47 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.
Today’s Inspiration: The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27. When you fear the Lord, there is strong confidence and His children will have a place of refuge. V26. This is the promise of the Lord for this season especially when the world is in crisis battling against a deadly disease and especially with our mind being clogged up with words of uncertainty from media thereby depositing insecurity and panic in us. In times like this, we need to remind ourselves that with men it’s impossible, with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26. At this point of time we need to delve deeply into God’s word which is pure and tested and purified seven times rather than to look it into the surface. The psalmist in Psalm 119:18-20 exhort us to meditate and contemplate God’s ways and not to forget God’s word. In verse 17-18 He examined himself against God’s word to expose his folly and come to terms with the mystery of God’s word. How awesome is God’s word that can be used in various applications for different situations.
God’s word is to refine us to Holiness that we might be set apart as His vessel of honor and towards godliness which is more than character traits. 1 Timothy 4:8 ‘Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.’
Pursuit of Holiness is to put off our old self and to put on the new self by renewing in the spirit of your mind so that we could function as a new man which was created according to God in true righteousness and Holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24. Many of us still behave like the old man because our reaction towards our past traumatic events from childhood have now been strong ingrained habits that have planted a lie in our soul. They keep deceiving us to react childishly even as adults towards events of similar nature where control manifests.
The Bible tells us not not to react childishly. 1 Corinthians 13:11. It gets worse when we deal with family members because our trauma starts when we were a child in the family. This is where you need father me reparenting to address your trauma in the presence of the Holy Spirit so that you can come to terms with God with this trauma and even with yourself, not blaming anyone but knowing that the wilderness experience is to refine your character to be vessel of honor for His use. The Israelites were brought to the wilderness to humble themselves to trust fully a Living God and to walk with Him by faith and not by sight. Pursuit of Holiness is to deal with sin in our lives and is the beginning of Christian Life on conversion.
The next process is pursuit of godliness which is focused on the new self after FM reparenting to grow in Christian character. After bearing fruit of the spirit, and maturing, we go to the next process of Godliness. Godliness is more than Christian character and a study of it is needed which covers the totality of the Christian Life and provides the foundation upon which Christian Life is being built. It deals with who God is, our relationship with Him. It also deals with qualities that require us to deal sternly with ourselves and qualities that empower us to deal with others graciously. May we grow together as we practice godliness.
Let us say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passion. Paul emphasised much on godliness in 1 Timothy. Peter also tells us to live godly life, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3:10-12. Many defined godliness as godly character. It’s more than this. Godliness is the foundation on which godly character is being built. Godliness is found in old testament and expounded in simplicity in New testament.
Enjoy your devotion today. God be praised. Shabbat shalom!