TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, May 12, 2020:
To treat with respect or reverence; to worship.
You shall have no other gods before me.
What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and desires.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Word of God leaves no doubt that we are to honor God. God’s first commandment to us is: “You shall have no other gods before me.” The God of the Bible is the one and only God and we are to honor Him as God and we are to worship Him only.
Jesus reaffirmed this commandment when the devil offered to give Jesus the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him. Jesus replied, “For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:10)
This is God’s first commandment to us and the one He no doubt considers the most important. Today we allow many things to become gods in our lives by the importance we put on them and the amount of time we devote to them.
Things such as money, fame, power, position, and pleasure all become gods when they control our thoughts, our time and our energy. Only if we put God above all these “things” can we keep these things from becoming gods in our lives. To honor God, we must put Him first and serve Him only.
How do we honor the Lord? The answer is found in Deuteronomy 10:12-13, and it consists of five things we are to do:
1. Fear the Lord your God. (have reverence for Him)
2. Walk in all His ways.
3. Love Him.
4. Serve Him with all your heart and soul.
5. Obey His commandments.
Jesus teaches in John 5:23 that we are to honor the Son just as we honor the Father and those who do not honor the Son do not honor the Father who sent Him.
We honor Jesus in the same way we honor God, by serving Him. Jesus gives a wonderful promise to those who honor Him: “My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” (John 12:26)
REMEMBER: We cannot over honor our God! He is Lord of all.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 14:14.
If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it for you.
Thank You, Lord, that You are a Holy and righteous God and above all other gods. Thank You for Your Son who You sent to be my Savior. Keep me faithful in honoring You, my heavenly Father, and Your Son, my Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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