I now truly understand: Acts 10.34-35

“Then Peter started speaking: ‘I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.'”

Acts 10.34-35

Peter finally began to get the idea of what God desired as he stood before Cornelius and his family. He speaks of Christ, vv. 37-43, but he begins by what God wants from us in order to draw near to him.

Never hesitate to put what God requires of man up front in your message to others. It’s as much a part of the gospel as the death of Christ. Make redemption clear, by sharing God’s part and man’s as well.

#votd #Acts #obedience #fear

They were afraid, Mark 5.15

“They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the ‘Legion’ – and they were afraid.”

Mark 5.15

Jesus did a good deed by restoring a demon-possessed man to wholeness. The people of the region came to see. Jesus’ miracle caused them to be afraid. They had become accustomed to the evil of demon possession.

Does the Good News of great joy frighten us? Are we so accustomed to a warped and twisted existence that the wholeness of purification and forgiveness causes us discomfort?

#votd #Mark #fear

They feared him: Mark 11.18

“The chief priests and the experts in the law heard it and they considered how they could assassinate him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.”

Mark 11.18

Fear of the Lord’s words and actions caused the Jewish authorities to miss the great opportunity before them, to welcome Jesus as the promised Messiah. They wanted power and saw it slipping from their grasp.

Fear is one of the greatest motivators. Fear of the wrong thing can lead to some of our greatest mistakes. What fears have you identified in your life?

#votd #Mark #fear

Free from fear of death: Hebrews 2.14-15

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”

Hebrews 2.14-15

By his incarnation and death, Jesus broke the power of the devil to destroy man. Now, we no longer need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered it.

What aspects of death causes dread or fear in people?

#death #fear #VOTD

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10-26-2017 Faith Or Cowardice

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled’” (1 Peter 3:13-14 NKJV). Christians stand for the truth of God’s Word, having no dread from “threats, nor be troubled.” Our confidence comes from obeying God’s Word. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). This “spirit of fear” is “cowardice,” or shrinking back from. The Bible shows us God’s “power” over everything; it brings out the best in us as “love;” and gives us “a sound mind,” or controlled attitude, we call “confidence.” Christians fear less and have less to fear.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#confidence, #cowardice, #faith, #fear

‘When I am afraid’ Psalm 56.3 VOTD

“When I am afraid, I trust in you.”

Psalm 56.3

David prayed for deliverance after being captured by Philistines.

What causes us fear? What builds our trust in God?

#VOTD #fear #trust

VOTD: Proverbs 1.7 ‘Foundation of knowledge’

“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Proverbs 1.7 NLT

This verse is widely acknowledged as the theme of the book of Proverbs.

How does our fearing God affect daily conduct?

#fear #VOTD #wisdom

Why we’re perennially shocked at deaths in large numbers

Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

Almost an entire professional soccer team, with a gaggle of journalists and flight crew, perished Nov. 29 as they were arriving for the South American Cup in Medellin, Colombia. The team came from southern Brazil. Many of the journalists were well known nationally. Everyone is in shock over the loss of 71 lives. Only six survived.

Apparently, electrical failure was reported by the captain before the plane, owned by a Bolivian company, fell from the sky.

The loss of life is tragic. There is reason to be sad and to mourn. I wrote a short devotional piece, on DeusConosco.com, to help people deal with this moment. Continue reading

#corollaries, #death, #fear, #mission, #murder

‘Hiding beliefs and convictions’

A comment on Mat 5.16:

“The policy of obscuration, of hiding beliefs and convictions, is often urged by lukewarm Christians, so-called ‘reasons of prudence and wisdom: gradual accustoming of men to new ideas; deference to the prejudices of good men; avoidance of rupture by premature outspokenness; but generally the true reason is fear of unpleasant consequences to oneself. ‘ To think and act thus is deliberate disloyalty to Christ. Your light, given to you from above, not to be used according to expediency, but to shine; your light, not you, the object being not to make your person prominent, but your Christianity. The Christians, individually and collectively, should perform this task as their steady work. For the light which shall be thrown out from them in every direction, before all men, consists in their good works, the fruits of their regeneration, the proof of their being illuminated by Jesus. These should be seen by the people for a definite reason. All men that come in contact with their works shall be forced to draw conclusions as to the power that inspires them. And so the glory, the honor will be placed where it properly and exclusively belongs, will be given to the Father in heaven. This fact renders the admonition urgent by giving to it its real basis.”

Paul Kretzmann

#fear, #mission, #persecution

Fear God always

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)

God’s goodness is infinite and it is laid up for those that fear the Lord. When we come to fear God, we know He is our Creator. He is our Master or Lord. As we tremble before God, reverence and respect Him, we will do what He tells us to do in His Bible.

God Bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box

#fear #Bible #God #Charles-Box

How to start the new year

In my RSS feed a daily post shares information about some people group who, in the eyes of the organization behind it, has not been reached by the gospel. Now, the organization and I have a different idea of what the gospel is. But I appreciate the effort, and each day I have determined that I will look at the information about the people group selected and pray that the Lord will send workers with the true gospel to them. It’s one way in which I seek to fulfill the Lord’s order to pray for more workers to be sent into the harvest. Besides asking for workers in our own region.

I’d be interested in hearing how you go about praying about this need. Really interested. Continue reading

#corollaries, #fear, #happy-new-year, #prayer, #reblogging, #resolutions

Ted Knight's Edifier: Happy New Year!

Beloved, we wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year. We close the year 2014 and nothing can be done to change it. However, we have a new year before us now and we can resolve to make it a great year to the glory of God.

We pray that you will be blessed with what the Lord knows is best for you, and that you will accept that and march forward to a productive year. Continue reading

#evangelism, #fear

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(#68) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:13-Pick one: Despise or Fear God’s Word.

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:13: “He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

“Despises” is a verb meaning “having no regard or respect for.” Another proverb applies this principle to prayer: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Without exception, either eternal or physical destruction or both, comes to those who reject God’s Word. Jesus also said: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47). Though Jesus did not come to be the Judge the first time, He will, at His Second Coming (Hebrews 9:27-28), for He said: “”And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

There will be no scoffers, agnostics, atheists, immoral, wicked, or perverse people who “will be rewarded,” for they, all, refuse to “fear the commandment” of God. Solomon said this, and then the Apostle Peter also: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14); “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35). God’s reward is for those who accept His Word and treat it accordingly: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#believe, #bible, #bible-study, #commandment, #despise, #fear, #gods-word, #obedience, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #salvation, #truth, #wisdom

The Path to Survival and Success

I sometimes parody Robert Frost’s old poem by saying, “Two paths diverged in a wood, and I, I blazed a new trail between them.” One should never let tunnel vision limit their achievements. Just because three options present themselves does not exclude the possibility of a fourth. Creatively pondering what other paths one may take may just prompt recognitions of a new trail.

Sometimes, however, our trails reach a dead end. A deep chasm looms ahead or a wall blocks our progress. What shall we do? One possibility is to turn around and go back to our starting point. We also might choose to give up. When some people reach this situation in their lives, they attempt suicide. Almost always, other options exist than surrendering. One may try to climb the wall or build a bridge across the canyon. If a wall, we may look to the right and left to see if passageways exist in those directions. We may even be able to build a door in the wall. Seriously, even when it seems that there are none, options usually exist in life. They may not be our first choice; they may require giving up a long-cherished goal. Sometimes the new path leads in a better direction.

Psalm 37 gives several insights to surviving and thriving when it seems opposition cannot be overcome or that we have run out of options. These include:

“Do not fret” (verses 1 and 8).
“Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 2).
“Commit your way to the Lord” (includes prayer, verse 3).
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”(verse 7).
“Refrain from anger” (verse 8).
Keep the word of God in your heart (verse 31).
Follow good role models (verse 37)
“Take refuge” in God (verse 40).

Maintaining calm and trusting reliable counselors (to include God) greatly increase odds for survival and success. Restraining anger and panic is critical. Fear breeds failure. Having a sustained pattern of behavior, especially in scripture study, prayer, and association with other believers, helps but one also needs to learn to wait and to build flexibility. Rigidity paralyzes people when unexpected situations arise. The message of Psalm 37 is that even when situations seem to require new solutions, some basic truths and practices will sustain us. When multiple options exist in life, God’s word will help us navigate the best trail to our destination.

#anger, #church-of-christ, #faith, #fear, #god, #hope, #poetry, #prayer, #robert-frost, #role-models, #scripture-study, #suicidal-ideation, #trust, #tunnel-vision

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(#30) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:24-25-Why Are You Running Away?

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 10:24-25:

“The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honor God’s Wisdom in their lives, they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honorably. Other Proverbs show this, as well: Proverbs 28:1: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion;” Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” A guilty conscience makes one afraid, but one who “trusts in the LORD” feels “safe” and “bold as a lion.” Governments who fear their own citizens will govern badly and fail. Corporations who fear honest competition will resort to dishonorable methods and lose their appeal. The Word of God, and Book of Proverbs in particular, is full of references to “the fear of the LORD,” using “fear” meaning “awe and respect” of God. “The fear of man,” however, brings its own “snare.” The Psalmist said in Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Jesus Christ taught: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). This was echoed in Hebrews 13:6: “So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”  Propaganda Merchants drum home the doctrine of “Fear” of nearly everything and everyone. Harlotwood spews this doctrine in its movies. People who live in fear have difficulty having love, because: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

Then there are people whose conscience makes them flee for good reason: they have done something worthy of death. Proverbs 28:17: “A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him.” This follows God’s principle of capital punishment in Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” God’s Law given through Moses continued this relationship in Numbers 35:33: “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.” Those who are “burdened with bloodshed” would include abortionists, other murderers, inciters of riots, racial hatred propagators, and any other hateful person who prompts violent deaths. Their consciences should disturb them and make them run for cover and hide from right-thinking people, for murder victims must be vindicated by the death of their murderers.

Contrast this with the “desire of the righteous” who will be rewarded in this life and the life to come. After the “whirlwind” (tornado) of judgment has passed over the land, the “wicked” will have lost all they live for, while the “righteous” will have their honorable “everlasting foundation” upon which to rebuild their lives.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #corporations, #fear, #fear-of-god, #fear-of-man, #flee, #governments, #harlotwood, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wisdom