Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #81
Scripture: Hosea 10:1-12
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 chapter 10. In this passage of Scripture, 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 5 of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, “The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.”
This verse speaks of the unrepentance of the children of Israel even while they were under chastisement. The people of Samaria (another name for the northern part of Israel) were worried or afraid for the golden “calves” that they had set up in Bethaven as idols to be worshipped. Even as they were being carried off into captivity themselves, they still did not turn to the God of their fathers. They were not worried about pleasing the one true God. Rather, they were more concerned about the safety of the golden idols that they had carved. The Bible says that the Israelites “feared” for them and “mourned” over them. They were not willing to let go of the evil that they had been doing.
When God is calling us to repent, my friend, we must be willing to let some things go. Unlike the children of Israel in this verse, we must stop holding on to that which is sinful no matter how uncomfortable it may be. We must let it go and turn back to God.
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-three 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 controlling our tongues.
2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of coveting.
3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of listening to ungodly counsel.
+ Plus, listen to Hezekiah Walker singing “I’ll Fly Away” and Albertina Walker singing “Give Your Life to Jesus”