Fearing God doesn’t mean being afraid of him; it means standing in awe of him. Fear connotes a healthy respect and honor. God’s goodness cascades like a fountain over those who respect him, protecting them from the things that could bring them harm.
He is a fountain of life on earth and in eternity. On earth, when you show you fear God by obeying his commands, you will avoid the people and places that are physically and spiritually dangerous to you. Your fear for God will carry you into eternal life, where his love will pour over you forever.
Have you ever felt the weight of guilt pulling you down? It feels like a burden that you’re forced to carry. It becomes an unwanted, but unavoidable, part of who you are. But it doesn’t have to be that way. All you have to do is repent and turn to God. Turn away from your sin and turn to him, and your sin will be “wiped out”—not cut in half, not slightly smudged—it will be completely removed, gone forever. Then times of refreshing will come. Don’t you want sweet refreshment for your soul to replace that bitter weight you’ve carried?
Regardless of what society or your family tells you (or even what you may secretly tell yourself), you are not the sum total of your pedigree, résumé and credentials. You have one identity in life upon which you should rest all your aspirations: You are a daughter of God. That’s all. But how much that “all” entails!
“44 percent of American women say that making more money is a major personal goal. 30 percent also say they would be happier if they were rich, and they dream about getting rich.”
“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”
“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman.”
( Ps. 15:1-3
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