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With Fear and Trembling

October 31, 2017

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With Fear and Trembling

Jesus wants us  to be wide awake,  alert,  and mighty careful  about our walk  through this life.     This world is chuck full  of false religions,  exercises,  and philosophies claiming  to lead us  into heaven.     Therefore,  Jesus  says  in  Matthew 7:13-14,

Enter by  the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide,  and the way is broad  that leads  to destruction,  and many are those  who enter by it.

For  the gate is small, and  the way is narrow  that leads to life,  and  few  are those  who find it.

That small gate  and narrow way  is faith  in the grace  of God,  through Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection  on our behalf.     Few will find it.

Everybody and his dog  is trying to get to heaven  through their own efforts  and their own opinionated “wisdom”.     They might be active  in church,  but are active only because  they feel  they are working their way  into heaven.     Instead of honestly depending solely  on the grace  of Jesus as God’s word says,  they feel their good works  are better than  humbling themselves  before the cross.

When Paul wrote  to the Corinthians,  he explained  how important it is  for Christians  to repent  and show a real change  in their life style.     We are not to live  like the rest  of this world.     But,  in the same breath,  as we make these changes  in our life style  and begin living  as a Christian should,  we have to be mighty careful  that we do not fall  into the trap  of becoming proud of ourselves.    So,  Paul says  in 1 Corinthians 10:12,

Therefore  let him who thinks he stands  take heed  lest he fall.

As we think about the almighty love  and power  of Jesus  to freely forgive us  all our sins  and give us the gift  of eternal life through a humble faith  —  and as we think  about how we can show our love  in return  for the love we have received   —  and as we think  about how we dare not fall  into Satan’s trap  of becoming proud  of our changed lives  —  we listen  to Paul in Philippians 2:12-13,

Work out your salvation  with fear  and trembling;  for it is God  who is at work  in you,  both to will  and to work  for His good pleasure.

God is at work  in us  to change our life styles  for the better.     That is a wonderful gift  of freedom  from our Lord.     We need to remember  that our ability  to change  for the better  is a gift  from God.     Because we have not changed  through our own power  and determination,  we have no real reason  to become proud  of anything good  we do.

Instead, we need  to humbly bow  before our Lord,  confessing our sins,  and thanking Him  for the gift  of  freedom we have  in Christ  to live as a child of God,  under His loving guidance.      As we remember  that God is our only power  to live for Him,  we need  to daily pray  “with fear and trembling”  that He will continually lead us  on the straight  and narrow.

We need  to always be  on the lookout,  making sure we’re not slipping  into becoming proud,  judgmental  or self-righteous.     That is taking heed  of God’s warnings.

Then,  trusting in our Lord’s faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank you Lord for coming down  to this earth  to be  our salvation.”

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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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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