So, this is my first devotional blog and this read was pretty cool. I did one of those "open-the-Bible-wherever-and-see-what-happens" devotion's. I ended up reading through Deuteronomy 12 and 13 and it was pretty interesting. I'm not gonna lie, but I was doubtful at first to whether I would even get anything out of it from God. But, I hung in there and read these two chapters which correlate really well. Throughout Deuteronomy Moses is basically reiterating all the laws and commands of God from Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers and in chapter 12 and 13 he's talking about the Place of Worship and Worshiping other God's and all the consequences, etc. So he talks about this Place of Worship, where it is, and what you must do there and when I was reading that I kind of saw that as the Church today. And I don't mean the building, I mean the Church, the capital C Church, the Church that IS all believers. God wants us to find that "Place of Worship" in our hearts, where Jesus makes His dwelling, and worship Him there. God is setting up an atmosphere where we can be open enough to let the Holy Spirit's presence enter us and bask in our worship to Him. At the end of the chapter Moses gives warning to worshiping God like those who worship other gods, which leads into the next chapter, "Worshiping Other Gods". As I read this chapter I kept being reminded of the first commandment God gave to Moses, "You shall have no other gods before Me"(Deut. 5:6), and it all started to make sense. Once we turn away from God, even in the slightest ways, we begin to fall into worldly habits and our sin nature. Moses, in these two chapters, warns us of the most important trap of the devil: turning AWAY from God. I know in today's world people don't really worship golden calfs of anything, but having "other gods before Him" can be as deceiving as having a slight addiction to video games, or TV, or letting relationships with the opposite gender become your main focus. God should be FIRST and CENTER in our lives, the Bible says "no gods BEFORE Him", so anything you think you've been doing that you would prioritize over praying, reading your Bible, or going to church could be a potential "god" in you life that you could end up worshiping. I know I've been in a situation where I've noticed that I was putting something BEFORE God and it was ruining my relationship with Him. I pretty much got addicted to Guitar Hero, I was playing that game, literally, everyday. . .twice a day. It was so bad and, thankfully, I started to realize what it was doing to my relationship with God and I put a stop to it. I told myself I wouldn't play ANY video games for a week and I did it. I was tempted many times but I fought through and I don't play that game everyday anymore. It's not like I'm telling all the gamers to quit playing for life, cuz I actually still play Guitar Hero and plenty of other games, but it's not an ADDICTION anymore. I feel ashamed to say this, but I was letting Guitar Hero become another god BEFORE Him and it took me away from blessings I could've had in reading my Bible during that time, or having a really good prayer time with God. Still, I turned AWAY from God and turned to other gods and it hurt me in the long run. What really encouraged me though, was this Scripture at the end of chapter thirteen, it reads, "None of those condemned things shall be found in your hands, so that the Lord will turn from his fierce anger; he will show you mercy, have compassion on you, and increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, because you obey the Lord your God, keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes." (Deut. 13:17-18). This Scripture really speaks to me, telling me [and you] that all I need to do is follow His commands and obey His word and he will have mercy on me, show compassion and pour out blessing. Now, I can look to this Scripture to motivate me to obey God and keep His commands and remember the first of those commands, to have "no other gods BEFORE Him".
Labels: addiction, God, worship
Yo, what up my fellow comrads! I'm Nick :D and as I continue my walk with God I will post blogs of my devotionals and plenty of other things. It's a start, right?
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