Posts tagged ‘fear’

Pitfalls of Success

Wealth (success) today is often seen to mean that God has His hand on that person’s life. I know of pastors of smallish churches who consistently preach the Word in and out of season. Their ability to exegete and expositionally preach the Word is a true gift from God and something they have dutifully fanned into a flame. Yet, these pastors, who work hard to care for (not lord over), their flocks do not minister to thousands and thousands of people. Compared to seeker-sensitive churches who boast thousands of people every Sunday, these pastors and their churches are not “successful” by the world’s standards. How about by God’s standards? Are they doing what they are supposed to be doing? It seems so even though they have far fewer numbers to show for it.

Continue Reading May 10, 2021 at 12:54 PM 6 comments

How To Not Fear…

If we are facing a situation that is unpalatable, we need to remind ourselves that we should not fear because God is literally with us, on our side and He is so for the sake of His Name. It is clear that He will accomplish His purposes in and through us. God speaks to us as a loving father speaks to children. God wants us to succeed in His will. In every situation we find ourselves, there is the path to God’s will. How do we get there? By seeking and trusting. How do we trust? By filling our hearts with the truth of God’s Word.

“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you by my righteous right hand.”

Continue Reading July 31, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Should Christians Fear God?

Christians who do not have a very healthy, reverential fear of God do not understand who God is and the power that He wields. He brought this world into Creation out of nothing (ex nihilo). Everything that we see, we enjoy, we benefit from, God made. He did so for His own glory, not ours.

We must put ourselves in our proper place and understand things from God’s perspective. He made us for Himself. God has every right to expect people – especially Christians – to live for Him, to bring glory to Him. Think of how many people go through this life never recognizing God and their actual purpose for being here? It’s scary to consider. How often are we Christians guilty of adopting a laissez-faire attitude where God is concerned? Paul would warn us that this ought not to be.

Continue Reading May 5, 2018 at 1:39 PM

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