The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms (harlotry) and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord – Hosea 1:2
Marriage is ordained by God and illustrates His relationship with His people. There is perhaps no greater tragedy, therefore, than the violation of those sacred vows. God instructed Hosea to find a wife, and told him ahead of time that she would be unfaithful to him. Gomer may have been morally pure prior to her marriage to Hosea, but became discontented and went into harlotry.
Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it – Isaiah 5:14
Throughout the Bible hell is mentioned for those who reject the Son of God and for those who profess to be a Christian, but live as a hypocrite. Many believe that since God loves us so much, He wouldn’t send anyone to hell to be tormented.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God, and all things were made by Him: and without Him was not any thing made that was made – John 1:1-3
Jesus is the incarnate and the inspired Word. Incarnation refers to the miracle of God the Son becoming human, but yet Divine. Jesus was with the Father in the beginning prior to earth and the other galaxies that were formed. In the beginning signifies the perfect fellowship between God the Father, and God the Son in eternity.
Wherefore I abhor (despise) myself, and repent in dust and ashes ( Job 42-6) Job repenting before God, for the sins he committed.
Many times when people hear the word repent, the first thing, they think about is sinners repenting for their sins, but repentance isn’t just for those coming into the knowledge of God, its for those who say they know God and do the opposite of what His Word instruct us to do. Throughout the day, we need to take the time, and do a self check to see if we have sinned against God or have offended His people in anyway.
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always so now also in Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death – Philippians 1:20
Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, awaiting his trial. He knew he would either be released or executed, but whatever the outcome would be, he was placing his trust in the Lord. As Christians, we need our faith to rise to another level. Too many times we place our expectation in what we see, hear and feel. Concerned about what people think of us; afraid to be tested to get the best worrying about being brought to shame. When God has promised, those that wait on the Lord will not be brought to shame.Those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, so it’s natural for them to strive for this world’s values, money, popularity, power and prestige. As Christians, if we do it the way God has instructed, (Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you) we wouldn’t strive for the world values, when we do it according to Bible principals. We cannot lose our focus, Jesus is on His way back for His church, and what we have accomplished in worldly values will not enables us to enter to Heaven.
There is nothing wrong with desiring to live a life without having to live pay check to pay check or a monthly income, it becomes sin when we place our values more on money, popularity, prestige rather than the things that would build the kingdom of God. Jesus asked His disciples, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? Mark 8:36. If we live according to the Word of God, it’s His responsibility to supply our needs, and as we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. It’s God’s pleasure to see His children’s joy being fulfilled.
The reason why many Christians don’t have their expectation in God, but their expectation is in worldly values is because they spend more time pertaining to the things of the world rather than seeking God in prayer and taking the time to read God’s word and allow Him to speak to them through His word. If the word of God is not residing in our spirit or mind, how would one know when God is speaking to them? Our expectation should be from God, not in people; this is why God has instructed us not to place our confidence in men; that’s including female too when the Bible speaks of man. People are limited in what they can do, and because of the selfishness of people, they would rather see you fall than to see you excel. When we have the Spirit of God living within our being, we become as our Father, desiring the best for all mankind.
When we pray, we should have expectation that God heard the prayer, and He will answer the prayer. It may not be when we desire it, but the prayer will be answered when the time is needed according to the will of God. Stop placing your expectation in what people say, and start reading the Word of God, and place your expectation in Him. God can open doors no man can open, He can close doors no mancan open. He’s greater than any doctor or the medication they prescribe. He’s the CEO over all businesses whether they know it or not. He’s a counselor, joy and peace. Provider and protector, He’s King and He will dominate everything we allow Him to bring His will into. Place your expectation in the God that speaks, builds, destroys and the giver of life!