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“How Long in Hosea House?”

SUBTITLE: “FIGHTING OUR DEMONS”

How long in Hosea House? Answer: As long as it takes.

Note: “Then I said to her, You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution.” (Hosea 3:3a NLT)

The renewing of our mind is not an overnight process, and there are very important “disciplines” that we must develop in order to be transformed in the way that Romans 12:2 speaks about.

Hosea 3:3 is our central scripture, but we are looking for “transformation”, and God gives us the key in Romans 12:2.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2a)

How is our mind going to be renewed? Well, of course, there are many ways God works on us by His Holy Spirit, but as we consider Paul’s teaching about the “washing of the water of the word”, (Ephesians 5:26), we have to realize that our filthy mind, filthy from exposure to an ungodly world, must need a lot of Holy Spirit scrubbing with the Word of God, or else we would not be struggling so much with a strong hold in our life.

Even as the people of Christ time walked about on very dirty streets and could not help but get dirty feet, even so, we are exposed to another kind of filth, which becomes a pollution of our minds. It has been rightly said that the main battlefield is the mind. Therefore, it is imperative that we develop certain disciplines that will enable us to keep our clean feet on the straight and narrow. Dirty feet love to stray, but clean feet will love to stay! (Hey! I just made that up! I kinda like it!)

Our spiritual hygiene habits are critical to our usefulness in Christ.  As Timothy explained, there are vessels unto “honor”, and vessels unto “dishonor”. (II Timothy 2:19-21) We are in Hosea House to develop such habits. Time spent in the word, washing our feet, meditating on the word, cleansing our mind, this is a critical practice to develop.

“…stop your prostitution.” (Hosea 3:3)

Has the demonic hold been broken? Has your prostitution stopped and a closeness of the Lord redeveloped? If not, then you are not ready to leave yet, and we must continue in developing the disciplines. This is critical because it is not us who change ourself. We have already proven to be a miserable failure at that. It is God who will change us, and that only happens as we take more of God in. So here are the three main disciplines I recommend.

1.) Love God more.

2.) Love His Word more.

3.) Love Prayer and Worship more.

In Psalms 91:14, we read: > “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:”

This is the beginning of 6 “I Will’s” of God! The best path to be delivered of your sins is to allow your sins to drive you even more to God! As we realize how helpless we are to save ourself, we should begin to see how much he loves us, and that he desires to be our Champion and deliver us from our own evil nature! What we need is more of Him!

God will lead us and show us how to fill the voids that are created as those demons begin to shrivel up and fall away. The more we drink of Christ, and the more our mind is renewed in his word, as we practice spiritual disciplines “faithfully”, we will be transformed! Eventually, we come out of Hosea House ready to do something for God! We have become Christ workmanship! He has transformed us into a vessel of honor ready for the Master’s use! This is the power of Hosea House!

So…I’m sorry God does not offer us a magic pill to swallow and all is well. No, sir. God’s Word reveals actions that we must take in order to grow in Christ. Something that is not growing, is dying. The demons will stop growing. They will begin to shrivel. They will eventually fall away.

This is no small thing we are talking about. The Bible speaks of a time when there will be a great falling away amongst Christians. An apostasy, as it is called. (II Thess. 2:3)

CAN WE LIVE IN SODOM AND NOT FIGHT DEMONS?

WE MUST FIGHT OUR DEMONS.

I highly recommend meditating on every word of  II Timothy 2:19-21. >

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Your faith will make you whole as you believe in God’s ways that they will deliver you. Jesus turned to his disciples at one point and asked the question: Will you leave me, too?

The disciples answered: Where else could we go, Lord? For you have the words of life.

The disciples had enough sense to know, that whether they understood what he said or not, there was no where else to go. Jesus had convinced them that he had the only answers, and the only real hope that there is. They understood there was no where else to go, so might as well dig in and BELIEVE! Understanding will come!

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Step #2 > “Entering Hosea House”

SUBTITLE: “FIGHTING OUR DEMONS”

(You should read Step #1, if you have not, before reading Step #2. Article: “Fighting Our Demons”

I have asked the question: “Is it possible to grow up in Sodom, and not fight demons?”

This is a very important question because many of us have received Christ as our Savior, and all went well for a while as we were in that “first love” time with the Lord, but then, perhaps months down the road, we have become a little careless, and we find ourself struggling in our Christian experience. Not only that, but for some reason an old temptation has come back on us.

Many habits of our pre-Christ days have passed away so easily, but now this thing has reappeared, and we wrestle with it, we realize it is contrary to our walk with Christ, and we put it down again, we think it is beaten this time, only to have it jump out at us again, a little further down the spiritual road. This thing just won’t go away! This is a “strong-hold”, and there are demons attached to it. That is why it has a “strong hold” on us, and it must be broken.

This “temptation”, this “weakness” may have happened several different ways. This could be a generational weakness. A  “desire” that has passed down through your parents, grandparents, and so forth. It does not mean you have to give in to this, it just means you may have a weakness in this area. A harder battle. It requires extra awareness on our part, to guard ourself. It could be alcohol, drugs, pornography, materialism, love of money, homosexuality, gluttony, stealing, cursing, anger, or many other things, but whatever it is, it is your greatest foe!

It might not be generational, but it is something you were exposed to and now you can’t seem to get rid of it. Perhaps you did jump into it head-first, full well knowing it was wrong, but you did it anyway and now it has you. Perhaps you played with fire and now it burns, but however it happened, now it needs to be broken and you may not know how? Someone may have prayed and you were sure you had deliverance! Freedom! But then you went back out into the world, back out into Sodom, and you did not know how to fill the void and STAY FREE, and now the battle is back.

One of the devil’s best strategies is if he can get us to “fail” enough times, then we feel so guilty, he can convince us that God no longer wants us, and that he will no longer help us. So we run from God and try to hide like Adam and Eve. In Step #1 we talked about running TO God, and so, now, we look at Step #2. What happens after we run TO God?

First of all it is time to get very serious about this real danger to our soul. We know if we persist in this lifestyle, this sin, we know it will kill any spiritual fruit in our walk with God. We know it will cause distance, drain us of God’s anointing, harden our heart, burn-out our conscience, ruin our witness, and perhaps hurt people we love. Whether we believe we can lose our salvation, or not, we know this is very serious, and we are at a place where we are DESPERATE to finally beat this thing!!! And so we have run to God for the umpteenth time, and we are broken. We are ready to do whatever God tells us to do. We are ready to be his SHEEP and let him be SHEPHERD. We HUMBLE ourself to whatever will work, and in our brokeness we are ready to SEPARATE OURSELF UNTO HIM.

BUT SEPARATE OURSELF HOW?

WE ARE GOING TO ENTER THE HOSEA HOUSE.

Once we are in there, there is something we are going to do, but that is Step #3. First, I need to explain what it means to enter the Hosea House.

You are broken. You have been beaten by your sin again, and realize you are out of control, this thing is bigger than you and if God don’t save you then nobody else can!

Hosea was the Prophet that God told to marry a prostitute. (Hosea 1:2 NLT)

“When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshipping other gods.”

We are ashamed and broken because we feel like a spiritual prostitute. The woman Hosea married was named, Gomer. One meaning of her name was “failure”, and to come to an end. If we have been fighting a losing battle with a demonic stronghold, then we know what it means to feel like a failure, and believe we are going to come to our end as a failure. This was Gomer. Hosea married and had 3 children with her, but by chapter 3, we find she has been unfaithful to him and has another “LOVER”.

You see, the reason we have such a struggle with whatever this weakness is, there is a part of us, a part of our flesh that “loves” this thing, even though another part of us, (our spirit man), may hate it, still, we give in to that craving of destruction. Yes, we know it is a craving that will destroy us, but we do it anyway! We have a fleshly love for a craving of destruction, and we need to be rescued! But will God still save us? Does he still even like us, let alone love us? Have we gone too far? All these questions and feelings haunt us, but are we ready to let God rescue us, AND PUT US IN HOSEA HOUSE?

You see, Hosea bought Gomer back for 15 pieces of silver, 5 bushels of barley, and a measure of wine, even after she had cheated on him. BUT THEN! HE GAVE HER VERY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS!

THE INSTRUCTIONS OF HOSEA HOUSE!

You see, we need a little time. Our mind is filthy with the sins we have been indulging. There is something that is going to happen in the Hosea House that is like unto Samson pushing the millstone.

There is something that is going to happen in Hosea House that is like unto Samson pushing the millstone!!!

First of all, after Samson had his little fling with Delilah, (the thing he could not resist), that went on for a while before his sin really caught up with him. First his eyes were poked out, (after his hair was clipped), his eyes were poked out and he was separated (in his case) into prison, but it was a separation, and it was a taking his eyes off the things of this world! (He was broken.)

The only other thing we know he did was the pushing of the millstone round and round. Samson needed some time. He was not ready to be fully trusted again, not yet.

BUT IN THIS TIME HE NEEDED, HIS HAIR WAS GROWING!

Here are the instructions that Hosea gave to Gomer after he bought her back and brought her back into his house: (Hosea 3:3)NLT

“Then he said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”

We need to let our hair grow back out. This represents the “closeness” God desires to have with us. As you will recall, Samson was a Nazarite,  and his hair was never to be cut. This was part of his dedication and loyalty to God. So we are beat-up and filthy from this battle we lost with the devil, and now God rescues us from our circumstances again, brings us into his house and says, “You will spend some time here while we get you cleaned up, during this time you will not prostitute yourself, neither shall your “anointing” with me be the same, until we get you spiritually back on your feet.” You need some time for your hair to grow, Samson, but as it grows, your time will come again! Your enemy will be defeated!

NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS, “WHAT SHALL WE DO WHILE IN HOSEA HOUSE?” HOW SHALL WE BE CHANGED? > STEP 3!

Read Hosea 3:3 over and over again for a few times. Get the picture of what God wants to do for us. He wants to be close to us again, and restore our faithfulness. He wants our hair to grow out, that we may be strong again, a picture of his anointing. If we also are serious about having our loyalty restored, then we will humble ourself, and submit to the wisdom of the Hosea House.  

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“REAL DANGER!”

SUBTITLE: “FIGHTING OUR DEMONS”

I think sometimes we need a reminder of what is REALLY going on in planet earth. It is so true that we are the frog relaxed into a comfort zone while the pot of water around us is slowly rising to a boil. How is it that what was so shameful yesterday, has become the “accepted” norm of today? What was shameful yesterday, hardly raises an eyebrow today. And what is shameful today? What is shameful today is almost immoral beyond description.

WE EVEN HAVE A GREAT PHRASE FOR IT: > “THE NEW NORM!” Yes, the new norm, sounds so pleasant and acceptable, as the temperature slowly rises on the pot.

YES, THIS COWBOY IS LOOKING FOR A FIGHT! When you come to this site expect to hear a spade called a spade. We are going the way of Rome, and the way of the days of Noah, and the days of Lot. The souls of the righteous are in torment as they try to raise their children in a society that is committing slow spiritual suicide. We are dying from within, it is a cancer eating at our soul. Lord help us if we reach the point where every imagination of our mind is nothing but evil, as in the days of Noah.

We are in REAL DANGER, folks. The Apostle Paul put it this way:>>>>

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (II Tim. 3:1)

Now consider who is saying this. This is the man who was stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked, bit by a snake, thrown in prison, beaten, whipped, spent a night in the deep, and who knows how many other things, and now he turns to Timothy, and says,>>>

Timothy, in the “last days”,  perilous times shall come! (????)

I think Paul understood the peril of a slow rising boil. I think he was talking about spiritual peril to the soul! A falling asleep like a smoke-filled room. The house is on fire, and you need to get out! But the smoke is already so strong, and you feel yourself just drifting off, never to wake up again!

We have not moved to “Step Two” of fighting our demons, yet. “Step One” is to wake up! See the REAL DANGER, and run to God!

Jesus turned to his disciples once, and asked, “Will you leave me, too?”

The disciples answered, “Where else is there for us to go? You have the words of life, Lord.” (My paraphrase.)

God is our only hope, and his word plainly declares a very real danger.

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8)

“Let me tell you AGAIN, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (What kind of life?) “”When you follow the desire of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.” (Galatians 5: 19-21)

There is a VERY REAL DANGER, people. Things are getting pretty muddy around here now. We must defeat our demons. I’m calling a spade a spade! No more ignoring the elephant in the room. We’ve been growing up outside the gates of Sodom, and we have demons to fight! It is a very real danger to our soul, the temptation to believe God’s grace will just cover everything, and I don’t need to bother myself with such an effort to live holy.

One aspect of this danger is that someone has been slowly moving the line! That which is accepted today, is the shameful of yesterday! Do we have a sin that so easily besets us! Is there a demon riding us that we have been unable to defeat? Its time we get honest with ourself, and make a committed decision, no more new norm for me, satan! BRICK BY BRICK YOUR STRONGHOLD IS COMING DOWN!

I HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM THE “CURSE” OF THE LAW, BUT ALL THE “BLESSINGS” ARE STILL THERE FOR ME! BY THE LAW WE SHALL “ARREST” THE DEVIL. BY GOD’S GRACE I AM SET FREE! I SHALL RIDE THIS HORSE HARD AFTER THE STRONG MAN, AND HE SHALL BE BOUND. I WILL BE A PSALMS 91 ROUGH RIDER. THE DEVIL WILL NO LONGER RIDE ME!!!

PRAISE OUR LORD FOREVER!!!

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Shadow Says:

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAMy Master says, “Dark times are coming! It’s time to prepare!” Frankly, I think he is right. No more black holes in our lives! Lets fight our demons and be free! As a matter of fact, just yesterday, something grabbed me around the leg, and I did not know what! I yelped for my Master, he came and set me free! I really like him. Please read the following article carefully! As if your future depends on it! Because it does!

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