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"Fear? Yep," Psalm 25:12015, May 20, 2021


Praying Together 2In tonight's session it was my pleasure to take a look at Psalm 25:12-15, and specifically at what it means to be one who "fears the Lord."
 
"Fear" is a term that carries so much baggage in our current day context. Is it a term that we should continue to pay attention to when it comes to living for the Lord? Yep. 
 
I pray that what I have offered up in the video link below will serve as an encouragement to you. In the lesson I mess around with interchanging the phrase "fear of the Lord" with "God-hauntedness." I even use the quote, "I am haunted by waters" from my favorite movie, "A River Runs Through It."
Press on,
Ryan



Thirst

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“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” (John 4:15, NLT)

Most of us haven’t gone through five spouses, be we have gone through five jobs, five moves, five weight-loss programs, or five churches—and still the insatiable thirst continues. We will never find what we are looking for in the things we pick up along the way. Not even the religious things. Not even important things like relationships. All of these things will leave our souls empty if we try to force them to satisfy our thirst. The true object of our search is nothing less than an encounter with the Holy One. — M. Craig Barnes

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2, NLT)

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (John 4:13-14, MSG)


Who Am I

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Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” … God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:11, 14, NLT)

Jeremiah said, I am only a youth.” But the Lord said, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’ for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:6-8, ESV)

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient . . . (2 Corinthians 3:5-6, ESV)

It is well for a man to know his own inadequacy, but woe unto him if he stop there. Let him move on to meet God and find Him sufficient. It is not a matter of who I am, but of who He is. — Vance Havner

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58, ESV)


Heat and Light

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Someone has said, “Youth has fire without light and age has light without fire.” … Give us more witnesses with both heat and light! — Vance Havner

John [the Baptist] was like a burning and shining lamp. (John 5:35, NLT)

Our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29, NIV)

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)


Wait On the Lord

Don't let this world force you into its mold. Wait on the Lord!

Trust Jesus. Don't rush and run, or be pushed and provoked. Stay right there!

"Wait for the Lord and keep His way." (Psalm 37:34, NIV)

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, IMG_0503
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:28-31, ESV)

Elevation Worship and Maverick City come together in the worship song, "Wait On You," and do an amazing job of urging, inspiring and guiding us all to . . .

WAIT on the Lord.

Take 10 minutes and give it a listen—you will be moved, blessed and you will "get a little stronger."

 


War

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Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm.

                                            — Oswald Chambers

Listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. (Psalm 85:8-9, NLT)

Haste to me Lord, when this fool-heart of mine
Begins to gnaw itself with selfish craving;
Or, like a foul thing scarcely worth the saving,
Swoln up with wrath, desireth vengeance fine.
Haste, Lord, to help, when reason favors wrong;
Haste when thy soul, the high-born thing divine,
Is torn by passion’s raving, maniac throng. — George MacDonald

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Ephesians 6:10-12, MSG)

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, … and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2: 9, 15, NIV)


Rest

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Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:1-2, NLT)

Rest; rest in Him,
Your work is through.
Lean back on his great power;
He'll work for you. — John Fischer

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

God is for us and has been working for us from the beginning. Our salvation, our sanctification, our glorification is accomplished by believing in what he has done. Rest is all we have to do. — David Roper


Gaze

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A mere glance appropriates nothing; a long gaze appropriates the beauty it beholds. … If we want to know the rich beauty of God, we must give ourselves time to think about it. — J.H. Jowett

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4, NIV)


What gets your attention, gets you. — E. Stanley Jones


Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Hebrews 2:2-3, MSG)