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A Divine Election

  • God spoke all these words, saying, 'I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God' Exodus 20:1 WEB

    The first of the ten commandments is that you shall have no other gods before Me. The ten plagues on Egypt were directed against the gods they worshiped. The Egyptians worshiped the guardian god of the Nile river, but it turned to blood. They worshiped the sun god, but it turned to darkness (Exodus 7-12).

    While the Philistines were celebrating to their god dagon, the Lord used Samson to bring the entire building down on them (Judges 16:23). Later when backslidden Israel tried to use the Ark of God as a tool, the Lord allowed the Ark to be captured by the Philistine army. They celebrated and happily placed it in their temple, right in front of dagon. The next morning, dagon was broken and laying on his face in front of the Ark (1 Samuel 5:2).

    This all sounds foreign, but it is still relevant today. We are given a choice as to who we will serve. Often we choose to be our own god and live just like we want. Sometimes we chase after asheroth ( a god of sex and fertility) other times we chase after baal ( a god of money, the economy and materialism).

    Your choice will be tested on this just as sure as Shadrach's and the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar set up (Daniel 3:7). Choose today who you will serve because God Almighty will not share His place in your life with other 'gods.'

    If you love other gods, you can have them, but you will not have Him along with it. Like Jesus said, no one can serve two masters. It is like a divine election, and only one god wins the top spot in your life. Who will be the top God in your life?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose You today! Thank You and I pray that You reveal to me clearly anything that comes before You in my life. Help me root the idols out of my life, for I want to please You Lord. Teach me, guide me, walk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

glory  hallelujah   amen

 

December 3, 2016
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

If God ask you to give up a day of work you do it. I did and don't regret one minute I spent with my mom and dad in the hospital. I'm pleased I placed god and relationship over money. Sometimes I think that Money is a god as I tend to worry about how to live,  pay bills etc as a single parent mom mother of three. By praying and offering up my day, (self employed no leave time personal time or vacation time ) I feel secure in god's love and commitment. Praise God; money can't buy that.  

December 3, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

December 3, 2016
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Thank you GOD my Father for allowing me to follow you. Amen

December 3, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you a God for your compassion and great Love.  Thank you for you most precious Son, Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and my very best friend!  Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

December 3, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

thankyou   for great devoinal   fellowing God I have peace instead allowing fear and worry to control my life.

 

December 3, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!  pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I choose you today! Thank you and I pray that you reveal to me clearly anything that comes before you in my life. Help me root the idols out of my life, for I want to please you Lord. Teach me, Guide Me, walk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I prayAmen!

December 3, 2016
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! 

December 3, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

December 4, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I choose You today! Thank You and I pray that You reveal to me clearly anything that comes before You in my life. Help me root the idols out of my life, for I want to please You Lord. Teach me, guide me, walk with me today, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 4, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.I want thank you Heavenly Father,for loving me and adopting me into your family.I would rather be with you and follow you than be else where.I surrender all to you,.Help me to remain faithful and true to you at all times.I am nothing without you.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

December 5, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, I choose to serve the one God , me and my house hold.

December 6, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

December 15, 2016