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April 23, 2018, 8:54 AM

Why Cheaters Cheat


Church Family,

Praise God for such a wonderful service yesterday! I am so thankful for the men and women that helped cook, decorate, and clean up for Senior Adult Sunday.

Why? Why did she/he cheat on me? We ask this question hoping that somehow the answer will remove the sting of their infidelity. Rarely do we get the real answer and when we get the real answer, it doesn’t really help us.

Friday, we read about Hosea. A man that God commanded to marry a cheater to put it nicely. It was symbolic of how we cheat on God but what’s at the heart of our cheating on God?

I believe that are at least 2 things and those are found in these verses:

The cause- We have a heart that likes to give credit to creation. We think that the thing/person is the source of what makes us happy. Our belief is that we don’t need God because I can get what I want from somewhere else. In a relationship the cheater, will think that joy comes from the physical acts, looks, feelings, etc. they don’t realize it is the relationship with the person. Bottom line: They are ungrateful.

Hosea 2:5 For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’

The lie- God doesn’t provide. By being faithful to God you are missing out. This lie wants to make us believe that we can trust our desires over God’s word. In a relationship, the cheater will believe that they are what’s important. Bottom line: They are the center of attention. It’s them that makes things great. They believe they can create happiness/joy. They honor themselves.

Hosea 2:7b-8 Then she shall say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband,
for it was better for me then than now.’ 8And she did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.

So ladies/guys when they say it’s not about you, its about me. They are right. God is never the cause of our cheating on Him. God also never leaves us.

Take a few moments and examine your pet sin. What is the cause/reason you love it so much? What lie did you fall for? Has that sin ever really delivered all that it claimed it would?

Reminders:

Baptist Women’s Meeting Tonight. Meet at the church by 4:45 or at the County Building Parking Lot by 5:05. If you have questions call Gayle, 843-902-4196

5th Sunday singing beginning at 6pm this Sunday.

May 4th-6th Women of Joy Conference. May 6th we will have a Gideon speaker that morning and collect an offering.

Graduates and those wishing to Dedicate a child need to sign-up on the Bulletin Board. We need to order certain materials for each event so please help out by signing up early.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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