Respect God; It is Absolutely Good Advice For Life

Respect God
Summary
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“Respect God – Be in awe of, worship and obey Him”

Absolutely Good Advice for Life: Respect God

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Now, what should we learn from everything that is written in this book? The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do—even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do. (ERV)

Think about it, do you respect God?

Have you ever thought about this question “do you respect God“? To be clear, do you think God is worthy of worship and obedience? To respect God means you admire Him with praise and love, mixed with awe and/or fear. When you respect God, you worship Him. You honor Him by doing what He says. Jesus warned the people in Luke 12:4-5 My friends, don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but after that, there is nothing else they can do. 5 God is the one you must fear. Not only can he take your life, but he can throw you into hell. God is certainly the one you should fear! (CEV) For this reason, we should give attention to and respect / fear what God can and will do.

Key Points:

  1. Those who want wisdom, respect God. Proverbs 9:10 “Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. (NCV) ♦ Psalms 111:10 If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. All those who follow his rules have good understanding. People should praise him forever. (NIRV)
  2. Show that you fear and reverence the Lord by the way you live. The Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) says “walking in the respect and reverential fear of the Lord“. Acts 9:31 And so it came about that the Church, throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, enjoyed peace and became firmly established; and, ordering its life by reverence for the Lord and the help of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. (TCNT)
  3. Your respectful obedience to the word of God pleases God. Philippians 2:12-13 So then, my dear ones, just as you people were always obedient [to my teaching] when I was there with you, so now, in my absence [also], be [obedient] all the more. [Continue to] complete your own salvation [i.e., by living faithfully to the end. See Romans 13:11] with fear and trembling [i.e., with a reverent and submissive spirit], 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to motivate the desire and to carry out what pleases Him. (AUV)

Many people want respect but do not give it. – Tim

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Respect God
Honor / Obey God
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“Respect God – Show respect to all men. Love the Christians. Honor God with love and fear. Respect the head leader of the country.” 1 Peter 2:17 (NLV)”

Advice for spiritual life: Submit to / obey God

Hebrews 12:7-11 [For the suffering] you are enduring [is] for your discipline. God is dealing with you as He does with [His] children, for what child is not disciplined by his father? 8 But if you do not receive [such] discipline, like all of us do, then you are illegitimate children and not true children. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them [for it]; should we not much rather submit to the Father of our spirits [i.e., God], so we can live [spiritually]? 10 For our human fathers disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them; but God disciplines us for our [spiritual] good, so that we may share in His holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant, but painful, at the time [it is received], yet later on it produces a crop of peace and righteousness in [the lives of] those who have been trained by it. (AUV)

Many do not know or were not raised by their biological father (including me) and cannot identify with what is stated in verse 9 “we had earthly fathers to discipline us…”. However, the point is we do have a heavenly father who deserves greater respect because His loving discipline is for our spiritual / eternal good. Romans 6:22-23 Now you are free from sin and are servants to God. You have your fruit in holiness, and the end everlasting (eternal) life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift from God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (NSB)

1 Peter 4:18 “If good people barely escape, what will happen to sinners and to others who don’t respect God?” (CEV)

How do we honor God?

Open your hearts and let the word of God minister to you as you read and study. God is to be held in the highest esteem but we must be mindful that God will still be God regardless of our praise and respect or lack of. We honor God with worship and serving Him. No other being is worthy. Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (NKJV) ♦ Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 How can Christ agree with Belial, the devil? How can a person who believes work with a person who does not believe? 15 Is there anything equal about a house of God and a house of idols? We are a house of the living God. God has said, `I will live in them and walk in them. I will be their God and they will be my people.‘ 16 So the Lord says, `Come away from among bad people. Stay away from them. Do not touch what is not clean. And I will receive you. 17 I will be your father. And you shall be my sons and daughters.’ The Lord who is ruler of all says that. 7 My dear people, since God has promised us these things, we should make ourselves clean. We should clean out everything that makes our lives or our spirits dirty. We should try to be altogether holy because we respect God with fear. (WE)

Honor when used of the Supreme Being, to reverence (deep respect and high regard mixed with fear and love); to adore (to honor as God or as divine); to worship (to perform acts of praise or respect).

Matthew 15:1-9 Some of the teachers of the Law and the proud religious law-keepers from Jerusalem came to Jesus. They asked, 2 “Why do Your followers not obey the teaching that was given to them by our fathers? They do not wash their hands before they eat.” 3 Jesus said to them, “Why do you break the Law of God by trying to keep their teaching? 4 For God said, ‘Show respect to your father and mother.’ And, ‘He who curses his father or mother will be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if a man says to his parents that anything he has, that might have been of help to them, is already given to God, 6 he does not have to show respect by helping his father and mother. You are putting aside the Word of God to keep their teaching. 7 You who pretend to be someone you are not, Isaiah told about you. He said, 8 ’These people show respect to Me with their mouth, but their heart is far from Me. 9 Their worship of Me is worth nothing. They teach what men have made up.’” (NLV)

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Scriptures to read and study:

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (key verses: 13-14) [references: 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 (focus verses: 6:14-7:1; key verse: 6:16-18 and 7:1). Cross-references (CR) for 2 Corinthians 6:16 {Exodus 25:8; 29:45; Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 31:1; Ezekiel 37:27}. CR for 2 Corinthians 6:17 {Isaiah 52:11}. CR for 2 Corinthians 6:18 {Isaiah 43:6; Hosea 1:10.}]; Luke 12:4-7 (key verses: 4-5); Proverbs 9:10-12 (key verse: 10); Psalms 111:10; Acts 9:31; Philippians 2:12-18 (key verses: 12-13); 1 Peter 2:13-17 (key verse: 17); Hebrews 12:3-11 (key verses: 7-11); Romans 6:15-23 (key verses: 22-23); 1 Peter 4:12-19 (key verse: 18); Revelation 4:1-11 (key verse: 11); Isaiah 2:1-22 (key verses: 10-11); Matthew 15:1-20 [(key verses: 8-9) compare Mark 7:1-23 (key verses: 6-7)]; Psalms 33:1-15 (key verses: 8-9); 1 Peter 4:12-19 (key verse: 17); Hebrews 12:25-29 (key verses: 28-29)

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

Respect the Lord

Psalm 33:8 Everyone on earth should fear and respect the Lord. All the people in the world should fear him, (ERV) ♦ Psalm 33:8-9 Worship the Lord, all the earth! Honor him, all peoples of the world! 9 When he spoke, the world was created; at his command everything appeared. (GNT)

If you believe the Lord is supreme and our creator. Then you have many reasons to respect God. He is to be feared and revered / respected; do you agree?

1 Peter 4:17 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? (RKJNT)

I cannot stress the importance of the fear of and respect for God; it is absolutely good advice for life. Learn to fear, honor, worship, obey, and respect the Lord and be blessed— Tim.

Hebrews 12:28-29 Let us be thankful, because we will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship (serve) (intensely adore) God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe. 29 Our God is a destroying (consuming) fire. (NSB)

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Christian Life || Fear God || True Worship

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