Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Betrayal the Ultimate Scheme Defeated

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, "Go take yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord."  Hosea 1:2

Betrayal is the ultimate scheme to destroy us and our relationship with God and others.   In the book of Hosea, we clearly see that betrayal through idolatry and spiritual adultery brings in judgement on God's chosen people. The book of Hosea talks about this prophet who married an adulterous wife.  God uses this example to describe Israel and her idolatrous worship of Baal and other gods.  As we read through Hosea, we see that Gomer his wife runs off with another man. However, God had a plan.  He had Hosea reclaim his adulterous wife by buying her back although she had been unfaithful.  This is a picture and type of what Jesus did for us when he died for our sins on the cross.  Even though we were unfaithful and idolatrous, God was willing to pay the price for us despite what we have done.  He knew that we deserved judgement, but God out of his love desired to show us mercy and grace.  God didn't want his people to serve him as their master, but he was desiring to to be that loving husband to a wife.  His love for us would be the motivating factor to have us seek him only and to have a personal relationship with him.

When a friend or spouse betrays you by being unfaithful it is very painful.  Unfaithfulness brings in pain, hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness.  It is one of the most difficult things to overcome.  It is hard to trust and show love to that person once this occurs.  Typically these relationships are severed due to the hurt, pain, distrust and betrayal.  In Hosea, we clearly see how God continually experienced unfaithfulness.  As we look at our own lives, we can clearly see our unfaithfulness to God.  However, God saw beyond this.  He saw that the people were unable to overcome because they had no power to do so.  So he made a way for his perfect salvation to us.  He knew that love would be the only way.  He loved the world so much that he gave his most precious possession as a sacrifice to save us so that he could give us what we needed.  We needed to have his Spirit to overcome and that came through the promise of Jesus and him dying for us.  This provided what we needed, forgiveness from our sins.  He would remember our sins no more and become our great friend, father, husband and love.  He would be the one we would turn to because of his goodness towards us.  We would say "You are my God."

God desires that we forgive others.  Love is the greatest gift of all.  God knows the pain, suffering, disgrace and hurt you are feeling.  He desires to come to him so that you may receive healing in that area.  However, in order to be healed, we have to stand in what Jesus has done.  We have to go to the cross of Jesus.  We have to surrender our hurts, pain, disgrace, unforgiveness, resentment and betrayal to God to receive what he has done for us.  His body was beatened and bruised so that we may be healed.  His blood was shed so that we may receive forgiveness of our sins.  We have to see those who hurt us like God saw Israel in Hosea.  Although they were unfaithful and adulterous, they needed love and forgiveness so that they may have a relationship with God.  So today, may the Lord grant you the grace and mercy to forgive as you have been forgiven.  May the yoke of betrayal which caused you pain and suffering be defeated in Christ Jesus.  May the scheme of Satan be destroyed.  May God's love, faithfulness, grace and mercy flood into your hearts as he heals you.  In Jesus Name!

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