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Be blessed. Because we ARE! Amen

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

In Jesus’ name, we ARE victors, Amen.

Yesterdays became today,, by God’s grace and Will, it will be tomorrow – Amen.

BIG factor! We are Known! EVERY moment of our lives has been seen. Difference? We have the power to choose! We can rewrite The Story Spoken to be, or find the steps that were pre-planned before our existence!

For You Created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your Works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from Your Essence
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the Earth.
Your Eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16

Did you catch those last two lines? All the days ordained for you were written in His book (I like to call it His “script” for our lives) before one of them came to be. God has seen all our days in front of Him before we’ve lived out any of them. That means nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is unexpected to Him, and nothing affects you and me that is outside of His loving plan for us. The writer, designer, and director of our life’s script knows exactly what He’s doing—even when we think something is spiraling out of control.

David was urged by his followers to exact revenge on king Saul:

David doesn’t kill Saul when He has the chance. We are tested by The LORD, Amen. Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Blessed is the person who remains steadfast under trial, for when they have stood the test they will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who Love Him.

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to Man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/being_tested

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Saul returned from chasing the Philistines. Then he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” So Saul took 3,000 of the best soldiers from the whole nation of Israel. He started out to look for David and his men. He planned to look near the Rocky Cliffs of the Wild Goats. He came to some sheep pens along the way. A cave was there. Saul went in to go to the toilet. David and his men were far back in the cave. David’s men said, “This is the day the Lord told you about. He said to you, ‘I will hand your enemy over to you. Then you can deal with him as you want to.’ ” So David came up close to Saul without being seen. He cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Later, David felt sorry that he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “May the Lord keep me from doing a thing like that again to my master. He is the Lord’s anointed king. So I promise that I will never lay my hand on him. The Lord has anointed him.” David said that to correct his men. He wanted them to know that they should never suggest harming the king. He didn’t allow them to attack Saul. So Saul left the cave and went on his way. Then David went out of the cave. He called out to Saul, “King Saul! My master!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down. He lay down flat with his face toward the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is trying to harm you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord handed you over to me in the cave. Some of my men begged me to kill you. But I didn’t. I said, ‘I will never lay my hand on my master. He is the Lord’s anointed king.’ Look, my father! Look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe. But I didn’t kill you. See, there is nothing in my hand that shows I am guilty of doing anything wrong. I haven’t turned against you. I haven’t done anything to harm you. But you are hunting me down. You want to kill me. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord pay you back because of the wrong things you have done to me. But I won’t do anything to hurt you. People say, ‘Evil acts come from those who do evil.’ So I won’t do anything to hurt you. “King Saul, who are you trying to catch? Who do you think you are chasing? I’m nothing but a dead dog or a flea! May the Lord be our judge. May he decide between us. May he consider my case and stand up for me. May he show that I’m not guilty of doing anything wrong. May he save me from you.” When David finished speaking, Saul asked him a question. He said, “My son David, is that your voice?” And Saul wept out loud. “You are a better person than I am,” he said. “You have treated me well. But I’ve treated you badly. You have just now told me about the good things you did to me. The Lord handed me over to you. But you didn’t kill me. Suppose a man finds his enemy. He doesn’t let him get away without harming him. May the Lord reward you with many good things. May he do it because of the way you treated me today. I know for sure that you will be king. I know that the kingdom of Israel will be made secure under your control. Now make a promise in the name of the Lord. Promise me that you won’t kill the children of my family. Also promise me that you won’t wipe out my name from my family line.” So David made that promise to Saul. Then Saul returned home. But David and his men went up to his usual place of safety.

Your life is not the small, insignificant story you often believe it to be. Nor is it the huge deal that is all about you that you sometimes make it into. Your life is a story designed by and for your Maker, who wants to glory in His accomplishments in and through you to make you more like His Son. So, the drama that comes your way is designed to change you and transform you into the person He has made you to be. It also means your script is in His hands. And you don’t need to panic or fret or pull your hair out when you can’t control what’s happening.

Change is a blessing! Upward ever, backward never; I decree in Jesus’ name, Amen.

The power of pronouncement. Claim it, it is yours in faith, Amen.

  1. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Proverbs 18:21
  2. Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.. Phil 4:8
  3. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matt 21:22
  4. So shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
  5. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23
  6. But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matt 4:4

How do YOU see life?

https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/5-things-you-need-to-live-the-life-god-intended.html

Remember Who You Are
We must remember who we are and that we belong to a diverse family of faith.
1 Chronicles 1-9

Four hundred years before Jesus was born, a group of Jewish people who had returned from a 70-year exile was trying to resettle and rediscover their spiritual identity. They were a minority under the shadow of the world-shaping Persian Empire. They felt small, insignificant, and forgotten. They also felt a nagging sense that God was still punishing them for their past sins. They felt cut off from their history and uncertain of their future. They were experiencing a communal identity crisis that forced them to ask questions like: Who are we? Should we just blend into the surrounding culture? Can we really make a difference? Can—should—our children live different lives than our neighbors? Does our faith even matter at all? In nine chapters, the author of 1 Chronicles took the raw statistics and the lists of names and reminded a struggling people that they mattered because there was royalty in their blood. And it’s a truth that speaks to our spiritual identity. In Christ, we, too, “are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Pet. 2:9).

Session Two

We Are to Fight for What’s Right
Fight for the right things, in the right way, and with the right motive.
1 Chronicles 11:10-25

In 1 Chronicles 11:10-25, we meet a group of courageous people who knew how to fight for what was right. This concept of fighting well can and should make us nervous. We’ve seen enough terrorist attacks and school shootings—not to mention destructive gossip and character assassinations—that we cry out, “When will the violence end? We don’t need any more fighting!” While we must be sympathetic to that plea, we would do well to consider these words from author John Eldredge: “Eventually a man [or a woman] must come to realize that there are certain things in life worth fighting for. Take anything good, true, or beautiful upon this earth and ask yourself, ‘Can this be protected without a fight?'” Our passage challenges us to fight well for the right things, in the right way, with the right purpose and motive.

Session Three

Starting Well Isn’t Enough
It doesn’t matter how you start if you give up in the end.
2 Chronicles 24:1-25

In 2 Chronicles 24:1-25, we are told a sad story about losing passion for the most important relationship in the universe: a relationship with God. It describes a man who had everything—wealth, power, influence, a rich spiritual upbringing, meaningful work to do, and a good track record with the Lord—but he threw it all away. It’s a sobering story and a call not only to start off right, but also to finish well.

Session Four

Your Whole Life Matters to God
All of life is an act of worship and an opportunity to serve and please God.
2 Chronicles 26:1-21

Many of us assume there is a chasm between two realities: the sacred and the secular. We go to church a few hours a week to perform our sacred duties. The rest of our week we’re out there living in the real world. Of course, there are those who “go into ministry”—pastor a church, serve on a church staff, live on the mission field, work for a Christian organization. Most of their lives appear to revolve around the sacred. The rest of us, though, seem to simply slog away at our secular jobs. Unfortunately, this so-called split between the sacred and secular severs a huge chunk of our lives from God’s good plan for us. In 2 Chronicles 26, we discover a better and more biblical way live.

Session Five

Loving God Means Loving Others
True worship leads to acts of justice, compassion, and mercy.
2 Chronicles 28:1-15

In true, biblically grounded spirituality, there is an inseparable link between how we love God and how we love people. We have divorced spirituality from loving our neighbors if we fail to bring justice to the oppressed, if we don’t share our resources with a world in need, if we hate or refuse to forgive, if we practice prejudice for any reason. Showing love for others no matter what sounds so true, so right. Yet the history of the world, the state of current affairs, and our own track record suggests that we keep forgetting this simple biblical truth. That’s why we need to study a passage like 2 Chronicles 28:1-15 that calls us back to a holistic spiritual life that begins with worshiping God and flows into a broad and deep love for others.

Session Six

Finding God in Our Desperate Places
We experience God’s strength in our weakness.
2 Chronicles 32:1-22

Desperate places are places of weakness, brokenness, and vulnerability. They are those times in our lives where we’re at wits’ end, and if God doesn’t show up with power and redemption, we’re lost. Second Chronicles 32:1-22 describes a desperate place. It also tells a story about finding God’s strength in the midst of weakness, brokenness, and vulnerability.

Bless others…

IT is DONE! No “farthing” it! Knowing it we thrive in the spirit, Amen.

As recounted in the New Testament, after the Romans executed him, Jesus was buried in a tomb, but God raised Him from the dead, after which he appeared to many people over a span of forty days before He ascended to Heaven.

We have read/heard of this in the Old Testament:

  • The prophet Elijah prays and God raises a young boy from death (1 Kings 17:17-24)
  • Elisha raises the son of the Woman of Shunem (2 Kings 4:32-37)

But, no person was praying for Jesus being raised from the dead! After witnessing His horrendous torture and death grief/sorrow assailed His followers!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion_of_Jesus

Jesus is described as the “firstborn from the dead,” prōtotokos, the first to be raised from the dead, and thereby acquiring the “special status of the firstborn as the preeminent son and heir.” His resurrection is also the guarantee that all the Christian dead will be resurrected at Christ’s parousia.

What does Jesus rising from the dead mean? It means there is hope! All will die, but not all will experience the second death. This is because of Jesus and his atoning death for all who have trusted their lives to him. Paul writes that Jesus was raised from the dead to be the “first fruits” of the faithful. … And, one day, be made like Jesus in his resurrection.

Faith starts it ALL, Amen.

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The substance of things unseen!

Ministering from One to Another in Love

So often, as one person seeks to minister to another, it is as though there is a wall that has been put in between them. This wall can be difficult to break down – sometimes seemingly impossible. As the old adage goes, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Sometimes the road to be able to minister to a person can be long and arduous. This road oftentimes must be paved with love first.

Love is essential in ministering to others faithfully. Paul adamantly declares that without love, a person’s ministry will be fruitless. There are people in the world today that have been scarred for various reasons in their lives. They can find it difficult to trust another, and therefore ministering to them can be challenging.

Everyone wants to be loved, but not everyone wants someone to minister to them. Apart from love, Paul says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Cor. 13:1). Without love, the words that a person speaks are simply noise to another. They will have no real effect.

Real world examples

Yes, there are times when someone may be able to get another person to obey. In the case of a parent and a child, the parent can get the child to obey. The parent has authority over the child, and the child is small and weak. Getting children to obey is not the same thing as loving them and speaking to them in love. Fear will often get children to obey their parents.

But what happens when the parent is no longer around or when the children leave the home? The fear will be gone, and they will be left to themselves. It will be the love of the parents for the children that will impact their hearts and bring about an obedient lifestyle when they leave the home. They will want to obey and do what their parents told them because they love their parents.

What about in a relationship of a pastor and one of his sheep? In this scenario, the same type of response can occur as in that of a child and a parent. As a church member is in church, he can be saying the right things and doing the right things. He can be doing what his pastor tells him to do in front of his face. But it could be a different story in the privacy of this member’s home. However, there will be something that will truly cause this church member’s heart to open to the teaching and ministry of his pastor.

If the pastor genuinely loves this church member, it will bring about a flourishing and transparent relationship. If the church member finds himself struggling in some way, he will believe that he can turn to his pastor and seek his help. A pastor having a doctorate or being the most biblically knowledgeable man on the earth is not nearly as important as if that same pastor genuinely loves his flock.

What about the relationship of a boss and his employee? This is another great opportunity for life-changing ministry. If you are in a leadership position in your occupation, use this as a great opportunity to witness to those around you. It is important to know that you are to glorify God in whatever you do. God desires for Christians to be in various occupations and shine the light of Christ.

For the boss or manager of a company, this can be a difficult position in which to show the love of Christ. Many jobs will consist of believers being over unbelievers. Often this will result in people thinking differently, enjoying differing activities, and speaking differently. All of these matters are often the result of a different moral compass. These matters will also arise when Christians work with other Christians.

It can be easy for a boss to bark out orders and get on his way to attending to his tasks. But overtime, this will leave a sour taste in the mouth of his employees. A great way to combat this is to make sure that you are encouraging your employees and complimenting their work. If a love is shown from a boss to an employee, it will create a great working environment.

Often, the employees will then desire their boss to continue as their boss and to do well in his position. They will find a sense of joy in obeying the commands of their boss if they know their boss truly cares for them and has their best interest at heart.

What else does the Bible say on this matter?

Love is prized as a jewel in the Scriptures. Some of the greatest facets of a Christian (i.e., hope and faith) will pass away. Nevertheless, the Bible tells that love will remain throughout this age and the next. Love will always be a defining mark of a Christian.

Paul mentions the following:

• Speaking in tongues of men
• Speaking in tongues of angels
• Having prophetic powers
• Having an understanding of all the mysteries of the world
• Having all the knowledge in the world
• Having as much faith as possible
• Giving away everything
• Dying for the faith

As one looks at this list, it is a remarkable one. It consists of being martyred for the name of Christ, having the greatest faith in the world, and even having the gift of prophecy. But Paul speaks of all these as being meaningless if they are not done in love.

Gifts of the Spirit

In the context of the great love chapter known as 1 Corinthians 13, what is being directly referenced are the spiritual gifts. In chapter 12, we read about the following gifts:

• Utterances of wisdom
• Utterances of knowledge
• Faith
• Healing
• Miracles
• Prophecy
• Distinguishing between spirits
• Tongues
• The interpretation of tongues

This list is not exhaustive, but rather, there are many gifts that the Spirit gives to the people of God. Simply put, the Spirit gifts the flock of Christ in unique ways to minister one to another. The gifts of the Spirit are not meant for the person who has the gift. Rather, the gifts of the Spirit are meant to build up the body of Christ.

Not all people have the same gifts. Someone may find that he has the gift of evangelism, while another finds himself with the gift of giving. Still another may find that he has the gift of teaching, while yet another finds that he has the gift of mercy.

Nevertheless, the gift or gifts that God gives must be done in love. No matter what gift a person has, if he does not use it in love, it will not be received by others. Someone could be the most brilliant man on the face of the earth, but if he has not love, nobody will appreciate his brilliance.

Application

What does this mean for the body of Christ? Whatever sphere of ministry the Lord has called you to (parent to child, pastor to flock, boss to employee, etc.), work at it with all your heart and do it with love. Love will form the path from one person to another.

People can become hardened overtime. Love will shatter hard hearts and break down any wall. Know your giftings and seek to build up the body of Christ in love. Remember, do not despise the gift that God has given you by thinking it is a lesser gift than others have. On the other hand, do not think of yourself too highly, as though your gift is better than others. The feet need the legs, and the hands need the arms. God is the Giver of gifts, and He calls you to use your gift in the love of Christ.

Final prayer

Father, I thank You for the ways that You love me each day. Your love is evident, and I can see it clearly in the death of Your Son. Please help me to love like You and to use my gifts for Your glory. Teach me what my gift is, and fan it into flame. You are worthy of praise, honor, and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And we are taught…

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. 1 Timothy 2: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12,13,14,15 Shared from Bible Home for Android https://bit.ly/bible-home-play

Fear of The LORD. Meaning?

Be scared of?

Do you know the fear of the LORD? If you don’t, pray about it. Ask God to teach you the fear of the LORD. Perhaps read scripture to teach you about fearing the LORD: Matthew 10, Deuteronomy 10:12, Ecclesiastes 12:13, or Hebrews 10:26-31. There are many more parts in scripture that is about fearing God, but that is a good start. Now, if you do fear the LORD, you ought to teach children to also fear the LORD. Do not keep your knowledge to yourself. Build others up by teaching them the knowledge you have gained.

“These are the commands, the decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.” — Deuteronomy 6:1-2 

What does it MEAN to FEAR God? The broad command to “fear the Lord” involves understanding several things about a believer’s relationship with God.

ONE: GOD IS LOVING & JUST

First of all, we must recognize that God is loving, merciful and forgiving; but he also is holy, just and righteous. Knowing God and understanding his character (cf. Pr 2:5) means accepting the fact that his justice and holiness (i.e., purity, perfection, completeness of character and separation from evil) cause him to judge sin.

TWO: FEAR OF THE LORD CAN PRODUCE AWE

Fearing the Lord means to be in awe of his holiness, to give him complete reverence and to honor him as the God of great glory, majesty, purity and power. For example, when God revealed himself to the Israelites at Mount Sinai through “thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast,” they all “trembled” in fear (Ex 19:16) because of his great power. They even begged Moses to deliver God’s message to them so they would not have to encounter God himself (Ex 20:18-19Dt 5:22-27). Also, when the psalm writer reflects on God as Creator, he says: “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Ps 33:8-9).

THREE: FEAR OF THE LORD CAN PRODUCE FAITH

True fear of the Lord causes believers to place their faith and trust in him alone for salvation. For example, after the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea on dry ground and saw how God destroyed the Egyptian army who came after them, they “feared the Lord and put their trust in him”. The psalm writer encourages all who fear the Lord to “trust in the Lord–he is their help and shield” (Ps 115:11). In other words, fearing God produces confidence, hope and trust in him, which are necessary when we are looking to God for mercy, forgiveness (Lk 1:50; cf. Ps 103:11130:4) and spiritual salvation (Ps 85:9).

FOUR: GOD IS ANGRY ABOUT SIN

Finally, to fear God involves recognizing that he is angry about sin and has the power to punish those who stand arrogantly against him and break his laws (cf. Ps 76:7-8). When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they were afraid and tried to hide from God’s presence (Ge 3:8-10). Moses experienced this aspect of the fear of God when he spent forty days and nights praying for the sinful Israelites: “I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you” (Dt 9:19). In the NT, the author of the letter to the Hebrews acknowledges God’s coming vengeance and judgment, and then writes: “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10:31).

WHY FEAR GOD?

The reasons for fearing God are found in the meaning of the “fear of the Lord,” as described above.

  • We should fear him because of his matchless power as the Creator of all things and all people (Ps 33:6-996:4-5; Jnh 1:9).
  • In addition, the amazing power that he continues to exercise over his creation–including humankind–is cause for fearing God (Ex 20:18-20Ecc 3:14Jnh 1:11-16Mk 4:39-41).
  • When we truly realize God’s holiness (i.e., his purity, perfection and separation from evil), the normal response of the human spirit is to fear him (Rev 15:4).
  • Anyone who sees or experiences a manifestation (i.e., a visible or physical sign or demonstration) of God’s glory cannot help but become afraid (Mt 17:1-8).
  • The continual blessings we receive from God, especially the forgiveness of our sins (Ps 130:4), should lead us to fear and love him (1Sa 12:24Ps 34:967:7).
  • Above all, the fact that the Lord is a God of justice who will judge the entire human race should be reason enough to produce a godly fear (Dt 17:12-13Isa 59:18-19Mal 3:5Heb 10:26-31). It is a sobering and absolute truth that God is constantly aware of our actions and motives, both good and bad, and that we will be held accountable for those actions, both now and on the day of our personal judgment.

How will fearing God affect our lives? The fear of the Lord is far more than a Biblical teaching, principle or idea. It is relevant to our daily lives in many ways. Here are 6 to get started:

1. WE BECOME OBEDIENT

First, if we truly fear the Lord, we will obey his commands, live according to his Word and say “No” to sin. One reason why God inspired fear in the Israelites at Mount Sinai was so that they might learn to avoid and reject sin and to obey his law (Ex 20:20). In his final address to the Israelites, Moses repeatedly connected fearing God to serving and obeying him (e.g., Dt 5:296:2248:610:1213:417:1931:12).

According to the psalm writer, fearing God is equal to delighting in his commands (Ps 112:1) and following the principles of his law (Ps 119:63).

Solomon taught that “through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil” (Pr 16:6; cf. 8:13). In Ecclesiastes, the whole duty of the human race is summarized by two simple requirements: “Fear God and keep his commandments” (Ecc 12:13). On the contrary, anyone who is content to live wickedly or defy God does so because “there is no fear of God before his eyes” (Ps 36:1-4).

2. WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN

Not only should the fear of the Lord affect individual lives, but it should also affect families. God instructs his followers to teach their children to fear him by training them to hate sin and to love God’s commands (Dt 4:106:1-26-9). The Bible often states that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps 111:10Pr 9:10; cf. Job 28:28Pr 1:7). A Christian’s basic goal for his or her children should be that they learn to live by God’s principles of wisdom (Pr 1:1-6). Teaching them to fear the Lord is a critical first step.

3. WE GROW IN SANCTIFICATION

The fear of the Lord has a sanctifying (i.e., purifying, separating from sin, spiritually maturing) effect on God’s people, just as applying the truth of God’s Word does (Jn 17:17). It compels us to hate sin and avoid evil (Pr 3:78:1316:6). It causes us to be careful in what we say (Pr 10:19Ecc 5:26-7). It protects us from weakening our consciences and our moral sensitivity toward what is right. The fear of the Lord has a spiritually cleansing, purifying and restoring effect that can last forever (Ps 19:9).

4. WE WORSHIP WHOLE-HEARTEDLY

The holy and reverent fear of the Lord motivates God’s people to worship him with their whole being. People who truly fear God will praise and honor him as Lord of all (Ps 22:23). David said that a worshiping congregation is the same as “those who fear” God (Ps 22:25). At the end of history, when the angel who proclaims the eternal gospel–the “good news” about Jesus Christ–calls everyone on earth to fear God, he immediately adds, “and give him glory … Worship him who made the heavens, and earth, the sea and the springs of water” (Rev 14:6-7).

5. THERE IS A PROMISED REWARD

God has promised to reward all those who fear him. “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life” (Pr 22:4). Other promised rewards include security and protection from death (Pr 14:26-27), provisions for daily needs (Ps 34:9111:5) and a long life (Pr 10:27). Those who live in reverent awe of God know that “it will go better with God-fearing men,” regardless of what happens in the world around them (Ecc 8:12-13).

6. WE GAIN A HUMBLE CONFIDENCE

Finally, fearing God brings a humble confidence and overwhelming spiritual comfort. The NT directly links the fear of the Lord with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit (Ac 9:31). Those who do not fear God will have little or no sense of his presence and protection. However, those who fear God and obey his Word will experience a deep sense of spiritual security and the anointing (i.e., empowering) of the Holy Spirit. They can be sure that God ultimately will “deliver them from death” (Ps 33:18-19).

As it shall be, Amen.

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