Hosea 7:8June 23 Morning
Ephraim mixes with the nations. Ephraim is like a cake that was not cooked on both sides.
A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace. Although there was some partial obedience, they were still in rebellion and mixed with the heathens. Check your soul to see whether this is the case with you. Are you thorough in the things of God? Has his grace gone through to the very center of your being so its divine operations are felt in all your powers, actions, words, and thoughts? To be sanctified completely, spirit, soul, and body, should be your aim and prayer. Although your sanctification may not be perfect, yet it must be working universally. You must not have the appearance of holiness in one place and rolling in sin in another or you will be like a pancake not turned. A pancake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire. No man can have too much religion, but there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have accepted, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic ostentation of those religious performances which suit their beliefs. The fake appearance of a superior holiness frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness. He may appear a saint in public but is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. He is like a pancake which is burned on one side, but is raw dough on the other.
If that is so with me, O Lord, turn me around! Turn my impure nature to the fire of your love and let it feel the sacred glow, and let my burnt side cool a little, while I learn my own weakness and want of heat when I am removed from your heavenly flame. Let me not be discovered to be a double-minded man, but one entirely under the powerful influence of your ruling grace. For I know very well that if I am left like a cake unturned, and I am not evenly cooked with your grace, I will always be consumed in the midst of everlasting burnings.
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