Summary: Love is not something that we would think would compete with God, but it can.

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• SLIDE #1

• Take a moment and think about something you love dearly, it could be (SHOULD BE) your spouse, children, a possession, maybe you are in a relationship with someone. Just think about the thing you love the most.

• No Sunday school answers think of something other than Jesus on this question.

• Keep the person or object in the back of your mind as we take on the final titan of our series, the Clash of The Titan, the battle between God and the gods we serve.

• When we think of the titan of love, I am not sure too many of us would put love in the same arena as the other titans we have investigated.

• Isn’t love a good thing? Shouldn’t we love others, and on a different level love the things we are blessed with?

• I am supposed to love my spouse, my children, parents, grandchildren, friends, etc...?

• Well the answer is a resounding YES, but remember what we have said about the other Titans we looked at, what was wrong with them? The position we give them in our hearts.

• The great theologian Augustine described false gods as “disordered loves.”

• Basically the point he was making is that often times legitimate loves that are out of order in our lives is the root of the problem.

• Just like pleasure and success, love becomes a problem when what or who we love sits on the top of the heart. When what we love pushes God to a lower level, we have a problem.

• How do we know if we have our love for something else ahead of God?

• Well when we start to compromise what we KNOW is RIGHT and PLEASING to God in order to obtain, maintain, said object. When we would compromise our faith for an object we know our love is out of order.

• How can we tell if our love for another person has been put ahead of God?

• Well when we start to compromise what we KNOW is RIGHT and PLEASING to God in order to obtain, maintain, or please said PERSON. When we would compromise our faith for another PERSON we know our love is out of order.

• I will hammer this more in the second service but if you have to compromise what you know is God’s will for your life to keep a person you are dating, you better watch out!

• SLIDE #2

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (HCSB) For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,

• Today we will be turning to Genesis 22. This is the story of Abraham and his beloved son Isaac.

• We will see that Abraham will be forced to make a choice as to who was going to occupy first place in his heart, the Lord or his beloved son Isaac.

• Let’s start in Genesis 22:1-2

• SLIDE #3

Genesis 22:1–2 (HCSB) 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. 2 “Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

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