Bible Studies for Life

The Fear of God

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

Any believer should be in awe of God when they look up at night and see the stars and all His heavenly creations, but the Psalmist goes a little further; God created all that with a simple breath from His mouth. He didn’t have to shout or repeat Himself, just a simple soft voice. When we can realize and understand this, we can know that God is more powerful than our human brain can even imagine, much less describe. So, if we can admit this to ourselves, we finally see that we should fear the greatness of God and be thankful that He loves every one of us. Even more He wants us to be His friend. When we accept Jesus, His Son, as our Lord and Savior, we start a relationship with Him that believers call their “Walk with God”. This is built upon that respectful “Fear of God”. We grow this relationship by praying, studying God’s Word, and doing the work He gives us to do until we go to Heaven to be with Him.

Psalm 33:10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. 13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.

The Psalmist confirms what has been taught in the Bible, God is in charge. The ways of mankind are sinful. Israel was chosen as a nation to serve God and be a Light to the world, but they rebelled against God’s ways repeatedly. God never changes, He is the only Hope anyone has ever had or will ever have. He is eternal. All through the Bible God has had regular people trust and believe in Him and do His Work. God has always watched each person and how they lived. He created us and knows our hearts. We cannot hide anything from Him. We will all face judgement one day. Today we have the complete Word of God to teach us the Ways of God. We have His Son, Jesus, that died on the Cross to save us. Please don’t waste the chance to be saved. Find someone to help you understand. Our church serves God and is here to help anyone be saved.

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. 22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.

God watches over His believers and takes care of their needs. When we are saved, we are born again in Jesus Christ, so when our earthly body dies our soul goes straight to Heaven. While on earth we are subject to pain, sickness, diseases, accidents, attacks from people so we suffer here on earth just as Jesus did. God and His Son, Jesus, takes care of us by supplying our needs. When we are sick, sometimes He heals us quickly, but other times we may need to suffer for some other reason; maybe to witness to someone in the hospital or a doctor see a miracle that he cannot deny came from God. God uses His believers for the Glory of God, Himself. Our purpose on earth is to Glorify God and do work that brings Him Glory. He protects us so that we can do His work. Our hearts rejoice in God because He gives us Peace and Joy beyond all understanding. We place our complete trust in God and one day He will send His Son to bring us Home to Heaven with Him. His mercy is with us till that day. God’s Son, Jesus, is the only way to be saved and anyone can accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior no matter their lifestyle or crimes on this earth. God and Jesus will be the only Judges not any religious belief. Being a member of any denomination does not save anyone, only the Blood of Jesus can do that. A person must ask Jesus to save him. No one can do it for you. Please come to church to learn about God and His Son, Jesus, or call if you need to ask a question.

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In the Beginning

John1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John was a disciple, so he knew and loved Jesus. He saw Jesus perform miracles that no man could do in himself. John knew in his heart that Jesus was the Son of God. John was a witness of Jesus praying to His Father, God, and doing the work God gave Him to do. John wrote this book of the Bible to tell of the deity of Jesus so we could believe in Jesus as God’s Son. John’s description of Jesus as the Word offended a lot of people but to John this new understanding of the Word was gospel, The Good News of Jesus Christ. John also described Jesus as the “Light” of the world. On earth the Light reveals sin and the evil of darkness. It also guides believers to live a life pleasing to God. In Heaven there will be no sun or moon for light because there will be no darkness or sin. Jesus and God will be the Light of Heaven. Please accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior so you can have this Light on earth and later in Heaven.

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

This John is not John the disciple, but a man sent from God to prepare the way for His Son. He became known as John the Baptist. John was a great preacher because he had a great mission from God, tell people about Jesus who would save them. He referred to Jesus as the Light. John loved Jesus and what He was doing for all men. John taught the Good of the Light, our Lord and Savior and the evil of sin and Satan. John eventually lost his life for defending Jesus and condemning sin. John never accepted any glory for his preaching but told everyone that he was just a messenger to announce Jesus. Are you a messenger for Jesus? All believers are given the mission to share the love of Jesus so that others can be saved.

John 1:9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John the disciple and author goes back to teaching about Jesus who entered the world as the true Light. This Light was available to all men. Even though Jesus created the world and everything in it including every person, the people did not recognize Him. The Israelites were God’s chosen people and most of them did not receive Him, but the ones that did He saved, and they became children of God. When Jesus came to earth as a man, He was fully man and fully God, so the man was subject to everything we are subject to, but He lived His life without sin and was an example for us to follow. As God’s Son, He returned to Heaven to reign forever with His Father after His resurrection. As children of God, we are co-heirs with Jesus, but Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Do you know this Light? Have you experienced His loving Grace and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

Isaiah 55:11