The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"There Is One God"
"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3).
This would seem to be an easy command to obey since no other gods actually exist.
"There is one God" (I Timothy 2:5).
"We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one" (I Corinthians 8:4).
Of course, God made human beings with the capacity to receive or reject the most obvious truths. We can live as if He exists, and that He is the God declared by Scripture and revealed by the Holy Spirit. Or we can disbelieve the clearly revealed reality of the One in whom "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The choice lies before all, including believers who have already trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Thus, the Apostle Paul commands that we "walk as children of light" because in our present lives, we can still walk in the absurdity of darkness (Ephesians 5:8).
Unbelief is absurdity. It often doesn't seem so, however, amid the challenges of a world in which we "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). Cunning foes confront us daily who possess the ability to make the obvious seem unlikely. Moreover, in our flesh dwells a "a law of sin" that make us susceptible to delusion despite "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" that indwells our born again spirits (Romans 7:23; 8:2). Devilish and human influences seek to direct attention away from a perfectly faithful God who "cannot lie" unto liars who cannot tell the truth (Titus 1:2). If we succumb, illusion becomes our temporary reality until we come to our senses in repentance and faith. During our foray into the wilderness of unbelief, we think, speak, act, and relate as if our God does not exist. As I once heard a preacher say, "Christians can act like practical atheists even though we believe in God."
We certainly can, can't we? Thus, we must remember the truth we embrace and affirm: "To us there is but one God" (I Corinthians 8:6). Moreover, we must conduct ourselves in the light of truth by acting upon what we believe. The outworking of such reality is vast and varied as our enemies tempt us in countless ways. However, our response must be as simple and direct as stated by the Psalmist: "Thou art God alone" (Psalm 86:10). Starting there when tempted to think, speak, and act otherwise will go far in leading us to live in both principle and practice as the believers in one God we are.
"O Lord, Thou art our God."
(II Chronicles 14:11)
Weekly Memory Verse
"Ye are risen with Him through faith in the operation of God."
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