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God Alone

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God Alone
Exodus 20:2 NKJV
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Deuteronomy 6:14–15 NKJV
You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
INTRO:
AG: * There is a phrase which has been used over the last 15+ years which has been in everything from music to movies to TV to sports to the paper. It’s a phrase that keeps on popping up, as the Washington Post wrote, like an insistent prairie dog. It is that phrase, “Who’s your daddy.” Actually, what seems to be a question is more like a statement or an “in your face” declaration.
* In the modern dialect this phrase leads us to the one who takes care of us, watches out for us, and protects us. Tonight I ask a different question.
* “Who’s your God
TS: *As you read of the Children of Israel in the desert the Bible shows them to be a very “selfish” people. In fact, you will discover that NOT EVEN GOD could satisfy their cravings,
* When God Called Moses to lead them out of Egypt, the first thing Moses led them to do was to “WORSHIP” Jehovah God. He did this so that God could touch their hearts. They had become diluted in the pagan Culture and needed a fresh touch.
RS: As we look around today, the same problem exists.
This, the 1st Command answers our question. (read)
Did you hear that? No Other Gods!! NONE!

1) THE COMMAND

a) The Reason for this Command

Why?
We can stand on solid Biblical grounds and recite the scripture that God is a jealous God. Or culturally that He is being unfair. But how about this?
* The Children of Israel had been enslaved for 400 yrs in Egypt. If a generation is 40 years, that is 10 generations spent in that pagan culture. Culture has a way of corrupting.
* God had a plan and a desire for His chosen to live with & for Him NOW! You see, if we don’t live with Him now, we won’t in heaven either.

b) The Reach of this Command

The HCBS gives this statement in an Imperative sense. In other words, the subject (you) is understood. KJV says “Thou” and NIV says “you”. But the point is well made & is heard.
NO OTHER god. None! NEVER
Jesus reitterated
1st Commandment NT: (Matt 4:10/
Luke 4:8 NKJV
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Matthew 6:24 NKJV
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 22:36–40 NKJV
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Martin Luther: to have a God is "to trust and believe in that one with your whole heart...You lay hold of God when your heart Grasps Him and clings to Him."
* This command is unique in that it reaches into the depths of who we are.
Remember, this is not talking about IDOL, IMAGES, OBJECTS; this is referring to our worship.
Please understand, worship is not as much an event as it is a lifestyle. Whatever we give our lives to is what we worship. (Illus; Texas Rangers)

c) The Resistance to this Command

We live in a day of “political correctness.”
We are expected to gauge what we say by some unknown standard. It’s unknown until you cross it.
Candidly, God is not much into political correctness; His statements are strong, stringent, & non-compromising which we are to follow.

2) THE CONSEQUENCES

To understand the truth about truth, we must recognize that every action has an accompanying action. It can either be good or bad. We find this concept all through the Bible.

a) Obedience –

The Bible teaches clearly that obedience brings blessing.
Some of these are;
Salvation
Abundant life
Heaven
Peace
Love
etc
When we obey this command it leads us directly to Jesus, God’s own Son. (John 3:16-18/ Rom 6:23)
John 3:16–18 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Romans 6:23 NKJV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
* For the obedient we have the blessing of being redeemed, saved, justified, secure and protected. Only the Living God can do that.

b) Disobedience –

We may have the wrong idea about disobedience. We think disobedience causes God to hurt us through discipline when in actuality, disobedience hurts God.
* ILLUS: When parents tell their children, “This is going to hurt me more than you.” I was never convinced that it did!
* But we need to clearly understand that disobedience hurts us.
Because of our sinfulness, we get carried away by helplessness and hopelessness.
* We can have millions of dollars & be helpless, & blinded.
We can miss heaven & make hell.
*We can give all we have serving the poor, yet be lost.
We can miss heaven & make hell.
*We can spend all our health on others.
We can miss heaven & make hell.

3) THE CHOICE

* It is somewhat foreign to our culture to understand the concept that the desired consequences impact our choices.
For instance, my dad’s belt versus my dad’s blessings drove the decisions which I made as a child. It is the same with God, it you desire His blessing then obedience is the key. I can desire to be blessed by God, but if I’m dis-obedient, it won’t happen. 3 ways this is true.

a) Personal –

His words are “no other God?”
It is both simple and clear. However, each person must make his own choice.
Dad, Mom, Uncle, nor Aunt, can make the choice for you. It is your life and your decision. Joshua (23-24) says, “Choose you today who you’ll serve.”
We are called to make a choice.
And it is a daily choice.

b) Practical –

Personally I have a heartache & a greatest desire.
My prayer is that God would give me the words to influence people to “stop kidding themselves.”
> It seems there exists a great misunderstanding today inside the church today.
We “think” we can fool God.
Why? We break this commandment more than all the rest.
The question is: “Who’s your God?” The answers we hear are in the statistics we gather;
* In the 21st century, it seems we “sacrificing our families, our kids, and even our culture on the altar of earthly opportunities.”
* What does it say to young minds when more time, money, and energy is spent at softball, seminars, soccer, football, vacations, and other things than in God’s house with God’s people?
* What does it say when “the Lord’s day” for becomes the “the best day” for family outings which leave God out?
* What message is conveyed when the attitude of those who ‘profess’ to love & serve God put Him and the Bride of His Son put in 2nd place, 3rd place, or worse in their schedule.
* Please understand: This is a matter of faith-fulness, consistency and service.
* QUESTION: Looking at your schedule & practically speaking “Who” or “what” is your God?
If a prosecutor was going to attempt to convict you of having God and Him alone as your God, what evidence is there?
How much time do you spend with Him daily? weekly?
How much does His opinion (as given in His word) matter in your decisions?

c) Permanent –

* No decision made about God stops with the grave.
(ILLUS: Rich Man & Lazarus)
Jesus stepped out of eternity into time that we may step our of time into eternity.
* The choice you make today about God & Jesus will follow you into eternity.
*Repent and receive Him as Savior = eternal life
* Walk in newness of life He has given = glorifying God now and rewards in eternity
CONCL:
Who is your GOD?
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