I’ve posted over the last few weeks about my journey through the book of Hosea 1-8. I’ve shared that there is unlimited potential with God and the lesson for us is to reach out and grab the upper hand by setting aside time to study the Word and spending time in prayer.
Our true reward in life is not nice houses, cars, and cloths. Rather it is waking up early with God, studying the Word, praying, and knowing that He is for us. There is peace and focus when we believe God is by our side throughout our day.
We can focus on a bright future knowing that in His timing, all past disappointments will be made right. Sure there are challenges we all face but God has provided a sure way to victory. Our attention can be on obtaining the lessons of life both through the study of the Word and the experiences we go through.
We can seek the best direction and guidance through the Bible which gives us a chance to learn from the mistakes made by others in the past. We can understand that only God transforms from the inside out; making intangibles like faith, hope, and love into tangible blessings.
The objective of any Bible study should be to not only learn the main principles of the Word but to keep the Word in our thoughts in order to apply them in our life. To improve our character by storing up lessons from God and using them in situations we face in life.
I will continue this objective over the next few weeks with the study in the book of Hosea 9-14. The aim is to plant the seeds of faith, hope, and love in order to yield fruit that nourishes others. I invite you to join me as we step ahead using the questions below to inspire thoughts and ideas. God will give us the upper hand by producing in us the heart of a champion.
What forms will God’s judgment take? How will the people be affected? What do you learn about the seriousness of sin?
Describe the reaction of Israel to each of the following national conditions: prosperity, loss of their king, destruction of their idols, military might. How can we be trusted with affluence? How can we remain true to our promises to other people and to God?
How do the people respond to the actions of God toward them? How should our knowledge of God affect our acts of confession of sin? How can we make God big and our situations small?
Trace the spiritual decline in Israel and why the nation was falling into such corruption? What lessons can nations and individuals learn from this passage? What errors should be avoided?
What are some characteristics of the repentance to which Hosea calls Israel? Why is there a hesitancy to return to God in repentance?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
When we accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit is our companion and it’s exciting to think about what the future holds. Last week, we celebrated the birthday of Jesus and now we will continue the celebration throughout upcoming year because of the gift God has given us.
With God, we can get through anything, we can patiently grind it out during difficulties or give Him credit when the impossible is made possible. Beyond that, we can celebrate because of the victory we will always have with Him.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast