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Hosea 10:12-13 - "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. (13) Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men."
Hosea speaks to the children of Israel about breaking up their fallow ground, the ground that was once active, but now sitting idle bearing no fruit. Jeremiah also speaks about breaking ground. We must decide, as believers, whether we are going to live the idle life (fallow life) or the active life (plowed life).
Hosea refers to Ephraim in v.11 who is like an heifer that loves to tread out the corn. They enjoyed the wonderful, bountiful harvest that they got, but they sure didn't like the idea of going out and plowing the ground to break up the clods. God is saying that He will force Ephraim to go back to doing the thing he does not want to do.
The truth is - we all want to receive the blessing, but are we willing to pay the price for the blessing? I believe that there are times that God will place us in a position to see just how bad we desire the blessings of God.
I remember Jack Taylor saying, "If you can live without the blessings of God, without revival, you will."
Hosea uses two phrases: Sowing and Reaping.
This is a principle that runs throughout the Bible. It is exactly what Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7-8)
Hosea is saying that if they would sow in righteousness, they would reap in mercy. It is always true that we cannot live by the Devil's standard and then expect to reap a reward from God!
As Hosea continues to unvail the acti ...
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