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Fear of God


Joshua 24:14; Ecclesiastes 12:13; I Peter 2:17

There are those that have a serious problem with fearing the Lord. There are those that are lost and have no fear of God. There are those that say they are saved and have no fear of God. There are those that are lost and have seen the mighty hand of God working in peoples lives and they have not fear of God. Moses was dealing with Pharoah about releasing God’s people and some of the greatest miracles man has ever seen were brought to bear on Pharoah and his people. Here is what Moses said about Pharaohs hardened heart. Exodus 9:30; “But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.

Notice the benefits these scriptures tell us of fearing the Lord.

Psa_22:23  Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Psa_33:8  Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Psa_34:9  O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa_115:11  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Psa_115:13  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Psa_118:4  Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Psa_135:20  Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.

Pro_3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Ecclesiastes tells us a thing or two about no fear of the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 

We are told explicitly to fear God. We have Peter instructing us in I Peter 2:17; “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

We have plenty of excuses today for our actions. We use a statement, “God looks at the heart, God knows my heart, or don’t be so legalistic.” Some do not like to think that God expects any more than salvation. We are clearly told that we are a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1. We are told in Ephesians that we become new creatures, that old things are passed away, behold all things become new. When we have been saved, Our way of thinking changes, Our way of talking changes, Our way of living changes. There are many that claim to be saved that continue to curse, think wrong thoughts and live a way that does not show fear of the Lord. Those that are trying to do their best to live in a way that honors God are called legalistic. What a shame that that those want to live like Christ are maligned by others. May we fear God and live as much like Christ as possible. May we give our best to the Master.

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HEBREW HONEYCOMB THANKFULNESS, A WAY OF LIFE


 

William Andrew Dillard

 

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:3-5
In the context of many Bible verses, mankind, and especially those who know and worship God, are admonished to be thankful. In a world of sinners in which Satan is god, and humanism is the religion of choice of the disobedient and wayward, evidence of thankfulness can be scarce at times. Think with me about it!
Next Thursday is a day set aside by presidential proclamation as Thanksgiving Day. It is a federal holiday that sadly will host more reveling than the giving of thanks. America has its problems and they are huge, but of all people on earth, we are blessed, and we should be the most thankful for the bounty of blessings heaped upon us by the Almighty.
One cranky, selfish, ne’er-do-well scowled, “Thankful? Thankful? What reason do I have to be thankful? Another of quick wit retorted, “My friend you just identified it. You should be thankful for reason.” Certainly, it is God Who gives us mental faculties, and the abilities to labor, to go, to do, to enjoy, and yes, the capacity to endure hardships and pain. And this is driving hard at the main point of this article. You see, being thankful is not a ritual to indulge in once a year, or once a month or even once a week. Thankfulness is a way of life, a 24/7/365 lifestyle that acknowledges “it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves.” It acknowledges the value of human life, not only of our own, but that of our neighbor as well. It worships and praises our Creator in the realization that every good and perfect gift comes to us from the Father of Lights with Whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. James 1:17.
So, perhaps the focus of attention to thankfulness brought to so many of us on this annual holiday is a special blessing. It emphasizing how we should live, and in most cases, underscores how far, and in what ways we have fallen from it. Such realization is priceless. It does not call for resolutions, but of revival; of turning back to a better way of life that acknowledges who we are and why we are here. Such discoveries do not lie in religious leaders, the nostalgia of early America, philosophers, or self determination. Thankfulness, like faith, comes through the knowledge and acceptance of the teachings of God’s Holy Word. Thankful people are well versed in it.
Dare we to pause on this special American holiday to reason why we should be thankful as a manner of life? There may have never been a time in history when the need to experience true thankfulness was greater!

 

 

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How Precious is Life


“I received an amazing email from Anna, who gave me permission to post her story and her name. … ‘When I was little I was molested for eight years by my stepfather. … I got pregnant the first time when I was 12. I was scared and told him. He hit me and then loaded me up on drugs, telling my mom that I had been injured while out playing with some other kids. He killed my baby. … When I was 13, I became pregnant again. This time I did not say anything to him. My mom noticed that my body was changing, even though I was only about two months along at the time, and asked me about it. … I finally got the courage and told her everything. She immediately packed up my brother, sister, and I and took us to our Aunt’s house. From there she called the police. … In the end, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting not only me but my sister. … I was told by therapists, friends, teachers, family, and even strangers, that it would probably be best if I had an abortion; but I couldn’t. … It was harder than I have words to describe. But there are some things in life that are worth fighting for, and she was one of them. … I decided to name her Josey Ann, after a character in a book I had read. On Friday, July 28, 1995, roughly six weeks before my due date, I went into labor. … Words cannot express the joy I felt when we got to bring her home the day before I started the 7th grade. … My mom was amazing, she watched my daughter so that I could finish school. I did graduate and was my class historian. I met a wonderful man who loves both me and my daughter, and we now have four children. … It wasn’t until I was 26 that I truly found a relationship with Jesus Christ. A wonderful neighbor of ours showed me how much Jesus loves me. Because He loves us, He gave us free will. My stepfather abused that gift when he abused me. But like Romans 8:28 says, God used something horrible to bring me one of the greatest blessings in my life. … To anyone who is where I was, please hold on. You can make it, and your child will bring you more joy than you can imagine. It will be hard, but it is worth it.'” –LifeNews’ Jill Stanek

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THE GLOOM AND DOOM PEOPLE


Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

We have many people that predict gloom and doom today. They always speak of the rush to ruin. They search for hope in history and find no hope. Through education they attempt to find and answer to the corruption and immorality that has over taken our land. They have not found any answer in civilization which they had hoped in. They cast an eye to other nations, hoping that dialogue and interaction would be the answer they were seeking but found wrecked cathedrals and destroyed homes that had been built without a solid foundation. How shallow the hopes and dreams of so many seekers in this world today. The answer is the creator of the world. God has the answer written in the Book of books. Our hope is in the creator that laid the foundation for this world. This Book says, “My soul, hope thou in God. Our hope is based on the fact that He is reigning and moving on in His eternal purposes to an end that shall be fair as a perfect day.

There may be some few years ahead. For some the prospect is dark and frightening. There will be many questions that cannot be answered about the future. Will your health hold out? Will your abilities and powers to hold a job hold out or will that day come when you can no longer provide for wife and children? When our hope is in our own selves we have a weak foundation. This world may not get better but the assurance we have is the Lord will return. We will have a new heaven and a new earth that is righteously ruled by Jesus. That is why we look to God for our Joy and Hope.

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Rules For Happy Living


8. Learn to Count. All things have a place in life. Some people cannot keep the important things in first place. (Matthew 6:33)

9. Let Nothing bother You. We let too many little things destroy our life. We even allow imaginary things to bother us.  (Psalm 37:7; Philippians 4:7)

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