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HERE WE GO AGAIN!

It seems like I just started my One Year Bible Reading a short time ago!!  But...here we go again! Starting from the front of the book and reading it daily, regularly, to mine the heart of God, search out His wisdom for daily living and to deepen my understanding of Who He is.  This is the path of wisdom. This is the work of relationship. This is the journey of one who wants to live righteously in fellowship with his or her Creator. 

Unfortunately, my fallenness  requires me to regularly , faithfully remind myself of the dangers of living life on my own. It would be a tragedy to look back and find 2018 to be characterized as living my life based on my own, limited wisdom.  My own flesh works against me, tempting me to live rebelliously and disobediently which leads to death.  Today’s reading from Proverbs says, “Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net in the sight of any bird; but they lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives.” (Pro. 1:17-18) 

Birds have more sense than to allow themselves to be caught in a trap they watched being set.  Yet, my flesh will bait me to do things that are destructive and deadly to ME!  Here we go again! We are engaged, not simply in a reread of the Bible, but in a rearming of ourselves against foolishness...a reminding of ourselves of the  weakness of our flesh....a refortification of our spiritual armor so that we can ‘stand firm’ in 2018!

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THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs tells us that the path to wisdom starts with a fear of the Lord. This healthy fear compels us to surrender our life to the Lord. When we surrender to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, He then washes us and we become pure – “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)

The fear of the Lord is about reverence toward God, respect for Him, love and appreciation, holding God and His beloved Son in high esteem.  Moses wrote: “What does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 10:12)

As we cast our cares upon Him, we can become fearless as David who wrote while his life was being threatened, “I fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Finally, the fear of God results in answered prayer. “He fulfills the desire of all who fear Him.” (Psalm 145:19)

May we grow deeper in wisdom and knowledge of God's Word in the new year ahead. 

 

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