Friday, December 6, 2019

Fear God, 150


~ Not Fearing God Shows a Lack of Understanding ~

God does not want His children living in fear.  “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3).  However, God does want His children to have a proper respect and reverence for Him.  We are told in many places in Scripture to “fear God.”  

This Week’s Passage  ~  “Declare this in the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah, saying, ‘Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not: Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.  Will you not tremble at My presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?  And though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.  But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed.  They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season.  He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”  Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you’” (Jeremiah 5:20-25).

Fearing God Results in Salvation  ~  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).  A wise person fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16).  This does not mean the Christian is to live a fearful life—but a life which reverences God and seeks to do His will. 

Fearing God Results in Fearlessness  ~  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).  The answer is: only God.  With the gift of salvation comes responsibility.

Fearing God Results in Witnessing  ~  “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16). 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bible Answer, 67


~ Did You Get It Right? ~

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question:  Which Old Testament prophet was angry because his preaching was successful?

answer:  Jonah

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.’  So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.  Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent.  And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk.  Then he cried out and said, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’  So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them” (Jonah 3:1-5). 

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.  So he prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country?  Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.  Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!’  Then the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’” (Jonah 4:1-4).

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

God A-Z, 22(V)of26


~ “Victorious” and 4 More ~

In this series we look at God’s names (formal and informal from Biblical and English languages) as well as clear descriptors of God from Scripture.  In 26 posts we look at names which start with a successive letter of the English alphabet.  (Only a sample of many references are provided.)  Each of these names / descriptors apply to one or more members of the Triune Godhead. 

VENGEFUL  ~  Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30; Deuteronomy 32:34-41

VICTORIOUS  ~  Genesis 3:15; Psalm 18:50; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 15:2-4

VINE  ~  John 15:1

VINE DRESSOR  ~  John 15:1

VOICE  ~  Psalm 29:3-9; Matthew 8:26-27; John 10:3-4; Hebrews 3:7, 15

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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