I like informality. I love working from my home office in flip-flops and bermudas. Ceremony is not my bailiwick. Most people today are non-traditional as well. The laid-back approach has won the day in our time.
That kind of approach, however, does not work well with God, not even having gained the right to call him Father. Continue reading
Give glory to God by proclaiming to everyone who he is and what great things he has done. Confessing sin is also a way to recognize the perfection of God. Praise to God speaks his name reverently, and never in vain. Bless his name, speak highly of the Lord, and know that every one of his promises is being fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Revere the Lord with fear and trembling! Terrifying thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God, the righteous Judge! His name is holy — woe to him who speaks it without meaning! The glory is God’s, and we must honor him fully or face the consequences!
READ: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Mt 10.28.
THINK: Fear of God is a starting point in all the Bible, Deut 8.6; 1 Pet 2.17, the beginning of wisdom, Psa 111.10; Prov 1.7; 9.10. It includes respect, reverence, and fear. Fear is show by obedience to God. It is associated with judgment, Rev 14.7, with praise, Heb 12.28, and with evangelism, 2 Cor 5.11. Continue reading
Tony Robbins was wrong. Our fears are not the most powerful motivators. The love and mercy of Jesus Christ move men more deeply, more quickly, more strongly.
But Robbins, who likely does not know that love, is right that fear is a powerful motivator. Absent the presence of Christ, fear moves us more than any other stimulus. Continue reading