Fear of God

Today’s Date: Feb 12, 2010

Fear God

 

Reading: Exodus 34-35:9, Matt 27:15-31, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 9:1-6

S – Scripture:

Psalm 33:18 “But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.”

O – Observation:

What does it mean to “fear” the Lord, if God is love, why would we fear him? We should look at the phrase, “fear of the Lord,” or “God fearing”.  We’ve often heard these terms but do we really know and understand why?  I believe this is a good definition of the word fear, as used in the bible:

*Fear:  Although there are occasions in the Bible when the word fear represents the human emotion of terror (Exod. 23: 27), there is also a fear which means awe in the presence of the holy (Eccles. 12: 13). This fear induces a hatred of evil (Prov. 8: 13).

There is also awesome fear in the NT, as when the women were told about the Resurrection (Mark 16: 8). ‘Those who fear God’ or ‘God-fearers’ is a technical term applied to pagans who attended a synagogue but shrank from circumcision (Acts 10: 2).

We should note that in Psalm 33:18 it’s the “awe” of the Lord that induces a hatred of evil. God wants us to reverence him.  Like most of us, whomever raised us as our parents / caregivers, we loved them, and yet we feared them in a way that sometimes was because of the consequences of our misbehavior and even when we didn’t know if they would approve or not, it was a fear of reverence – wanting to please our parents. 

A – Application:

I fear God the same way, yet more intensely because no one is above God. He is our Lord, he gave us his son Jesus for our sins and he is our Savior. Our parents gave us physical life and we were entrusted to them on this earth, yet the Lord has given us eternal life. Thus, above my parents, my spouse, and all others, I fear God above all things, in turn he promises to ‘watch over us’.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your patience, love, and understanding. Lord, I thank you for opportunities – to share your Word and your grace. I ask that you show me your will and allow me to know and do your will with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

*definition of fear found here – encyclopedia.com.

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Gods Will – Not Our Own

Date: February 09, 2010

God’s Will – Not Our Own


Scripture Readings: Exodus 29:1-30:10 ~ Matthew 26:14-46 ~ Psalm 31:19-24 ~ Proverbs 8:14-26  : OYBB

S – Scripture:

Matt 26:39 “Jesus went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”

O – Observation:

Today’s scripture reading in Matthew talks about Jesus’ talking to the disciples about one of them betraying him, communion, and his death.

The scripture that stand out for me is where Jesus knew why his Father sent him on this earth, to die for the sins of the world; and that he would take on God’s wrath for everyone’s sins – Jesus knew that he would receive pain and suffering; as his son, Jesus “fell face down on the ground” and asked his Father in prayer, “If it is possible” don’t let this happen to me, yet humbly and out of obedience Jesus also said, “Yet I want your will, not mine.”

How much of a sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. That is why he is the Savior of this world. He is the mediator between God the Father and us. The Word of God says that God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one, yet all fulfilled a different purpose at a different time – the Trinity – yet all represent the same consistent message – God is love. He came and spoke to his people that he created. People sinned, so God said he would send His son as Savior among the people. When Jesus was to leave this earth, he told the people that he would leave the Holy Spirit, which would live within you as a counselor, guidance, and the Word of God which is living. All these things worked hand in hand so that we would understand who God is and know that he wants his will to be done and we may not know all the “why” questions, but if we are obedient and wish to be followers – we pray, Let your will be done, not my own. Jesus is our greatest example of doing God’s will.

A – Application:

It’s easy to pray this prayer, yet as many things in live and in learning God’s word, how to be obedient. Wanting to please the Lord, placing Christ first in all things (Mt 6:33). Like Simon Peter who told Jesus, we would never betray you – if our lives were on the line could we still declare Jesus as our God? We won’t know until we are put in that situation. This scripture goes along with the threads in my mind that say, “What is my purpose on earth?”  Is the answer as simple as to love God and his people? There’s all this “other stuff” that God commands us to do – basically it’s about our relationship with God and our relationship with those around us.  We then get bogged down with the day to day living, working, temptations, conflicts, actions and reactions – why would God allow such complexity?  I ask myself this as I’m busy doing one thing after another, stressed by finances, relationships, commitments, etc  – and I have to stop and pray, like yesterday’s devo – God doesn’t want us to be anxious for anything – the resolution is prayer – and he promises us peace.

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we thank you for your word. I’m thinking your word is simply put in the bible, with our Father’s history, guidance, instructions, resolutions, and predictions – yet we make our lives complicated and because we have choices – we sometimes tend to go in a different direction then where we should be going. Lord I ask for your forgiveness. Correct me and show me my wrong doings – help me to be less oppositional when it’s not your way and I’m trying to do my own way – help me to know your will and do it with a joyful heart. Help me to love others as you have called me to, even when others don’t know you and/or don’t want to follow your ways – help me to love them they way you need me to and your will be done. In Jesus name, amen.

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Today’s Date:  January 22, 2010

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

 

Reading: Gen 44-45:28, Mt 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13; Our Daily Bread (ODB): Luke 10:27-37

 S – Scripture:

You shall love the Lord your God . . . and your neighbor as yourself. —Luke 10:27

O – Observation:

This is a simple scripture, but very challenging to obey. Here’s an excerpt from ODB, ‘To love “your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) requires the same (read example) urgent kind of love. It’s a love that notices the need of another person and won’t rest until it’s been met. It’s a gentle, tender love that thinks and acts carefully. It’s the sacrificial and compassionate love that a nameless Samaritan had for a fallen traveler. It’s the kind of love God wants to share with your neighbors through you.  — Joe Stowell

A – Application:

I’m challenged to do this, not just for my neighbor, but for my family and friends, people who I love and already care about. It’s easy to say that we’ll love others as we love ourselves, but when push comes to shove, will we really put other’s needs before our own. I see this more so with parents and their children. Parents will often sacrifice their own life and needs to satisfy the safety, well-being, and happiness of their children. Yet even it that type of sacrificial love – I see parents who “choose” one child over another – favoritism. We’ve seen this even in the bible. But that’s another topic. I’ll say that to apply this scripture to my life; I need to ask myself, do I love myself? Do I love God? Do I want to be pleasing to God? Then I need to look at the scriptures after 10:27 – 10:29-37 talks about the Parable of the Good Samaritan, I believe that’s what this devotion is really talking about – being kind and having compassion for those around us – vs 36 Jesus asked, ‘who do you think was a neighbor to the man?’ – And vs 37 ‘the expert replied, “The one who had mercy on him (the man who fell to robbers).

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your grace. Thank you for treating me better than as your neighbor. Thank you for your love and kindness. I pray that I will be able to do what is right and have mercy on my neighbor. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Do I have to love everyone? What if…

January 6, 2010

Title:  Do I have to love everyone? What if they’re…

Readings: Gen 13:5-15:21, Matthew 5:27-48, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 1:29-33

S – Scripture:

‘If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.’ Mt. 5:47

O – Observation:

The scripture verses of Mt 5:43-48 talk about the law of loving your neighbor, and your enemies! To pray for those who persecute you! Which is the way we should behave as ‘true children of our Father in Heaven.’  If we don’t love everyone, then we are just like everyone else in the world that doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ (pagans).  The scriptures say that it’s easy to love those who love you, but even corrupt tax collectors do that.

A – Application:

Of all the things that I am to do as a child of God I find this one of the most challenging.  I have a difficult time praying for someone who has wronged me. I have negative thoughts of people who are unkind, lack integrity, and are just plain spiteful that it’s very difficult to do what God asks of me.  I remember talking to a Christian sister about a person I worked with, who was, well let’s say a very difficult person to be around.  After hearing me gripe about the person and their evil ways, my ‘sister’ said, “Did you pray for her?” – I gasped and said, “how can I pray for someone as horrible as that?”  She wisely said, “Because that’s what Jesus wants us to do.”

I struggled over the next few days during my prayer time. I couldn’t even get the person’s name out of my mouth to pray for them.  I found that I had to ask the Lord for forgiveness first. I had to pray that the Lord would soften my heart towards that person first, because it’s easier to pray for someone I cared for. I needed to have a heart like Christ, to love everyone, even when “I” didn’t think they deserved it.  I need to remember that “I” didn’t deserve God’s love, yet he gave his only son for my life.  Once I forgave, I was able to pray with sincerity.

P – Prayer:

Father help me to remember these scriptures in my daily life. Help me to remember your love for us, even though we didn’t deserve your love and grace, you cared for us and gave us your Son so that we can have eternal life.  I pray that as I grow in your grace, that I will offer that same grace to others. I pray that you will help me be a better example; to be called your child is an honor that I do not deserve. I pray that I can love the way you love us. ###