Living Free Every Day®
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Thoughts for Today
"You shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). We are missing out when we allow other gods in our life. When we rely on other people or things to meet our needs.
We rely on retirement funds and then the company we've worked for all these years goes bankrupt . . . We rely on our job and then the downsizing begins . . . We depend on a person to provide our happiness and then they leave or disappoint us . . .
God brings people and opportunities into our life to bless us. But they are not our source. He is. And when we start depending on anyone or anything other than God as our source, they become the "other gods" in our life.
Consider this …
What a blessing that we can depend on God. That he is our source. That he loves us--unconditionally. That he will never leave us nor forsake us. That we can do all things--through Christ.
No matter what happens around us or even to us, we don't need to be afraid because God is our source. He is our strength. He makes all things possible. "Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you."
Rely on him. Trust him. You will never be disappointed.
Father, forgive me for allowing other gods in my life by depending on people and things instead of you. Help me to refocus on you. Help me to rely fully on you and no other. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
The Ten Commandments: Applying the Foundations of Living to My Personal Life by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. Knowing that there are absolutes that define moral conduct and ethical decisions is essential for believers surrounded by relativistic values. This guide helps us understand God's boundaries. It shows how the Ten Commandments apply today. It also discusses the biblical laws on which the legal codes of every civilized society are based. This guide is written in a way that helps people see the Ten Commandments in light of today's problems. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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