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What is the fear of God all about?

What is the fear of God all about?

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Fear of the Master

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the Master is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom.

True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy, just, and righteous.

The fear of God is the basis for my walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.

Should we say “We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done”?

We are a slave of Jesus. Jesus is our Master (aka Lord). Jesus owns us.

I have to be clear about that. Of course, slavery is detestable to us. We all hate slavery. We condemn it. We fight against it.

Yet, Jesus and all the disciples were clear that is what we are though. I’m going with Jesus on this.

As a slave, my role isn’t to take care of myself when the day is done. My work is keep at being a slave and taking care of my Master. A slave is who I am. If I was a servant, I could work for several people.

What is loving-kindness? Why does God shower it on us?

Do we want the quality of compassion and generosity in our lives? We need to learn how God loves the weak and poor. It is demanded of us as a slaves of Jesus. We see the kindness that is shown in the words and deeds of Jesus the Messiah. Do we want the same?

For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but has extended loving-kindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”

Ezra 9:9 (NASB)

What Does it Mean to Delight Yourself in the Lord?

Rhonda Stoppe is the author of 6 books including: Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, and Real Life Romance.Her newest book is The Marriage Mentor, co-authored with her Pastor-husband, Steve Stoppe. (Harvest House Publishers).

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the MASTER and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Since it is human nature to battle against self-worship, we are tempted to focus on the latter half of this verse which seems to promise that God will give us whatever our little hearts desire. But realizing the context of Psalm 37:4 will help us better comprehend what it means to delight in the Lord.

Lori grew up attending a church that was big on emotional experiences. Not a Sunday went by that someone didn’t say they had received a “special word from the Lord.” When the music played there were lots of tears, hallelujah shouts and other things that she wasn’t too sure about. During the week the pendulum swung the other way when Lori attended a conservative Christian school with legalistic overtones.

While her church would say their hunger for experiences expressed their delight in the Lord, the message she got from school was, “God is only delighted when you live up to His expectations”. Lori was conflicted and wanted real answers about what it meant to delight herself in the Lord. Maybe you can relate?

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What Does it Mean to Delight Yourself in the Lord? – Topical Studies

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Am I working for myself? Who am I working for?

God's Work, our hands

God’s Work, our hands

My work is not for myself. My work is for our God. I am a slave to my Master Jesus. My service is to God and not to my employer.

That allows me to have an amazing attitude and smile when others might not. It allows me to go beyond what others might do since my mission is to please Jesus.

And so, with Joshua I say “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.

God has a goal for me. It is not my goal. No matter what, I am really serving God.

It is that simple. That makes all the difference in everything I do.

Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as you would the Messiah. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of the Messiah, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Master and not to people, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Master. | Ephesians 6:5-8



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Is Jesus a lackey to the Sabbath? What is more important, rules or the Ruler?

Jesus is in ControlWhat is more important? Rules and regulations? Or the Ruler?

Jesus deals with the problem of “being religious” head on. The religious elites were giving his disciples a hard time about breaking a rule. Jesus establishes that He is in charge.

That is the central issue to be dealt with.

  • Do I believe Jesus is in charge (the Master) and act on it?
  • Will I believe it today or default to religious rules and procedures?
  • Am I willing to be a slave of Jesus?

God is God. He is absolutely in control. He has given all authority to His son Jesus.

“The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He’s in charge!” ~~Jesus Matthew 12:6-8 (The Message Bible)

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Will the dead hear the voice of Jesus? Will we all be resurrected from the dead?

Every person who has or will live on this earth will experience resurrection.  I know that we as believers understand the Christian resurrection that God has planned for His people, but you need to understand also that every human being who has ever lived will be raised from the dead and there will be a literal, physical resurrection of the ungodly just as there will be of the godly. There will be a physical resurrection unto judgment or damnation just as there will be a physical resurrection unto life. 

All men who ever live on this earth will be raised from the dead.  When the body goes into the ground, that is not the last appearance of that person in visible form.  Eternity is not just a place for spirits, it is a place for resurrected bodies containing spirits.  The resurrection is the subject of this passage as you could easily see.  And it is in this passage that our Master makes the astounding claim that He is the one who raises the dead and then judges all of them.

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Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019 | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. ow.ly/Nhag30oRYRK

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ