07/14 Fearing God

Date: Saturday July 14, 2012
Today's ChaptersProverbs 27-29
Message Title: Fearing God
Hello My Friend,

You will often hear the phrase “Fear the Lord” or “Fear God” in some form throughout the Bible. Many people, including Christians, misunderstand what it actually means to, “Fear God.” A lot of people have actually walked away from God or refuse to let Him be a part of their lives because they are told to, “Fear God.” So, what does fearing God mean? To love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. When we love Him with all our heart, mind, and soul, we take pleasure in Him being a part of our lives. “
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” - Psalm 111:2-4,10.

As a Christian learns to fear God they learn to live a morally, uncorrupted life, and enjoy life much more. 
God will take the most corrupted person, convert them, and satisfy every need and desire they have simply by living in the fear of God. Jesus Said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” - John 15:3,10,11. Abiding with Jesus is what gives us the desire to follow God's commands and find much joy in following them.
Let me tell you something, the world and people who live in it does not care about anyone, all they see are dollar signs and people worshiping them. Go to someone who lives in the world and ask them for help when you have nothing and see what you get. Nothing! Our nation is quickly falling because of this very reason. We better get our priorities straight before it is too late, life does not just end when we die here on earth.Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” - Proverbs 27:1,2,20.

Those who think they have everything they need without Christ in their lives 
will literally have hell to pay for rejecting Him. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:14,15. Part of fearing God means believing and following all of His Word. Ignorance does not save a person, no one escapes hell unless they know Jesus Christ personally as their Savior. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:23.

Many assume fearing God means that they have to be afraid of Him. Well, they should be afraid of Him, He is their Creator, He gives us every ability that we have and all the thanks He gets is rebellious, immoral, and corrupted behavior from those who were made in His own image. How would you feel if your child rebelled against every thing that you tried to teach him? 
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” - Proverbs 28:4-6.

Fearing God means having respect for Him and just listening to and doing something He has asked us to do once in a while. He does not expect us to be perfect, no one is perfect, except Jesus, but He does expect us to start somewhere. “
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” - 1 Peter 2:2,3.

Fearing God also means seeking forgiveness of sins, 
God knows who you are, what you do, did, and will do, after all, you are His creation. So, you messed up, get over it, seek His forgiveness, accept the responsibility for your actions, and move forward. God does not want us to go through needless suffering, but we bring it all on our own because we do not listen to Him. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.” - Proverbs 28:13,14,20-22,25.

When we rely on God and His Word it will result in fearing Him, and receiving things we never imagined, even the things we desire. In fact, when we learn to fear God, we will learn to desire better things as the old things we desire are no longer something we think we need. “
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himselfbringeth his mother to shame. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.” - Proverbs 29:9,15-18,25,26.
Wisdom covers every aspect of life: physical, moral, spiritual, financial, and our social well-being. The basic difference between the wise man and the foolish is in the use each makes of their time, talents, and material possessions. The road followed by the wise is narrower and more difficult, but it brings happiness, satisfaction, peace, and eternal life. However, the broad road of the fool always leads to immorality, corruption, and ultimately death. No one is forced to follow God, yet no one is forced to end up in hell either, the choice is ours. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” - Matthew 7:13,14.
Today's Prayer: God, I want to live in Your will and see the many more blessings You have to give me by fearing You. Give me Your power, strength, and might to fear You with godly fear, to live in Your will and study to prove myself honorable and ready to handle any situation that comes by way. Let me be transformed by renewing my mind to fear You in all that I do. In Jesus' name. Amen. 
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