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Who Or What Do You Fear?

January 14, 2017

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Who Or What Do You Fear?

So, what are you afraid of?      Wars,  natural disasters,  sickness,  poverty,  crime,  disagreements,  opinions,  godliness?      Fear  and even the lack of fear  are strong motivators  for our actions.

Sometimes  we let fears  cripple us  from doing  what is right  and good,  because we’re afraid  of what others will think  of us.      In other words,  the fear  of people  over rides our fear  of our Lord.      That isn’t sensible,  but is often how we are — a bit cowardly.

Then again,  when we should very well be afraid  of doing something wrong,  we lack the proper fear  of God’s punishment  and foolishly do  what is wrong.      What in the world is the matter  with us?

It’s sin.      We lack the faith  and backbone  to do what is right  in God’s eyes.      God’s word  gives us direction  in understanding the fears  we have to deal with  in this sinful world.

Psalm 36:1-3 describes what has happened  inside the person  who has no fear  of the Lord.      It says,

“Transgression speaks  to the ungodly  within his heart;  there is no fear of God  before his eyes.      For it flatters him in his own eyes  concerning the discovery  of his iniquity  and the hatred of it.      The words of his mouth  are wickedness  and deceit;  he has ceased  to be wise  and to do good.”

That person is in dire danger  of never being saved.      But,  before pointing a finger  at such wickedness,  sick as it is,  we need to examine  our every thought,  word,  and deed.

The very fact  that we all have a sinful nature  condemns us  in God’s eyes.      That is why  we all need  to fear the Lord.     He alone  has the power  to send us to hell  or grant us  the gift  of eternal life  in heaven.

When we do sin,  we’ve got to admit it  before God.      When the Israelites sinned  by demanding a king  other than the LORD,  they became very fearful  over the judgment  they deserved  for such sin.      But,  Samuel instructed them  in 1 Samuel 12:20,

“Do not fear.      You have committed  all this evil,  yet do not turn aside  from following the LORD,  but serve the LORD  with all your heart.”

Having sinned  is not a good reason  to stop following the LORD.      But,  it is exactly why  we need  to turn  to the LORD  with all our hearts  and to begin serving the LORD  in love,  a fearful respect,  and truth.      God is always ready  to forgive everyone  who turns back  to Him  in repentance.

Since we are so wishy-washy  and fearful  of all the wrong things  in life,  we need  to pray  with David  in Psalm 86:11,

“Teach me Your way,  O LORD;   I will walk  in Your truth.      Unite my heart  to fear Your name.”

If our heart becomes united  to fear the Lord only,  then all these other “things”  that tend make us fearful  will be taken care of  by our Savior.      We just need  to serve God  with a singleness  of heart.

That is why Psalm 25:14 says,

“The secret  of the LORD  is for those  who fear Him,  and He will make them know  His covenant.”

It’s comforting to remember Psalm 111:10,

“The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of wisdom;  a good understanding  have all those  who do His commandments.     His praise endures forever.”     

It does make sense  to fear our JUDGE  above all things.

Solomon describes our situation  from another perspective  in Proverbs 1:7 stating,

“The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of knowledge;  fools despise wisdom  and instruction.”

When we’re afraid of what other people will think  when we are faithful  to God,  Solomon says  in Proverbs 29:25,

“The fear of man  brings a snare,  but he who trusts  in the LORD  will be exalted.”

There’s just no getting around it.      Moses put it  in a nutshell  in Deuteronomy 10:12-13,

“Now, Israel,  what does the LORD your God require  from you,  but to fear the LORD  your God,  to walk  in all His ways  and love Him,  and to serve the LORD your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul,  and to keep the LORD’S commandments  and His statutes  which I am commanding you today  for your good?”

We fear God  for our own good.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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