Hosea 10:1 - 15 Seeking Time
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground:
for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."
I. THE CONDITION THAT DEMANDS REVIVAL!
13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
(a) Their Condition
An Empty Vine 1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself:
A Divided Heart 2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty:
A Rejected King 3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD;
A Broken Covenant 4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant:
A Departed Glory 5 for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
A Sense of Shame 6 and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
(b) Their Condemnation 13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity;
ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
II. THE COMMAND THAT DESIRES REVIVAL!
1. Sowing Time 12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy;
Be Aware of the Seed... Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Be Aware of the Soil... Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Be Aware of the Season... John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me,
while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Be Aware of the Spoil... John 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
2. Searching Time 12 break up your fallow ground:
Evan Roberts, in 1904 Wales revival, gave the following process for seeking revival: (1) confess all known sin to God; (2) deal with and get rid of any “doubtful” area of your life; (3) be ready to obey the Holy Spirit nstantly;
(4) confess Christ publicly.
There were over 100,000 people led to saving faith in Jesus Christ during that Revival
3. Seeking Time 12 for it is time to seek the LORD,
(a) The Preparation for Seeking God - break up
(b) The Priority of Seeking God - "it is time"
"God does nothing except in response to believing prayer." John Wesley
"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers." Sidlow Baxter
“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” Charles Spurgeon
"Prayer is the secret of power." Evan Roberts
“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Martin Luther
(c) The Privilege of Seeking God - "the Lord"
"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.”