Daily Devotion for June 23, 2017

'A Cake Not Turned'

Hosea 7:8-10 NAS
Ephraim mixes himself with the nations;
Ephraim has become a cake not turned.
Strangers devour his strength, yet he does not know it;
Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him, yet he does not know it.
Though the pride of Israel testifies against him, yet they have not returned to the Lord their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this.

My “Morning and Evening” reading by Charles Spurgeon used Hosea 7:8 as it's Scripture reading today. When I looked up this verse, my Life Application Bible commentary said “The people of Israel had intermarried with foreign people and had picked up their evil ways.” Today, we too can do this when we mix ourselves with the world. Specifically, we do this “when we spend a lot of time with unbelievers, either professionally or socially” or through media, and we “pick up their attitudes and begin to imitate their actions. Beware of the influence they may have on you. Instead of drifting into bad habits” and worldly ways of thinking, we Believers are to have a positive influence as we follow Christ—increasingly thinking, doing, and speaking more like Him. When we follow Christ, we “point others toward God.”

As for Charles Spurgeon, he wrote “A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obediencethere was very much rebellion left...

“My soul, I charge (you), see whether this be (your) case. (Are you) thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very center of (your) being so as to be felt in its divine operations in ALL (your) powers, (your) actions, (your) words, and (your) thoughts? To be sanctified, spirit, soul, and body should be (your) aim and prayer; and although sanctification may not be perfect in (you) anywhere in degree, yet it must be universal in its action; there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another, else (you), too, (will) be a cake not turned.

“A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no man can have too much” of the Lord, “there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have received, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic ostentation of those religious performances which suit their humor. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness. The saint in public is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake which is burned on one side, is dough on the other.”

Heavenly Father, today I ask You to expose the areas we Believers have “become (cakes) not turned.” Draw us to Your Word so Your Spirit purifies us! Flip us over and expose our weaknesses so ALL our areas are increasingly sanctified! Let us “not be found” as “double-minded men, but” as children of God “entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace” (Spurgeon). We ask this in Your Son's name, Lord. No more cakes “not turned:” no more being unaware of how weak and old and useless our sins have made us. We return to You, God, and we seek You...

AMEN!!!

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