I’ll Take You Back

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.

O-bservation:

The Prophet Hosea had been instructed by God to marry the prostitute Gomer. Gomer was a type of Israel. God, like Hosea, would experience Israel's constant backslidings in favor of other gods. Hosea would experience the unfaithfulness of his wife, Gomer, with other men. It was an illustration for Israel and "Followers of Jesus" for all time. Even so, here we see the Lord telling Israel ... "‘I'll Take You Back!' I will restore your righteousness and make it work. I'll do this with love and sincerity."

A-pplication:

The days of fighting and waging war against the "Enemy of Our Souls" for our faith will never end, however the days of operating with anything less than Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness towards others are over! Whether it's a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, or a close friend, our only option is GRACE. I have wronged others to my shame, but have always asked forgiveness through the years. Most all of them have forgiven me, but there were a few who cut me off forever. That hurt me but I believe it hurt them even more. When you forgive and receive people back into your fold who have wronged you, something in you gets healed. The best way is Jesus' way. He's always been the first to say ... "I'll Take You Back!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, There is deep gratitude in my heart this AM that You have never rejected me and have always forgiven me. Help me follow Your example to take others back. Amen
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You Want Me To What?

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 3:1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

O-bservation:

This is the story of God’s undying love for His people, and the loving Prophet Hosea, whom The Lord used to show how much He loves us. Israel’s record of chasing after other gods is notorious. At one point, God told His prophet Hosea to marry the prostitute Gomer and take her lovingly as his wife. Hosea yielded to God’s directive. Later she left the prophet to continue her licentious ways after bearing him a child. God said to Hosea, “Take her back again to show my people an illustration of the many times I’ve forgiven them.” Hosea must have initially thought, “You Want Me to What?” Though we have no indication that he did.

A-pplication:

This is the ultimate illustration in Scripture of human forgiveness. When Jesus told His disciples to forgive 70x7 in the New Testament, he could have used the story of Hosea and Gomer as a reference. He didn’t, because His Jewish disciples certainly knew the story well. Perhaps one of the most difficult things a person can do is forgive a spouse for sexual unfaithfulness with another partner. Yet the Lord asked Hosea to do it again and again. Hosea never flinched in his commitment to the Lord. The next time the Lord asks you or me something that seems unreasonable from our finite perspective, may we not respond with, “You Want Me To Do What?” Instead let us say, “Lord, may YOUR will be done.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m willing, Lord, to follow You wherever You May lead me. Please know going in, I acknowledge that my flesh is weak. Help me say Yes, no matter what. Amen
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I’ll Do Anything For Your Love

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

Hosea 3:2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.

O-bservation:

As a sign of God's love for His beloved, yet wayward nation of Israel, He used the marriage of His prophet Hosea to the prostitute named Gomer. YES, THAT'S CORRECT. God told the prophet to marry a prostitute to show in an analogous way just how wayward Israel was. After marrying Hosea, Gomer went back to chasing other lovers. In a broken state, Hosea went to where she was and bought her back as his wife.

A-pplication:

It is true that in today's economy Hosea paid about $60 to buy his wife back. However, he was obviously a poor man, because of the way the verse is written. It appears that he emptied his savings account, went to his dresser drawer, cleaned it out of spare change, and then found something, anything of value to put together enough to buy her back! I really don't know how else God could've screamed to Israel from heaven ... "I'll do anything for your love." And of course in time God put together everything He had in heaven … His name was Jesus. And as Jesus hung on that cross over 2,000 years ago, you can almost hear Father God from heaven wailing ... "I'll Do Anything For Your Love."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I really only have ONE thing to say ... Thanks so much for buying me back! Amen
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