Feed Your Spirit


Last update: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Feed Your Spirit
Introduction

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Feed your Spirit, yes your Spirit nature does need feeding just like your human nature. Too often we focus on the human part of us and neglect the Spiritual. Take this opportunity to dine, it is all you can eat and free!

Table of Contents – Feed your Spirit

The Royal Law – Love

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“Obey the royal law in the Scriptures, ‘Love and help others as much as you love and care for yourself. James 2:8 (paraphrased)”

The phrase or term “royal law” is only mentioned once in the Bible, James 2:8, so does it really exist? Read this short Bible study for the answers, hopefully, you will get them. James referred to Leviticus 19:18; “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. (KJV)

1 John 4:8 and 16 says “God is love”; this God who is love does not have favorites, He loves us all the same. If we claim to be ‘Christ-like’ we must show love by the way we treat others—. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” that is from Luke 6:31; i.e., treat others the way you want to be treated.

What did Jesus say?

Luke 6:32-36 “If you love only those who love you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners love those who love them! 33 If you do good only to those who do good to you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners do that!

34 If you lend things to people, always expecting to get something back, should you get any special praise for that? No, even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount!

35 “I’m telling you to love your enemies and do good to them. Lend to people without expecting to get anything back. If you do this, you will have a great reward. You will be children of the Most High God. Yes, because God is good even to the people who are full of sin and not thankful. 36 Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. (ERV) [Luke 6:27-36]

Royal Law – commentators explain

Barnes says “It is called a “royal law,” or kingly law, on account of its excellence or nobleness; … that is, it is majestic, noble, worthy of veneration.” Benson says “The law or precept here spoken of was enjoined by Moses, but Christ carried it to such perfection, as it was to be practised among his followers, and laid such stress upon it, that he called it a new commandment, John 13:34; and his commandment, John 15:12.”

Enjoined by Moses
  • Benson’s “Enjoined by Moses” refers to Leviticus 19:18, but let’s keep it in context and read Leviticus 19:11-18.

Leviticus 19:11-18 “Do not steal or tell lies or cheat others. 12 Do not misuse my name by making promises you don’t intend to keep. I am the Lord your God. 13 Do not steal anything or cheat anyone, and don’t fail to pay your workers at the end of each day. 14 I am the Lord your God, and I command you not to make fun of the deaf or to cause a blind person to stumble.

15 Be fair, no matter who is on trial—don’t favor either the poor or the rich. 16 Don’t be a gossip, but never hesitate to speak up in court, especially if your testimony can save someone’s life. 17 Don’t hold grudges. On the other hand, it’s wrong not to correct someone who needs correcting. 18 Stop being angry and don’t try to take revenge. I am the Lord, and I command you to love others as much as you love yourself.” (CEV)

Christ perfecting the Law
  • “But Christ carried it to such perfection” refers to Matthew 22:37 and 39 (also see Mark 12:28-34 and Luke 10:25-37) but to make it clear look at Matthew 22:34-40. Focus on verse 40 for the key.

Matthew 22:34-40 But the Pharisees, hearing how the mouths of the Sadducees had been stopped, came together; 35 And one of them, a teacher of the law, put a question to him, testing him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the chief rule in the law?

37 And he said to him, Have love for the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest rule. 39 And a second like it is this, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself. 40 On these two rules all the law and the prophets are based. (BBE)

In conclusion

1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1 But now [i.e., since the temporary gifts are to pass away], these three things remain: faith, hope and love; and the most important of them is love. 14:1 You should make loving [others] your aim, yet eagerly desire [to possess] spiritual gifts, and especially [the gift of] prophecy. (AUV)

1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. (KJV)

In the New Testament, however, agape was frequently used to mean something more distinctive: the unconditional, self-sacrificing, and volitional love of God for humans through Jesus, which they ought also to reciprocate by practicing agape love towards God and among themselves. The term agape has been expounded on by many Christian writers in a specifically Christian context. —New World Encyclopedia

Jesus gives the new (royal) law

John 13:34 I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another. (BBE)

Is the royal law all about love or charity (as used by the KJV translators and many others)? The royal law—love is ἀγάπη agapē ä-gä’-pā love. 1 Corinthians 13 helps us understand why love is the supreme / roayl law; speaking in tongues, prophesying, knowledge, great faith, charitable giving and martyrdom are nothing without love—love that never ends—it is the greatest of all things. God demonstrated this love—His royal law by giving us His son so that we can have eternal life—be blessed— Tim

Scriptures to read and study

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. James 2:1-12 (8); Leviticus 19:15-18 (18); Matthew 22:34-40 (39); Luke 10:25-37 (27); Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:13-26 (14); 1 Timothy 1:3-20 (5);1 Corinthians 13:1-14:5 (13:13-14:1); John 13:31-35 (34); John 15:9-17 (12)

Related Bible studies

Agape/Genuine Love || Godly Love || Love Your Enemies || Love Each Other

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Question for ‘the royal law’: A Are you showing love to others?

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Increasing love

Love that grows more and more for others.

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“We pray that the Lord will make your love grow. We pray that he will give you more and more love for each other and for all people. We pray that you will love everyone in the same way we love you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 (ERV)”

Increasing love – through the word

Increasing love, what a wonderful thing to have—a love that is sincere and passionate (fervent; intent) but does not involve physical intimacy. It is a love that is from the heart. The first love mentioned in verse 22 is from the Greek word φιλαδελφία philadelphia fē-lä-del-fē’-ä, commonly known as ‘brotherly love’. The second love in verse 22 is from the Greek word ἀγαπάω agapaō ä-gä-pä’-ō, a lesser known type of love; according to the Teknia Greek Dictionary “…the active love his people are to have for God, each other, and even enemies”.

1 Peter 1:22-25 Since you have purified your souls by obeying the truth, so you have a sincere love of the brethren; love one another fervently from the heart. 23 You have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.

24 For, All flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you. (RKJNT)

Love in action

There is nothing like seeing a loving family as they help each other go through tough times. As we, brothers and sisters in Christ, become more like Jesus our love should grow more and more for each other.

1 John 3:13-19 Do not be surprised if the world hates you, Christian brothers. 14 We know we have passed from death into life. We know this because we love the Christians. The person who does not love has not passed from death into life. 15 A man who hates his brother is a killer in his heart. You know that life which lasts forever is not in one who kills.

16 We know what love is because Christ gave His life for us. We should give our lives for our brothers. 17 What if a person has enough money to live on and sees his brother in need of food and clothing? If he does not help him, how can the love of God be in him?

18 My children, let us not love with words or in talk only. Let us love by what we do and in truth. 19 This is how we know we are Christians. It will give our heart comfort for sure when we stand before Him. (NLV)

Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 13:1 (ERV)

In conclusion

2 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Grace and peace to all of you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving and encouragement 3 Brothers and sisters, we must always thank God for you. This is only right because your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing. (CEB)

As our faithfulness to God grows we should also experience increasing love. We continue to grow and develop in our natural life, we should also grow and develop in our Spiritual life! [1 John 5:1-5] No one says it is easy, loving the people of God can challenge the best Christian, but be assured it is worth every difficult moment. How difficult is it for others to love you, is it easy? You might find it is not easy for others to love you but they love you in spite of… Be blessed my friends—Tim.

Question for ‘increasing love’: Is your love growing for your brothers and sisters in the Lord and for all people?

Scriptures to read and study

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 (9-12); 2 Peter 1:3-11 (5-8); 1 Peter 1:22-25; Hebrews 13:1-6; 1 John 3:10-23; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; 1 John 5:1-5

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The Lord’s Discipline

He disciplines you (i.e., uses corrective action) because He loves you!

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“The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as his child.”
Hebrews 12:6 (NCV)

Deuteronomy 8:2-6 Remember that for 40 years the Lord your God led you on your journey in the desert. He did this in order to humble you and test you. He wanted to know whether or not you would wholeheartedly obey his commands. 3 So he made you suffer from hunger and then fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had seen before. He did this to teach you that a person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that the Lord speaks.

4 Your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t swell these past 40 years. 5 Learn this lesson by heart: The Lord your God was disciplining you as parents discipline their children. 6 Obey the commands of the Lord your God. Follow his directions, and fear him. (GW)

Appreciate His correction

The Lord’s discipline is not something to desire but something to appreciate when it happens. It is corrective action, meant to bring about a change in manner or behavior. He allowed the children of Israel to go through many things to teach them to trust and obey Him, just as a good parent should do with their child(ren).

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not reject the Lord’s discipline, and do not despise his correction, 12 because the Lord corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in. (ISV)

Leads to holiness

The Lord disciplines us to help us so that we can be holy like him. I know it might sound harsh but it is the truth. The following should make this clear:

Hebrews 12:7-11 Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons.

9 Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? 10 For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness.

11 Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. (NET)

Corrective action

So many today do not believe in discipline [punishment, chastisement or correction] especially when it involves their children. Heaven forbid we follow the instructions in Proverbs 23:13-14 or Proverbs 13:24

Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:13-14 (UKJV)

If you do not punish your children [withhold/spare the rod], you don’t love them [hate your children/son], but if you love your children, you will correct [discipline] them. Proverbs 13:24 (EXB)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with a promise;)
3 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.
4 And you fathers, do not provoke your children to anger:
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord
.
Ephesians 6:1-4 (RKJNT)

In conclusion

Psalm 94:12-15 Lord, happy is the man You discipline and teach from Your law 13 to give him relief from troubled times until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 The Lord will not forsake His people or abandon His heritage, 15 for justice will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. (HCSB)

I have experienced the Lord’s discipline and I am glad that He cared enough to correct me. Our opinion in this matter does not count, God has not asked any of us, “what do you think”, or has He? As a child of God, I accept the correction (chastening; discipline) of the Lord; I trust Him to do what is right and best for me. Accept His discipline with gratitude knowing it is done because He loves you and be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘the Lord’s discipline’: Do you avoid certain scriptures or find it hard to accept or believe them?

Scriptures to read and study:

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. Hebrews 12:3-11 (6); Deuteronomy 8:1-10 (5); Psalms 32:1-5, 89:30-37 (30-34) and 141:5; Proverbs 3:11-12, 13:24 and 27:5 {Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 29:15}

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God our savior

Jesus is the one and only Savior!

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“God, our savior, wants ALL people to be saved and know the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (reference)

God our savior wants you to receive His salvation; in other words God wants you to be saved. Some might ask, “saved from what or whom”? At one time the children of Israel sought God’s protection from other nations: 1 Chronicles 16:35 New Century Version (NCV) 35 Say to him, “Save us, God our Savior, and bring us back and save us from other nations. Then we will thank you and will gladly praise you.”

Hosea 13:4-6 But I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Therefore, you must not acknowledge any God but me; except me there is no Savior. 5 I cared for you in the wilderness, in the dry desert where no water was. 6 When they were fed, they became satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; as a result, they forgot me! (NET)

Isaiah 43:11-13 I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shown, when there was no strange god among you; therefore, you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God. 13 Indeed, from eternity I am He; there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I act, and who can reverse it? (MEV)

The focus here is ultimate salvation, the saving of our souls from the penalty [payment; wages] for sin (Romans 6:23), eternal [spiritual] death. Romans 5:9 says we are saved from the wrath (anger) of God.

One Savior

Is God our savior or is Jesus our savior? That is for you to decide, I can only give you the Scriptures. My understanding is they are the same, Jesus is God, ask God to reveal this truth to you [see Ephesians 1:17; Matthew 11:27; Colossians 2:2-3]. Jesus said “no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him{from Matthew 11:27 (NET)}. 1 John 5:20 “We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

Matthew 1:21-23 She is going to have a son and you should name Him Jesus, for He is the One who will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this happened in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet [Isaiah 7:14], saying, 23 “Look, the virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and they will name Him Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” (AUV)

NOTE: This is merely a summary of the breakdown of the name Jesus, I will give a more detailed article (blog) in the future.

The name Jesus is from the Greek name Ἰησοῦς Iēsous ē-ā-sü’s; the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua; Yeshua, which means “Yahweh saves“; ‘the Lord saves’; ‘Jehovah is salvation‘; Savior

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (KJV)

In conclusion

Psalms 42:11 Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. (HCSB)

God our Savior loves you and has made it possible to escape His wrath. Please accept this salvation—release from the punishment for sin—through Christ Jesus our Savior who died for our salvation. So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NLT)

Remember, God our Savior loves you and wants to save you. Be blessed— Tim.

Question for ‘God our savior’: Do you know the true Savior?

Bible Student Exercise
  1. Read Acts 23:13 and Romans 11:26; find the origin of the quote, is it from Isaiah, Jeremiah or Ezekiel?
  2. Find the Scriptures that say both Jesus and God are the Savior. [NOTE: use Bible Study Tools to make this easier]
    1. Search for “God our savior” {make sure you verify the spelling of savior you might find saviour particularly in KJV} using your preferred Bible translation, how many passages of Scripture did you find?
    2. Now search for “Jesus our savior”; other options for searching could include Jesus + savior {this will find all verses that contain both Jesus and savior; when you enclose a string of text in double quotes it tells the search engine to find the phrase}.
  3. Was this exercise helpful?

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Scriptures to read and study:

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. 1 Timothy 2:1-8 (3-4); Isaiah 45:22-25 (22); Luke 1:46-56 (47) and 1:67-80 (77); John 3:1-21 (15-17); 2 Timothy 1:8-12 (10); Hebrews 10:26-39 (26); 2 Peter 3:1-9 (9); 1 Timothy 4:6-11 (key verse: 6)

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Self-Control

Understanding how to control yourself is needed to be able to do it! God gave you this ability…

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“The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)

2 Timothy 1:7 The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.” (ERV)

The wisdom of using self-control

Self-control is a very important part of the Christian life. In the Wisdom of Solomon 8:7, Solomon states “Do you love justice? All the virtues are the result of Wisdom’s work: justice and courage, self-control and understanding. Life can offer us nothing more valuable than these.” (GNT)

Solomon considered self-control very valuable; Proverbs 25:28 “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” meaning you are without defense and exposed. (NLT)

Control works, thoughts, and feelings

To have self-control is to have control of your actions {works—the things you do}, desires {thoughts; the things you think about} and emotions {feelings-our response or reaction to events}.

2 Timothy 1:3-7 I give praise to God, whose servant I have been, with a heart free from sin, from the time of my fathers, because in my prayers at all times the thought of you is with me, night and day 4 Desiring to see you, keeping in my memory your weeping, so that I may be full of joy;

5 Having in mind your true faith, which first was in your mother’s mother Lois, and in your mother Eunice, and, I am certain, is now in you. 6 For this reason I say to you, Let that grace of God which is in you, given to you by my hands, have living power. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control. (BBE)

Self-control was considered one of the chief virtues by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Philo, the Essenes, the Hermetica, and others. (from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, revised edition)
A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them. Proverbs 29:11 (GW)

Given to the born again believers

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (AMP)

It is one of the important benefits of the Holy Spirit. Four Greek words used in the new testament have the meaning self-control or self-restraint:

Greek word
egkrateia (eng-krat’-ei-ah)
egkrateuomai (eng-krat-yoo’-om-ai)
egkrates (eng-krat-ace’)
sophronismos (so-fron-is-mos’)
KJV word/phrase
temperance
cannot contain; is temperate
temperate
sound mind
Scriptures
Acts 24:25; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6
1 Corinthians 7:9; 9:25
Titus 1:8
2 Timothy 1:7

Be holy

1 Peter 1:13-16 So prepare your minds for service. With complete self-control put all your hope in the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ comes. 14 In the past you did not have the understanding you have now, so you did the evil things you wanted to do. But now you are children of God, so you should obey him and not live the way you did before.

15 Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the one who chose you. 16 In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” (ERV)

God gives you everything needed for salvation. This includes the ability to control yourself. He wants you to live holy and makes it possible to do so. Use self-control and be blessed my friends— Tim.

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Self-control; Take Control Now with This Gift From God

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Worthy of Praise

Praise God because He is worthy of your praise!

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“In good times – Praise God ♦ In hard times – Praise God ♦ In troubled times – Praise God ♦ In every moment and situation – Praise God”

1 Chronicles 16:23-27 All you people of the earth, sing to the Lord. Day after day tell about how he saves us. 24 Tell the nations about his glory. Tell all people about the wonderful things he has done. 25 The Lord is great. He is really worthy of praise. People should have respect for him as the greatest God of all.

26 All the gods of the nations are like their statues. They can’t do anything. But the Lord made the heavens. 27 Glory and majesty are all around him. Strength and joy are in the place where he lives. (NIRV)

Lord, you are worthy of praise, I praise you for your merciful kindness and for your faithfulness. My Lord, you are great, you put on human flesh and died for us, I praise you for your love.

Always praise

Psalm 145:1-9 I will extol you, my God, O king! I will praise your name continually! 2 Every day I will praise you! I will praise your name continually! 3 The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise! No one can fathom his greatness! 4 One generation will praise your deeds to another, and tell about your mighty acts!

5 I will focus on your honor and majestic splendor, and your amazing deeds! 6 They will proclaim the power of your awesome acts! I will declare your great deeds! 7 They will talk about the fame of your great kindness, and sing about your justice. 8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love. 9 The Lord is good to all, and has compassion on all he has made. (NET)

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1

Glorify the Lord

Lord, I praise you, your name shall be glorified forever. My Lord, you are marvelous, you are to be honored forever.

Jude 1:24-25 Offer praise to God our Savior because of our Lord Jesus Christ! Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forevermore, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen. (CEV)

Psalm 47:6 Sing! Shout! Play instruments! Praise our God and King; sing praises to Him who is worthy. (The Voice)

In conclusion

Do people thank God because of you?

2 Corinthians 9:10-15 God is the One who gives seed to the farmer and bread for food. He will give you all the seed you need and make it grow so there will be a great harvest from your goodness. 11 He will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will cause many to give thanks to God.

12 This service you do not only helps the needs of God’s people, it also brings many more thanks to God. 13 It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ—the gospel you say you believe—and because you freely share with them and with all others. 14 And when they pray, they will wish they could be with you because of the great grace that God has given you.

15 Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words. (NCV)

Praise-worthy works

Are your works worthy of praise? Let me make this clear, when we allow God to work through us, our works—the things we do for others, the way we treat and talk to others, can be worthy of praise. No, I am not saying people will praise you; they will praise God because of you. The God in us works through us to answer the prayers of others.

Perform works that are worthy of praise, honor, and glory to God and be blessed— Tim

Questions for ‘God is worthy of praise’: 1) Has the Lord done anything for you lately that is worthy of praise? 2) Have you done anything for others that is worthy of praise to God?

Scriptures to read and study

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. Psalm 96:4; 99:3; 106:48; 145:1-21; 1 Peter 2:13-25 (21-24); 1 Chronicles 16:23-27; Jude 1:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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Why Praise God?

Because He Is God, so praise Him forever!

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“Why do you praise God? His grace? – He is good? – You LOVE Him? – He is Lord? – His mercy?”

Romans 9:5 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise*! Amen. (NLT)

{*NOTE: the transliterated word Eulogetos has two basic meanings ‘blessed’ (used in the KJV) and ‘praised’}

Romans 9:1-5 I am telling you the truth as a follower of Christ [or with Christ as my witness; in Christ]; I do not lie. My conscience is ruled by [or guided by] the Holy Spirit, and it tells [testifies to] me I am not lying. 2 I have great sorrow and always feel much sadness [unceasing/constant anguish].

3 [For] I would even wish that I were cursed and cut off from Christ [or the Messiah] if that would help [for the sake of] my Jewish brothers and sisters, my people [countrymen; relatives according to the flesh]. 4 They are the people of Israel, God’s chosen [adopted] children. They have seen [or have] the glory of God, and they have the agreements that God made between himself and his people [covenants]. God gave them the law of Moses and the right way of worship [or temple worship] and his promises.

5 They are the descendants of our great ancestors [They have the fathers/patriarchs], and they are the earthly family into which Christ was born [or from their descendants the Messiah came], who is God over all. Praise him forever [or May God, who is over all, be praised forever]! Amen. (EXB)

Keep praising God

We may have different reasons for praising God, the main thing is to keep praising Him. I recall hearing “praise God because He is worthy of praise“. But what makes God worthy to receive praises? Have you asked that question before?

Psalm 145:1-2 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. (KJV)

In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Psalm 44:8

Reasons to praise God

God is great – Deuteronomy 32:3 I will announce the name of the Lord. Praise God because he is great [Ascribe greatness to our God]! (EXB)
For His mercy – 2 Chronicles 7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. (KJV)
God is righteous (does what is right) – Psalm 7:17 I praise the Lord because he does what is right. I sing praises to the Lord Most High. (NCV)
I praise God for his word. Psalms 56:4a (NCV)
He gives advice (counsel) – Psalm 16:7 I will praise the Lord, who advises me. My conscience warns me at night. (GW)
His love (lovingkindness) – Psalm 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. (ESV)

More reasons…

He is good – Psalm 106:1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
His gift of Christ – Romans 15:8-9 I tell you that Christ became a servant of the Jews to show that God has done what he promised their great ancestors. 9 Christ also did this so that the non-Jewish people could praise God for the mercy he gives to them. The Scriptures say, “So I will give thanks to you among the people of other nations; I will sing praise to your name.” (ERV) [2 Samuel 22:50; Psalms 18:49]
Hope of salvation – 1 Peter 1:3 Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. (NIRV)
Being a child of God – 1 Peter 4:16 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Don’t be ashamed to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God that you belong to him.

The praise of man toward God is the means by which we express our joy to the Lord. We are to praise God both for who He is and for what He does (Psalms 150:2). Praising God for who He is is called adoration; praising Him for what He does is known as thanksgiving. Praise of God may be in song or prayer, individually or collectively, spontaneous or prearranged, originating from the emotions or from the will. —from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

In conclusion

Psalm 150 Shout praises to the Lord! Praise God in his temple. Praise him in heaven, his mighty fortress. 2 Praise our God! His deeds are wonderful, too marvelous to describe. 3 Praise God with trumpets and all kinds of harps. 4 Praise him with tambourines and dancing, with stringed instruments and woodwinds. 5 Praise God with cymbals, with clashing cymbals. 6 Let every living creature praise the Lord. Shout praises to the Lord! (CEV)

I praise God for being God. This covers all that the great I AM is and of course what He does. If you praise God, why do you praise Him, do you have to think about a reason? Brothers and sisters, God deserves praise for His word—the truth, boast about  how good He has been to you—that is praise. Tell others what God has done for you—a beautiful and pleasant praise.

Singing praise to God is good, it is pleasing. Make a joyful noise unto God and be blessed— Tim.

I look forward to your feedback via comment at the bottom of the page or email tim@stministry.com. Have a fantabulous day!

Question ‘why praise God’: God deserves praise doesn’t He?

Scriptures to read and study

Deuteronomy 31:30-32:4; Romans 15:7-13; 1 Peter 1:3-12; Philippians 4:8; Psalms 147:1-20

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Chosen By God

Are you chosen by God to serve? Accept the call!

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“as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”
from Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (KJV)

In this life we face many decisions, some are more important than others. When God calls you—yes, I said God calls (chooses) you—will you decide to accept His call to serve Him? Oh, I see you thought He chose His disciples and stopped?

Romans 9:24 Even us, whom he has called, not only from among the Jews, but also from among the Gentiles? (RKJNT)

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (KJV)

God called and chose you

Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (KJV)

John 6:65-66 and 70 And he said, Therefore said I to you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (AKJV)

You were chosen by God in the beginning, before birth to be a member of God’s family, it was not a mistake or by chance—God chose you!

Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places: 4 Just as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to his good pleasure and will, (RKJNT)

Acts 2:39 For the promise is for you, and for your children, and for all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (RKJNT)

An honor

Do you understand this now? God called (chose) you; what an honor to be chosen by the creator of all things!

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 And whom he predestined, those he also called: and whom he called, those he also justified: and whom he justified, those he also glorified. (RKJNT)

In conclusion

1 Peter 1:1-2 I, Peter, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am sending this letter to you, God’s chosen people. You are people who have had to wander in the world. You are scattered all over the areas of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. 2 You have been chosen in keeping with what God the Father had planned. That happened through the Spirit’s work to make you pure and holy.

God chose you so that you might obey Jesus Christ. God wanted you to be in a covenant relationship with him. He established this relationship by the blood of Christ. May more and more grace and peace be given to you. (NIRV)

To those chosen by God, do you realize you are special in the eyes of God? Of the countless people in this world, He chose you!

Ephesians 1:11-14 “In Christ we were chosen to be God’s people. God had already chosen us to be his people, because that is what he wanted. And God is the One who makes everything agree with what he decides and wants. 12 We are the first people who hoped in Christ. And we were chosen so that we would bring praise to God’s glory.

13 So it is with you. You heard the true teaching—the Good News about your salvation. When you heard it, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he had promised. 14 That Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will get what God promised for his people. This will bring full freedom to the people who belong to God, to bring praise to God’s glory.” (ICB)

Have a happy day because you are chosen by God— Tim.

Question for ‘chosen by God’: Are you one of the chosen?

Scriptures to read and study

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. Romans 9:14-29; Luke 6:12-16 {Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 3:13-19 and John 6:60-71 (65-66 and 70)}; John 15:9-17; Acts 2:14-39; Romans 8:18-30; Ephesians 1:3-14

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You Are Never Alone

God is with you in the struggles of life!

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“You are not Alone”

Psalm 91:14-16 God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord. 15 When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them. 16 I will reward them with long life; I will save them.” (GNT)

Living a Christian life is no picnic, I smile as I write this and reflect on my life, not the most inspiring way to begin. Some believe the Christian life is filled with good times and luxury–not so–have you read about the life of Christ? No residence of His own; the torment, treated like a criminal and the humiliation at His death. Or to go further, the lives of the Apostles sent to prison, beheaded and stoned–have you read it? Let’s face it, we will struggle even with our flesh and the desires tied to it. But thank God for His Holy Spirit…

Never Alone

John 14:15-16 “If you love Me, you will do what I say. 16 Then I will ask My Father and He will give you another Helper [Comforter, Helper, Intercessor, Counselor, Friend, Encourager, Advocate, the Holy Spirit of truth]. He will be with you forever [always]. based on (NLV)

Do you understand who dwells in you and is always with you? The all powerful God who is able to rescue, protect deliver and be with you anytime you need Him. Oh, we need to pay close attention to the word and words that are used in the word (I like that). What does a ‘comforter’ do? Without Googling it or looking it up, can we agree the Comforter brings or gives comfort? The Holy Spirit is so much more but we will give more detail at another time.

Joy and peace

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

  • The Lord is our help our shield our strength and deliverer in time of trouble – from Psalms 33:20; 37:39; 70:5; 144:1-2
  • The righteous delivered by wisdom and knowledge of God (see Godly Wisdom) – see Proverbs 3:5-7; 11:9 and 28:26; 1 Corinthians 3:18; James 1:5 [Isaiah 5:21; Galatians 6:3]
  • We are protected from Satan, the evil one – John 17:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (2); 2 Timothy 4:17-18

The Lord knows how to deliver / rescue the godly in times of test, trials, sufferings and troubles. from 2 Peter 2:9

Who will God be with?

Are there conditions to His protection? If we begin with Psalms 91:14-16, we see who will benefit:

  1. those who know (acknowledge) God – Matthew 11:25-30 (27); Hebrews 8:7-13 (11)
  2. those who love God – Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 8:3; 1 John 4:20
  3. those who call on God [Psalms 50:15]
  4. those willing to endure suffering [Philippians 1:27-30; Philippians 4:1-9 (8-9); Colossians 1:24-29 (29)].

Paul confirms this 2 Timothy 3:10-17 see verses 10-11 “the Lord delivered me”. Peter also delivered from prison Acts 12:5-19 verse 11 “the Lord has delivered me…” {read Acts 27; Romans 15:22-33 (30-32); 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; 7:2-12 (5-7) and 11:22-33 (23-28 and 32-33)}

God is in those who are born again

Do you know, love and call on God? You too can expect God to deliver you. If you are born again and are living a Christian life, God dwells in you, so He is with you at all times. So remember, you are never alone in the struggles of life. Your helper, comforter, intercessor, counselor, friend, encourager and advocate the Holy Spirit is there with you. Learn to depend on Him, allow Him to comfort you during your struggles. You are not alone!

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (RKJNT)

In conclusion

Abides with you forever

There may be times when you cannot feel God or you feel like no one cares. Hopefully, you will find comfort in knowing that Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will be with you forever. You are never alone in the struggles of life, be blessed!

John 14:15-18 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 That is the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him, neither does it know him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (RKJNT)

Child of God find comfort in knowing you are never alone! Be blessed— Tim

Question for “never alone”: Are you willing to suffer for Christ?

Scriptures to read and study:

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. Psalms 85:8-13; Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.“; Philippians 1:19-30; Hebrews 10:26-39 (32-39); 2 Peter 2:4-11 (9); John 14:15-31 [(14-16) Psalms 103:18; John 14:21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 2:3-5, 3:22 and 24; 5:3; 2 John 6 and Revelation 12:17; 14:12 ]{for John 14:16 read; John 7:39; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-15 and 22; Luke 24:49; 1 John 2:1; Ac 2:33;}]

Related Bible studies:

What We Hope For || Maintaining a Positive Attitude

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Jesus Suffered For You

Jesus made the final sacrifice; you are healed (spiritually) by His suffering!

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“The men who were guarding Jesus made fun of him and beat him.”
Luke 22:63 (CEV)

Isaiah 53:4-6 “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. 5 But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received.

6 All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the Lord made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved. (GNT)

Do you fully understand the suffering of Christ? Of course, most of us know He died on the cross, but what else did He go through for You? Jesus suffered from the time of His birth until He was humiliated on the cross.

He paid the price for you

Galatians 3:10-14 For all who depend on the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do all things which are written in the book of the law. 11 But it is evident that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, for: The just shall live by faith. 12 But the law does not rest on faith: rather, The man who does these things shall live by them.

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having been made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree. 14 He redeemed us so that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (RKJNT)

Do you appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for YOU?

  • Herod wanted to kill Him after He was born – Matthew 2:13-23 (13-15)
  • Accused of being crazy and working with Beelzebub (Satan) – Mark 3:20-27; Matthew 12:22-30; Luke 11:14-23
  • Humiliated – Matthew 27:27-31; Luke 22:63-65
    • Spit on and hit on the head – verse 30; Mark 15:19
    • Made fun of Him (mocked Him) – verse 31; Mark 15:20
  • Even His brothers (family, own people and friends) did not believe in Him – John 7:1-9 (5) and 1:6-13 (11); Mark 3:20-27 (21)
  • Made a little lower than the angels to taste death for everyone – Hebrews 2:5-9 (9); Isaiah 53:2-10; Galatians 4:1-7 (4)
  • Whipped (scourged) – Matthew 27:15-26 (26); Mark 15:15; Luke 23:22
  • Slapped (struck with the palm of the hand) – John 18:19-24 (22)

In conclusion

Hebrews 13:11-12 The bodies of those animals whose blood is brought by the high priest into the sanctuary, as an offering for sin, are burnt outside the camp. And so Jesus, also, to purify the people by his own blood, suffered outside the gate. (OEB)

No one can imagine the humiliation that Jesus went through at the hands of His own created beings (just a statement not my opinion). You do understand that Jesus was the creator, don’t you? Please read a few scriptures to help understand the truth: John 1:1-18 (3, 10 and 14); Romans 11:28-36 and Colossians 1:15-20. I will gladly give more scriptures if you would like to study this further.

Your God, Jesus, suffered for you. Take advantage of this opportunity and live / suffer for Him. Be blessed— Tim.

Question for “Final Sacrifice”: Christ suffered for you, are you willing to give your life (suffer) for Christ?

Scriptures to read and study:

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. Hebrews 6:1-8 (6) and 10:26-39 (29-31); John 12:27-36 (27); Mark 15:21-40; Hebrews 13:7-17 (key verses: 10-12)

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Heaven Bound

Think about heaven, God made it for you!

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“How weary we grow of our present bodies. That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies that we shall put on like new clothes.”
2 Corinthians 5:2 (TLB)

John 14:1-4 Let not your hearts be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many dwelling places: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I go. (RKJNT)

Have you thought about heaven lately? We are often consumed in our daily affairs; many are living above their means, pursuing earthly things. Please do not forget that we—who are spiritual—should be focused on the place the Lord is preparing for us. HEAVEN!

The eternal dwelling

2 Corinthians 5:1-2 For we know that if the earthly tent in which we live is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this house we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our dwelling which is from heaven: (RKJNT)

Hebrews 11:14-16 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a country of their own. 15 And truly, if they had been thinking of that country from which they came out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for them a city. (RKJNT)

In conclusion

Are you heaven bound? If you are a child of God it is your inheritance!

1 Peter 1:3-5 God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is to be praised for being so merciful as to have given us a new birth, which provides for us a hope of never ending life through the means of Jesus Christ’s return from the dead.

4 Through Him we have an inheritance that cannot be corrupted or contaminated, and will never disappear; it is reserved in heaven for you. 5 Through God’s power you are protected by [your] faith, so that you can expect to be saved in the end. (AUV)

Question for heaven bound: Are you dreaming about your heavenly home? Can you see it?

Scriptures to read and study:

NOTE: the key verses are in parenthesis. 2 Corinthians 5:1-11; Matthew 6:25-34; John 14:1-4; Romans 8:18-28; Hebrews 11:13-16; Acts 7:44-50 [(key verses: 48-50); reference: Isaiah 66:1-4]; 1 Peter 1:3-12 (key verses; 3-5)

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Fear God – Part Two

Honor and fear God! He deserves it.

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Treat all men with respect: love the brotherhood: fear God: honor the king.
Feed Your Spirit – 1 Peter 2:17 (LONT)

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king [1 Peter 2:13-17 (KJV)].

A closer look at 1 Peter 2:13-17

Once again—see Fear God I—we encounter the Greek word phobeo this time used in verse 17 for fear. The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definition: “to have a reverential {meaning: showing or having a lot of respect} awe of <fear God>”. Fear can also be defined as having extreme devotion but we must not avoid all meanings of fear including to be afraid (filled with fear). I remind you, God has the power and authority to destroy (send us to hell/lake of fire) or give us life that last forever (Luke 12:4-7 and John 3:1-21).

King versus Emporer

According to 1 Peter 1:1, Peter wrote this letter during the reign of Nero to the churches in the Roman provinces ({also in 1 Peter 1:1} an area then considered Asia Minor now known as Turkey). Intro to 1 Peter — Biblica || Introduction – icr.org || Map of Asia Minor (Bible History Online) || Early Church History 101.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, [1 Peter 1:1 (KJV)].

The Romans also began to persecute Christians under Nero after 64 A.D. Peter himself was martyred in about 67 A.D., an event which in itself refutes the argument that there was no real persecution in Peter’s day. – The Epistles of Peter: Persecution and Heresy

A bit of history

The word ‘king’ used in 1 Peter 2:13 and 17 is from the Greek basileus (bas-il-yooce’) meaning sovereign – a general term for the “mighty,” those who possess dýnamis, “power”. In fact, the KJV translators repeated the use of ‘king’ from earlier English Bible versions. Rome had ’emporer’s’ and not ‘kings‘ during the approximate era of Peter’s letter.

So the English word for basileus should be “emporer” and not ‘king‘. [Note: this took us a little off track but I could not pass up the opportunity. It is good to research historical facts to support religious/Biblical truths].

And now, my children, keep your hearts in him; so that at his revelation, we may have no fear or shame before him at his coming. 29 If you have knowledge that he is upright, it is clear to you that everyone who does righteousness is his offspring [1 John 2:28-29 (BBE)].

God’s judgment

The love of God is completed in us. His obedient children have no reason to fear God’s judgment. {reference 1 John 2:28 and 3:21} God’s love erases fear. The thought of His punishment makes or should make a person fear Him. Only those who are not confident of God’s love have reason to fear His punishment. {reference Proverbs 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:15; Philippians 2:12} [Please review 1 John 4:17-19]

In this way love is made complete in us, so that we may be without fear on the day of judging, because as he is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love. 19 We have the power of loving, because he first had love for us [1 John 4:17-19 (BBE)].

1 John 4:18 uses another form of the word for fear (all three) phobos (fob’-os) meaning dread, terror, fright or fear. John also uses phobeo in the phrase ‘He that feareth’. For a quick challenge lookup the word torment in one of the dictionaries and lexicons on the Bible study tools page (this link).

In conclusion

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“I fear, respect, honor, worship and obey God, do you?”

Everyone on earth should fear and respect the Lord. All the people in the world should fear him, 9 because when he speaks, things happen. And if he says, “Stop!”—then it stops [Psalm 33:8-9 (ERV)].

For the time has come for judgment, which must begin with the household of God: and if it begins with us, what shall the end be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? [1 Peter 4:17 (RKJNT); read 1 Peter 4:12-19].

If our love for others is real—Godly love—and we live right—free from sin—we have no reason to fear what God will do to us. I cannot stress how important it is to fear and respect God. Learn to FEAR, respect, honor, worship, and obey Him. Be blessed— Tim.

Recommended Bible studies and article

Christian Life || Fear God || Fear – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Question for ‘fear God II’: Do you honor GOD with love and fear?

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Feed Your Spirit

It’s a wrap, thank you for your visit. Come back soon.

Please do not wait too long, feed your Spirit nature today. I do realize, this is not the only dining place on the internet but hopefully, this is one of your favorites. I love you –Tim.

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