The First Commandment - Weekly Devotional
This week's focus: Ten Commandments
(this is the third in our series on the 10 Commandments)
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
As we might expect, the first commandment to worship no other gods but the Lord (v. 3) is the foundation for all true piety. In the ancient world, nations that abandoned an earthly king who had done much for them and entered into league with an outside ruler were considered guilty of high treason. How much worse, then, is it to turn one’s back on the great King who paid such a high price to rescue His people? When God’s people elevate someone or something above Him, they are actually committing the greatest act of betrayal possible. May we never be traitors to our Lord.
"O my God and Lord, help me by thy grace to learn and understand thy commandments more fully every day and to live by them in sincere confidence. Preserve my heart so that I shall never again become forgetful and ungrateful, that I may never seek after other gods or other consolation on earth or in any creature, but cling truly and solely to thee, my only God. Amen, dear Lord God and Father. Amen."
Adapted from Ligonier Ministries and A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther
“And God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.’”
- The 2021-2022 term of the Supreme Court of the United States begins today, October 4. Pray for each justice as they hear cases and make decisions that will impact abortion law, the Second Amendment, religious liberty, and other issues that affect Americans.
- We recently talked with Brad Dacus, president and founder of the Pacific Justice Institute. Brad updates us on the latest attacks on religious freedom and where victories have been won. We also discussed vaccine mandates and how Christians can effectively engage in making an impact on biblical values. Every day it becomes more and more important for Christians to be praying unceasingly, aware, engaged, and taking action. In this conversation, you’ll learn about resources to help you as you stand for God in the public square here.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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