why God did not answer a prayer you had in the way you asked for it.

You have a choice in how you react. You can reject God and turn to the things of this world, or you can trust God and keep following Him.

Take some time and notice how much God loves you. Then notice how perfect He is in everything that He does.

God will never fail you in what is perfect and right for you. Trust Him and never go astray.

I pray today that you will know God’s perfect love for you; that you will understand God’s will for your life; that you will trust God’s will for you; and that you will not be led astray from God for any reason. 

Isaiah 66:4 Making The Wrong Choice

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so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me. Isaiah 66:4

No one likes it when they call upon someone and the person refuses to answer. People expect others to answer when they are called or at least return the call within a short reasonable time. To completely ignore the call is to reject the person calling.

No one likes it when the one they are an authority over refuses to obey. People expect to be obeyed when they are an authority. Parents get frustrated when their children refuse to obey their commands.

God is frustrated with the people of Israel because He had been calling on them and none of them would answer. On top of refusal to listen, they would also do evil, the opposite of what God would want them to do.

Every day God is still calling people. There is the calling to become a follower of Jesus, but there is also the calling to do His will, to live for Him. He loves to talk to His people and let them know what He is thinking and wants them to do.

In fact, when Jesus left the earth, He sent back the Holy Spirit to communicate with His people. He wanted them to be able to know what He desired and give them strength to do it. Yet, many have rejected God’s speaking and refused to do what He has called them to do–be holy.

There are many in the church who are living in open sin, refusing to change and obey God. Often they don’t think anything is wrong while they are sinning. As this happens, it only leaves God one choice–punishment to come. Yet, the believer can change and begin to obey God and follow Him.

God is speaking you today also. Are you listening to Him and obeying Him? Or are you continuing to do your own thing?

Each day you get up you have a choice to make. You can either listen to God and obey Him,  or you can refuse to listen and disobey by living in sin.

Make the choice to listen to what God is saying and then obey Him. God knows what is best for you each day. Make the choice to please God with your obedience.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will make the choice to obey God; that you will choose to turn away from sinful ways; and that you will know God’s will for your life.

Isaiah 65:2 God Continues To Reach Out

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All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–Isaiah 65:2

Receiving help is difficult for some people. They believe that they can do things completely on their own and in their own way. They do not want any help from anyone. Pride and self-sufficiency is what usually gets in the way of people accepting help from another person.

Along with the pride blocking the acceptance, accepting help from someone usually means that one has to change. Charity is often given with some strings attached. A person can receive something, if something else is done a certain way. Most people do not want to change anything for any one else.

In this passage God says that He is reaching out His hands to an obstinate people. That is a people who refuse to accept His hand and help. They do this because they are pursuing their own desires.

When Jesus came to this earth it was to save everyone. God does not want any one to die in their sins. He is reaching out to every person to touch them and to forgive them.

However, many refuse to accept His help. There are even many inside the church that God is reaching out to. He wants to help them change and be a person in the image of Jesus. Yet, many refuse to change and be like Christ. They continue to live their life their own way, thinking that they are living for God.

God does not quickly give up on a person. He continues to reach out every day. As long as a person has breath on this earth, God is pursuing Him, reaching out to have a relationship with Him.

God is also reaching out to you every day. He wants to have and build His relationship with you. He does not want you to be in this dark world alone.

You have to make a choice to accept His help in your life. Do not be obstinate like the people of Israel were, rejecting God and doing their own thing. Release your will and follow God’s.

Following your own way will only lead to death and destruction. Following God will lead to eternal life and joy. He will give you peace upon this earth that the world cannot understand.

Allow God to catch you, rather than run from Him. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a relationship with God; that you will pursue God’s ways of living  life; and that you will not reject God’s help and guidance.