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No Other

Isaiah 45 18 For this is what the LORD says—  he who created the heavens,  he is God;  he who fashioned and made the earth,  he founded it;  he did not create it to be empty,  but formed it to be inhabited—  he says:  "I am the LORD,  and there is no other. 
19 I have not spoken in secret,  from somewhere in a land of darkness;  I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,  ‘Seek me in vain.’  I, the LORD, speak the truth;  I declare what is right.  
20 "Gather together and come;  assemble, you fugitives from the nations.  Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,  who pray to gods that cannot save. 
21 Declare what is to be, present it—  let them take counsel together.  Who foretold this long ago,  who declared it from the distant past?  Was it not I, the LORD?  And there is no God apart from me,  a righteous God and a Savior;  there is none but me.  
22 "Turn to me and be saved,  all you ends of the earth;  for I am God, and there is no other. 
23 By myself I have sworn,  my mouth has uttered in all integrity  a word that will not be revoked:  Before me every knee will bow;  by me every tongue will swear. 
24 They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone  are righteousness and strength.’"  All who have raged against him  will come to him and be put to shame. 
25 But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel  will be found righteous and will exult.

We may have heard few declare, "I am God" but a study of Bible and a look  into our own hearts may convince us that we have thought we were "gods."   Consider Adam and Eve.  They wanted such a promotion.  Consider the  idolatrous Israelites.  They liked having gods they had made...and if they  had created their gods, what did that make them?  Can one who creates a god  be anything less than a god?

Consider your own life: 

"The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin;  but that the disposition of sin, viz., my claim to my right to myself,  entered into the human race by one man, and that another Man took on Him the  sin of the human race and put it away (Heb. 9:26)—an infinitely profounder  revelation. The disposition of sin is not immorality and wrong-doing, but the  disposition of self realization—I am my own god. This disposition may work  out in decorous morality or in indecorous immorality, but it has the one  basis, my claim to my right to myself."--Chambers, Oswald, My Utmost for His Highest, (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers) 1989.

Think about this young man when you exclude God from our thoughts, goals and  plans:
Luke 15.11 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.
12 The younger  one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he  divided his property between them. 
13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for  a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

We see the greatness of this familiar, timeless story in its universality.   Who has not felt like the prodigal as he declared his right to himself?  When  we know the good news--that we are His beloved--we can know fulfillment only  as we include Him in every aspect of our lives.  There is "no other."  We  want to "dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23.6).

Dear Father, Creator and Giver of life, we know that only You are God.  Help  us to live in awareness of this great truth today.  May we include You in  each aspect of our lives and honor You in all that we do.  We are so grateful  for the One who makes this possible and ask for forgiveness in His name.   Help those who are hurting.  We ask this in the name of Christ, the Beloved.   Amen.

1 John 5.14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask  any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  15 And if we know that he  hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we  desired of him.

Only God can know HOW our prayers WORK but we believe HE answers. Please  write me to add names to the prayer list and to report changes in status.

Let us be thankful and prayerful!

Brad Forgy