Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Greatest Commandment Part 2

"Have No Other God Before Me."


Last time we talked about putting Family and Loved Ones before God. We talked about how God sees people that do this, as not worthy, to be called His Children. You must put God first in your life, and yes, that means even before your Mom, Dad, Children, Husband, Wife, or anyone else. God must come first.

Once you fully get this concept, the rest is pretty simple to understand. Is your J.O.B your G.O.D.? I'm seriously asking you. Is your Job your god? Ridiculous you say? Are you sure? Think about it..

We spend most of our awake time at our Jobs. We do things that we would never do for our Jobs. Our Jobs pay us money that???

Pays our bills, gives us a roof over our heads. Food on the Table. Cloths on our body. Electricity. Vehicle to come and go. Entertainment. We rely on our Job to meet our needs. Used to be, people would work 9-5 Monday through Friday. They would go out and do whatever it was that would supply them with the money to live. The Wife and Mother, would stay home to raise the Children. Then after Dad got home, they would all sit around the table and have dinner. Talking, sharing their day's events. Then came the Weekends, where they would spend time as a family.

Now, most of the time, both the Man and Woman are both out working 24-7. Working 9-5 is nearly all but gone. Weekends off? Rare. Got to make that money.

We've talked about this before. God did not create money. God has no use for it. We did. Money and Wealth is a Man-made concept. We chose to say that this piece of paper is worth one dollar, or a hundred dollars. We chose to say that this shiny rock, is worth all this money. Imagine God, looking down from Heaven, when He sees someone open an Oyster's Shell and see a spit ball, and say, "This is valuable." It's is foolishness.

However, it is the system we created. It is a system we must live in. It is the system that can and does, lead some to an early Grave. They work themselves to death. Some are very successful, out there doing what they do, and then they come home and wonder, "Where did the Kids go?" Well, they Graduated and are out on their own. Sorry, you missed them grow up. Got to make that money..
"Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!" {Proverbs 23:4}
When you drive your body, 24-7, you deprive it of sleep, food, and even simple rest. Eventually, it will give out. He who dies with the most Toys wins? Got to make that money..

God does not want to you worry. Jesus taught us this fact, that as a Child of God, you should not only have no fear of these things, but take no thought of them at all. If we, as a Child of God, put our trust in Him, He is faithful and just, to meet our every need. In...

Luke 12:
"And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." {Luke 12:15}
Then He tells us this..
"The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
{Luke 12:23-30}
Where is your Faith? Is your Faith in God? To be faithful and true to His Word that HE will meet your needs? Or is your Faith in yourself, and your Job, to meet your needs? Where is you Faith Child of God?

"But you don't understand. I do not want to drive that. I do not want to live there. I want MORE. So much more. I got to do whatever I got to do to make more Money.."

Really? Have you not heard?
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
{1 Timothy 6:7-10}
There are many people that have accepted Money as their god. Banks have become Churches. Financial Advisers have become Evangelists. People bow at the Alter of the Stock-market. The love of money will lead you to violate the rest of the Commandments..

It will lead you to

Forget the Sabbath day. Seven days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work Got to make that Money.

You will forget, or have no time for the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt still work. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. But you will say to yourself, no big deal. I have to work..

You will fail to Honor thy Father and Mother. Even Jesus warned us about this.
"For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."{Matthew 15:4-6}
The Love of Money can lead you to Murder. It will lead you to Adultery. It will lead you to Stealing. If I cannot make that Money, I will simply TAKE it. It will lead you to Lie. It will open you up to Coveting things that are not yours.

When speaking of Riches, The Word tells us this..
"Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Luke 12:33-34)
You know that whatever you do, in the end, it's just a Job. You are a Famous Actor? Musician? Sports Start? You know what happens when you become too old to keep doing what you are doing? Someone else steps up and takes your place. All those people that used to chant your name, now chants someone else's. All those people that used to follow you around, now follow someone else. That Movie you did, that was the number one movie in history? Has been replace with the next number one movie in history. That position you had in the Company? Someone else sits in your seat now. So on and so forth. It was all just a Job.

God is there. He is always there. He will never leave nor forsake you. You are and will always be His Child. He must come first. Jesus came right out and told us, you cannot love both, Money and God.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."{Matthew 6:24}
If you can get these two Truths, that God comes before your Family, and that God comes before your Job and love of Money, then the next should be really easy for you to get. Sometimes we put other things before God, and do not even realize we do it. That's next time.

Is God number one in your life? Are you sure? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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