Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, March 4, 2016

Fear God

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 1:7). Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God's majesty, that has had a vision of God's awful greatness, His ineffable holiness, His perfect righteousness, His irresistible power, His sovereign grace. Does someone say, "But it is only the unsaved, those outside of Christ, who need to fear God"? Then the sufficient answer is that the saved, those who are in Christ, are admonished to work out their own salvation with "fear and trembling." Time was when it was the general custom to speak of a believer as a "God-fearing man." That such an appellation has become nearly extinct only serves to show whither we have drifted. Nevertheless, it still stands written, "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" (Psalm 103:13).
When we speak of godly fear, of course we do not mean a servile fear, such as prevails among the heathen in connection with their gods. No, we mean that spirit which Jehovah is pledged to bless, that spirit to which the prophet referred when he said, "To this man will I (the Lord) look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word" (Isa. 66:2). It was this the apostle had in view when he wrote, "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king" (I Pet: 2:17). And nothing will foster this godly fear like a recognition of the Sovereign Majesty of God.

A.W. Pink

2 comments:

Darrel said...

"That such an appellation has become nearly extinct only serves to show wither we have drifted."
"To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit and trembleth at my word."

It seems that only a shrinking few grasp what Isaiah said. Rare (almost non-existent) is the person who actually is of a poor and contrite spirit and really does tremble at His Word (God help us). Christ and His Gospel have been abandoned, replaced with every imaginable idol manufactured by man. The Beauty of the Holy One and the simplicity of the Gospel left "churches" long ago and in their place we find every flavor of "Christianity" known to man (and demons) parading itself as the "genuine article" only to lead men to hell. The list of idols seems to grow daily and is preferred over the Lord. It really doesn't matter what form the idol takes, all have the same end for those that worship them: continued rebellion against the Lord and His Word, a 'stiff neck' that says that we will do as we please no matter what the Lord says. In Jeremiah 44 we find even the so-called "remnant" in a similar rebellion and His Righteous judgment is passed on those who had once escaped His wrath as administered by Nebuchadnezzar. "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..." 1Sam 15:23. If that be the case (and it is) we have many practicing witches in the pulpit, the pews, and at keyboards claiming to love and serve their god, whomever it may be, but NOT the Lord Jesus.

May the Lord help us to fear Him every day and in such a manner as is pleasing to Him and not the nonsense that is taught by rebellious witches.

lyn said...

That is my prayer as well Darrel, help me to rightly fear Him EVERY DAY. There is SO MUCH absent from today's preaching/teaching, the word of God is cherry picked and has no affect because it is so watered down. There truly is a famine in the land, of famine of His truth, a famine of God fearing, God ordained preachers. My prayer is for God to raise up men such as this, along with praying for His coming.