Hello my friends.  How are you? I pray that you are having a great day.  You do know that’s up to you, right? We can’t control nature, circumstances or people. I know; I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.  BUT what we do have is control over our own actions, emotions and our thoughts, our attitudes; or perhaps I should say, what we SHOULD have is control over ourselves.    As a matter of fact the Word of God said it first in Galatians 5:22, 23 and again in Proverbs 16:32.  When the Lord desires a change in attitude, He usually repeats Himself more than one time, most times, He says it more than three. Because, you know, we are a tiny bit hard of hearing.    

Shall I share a secret with you? Do you promise not to tell my kids? They still think I’m the best mom in the world and I want them to keep believing that.  It’s in our best interest for them to do so.  Do I have your word? Thank you.  Okay…here goes.   

In the early part of my teens; the first three to four of these teen years, I was so stubborn and disobedient, that I was told I was developing a rebellious nature.   Hard to believe, isn’t it? But sadly yes, it’s true.  I did not see the need to do anything I was told to do, if I was not told why I should.  I also did not obey the directives given if I felt it was unfair. I must admit my mom was almost always frustrated and exasperated with me.  It did not last very long though.  My mom had my uncle, who was the pastor of our church, speak to me.  You know you are in trouble when the pastor speaks to you! You see, I was a Christian.  My uncle read me the story of Samuel and Saul.  You can read that story for yourself in I Samuel 15. He quoted this verse 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,  He also has rejected you from being king.”  Now I definitely feared the Lord, perhaps more than I did my mom.  My uncle said rebellion is a defiant setting of the will; a deliberate resistance against doing right.  He also said I was disobeying a direct command from the Lord, when I disobeyed my mom.  “Well, since you put it that way…” It was certainly not an instantaneous turnabout.  No, I was too entrenched in my ways by then.  It was a gradual shift, due to my prayers for deliverance and I’m sure, the prayers of my family.  hosea-4-17-e1525782797108.jpgIn this verse the Lord is speaking to Israel.  Israel had completely abandoned the commandments of the Lord.  Although they were warned by prophets sent by the Lord, they refused to obey.  They willfully chose to rebel against God.  They twisted the words of God to accommodate their sin and worshiped idols.  The Lord says, “let/leave them alone”.  These are scary words coming from the Lord of Hosts.  “Let them alone”.  Let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Remove the protection and peace which the Lord provided. “Leave them alone.”   The Lord is just in His discipline, He is just in the consequences. He is always a just Judge. He disciplines to restore.  He disciplines to deliver.  He disciplines to save.   He disciplines to bring us back into union with Him.  He disciplines for our learning.  His discipline is always tapered with mercy and pity.  His discipline is always wrapped up in love.  His discipline is perfect and just.  His discipline is for our sakes.  leaveHebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:10 is a good one too.  It reminds us that God is just.  Like a parent, the Lord warns us of danger.  He uses His Word, people and circumstances to redirect our paths. He sends those warning signals that shout ‘Danger! Wrong direction! Danger!”  

“Leave them alone” are some of the scariest words rebellious/disobedient people can hear.  Let us be intentional in our walk with the Lord, spend time in His Word and obey His commandments. closing1brenda