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Summary: AS WE CONTINUE IN OUR STUDY OF HOSEA WE COME TO CHAPTER 5. THIS CHAPTER IN ITS ENTIRETY SEEKS TO EDUCATE US TO SOME OF THE DYNAMICS INVOLVED IN OUR LIVES, BOTH PERSONALLY, AND THROUGH DIVINE INTERVENTION THAT HAPPEN AS WE CONTINUE TO LIVE A SHALLOW RELAT

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THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF SHORT-SIGHTED SPIRITUALITY

HOSEA 5:1-15

INTRODUCTION: AS WE CONTINUE IN OUR STUDY OF HOSEA WE COME TO CHAPTER 5. THIS CHAPTER IN ITS ENTIRETY SEEKS TO EDUCATE US TO SOME OF THE DYNAMICS INVOLVED IN OUR LIVES, BOTH PERSONALLY, AND THROUGH DIVINE INTERVENTION THAT HAPPEN AS WE CONTINUE TO LIVE A SHALLOW RELATIONSHIP PERSONALLY WITH GOD; HAVING NO REGARD TO THE IDOLATRY OR CARNALITY IN OUR LIVES, WHILE ALL THE TIME PRESENTING OURSELVES A “SPIRITUAL” TO THOSE WHO SEE US IN PUBLIC.

HOSEA SPEAKS TO THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO US BECAUSE OF THESE ACTIONS, AND THOSE THINGS THAT HAPPEN AS GOD WORKS IN OUR LIVES TO SOFTEN OUR HARDNESS TO HIM, AND CORRECT US SO AS TO RETURN US TO A POSITIVE, MATURE, AND LOVING WALK WITH HIM.

I. SHORT-SIGHTED SATISFACTION – 5:1

A. SATISFACTION IN BEING OVERLOOKED

1. SOMETIMES WE LOOK AROUND AND SEE THAT THINGS DO NOT SEEM TO BE SO BAD

2. GOD HAS OVERLOOKED US FOR BIGGER FISH.

B. NOTICE THE TEXT

1. GOD SINGLES OUT THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS FOR JUDGMENT

2. GOD SINGLES OUT THE POLITICAL LEADERS FOR JUDGMENT

3. GOD SINGLES OUT THE ENTIRE NATION FOR JUDGMENT

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NEVER FLYING UNDER THE RADAR OF GOD!

THERE IS NO TIME GOD IS NOT INTIMATELY AWARE OF OUR POSITIONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS TO HIM

C. SATISFACTION IN OUR PLACE

1. WERE A SNARED AND NETTED

2. BOTH ARE TERMS USED OF HUNTERS CATCHING A PREY.

3. BOTH A NET AND SNARE REQUIRE SOME SORT OF BAIT IN ORDER TO LURE A PREY TO IT

4. FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PREY, THE BAIT IS A FREE MEAL, OR SOMETHING ELSE IT DESIRES.

5. THEY MOVE INSTINCTIVELY TO IT AND ARE CAUGHT.

6. GOD SAYS WE ARE THE PREY WHO HAS BEEN CAUGHT IN A NET OR SNARE.

7. THE END RESULT IS THE SAME WE ARE CAUGHT WHERE WE DO NOT WANT TO BE ONCE WE REALIZE WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

MAKE NO MISTAKE; WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF BEING IN SOME SORT OF TRAP OR SNARE.

NO ONE IS INNOCENT OR IMMUNE TO CAPTURE

WE ALL HAVE SOUGHT SOMETHING WE THOUGHT WOULD BE US PLEASURE, OR RELIEF, OR GAIN.

ANGER AGAINST ANOTHER

SIN NOT CONFESSED

PRIORITIES STACKED AGAINST GOD

WE HAVE ALL FOLLOWED OUR NATURE – WHICH WITHOUT TEMPERANCE WILL ALWAYS SEEK TO TURN US FROM GOD AND TO IDOLS.

BRETHREN, UNDERSTAND THAT GOD KNOWS, AND THAT HIS REFUSAL TO ACT IS NOT HIS SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS, BUT YOURS. HE KNOWS, HE IS AWARE, AND HIS LONGSUFFERING TOWARDS YOU IS AN ACT OF GRACE, NOT A SYMPTOM OF SPIRITUAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

AS I ASK YOU THESE QUESTIONS FILL THE BLANK IN WITH THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER

I TOLD(WITNESSED) _____ PEOPLE THIS WEEK ABOUT JESUS.

I PRAY FOR _____ PEOPLE THIS WEEK WHO ARE OUTSIDE MY CHURCH.

I INVITED _____ PEOPLE TO A CHURCH EVENT OR GATHERING THIS WEEK.

I INVITED _____ PEOPLE TO ATTEND A SERVICE WITH ME THIS WEEK.

I VISITED _____ PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL OR SHUT-IN THIS WEEK.

I READ MY BIBLE AND HAD PERSONAL PRAYER _____ DAYS THIS WEEK.

I ATTENDED _____ SERVICES THIS WEEK.

I ATTENDED PRAYER MEETING THIS WEEK.

II. SHORT-SIGHTED SPIRITUALITY – 5:6-7

A. GOD DEPLORES A “GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS” RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.


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