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Archive for the 'Fear of the Lord' Category

Does God Need Reminders?

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview, Worry

Jesus was on a boat with his disciples. He decided to take a nap. While he was sleeping, a fierce storm came up. Waves were crashing over the top of the boat. The disciples feared for their lives so, in a panic, they woke Jesus shouting, “We are going to drown!” Let’s pause the story for a moment. Can you identify with the disciples? It appeared the boat was about to sink and there was Jesus, sleeping! The disciples acted as if they didn’t alert their master, he wouldn’t know.. read more

Mary, an ordinary girl with ordinary faith

Posted on December 20th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Teenagers, Worldview

Mary was a teenager. There was nothing remarkable about her. The first time we see her is in the first chapter of Luke when she is greeted by the angel Gabriel. To say that she was startled and taken aback would be an understatement! But Gabriel comforted her and then with a few words turned her life upside down. She was going to become a mother. She was told her child would grow up to take the throne of King David and that his kingdom would have no end. So.. read more

Joy and the fear of the Lord

Posted on November 14th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Wisdom

The Psalms are built on one great foundational truth: God rules over the earth. Blessed or joyful is the man who turns away from the world and delights in the law of God. The Psalms also teach that the appropriate fear of God must always come first. The fear of the Lord brings wisdom and joy. Wisdom and joy are two good things that you want for your children! Psalms 111 & 112 state the blessings of the fear of the Lord as leading to wisdom, joy, and delight in.. read more

Always everywhere

Posted on July 14th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Sleep

Children often have fears when they get ready for bed. The scary thoughts don’t really start at bedtime. They are usually there during the daytime, but doing the day there are often enough distractions to not be focused on being afraid. However, at night, when things are calm and the distractions are gone, the scary thoughts return. It is important to grasp for yourself and for your children the reality of fear and the objects of fear. Your children’s fears are not abstract, but real. David addresses the reality of.. read more

When the fear of God departs

Posted on June 21st, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, World View

It is natural for men to fear God and stand in awe of him. When Nineveh was confronted with their sin by Jonah, repentance swept through the great city. The vast power and splendor of God is declared daily by the wonder of creation. The psalmist speaks of how the power and wrath of God should naturally be feared by all of nations of earth: Surely your wrath against men brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill.. read more

All in or all out

Posted on May 18th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, World View

The warrior was huge, ruthless, arrogant. His presence produced fear and anxiety. No one dared to challenge his strength and skill. Combat with him meant certain death. Goliath was a force that would not be denied. The mere thought of him meant sleepless nights and restless days. Do you have any Goliaths in your life? You don’t have to be a warrior to encounter a Goliath. Is there a relationship that seems hopeless? Do you have fears about your kids? Are you a slave to lust? Does your anger seem.. read more

The Dark Shadows

Posted on April 30th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worship

The long, dark shadows of your fears for tomorrow are cast before you. They are like the shadows of the mountains against a setting sun. What is hiding in those shadows? How will you find the help and courage you need to go on and find safety? The hills around you may hide struggles and terrors of all kinds. Where will you find the help you need to keep going? Then your heart remembers that your God made the hills. His sun casts the long, dark shadows before you. His.. read more

The wide road

Posted on March 31st, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Wisdom

Public opinion polls have the goal of finding out what is the most popular viewpoint. Politicians in particular are motivated by these polls; safety in numbers. Polls portend of danger ahead or indicate where most think safety lies. The road with the most people on it is the one leading to security or to at least to an election victory. But Jesus has some warnings about public opinion. John’s gospel tells how Jesus had won the popularity of many at the beginning of his public ministry. “But Jesus would not.. read more

Mary, an ordinary girl

Posted on December 21st, 2016 · Posted in Faith, Fear of the Lord

Mary was a young woman, most likely a teenager. There was nothing special about her. The first time we see her is in the first chapter of Luke when she is greeted by the angel Gabriel. To say that she was startled and taken aback would be an understatement! But Gabriel comforted her and then with a few words turned her life upside down. She was going to become a mother. She was told her child would grow up to take the throne of King David and that his kingdom.. read more

Obedience is better than deliverance!

Posted on November 11th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Three young Hebrew men served faithfully and well in the government of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. But their faith and success was bothersome to those in the elite ruling class. So when the King made a 90 foot tall image of gold and held a dedication service that all of the government officials were to attend, these three Jews were under scrutiny. The royal herald shouted that at the sound of music everyone was to fall down and worship the image of gold. Failure to do so would be punished by.. read more

Who is in Control?

Posted on October 13th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation, World View

Life is about control. Specifically, who is in control. It starts at birth. Babies naturally want to be fed, dry and know comfort. When one of these conditions is not met, who is in control becomes an issue. Later on there is a toy that is appealing, someone’s attention that is desired, and yes, feelings of hunger still matter. Teenagers want control of their time, of how they are perceived, and the lives of those they may be attracted to. Adults want control of outcomes: things like income, relationships, personal.. read more

People pleasing – a fatal attraction!

Posted on September 30th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Ruling Desires, Shaping Influences

Luke recounts a story in Acts about how the early Christians were caring for each other’s needs. He specifically mentions a Cypriot Levite named Joseph who sold a field and brought the money from the sale to the apostles. Joseph was such a blessing that the apostles called him Barnabas, which means son of encouragement. This was a good thing. There was a married couple who apparently observed Barnabas’ good deed and the appreciation he received for it. So they sold some property that they owned. But something happened to.. read more

God’s approval of Job’s Curse

Posted on September 21st, 2016 · Posted in Authority, Fear of the Lord, World View

In the third chapter of Job he recalls the total and horrific tragic events that brought overwhelming despair and agony to his life. He curses the day he was born and wishes that the day he was conceived would be erased. The chapter ends with these words: “What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.” Job had suffered all that we dread as humans. God took his property, livestock and then,.. read more

Emotions and your heart

Posted on September 17th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation

Solomon is adamant that the heart be guarded above all else (Proverbs 4:23). In the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit has provided you with a guide book for understanding emotions. Biblically, emotions can be thought of as the first responders of the heart. If the heart is well-guarded emotions can work for you, not against you. If the heart is not guarded then emotions can bring much damage. The book of Job immediately shows the value of emotions. Job feared the Lord and shunned evil. His.. read more

Another 9/11 has come

Posted on September 10th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord

Fifteen years ago September 11th became a date that will be etched in history. Planes striking the twin towers, the courage of first responders rushing towards the smoking buildings, the dramatic collapse of each tower — terror on American soil became a fearful and lasting remembrance. But is there something to be feared more than these haunting images? The answer is yes. 2,000 years ago Jesus warned his disciples that they had more to fear than those who would persecute them and kill them. There was an even greater enemy.. read more

Deborah, a mother in Israel

Posted on August 30th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Deborah was a Judge in Israel over 3,000 years ago.  She has the distinction of being the only Judge of whom nothing negative is said by the Holy Spirit. Here are three character qualities that all of us can learn from her. Trust in God’s Word Deborah  trusted God’s word for what it was.  Her faith was strong, even when the men of Israel wavered. Barak failed to trust the word of the Lord and demanded Deborah go with him into battle.  Deborah was not afraid to challenge Barak with.. read more

Too busy for God?

Posted on August 20th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Worldview

The sky displays the glory of God. You can see the amazing  power of God in the sky each day. But most of us are too busy to take much notice of the daily display of the glory of God. Vacations are more likely opportunities to notice the work of God above. But what about Monday morning? What about today? Moms, Dads, kids, teenagers—all of us will be encouraged if we will just look at the power of God on display above us. This day and every day God declares.. read more

Wisdom and joy for your children

Posted on July 27th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord

Psalms 111 and 112 both focus on the fear of the Lord. Both psalms have the same acrostic poetic structure. Therefore, it is important to see the connection between the end of Psalm 111 and the beginning of Psalm 112. The end of 111 says that the fear for Lord brings wisdom and the beginning of 112 says the fear of the Lord brings joy or happiness. Wisdom and joy are two good things that you want for your children! The Psalms are built on one great foundational truth: God.. read more

The Lesson of Nice

Posted on July 15th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Fear of the Lord, Worldview

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that regardless of whether one is rich or poor, wise or unwise, prepared or unprepared, young or old, the storms of life will come. These storms come in many forms. Last night the storm of terror swept over Nice, France. There is outrage, sadness and fear. Once again, the question is asked: “Why is this happening?” The answer is that we live in a sin-cursed world. We are told we can be safe. Yet we are shocked to find out there is no safety… read more

Fear & darkness

Posted on June 28th, 2016 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Parenting

The lights are out. Something moves on the wall. There is a sudden, unexpected sound. A scary image flashes on the screen of your child’s mind. Next comes the familiar cry, “Mommy, I’m scared.” You enter your child’s room and ask what’s wrong. The weepy answer that you have heard many times before comes once again, “I don’t know. I’m just afraid. Don’t leave.” What do you do? The first thing to recognize is that there usually is not a response you can make at this moment that will magically.. read more