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“Don’t have other gods – Love God with all your being” – Ex.20:2,3; Dt.6:4,5; Mt.22:34-40 God has revealed himself in 2 books:- 1. The book of creation – Ps.19:1-6; Is.6:3; Job 38-41; 42:5; Acts.14:15-17; Rom.1:18-20 2. The Bible – what he does & says. The full revelation is in Jesus. He is the only God – Dt.4:39; 32:39 1. The exclusive worship of God God has revealed himself clearly:- a. He is the Creator – Gen.1,2 b. He is the covenant God – Ex.3:15-17 c. He is the saving God – Ex.20:2 d. Worship this God & no other –Ex.20:3 Ex.23:32,33; Dt.4:32-35; 6:4,5; Ps.86:8-10; Is.44:6-8; 45:5,6; 1 Cor.8:4-6 Exclusive allegiance to God 1. Worship – Heart-loyalty 2. Trust 3. Prayer – Phil.4:4-7 4. Thanksgiving 2. The attraction of other gods a. In the O.T. – the gods of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, Assyria, Babylon etc. b. In the N.T. – the gods of Rome & others - fostered superstition – Acts 14 - intellectual pride & discussion – Acts 17 - promoted economic interests – Acts 19 c. Today - Sex, shekels & stomach (SELF) - Pleasure, possessions, position - Football, the Firm, Freemasonry, family - Celebrities, commerce The prophets mock these gods – Ps.115:3-8; Hab.2:18-20; Is.40:18-20; 44:9-20; 46:1,2; Jer,10:3-5 3. The joy of worshipping only God a. We experience God’s presence everywhere – 1 Cor.10:31; Ps.23 - David b. We are strengthened to serve God – cf. Daniel & friends c. We are enabled to live a full life- cf. Jesus 1. Total submission to God 2. Trust of his Father 3. Life of Prayer 4. Thankful heart 4. Implications a. Our relationship with other religions 1. No inter-faith worship 2. Work together for the good of the community 3. Share the Gospel with respect & grace b. Our “heart-loyalty” 1. Am I 100% submitted to Jesus? 2. Do I trust God in all of life? 3. Does prayer define my life? 4. Am I a thankful person?
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