The Wisdom of Fearing God

Fearing God is found throughout the Bible. The Old and New Testaments tells us to fear God. And for good reason. Contained within God’s Book are many examples of the way he disciplines disobedience.

God wrath isn’t subtle. He gives us every opportunity to repent. The Old Testament is full of God’s patience in allowing the Israelites to change their sinful ways and live in obedience. The Lord was fair with them before acting on His judgment for their defiance. And God has given us their recorded history to remind us the penalty for disobedience.

When God delivered Christ to the world, this changed the way He deals with unfaithful actions. Jesus is God’s last covenant with humanity and without believing in Christ, no one will enter heaven. Once a believer places faith in Christ; then the wisdom of fearing God becomes understood.

The fear of God isn’t one that pushes us away from Him. It draws us closer to Christ because the knowledge of God’s judgment becomes real. Christ is the one who teaches us the way God will handle unbelievers, and the Book of Revelation is the blueprint to God’s final judgment. Don’t be mistaken; everyone one will face Christ’s verdict.

The good news is fearing God paves the way for our eternal inheritance. God shows us through Christ the rewards for following His commands. Our Father makes sure we have a place in heaven. We are fortunate to be chosen by God!

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)

Do you fear God?

Belonging to God’s Remarkable Kingdom

Belonging to something is one of my most cherished experiences. In my past being a part of something intrigued me. Even though I wanted to belong to social circles, I never was comfortable around others. I feared rejection. And these insecurities grew stronger as I entered adulthood.

Today I’m grateful to share with you God has open Christ’s door, and I now belong to His kingdom. This eternal revelation taught me when I fail to rely on Christ then my sense of worthlessness returns with a vengeance. Without being a part of Christ my actions and behaviors become unmanageable causing me to react to life in evil ways.

The-fear-of-man-lays-a

God’s calling is the most significant and dynamic message of my life. He made belonging to His Church (Christ) the greatest joy of life. Nothing brings me more enjoyment than living with Christ. God has taken my soul, given it to Christ and united it with His Spirit. I owe everything to God.

The Lord gave me eternal hope secured through my faith in Christ. And when I’m living in God’s will He showers me with His Spirit letting me understand I belong to Him forever.

Before God rescued me, self-centered fears got the best of me. My outlook on life was negative. I lived in isolation and never could shake my loneliness. And the more I relied on myself, the worse my life spiraled out-of-control.

When my life became hopeless, God snatched me out of the darkness and into His Light. God awakened me to His truth, and Christ removed my self-centered fears replacing them with Christian confidence.

God’s invitation to join Him is remarkable. It’s gratifying belonging to Christ’s church, and nothing the world offers matches this unbelievable joy. Nothing in the world satisfies my love for God. I owe everything to the Lord.

For-God-gave-us-a-spirit

 

One of the neatest awareness of being a part of God is I’m never alone. Since the day God anointed me with His Living Spirit, my loneliness has taken a back seat. Every day I’m blessed to experience His presence and understand Christ is with me.

Don’t misunderstand me; I have times of discouragement but God never leaves me alone. His Spirit is alive inside me,   and He never leaves without being connected.

Today I’m comfortable living in my skin without the fear of inadequacy. Now that God has placed me in Christ this gives me a spiritual courage strong enough to walk in Christian confidence. And when I keep Christ as my primary focus then my unwarranted fears melt away giving birth to a life anchored in eternal security. God will do the same to you!

Another excellent awareness of belonging to Christ is the connection I experience with other faithful followers. Many times I have felt God’s Spirit radiating through the hearts of others. Every time I share God’s words with my brothers and sisters in Christ the closer I become with God. And this experience motivates me to carry Christ’s Gospel. I’m grateful for the brotherhood and sisterhood God has brought to my life.

God’s world is incredible! I hope you are experiencing the joy of having Christ as your savior!

There-is-no-fear-in-love

God’s Spirit of Freedom

July 7, 2016

Everyone experiences times when life becomes tough. Physical illness, emotional instability, the death of a loved one, financial troubles, and other life’s terms are typical human circumstances. No one can avoid the problems created by Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace.

Are you experiencing problems today?

I understand how to suffer the pains of trials. It isn’t easy applying faith in troublesome times. In my times of tribulations, I have to remind myself to keep my focus on Christ and devote myself to God’s word. When I stay willing to rely on Christ during the storms of life, then God shows me His Spirit of Freedom. Waiting on God’s grace is worth it because the peace from receiving His compassion is astonishing.

The Greatest Freedom

The biggest freedom known to humanity is God. God’s love for humans is remarkable! Our Father wants to give us eternal life, free from too much sin and full of spiritual life. Every time we follow Christ we are liberated (redeemed) from sin and become worthy to glorify God.

Don’t give up in times of distress because Christ will free you from your woes and bless you with God’s grace. Remember, on the other side of tribulations is Christ’s peace where serenity is abundant. God always frees the faithful.

The Apostle Paul shows us the value of God’s freedom:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Have you found God’s Spirit of Freedom?

A Troubled Celebration

Today, the United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain. Two hundred forty years ago they ratified their Declaration of Independence. They paid a heavy price (war) to break free from English rule. This wasn’t easy and took many human casualties to win against their mighty opponent. Their relentless pursuit of freedom secured the victory.

I’m grateful to live in the United States of America. My entire life this country has allowed me to make personal choices with little government interference. I know other countries don’t rule the same way, and this shows me how fortunate I am to live in a nation with good intentions. Even though the USA has problems, it still attracts people to its borders.

slide_3

I try to avoid discussing what’s wrong with our nation, but many of my family and friends ask me my views. So, I took this opportunity to share them with you.

The founding fathers of the USA incorporated a set of Christian standards as the way to rule their citizens. Their faith in God helped shape the way this country conducted themselves. They wanted to show their citizens a new and improved government where expressing spiritual beliefs matter.

It’s sad but over time the U.S. moved away from acknowledging God to a nation anchored in secularism. This subtle shift started when they overtook the Native Americans (Indians) and stripped them their freedom. Civil war, capitalism, mistreatment of citizens (African Americans) and liberalism give evidence to the spiritual decline it shows, and a nation centered in ungodliness.

america-the-beautiful-3-728

In Biblical times we see how God treated nations who reject His rule. The  Old Testament gives excellent examples of God’s justice. Many ancient empires came into contact with God’s wrath. Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Persia couldn’t defeat God and experienced His mighty power (Psalm 9:17). And now the U.S.A. is showing God the same rejection.

God’s enemy is cunning and uses leaders to help separate people from Christ. Unbelievers are blinded to the devil ways because they live in spiritual darkness and believe government can solve cultural problems. Their deception keeps them from knowing God. This outlook is shallow since it blocks them from understanding Christ solves humanity’s problems.

The United States has forgotten their roots. Abortion (murder), same-sex marriages and transgender behavior are accepted and glorified. Racial hatred, incarceration of innocent people and poverty continue to make national headlines reminding us the ungodliness this nation has become. These are the facts and no matter how much someone denies them the truth stays the same. No country can change without God.

Don’t misunderstand me. God uses this nation to do well, and I’m grateful to notice the kind acts it shows. But my salvation isn’t contingent on governments. I must stand firm on my faith and live according to Christ’s will or face spiritual death. This means sharing my faith and help spread the Gospel. Every time I live in God’s purpose, the rewards are remarkable. Christ is amazing!

slide_39