Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Keep God First

Deut. 11:16, 17a  But do not let your heart turn away from the LORD to worship other gods.  If you do, the LORD’s anger will burn against you.

I believe this is a universal command from God for all His people.  The Lord is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with anything or anyone else.  The Lord commands us to put Him in His rightful place at the very core of our lives.  He is not just the Savior of man, He is our Lord.  He commands all of our love first and foremost.  If we don’t love Him first with all of our capability to love, we will never know how to love others.  You cannot put anything before the Lord in your life and make it work.

An idol is anything that commands more of our attention or affection than God does.  What idols do you have in your life that must go?  Only you can keep your heart from turning away from the Lord.   We make choices every day about our relationship with God.  We choose how much time we spend with Him in worship.  We choose how much we allow Him to affect our living.  We choose how much we allow our interests in life to crowd Him out.  We choose how much time we spend serving Him.  We choose how much influence we allow sin to have on us.

Do not let your heart turn away from God.  Deliberately seek Him and love Him.  Do not let anything crowd Him out of your heart and mind.  Do not give God just cause to burn with anger against you.  We must choose daily what role we will allow God to have in our hearts.  Our actions and conversations reflect the choice we make.

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