The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Other gods

“And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear
Whom then shall I fear

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me”

Excerpt from the song You Never Let Go by Matt Redman

And God spoke 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.” - Exodus 20:1-3

god: “a thing accorded the supreme importance appropriate to a god” - New Oxford American Dictionary

What does it mean to put God first? To make Him our God and to have no other gods before us? In Matthew 14 we can read about Jesus walking on water. Naturally when Peter saw Jesus out there on the water he wondered if it was really Him. So he asked, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to you on the water.” So that’s what Jesus did. And then Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water too. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’” Answer me this, who was holding Peter up the entire time? Peter got out of the boat on the faith that if it was really Jesus and if Jesus was really who He said He was, that if He was really God, He ought to be able to help him walk on water too. But out on the water it seems that Peter’s faith wavered a bit. I don’t know what got into his mind, but he must have remembered his own abilities and forgot Jesus’, because he began to sink and had to cry out again for Jesus’ rescue. And the Bible says, “Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” What do we put our trust in that fails us? What is it that has us sinking? Is our faith in some other god first? Do we leave God as a last resort? Only God can save us. Only God can set us up to walk on water and do things we never thought possible. Only He can comfort us with a peace that passes understanding. (see Philippians 4:7) However, too often we rely on ourselves and other things first. “If I can’t do it I’ll ask God to help.” We say to ourselves. Then we sink and forget that the moment Peter stepped out of the boat, he walked on water through the power of Christ. And in the same way our entire lives are held up through the power of God. Diet can’t save us. Jesus saves. Good works can’t save us. Jesus saves. Being a good person can’t save us. Only Jesus saves. If the words, “You can’t be saved unless…” aren’t followed by “Jesus!” That’s a god put before God. Because nothing, no one, not anything, but Jesus, saves. He comes first. May we always remember to put Him first.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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