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Rev. E. Anderson

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.

Hosea 8

Here there is the facing up of God’s people with the consequences of their evil doings. The end result is quite violent and vicious as envisaged in the words of the prophet in v7 “You have sown the wind, you have reaped the whirlwind.” This declaration alone gives a great insight into the end product of evil and it is vital to give it some consideration. Implicit in this expression are the following truths and facts.

1/.  SIN DOES ULTIMATELY YIELD A HARVEST

There is no getting away from the fact that the principle of evil if allowed to be sown does bring forth its fruit. It has that within it to produce quite a telling harvest. Its life and nature makes sure that as it is allowed its role and function, it achieve results. Man is the possessor of the power and bias of evil in his being and if not dealt with is sure to bring a state of reaping and harvest that is not profitable.. The New Testament reminds of the fact that “whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reaping” – Galatians 6:7. All are involved in sowing and all will be involved in a production one way or another. Giving freedom to sin means there will sure to be the coming of an inevitable bad harvest. People are sowing with their lives and deeds either that which is good or bad and this has to be recognised.

2/.  SIN DOES PRODUCE MUCH MORE THAN IS REALISED

The words strongly indicate here that sin has a way of prolifically multiplying and bringing in a bumper harvest of the wrong sort. It is quite a lesson to learn that sin is like a weed or virus that possesses a phenomenal rate of reproduction and in the end is of an overwhelming quantity. There appears to be no limit to which it can corrupt, debase and yield abundantly. The wind turns into a whirlwind. That which appears to be in a measure controllable turns out to be uncontrollable. It moves on in its wake and turns into a monstrous size that no one can handle. It completely takes over and masters the life. It is like a garden that becomes overrun and overgrown with weeds etc.

3/.  SIN DOES EFFECT THAT WHICH BRINGS UTTER RUINATION

The idea that comes over very forcibly as represented in the whirlwind is that it leaves in its wake a terrible state of devastation. This kind of wind is so angry and violent that it shows no mercy and brings about a sad conclusion. God makes it clear that the ‘idols and idolatrous system will be smashed to bits – v6.’ The country will be put into a state of ruin and the people themselves will be completely devastated. There will be no one capable of rescuing them from the tyranny of this enormous wind. The sin that has been rampant will introduce a rampant force that will cause dismay, terror and death. This is what sin brings into being.

CONCLUSION

From this affirmation alone it should become obvious that there should be no compromise made with evil. If allowed in and permitted to take over, there is only one end – a terrible harvest of judgement! It must be avoided -10:12.

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Rev. Leigh Goodwin

POWERFUL QUOTES 

“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself” John MacNaughton 

“To be mature means to face and not evade every fresh crisis that comes”Fritz Kunkel 

“How do we know that Moses was grown up? Because he went out unto his brethren, and was ready to bear the burdens and share the plight of his people. Maturity is sensitivity to human suffering” – Julius Gordon

By the Soo locks at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan is a concrete pyramid. In 1840 the department of surveyors established this point as the northern end of a line running through all of Michigan, from which land is still surveyed today. Boundaries are accurate when measured from that line. What that meridian is to Michigan surveyors, the Word of God is to us. It is a perfect standard by which to measure our decisions & guide our steps.

“How do we know that Moses was grown up? Because he went out unto his brethren, and was ready to bear the burdens and share the plight of his people. Maturity is sensitivity to human suffering”Julius Gordon

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Rev. E. Anderson

PRAYER FOR STUDENTS – WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Taken  from  All  About Prayer

Prayer for students is vitally important in culture today. School campuses are full of temptation and negative influences targeting students. Prayer is a way to influence students to make wise choices and excel in their studies.

There are many topics in the curriculum that will impact their decision making for years to come. Our youth and young adults approach a time of their lives where they will make significant decision about careers, marriage, children, and other life choices.

Can we live without prayer? No. We need communication with God. He can do anything without man, but He will not because He created us to love Him and love others. He establishes His kingdom through us by prayer. Prayer is one way to build our faith and expectations of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer can greatly impact students’ lives, faith, and outlook on their future.

PRAYER FOR STUDENTS – WHAT DO I PRAY?

In my prayer for students, what do I pray for? Get to know students who are in your family, neighbourhood, and church. As you interact with them, you will realize the problems and situations that they face. Here are some suggestions for how to pray for them:

Many struggle with classes or courses. Pray for wisdom as they listen to lectures and complete homework. Pray for good recall during testing.

  • Pray for students as they encounter philosophies or theories that are contrary to their beliefs.
  • Pray that their parents will provide good guidance and help them make wise decisions.
  • The financial burden of tuition and books is costly. Ask God to provide for their needs.
  • Pray for those who struggle with balancing a job and class attendance.
  • Pray for students to have accountability and encouragement from a group of Christians.
  • Pray that God lead them into a relationship with Him and strengthen their faith.

Follow the guidance given in the Bible. These verses can be prayed for students.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour for nothing”  -Philippians 2: 4-16.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” – 2 Timothy 2:22.

PRAYER FOR STUDENTS – HOW DO I PRAY?

How can I implement prayer for students on a regular basis? Here are some practical suggestions.

Prayer walk on campus – Consider having a prayer walk around the school or university in your community. These campuses usually have parking areas and streets near them. That’s a great place to start. Walk around the area while praying for the students who attend. Pray for success in their studies, for them to make good choices, and to say no to temptation. Pray also for the professors, teachers, and administration.

Prayer Team – Other Christians may be interested in praying for students in your local area. Think about starting a weekly prayer team for your school.

Influence specific students – Email short prayers to students you already know. Encourage them in their studies and ask them for ways you can pray for them.

Prayer for students is essential. You have an important role in their lives. Many students leave their faith during these crucial years. With your prayers, their spiritual lives could be enhanced.

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