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We should never fear the will of God
APRIL 21 – The Fear of the Lord
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The beginning or starting place for the greatest relationship is the Fear of the Lord. It is obvious that the starting point of a relationship is respect and fear of the Lord. This leads to the beginning of knowledge. The greatest knowledge is the gathering of facts that come from the Lord. He is the creator of the Universe and the molder and maker of man. From Him, we breathe and move. In learning about God we gain facts that if we will live based upon those facts that God reveals to us, we will be pleasing to Him. Our lives will be enhanced, and we will live fuller lives that are productive. We will respond to His instruction and gain wisdom.
The fear of the Lord brings intellectual responsibility and activity to our daily life. We ponder the majesty of the Lord and His Holiness as compared to our sordid sinful life and mull over how God has been so good to us by providing a savior to cleanse us. We see the need to inquire into his attributes and character to learn more about the one who so graciously gave His Son that we might live.
I think about the ones that do not want to know more about our God, our Lord, our Savior. How tragic their lives must be to live a short life not knowing the depths and riches of our Lord.
The fear of the Lord brings reverence and worship and submission.
APRIL 7 – We are surrounded
2Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
How often we feel overwhelmed. Life, at times will close in on us. We feel pressed down under a great weight. There are times we feel as if everyone is against us. We start feeling sorry for ourselves. We just want to quit and crawl in a hole and disappear from the rest of the world. Fear comes and overwhelms us. We feel deserted, detested, and defeated.
This is a time for us to open our eyes to the Lord. “He is a present help in time of need.” Our Lord has a hedge around His faithful saints. He has an everlasting love and a protection that springs from that love and surrounds us and protects us. Because of this, we can carry on.
No matter what the problem that we have, God is with us when we are in His will. He strengthens us when we are weak, restores us when we are tired, and protects us when we are besieged. There are times when we need our spiritual eyes opened to be able to see what the Lord can and will do. When our faith wavers because the challenge is great He causes us to be overcomers.
The call is not in seeing the victory but in Faith knowing that God will give the victory. We may never see the end till the work is done. Our faith must be exercised as we work to the end. We must know that God has won the battle and will give the victory in His time and in His way as long as we are faithful and true to Him.
Let us be able to see beyond the enemy and see the great and mighty power of God lifting us above the obstacles and carrying us to the Goal.
APRIL 2 – God is to be Feared
Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
“In the Assembly,” God is greatly to be feared. What a head-scratching statement. Fear God” But God is all about love and forgiveness and sweetness, why should we fear? When we have a myopic vision of God that totally unbalanced and only one facet of God is spoken of, then we should fear God. We must understand that when an assembly is a scriptural assembly, God is there. That is the reason I cringe when excited people say, “God showed up today.” Sounds like this assembly never has the presence of God when they come together. What is worse is when they say, “God showed up and showed out.” When I showed out, my father applied the belt of education to the seat of knowledge. That is when I start ducking my head. When God’s saints assemble in a scriptural manner and worship, God is there.
There should be a fear when we assemble together. We should have a fear every day. In the assembly a fear or rather a healthy respect for the desires of God. Respect God’s design for worship, not our preference. God has no need for our carnal devices in His worship. If you love the Lord, you should be able to come together in a field under some trees and worship with psalms and hymns. Brush arbor meetings were simple and worshipful and many were saved.
Something that seems to be lost today is reverence. Reverence for where we meet God and it to be considered “Holy Ground.” Yes, I know some are going to make snide remarks about this. When Moses met God at the burning bush, God said, “take the shoes off your feet this is Holy Ground.” Joshua was instructed in the same manner. He was on Holy ground as related in Joshua 5:15. When Israel served God they had the same fear and reverence. I have attended the dedication of a few sanctuaries and some time during that service the sanctuary was set aside as the place we meet the Lord. How many have heard, “No running in the sanctuary.” “No food or drink in the sanctuary.” Because this is the place we meet God and worship Him on what we consider to be Holy Ground.
Where is our reverence today? We have lost it to convenience and carnal desires.
Can we, once again, make our sanctuaries a special place to meet God and worship Him in fear and reverence?
FEBRUARY 27 – Serve Him In Truth
1Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? There is a fear of God that brings us closer to Him. That is a reverential fear knowing that God not only controls the rain and thunder but also controls the affairs of men. We are called to “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11. The fear of the Lord should guide into paths of righteousness.
We are to serve Him in truth. Compromise is not the truth. When we compromise that then becomes a lie. We do not have the right to make adjustments in the truths that we have been given in God’s Word. John chapter 4 says to “worship in spirit and in truth.” Looking at that statement, if we do not have the truth we can not worship. It behooves us to diligently seek the truth so that we can worship. I am going to bring up one doctrine here. Most that will read this would agree that Jesus gave an ordinance to the Church called “the Lord’s Supper. Most would agree that the Lord’s Supper was closed and given to the members of those local Church members. Why do we think we can take that truth and modify it to suit us? Remember the admonition previous to this, fear the Lord. This is so clear.
What has the Lord done for you? The love of God is so precious to us that He sent His only begotten Son to this earth. He sent that Son to call out His Church to give a place of worship and service. He sent His Son to shed His blood for this Church what right do we have to minimize the Church that Jesus built. What right do we have to minimize the two offices of the Church or minimize the ordinances of the Church? We are to serve Him in truth. Yes, His blood was shed for the lost but never ever minimize or discount the blood shed for the truth.
May we find the truth so that we might worship.
JANUARY 23 – FEAR BRINGS THE VAPORS
Joshua 2:9-11 – 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
When God is with us, who can be against us? The terror of God can cause the fear of the Lord come upon people. Rahab was telling of the great fear that came upon Jericho. It caused the people to faint (have the vapors) and the hearts to melt. The stories of Israel conquering other nations had come to their ears. Israel was a nomadic nation at this time. They had no permanent home and would be considered feeble. Yet they had a weapon that was more formidable than any weapon any nation had. That weapon was God.
We have a weapon in our life that no one can see. Yet it brings great fear. It causes atheists to fight against a God that they claim does not exist. For some that are lost, it brings fear but not repentance. For some of the saved they try to slink around and hide their sin because of fear. The shame is, there is no longer fear or shame of God.
The sin that used to slink down a back alley in shame. Now, it parades down the middle of main street with pride and advertising their sin. There is no longer shame in the sin that is committed.
We should be ashamed of the sins we commit and repent. We should warn others that God hates sin. Let us proclaim that God will stand in judgment of this world and will hold all sinners accountable. God will be with us as we proclaim His name.
Now go tell someone about Christ.
Proverbs 22:4, 5
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life,” Proverbs 22:4.
Who in their right mind does not want the good life? No one I know. But are we ready to actually do what it takes to have it? It means that we must humble ourselves and lift God to the high place He is due, give Him full control and full honor. Or, are we satisfied with life in the status quo?
The fact is clear from the Scriptures, that God resists the proud. He hates a proud look, a lying tongue (Prov. 6:17). And, “Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). The proud may appear to have everything they want while on this earth. They may be wealthy in money or other earthly treasures, but one day that will be useless.
On the contrary, the humble person may be poor on earth, maybe because they sacrificed pleasures to give to the Lord’s work or they gave up a fine home to become a missionary in a poor country. Possibly, they worked hard in their local church, doing whatever job needed to be done without reward or accolades. Yet, their acts of humility did not go unnoticed by God. God may replace riches with joy, fame and sweet family time, the ladder of success with peace and contentment. How God rewards humility is up to Him. Whatever way He blesses will be good.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud (Prov.16:19).