Jan17SunJanuary 17, 2021
Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light;
and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. (Mt 10:27)
God put on my heart to read through the whole Bible this year from a perspective of what Holy Spirit is saying to the church so that we can continue to prepare for what and Who is coming.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to Him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and His bride has prepared herself. Rev 19:7 NLT
And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Rev 21:2 NLT
So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. Rev 21:10-11 NLT
What a beautiful picture of the church, pure and holy.
This morning I was in Mt 10 and read vs 27 which is what the Lord instructed me to do in starting the writing of this blog.
Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. Mt 10:27 NKJV
Then I read further.
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mt 10:28 NLT
For the past year I have been in the Word of God reading, studying and praying through the scriptures regarding the fear of the Lord. I have come to understand that the fear of the Lord is the reverence, terror, awe and respect that belongs to God alone. I have also come to understand that there are many promises of God for those who fear Him
One of the many promises of God for those who fear Him talks about how it positions our heart to receive answers to prayer. The prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane was that the Father’s will would be done, and His prayer was answered because of godly fear, that is, reverent submission to God’s will.
...“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Lk 22:42 NLT
While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of His deep reverence for God. Heb 5:7 NLT
...who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, Heb 5:7 NKJV
As followers of Jesus we are not to fear our enemies, whose judgment is merely physical and temporal. We are to reverence God whose judgment is final and of eternal consequence.
Reading further to Mt 10:29-31.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Mt 10:29-31 NKJV
Fearing God involves trust, not terror. It is comforting and humbling to know that nothing that happens to His witnessing Church, not even death, takes place apart from the providential care (divine foresight or intervention) of the One who is concerned with the smallest details of life.
Reading these scriptures reminded me of a word God put on my heart in December 2020. He has been bringing me back to this word over and over. I was reminded of it again this morning as I was reading these scriptures.
It is a call to trust the Lord!
The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. Isa 8:11-13 NLT (read further to vs 22)
These scriptures encourage us to think like God does (allow Holy Spirit to renew our minds; Ro 12:1-2), make Him holy in our lives, fear Him, trust Him (He will keep us safe), wait for Him, put our hope in Him, ask Him for guidance, look to His instructions and teachings, preserve them and entrust them to others.
We need wisdom and discernment to be able to make decisions according to God’s will, ways and timing. There is a lot coming at us in this season. What seems like conspiracy may be from God and God is in it. We need discernment. God wants to use these things to make us new, to change us and make us like Him. We are new (2 Co 5:17) and becoming new (2 Co 3:18) and will be new (Rev 21:5).
Our response to what is happening and coming at us comes from a foundation of knowing God, fearing Him and trusting Him, His ways, timing and plans.
I am choosing to pursue God so that I will know Him more, fear Him and trust Him! I find this all very humbling. What about you?
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches...” Rev 2:7