When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, you can be sure, it was not what he wanted to hear. It seems a great thing to be used of God, and it is.
We are to seek for such things; it is the call of every person that has been filled with the Spirit. We are to grow in Him; not being found years later, in the same place we started out. Or, having grown up so little, that we are still thinking and behaving like those first starting out in this.
If we have a lack of growth in the things of the Spirit, I’m not totally sure who we can blame for this. The Spirit draws us unto Him. It seems that if we truly have been filled with the Holy Ghost, there is an inborn desire to have more of Him.
To know about the way He works and just how much He can lead us and guide us. I think, that we all start out with equal desire; that is, if we are the true and genuine thing. It might appear to be a bit strong, to suggest that there might be those who desire the Spirit, for the wrong reason.
There was a time that God spoke to His prophet and made the following statement concerning His people. In fact, the messenger was to tell them, “You are not My people, and I AM not your God.”
One can conclude that He was very angry with them; for the way they had turned from Him, worshipping idols and other gods.
It’s always seemed a bit different, to say that God is a jealous God. If we’ve studied, we read that He said it himself. In common terms, He wants us all to himself; unwilling to share us with someone else.
Jesus said something profound to a group of people who were supposed to be in God’s house. “Rightly, did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites.” God had spoken to the prophet, way back, against many of the people He called his own. “Because, this people draw near with their words and honor me with there lip service, but remove their hearts far from me. And, their reverence for me, consists of ‘tradition, learned by rote (or repetition).”
In numerous places throughout the Old and New Testaments, there are remarks made about a people: Their ears are dull, and their eyes are dim.
Can you imagine that God should tell you to go somewhere and speak a message, letting you know ahead of time, that they are not going to hear you, because they will not listen to Him either?
There were reasons given for them not hearing. He told Ezekiel, that they were impudent; meaning, shamelessly bold, saucy, insolent, rash, immodest and rebellious. They are not prudent; and not capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters. And there is more.
They are “hard-hearted,” meaning; unfeeling, pitiless and cold. It appears, that if it does not directly concern them, they’re unmoved.
This would also include, those who claim to be holy, but they are picking and choosing scriptures they want, but ignore other kinds of instruction. Those words that speak about self-righteousness; and refusing correction or rebuke.
They might even deny, that they are showing partiality and respect of persons. Not restoring others, and being heady and high-minded. Following apostles, but not Jesus.
We will all be responsible, for what we have heard. God is speaking today through His people, just as He always did. It is to our own account, whether we receive it or not.
It is descriptive of God, that we are warned and made aware; whether we are listening or not. I t must be said, that there is much more tribulation ahead; for us and for the whole world.
That is a prophecy of God’s word. We cannot change it, even if we deny it. The Church, could change a lot of what is coming; at least upon us and our people.
We have the authority of the Spirit to use. And lastly, it’s His message, not ours.
~ Robert Blackburn