Psalm 128:1 Blessed In Fear And Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.

Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.

This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.

Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.

When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.

When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.

The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.

Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.

Job 30:20 When God Is Silent

I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me. Job 30:20

Job is feeling the pain of the suffering he has been going through. Most of his life, he had been the leader and the one who helps others. Now that he is going through major troubles, he is seeking help and getting none and is being ridiculed by everyone as though cursed by God. He cries out to God but is not getting any answer.

It is common that when a person, who had been in very high standing, that suddenly falls into extreme hard times, will get put down by others. People will often shun a person who has fallen into difficult times.

This often happens because it appears that they have done something wrong to bring them down to that point. Those in the world are looking at that person as though he is no longer of any value because of the problems. That person can no longer help them out, so leave him to suffer.

There are times in the church where the same problem occurs. The only difference in the church is that people feel that God is cursing or punishing someone for sins to be going through the challenges.

Individual believers, will cry out to God seeking relief, only to get silence. God remains silent at times, making a person feel completely alone. Even though He is watching, God does not seem to care.

How many times in your own life have you gone through some major trial and you cried out to God for relief, but He gave no answer?

God was watching Job and was in complete control of what was occurring. He only allowed Satan to do only a certain amount to Job and no more.

Paul had a challenge in his life and he cried out to God also for relief. God told him that His grace was sufficient for him.

That same grace is enough for you also. You must trust that even though God may be silent, He is still in control and is taking care of you. God will give you everything you need. He is only allowing the best to happen to you.

Stay strong and true to God. In the end you will win with God on your side. He may be silent but He is still there.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will not feel alone in your struggles in this life.

Grace Rules

Title: Grace Rules
Steve McVey
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Date: 1998
Pages: 203

The author looks at how many Christians are living for God, but are not always living in joy and excitement with God. People are always condemning themselves for the sins they have committed and feel that they will never measure up to God’s standard of living. They are being robbed of the abundant life that Jesus said every believer will have.

He points out that many Christians are living under the laws of many things to do or not to do. They feel that in order to please God, they must follow all the laws, both God’s and man-made, perfectly. They also impose those laws on others. This type of living is a legalistic life, living by rules, rather than by grace. If the Israelites in the Old Testament were unable to fully obey the laws of God, no one today can begin to do it either.

Looking at the New Testament, the author shows that Jesus fulfilled the law’s requirements which now allows God to pour out grace on His followers. No person is good enough to deserve the life God is willing to give through Jesus. No person will ever become good enough to earn their way into heaven.

This is where grace comes in. God is willing to give you the abundant life in and through Jesus. Jesus is to live in. You are to be controlled by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, rather than by your own thoughts and actions or this world.

It is pointed out that under the law, you have to obey God. Under grace, you will want to obey God. Previously it was a mandatory requirement. Now it is a choice desire.

The Bible calls every believer in Jesus a holy child of God, a royal priesthood. Do you believe that you are a holy child of God and a royal priesthood in God’s family?

This book will help you see the fullness of the grace God is willing to pour out on you. It will help you see how you can have your heart changed to be able to overcome sinful acts in your life.

If you are struggling with living the “full” life Jesus had promised; or if you feel like there should be more to your life with Jesus; or if you feel like you just don’t measure up to God’s standards, then this book is a great book for you to read.

This book is written in easy to read format. There are questions at the end of each chapter for you to ask yourself in response to what was written. Many scripture verses are used throughout the book. I highly recommend every believer to read this book.

Hebrews 4:16 Approaching God

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

After pointing out that Jesus is the high priest of all believers, he tells the readers to go to God’s throne of grace with confidence. The reason that a believer can go with confidence is that Jesus was human just like every other person. He had to deal with temptations to sin, yet He never did sin. He understands the struggles and challenges, yet always chose the right path.

Many people are afraid to go to God, especially when they have been doing something wrong. They fear the punishment and anger of God. It is often expected that God will strike back and punish a person for every little sin done wrong. This becomes even more so when the sin is one that a person has done over and over again after repenting of it each time.

Instead of approaching in fear, you are told to approach with confidence. You are to boldly go before God’s throne of grace. God has grace greater than any person can imagine. He does not want to punish a person. His desire is to set things right. If He didn’t want to set things right, God would never have sent Jesus to die on the cross for you.

When you go to God you can expect Him to have mercy and grace to help you. The first thing He will do is remove that sin. The next thing He will do is guide you in how to live for Him. He will show you the way to keep from falling back into that sin…if you allow Him to.

Every person has a need, and is not the need of things, it is the need of removal of sin and to overcome temptation of sin in his life.

The only way to have the removal and overcoming is to go to God’s throne of grace. Seek out Jesus and follow Him. Jesus will always give you what you need the most.

Will you trust His love? Or will you stay away in fear?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will be bold in approaching God; that you will trust in God’s grace and mercy for you; and that you will lean on God’s grace to help you in every area of your life.

1 Timothy 1:15-16 The Worst Sinner

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

Paul realized how great of a sinner he was. He called himself the worst sinner. This could be debated as to if he was the worst or if someone else had been worse than him. Regardless of how much a person has sinned, he is a sinner and among the worst.

One must see how bad being a sinner really is. Once that can be seen, it can also be seen how great God’s patience and mercy is.

There are believers, who have been in the church for their whole life or many years, who forget the sin side of their life. If they grew up in the church, they don’t think of their “small” sins (such as telling a lie, cheating on a test, etc.) as that great. Or if they were saved later, but have been a believer for many years, they forget who they had been.

Sin is still sin. It is still against God. When Jesus has saved you, you are saved from your sins. The mercy is just as great for you who has sinned little and for the one who has sinned a lot. Jesus has the same patience for both of you.

If God has patience with you, you, also, should have patience with others that are growing in the Lord Jesus.

How do you see yourself? Are you a great Christian believer? Or are you the worst sinner being saved by grace?

Regardless of whether you told a lie or you murdered a thousand people, you were a sinner. If you are believing in Jesus today, you are being saved.

Do not forget who you were. Remember that at one time you were also against Jesus. Show that example to others so that they may know they may be saved also.

I pray today that you will know how bad all sin is; that you will know the grace, mercy and patience God has for you; that God will help you turn from all sin; and that you will be a light in this world of His love, grace, mercy, and patience.

Ephesians 2:8-9 Grace And Faith

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

All of the false religions of the world require many different things to make it into heaven or perfection. Each one requires things differently, different prayers, or acts, or sacrifices. Even though they do all of these works and ceremonies, none guarantee that the person will accomplish what was desired. Often Christians do the same thing. They require certain acts in order for a person to be saved.

God made the plan of salvation very simple and available to every person. No person ever deserved to be saved. It is only by God’s loving grace that a person can be saved. Every person broke God’s rules and all each person deserves is punishment and death.

Yet, God loved you so much that His grace provided for salvation for you. To have this salvation, all you must have is faith. God knew this and provided faith for you to have as a gift. No person can have faith in God unless God has given him the faith.

Every person has already been given some measure of faith. Faith is trust in the unseen. If you believe someone does not have any faith, show me a person who turns on a light switch and does not have faith that it will turn on. Or drives down the road having faith others will stay on their side of the road. Everyone has faith, it is just a question in what?

God did it by grace and faith so that it would not be by works. Just like the false religions, if you were saved by what you did, how would you know if you had done enough? When would you be saved or still in need of salvation? Along with that, one person could boast that he was more saved than someone else.

God removed all fear and boasting by providing salvation by grace through faith. It is His work, not yours. Have you accepted His gift? Are you believing in the work of Jesus today?

Are you saved? Or are you trying to work for your salvation?

I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will have faith in Jesus for your salvation; that you will not work to earn your salvation; and that God will build your faith in Him.

Galatians 3:18 A Promised Inheritance

“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” Galatians 3:18

Abraham had lived about 430 years before Moses gave the Law of God to the people of Israel. He was promised by God to have many descendants. Since this promise was before the Law was given, it is not dependent upon fulfilling the Law’s requirements. Abraham did not have to earn the promise. All he had to do was believe God would fulfill the promise.

When God gave Abraham the promise, he was very old and beyond the normal age of having children. There was nothing in the normal that Abraham could do on his own to make the promise come about. He had to have faith in God to make it happen.

There are believers today who are trying to earn their salvation. They want to be good enough for God to save them from their sins. They want to prove to God that they are worth it. They go to church every week, read their Bible daily, and stay away from all the “bad” sins. They appear to be good believing Christians.

The challenge comes in the heart. They are trying to earn their inheritance of salvation. Salvation comes from belief in Jesus, faith in God. It is accepting the promise of God. Repenting of your sins and trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus is was saves you. It is not what you do or how well you do it.

God’s grace is so great that it will work through your faith to bring about salvation. You will still mess up and sin. You will make wrong choices and stray off the path God has for you at times. Yet, God’s grace is great enough to bring you back into correct standing with Him. In His grace He will forgive all sins. In His grace He will save you.

Are you trusting in your good works to save you or to put you in favor with God?

Or are you trusting in the love and grace of Jesus and God the Father? Are you trusting the promise that Jesus made?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for your life; that you will trust in the promises of God; that you will not try to earn your salvation; and that you will live in the grace God has given you.