Hosea 5:4 The Wrong Spirit

Boat being towed

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.

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. 

Hosea 1:9 Not Really God’s People

Man facing rocks

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.

Daniel 9:6 Confession Of Not Listening

Lying down in confession

We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6 

Warnings, directions and guidance are given all the time by different people and for different situations. Some of these are to guide people in doing things better or in a safer manner. Other things are given as a warning to prevent problems from occurring.

Often the guidance given is ignored. People think that they can do it themselves with no guidance, can do it better, or are above needing help. They do not see the guidance as necessary and strive to do it alone in their own way. In doing so failure is often a result.

The nation of Israel was in captivity. This captivity was long prophesied about. It was a result of sin and refusing to listen to the warnings that had been given. Daniel is now confessing for his nation that they as a people did not listen to the warnings that had been given.

God is still in the business of given warnings and direction. He strives to guide everyone in the best way to live on this earth. He does not desire to bring about judgement or punishment upon anyone, but to pour out abundant life.

Men have been used by God to warn of how people in the church are living to please self and this world. God is patient, but there will come a time of judgement upon the lands and people because of sin and the refusal to listen and obey God.

Believers need to be willing to confess the sins of their nation and seek God’s mercy upon all people. Everyone is part of the guilt of a nation for refusing to obey and follow God. Confession must come so that God can forgive and heal.

Regardless of what nation you live in, there are sins that your nation has committed against God. Some of those sins you may have been a part of. Others you may not have been a part of, but had allowed because you did not fully obey God in being His witness every time He opened the door for you.

Confess your sins and those of your nation and this world. Seek God’s great love and mercy for your own life and for the lives of those around you. Begin to listen to what God is saying through His word and His prophets.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you and all people; that you will obey God’s word; that you will confess all sins to God; and that you will turn from all sin to God. 

Daniel 3:6 Pressure

Logs on fire

Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes there is always pressure being applied to get him to do something. Advertisements bombard a person daily to get one to purchase some item that he ‘needs’ to really live life. Pressure for a person to vote a certain way. There is pressure to like or accept certain things or lifestyles.

When a person does not give into those pressures, there is often some type of consequence. Unwritten, unofficial punishment occurs, a shunning, a push-back.

King Nebuchadnezzar had built a statue of gold of himself and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Several Jews chose not to bow down. Pressure was put upon them to bow down. The pressure was that if they chose not to bow down, they would be thrown into a furnace to be burnt alive.

While there are many things that are put upon a person to do that are not directly sinful, such as purchasing a new car, or buying a certain type of soda, there is a lot of pressure to do things that go against God’s word. Pressure is put upon a person to choose and accept sin in his life.

Most will not tell a person to lie, but pressure will be put on a person to ‘bend the truth’ a little. Or they will be asked to hide a situation, rather than call it out. In the individual life, one often feels pressure to overlook the ‘little’ sins in his life.

Although most won’t have to pay with their life in a furnace, there is a cost to compromising God’s holy standards. Sin is sin and leads to death.

Every believer must be willing to stand up for the standards of God in his own life and not give in to the pressures of this world to sin.

You will have pressure come against you to sin. Threats will be made that if you do not live, act, or speak a certain way there will be consequences against you.

In your heart you have to make a choice as to who you will serve and obey. Will it be God or will it be self and this world?

Allow yourself to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and power to overcome the pressure to sin. Be willing to go into the furnace, rather than sin against God.

I pray today that you will know God’s holy standards to live by; that God will give you strength to stand up to pressure to sin; that you will seek God when being pressured to sin; and that you will trust God to preserve you when punished by this world.