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The fear of the Lord

Of recent, I was listening to a sermon and the pastor said that he got a revelation about the fear of the Lord.

He said one night as he read Psalm 19:9, he got the revelation that Lucifer fell because there was no fear of God in him.

I had never looked at the fall of Lucifer in this light. This got me thinking more about the fear of the Lord. Quetioning my heart in thefear of the lord. So many times I have heard of the reverancial fear that we should have for God but somehow, I had taken for granted that a lack of fear for God leads to disobedience towards God. I had always thought it was pride that made Luficer fall and here I was, seeing how his lack of fear for God made him think he could actually compare himself to God, to make himself a god of some sort and eventually led him to riot against the most high and wage a war on heaven, whose outcome was obvious from the beginning.

But how could Lucifer having known God, thought he even had a chance? Somehow I feel that in the abundance of God’s goodness, he took for granted the authority and power, of the almighty God. And yet, we Christians, have lived so much in God’s grace that we have chosen to take it for granted. Paul asked, “shall we sin so grace might abound? God forbid” yet how many of us live by this principle, me being the chief of them all.

This leaves me humbled by all the times I have displayed a lack of fear for God. Where I have decided to despise him or without any sort of remorse just ignored his instructions only to fulfill the desires of my flesh,even for a moment. But if this lack of fear is going to separate me from my God, it is not worth it.

Once I understood what was at stake if am ignorant about fearing God, I was triggered to study more. As I continued to study about the fear of God, I realised the Bible has so much to say and to teach about the fear of the Lord. Surely this must be so important if it is so much stressed in multiple verses in the Bible.

The difference between fearing God and fearing God

First we have to differentiate between fearing God and being afraid of God. God is love and we are his Children thus we must neither be afraid nor scared of God. But we need to approach him with the respect and in owe of his glory and magnificence. When we are afraid of God, it is like we are processing that he is evil. We should approach God with a confidence that his good and wants the best for us, yet with humility because he is the almighty God, holy and above all things.

WHY WE SHOULD FEAR THE LORD

Here are some of the key reasons I find why every Christian ought to have the fear of God in him at all times.

1. It is in the fear of the Lord that we are sustained eternally.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgements of the Lord are true and righteousness altogether. Psalms 19:9

2. The fear of the Lord is a shield against evil forces.

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23

See in the fear of the Lord, our God given life is sustained. It is tended to. Built up as we grow more and more until we are full to overflowing.

We know that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. But here we see that in the fear of God, we are not visited by evil. And our life is ours to the fullest. It can’t be stolen from us by the devil.

Psalms 85:9 continues to say that salvation is close to those that fear God.

3. It is when we fear God that we are willing to depart from our sin

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil proverbs 16:7

Have you ever wondered why you take so much delight in sin even if you have been saved and believe God to be your saviour? You just can’t get yourself to stop doing what you know to be wrong!

Much as part of the reason being we still live in a fallen body and the devil and his demons are constantly trying to steal our abundant life from us, a lack of fear for God does not help the situation.

I can assure you, as long as you do not fear the lord, you will not let go of your sin. As long as you take God’s grace for granted, which too is a sign of a lack of fear, you will make excuses to continue living in your sin.

Paul calls us to lay down the old man who was crucified and live a life that is dead to sin. Your fear of God must partner with His Holy Spirit to enable you to move according to his will.

In the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death – Psalm 14:27

Usually when the Bible uses the word fountain, it is in the context of a flow what has no end which comes from within and can’t be affected by outward circumstances.

See the fear of the lord, helps you to -from within your heart- keep away from anything that might pervert your body, soul and spirit. It is like the desire to take part in some of the things you once delighted in is purged out of you. In this new life, all traps of the devil to try to lure you into temptation, even unto death, cease to entice you.

4. We are blessed by God when we fear him.

He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great – Psalms 115:13

There are multiple examples of how so many people in the bible gained favour in the eyes of God because of the fear they had for Him. This fear was expressed in so many various ways. But we see as a result, God was pleased with them and abundantly blessed them, the greatest blessing being him having a close relationship with them.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his lovingkindness towards those who fear Him – Psalms 103:11

So as we continue to give our hearts to God, let us also cultivate hearts that fear the lord. Because God is worthy of our love, worship and reverance.

What do we allow our eyes to see?

Today let’s talk about TV.

Many of us underestimate the power of Television. We take for granted that we believe what we see. That comes naturally to us. Even if we know now that our eyes can believe an illusion or be tricked.

Of all senses, the eye seems to guarantee the truthfulness of an aspect. We believe it is true if we see it with our own eyes. That is why TV, while being good, can be deadly if we don’t intentionally with wisdom choose what we will watch. See we might hear things, and not believe them. And yet if the same things are shown to us, they all of a sudden becomes real antld true.

Seeing overpowers hearing

Remember Jesus said blessed are those who believe without seeing. He was challenging us to believe in Him, even without having to see. Why? Because sometimes we want to see something in order to prove it is true. But let us turn the tables. What if what we are seeing is not even true?

We have what we call eye witnesses for a reason. It seems like their report is more reliable than that of someone who was just told something. It is proven that humans always change the message if the hearing chain is so long. The more people hear something and pass on the information, the more the message will be perverted. We know this. And we have learnt, not to relay on just what we hear, at least, for the bigger part.

See radio has never been half as influencial as Television on our minds. Much as radio leaves the listener the freedom to create the image of what they hear in their mind, TV will obe that ht away us. Television will create that image for you and you will believe it, if you are not careful.

A resent example which I laughed over was the royal wedding. After it was done, they immediately showed a movie about the couple, how they met up to the wedding. It was such a good strategy to sell the movie. But after it was done, a few hours later,the person I watched with told me how the prince was almost eaten by a lion while he was in Africa. 😀😀😀. I laughed and told her that was the movie, not the news😀. She realised and said “I keep confusing the two.” Now much as we had watched the movie together, I realised her image of the Duke and duchess had changed.
Even I, who watched from the word go telling myself it is a movie, it ain’t true, sometimes tend to remember what I watched and wonder If maybe some bit of it was true.

News

Now TV is great for information. Let us talk news. News are meant to be true. But it would be really foolish to just believe all the propaganda in the news. Because at the end of the day, the news might be true, but the way they are presented will seek to communicate what either the government wants, or what the TV manager or the financially powerful people want. News can be used to lead the masses into a certain direction.

Those of us who have done interview that were to be shown later on tv know that only half of what they say is truly shown. And that sometimes, all of a sudden the meaning changes. It is through news that whole nations can try to wipe away others. So as we watch our news, let us also check ourselves if we are not moving with the masses into a certain mentality that we are supposed to break free of. This must not just be political, tribal, racial, sometimes the influence can be about the morals and suppression of rights or poverty mentality, rebellion or government dependency that’s being spread through news.

Check yourself and compare yourself with the people around you. If half the time you find that you, as a Christian agree with more than half of views of the common popular, maybe you are being influenced by something else other than God.

Where does the influence on Christians come from?

First of all God can not be in the same boat as the world, nor sin and righteousness, likewise you are a Christian should not have a world view. God doesn’t suppress our uniqueness. But he works with our different talents to bring his will done by different people in different ways. Even in the church, u r not supposed to be the “same” in all your ways. Unity doesn’t mean being same. But yet we try to imitate what we see even in churches. Imitating how we pray, how we talk, all because we saw someone we esteem of high spirit rank do it that way.

Christian movies

Let us take a look at Bible movies. The worst is the movie of Noah. How the fallen angels helped him build the ark n then God forgave them and as men killed them, they went to heaven. I mean imagine a person who ain’t conversant with the Bible watching that movie before reading the text.

The same goes to all those movies of Jesus as a child. Likewise the Hollywood movie the passion of Christ. Of which I must admit, I just can’t put my finger of the small details that were changed in the movie but reading today’s devotion, I was confronted with one which is true but not biblical. The saying “This too will pass” has picked ground from the movie but it is not a biblical text. God defines clearly what will pass and what won’t. Some things are a constant in the Bible because God is never changing and His word shall never pass away.

The question is, as Christians, do we let even Christian movies affect our faith? Have we believed them blindly without checking what the Bible says? Let us be vigilant. You don’t want to believe a lie when God has given us the truth.

Crossing over: First from life to death, Now from death to life.

We had to only avoid one thing so that we can maintain our life, and fellowship with God. to avoid moving from life to death. Now we only have to do one thing so that we can get back our life and fellowship with God. to move from death to life.

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Learning from Paul and Silas 2

Discerning evil spirits

This is a continuation of the series Learning from Paul and Silas. If you have not read the first part of this series, please find it on this link

Hearing the Spirit of God speak clearly.

In the first series, we talked about God might sometimes forbid us, by his Spirit, from doing the things that seem to be according to his will according to scripture and how it is important to not insist and continue on our own but rather to obey him even if our intentions are right. Now we shall look how Paul could not only discern when the Holy spirit spoke, but also could tell when demons spoke. Continue reading “Learning from Paul and Silas 2”

Learning from Paul and Silas 1

Hearing the Spirit of God speak clearly.

 

Hearing God first, even when we are labouring for Him

Many times, when we talk of the Holy Ghost speaking to us, we only dwell on him telling us to do the things we know are right from the past experiences and learning we have made with God or in the church. Other times, he is revealing to us the mysteries of this world and the spiritual realm. And on some occasions, we see him rebuking, correcting and counselling us. Hardly do we ever think of the Holy Spirit telling us not to do God´s will, at least, when he says “not as yet!” Continue reading “Learning from Paul and Silas 1”

Healing the Scars

Last year, I got an oil burn on my hand. The wound was huge and the scar it left after 2 weeks was evident. I remember going to a pharmacy to get something that would prevent this wound from becoming a scar just 2 days after the accident and the pharmacist told me “it will not go, maybe with time it will get lighter and less visible but a scar will always be there” I went away and thank God for life and busy schedules for I never had a chance to worry about the scar or give it any attention.

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Give Back To God, What Belongs To God

‘Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.’ Mark 12:17

Lord, should we pay tax?

This is a question that was asked to trap Jesus. It was meant to bring Him condemnation by either causing him to speak against paying taxes or by tricking him into implying obedience to worldly authority is more important than obedience to God. They knew if he chose one option over the other, he would be condemned. But Jesus answered it with such wisdom. He did not have to choose. He told them to give back to Caesar what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God.

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In the Image of God

What does it mean to be made in the image of God? What evidence is there to prove that we are made in the Image of God? How can one identify the Image of God in us? Do we become less of God´s image when we fall from grace?

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ” – Genesis 1:27

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Sweet comforter By Lauren James and Job Gonzalez – lyrics

Sweet comforter,
Lover of my soul.

After all that i’ve done,

will You take me home.
Sweet comforter,

in this stillness i wait.

I long to hear Your heart,

and hear You call my name.
My darling child,

I carry you along.

You’re my sweet delight,

and I won’t let you go.
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart.
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart.

Oh oh oh oh x4

Ah ah ah ah  x4
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart.
Don’t ever feel like it’s gotta be earned.

My love won’t give you what your actions deserve.

So when you seems like you’re missing the mark.

Be still child I’m holding your heart.
My darling child,

put your mind at ease.

When it’s all said and done,

you’re coming home with me.
By Lauren James and Job Gonzalez

This song is such a beautiful reminder that His Grace is enough for us.

Understanding what took place at the cross

It is not a rare thing, to meet a Christian who has little or no knowledge of the very foundation of our Christian faith which is, Christ died for our sins so that we might be saved. Why is this so? I believe this situation is as a result of a lack of mentoring and ample time to study biblical truths about salvation.

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