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Returning to God

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Hosea 14

Hosea 14:1–9 NET
Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sin has been your downfall! Return to the Lord and repent! Say to him: “Completely forgive our iniquity; accept our penitential prayer, that we may offer the praise of our lips as sacrificial bulls. Assyria cannot save us; we will not ride warhorses. We will never again say, ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made. For only you will show compassion to Orphan Israel!” “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger will turn away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily, he will send down his roots like a cedar of Lebanon. His young shoots will grow; his splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. People will reside again in his shade; they will plant and harvest grain in abundance. They will blossom like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon. O Ephraim, I do not want to have anything to do with idols anymore! I will answer him and care for him. I am like a luxuriant cypress tree; your fruitfulness comes from me! Who is wise? Let him discern these things! Who is discerning? Let him understand them! For the ways of the Lord are right; the godly walk in them, but in them the rebellious stumble.

Involves Repentance

Admitting - (An internal thought)
Sin, Transgressions, Inequities
Confessing - (An external expression)
Obeying - (An action upon the thoughts and expressions)

Involves Reconciliation

Forgiveness - (The removal of revenge, anger, jealousy, and pay back)
Acceptance - (Of the consequences of decisions made)
Freshens - (Made Original, Quality, Recently Picked)
Stabilizes -(Firm and Steady)
Future Strength
Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual

Involves Righteous

True Religion
Practices of morals/deeds/works/worship
Devout
Committed to the work regardless of the circumstance and situations.
What we do, not Who we are

Involves Redemption

A term that claims a purchasing agreement from a slave owner to freedom. A removal from tyranny to independence. A cost of blood and life in order the exchange to occur.

Conclusion

God’s faithfulness to the land of Israel is being revealed before our eyes. God’s plan for the entirety of earth is being played out before our very eyes. God’s prophecy to Israel is being fulfilled; what position are you taking this morning with the life you are choosing to live? How does your life reveal your faith?

Application

Psalm 60 NET
For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; a prayer of David written to instruct others. It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 12,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. O God, you have rejected us. You suddenly turned on us in your anger. Please restore us! You made the earth quake; you split it open. Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. You have made your people experience hard times; you have made us drink intoxicating wine. You have given your loyal followers a rallying flag, so that they might seek safety from the bow. (Selah) Deliver by your power and answer me, so that the ones you love may be safe. God has spoken in his sanctuary: “I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem; the Valley of Succoth I will measure off. Gilead belongs to me, as does Manasseh! Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my royal scepter. Moab is my washbasin. I will make Edom serve me. I will shout in triumph over Philistia.” Who will lead me into the fortified city? Who will bring me to Edom? Have you not rejected us, O God? O God, you do not go into battle with our armies. Give us help against the enemy, for any help men might offer is futile. By God’s power we will conquer; he will trample down our enemies.
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