O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; 
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take 
with you words, and turn to the Lord: 
say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and 
receive us graciously: so will we render 
the calves of our lips (Hosea 14:1-2).
sunday 15
Notice the words of the prophet in our theme 
scripture: “Take with you words,” not bulls 
and goats. We’re to take the calves (bulls) of our lips; 
the sacrifices of our lips, which are better than the bulls 
(animals) offered as sacrifice. Remember, the blood 
of bulls and goats couldn’t take away sin (Hebrews 
Hebrews 13:15 says, “By him therefore let us 
offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, 
the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”; then 
he explains what the fruit of our lips are: words! We’re 
to give thanks to His Name, rendering words. The 
expression “giving thanks” in the Greek is ‘homologeo.’ 
It means to make confessions; to say what God has 
said in harmony with Him. Two can’t walk together 
except they be agreed (Amos 3:3). Thus, God expects 
us to walk in agreement with Him. 
When you declare that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, 
as Peter did in Acts 10:36, you’re making confession 
to His Name. When you say, “Lord, you’re holy and 
righteous; all things belong to you; thou art exalted 
above all; your hands have made all things”; that’s 
making confessions to His Name. Remember, what’s 
required is that you offer sacrifice of praise, giving 
thanks to His Name. 
For example, you say: “Thank you for what you did 
for me; you’ve really given me the advantage; you’ve 
blessed me in all things”; you’re according Him credit 
for what He’s done for you; you’re thanking Him, and 
making confessions to His Name in a way that praises 
Him. Even now, render to the Lord the calves of your 
lips! Make confessions to His Name. Hallelujah! 
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for making my life 
glorious; you’ve blessed me in all things, and have 
made me great. Your faithfulness is everlasting. Thank 
you for giving me the advantage in life, through the 
Holy Spirit who lives within me. Now I know I can 
never be disadvantaged, and will always win; blessed 
be your Name forever. Amen. 
Ecclesiastes 8:4; Hebrews 13:5-6

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