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Scripture: Hosea 1:4-5
And the Lord said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. “On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
Insights: The context of the naming of this child indicates that Jehu had disobeyed God. To understand the back story, Elijah had been commissioned by God to anoint Jehu to be the next king. After Jehu took power, however, he became a disobedient man toward God and God’s ways. As a result, Jehu killed Jezreel when he ought not to have done so. God, therefore, was going to punish Jehu’s house for this disobedience. We, like Jehu, often times walk in the ways of disobedience. I really did not go into the best corrective method against disobedience Sunday, but I am prompted to share this truth with you here. A good way to avoid disobedience is to have a good accountability partner in your life. Think about it from the stand point of Alcoholics Anonymous. This organization partners participants up with a sponsor. The sponsor’s job is to be there day or night to talk the recovering alcoholic off of the ledge from taking that drink which leads down a path of destruction and pain. Our bent toward sin and disobedience is so great that we too need someone to talk us off of the ledge of sin as well. We face hard days. We desire pleasures beyond the scope of God’s plan. We are jealous and covetous of other people and their things. We are bound up in our sin until we are set free by Christ. Even after our conversion, however, the old man of sin rises up and tries to pull us back into a life of bondage. Our fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus are there to help us bear that burden by being a source of strength in our time of temptation. Beloved, if you do not have someone with whom you can trust with the intimate details of your life, then let me encourage you to find such a person. Let them help you in times of temptation and pain. Let this person help you develop safe guards in your life to be victorious in Christ Jesus.
1. What safe guards have you placed in your life in order to help you not walk in disobedience to the Father?
2. Who is your accountability partner?
Prayer: Father, thank You for those who walk this journey of faith with me. May we together, empowered by Your Spirit, walk righteously with You. Protect us from ourselves and our bend toward disobedience. Amen.
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