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A Letter From Peter

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO DELIGHTS IN GOD'S LAW AND MEDITATES ON IT DAY AND NIGHT.  Psa 1:1-2

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO DELIGHTS IN GOD’S LAW AND MEDITATES ON IT DAY AND NIGHT. Psalm 1:1-2

 

Dearly beloved,

I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

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.

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Honour all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honour the king.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us and example that ye should follow his steps:

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 2:11-25

SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 15:31-33

This is a profound teaching and I believe the MOST IMPORTANT TEACHING IN THE WHOLE BIBLE! If we fear God and have respect for His warnings by taking heed and obeying Him, we will be blessed and things will go well with us. If we are unwise and foolhardy and disregard His Words to us, He is not able to bless us because the BLESSINGS come with OBEDIENCE. Be WISE; don’t be as the fool who says there is no god (Psalm 53:1) and rejects God and His Word. God reveals Himself to those with a humble and teachable spirit, not to the proud nor to the fool.

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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Anatomy Of The Wise: The Ear: Proverbs 15:31-33

31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33) The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.

EXPOSITION:

The ability to hear and understand the Word of God is a gracious gift of God that is given to those who are wise…

31) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
1.  The wise are individuals that understand, and give close attention to the practical, corrective teachings of God’s Word.

The ears of the wise are opened to God’s corrective teachings

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your…

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DON’T BE AFRAID- God Cares For You!

CAST ALL YOUR CARES UPON HIM, FOR HE CARES FOR YOU!  1Peter 5:7

CAST ALL YOUR CARES UPON HIM, FOR HE CARES FOR YOU! 1Peter 5:7

This post is particularly addressed to viewers who have questions and concerns about the subject of FEAR.

Someone wants to know, “What does of whom shall I be afraid mean?”

 Somebody else asked, “Who should I fear?”  

Please read Whom Shall I Fear?  Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?’ which I posted on Nov. 13, 2012.  It is about living a life without fear knowing that God has our back.  We have no one and nothing to be afraid of because God loves us and cares for us.  He says to us over and over again, “Don’t be afraid” and “Fear not”.   We have nothing to fear, but fear itself, which is not of God and does not come from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us,

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

The spirit of fear does not come from God.  Fear and anxiety comes from Satan.  This verse says that we have  (the spirit of) power, and (the spirit of) love, and (the spirit of) a sound mind, that God has given to us.  It describes the Holy Spirit.  Those who have put their faith and trust in God and His Word have the Holy Spirit as their friend, teacher, comforter.  The Holy Spirit is also our advocate and protector against the evil in the world that Satan is responsible for.

When the Bible speaks of  ‘the fear of God or fear God’  it refers to how God should be regarded, with holy reverence, respect and honor.  That being said, know that God is on our side; He doesn’t want us to have fear or to be afraid of Him.  He is our Father in Heaven who loves us and wants to bless us; He desires that we give Him honor and respect for who He is- the Almighty Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Savior and Redeemer of mankind.  All power is His and He is worthy of our praise!

To answer the question:  “Who should I fear? We must FEAR GOD and have a holy reverence for Him.   If this question means, “Who should I be afraid of or fearful of?”  the answer will still be the same.  If you have not entrusted your life to God’s care, you place your very life in jeopardy.  Those who reject God and do not place their trust in Him will not be under His protective care.   They will be subject to the influence and evil works of Satan, who is the Father of lies, the deceiver, the thief and robber of their blessings.  Satan will rule their lives.  They will be victimized by Satan and in the end will be cast into the lake of fire with him, along with all those whose names are not written in the book of life (Rev 20:15).  

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10

Related posts:

Whom Shall I Fear of Whom Shall I Be Afraid  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/whom-shall-i-fear-of-whom-shall-i-be-afraid/

The Holy Spirit- The Believer’s First Line of Defense  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/4070/ 

What is the FEAR OF THE LORD?  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/what-is-the-fear-of-the-lord/

Whom Shall I Fear? Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?

Psalm 27:1 and 14 tell us:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
There are more Than 365 “Fear Not’s” in the Bible!
In ‘David, A Man After God’s Heart’ eBook, Chapter 4 (9-18-2012 post), I said in the introduction:
“. . .This past Sunday, the visiting preacher told us that God said “Fear not” 366 times in the Bible, which is like God saying that to us EVERY DAY, including leap year, knowing that we need to be reminded daily.  God loves us so much and is our GREATEST ENCOURAGER, so we really should spend more time letting Him speak to us from the Bible, imparting His Truth, Wisdom and Knowledge to us that we can apply to our lives.

There are numerous  Fear Nots in the Bible, even more than 1 per day of the year or for every day of our lives.  The number of times “Fear Not” is stated in the Bible differs with the various translations, but nonetheless, God speaks these actual words “Fear not” and similar expressions such as, “Don’t be afraid.”  He encourages us in many ways not to fear, but to trust Him.

In the Soul Shepherding website, http://www.soulshepherding.org/2010/07/fear-not-365-days-a-year/ the article says ‘Fear Not!  365 Days A Year’, that there are 103 Fear Nots in KJV, but over 500 references to ‘fear’ alone, not counting those scriptures that deal with worry and anxiety.  What this means is that the Bible is a rich source of words of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement in coping with our fears and anxieties.

Someone wrote that if God said Fear not ONLY ONCE, he would be satisfied and happy with that!  Others have Googled and said that they can find only half as many Fear nots of the 365 in the link I mentioned.  I suppose they were looking for the words, “Fear not.”  I don’t recommend trying to count  the “Fear nots” because you will lose count as I did.  I began counting other words God spoke besides “Fear not” that mean the same thing, about not being afraid.  Besides, there are many  examples in the Bible of God’s faithfulness that teach us not be fearful, but to trust in God alone.

These are just a few of my favorite scriptures where God says “Fear Not”:

“Let not your heart be troubled ..”  (John 14:1)

“Call unto me and I will answer you..”   (Jer 33:3)

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”  (Phil 4:6 AMP)

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers..” (Psalm 37:1)

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee..”  (Joshua 1:9b)

“.. lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”  (Mt 28:20)

“..If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31b)

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Tim 1:7)

Jesus said,  “. . . I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  (Heb 13:5).

The only thing I can think to be fearful of is NOT KNOWING JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND NOT HAVING GOD AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER;  to not know of God’s loving kindness and tender mercies; to not know that there is a blessed hope for all those who trust in Him; to not know where you will spend eternity and that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.

So the answer to the questions, “Whom Shall I Fear?  Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?” is FEAR GOD, this ‘FEAR’ meaning to reverence and honor God, and He will help you with all of your ‘fears’, whatever they be.

 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  (Proverbs 1:7)