Jan. 5, 2020: Knowing the Real God in 2020

Knowing the Real God in 2020

JANUARY 5, 2020

Series: 10 Steps To 2020 Success

Knowing The Real God In 2020

Exodus 20:4-5

The second commandment is a natural extension of the first.  Once you understand that God is to have first place in your life, the natural question is:  What kind of god is God?  What is He really like?

 Step two to the Good Life:

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything, you shall not bow down to it or worship it.”

The principle: Things are to be used, but not loved.

 What happens when we turn things into “gods?”

 3 Consequences

  1. Things will disappoint you.

Jer. 10:14 – Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless.

 Heb. 2:8 – What’s the use of an idol?  It’s only something that a man has made.  What good does it do for its maker to trust it?

  1. Things will deceive you and lead you astray.

Ezekiel 14:3 – They have given their hearts to idols and are letting idols lead them into sin.

  1. Things will things will begin to dominate you.

Psalm 115:8 – Those who make idols will become like them, and so will those who trust them.

Jer. 2:5 – They worshipped worthless things and became worthless themselves.

  1. How to know the real God.

Isa. 40:18 – To whom, then, will you compare God?  What image will you compare Him to?

Acts 17:29 –

II Cor. 4:4 – Christ is the exact likeness of God.

Col. 1:15 – Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

Benefits of Worshipping the Real God

  1. There is fulfillment.

Rom. 10:11 – Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.

Psalm 37:4 – Seek your happiness in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire.

  1. There is freedom.

John 8:31-32 – Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Gal. 5:22 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

  1. You become like God.

II Cor. 3:18 – As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him.                  

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