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That Which Produces Reverence for Thee

December 1, 2019

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That Which Produces Reverence for Thee

With the Internet  and all sorts of new media available,  many are taking it upon themselves  to attract attention  and be more outstanding  than the others.     They want to spark people’s interest  and desire  to seek them out,  so they can be famous  ( and maybe even rich ).      Consequently,  musicians and movie makers  try to be more and more outrageous.      Business people  present shocking ads  for the supposedly greatest deals.      And,  some preachers  preach messages  that are designed  to appeal  to the naturally sinful nature of people,  so they can gain popularity.

All day,  every day,  we are bombarded  with messages yelling out,  “Hey!      Look at me!      Look at me!”      So, people look here  and look there;  they try this  and try that;  they get burned here  and burned there.      In all of the hullabaloo,  there is no peace,  satisfaction,  or rest.

God is not  in any of it.

The bottom line is  that the people are looking  in all the wrong places.      The peace,  satisfaction,  and rest  that everyone is really longing for  can only be found  in God Almighty — and in His eternal word  to us.      We need to see  and realize  what God offers us  in His word.      Let God do the speaking.      That is why  Psalm 119:38  prays,

Establish Thy word  to Thy servant,
As that  which produces reverence  for Thee.

God created us  and everything around us.      All of creation  and God’s word  keeps pointing us  to the love and power  of God,  displaying His wisdom  and absolute glory.      But  we are so enamored  by all the attention-grabbing commotion  around us,  that we are blinded  to the word of God  and His quietly  powerful truths.

Instead of having reverence  for our LORD God — spending devotional time  in His word to us — and accepting the gifts  of God’s grace,  forgiveness,  and love — we are letting ourselves  get disturbed  by all the things  of this world.      That destroys our faith  and growth in grace.

There is a reason  why we are being bombarded  with all sorts of  misleading messages.      We are nearing  the end days.      Throughout the New Testament,  the new Christians were told  that the end days  are coming.      In those end days,  there will be  all sorts of false preachers,  disturbing the faith  of the people,  trying to grab attention  for themselves.      2 Corinthians,  chapter 11  describes the activities  of these distracting  false preachers.      Regarding them,  Paul says  in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,

For such men  are false apostles,  deceitful workers,  disguising themselves  as apostles of Christ.      And no wonder,  for even Satan  disguises himself  as an angel of light.      Therefore  it is not surprising  if his servants  also disguise themselves  as servants  of righteousness;  whose end  shall be  according to their deeds.

All in all,  we need to abide  in the word of God,  have reverence  for His word alone,  and trust  in all that He teaches us.      The Bible  is to be our guide  because it is God  speaking directly to us  in our hearts  and minds.      This is why  Jesus instructs us  in John 8:31-32,

If you  abide in My word,  then you are truly disciples  of Mine;  and you shall know  the truth,  and the truth  shall make you free.

In reverence  for what Jesus teaches us,  we abide  in His word  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  it is most marvelous  how You set us free  from this world  in Your truth.      Blessed be Your name.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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