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    Psm. 34:11..."Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord."
     
       What does it really mean to FEAR THE LORD?   I believe He is telling us to hear Him, obey Him and respect His wishes for us, because He wants us to totally turn to Him in all things...to keep our minds and eyes focused on Him...if you will. I also believe He wants us to 'Fear Him'  to keep us safe and hid under His feathers.
       A Bible commentary said, "The fear of God is an attitude of respect, a response of reverence and wonder. It is the only appropriate response to our Creator and Redeemer’
      It is clear that most of humankind today are not fearing our Lord, and in fact...shaking their defiant fists in His face.   When we humble ourselves to Him, and live according to His standards and not what Society is telling us, we will find ourselves in right standing with Him...respecting His Word and His will for our lives.  When we walk in the spirit and not allow the flesh to have control over us, we find ourselves living in a healthy fear of the Lord.  ‘If You should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared’ (Psalm 130:3-4). 
      What exactly is this healthy fear?   When I was growing up as a teenager, my step-dad told me to never lie.  He said to always tell him the truth no matter what I had done, or how serious my crime was.  I can remember one time being invited to a bar where a band was playing and all the kids went. Of course, I wanted to go also, but knew this was totally 'off limits' to me.  But, I ask could I ride around with my friend for a while, and he said I could. We headed straight to that bar...I went in, but as I sat down with the other kids there, a nagging feeling came over me. Actually, it was there when I was asking to go for that ride, but I ignored it.  I knew I was doing something that I shouldn't do, and I knew I had not been totally truthful to my dad.  I told my friend that I had to leave, but I would sit in the car and wait for her, because I couldn't stay inside.  It was too far to walk home...so I sat in the car.  What seemed like hours had passed and she finally came out. She dropped me off at my house, and I went in. He and my mom were waiting up, as usual. He followed me to the stairway, and asked if I had had a good time.  I said, "No."  He asked where we went. I told him the truth.  I told him the truth because of respect...a respectful fear and love for both my parents...one that knew they loved me and only wanted the best for me.  I learned not to ask them, "Why?" because they always would reply, "Because I said so, that's why!" 
    How much more should we respect the Great I AM?  This Great I AM is also my heavenly Father, and when I ask Him, "Why?" when He tells me to do something, this I AM says, "Because I told you to!"  This, I believe is the meaning of  'Fearing God'.  He tells us to...Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it’ (Psalm 34:13-14).
       The Holy Scriptures tells us that  the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and I believe Wisdom is Jesus Himself.  When we have Jesus abiding in us, we also have wisdom.  ‘I, Wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion … I was formed long ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be ... I was there when He set the heavens in place, when He marked out the horizon on the face of the deep’   (Prov. 8:12,23,27).  
      So see.  This kind of Fear is a good thing.  It is a love and respect for God. It is showing Him our faithfulness and obedience to Him, because we have learned that He is not only our God, but our loving and protecting Father. Without Him we can do no good thing.
      Have a wonderful day today as you ponder on these truths.
     
    ~~~“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those that I do understand.” - Mark Twain~~~
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    Pastor Carolyn, I enjoyed reading this devotional. Thank you for allowing God to use you. William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article "Fearing God" in Christianity Today: Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God's function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world's threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world's equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.

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    Christianity Today: And, of course, the ultimate example of fear and perfect love working together is Jesus Christ. He warned us at every turn to fear God, not men—and he confirmed that in everything about his life and death. He spoke lovingly but frankly to all and didn't mince words when people needed to face their sin and repent. But he also demonstrated love beyond human understanding when he lived out his words, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13)." With love like that, what is left to fear but God?

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    Amen!

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    Thanks for all the loving and encouraging words Pastor Linda Flagg. Appreciate hearing from you. God bless you in all you do for His Kingdom.

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