Today as I was praying with the First Commandment, which says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”, I soon thought of being in a rut. While being in a rut, we soon make that into a false god because we think we can be separated from God, which is impossible. Often, we are tempted to think we can have a lack of Good in our life, whether the lack be of health, finances, employment, relationship or whatever. That very lack can soon become a god to us that we tend to worship and fret about. The Truth is we can never be separated from God! He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good!
Deuteronomy 11:16 states “Take heed to yourselves, that our heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;”. Today I choose to worship the one and only God!
It is imperative to be sensitive to Good, Love and anything Godlike, but never to error or sin. That leads to imagined hurt feelings and expecting perfection in the human scene which is impossible. Much frustration and failure result from seeking perfection in this life humanly. Before long, that becomes gods as that search dominates our life. God is the only Perfect One! Exodus 20:3 states “You shall have no other gods before me.” That focus will reveal to us our location spiritually! Today, I will keep God first in all things.
While working at my desk this morning, the thought of depression came into my thinking. It seems to be widespread throughout with different types of medication and therapy thrown at you. If someone believes in this human world and are waiting for things to run smoothly in our government and world affairs, they are going to be sorely disappointed. John 14:27 reads, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We need to look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and see what He sees. There seem to be more people praying about our world than ever before. This is a good thing.
Whenever dark thoughts begin to fill our mind, they become gods! The Bible clearly says to “Have no other gods before me”. By staying alert, we can easily see what is bringing us down mentally and refute this thought and replace it with the knowledge that God is all-encompassing and omnipotent Good. Being grateful and humble breaks the mesmerism of darkness. Pride and fear lead to the darkness.
1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” I have to remind myself of this from time to time.
There are times when I am resistant to something I need to do. It may be because I feel it will be unpleasant or difficult. When I look closer, it is human will or pride that is resisting the deed. II Timothy 1:7 reads, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is never about us personally but about leaning more on God and learning about our relationship to Him.
When pleasing others becomes foremost in my thoughts, it can give those power over me and enslavement ensues. Certainly, I cannot or have not put God first in my life and have broken the first commandment. The same can happen with fear, disease, unpleasant situations, etc. ” Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (God). By dwelling on any of the above can become hypnotizing when God is not first and foremost.
“Yet I hold this against you; You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:4