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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 8: Fearful Living


You hear the words,

"You LOOK great".

You RECEIVE the words,

and for a fleeting moment you

FEEL great.

Yet deep inside

you know that

LOOKING great

doesn't make you FEEL great

for very long,

because

LOOKING great has no power to change

your heart

that is LOOKING for so much more.

And then you hear the words, "But a woman who

FEARS THE LORD

[reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting HIM

with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised" (Psalm 31:30).

And your heart gets full.

And you want to be THAT woman.

And men, you are not left out,

as when you hear the words,

"How blessed is the man who FEARS THE LORD,

Who greatly delights in HIS commandments" (Psalm 112:1),

oh how you want to be THAT man

and be BLESSED.

So there it is.

We all want it.

And it begins with FEAR.

The FEAR OF THE LORD.

The GOOD kind of FEAR

that a manly man practiced

to a point that he would even kill his own son.

But as Abraham held the knife

above his son Isaac,

who he tied down to be a living sacrifice,

Abraham heard

the voice of the angel of LORD~

“Abraham! Abraham!,

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said.

“Do not do anything to him.

Now I know that you FEAR GOD,

because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:11-12).

Did you read that?

Because of Abraham's

GOOD FEAR,

his FEAR OF THE LORD,

he was willing to OBEY GOD

to the point of killing his own son.

Yikes!

Oh BLESSED is ABRAHAM,

beyond the number of the stars that twinkled in the sky.

Yet it took

THE OBEDIENCE

to

BELIEVE in the absurdity of what GOD was asking.

Could you? Would you?

Oh I would be a doubting Thomas,

as I would shout out to the

LORD,

"Not my son, LORD

Ask me to do anything else, but not my son".

Would I have forgotten that

GOD is a LOVING GOD.

Would I have forgotten that

GOD so LOVES that

HE did sacrifice HIS SON

for you & me & everyone else.

GOD knows the pain of sacrifice

as HIS SON wore it

and GOD allowed it.

Why?

Because the SACRIFICE was the only way

to get ALL GOD'S kids

back to where they ALL belong~

ALL HIS!

Has your FAITH been pushed to a place

of total SURRENDER

that you don't understand why GOD

would allow you to be pushed to a place of

total SURRENDER

that HE is asking you to

TRUST HIM so deeply

with ____________,

that you don't know why

or you don't know how

you could

SURRENDER the ________

because your FEAR is so great?

BUT then you remember

TO FEAR THE LORD

is the answer.

TO FEAR THE LORD~

TO TRUST HIM so deeply with _______

because

GOD said,

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways” (Isaiah 55:8).

Oh let's

LIVE FEARFUL

and

OVERCOME FEAR

by

FEARING THE LORD

and

put your name where it belongs~

"I, _________, TRUST YOU"

(listen to the song below)


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