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To Fear or Not to Fear? - From His Heart - Week of July 25

Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes (Ps. 36:1). Does fearing God mean I am shaking in my shoes whenever His name is mentioned?

TO FEAR OR NOT TO FEAR:  THAT IS THE QUESTION "Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes."  Psalm 36:1 Many years ago, I took a seminary intensive class at Southwestern.  It was a whole semester crammed into two weeks.  The course was language appreciation for Greek and Hebrew.  The first assignment was to learn the alphabet.  As with any language, unless you know the "A, B, C's," you cannot move forward. When it comes to life, what are the A, B, C's?  God has made it crystal clear: It is the fear of the Lord.  God has said fearing Him is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom (see Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10).  If you don't fear the Lord, you will not and cannot move forward in life.  If you don't fear the Lord, you are a fool of the highest order.    So, what does it mean to fear Him?  Does it mean I am shaking in my shoes whenever His name is mentioned?  Does it mean I am terrified of God, afraid to come near Him for fear He will zap me?  Of course not. God does not want you to be afraid of Him, He wants you to revere Him.  He wants you to stand in awe of Him.  He wants you to understand that He is the great and matchless King who is worthy of your wholehearted love, devotion, obedience, and respect.  The fear of the ... read more

Generosity - Heartlight Daily Verse 7/24

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice (Ps. 112:5). I know I will meet people today who need me to be generous with my love, time, forgiveness and money.

July 24   Psalms 112:5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.   Thoughts on today's verse   Generosity is love expressed in practical ways with joy. Generosity and justice are needed in our selfish world. They come from a heart touched by grace. Prayer:   Loving Father, I know I will meet people today who need me to be generous with my love, time, forgiveness and money. Please help me to treat them fairly and with love, just as you have treated me. May my life reflect your grace to others who need your love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Visit heartlight.org for more read more

Worthy of Praise - A Study in Stewardship - Week of July 23

And they sang in a mighty chorus: "The Lamb is worthy -- the Lamb who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing" (Rev. 5:12). This passage points to a major shift that is beginning

Worthy of Praise Verse:  Revelation 5 This passage points to a major shift that is beginning to emerge in redemptive history—the visible reign of Christ on the earth. It represents the culmination of the work of God and the sacrifice and faithfulness of the stewards of God. It is a call to worship. It is a call to walk now in the way of Christ. Says theologian Lee C. Camp: Worship leads us to become a particular kind of people, a people who reflect the ways of the God we worship. Worship develops, forms, and shapes a particular kind of people. The important question then, who or what are we truly worshiping? The New Testament points us, consistently, to recount the story of a God who has delivered through a crucified Messiah. That storytelling, that recounting of God’s redemptive work in human history, becomes our story, our identity, and our profession of allegiance. In biblically informed worship, we become a part of the people of God who celebrate this way of victory, this way of conquering, this way of defeating enemies. The New Testament celebrates not merely that God has won in Christ, but that God has won in the crucified Christ. The description of worship given in the book of Revelation illuminates this relation between worship and ethics. The assembly of God’s people, gathered around the throne, giving honor and glory to a slaughtered Lamb, leads to a community of people willing to walk in the way of ... read more