August 1, 2017
Jesus tells us “…do not worry about your life…” (Luke 12:22). There are four things the Bible encourages us not to worry about: food, fashion, future, fears. For the first three, see Matthew 6:25-34. On the 4th one, say with David, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me”; “…the LORD… delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 23:4; 34:4). LORD Jesus, I fully trust in You; I refuse to worry anymore about anything!
July 24, 2017
“The fear of the Lord” is used 27 times, and “fear God” is found 17 times in the Bible. Never once does it mean to ‘be scared of God’ or ‘scared by God’. Based on context, the phrase means: reverence or high respect for God that leads us to live godly (Ps. 34:11); divine dread that freezes or paralyzes the enemy of God’s people (2 Chron. 14:14); worship of the true God that forbids syncretism, a mix of religious beliefs and practices (2 Kings 17:5-12); revelation or the revealed truth of God that brings heavenly wisdom, as in “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 9:10).