Our small group with Harvest Bible Chapel has been reading and discussing the latest book by James MacDonald titled 10 Choices. I just love his books! His writing is so clear and so practical and so convicting. Here are some examples from chapter 2.....
Exodus 20:3 says, "You shall have no other gods before me." God wasn't just talking about golden calves and tiki dolls. "No other god" means nothing is more important than Him.
"Do not steal." (Exodus 20:15) Don't ever take anything that isn't yours, ever. Not objects, not applause, not someone's reputation.
How's that going?
"Do not tell lies." (Exodus 20:16) Ever. About anything, even to yourself. Don't ever say anything deceitful or destructive about anyone, ever. Don't say something to hurt someone else. Don't tear down what God is building up. Don't ever put someone's reputation in a bad place to put yourself in a good place. Don't say things that aren't true. Lying is serious.
"You shall not covet." (Exodus 20:17) Don't want what isn't yours. Don't want your neighbors house. Don't wish you had his car. Don't wish you had his wife. Don't wish you had anything that belongs to someone else that you didn't earn yourself.
How's that going? Not well? I thought so; me neither! We're all sinners. The consequences of these sins are grave and eternal. Sin is serious.