The fear of the Lord

Fearing the Lord is something I didn’t understand for a while when I first became a Christian. I took it literally and I thought I was supposed to be afraid of God. Then I understood that I was to reverence Him and to respect Him. I was to be afraid to disappoint Him. Now, I see that we are meant to fear the Lord and it means that we are to honor Him and to respect Him at all times. Fearing the Lord is showing Him that we put Him on a pedestal and that we follow Him and His Word. Without the fear of the Lord we would run amok and just do whatever we want and then repent or not repent and do it all over again. The fear of the Lord stops us in our tracks and makes us think twice. There is power in the fear of the Lord. It guides us and it reroutes us when necessary. I have been reading Psalm 15 a lot lately and I have been studying it. Verse 4 mentions those who fear the Lord. Psalm 15 talks about those who fear the Lord and describes them as people who stay strong in their walk with the Lord and who act right and tell the truth. The fear of the Lord is not a negative thing. It is an expression of awe and adoration and it keeps us in line so to speak. When we fear the Lord, we want to please Him and to follow His lead. When you follow the Lord, you stay in faith and you keep trusting the Lord. Fear the Lord and you will defeat fear. Fear the Lord and you will do His will. Fear the Lord and you will always walk in love.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the Lord works hand in hand with wisdom. When we fear the Lord, we have to pay attention to who He is and to what He says and we can find out more about that in His Word. The fear of the Lord leads us to the Word of God and it opens our minds to a new way of thinking. The fear of the Lord is a step toward the renewing of our minds. We learn from the Word and we grow in the Word when we fear the Lord. We spend time getting to know Him and getting closer to Him. During that process we can’t help but gain wisdom. There is so much to know and so little time. We can’t know it all but we can be on our way and we can enjoy the journey. The fear of the Lord will give us so much knowledge and so much precious information that we will become a fountain of wisdom that can quench the thirst of those who long to know Jesus. The fear of the Lord makes us be more like Jesus and it is a wonderful thing. It is the best thing that can happen to us after salvation. The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from our old ways and we develop and become the person the Lord wants us to be.

The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from evil and focus on love. God is love and when we fear Him, we walk in love so we can walk close to Him. The fear of the Lord is the motivation to love that we have inside of us. When we are saved, God is in us through His Spirit and we can choose to lean on Him or we can ignore Him. When we fear the Lord, we acknowledge the Holy Spirit in all we do and love is at the top of the list of our actions. Love is in our words, our actions and our thoughts. We can lean on love if we choose to. We can fear the Lord and be more like Him. We can be vessels of love and we can follow the wonderful lead of the Holy Spirit. He has a lot to do with the fear of the Lord. He reminds us of that fear and He encourages us to live in this holy fear. Fear the Lord and enjoy His fountain of life. The fear of the Lord is greater than any treasure in the world like the Bible says. Get to know the Lord as much as you can. You will live a life of wisdom, of love, of faith, of peace and of joy. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 15

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10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 131)

Get out of the realm of worry. Don’t dwell in the kingdom of doubt. Remove yourself from the stronghold of fear with the power of the Word of God. Use the Word to break those chains. Use the Word to move from confusion to clarity.

 

The Lord takes your rotten fruit and turns it into citrus of joy. Let His zest spice up your life with gladness. May your fruit be a source of spiritual vitamins for others and health to your mind and soul.

 

The pursuit of true happiness is the pursuit of God. Happiness not found in riches and gold. It is in the joy of knowing Jesus, of embracing His Spirit and loving His Father.

 

God has put an ocean of possibilities in front of you. Don’t be scared of the waves and don’t be afraid of the depth of the ocean. Sometimes God changes the troubled waters into blessings. They can be diving boards for deep and wide breakthroughs.

 

The smile of the Lord is in the shape of love. It brightens your life with hope and it fills your heart with joy. Smile back at the Lord. Accept His love and His embrace and you will be smiling with peace.

 

The truth will come and set you free from the fears and the bondages. You are not going to be in the hands of the lies of the enemy for long. Follow the Lord and freedom will follow you wherever you go!

 

The captions of your life story are found in the Word of God. God has subtitles for each part of your life. Trust that He can script your life and detach yourself from the lies of the enemy.

 

Sleep in peace. God is on your side and He is staying up watching over you and preparing new blessings and new mercies for you. Know that when you wake up, He will be right there with you serving you a platter of new beginnings and new hopes.

 

Before you accepted the Lord everything was black and white. There were no colors and no light. Now with Jesus the rainbow of blessings is permanent. Let the Lord’s colors illustrate every day of your life.

 

It’s time to get up and keep going. Don’t stay down. Pray for the Lord to get you up. You are going to make it. God will give you the power to make it. Keep walking. You are not going to fail!

Suggested reading: 2 Chronicles 6:14; Psalm 36:7; 1 John 4:7-8

Following God or following men?

I have thought many times about how amazing it must be to be sharing the Lord’s mind all the time. Imagine thinking like God and acting like God would act all the time. What would that be like? I think that we too often try to share the mind of other people instead of pursuing God’s mind. We try to be more like certain preachers or Christian celebrities when Jesus is truly the star. We say to ourselves, “If only I could be more like so and so and have his/her faith I would have it made.” We strive to use imperfect people as models and when they fall, we get confused or we criticize them. To err is human like they say and Jesus is the best model. We have some tremendous role models in the Church. There is no doubt about it but they can’t be the mold. They can’t be what we aspire to be like. This could be why there is so much strife in the Church and the world looks at us like we have lost our minds from time to time. We model ourselves after doctrines and ideologies and by extension after feelings and emotions. We all come with a set of emotions that override our beliefs and our faith. I have been encouraged to follow Jesus and to put Him on the pedestal He deserves. This means that I have to unlearn some of the things I was taught if they contradict the Word. I don’t want to complicate the Word. I don’t want to politicize it. I want to just be in it and apply it. The enemy will try to keep us from applying the Word of God. He would rather we applied the word of man than the Word of God. Let’s be doers of the Word and followers of Jesus. Let’s be students of the Word and students of Jesus. Let’s be Holy Spirit-minded and not world-minded. Jesus is love and that is untainted love. He did not say “Love some of your neighbors as yourself.” He was talking about all neighbors. Being a strong doer of the Word is being a strong believer in God’s love and walking in His love. It’s the necessary step to following God.

 

Every time I read the Gospel describing Jesus talking to the crowds, I have a vivid picture of what that was like. A few of my friends do as well. Jesus preaching and reassuring people is a beautiful picture. What must have stood out a lot is His love and sometimes I fail to see it. His love is permanent and I think that because of the way some people have portrayed the Lord, I have not been able to see the whole picture. The picture is in a frame made of God’s love. Everything the Lord says and does is based in love. Love is the essence of the Word of God. His Word is a love letter to all of us and Jesus is the main theme. He gives meaning to the Word. He is the Word. Love is the Word. To think that the Word was and is still used to justify men’s agenda is sad. Slavery and discrimination have found ground in the Word because of man’s manipulation of the Word. This gives God two faces; the face of love and the face of evil. God doesn’t have a personality disorder. He is love at all times. The creator of love doesn’t adhere to the evil thinking of the enemy. I have friends who think God is cruel and He is heartless. They also think He is a materialistic God who loves money and who promotes certain people and lets other people fend for themselves. That is not the God I know. The God I know is a one-on-one God who loves being in a relationship with me. I owe Him everything and He is good all around. There is no shadow of malice or cruelty in Him. He doesn’t know how it is to be mean to people. What He knows is how to set people free.

 

The Jesus I cherish is a God of freedom, a deliverer and a lover of all people. When someone preaches about God and also talks about keeping away from people who are different from us, I stay away from that type of preaching. I don’t see any form of discrimination in the mind of God. I don’t know His whole mind. I have a limited snapshot of what is inside His mind but I know there is no room for hate. I feel bad when I see that people get the wrong idea about God especially when they get that idea from us, His body. I want to focus on the head of the Body Of Christ more. We are all needed in His body but we can’t lose sight of the head. We can’t function without the head and His head is filled with love, compassion, peace, acceptance, joy and faith. Next time you want to share God’s mind, let His love come through. Be a representative of His love.  Challenge your thinking. Ask yourself if it is following God or following men. Prioritize God’s Word. It will influence your thinking in a powerful way. Make it a point to stick to the Word of God and to test the spirits so you know you are following God and not men. Follow God and you will be all about love. Follow God and you will be a person of peace, acceptance, joy, peace, faith and love!

 

Suggested reading:  Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5