Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 – “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God is merciful. He will freely forgive. But He would much rather that we not break His commandments and need to ask forgiveness.

My Advice – Better to obey God in the first place than to sin and have to ask His forgiveness.

Let It Go

Hosea 5:4 – Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We cannot return to God if we are holding onto deeds that are pulling us away from Him. We have to let go, so we can turn around.

My Advice – Hold onto things of this world loosely. Do not let them turn into deeds that will prevent you from having fellowship with God.

Destroyed by Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:5 – “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is a pity that we as Christians have so little knowledge about God’s Word, how it applies to us and our situations and how we can use it.

My Advice – Become knowledgeable in God’s Word by reading it, attending church and Sunday school and being part of a small group. This may sound like a lot to do, but the benefits of knowing His Word should not be underestimated.

Breaking All Bounds

Hosea 4:1, 2 – “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This sounds an awful lot like modern times. A society that is known for the good that it is not and the evil that it is.

My Advice – Practice faithfulness, and love. Acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done for you. Shun coarse language, falsehood and other sins that are so common today.

Learns Spiritual Wisdom

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James 1:5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – All too often we seem to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual matters versus non-spiritual matters or significant issues versus insignificant issues. We seek His will on the spiritual matters but worry and fret over non-spiritual matters. We try to solve the minor issues on our own but go to God on the major ones. We then compound the error of this incorrect orientation by applying worldly wisdom to solving the non-spiritual matters and minor issues while applying heavenly wisdom (at least we hope so) to solving those that are spiritual matters or significant. Instead, we should “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” applying heavenly wisdom as we seek His will on all matters, spiritual and non-spiritual, major and minor.

My Advice – Unfortunately, all too often we find that it is easier (or so we think) to rely on our own understanding rather than God’s. We buy into Satan’s deception (began in Eden) believing that the ways of the world are “desirable for gaining wisdom.” When we lean on our own understanding, which is worldly, thinking that we are so wise and learned, spiritual wisdom is hidden from us. We are blinded by our own devises. But when we, in child-like faith and trust, seek answers from above they are revealed to us. Thus, what we believe to be so hard, gaining spiritual wisdom and discernment is actually “child’s play”. It really does not take an Einstein. The truth is that God wants us to make right choices and wise decisions. That being the case, why would He make it hard for us to do so? He does not. In fact, James tells us that “[i]f any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (James 1:5).” We actually make it hard for ourselves when we lean on our own understanding and do not acknowledge that His ways are best.

Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the seventh of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.

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Is She A New Babylon?

WHO SHE ISThe woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. (Revelation 17:18)

John is told by the angel that the woman is “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” There are a variety of interpretations given by various Bible scholars. This week we will take a look at the Babylon interpretation. Continue reading “Is She A New Babylon?”

Because of Mercy

Daniel 9:18 – We do not make requests of you because you are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Because we are saved, we are considered righteous in God’s eyes. Righteous because of the blood of Jesus. Nevertheless, when we approach God with requests we should understand we are able to do so because of His mercy.

My Advice – Do not be self-righteous when asking God to answer your prayers. Be humble and recognize that it is only because of His mercy that you can ask for anything in the first place.