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Cheating Heart

  • Yahweh said to me, 'Go again, love a woman loved by another, and an adulteress, even as Yahweh loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods, and love cakes of raisins.' So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley. I said to her, 'You shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you.' Hosea 3:1 WEB

    Hosea was a young man when the Lord told him to marry, and he proposed to a woman named Gomer. They married and had three children, though the last two may not have belonged to him. Hosea does not go into detail, but when the third child was born, they divorced, and she took her adultery to the next level by turning pro.

    The entire book of Hosea is a picture of God's people cheating on Him and worshipping baal. 'You shall have no other gods before Me' has always been a problem for His people who want what they want, and they want it right now. Some seem to believe that God is a simpleton and does not notice their actions, but then the moment something does not go as planned in their life, they blame Him for it like it is His fault. This is a two way relationship, He first loved us (1 John 4:19), but we are to love Him (Matthew 23:37).

    Gomer's own lust created her problems. She wanted to be with Hosea, but with other men as well. Israel wanted to be called God's people, but enjoy other gods as well, whose worship often involved sex with cult prostitutes. It appealed to the flesh.

    God told Hosea to take Gomer back again even though she was an adulteress. In the same way, He was giving His people a second chance at being His alone. Hosea gave all the money that he had and made up the rest in barley to buy back his wife, even though she had become a prostitute. God shows mercy to us even when we sin beyond our comprehension of redemption. You are never to far gone but given time, your cheating heart will always tell on you.

    After all that she had done, Hosea bought her back. Then he told her that she could no longer live like she had been. This was a fresh start, a new beginning. From now on you do right by me and I will do right by you. Though he gave her another chance on their relationship, he watched her closely to see if she would fall back into her old ways (Hosea 3:3).

    Our relationship with God is pictured like a marriage all through the Bible. Ezekiel 16:32 speaks of an adulterous wife who chased after others instead of her own husband, a picture of His people chasing other gods. After all of our cheating is done, the Lord will take us back in, but He will watch us carefully to see if we turn back to our old ways. How will we act when given another chance at the relationship?

    No matter what you have done, no matter how bad it is, God gave His Son Jesus to buy you back with His own precious blood. He can wipe out the past, but then it is our move. Gomer could not have her old life and her husband at the same time. Neither can we live our old life and continue to walk with the Lord. The old has been crucified with Christ, do not resurrect them.

    Prayer: Father I thank You for giving me another chance when I stumble. I choose You! Lord teach me to love You like You love me. Fill me with Your presence and help me see things like You do, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen. Thank you Pastor for the word of God for today,and the Prayer.Teach me Lord Jesus,by The Holy Spiriit,to follow you and walk in your ways.That seeing others as you see them,our hearts will be filled with your Love and Compassion.,and do all the things you have taught us to. In Jesus name,I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Thank you Lord Jesus, amen.
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Deleted Member Amen. God is so good.
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is always there with arms open wide, welcoming His children home.
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Cheryl Branch
Cheryl Branch The book of Hosea helps us understand that repentance isn't just being sorry about sin, but that we have to bring "fruit" showing our repentance. In the case of adulterous remarriage, also known as present continuous tense adultery, the proof of repentance simply boils down to the fact that one must stop committing the adultery AND that getting out of the remarriage is what's required!  Also, Jesus does not give the injured spouse the right to remarry. Like Hosea, the injured spouse should pray, wait and trust the Lord to change the prodigal spouse’s heart. God will transform their life and turn their heart back to their covenant, one-flesh spouse and restore the covenant marriage for His own glory! Covenant, One-Flesh Marriage: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoMKRIaJeY6qZkL4iYJmMAAW9UAYwvRTZ
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flavio garcia
flavio garcia Amen pastor,  thank you so much for the encouraging prayers.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Deleted Member Thank You Jesus for given us a chance to make all things, like a new beginning.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Deanne Rascas
Deanne Rascas Amen!
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edward lewis
edward lewis Amen and thank God for our new beginnings.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield A beautiful reminder about forgiveness! I'm printing this one for future reference.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli It sure is a beautiful reminder Kathy          
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Yes it is!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!          
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio His loving-kindness and Mercy never cease,  thank you Father God, Amen!!
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen & thank you Lord!!
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor Todd!
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez A  M  E  N     !   !   !  
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Amy Binas
Amy Binas Nice devotion..Amen..
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to love You like You Love me.
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen and Amen!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Praise God for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. chances He is Faithful and Just
October 5, 2015