Thursday, 28 November 2013

Today Reminder - 28 November 2013 (Day 20 - A Life of Change)

A reminder for today
There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. (Job 1:1)

It is a beautiful Thursday and I certainly look forward to the day and all its challenges. I must say that the Lord gave me so much wisdom and help that I did much more than I expected yesterday, which is just awesome. How are things at your side, my friend? How are you coping? Have you started with your Christmas shopping and what are your plans for this Christmas? We are looking forward to spend our time with our family and to celebrate the birth of our saviour. I believe in a life of change it should be Christmas every day.

Job was blameless and a man of complete integrity – Wow, wow, wow!!! He feared God and stayed away from evil – another Wow. When you open a book in the bible and the very first verse just puts you in your place, you know that God is so much more than what you could ever imagine. Job is a man that we can aspire to be like. There are three words here that are vital to our life of change – blameless, integrity and fear. To be blameless is to live a life of exceptional devotion to God and I know this is not so easy, but it is possible. It is something we should strive towards and it is definitely something that will be visible wherever we go. 

Integrity – honesty, truth, honour and reliability. These are key factors in our lives as Christians and followers of Jesus Christ. It is also vital in your role as an employee in your place of work. It is also so important in our relationship with God and with our family and friends. Integrity breaks the barriers that satan tries to create in our lives.

Fear – Fear God: I often hear people explain the fear of the Lord as a mere respect or reverence. But the Bible uses the word fear at least 300 times in reference to God, so we make a mistake when we downplay it. So it's clear that fearing God is good because it saves us from caving into our own sinful nature. That's why hearing someone is God-fearing actually makes us trust that person more. If they fear God, they are more likely to keep their word and treat others with kindness. In fact, Romans 3, a classic chapter on sin, says that our chief sin is that we "have no fear of God at all" (Romans 3:18).

So how does fear of God, who is perfect love, take away fear? William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article 'Fearing God" in Christianity Today:

Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God's function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world's threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world's equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.

And, of course, the ultimate example of fear and perfect love working together is Jesus Christ. He warned us at every turn to fear God, not men—and he confirmed that in everything about his life and death. He spoke lovingly but frankly to all and didn't mince words when people needed to face their sin and repent. But he also demonstrated love beyond human understanding when he lived out his words, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13)." With love like that, what is left to fear but God?

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus