Jeremiah 36:23-24 No Fear Or Remorse

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Jeremiah 36:23-24

Jehoiakim was the king of Judah and had been leading the people into sin against God. Through Jeremiah, God had been telling the people that destruction was coming because of their actions. Some of the people heard the words and believed them. When it was reported to the king what was being said, he requested the scroll be brought and read to him.

As the scroll was read, he would tear out section by section and burn it in the fire. When the entire scroll was read it was destroyed and there was no fear of God in what was said, nor did they turn and repent of their sins.

Very few people today would purposely burn the Bible if they were given one, even though even fewer would take time to read any of it. There are many people who go to church each week and hear the words of God read from the Bible. Instead of burning the Bible, they ignore it. Most people ignore most of what the Bible says.

The world likes to pick out the verses that God loves them, all believers are to forgive, and that there will be peace and happiness some day. When it comes to the verses talking about turning away from sin and coming judgment, most people ignore them.

Ignoring God’s word is no different than the king burning the scroll. It is actually better for one to burn the bible than to ignore it. Burning it, shows one has no fear of it or remorse for sins. Ignoring it gives the appearance of accepting it, while the heart is far from God.

Think about when you hear or read parts of the Bible. What are your thoughts on what you hear or read? Do you strive to apply those words to your life?

Do you respect and honor God’s word or do you ignore it and go on with your life?

Do not burn God’s word today, they are words of life, abundant, eternal life.

I pray today that you will find life in God’s word; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will apply His word to your life; and that you will not ignore what God has to say to you.

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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.

2 Samuel 6:7 Respect For The Holy

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. 2 Samuel 6:7

After the ark of the covenant had been in the hands of the Philistines for a time, David had finally got it back. He was having it brought back to Jerusalem. On the way the oxen, that were carrying it, stumbled and ark started to tip over. Uzzah reached out to grab it and steady it. This went against God’s laws to never touch the ark by hand. God was angry with him and struck him down.

Being reverent for something means that one will have the proper respect for that item or person. It is very common for people to be irreverent about many different things. They will crack bad jokes about the president, God, churches, their boss, the police,  their parents, and most anything else. This can be constantly seen in nearly every television show and movie.

Not only can this be seen in the world, it can also be seen in the church. People in the church should have the proper respect for what is holy. As the pastor is speaking, how many times are people texting, or talking, or doing something else? There is no respect for the pastor or God’s word that was given him. Others will make jokes about God’s word or play around when there is a time of prayer.

There is a fine line between freedom and being irreverent with what is God’s things, those things that are holy. You are not to be a legalist in dealing with the things of God, but should have a healthy, holy respect for them.

As a believer, you must have the highest respect and honor for anything that is holy. Some things that are holy are: times of prayer, reading of God’s word, talking about God, witnessing, and any place God has set up for a place of worship.

How are you treating the things of God?

Are you showing God the respect and honor He deserves?

Or are you being irreverent and selfish, like the world around you?

I pray today that you will see the holiness in the things of God; that you will treat all the things of God with great respect; that God will not have a reason to be angry with you; and that the world will see through you the holiness of God.

1 Timothy 3:8 Worthy Of Respect

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8

Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.

It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.

Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.

Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.

The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.

Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.

How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?

It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.

Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.

I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Luke 1:50 Extended Mercy

“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” Luke 1:50

Mary was pregnant with Jesus. She went to see Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John. Elizabeth realized that the baby Mary was carrying was a child of God, the coming Savior, and calls her blessed.

Mary then rejoices in God for what He has done. Part of her praising God is that she notices that God pours out mercy on any person who fears Him.

Notice that God’s mercy is not on every person. It is only on those who fear Him.

This fear is not the being scared of God. It is a deep respect for who He is and what He can do. God is the one in control and has absolute rule.

Many people do not recognize this fact of God. Even many Christians do not really fear God. He is often looked at as the Old Man Up There, rather than the Creator, King, Ruler, and the One Who Can Save and Destroy.

Others just look at God as the one to whom they run when in trouble, otherwise they do not really need Him.

When Mary was told she would be pregnant outside of wedlock with the child of God, she did not understand it. All Mary did was accept it. She feared God. She respected God’s control and choices.

When a believer respects God, He pours out His mercy on that person. God gives a believer His favor. Every person messes up, and God has the right to destroy that person. The price of sin is death.

As you fear and respect God’s rule He will pour out His mercy on you. God will forgive you and give you His favor. He will pour out His wisdom into your life. He will answer your prayers.

Do you fear God today? Do you respect His authority?

I pray today that God will reveal more of Himself to you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for Him; that you will allow God to have absolute authority over your life; that you will make God King of your life; and that God will show His mercy towards you.

1 Peter 3:7 A Word for Husbands

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Peter 3:7

Peter had just finished telling wives to submit to husbands. Men, before you puff up with pride, Peter has something for you. Husbands, you are supposed to be considerate and treat your wives with respect.

Many men use the previous verses to demand their wives to be their servants, demanding many things from them. Here it states to be considerate as you live with your wife. Are you demanding a meal on the table at a set time? Do you call for your drinks while watching a game? Do you make your wife train your children? Do you go out with the buddies every night? These are not considerate ways to live; instead, they are selfish ways of living.

Share the responsibilities with your wife. Do not be selfish in all you do. Help her out with the cleaning; with the training the children; giving her time to be with her friends; and many other ways. Treat her as you would want to be treated.

It also states to treat her with respect as the weaker partner. You are to be her support, her strength, and her protector, not her master/dictator. Along with the reason of her being the weaker partner, she is also an heir with you in the salvation God provides. Build her up, do not tear her down. Do not ridicule her. Do not shame her or bring shame to her.

A final reason for doing all these things is to keep from hindering your prayers. It may be that the reason your prayers are not being answered is because you are not treating your wife with respect.

Too often men treat their wives in a rough way. Would you do that to your best friend? She should be your best friend, closer than any other person. Along with being a best friend she is a fellow member with you in God’s household. Treat her with God’s true love and respect.

I pray that today for all husbands (and future husbands) that God will guide you in living correctly with your wife; that God will help you to not be selfish in your ways; that God will help you to respect your wife; and that God will bless your marriage in many ways.