Topic: The Blessing-Provoking Fear of God
[Seeds of Destiny 16 February 2019 Devotional]
SCRIPTURE: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever. Psalms 112:1-3
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To fear God is to hate evil; and the fear of God is the channel of the Blessing.
The fear of God has been confirmed to be a channel of the Blessing. The man who fears God is a natural candidate for the Blessing (Psalms 112:1-3). Job was blessed by God because He feared the Lord (Job 1:1-3). It is not possible for anybody to be blessed by God without the fear of God.
It is important to know that the Blessing of God is beyond having physical money; it is the totality of God’s package of goodness for man’s welfare, wholeness, serenity and tranquility.
Now, what are the dimensions of the fear of God that provokes the Blessing of God?
1. The fear of God entails the hatred of evil
To fear God is to hate evil; and the fear of God is the channel of the Blessing (Proverbs 8:13). Blessed is he that fears the LORD (Psalms 112:1-3); this means, if to fear the LORD is to be blessed, then to hate evil is also to be blessed. To hate evil is not to be comfortable anywhere evil is present or being perpetrated.
2. The fear of God entails the passion to give God pleasure with one’s life (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
The fear of God is the passionate desire to ensure God is pleased with your life; it is the passion to give God pleasure with your life.
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3. The fear of God entails the tenderness or purity of motive and conscience (Proverbs 8:13).
The fear of God is in place where the motive of a person is pure.
When the motive is not pure, the conscience is hardened; such people who can do anything with impunity are not candidates for the Blessing.
Beloved, my counsel is, make up your mind to fear God at all cost.
Remember this: To fear God is to hate evil; and the fear of God is the channel of the Blessing.
1.Make up your mind to give God pleasure with your life.
2.Maintain a clear conscience always.
PRAYER: Father, I receive the grace to give You pleasure with my life and to maintain a pure conscience always, Lord in Jesus’ Name.