How to Avoid the Sin of Desertion

Scripture: Hosea 7.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Hosea 7:13-14 (NLT)
13 “What sorrow awaits those who have deserted me! Let them die, for they have rebelled against me. I wanted to redeem them, but they have told lies about me.
14 They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts. Instead, they sit on their couches and wail. They cut themselves, begging foreign gods for grain and new wine, and they turn away from me.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I believe that God is reminding the unsaved and uncommitted today that they too will face great sorrow for their actions in ignoring the call of God on their lives, or for turning away and deserting the call. God, the One who created this earth and in turn created each of us, deserves our constant praise and dedication. He sent His Son Jesus, and allowed Him to suffer great agony and death on Calvary, so that we may have forgiveness of our sin and stand a chance of being with Jesus in glory some day. Having given His all, I’m sure that He is disappointed at the way that we either ignore the call of salvation, or after accepting the most important call, we desert the call, lie and rebel against the Master. Like me, you may read this and quickly respond that you are glad that the scripture is not convicting you of any wrong doing in this. Friends, we must closely examine ourselves and answer to God for the relationship that we develop each day with our maker. There are some days that we may give Him the ‘cold shoulder’, as we may not communicate with Him at all. There are some days that we may twitch our ‘holy’ noses at Him, because we choose to do life our way and not follow the ways of God. I believe that we rebel way more than we care to think about, friends. Let us truly serve the God who truly loves us and want to see us succeed in this life and be a replica of Him to a lost and dying world.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father God, thank You for who You are and for all that You have done, and continue to do for me. Please forgive me for those times that I step away from my daily relationship with You, and the times that I have chosen to do things on my own and in my own way, rather than seeking and following Your way. I need Your strength and Your guidance every day to be more like You and to always follow the way of my Master and Lord. May others see more of Jesus in all my ways and in every aspect of my life. Thank You Jesus for loving me enough to care about me and provide a perfect way for me to live this life.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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