Get Smart

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)

Want to get smart? Here’s where to start:

FEAR GOD

Put another way, if you don’t fear God, you’re dumb. It’s that simple.

Never Fear. God is Here.

Here’s an awesome Psalm for times of trouble. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Marinate in it.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:1-3, 10a)

Fearless

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. (Proverbs 3:25-26)

The equation is simple:

KNOW GOD = NO FEAR

There’s no need to fear anything in this world. Don’t freak out. Never panic. God is infinitely bigger than anything we can possibly face on this planet and He’s here to help us every step of the way. Walk with Him today.

HAVE NO FEAR

Psalm of the Week

Flip open your Bible to the middle and chances are you’ll land in either Psalms or Proverbs. It’s an amazing juxtaposition of books. Psalms is packed with poetry and prayers expressing the heights and depths of human emotion. Flip a few pages and you’re in Proverbs — practical, no-nonsense wisdom for daily living.

Once a week for the next several months, our daily dose will be from one of these two fabulous books. Your heart and brain will thank you.

I could think of no better place to start than Psalm 23. Read it, meditate on it, memorize it, live it.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

WALK WITH GOD

Love 101 (Part 2)

Here’s Part 2 of Love 101 according to God.  Live it.  LOVE it.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command:  Whoever loves God must also love his brother.  1 John 4:16-21

LIVE IN LOVE!

Fear God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  Proverbs 9:10

Want to get smart?  Here’s how to start:

FEAR GOD

Put another way, if you don’t fear God, you’re dumb.  It’s that simple.

Here’s a quick test to see if you truly fear God:  Take a look at the past 24 hours.  Do your actions show that you fear God?  Or do they show that you fear other people and their opinions of you more?  Or maybe losing your job?  Or losing your stuff?  Or pain?  Or maybe a terrorist attack?  Or getting hit by a bus?  Or maybe an invasion of brain-sucking aliens?

The world wants us to fear everything but God.  Don’t.  Turn off the TV, pick up a Bible and read about our all-knowing, all-powerful, all-everything God.  Respect him.  Honor him.  Worship him.  Fear him.