[CF Devotionals] 2010-01-31 - Focusing on God, Cont.d

The Ten Commandments, Part 12

I want the focus to be on God. The more we delve into the word, the more we are in communion with the Father - through prayer, by praise, with the spirit of worship; the more we look for the leading of the Holy Spirit; the less likely that anything can become an idol - for the more we are one mind with the Father.

As you can see then, with the first two commandments, we are talking of our relationship with God. These are commandments, and it is vital we understand that, though we should follow them because this is the desire of our hearts, nevertheless, if we don't, then there will be natural consequences to our lives - consequences that will bring down discipline and potentially failure. We must pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and direct us to a fuller life in God and Christ.

What do you think are some specific things we can do in our lives to put these commands into practical use? I think we can all see that to live with God in the proper place in our lives can make some dramatic changes. Let us pray that our lives will demonstrate this.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God." Instead may our lives demonstrate, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." For "He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. If any one serves Me, [Christ], let him follow Me. And where I am, there shall My servant also be." AMEN (Exodus 20:4-5; Matthew 22:37; John 12:25-26)

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