Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 18)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #80

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-8,12

As you know, we are in a long series titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord” which is based on Hosea 10:12 which reads: “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.” In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God.

As we begin today, let’s take a close look at verse four of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, “They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.” God was angry with the children of Israel because of the pervasive corruption that they engaged in. Not only were the Israelites unfaithful in their covenant with God, they were unfaithful in their covenants with their fellow man. Because they had abandoned the law of God, their was no restraint in their society, that would prevent them from “swearing falsely” or breaking their promises to their fellow Israelites. Because of the culture of dishonesty, God sent punishment among the children of Israel. The verse tells us specifically that judgment would come down on them like hemlock which is a poisonous and nauseous plant springs up in good fields.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed fifty sins in total, and today, we are going to continue this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of not loving our enemies.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of not raising our children the right way.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of not being patient.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans as she sings “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and Yolanda Adams singing “Is Your All On the Altar?”

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