Amos 4:10 Refusing To Return

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“I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me, declares the Lord.” Amos 4:10 

Judges give out punishments to correct criminals for doing some crime. Some of those criminals have been placed in prison multiple times and given many different fines to get them to stop doing some crime. Yet, they go back out and do the same crime again and again. They refuse to change, regardless of the punishment or correction given to them.

God points out to the Israelites how He has sent plagues among them and killed many of their horses to get their attention. Yet, they had chosen to refuse to return to the Lord and stayed in their sins.

Throughout the old testament, God had used plagues to get the attention of His people when they were living in sin. It was to get them to turn back to Him for help. God can still do that today.

America, along with many other nations, has turned its back upon God. They have chosen to walk away from His standards and live in and promote sin. Churches have stood by idly and not said much about the rampant sin. Many have even included the sin in their own lives.

As a result, the world is seeing a destruction from the COVID 19 plague in nearly every nation. People are wondering why it is there and when it will stop. God is trying to get the attention of His people to turn back to Him, to really live for Him.

Every believer must repent of sins and point others to God and His ways in order to stop the plague. God does not want any to perish, so He is willing to strike in order to get their attention.

Ask yourself if you are really living for God. Or if you are just going through the motions.

As a believer, you must be turning away from all sin, pointing people to Jesus and encouraging others to live for God. Holiness is the standard God has called all of His people to.

Do not be like the Israelites refusing to return to God and live for Him as they chase after false idols. Devote your whole life to God and He will take care of you and remove the plagues in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will point others to Jesus; and that you will live a holy life unto God. 

Hosea 14:2 How To Return To God

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Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may off the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2 

Admission of being wrong is a very difficult thing for many people to do. Often they fear that they will be cast out, condemned, or rejected if they admit that they did something wrong. However, more often, people feel as if they were not wrong.

People do not like to admit that they were wrong, because it means they have a fault and are not perfect. It reveals something bad inside of them. Their ‘good’ appearance is no longer any good.

Hosea tells the people to take some words with them and return to God. They are to request forgiveness and reception back into His household.

While many believers are willing to confess their sins to God, there are some that have allowed themselves to slip into sin to the point that they feel they cannot confess any more. Their guilt is so heavy upon their hearts that they cannot forgive themselves, nor see that God will forgive them.

But God is a loving and compassionate God who is ready and willing to forgive. God was so willing to forgive a person of his sins that He was willing to send His one and only Son, Jesus to die upon the cross to make it possible. Jesus went willingly to the cross so that He could forgive every person of their sins.

No matter how far a believer has fallen away from God and into sin, he can always return as long as he has breath to ask for forgiveness. God will immediately accept him back into His household. All it takes is for the fallen person to ask.

You may have fallen away from serving God. You may have allowed sin to overcome you and pull you away from God.

It is not over. God is waiting for you to return. He is not waiting for you to return so that He can strike you, but so that He can forgive you and build you back up into the person you were created to be.

Take the time to admit to God your sins and seek His forgiveness. Even if you have not walked away from God, you can confess any sins you have done. God is waiting for you to continue to make you more like Jesus everyday.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear His condemnation; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will confess everything to God; and that you will know God’s acceptance of you. 

Hosea 12:6 Return To God

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But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6 

When a person eats at a great restaurant, he will usually return to it because it was so good. When a person goes to some place of entertainment and really enjoys it because it is so good, he will most likely return again some day.

People love to go back to places that they enjoy. They want to experience that fun or joy again and again. If they had a bad experience the first time, they would not return to it.

Businesses run on the expectation that people will have a good experience and will return. If they don’t return, then the business will go out of business.

Hosea tells the people that they must return to God. They are to wait upon God at all times for everything.

Over the centuries there have been many nations that, as a whole, had served God for a time. The people had a strong belief in God and served God. Many of those same nations, including America, have walked away from God.

They have chosen to follow the was of dark spiritual forces, living in and promoting sin. They have chosen to reject God.

Living in such as a way as to reject God, will bring about a downfall and destruction. The ultimate destruction will be when Jesus returns and does not find hearts following Him and they will be cast into hell for eternal destruction.

Every person who had followed God at one point, must return to God. Individuals must return to God, so that nations will be turned towards God.

Jesus is the only way to life. The ways of this world will only lead to death. Believers must pass the message on that the world needs Jesus.

If you have chosen to walk away from God, you must return to God to really live. Living in sin is only bringing about a death. You will not find the true enjoyment in sin that you will find in God. Remember the joy you had with God.

Just as people return to a good business, return to God. He is the ultimate good that can be found. None can be found better than God. God is a God of love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.

Return to God and know how good He is.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; and that you will seek a life with God.

Hosea 5:4 The Wrong Spirit

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Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord. Hosea 5:4 

The spirit of a person is what can drive him to do or not do something. It will often reveal what is in his heart or what his motive is in what he does or does not do.

When in a group setting, the spirit of the group can move many individuals to do things that they would not normally do. It will cause many people to go with the flow. Once in the flow, they are unable to back out and do something different.

God had revealed that Israel had a spirit of prostitution. They were giving themselves up to false idols. As a group they were moving together away from God. They were caught up in the flow to the point that they were unable to return to God.

Even today it is very easy for people to get caught up in the flow of some spirit that is moving a group of people. People do not take the time to realize what is actually happening, what the flow is about. They just get caught up in the excitement of the moment.

Often that excitement is in doing things that are against God. On the surface it looks and sounds good, but the spirit underneath is one of prostitution, following after the idols of this world–pride, selfishness, sin.

As long as one is running after false idols he cannot return to God. He has to stop chasing the false idols and turn towards God in order to return to God. It has to be a conscience effort, not just a crowd following hype that will bring a person to God in heart and soul.

You may find yourself being caught up in the flow of thinking of this world, a chasing after some false idol. It may seem innocent, such as seeking a higher position in a job for better pay, or it may be steeped in sin.

The heart or spirit of why you are doing what you are doing must be determined. As a believer your heart should always to be one of running after God’s Spirit, wanting to do what He is wanting to do.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the spirit of this world, chasing after false idols. Chase after the heart of God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your heart will chase after God’s heart; that God will keep you from being caught up in the false spirits of this world; and that you will acknowledge God in every area of your life.

Ezekiel 11:18 Returning And Cleaning Up

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They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. Ezekiel 11:18 

During times of cleaning, it is common for a person to ignore certain areas. They are sort of out of sight, out of mind, so why clean it. It is often thought that there should be nothing there to clean when it is unseen or unused. However, dirt does still compile in all areas.

Leaving a place empty will cause it to get dirty with dust and dirt over time that settles every where. When a person returns to it, he must clean it up to have it prepared to be used again.

At the time of Ezekiel, the Israelites were in captivity, but only for a time. God was going to gather them together again and return them to their land. At the time they return to their land, they would clean it up again, removing all the idols that ere there.

Before becoming a believer, every person has some idols and vile images in his life. The world promotes sin and idol worship. At the time of becoming a believer all these idols must be removed.

However, some will go back to those idols and worship them some more, rejecting God. In the process, God may cause the person to go into exile to get his attention. God’s hand of blessing and provision may be lifted for a time to draw the person back to Him.

Once the person returns to God, the house needs to be cleaned up. Removal of sin and sinful practices must occur. The believer’s heart must be dedicated to serving God and God alone, not being divided between God and idols.

This cleaning is not a one time cleaning, but an ongoing cleaning. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in cleaning the heart of a person and keeping it pure for God to work with.

As with the Israelites, there are idols that you had worshipped in your past. Allow God to clean up your past and remove those idols. Move away from those idols and worship God alone.

Jesus came to remove sin and cleanse you from all sin. Allow Him to do so in your life. Do not allow yourself to go back and pick up those worthless idols, but clean them out of your life. Have a clean temple for God to dwell in.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to clean up your life; that you will not return to old idols of sin; that your life will be focused upon God; and that you will be a clean temple for God to dwell in.