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The God-Centered Life (2 of 7)
Series: Unshakable - 10 Truths for a Rock-Solid Life
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Exodus 20:1-4 (NASB)
• Psalm 115:8 (NIV)
• Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
• Mammon - the god of money and success
• Matthew 6:19-21, 24 (NKJV)
• Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)
• Proverbs 3:9-10 (TLB)
• Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB)
• Baal - the god of sex and pleasure
• 1 Corinthians 14:1a (NLT)
• Hebrews 13:4 (MSG)
Right now if you had to define your life in one word, what would it be? Hectic, busy, wonderful, fun, crazy, overwhelmed, overloaded? How many of us, if we had to describe our life in one word, would use the word centered? Centered. You know when your life is a little bit off center, it doesn't just feel a little different, a little off kilter; eventually, it can become extremely destructive in your life and in your relationships. We're in this series we started last weekend on the Ten Commands, and this weekend we're digging into it. We introduced it last weekend. We're digging in this weekend by looking at the first two commandments. And the first two commandments are there for a reason. The Ten Commandments aren't in haphazard order. God intentionally put the first two first because they're the most important; and the result of following the first two commandments is a life that is centered, unshakable when the storms of life hit.
The result of centering your relationships and following the first two commandments is relationships that are unshakable when the earthquakes of life strike.
So I want you to open your Bibles to Exodus Chapter 20. Would you stand in honor of God's word? Just follow along with me. It's the first two commandments.
"Then 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. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.'"
Dear God, I thank you that these commandments you gave us over 2,000 years ago are so applicable today and can make all the difference in our lives, our relationships, our families and our society and our nation. I pray that you would draw our hearts back to you and back to putting you at the center of our lives and following these first two commandments so that our lives can be centered. For it's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
You can be seated.
God says: I demand to be the center of your life, and if you put anything other than God at the center of your life, it becomes an idol. Now we said last week that we no longer have idols of wood, stone, bronze, silver and gold like they did in ancient civilizations, but we still have our idols nonetheless.