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5/7/11

The First Commandment

Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other Gods before me.  


When we think of other Gods we often don't think about 


the things that we put before God everyday.  They can be 


money, belongings, ministry, serving others, or even our 


family.  Anything that takes the place of our intimate 


relationship with the Lord is an idol.  The only way to 


have an intimate relationship is by taking the time to get 


to know Him.  We must cast down all distractions that 


hinder this.  Then we can seek and follow His guidance 


concerning everything we do.


   


 Just like a vine we must receive our daily nourishment 


because without it we may bear fruit for a time but will 


eventually wither and die.  When we are doing ministry 


and serving others this is even more important because 


we are giving away our nourishment and we don't need 


to allow ourselves to dry up or burn out.  Our daily time 


with God of course is that nourishment.  It is so 


important to read His word, pray, and listen to what He 


has for us.  Therefore, we must make sure not to have 


any other Gods that would get in the way!