I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol;I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues?  O Sheol, where is your sting?Compassion is hidden from my eyes. Though he may flourish among his brothers The east wind, the wind of the Lord, shall come, Rising from the wilderness. And his fountain shall dry up; His spring shall be parched; It shall strip his treasury of every precious thing. Samaria shall bear her guilt, Because “she has rebelled against her God; They shall fall by the sword; Their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, And their pregnant women ripped open. –Hosea 13:14-1

What is the “Wind of God”? It is the Spirit, the Breath of God who helps us in our weakness. I do not know about you, but I know that I am weak. I need the Spirit’s help. The “Breath of God” is mighty. We desire for the Spirit of God – for His breath- to move both in power and in grace. Mighty power, Gentle Grace

…. Susan H Bissette

Hosea delivers the word of the Lord, prophesying Israel’s fate if the people continue to worship Baal and other false gods, in defiance of God’s commandments. The east wind, the wind of God, can be destructive if we defy God’s commandments.

Even though we do not worship Baal, we all have our idols, and worship them in defiance of God. Whether our idol is money, possessions, sports personalities, entertainers or a host of other possibilities, if it commands our adoration of, and replaces our love and worship of the Lord, then we are Baal worshipers.

Examine your life, read God’s word, learn what he expects from you, go to church and Sunday School and learn from others. Throw Baal in the trash and experience the peace and joy of talking with, walking with and worshiping the one true God. Let the east wind be a gentle breeze in your life—the breath of God.

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