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Well that would depend on your definition of fear. The Bible tells us to fear the Lord, but when studied out it doesn't mean to cower before Him, it means to reverence Him. So in my opinion Biblical fear of God and reverence of God are the same thing.
God told Satan to consider His servant Job. And I'll ask you to do the same thing. Because of the book of Job's place in the Bible many people don't know that he actually was a contemporary of Abraham. So Job was alive during the pre-covenant and pre-commandment times. Yet he found favor in sight of God as an upright and God fearing man.
When I found this out it literally caused a convulsion in my spirit. Because he wasn't living a God pleasing life because it was commanded of him or because of a promise of blessing. He solely had a heart to do what was right in front of God.
You see there were two types of priests in the Bible. The Levitical priesthood which was a sin conscious priesthood that constantly kept Israel in mind of its sins and required daily sacrifices from the people. This was important during their days, because the true Lamb of God had not been slain yet. So reoccurring atonement was necessary.
But we find out in Hebrews 7 (also prophesied in Psalms) that Jesus arose in the likeness of another line of priests. He was after the order of Melchizedek. Now remember Melchizedek was first mentioned in Genesis 14 as the priest-king in whom Abram gave tithes of all things before there was even a command to tithe.
It would take a really long post to emphasize just how much I am trying to communicate in all of this so I encourage you to study it out for yourselves and let the Holy Spirit guide and teach you.
But in order to answer your question Rev, and appreciating your point because you are right if I am assuming your point correctly, we have to step away from the Levitical (fear) mentality. If you are always trying to keep or get back to the mark then you'll never progress from that point and begin to do things not just because they are commanded but because your heart desires to be right before God.
Jesus gave His blood for atonement of all sins, so we're already at the mark. Now we must proceed from there in desire to do what we see the Father in heaven doing. Be holy for He is holy. ~Selah
"Success is the best revenge."
Starting off...I am new to this group, so hello!
Second, when I was reading this line of posts I thought to myself about whether we do the "right" thing because we fear God or do we do it because we want to be pleasing to God. I wonder if there is a difference between doing it in fear or doing it in reverence?
Rev. Joshua Gray
"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:5
One of the things I do is to ask myself if God is looking over my shoulder (and I believe He really is), is He pleased with what He sees me doing. I am trying to make it a habit to ask myself this question throughout my day, especially when I am tempted to join in with the office gossip.
Edited by: JOYCELYN at: 3/14/2009 (20:41)
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
When I was a child at school, I always remember the teacher telling us that if we should pass a store and there was some fruit outside it in baskets,if we were tempted to take a piece, even though there was no-one around, God would see us. Well that has stayed with me all my life.
Anytime I have found a wallet I have handed it into the police. I always think, maybe this is all the money this person has to live on for the rest of the week. When I have been undercharged in stores or given too much change, I hand it back. I know God is watching me. Apart from that, it makes me feel better about ME!
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IN GOD I TRUST!
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
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Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
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Today is the Tomorrow I worried about Yesterday!
God is always present, everywhere, always watching... AND available and waiting to help us overcome any trial and temptation we face!!!
All we have to do is call to HIM and he's there!!
Praise GOD we are never alone!!!!!!!
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Very good, definitely important to do the right thing, because GOD sees everything, whether or not any one else does!!!
MY NEW saying: (borrowed from Delila)
"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."
Thank you for sharing this information. It was very eye opening.
"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels"
"No More Excuses"
"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me"
“The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.”
"Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run."
This is such a relevant post in line with what God is wanting to do with the body of Christ. He is calling us to righteousness, not self-righteousness but a truly pure and holy lifestyle. At a recent men's breakfast I attended (don't let that throw you because trust me this applies to everyone) my pastor taught on being consistent with God. His message was that if we're not consistent with God, then we'll always be inconsistent in other areas of our life.
And it is true, if we can't be committed to our relationship with God then how can we expect that any part of our life will fall into place. So I encourage you to be consistent in your time with the Lord, set an appointed time to be with the Lord each day in prayer and in the Word. If you say you are going to pray for someone, DO IT!
As your spiritual life and relationship with your Creator begin to become solid, then can you build upon your foundation and expect that it will stand up to the winds of opposition and temptation.
"Success is the best revenge."
GOD SEES YOU
What are you doing....
when no one else is watching?
How do you act....
when you know you won't get caught?
- a commercial for Joyce Meyer
2 LITTLE QUESTIONS SO EASY NOT TO THINK ABOUT - ARE 2 BIG THINGS WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET
The devil makes it too easy for us to sin. When it falls right into our laps, don't be fooled how it happened. Temptation is never greater than when we can get away with it.
My husband & I were at Lowe's last year and we were under charged $40.00. Now, I've returned money plenty of rimes at the register, but after coming home, when I realized I wasn't charged the right amount, I wasn't too excited about returning the money. I couldn't understand how it happened. I told my husband, " I watched her scan it!" It took us awhile "to find the time" to return the money, but I know that we wouldn't have to look for time if they over charged us $4o.00. After explaining to the clerk why we owed the store money, he only made us pay $8.00 back. he said, " Because you were so honest I'm not going to make you pay the full amount," God rewards good behavior on this earth & in heaven.
WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN TEMPTED AND THEN TURNED YOUR BACK ON SIN?
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 3/12/2009 (14:08)