Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who is Your King?

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in me is thine help.
I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
                                  Hosea 13:9 & 11


Destruction – a word we don’t like



     God speaks plainly to His people in Hosea.



They wanted a king besides God. He let them have their way, but he told them it would destroy them. If we place something or someone else as king of our lives, He might allow it in His anger knowing that it will destroy us.


     God created us to serve Him. Only He can fill that special place in our spirit created for communion with God. Any substitute is destructive. Anything else on the throne ruins us. Another king prevents God’s wonderful plans from coming to pass.
     America is a republic governed under democratic rules. The kingdom of God isn't like that. We don't get a vote. We can't change the ruler. We can only serve or not serve the one, true, Living God. He is sovereign. Humans are raised up or destroyed only if He wills it. It's time for us to raise our hands and surrender. Only then can we be assured that all things will work together for good (part of Romans 8:28)
     God wanted my life to work for good, but for years, I couldn't let go of a sack of Reese's peanut butter cups or cream-filled donuts to allow God to reign in my life. I had another king, and it was favored foods. I could give them up temporarily to lose weight, but then I added them back and regained the pounds.
    I talked yesterday with a friend that God had told her to remove the liquor from her refrigerator Forever. She was faced with a decision of Who or What was king of her life. 

What’s the solution for us?


How do we get rid of the battle the devil sends to plague our minds & defeat our witness?



I think the best solution comes from Philippians 4: 6-8

On Saturday, we'll go through those verses and see how, through them, we find peace.

Have you ever found yourself in this same situation where something or someone vied with God for top place in your life.

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