TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, May 28, 2020:
An emotion of dread or apprehension; profound reverence and awe toward God.
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
II Corinthians 7:1.
Blessed is every one that fears the Lord; that walks in His ways.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Godly fear is not dread or apprehension nor is it the fear we feel at times of danger. Godly fear is awe and reverence of God because God is Holy and all powerful. Godly fear brings joy to our lives. Proverbs 1:7 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom to those that believe on His name. Godly fear not only brings knowledge and wisdom but it makes us hate evil and helps us to be righteous, holy and reverential. Godly fear results in righteousness (right-living), (Psalm 33:5), and reverential worship of God. Psalms 33:5 says God loves righteousness and Hebrews 12:28 says that reverential worship is acceptable to God.
Down through the ages there have been men who have changed history because they were God-fearing men. In the Old Testament, there are wonderful examples of how God worked through those who feared God. These men accomplished great things for the Lord because they feared God.
• Noah and his family were saved from the flood because they obeyed God.
• Abraham became the father of a great nation because he feared God and responded with obedience.
• Joseph became a leader in a foreign nation and saved his family from starvation.
• Moses led the children of Israel out of bondage from Egypt.
• Joshua led two million Israelites to the Promised Land.
• David conquered nations and was the greatest King of Israel.
To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him and to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and to serve God acceptably and with reverence. This is what the great men of the Bible learned and lived by daily in their lives. Is there Godly fear (awe and reverence) in your heart?
These statements from scripture will help you evaluate if you are living in awe and reverence of God.
• If we who profess to be believers say that we have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and walk in darkness (un-confessed sin), we lie and do not practice the truth.
• If we walk in the light as He is in the light and have fellowship with other believers and God we are in His righteousness. Godly fear that makes us righteous can only be known by those who have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
• If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us of our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Godly fear will cause you to search your heart every time you read the Bible and go to Him in prayer. If you find sin in your life then judge it, confess it and forsake it.
• Godly fear can also help you to resist temptation in your life. This is why the Psalmist has said "Let all the earth fear the Lord."
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 4:6.
“He taught me and said, let your heart hold fast thy words; keep My commandments and live”.
Thank You that the scripture reminds us that Godly fear brings joy to one's life because it is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge that sets me free from the bondage of sin. Thank You for Your promise in Psalm 128:1, that all those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways will be blessed.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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