Thursday, November 20, 2008

How God is Dealing with His People Right NOW

"It's not Judgment", says the Lord, "It's love".

"I love you too much to let you chase after lovers who will never satisfy you. Money, Sex, Power, Passion, Prestige, Material Things, Jobs, 401k, Portfolios, Entertainment, Sports, Pleasure, Fashion, Pornography, Politics, and a thousand other diversions that have built a wall of distraction around you that keeps me out. You have chased lesser lovers too long. Your pursuits of them is over. I will do what I promised. I will remove them from you life, make them a waste, starve you out until you return to me".

7And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them. Then shall she say, `I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.'

8For she did not know that I gave her corn and wine and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
9Therefore will I return and take away My corn at the harvest thereof, and My wine in the season thereof, and will recover My wool and My flax given to cover her nakedness.
10And now will I uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of Mine hand.
11I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
12And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, `These are my rewards that my lovers have given me'; and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13And I will visit upon her the days of the Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgot Me," saith the LORD.
14"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortingly unto her.

"It is I and not another that wounds you. It is I and not another who can bind you up again. Nothing else can satisfy.

The pain will be greater the longer you resist the return to me. I love you too much to let you run into the street and die there in the traffic. You would do no less for your own children.

It seems like my dealings with you are harsh for the moment, but they are Love.

Come Return to ME".

Hosea 6

A Call to Repentance
1 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces;
now he will heal us.
He has injured us;
now he will bandage our wounds.
2 In just a short time he will restore us,
so that we may live in his presence.
3 Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.” 4 “O Israel[a] and Judah,
what should I do with you?” asks the Lord.
“For your love vanishes like the morning mist
and disappears like dew in the sunlight.
5 I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces—
to slaughter you with my words,
with judgments as inescapable as light.
6 I want you to show love,[b]
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me[c]
more than I want burnt offerings.

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