It's 71 degrees today and it feels wonderful. It's breezy but that's ok. There is a hint of spring in the air that makes me want to put away all my snowman decorations and bring out the flowers! But.....temperatures will be back in the 40's by the end of the week.
This week's chapter in Fear Factor is "The Fear That is Good for You". It's all about the incredible promises in the Bible for those who fear God. We only studied a few of the many verses that have to do with the fear of God. What are some of the blessings?
-soul prosperity: experiencing inner peace, internal contentment, a life characterized by the fruit of the Spirit, a person who is rich in faith, mercy, full ofhope and heir ofthe Kingdom.
-it's good for our descendants (Ps. 25:13)
-we have intimacy with God
-God has a warehouse filled with goodness for God-fearing people
-it brings a variety of other blessings
The main verses we studied were Jeremiah 32:39, Psalm 25:12-14, Psalm 31:19-20, Psalm 112:3-8. I'm going to do a study of the fear of God and see how many verses there are and what are the benefits of fearing God. It should be a blessing!!
Our last question was: How have you personally been affected by this study? Here's my answer: I was reminded that I need to live my life in ways that show I fear Him--by trusting Him more, by cultivating a more personal relationship with Him, by living a life that is pleasing to Him, by bringing everything to Him in prayer, by living my life in total dependence on Him. Basically I need to set my mind on things above (Col. 3:2) and have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) I am easily distracted and need to:
Fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Fix my eyes on Him and consider Him--that is a life that fears the Lord and lives for Him.