“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NLT)
Monotheism—belief in only one God—was a distinctive feature of Hebrew religion. Many ancient religions believed in many gods. But the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the God of the whole earth, the only true God. This was an important insight for the nation of Israel because they were about to enter a land filled with people who believed in many gods. Both then and today, there are people who prefer to place their trust in many different values, belief systems, and “gods.” But the day is coming when God will be recognised as the only one. He will be the king over the whole earth (Zechariah 14:9).
This passage provides the central theme of Deuteronomy. It sets a pattern that helps us relate the Word of God to our daily lives. We are to love God, constantly think about his commandments, teach his commandments to our children, and live each day by the guidelines in his Word. God emphasised the importance of parents’ teaching the Bible to their children. The church and Christian schools cannot be used to escape from this responsibility. The Bible provides so many opportunities for object lessons and practical teaching that it would be a shame to study it only one day a week. Eternal truths are most effectively learned in the loving environment of a God-fearing home.
Jesus said that loving God with all of ourselves is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). This command, combined with the command to love your neighbor (Leviticus 19:18), encompasses all the other Old Testament laws. (Tyndal Study Bible)
A while ago Pastor Aidan was preaching about who is truly God? In 1 Kings 18:20-39 it’s a standoff between the Prophet Elijah and Baal, to prove who is really God. Needless to say, just like our God comes through for us every single day, he came through for Elijah. Showed who is truly God.
There is only one God. Many of us, included myself, make other things our God. All those worldly things we chase. Business, sport, social, activities and fame, to mention but a few. None of these will give peace and a sound basis in the world.
“Monotheism—belief in only one God” this is the most important aspect. There is only one true God.
It makes we think if you ask successful people their secret they will tell you. Their single-minded focus on tasks and Goals are critical to their success. I have never heard of any of them say their achievements came easy. The common theme is always hard work and focus. Something I learnt is, create an “Intense burning desire to be a champion ” Think of those words for a minute. Apply this to all the things you do. You want to a Champion at everything you do. Even do that for your faith.
Know apply that single-minded focus and desire to God. And watch the results.
“Lord I pray for a single-minded focus on You. Help me share that focus with the World. In Jesus name. Amen.”