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What will God do to Fight for Me

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What will God do to Fight for Me

What will God do to Fight for Me?

    Hosea 2:1-13

    The Introduction

    There is trouble in the preacher’s home. God has been trying to get through to Israel about her unfaithfulness to Him but His pleads to her have fallen on death ears.

    So God decides to take one of his young preachers- a man by the name of Hosea- and God gets him to marry Gomer, an unfaithful wife, an adulterous woman. And the pain that Hosea experiences in his marriage will be similar to the pain God experiences in His relationship with Israel. And just maybe, as the people see and hear Hosea’s pain they can

    begin to understand God’s pain for their unfaithfulness.

    Hosea loves Gomer just as God loves Israel. And Hosea is not going to give up on Gomer without a fight; and God is not going to give up on Israel or for that matter you and me without a fight.

    And so Chapter 2 is all about what God will do to fight for me. And so today if you have been in rebellion against God; or if you have lost your way; or you think that God seems so distant from you, today’s sermon is for you. You will discover

    what God is doing to get you back.

    Verses 1-5 deal with what Hosea will do to win Gomer back and verses 6-13 deal with what God will do to fight for you and me to win us back. So if you have your Bibles let’s pick Dr. Dave M. Hartson Page 1

What will God do to Fight for Me?

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    up reading with verse 6 as we discover what God will do to fight for us.

    Hosea 2:6-13 (NIV) 6 Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. 7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.' 8 She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold-- which they used for Baal. 9 "Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness. 10 So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands. 11 I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed feasts. 12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. 13 I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot," declares the LORD.

    The Body

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    1. God will fight for me by making it more difficult for me to get to the things that are harmful by blocking my path.

    Hosea 2:6-7 (NIV) 6 Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. 7 She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.' A. The mom of a two year old will put those safety

    latches on the cabinet doors so that her child

    doesn’t get into something that they don’t need

    to get into. It doesn’t mean the child isn’t going

    to try to open the door and eventually the child

    as he or she grows up a little more might

    possibly be able to open the door even with the

    safety latch. But as a parent what you did was

    block the path so it is harder to get to the wrong

    thing.

    B. And that is what God does. You decide you want

    to go off into the ways of the world; you want to

    go back to your old lifestyle God will make it

    harder for you to get there. Oh, you can still get

    there but it is going to be harder and you may

    become frustrated along the way- so much so

    that you might give it up and return to God.

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    C. And so God puts road blocks along our paths

    when we move away from Him in the hope that

    we might come to your senses and realize that

    we are better off with God.

    D. Isn’t that what verses 6 & 7 tell us. God says

    Israel will look for other lovers besides me. I will

    make it hard for her to find them; and if she does

    find them it will be hard for her to catch them.

    And in the end Israel might come back to her

    senses and return to her God.

    E. Today, you might sense road blocks along your

    path and you got to ask yourself the question: “Is

    God putting them there so I have to return to

    Him?”

    2. God will fight for me by taking away some of the things that He has gifted me with.

    Hosea 2:8-9 (NIV) 8 She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,

     which who lavished on her the silver and gold--they used for Baal. 9 "Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness.

    A. There is nobody in this room that can say that

    God has not gifted them with abundance.

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    However, sometimes it is in the abundance of

    things that we forget God. It doesn’t surprise me

    that in countries where people don’t have a

    whole lot that they are interested in hearing

    about God. But here in our country, in our

    abundance people are really not interested in

    God.

    B. God tells us here if it takes removing some of the

    things that I have gifted you with to make you

    return back to me than I will do it. We saw this so

    vividly how when something so valuable to us

    like our sense of safety- was taken away from us

    on 9/11 by the terrorist; there was a great move

    by people to return to God and His church. But

    as weeks went by and our memories faded fewer

    and fewer stayed close to God.

    C. It is hard to take something away from someone

    you love even if they are messing up but God will

    do it in the hope that you might return to Him. It

    is tough love but God practices tough love.

    3. God will fight for me by exposing my sin for all to see.

    Hosea 2:10 (NIV) 10 So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands.

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    A. I remember Chuck Colson- he was the Chief Counsel to President Nixon during the time of the Watergate scandal. The special prosecutor attempted to make a deal with Colson in which Colson would agree to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge relating to Watergate, in exchange for which prosecutor agreed to recommend that he not be sentenced to prison. Colson felt doing so would be pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit. Instead, Colson counter-offered. Colson told the prosecutor that he would agree to plead guilty to the crime of obstruction of justice, not in relation to Watergate, but in relation to the planning of the break-in at the office of Daniel Elsberg's psychiatrist. This was a crime of which prosecutor knew nothing about at the time. Colson insisted also that the prosecutor would not be constrained to recommend no prison time. At the sentencing, the judge sentenced Colson to the maximum prison term permitted under federal law.

    B. He put the situation in God’s hands. Colson could

    have taken the first deal and life probably would not have been exposed before the world. But He allowed God to do what God wanted to do. And God exposed Him- Colson pleaded guilty to another crime got the maximum sentence but more importantly turned his life around for God.

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    It was in the exposure that his life turned around;

    He started Prison Fellowship and has been a

    great Advocate for Jesus.

    C. There is one in the Bible that was exposed- King

    David. He thought he had gotten away with the

    taking of Bathsheba and killing of her husband

    but one day God sent the prophet Nathan to

    expose him. And David then realized his sin. D. It is drastic to have your sin revealed to the world

    but God is not beyond doing that if it means that

    you will change your life.

    4. God will fight for me by constantly reminding me of all that I have lost.

    Hosea 2:11-12 (NIV) 11 I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed feasts. 12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them.

    A. I would think that it would be a terrible thing to

    one day have money you seem like you are on

    the top of the world and then suddenly

    something happens and it is all gone. I can not

    help but think you replay it in your mind over and

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    over what you could have done to make the

    outcome different.

    B. Well, I have had some great days in my life as a

    Christian. Times it seems like I could just float

    while I was on a spiritual high. It would be a

    tough to remember about the great days while I

    am in the pits because I have chosen to move

    away from God. It would make me long for those

    “good old days.”

    C. And God will use that to fight for me because as

    soon as I draw near to Him- He will draw near to

    me. As soon as I come to my senses and realize

    that I need God He will be right there.

    The Conclusion

    I have Good News for you today- God will do what it takes to fight for you. You gave yourself to Him in salvation and so you belong to Him and He is not going to give you up to this world without a good fight.

    While God is fighting for you- you might not like being in the middle of the conflict but you put yourself there. And all you need to do is draw near to God and the battle is over. Somebody in this room today may need to say the battle is over- I draw near to God. Let us Pray!

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