CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, December 27, 2021.
TOPIC: SEED OF REBELLION
Read Hosea 7:1-16
1 “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
2 They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
3 They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies.
4 “They are all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker— He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened.
5 In the day of our king Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
6 They prepare their heart like an oven, While they lie in wait; Their baker a sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.
8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.
9 Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.
10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the LORD their God, Nor seek Him for all this. Futile Reliance on the Nations
11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense— They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria. 12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.
13 “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me. 14 They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. “They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me;
15 Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me;
16 They return, but not to the Most High; They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword For the cursings of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7)
When someone lives in rebellion, he definitely sows bad seed for his own future. Therefore, it is imperative to grow in loyalty and faithfulness because no one would like to reap the bad fruit, which is a product of disloyalty (1 Kgs. 13:4-6). It is automatic, whatever a man sows he reaps. The manifestations around us now are the products of those seeds we had sown yesterday, and what we will get tomorrow will be the outcome of what we do today. It is important to sow good seed to reap goodness, and everlasting life.
Servants who supplanted their masters should not be happy because what goes around comes around. You can’t sow rebellion, unfaithfulness, wickedness, disloyalty and not reap along that line. Anyone who wants people to serve him must put up a servant’s spirit and be obedient to those before him. Days of fasting and prayer may not remove the consequence of your rebellious acts. Binding and loosing cannot prevent the laws of God concerning sowing and reaping.
Do not act like the lsraelites that bite the finger that fed them. God was compassionate and merciful to Israel. He made them to enjoy His goodness as the apple of His eyes and sheep of his pasture, yet these stiff-necked and ingrates rebelled against God. They preferred idols to the Maker of heaven and earth. As a result of their foolishness and impenitence, God dealt with them. You would not want to get what the likes of Achan, Ahithophel, Absalom, Gehazi, Ananias and Sappirah and Demas, etc, got. The more reason you have to seek God and desist from wickedness and act of rebellion, ‘for the sins of rebelling is as witchcraft says the Lord’ (1 Sam. 15:23).
- O Lord, help me to be faithful, Ioyal and honest in all circumstances.
- Lord, deliver me from the spirit and power of rebellion and conspiracy against the constituted authority.
- Lord, let the spirit of love, unity and service grow strong among the believers.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Zeph. 3:10 – 3:20; Hag. 1:1 – 2:23; Zech. 1:1 – 1:14; Rev. 18:3 – 18:23
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE