Hosea 4:11, “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.” NKJV
Hosea 4:11, “Whoring and wine, both old and new, take away my people’s wits.” CJB
‘What does this verse mean?’ That was my first reaction when I first read this verse. For some reason, Holy Spirit highlighted the verse to me. I could not get past it. So, I decided to study the verse. Holy Spirit opened the verse to me, and I was shocked on how deep it is. The truth behind this verse is so amazing that I had to write a blog about it.
This is a truth that is not just for the Israelites. This is even for us believers today. When Holy Spirit calls them Harlots, He is not calling them a prostitute, He is saying they are acting like prostitutes. They are not committed to Him; they have other gods. CJB says old and new wine. When drunk with wine, our judgements are impaired. This is what God is telling them and us. When we open our hearts to other gods or false truths, we will make wrong decisions thinking they are the correct one. Every decision we make when we are drunk at the time, we think they are correct, but when we are sober, we see we were wrong the whole time.
1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons….”
This verse above is warning us about the last days. Holy Spirit warns us from deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. The best way the deceiving spirits can get the best of anybody is whey fall in the Hosea 4:11 trap.
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
This scripture is what we believers need to be aware of. We must make sure only godly things enter our hearts. Things enter our hearts through the eyes, ears, and mouth. We must be careful with what we watch, hear, and speak. This is how we guard our hearts.