Saturday, September 14, 2019

24. Growing in Prayer – The Learning Tree – What Do We Do Now?

Hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.  By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.  Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.   – Hosea 4

Our Sunday School teacher is teaching on the book of Hosea and as we read chapter by chapter, I couldn’t help but think of Solomon when he said;That which has been is what will be,That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun”.  –Ecclesiastes 1:9

We are in the depths of sin in our Nation.  People are people and we have a sin nature.  It is not new and it high lights the words of Solomon.

As we read Hosea each Sunday, I think to myself this where our country and society is today.  The Ten Commandments are no longer a directional to righteous living.  There is cheating, lying, stealing, murder, sins of the flesh; I could go on and on.  What is more there is no conscience.  Those who do these horrible sinful acts has no conscience; they think they have the right to do “whatever is right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6).  Are they in for an awakening when judgement comes?

We find as it says in Ecclesiastes 1:9, there is nothing new under the sun.  What has happened will happen again in a new setting, fitting to modern times, but the same in structure; good or evil.  As new generations mature, they must make a choice between good or evil.  Paul calls us to put on the armor of God Ephesians 6:10-18.  Our weapons are God’s Word and Prayer.

Yes, God’s Word is a two-edge sword!  Prayer is the most powerful weapon we can find or use against all evil, illness, etc.  When we pray with power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome all adversity.  All things are possible (Matthew 19:26)!!

Hosea 6:1-3, God’s Word reaches out to save those unrighteous folks.  All they must do is repent . . .3Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.

Our Nation, our society even down to our cities, towns, and committees and even our Christian service are in chaos!!  My folks would express it in this way; “we are in one mell of a hess.”  Everyone has an opinion and they do not follow any sort of leadership.  Instead of giving our encouragement we judge one another, and we criticize each other for our thoughts, leadership, character, our very presence.

We have always loved Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19.  We believe if God’s people will pray Paul’s prayer in the power and might of the Holy Spirit, all things are possible

Matthew 3:10 - The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.