THE PAYDAY – David Wilkerson Today

by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
I want to give you four tragic results that befall those who dethrone the Lord.

1.  “Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself”
(Hosea 10:1).

Everyone in Israel was looking out for himself and the result was total
emptiness. Hosea was speaking to believers, showing them a picture of what
happens to all who dethrone the Lord in their lives. Such people become selfish
and miserable and their every pursuit ends in emptiness.

2.  “Their heart is divided . . . he shall break down their altars, he
shall spoil their images” (verse 2).

Our nation’s heart is divided. Americans pay lip service to God and religion,
but they do not worship the Lord in truth. That has led directly to the
breakdown of all our hallowed institutions. When you lose faith in God and
place your trust in something else, that thing becomes an idol. This is
happening in our nation today. Our society no longer trusts God, turning
instead to the government, the President, the educational system, Social
Security—all to try to find some kind of stability. God is saying, “If you
won’t trust Me, I’ll make all your trusted institutions fail.”

3.  “Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity . . . because
thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men” (verse 13).

Hosea is saying, “You stopped trusting in the Lord and now you’re going to reap
a harvest of iniquity!” Humankind today is sophisticated, educated,
knowledgeable. We have dethroned God—rejecting the Bible and prayer—and
enthroned science, psychology and education. Yet, I ask you: What has been the
harvest? What has all our sophisticated learning brought us?

4.  “We have no king, because we feared not the Lord” (verse 3).

Hosea was a prophet over Israel, but when Israel’s backsliding began, he was
powerless to stop the loss of faith. His words carried no authority. Whenever
he spoke, the people merely shook their heads and said, “We have no leadership,
no direction. We’re drifting.”
That is just what is happening in America right now and the same thing is
happening in the church today. Many Christians mock their pastors, ridiculing
their authority. Why? Because these men’s words carry no power. People are
saying, “We no longer have any leadership in our church. We’re lost, confused.”
That is the payday for dethroning the Lord!

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