The Problem Within

Hos 5:4 “They do not direct their deeds
Toward turning to their God,
For the spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
And they do not know the Lord

The problem of evil exists everywhere. Want proof? Look at the evening news or read a paper, its all there. But why do we have this problem and what do we do about it. Rules! We need rules, laws that are enforced. We have that, but the problem persists. Those who are incarcerated are there to be “rehabilitated” and for the most part this does not happen, and the reason it does not is because all men have a nature that is prone to sin, it just comes natural.

We must trace this back to Adam and Eve where they were in a perfect environment, having everything they needed, yet when given one commandment, “do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, being tempted by the devil, they did what they were told not to do. In so doing they knew evil before they knew good and, and now the natural inclination is toward evil because they died spiritually to God and the things of God when they partook of the fruit. The consequence of death was then passed on to all men who came after them, and we see the results today, every time we attend a funeral.

So being dead to God, the only solution is to be quickened or made alive to him, by God himself making you alive again. Paul wrote to the Ephesians Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; And least we think we had something to do with this, Paul addresses the believers saying Eph 2:5 Even when WE were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Those who are not quickened or made alive by the working of God will not of themselves come alive. We see that in our verse Hos 5:4 Now in context God is talking to Israel or Ephraim. And examining the literal translation we see;

Turning from a direct address to Ephraim, he uses the third person plural to characterize the people in general. The Hebrew is against the Margin, their doings will not suffer them” the omission of “them” in the Hebrew after the verb being unusual. The sense is, they are incurable, for they will not permit (as the Hebrew literally means) their doings to be framed so as to turn unto God. Implying that they resist the Spirit of God, not suffering Him to renew them; and give themselves up to “the spirit of whoredoms” (in antithesis to “the Spirit of God” implied in “suffer” or “permit”

So it was not within themselves to turn to God, as it is not in any man to turn to God on his own, because his nature will not allow it. Jesus told the religious leaders, “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” Jhn 5:40 Men naturally will not seek God as the scripture says Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Why don’t they understand? I Cor 2:14 says But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. A dead spirit and an unwillingness to seek God, and their life style that will not allow them to come to God is a recipe for disaster. Prov 16:25 says There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

All men are naturally skeptical especially about spiritual, and eternal things. Is there a God? Maybe, they say. Where is the proof? They ask. The Bible answers Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Let man go create a leaf, or look at the intricacies of the human body and tell me there is no design. As a captain of his sailing vessel said to his crew on a starry night at sea,” if you want to dismiss God you must get of all of that”,(pointing to the stars).

With man in this natural condition, it takes a work of God if there will be any changes at all. A truly born again christian will attest to the change in his life and will affirm it was not of his doing. The change takes place in an person by the working of the Holy Spirit to make alive the dead spirit residing in man. Once that happens, that person will now WANT to seek God. He will WANT to read his Bible, he will WANT to be obedient to the will of God. There will be no WANT TO apart from the working of the Spirit of God on that person.

Paul tells us Phil 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Even the regenerated believer still needs Gods assistance to perform for God the tasks he has for him. Psalm 110:3 says Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.

Let us take for example King David, he who wrote many of the psalms. We find him saying; Psa 119:34-38 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with
my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who
is devoted to fearing You. We must keep in mind he DID NOT have the Holy Spirit dwelling WITHIN him as the New Testament Believer does, yet he called upon God for help, even though he could say; Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. That is who he was.

Now we must note that Gods people in the Old Testament did not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, at least the scripture does not say they did, this is for the New Testament believer only. We do see in the scriptures, that in the Old Testament dispensation the Holy Spirit was UPON Gods people but he came and went. We who are believers in Christ have been sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. So because of that we assume David needed to call on God for his help more than we do. But did not Jesus instruct the church to say “give us THIS DAY our DAILY bread? Indeed, so as we notice what David wrote, comes from a renewed heart desiring these things, just as we should desire them, and we also should ask for them. Paul prayed for the Ephesians saying Eph 1:16-18 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And again in

Eph 3:14-19 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Is not Paul asking for the same things? This is what we are to desire, and when we do God will give us this desire.

Finally in so doing we will be established in him and his love for us. How many believers doubt their salvation because they understand their old nature has a tendency to drift away. But Peter says we are kept by the power of God through faith. But for those who still fear they may “walk away” listen to what God told Jeremiah; Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. All of grace!! He saves us, he keeps us by his Spirit.

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