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Summary: WE NEED TO WATCH OUR STEP, BECAUSE IN MANY WAYS LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – UNTIL JESUS COMES,, IS AKIN TO TREADING IN AREAS WHERE WE CAN BE “STUNG”. NOWHERE ELSE DOES THIS SEEM TO BE SO PREVALENT IN THE BOOK OF HOSEA THAN IN THISPASSAGE

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WATCHING OUR STEP

“WALKING BAREFOOT WITH SCORPIONS”

HOSEA 4:14-19 (NIV) 14 "I WILL NOT PUNISH YOUR DAUGHTERS WHEN THEY TURN TO PROSTITUTION, NOR YOUR DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW WHEN THEY COMMIT ADULTERY, BECAUSE THE MEN THEMSELVES CONSORT WITH HARLOTS AND SACRIFICE WITH SHRINE PROSTITUTES-- A PEOPLE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL COME TO RUIN! 15 "THOUGH YOU COMMIT ADULTERY, O ISRAEL, LET NOT JUDAH BECOME GUILTY. "DO NOT GO TO GILGAL; DO NOT GO UP TO BETH AVEN. AND DO NOT SWEAR, 'AS SURELY AS THE LORD LIVES!' 16 THE ISRAELITES ARE STUBBORN, LIKE A STUBBORN HEIFER. HOW THEN CAN THE LORD PASTURE THEM LIKE LAMBS IN A MEADOW? 17 EPHRAIM IS JOINED TO IDOLS; LEAVE HIM ALONE! 18 EVEN WHEN THEIR DRINKS ARE GONE, THEY CONTINUE THEIR PROSTITUTION; THEIR RULERS DEARLY LOVE SHAMEFUL WAYS. 19 A WHIRLWIND WILL SWEEP THEM AWAY, AND THEIR SACRIFICES WILL BRING THEM SHAME.

INTRODUCTION: OVERSEAS TRIPS , AS WELL AS, TRIPS OUT TO BROKEN ARROW BIBLE RANCH HAVE TAUGHT ME TO OBSERVE THREE VERY IMPORTANT PRACTICES. FIRST, DO NOT WALK AROUND BAREFOOT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. TWO, IF YOU ARE WALKING AROUND BAREFOOT (AND EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT, LOOK WHERE YOU ARE WALKING. THIRD, SHAKE OUT YOUR SHOES BEFORE YOU PUT THEM ON IN THE MORNING. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH EACH AREA OF THE WORLD HAS ITS CREATURES THAT BITE, STING, OR IN SOME OTHER WAY HURT YOU DURING AN ENCOUNTER. THIS MORNING, THE “SUBTITLE OF THE MESSAGE” KIND OF SAYS IT ALL. WE NEED TO WATCH OUR STEP, BECAUSE IN MANY WAYS LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – UNTIL JESUS COMES,, IS AKIN TO TREADING IN AREAS WHERE WE CAN BE “STUNG”. NOWHERE ELSE DOES THIS SEEM TO BE SO PREVALENT IN THE BOOK OF HOSEA THAN IN OUR PASSAGE THIS MORNING.

PROPOSITION: GOD IS CONCERNED THAT WE AVOID THE PITFALLS ASSOCIATED WITH FOLLOWING THOSE WHO REFUSE OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.

I. THE UPCOMING CONSEQUENCES OF SIN – 4:14

A. HIDDEN IN THIS VERSE IS A STARK REALITY REGARDING GOD’S VIEW OF WOMEN

B. NOTICE THAT HOSEA WRITES THAT THE WOMEN ARE NOT TO BE PUNISHED FOR THE FAULT OF MEN.

C. GOD SQUARELY PUTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR SPIRITUAL WELLNESS ON THE SHOULDERS OF MEN.

D. AS MEN, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE THIS RESPONSIBILITY.

1. PERSONALLY

2. WITHIN THE FAMILY

3. NATIONALLY

4. WITHIN THE BODY OF THE CHURCH

E. THE KEY REASON FOR BEING IN THIS STATE IS A REFUSAL TO SEPARATE FROM THE RIGHT AREAS

1. EITHER WE DO NOT SEPARATE

2. OR WE SEPARATE WRONGLY

3. NOT SEPARATING IS OBVIOUS

4. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD AND NOT WORLDLINESS IS ALSO HARMFUL TO THE CHURCH.

5. NO SEPARATION PRODUCES FALSE, SHALLOW RELIGION.

6. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD PRODUCES CORPORATE DEATH.

BOTH KINDS OF SEPARATION ARE WRONG AND SIN: NO SEPARATION MOVES US TO LIVING SINFULLY; SEPARATING FROM THE WORLD AND NOT WORLDLINESS IS DISOBEDIENCE TO THE GREAT COMMANDMENT GIVEN TO US BY CHRIST.

HOW MANY TIMES DID THE APOSTLES OR PATRIARCH WALK THE LINE BETWEEN THE WORLD AND WORLDLINESS FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST? WE SHOULD BE WILLING TO DO THE SAME, AND MEN WE SHOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT – FIRST IN LINE!


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