The Jesus Code: “What is the ‘fear of the Lord’?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 22 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Who among you fears the Lord?” (Isaiah 50.10).

What an important question! As Hawkins points out, very few today live with a genuine fear of the Lord. Fewer still could explain what that means.

He goes on to say that we live in a “no fear” culture. The idea of fearing God makes many professing believers uncomfortable. As I read this chapter, I couldn’t help remembering that a church (not a doctrinally sound one) I attended many years ago, went so far as to remove the term “fear the Lord,” from one of the songs they sang.

 

So what does it mean to “fear the Lord”?

Hawkins says:

Does fearing the Lord mean living in a constant state of fright or concern that if we say something or do something wrong, God will zap us with some big bolt of retribution? Nothing could be further from biblical truth. The most common biblical word for fear means to stand in awe before God with such reverence and respect that that reverence becomes the controlling motivation of our lives.

(T)his fear is not the fear that He might put His hand of retribution on you, but the fear that He might take from you His hand of blessing and anointing.

How has this lack affected the church?

Without having God on the throne, without having a priority to honor and glorify Him, without living in a spiritually healthy fear of Him, we are allowing the New Testament gospel to be pushed aside by the New Trendy gospel. The New Testament gospel emphasizes self-denial, but the New Trendy gospel emphasizes self-fulfillment. The New Testament gospel is focused on Christ and His life, death, resurrection, and plan for man’s redemption, but the New Trendy gospel is focused on man and his desire for happiness and purpose. These two gospels are in diametric opposition to each other. The question of Isaiah will never be asked among those with a new trendy mind-set.

How can we learn to live in the fear of the Lord? The words of Solomon in Psalm 2.1-5 summarize it very well:

¹ My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “Is it true?” (Daniel 3.14).

Last week’s question: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6.8). Read it here.

 

 

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Blessings,
Donna

 

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Bite Sized Theology: “Bible Study – How & Why?”

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In this post we are going to take another bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology. This week we will talk about studying the Bible. 

 

In my last “Bite Sized Theology” post I covered general and special revelation. In earlier posts I talked about why the Bible is The Book, not just a book about God, but a book written by God Himself, and what is meant by The Canon, why we can trust the 66 books of the Bible are God’s Word.

Today we’re going to talk Bible study: why it is important, some important principles about Bible study, and how to get started?

 

16 Reasons to Study the Bible:

  1. The Scriptures show us the way of salvation (Rom. 1.16; 2 Tim. 3.15; John 3.1-21).
  2. It helps us grow spiritually (2 Pet. 3.18; 1 Pet. 2.2).
  3. It guides and directs our lives (Ps. 119.105).
  4. As we study and meditate on God’s Word, keeping it in our hearts and minds, it cause us to prosper spiritually and experience true success in life (Josh. 1.8; Ps. 1.1-3).
  5. It helps us recognize the difference between truth and error (Acts 17.11).
  6. It prepares us to share the Gospel and the hope we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3.15).
  7. It prepares us for the “one-anothering” (teaching, admonishing, and encouraging) we are called to do in the family of God (Col. 3.16).
  8. It prepares us to teach our children or the next generation (Deut. 6.6-7).
  9. It provides us with hope and encouragement (Rom. 15.4).
  10. It is an important part of the armor of God and protects us from the schemes of the devil (Eph. 6.10-17; Lk. 4.1-13).
  11. When we commit it to our hearts, the Holy Spirit brings it to our minds when we need it, and it helps us stay away from sin (Ps. 119.11).
  12. As we hear it, read it, and come to understand the Word, it grows our faith (Rom. 10.17).
  13. It exposes our hearts (Heb. 12.12-16) so we can see where we need to grow and change.
  14. It enables us to obey the two great commandments: love God and love others (Matt. 22.37-40).
  15. It helps us become more like Christ (1 Tim. 4.7).
  16. It enables us to know God and His Son Jesus Christ (Jn. 17.3).

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The Jesus Code: “Here I am. Send me!” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 21 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isaiah 6.8).

To answer this question we must begin with worship, the kind of worship Jesus talked about in John 4, worship that is in spirit and in truth.

The author points out that America has traditionally been known for three things, “our freedom of worship as well as our work ethic in the marketplace and our enjoyment of sports and entertainment.” But, he says, these three things have gotten out of balance. We too often, “play at our worship . . . worship our work . . . and work at our play.”

Like the times we live in, Isaiah 6 was written at a time of instability and uncertainty. King Uzziah had died. He had been a good king who had sought the Lord, brought prosperity to the people, and kept the nation strong. He had been the only king most of the them had ever known.

Life had been good. Perhaps they, like us, failed to have the kind of personal relationship with God they should have. Perhaps the same three things were out of balance in their lives. But now … the king was dead!

But instead of focusing on the circumstances around him, Isaiah was in the temple. Hawkins says:

(M)aybe you’ve realized this: rich worship experiences often come during times of chaos and crisis. Perhaps your Uzziah has died, and you find yourself without that one person or thing in whom you had placed your trust. Such was the context of Isaiah’s worship experience.

As a result, Isaiah saw the Lord “sitting on a throne, high and lifted up” (v. 1). Their earthly king was dead, but God was still on His throne!

The author goes on:

Isaiah’s worship experience is left for all posterity in order that we might truly know if we have worshipped God in spirit and in truth. We see from his experience that genuine worship will always result in upward evidence, inward evidence, and outward evidence of our encounter with the Lord.

The upward evidence was that he saw God in His holiness, high and lifted up. He said, “The whole earth is full of His glory!” (v. 3).

But when we have truly seen God in His holiness, we see ourselves in our sinfulness, the inward evidence. Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! For I am a man of unclean lips … for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (v. 5).

That leads us to the outward evidence. Once we have seen ourselves as we really are, our gratefulness for His mercy leads us to see others and their great need for Christ. Now Isaiah was ready for God’s question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

Isaiah’s answer should be ours, as well, “Here I am. Send me!” (v. 8).

 

Next week’s question: “Who among you fears the Lord?” (Isaiah 50.10).

Last week’s question: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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A Picture of Freedom – a Book Review by Marissa Reidland

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissack

 

Freedom is a strong word. Most kids don’t understand what it means. Freedom means being able to worship God. Most slaves were not allowed to worship in the 1700s. When you think your life is hard, think about slavery. If you moved too slowly, they hit you. If you moved too fast, they hit you.

I like the main character, Clotee, because she loved God and she trusted God to take care of her. Clotee was a slave and an abolitionist. She got a lot of slaves to freedom and although she was never able to get herself to freedom, she served God faithfully.

I love the “Dear America” books because all the main characters love God even when they had troubles in their lives. When we think our lives are bad, we need to remember that people in the past died from storms, winter, slavery, war, and disease because life was so hard. I have learned so much from these books about history and other people’s lives.

 

Marissa book review

Marissa is 10 years old and is a homeschooler who loves to read, especially “Dear America” books.

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom

From Amazon:
It’s 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master’s son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself, and her family.

 

 

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The Jesus Code: “Faith, Legacies & the Goodness of God” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 20 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10).

At the beginning, when God created everything, He declared each part of creation “good!” That is, until He created man. Then He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone …”

God created us for relationships, first with Him and then with others. One of the most important relationships is the one between a husband and wife. Hawkins says:

After one’s personal relationship with the living Christ, there is no more important relationship than the one between a husband and wife. In fact, marriage is so central to life that Paul chose it to illustrate the relationship that exists between Christ and His own bride, the church. After discussing all the various nuances of the husband-wife relationship in Ephesians 5, Paul said, “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (v. 32). My relationship with my wife, Susie, is to present to the world a vivid and vital picture of Christ’s relationship with us, His chosen bride.

So this question should take center stage in the heart and mind of anyone choosing a life partner: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31: 10).

The author goes on to talk about the three important attributes of a virtuous wife:

  • She is blessed because of her faith. This starts with a reverential fear of the Lord (Prov. 31.30). Her faith then leads to faithfulness lived out in her relationships with her husband, her children, and others.
  • She leaves a beautiful legacy. Her children rise up and call her blessed and so does her husband (Prov. 31.28).
  • She trusts in the goodness of the Lord. Proverbs 31.25 says, “She shall rejoice in time to come,” or as the NASB phrases it, “She smiles at the future.” The virtuous woman is not fretful or worried because of her trust in the Lord.

Hawkins ends this chapter with this:

And by the way, Jesus our Bridegroom is looking for the same traits in us, His chosen bride. 

Ladies, if you are married, are you walking in faith and the fear of the Lord? Are you faithful? Do you seek to leave a beautiful legacy? Do you trust in the goodness of the Lord or are you fretful and anxious?

Gentlemen, these are not characteristics for wives only. Are you faithful in your marriage relationship? Are you walking in the fear of the Lord? Are you the husband and father God has called you to be? Do you trust God and His sovereignty?

If you are not married, are you preparing to be a godly husband or wife and have you set a standard for the kind of husband or wife you want some day?

And what about in your relationship with the Lord? Are you growing in faith and faithfulness?

 

Next week’s question is: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isaiah 6.8).

Last week’s question: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139.7). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: “Omniscience, Omnipresence & Omnipotence” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 19 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139.7).

This week’s question is taken Psalm 139 where David wonders aloud about the omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence of God.

The author points out that in the midst of our scientific world we have lost much of our sense of wonder about God and His creation. And yet, every discovery actually gives us another reason to praise our amazing Creator.

 

His Omniscience:

This compound word (“omni” – all and “science” – knowledge) simply means “God knows everything.” Verses 1-4:

¹ O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Hawkins says:

What a wonder! God knows you . . . your e-mail address . . . your phone number . . . your worries . . . your hurts . . . your fears . . . your dreams. And He loves you.

 

His Omnipresence:

This word mean He is all present or present everywhere. From the book:

No matter where we are, God is there. Jonah attempted to flee from God’s presence. But to no avail. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God in the cool of the garden. But, again, to no avail. Isaiah’s prophecy that the coming Messiah would be called “Immanuel,” meaning “God with us,” underscores this wonder-full truth that He is always with us (Isaiah 7: 14). Where can we go from God’s presence? There is not a corner of this big world where He is not present.

That means we are never alone! What an amazing promise.

 

His Omnipotence:

God is all powerful. The author points out that David uses the wonder of birth to explain God’s power. Verses 13-16:

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Hawkins:

Think for a moment about this wonder of wonders. David described two microscopic pieces of protoplasm that come together and form a live human being with all the intricacies of a nervous system, a respiratory system, a circulatory system, a digestive system, a mind, a heart, a soul. What a testimony to the omnipotence of our loving God who Himself “formed” us in our mother’s womb!

After describing this wondrous aspect of God’s omnipotence— the conception of a child— David praised his Creator: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (v. 14). God knows us. He is with us. He is all powerful. Having basked in the wonder of God, David ended this psalm on a note of vulnerability that is commendable and worth emulating:

²³ Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

What a wonderful prayer to pray to the God of Wonders!

 

Next week’s question is: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10).

Last week’s question: “How can a young man cleanse his way?” (Psalm 119.9). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: “Staying Pure: 3 Steps” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 18 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “How can a young man cleanse his way?” (Psalm 119.9).

We live in a world very different from the one in which many of us grew up. Those of us old enough to remember the 50’s & 60’s watched shows like Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, and I Love Lucy. Even those a little younger are shocked by what is acceptable on TV today.

Today our children and grandchildren are often exposed to programs that are full of sexual innuendo (if not outright sexual content), unbiblical lifestyles, and homes where mom and dad have little influence.

They are given sex education in school with little or no emphasis on biblical morality or abstinence. Out of wedlock pregnancy, once a reason for removal from school, is now commonplace and alternative lifestyles are considered the norm.

So how can young people and adults stay morally pure in God’s eyes today?

Hawkins writes:

Although our culture continues to deteriorate, the answer to the psalmist’s question, “How can a young man cleanse his way?” is the same now as when the psalm was written. The answer is constant and unwavering. It has never changed, and it will never change. The answer has three parts.

  • Know the Word
  • Stow the Word
  • Show the Word

Know the Word. Hawkins goes on:

Every believer should be able to give an answer to three vital matters in Scripture, beginning with the inerrancy of the Word of God. The Bible says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3: 16– 17). Second, the deity of Christ is an essential and basic truth. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1: 1, emphasis added). Third, believers should be able to explain the means of salvation: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2: 8). So the first step in keeping oneself pure is knowing the Word of God. Read it and study it . . . daily.

Stow the Word. The Psalmist answered his own question when he said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119.11).

Show the Word. It’s not enough to know the Word or even to stow the Word, if we don’t also obey the Word.

The author ends with this sound advice:

When you find yourself at temptation’s corner, trying to decide which way to turn, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Can I thank God for it? “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 18).
  • Can I do it in Jesus’ name? “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3: 17).
  • Can I do it for God’s glory? “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10: 31).

 

Next week’s question is: “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139.7).

Last week’s question: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24.3). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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Fridays A Look at the Book Christian Mommy Blogger Fellowship Fridays Blessing Counters Missional Women Faith Filled Fridays Faith & Fellowship Bloghop Grace & Truth Linkup Saturdays Still Saturday The Weekend Brew TGI Saturdays
Sundays Spiritual Sundays Sunday Stillness

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