Scripture: Hosea 2
Major Themes of Hosea
- Israel has rebelled
- God will bring consequences for their sin and idolatry
- God’s relentless love and mercy
- Hope for redemption
You do what you do, because you want what you want.
Idols of the Heart
Definition of an Idol – It can be anything or anyone that is taking my heart away from worshiping the one true God.
Questions for identifying my idols
- I will sin if I don’t get…
- I will sin in order to get…
- I need this…
- I want that…
- I must have this…
- I have the right to…
- Are there spiritual idols in my heart?
- What’s at the root of my sinful behavior?
- Have I misplaced my gratitude? Am I thanking God for blessings each day?
- Do I have spiritual amnesia? Have I forgotten my salvation and God’s relentless love?
- Are some of the problems in my life right now, due to chasing after the wrong things instead of knowing God deeper, submitting to Him and obeying His Word?
- Have I responded to the Gospel and accepted God’s offer of forgiveness and reconciliation?