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Break Up Your Fallow Ground

Introduction: Fallow ground is a field that has been sown with crops in the past and has yielded much fruit, but has now been left unworked for a time. It is hard and full of ruts. It yields nothing but weeds now. This is a picture of a land that used to be known for its righteousness but has now turned from God and grown cold toward Him. It is a perfect picture of America today. The verses leading up to verse twelve reveal the circumstances of the times.

  • Their wicked rebellion (Hosea 10:1-5)
    • As an empty vine, they bring fruit only to themselves (Hosea 10:1)
    • Their heart is divided and found faulty (Hosea 10:2)
    • As they rejected the Lord, so they reject all authority (Hosea 10:3)
    • They speak many false words (Hosea 10:4)
    • The glory of the Lord is departed (Hosea 10:5)
  • Their coming judgment (Hosea 10:6-11)
  • Their only hope (Hosea 10:12)
  1. REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE the fallow ground used to be a fruitful field 
    1. Learn From the Former Days (Job 8:8-10)
    2. Remember What We Have Lost (Revelation 2:5)
    3. Preserve the Ancient Landmark (Proverbs 22:28; Revelation 3:2 strengthen the things that remain) 
  2. RECOGNIZE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY your fallow ground :the fallow ground is unworked ground 
    1. For the Condition of the Ground (Nehemiah 1:1-7)
    2. For the Correction of the Situation (Acts 9:6); if not you, who?
  3. PREPARE THE GROUND (last part of Hosea 10:11)
    1. Plow the Field Prayer (Colossians 4:2-4)
    2. Break the Clods Brokenness his clods (Psalm 34:18; Psalm 51:17)
    1. What to Sow the Word (Luke 8:11) 
    2. Where to Begin to yourselves (2 Timothy 2:15)
    3. How to Sow in righteousness (1 Timothy 6:4-5; see also Ecclesiastes 11:1-6)
    4. Where the Sow in the field; that is, the world (Matthew 13:38)
  5. SEEK THE LORD only God can bring the rain  
    1. Seek the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:11)
    2. Seek Him Urgently for it is time
    3. Seek Him Continually till he come
    4. Seek Him Expectantly and rain righteousness
    5. Seek Him Personally upon you

Conclusion: Will you have a part in these last day fallow ground ministries? God seeks such to follow Him.