Only God

Only God

 

Power of Purity

  • Clothes shop wares marked      "Slightly soiled, Greatly reduced in price."
  • Real medicine, un-tainted, &      properly administered works to cure disease.
  • Single-Minded devotion      focuses on noble task to completion (2Cor11.3).

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands,

you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded (James4:8).

 

God Alone

  • Hezekiah      pleads -- Lord, deliver us & reveal the I AM (Isa37.16&20)!
  • Message      of Isaiah: There is no god but Yahweh! 43.10 / 44.6 / 45.5,14,21
  • gods      of wood or metal are foolish figments of human imagination (1Cor8.4).

...that they may know that you alone,

whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth (Psa83.18).

 

Jealous God

  • Israel     repeatedly reminded of the basic nature of Divine Character: Ex20.3-7
  • Meaning: Zealous -- He has a      burning zeal for the truth of His glory.
  • Joshua's Challenge: Serve and      be loyal to only Him (Josh24.19).
  • We      must worship only Him (Ex34.14) or suffer His consuming fire (Dt4.24)!

 

Competing Idols

Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than

the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction (Ex22.20).

  • Government      gods -- king, president, congress, mayor, police, welfare programs.
  • Societal      gods -- traditions, inherited religion, peer pressure, norms, organization.
  • Self      gods -- opinion, comfort, desires, dreams, plans, independence, pride.

O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,

but your name alone we bring to remembrance (Isa26.13).

 

 

Only God...

  • Can provide our needs: water,      grain (Psa65.9) / sleep, safety (Psa4.8).
  • Forgives Sin: He provides the      Lamb (Gen22.8) & Cleanses Sin (Lk5.21).
  • Answers Prayer: In steadfast      love (Psa69.13) / hope in Him (Psa62.5).

 "Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!

For I am God, and there is no other" (Isa45:22).

 

Sanctify the Lord

  • We      must learn to respect Him for Who He IS.
  • Keep      the only God at the center of your thoughts & purposes.
  • Set      Jesus apart in your heart as Holy, Lord, Savior, Friend.

...but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord... (1Pet3.15).

 

The redeemed in glory sing the Song of Moses and the Lamb: "O Lord God -- You alone are holy -- for your righteous acts have been revealed!" (Rev15.3&4).

 

notes by David Teel Monday, June 23, 2014




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