Hosea 10:12 “It is time for you to turn to me, your Lord, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you.” Good News Bible Extra Reading: Hosea 10:1-15
We cannot find revival anywhere else except to go back to God as the Scriptures advises us. But before we go to God we need to ask ourselves the following questions, in order to detect those areas of our lives which are not fully surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus:
-Do I love anything more than God: my family, my work, my pleasures, myself? (Matthew 6:33; Mark 12:30).
-Have I been complaining or murmuring against God about any situation in my life? (1 Cor. 10:10; Philippians 2:14; 1 Thess. 5:18).
-Do I love the praise of other men? Do I desire to be commended for the good that I do? Do I love to be the centre of attention? (Matthew 6:1-15; John 12:43).
-Am I impatient with others? Am I critical of others? Am I touchy or sensitive when others criticize me? Do I have a spirit of resentment toward anyone? Is there any bitterness in me? (Hebrews 12:15).
-Am I stubborn and unyielding? Am I headstrong and argumentative? Am I always sure I’m right? Am I harsh or sarcastic? (Philippians 2:3; Ephesians 5:21).
-Do I fear what men will say? Do I shrink from duty? Do I hide the talents God has given to me? (Matthew 25:24-28).
-Am I jealous of anyone? Am I secretly happy when someone else fails? Am I secretly unhappy when someone else succeeds? (1 Cor. 13:4-6).
-Is there anything about which I have not been completely honest? Is there some truth I am concealing? Do I try to cover up my faults? Do I try to give a better impression of myself than is really true? Do I exaggerate? (Matthew 23:27-28; James 5:16).
-Am I discouraged or depressed? Have I stopped fully trusting God? Has my faith become weak? (Romans 1:17; 14:23; Hebrew 11:6).
-Has my spiritual life become dry and formal? Have I lost my concern for those who do not know Christ? Have I become spiritually weak? Have I become lukewarm? Have I turned back from the life of a disciple? (Mark 8:34; Revelation 2:4-5; 3:15-16).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive us for being so full of the world and so empty of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name we ask and pray, Amen!