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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 their god dagon. The next morning, dagon was broken and laying on his face in front of the Ark (1 Sam 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 (Dan 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.

    Prayer: 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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Angela Williams
Angela Williams Lord you are My only God you are My  wheel in the middle of the wheel you are the center of my Joy Lord thank you for having a mine to want to serve a True and Living God Holy and righteous God
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Praise The Lord.
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen! 
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Maria Pacheco
Maria Pacheco Lord you are my God the center of my life. Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen, what a mighty God we serve
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Deleted Member Amen, we do serve a Mighty God.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall Amen !!!
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Hallelujah amen
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, thank You Jesus for always being there with the perfect devotional for each of us. God bless you too and have an amazing day.
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Justin Strus
Justin Strus This devotional fell right into place where I'm at in life. I love this divine conspiracy lol. I'm slowly allowing the Lord to rid me of any idols in my heart. 
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is good, He knows exactly what we need and He is right there with you. Jesus loves and cares about your everything. We just need to give Him our hearts and let Him lead and guide and we can't go wrong if we allow Jesus to order our footsteps, even in our storms, He will be there and even on the mountain top, He is there too. God bless you.
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd There is nothing like a fresh word from the Holy Spirit to wake one up :)
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Deleted Member Amen
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan Thank you , Pastor Dion  What a great word ! Lord help me not to put anything or anyone before you . Please keep my focus on you.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, may I too keep my focus on You, Jesus at all times. 
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki Amen....great reminder. 
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Deleted Member Amen
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Shari Nelson
Shari Nelson Amen Pastor Dion! I pray daily for The Holy Spirit to convict me of anything I have before them.  Thank you for these daily devotions that always minister to so many!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God always sends us what we need and gives us His all.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Thank you Pastor Dion for stepping on my toes!!  With your wake up call.  It is so easy to let material things be an object of worship without even realizing!!  God's blessing to you and Sylvia.
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Deleted Member Isn't God just so amazing.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This is a very timely message, and it all reminds me of a certain arrogant Presidential cadidate who seems to me to be the antichrist!  Because our society serves money (and this trend just seems to be getting worse) I can only pray that our nation will wise up before it's too late. Thanks for this devotional--I'm printing it to show my son, whose god is his precious Ford pick-up!
September 2, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!  
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Deleted Member Amen, I pray I never allow anything to come before my Precious Jesus, because He is The One and Only that we should serve. God is so good, so we need to have our hearts, ready and waiting to hear what Jesus has in store for His children, because He is the only one that will never ever forsake us. Thank you for this beautiful and heart touching message this morning. God bless you and Sylvia in everyway.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen!
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Father, I agree, in Jesus name, amen.
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Beatrice &quot;Raye&quot; Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth Oh to stay so focused on him; in his name I pray for that focus. Amen.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Everything depends on choice and then keep going.  He dislikes when we prostitue ourselves to other gods.  I think it hurts His heart after all He has done for us.  He sent a piece of His heart, Jesus to show His self to us.  So much love for us esp. As I remember His word and think on call that He has done it is like smelling salts, "Wake Up"!  Turn back to Him is His bottom line,   thank you!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, purify my heart.
September 3, 2015