Fear and hope in God

Following God is not something we do just once, or at certain times, it is a lifestyle that continually embeds all of our activities.  It has faith and love as principles with the idea that our lives and all that we do will bring glory to God.  Our strength to live such a life comes from Jesus.  The underlying move of the Holy Spirit is to make sure that we never lose that fear of God, to have reverence for His name, and to regard His word for where there is no reverence for God will we really find faith, hope, and love?  For if the Holy Spirit enables us to walk a walk that follows God, then we know that walk will be one that comes out of the sense of His incredible love and desire to bless us and keep us.

God is pleased when we come to Him with reverence for and fear in His divine majesty.  He would like that to be in our lives always knowing that this is the move of the Holy Spirit in our lives that enables us to stay steadfast in our walk with Him.  It is here that He can bless us as promised. God can transform us easily enough, but He is looking for that desire that comes from our will to follow Him even in the midst of our own nature. He is looking at us as His creation, designed to be rational and intelligent beings knowing that we are influenced by moral motives, reason and argument, persuasion and conviction and especially as seen in the life of Job that I have been reading lately, hopes and fears.

So out of the Old Testament we found ourselves in a New Testament world that proclaims good news.  God has called us to walk with Him in a New Covenant through Jesus.  It is now in Him that we have hope for eternal life and intimacy with God.

If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever! 

Deuteronomy 5:29

Fear of the Lord by Tommy Walker

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