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03/31/2014

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"Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. It grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord" (Acts 9:31).

When we were kids at play, there was nothing worse than being call a "fraidy cat" or a "scardey-cat." It was a kids way of calling one another a coward, suggesting that we were afraid of something. There are many scriptures that use the term fear, or fear and trembling, in relationship to the Lord. To the church at Philippi, the apostle Paul wrote: "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed --- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence --- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling" (2:12). The word fear is there, and since it cannot be ignored, lets take a look at it to see what it ought to mean to us. Are we supposed to be fraidy cats? The term fear when referring to the Lord or even fear and trembling, are not real popular concepts today. When we refer to God we would rather us words like, mercy, patience, and love. The thought of God's righteous indignation, justice or holiness invokes a; "my God's not like that!" In 1741, the famous British theologian, Jonathon Edwards wrote and delivered a famous sermon entitled, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Its still available to us, so you can look it up if you care to... The emphasis on God's love and mercy today may be in reaction to the "hell, fire, and brimestone messages of generations past. Could it possibly be that we have gone to the other extreme, where there is no concept of fear and trembling when it comes to the Christian? Have you ever thought that this may be one of the reasons that Christians are so apathetic in their service? Could it be that we have forgotten whom we should fear if we are remiss in our service? "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matt.10:28). These are Jesus' words... Lets take some time over the next few days in examining fear of the Lord. Taking a look at why it is actually important to Christians, and suggesting how developing a "healthy fear" is good as long as we do not go to extremes. After all, we don't want to be fraidy - cats....

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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