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Thursday, December 31, 2015

EVERY Word of God.

We should live by every word of God.

God lead the Israelites into the desert for forty years and during that time they were humbled and tested to find out what was in their heart and whether they would keep His commandments or not.  They were fed mana to teach them that "man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." 

The Lord knows our heart, but do we. We might think we do, but are we able to pray like David,



Jesus lived in this world, but he was not of this world. He obeyed the voice of Father and did His will. He did not speak on his own authority (John 12:49-50), He did nothing of himself, but was taught by Father (John 8:26-29). Christ dwelled, abided, in Father and Jesus Christ did and said what Father instructed (John 14:10).


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This fall I asked God to search my heart and see if there is any wickedness in me. This lead to Him telling me to fast and then finding pride and gluttony was in me. Which has lead to repentance and a struggle. I want to be like Jesus. I prayed this at another time --to be like Jesus-- and what you have read today is what God has been showing me over the past two months.  As well as when we don't surrender to Christ's lordship, but attempt to co-mingle with Christ and our self-will, we are basically living an unsurrendered life to Christ. We are not fully abiding in Him. We are being fooled into thinking we are ok, when we are not.

Today God told me, "Trust." 

When I affirmed that I did, I remembered our conversation from the 28th and heard, "Do you?" 

What can I say, He told me to fast with some specific instructions and I've made excuses...

"Fast and you will see." So, I am fasting, no excuses. I will chose to wait for instructions rather than pushing ahead. 

Self, you are not welcome here...you are dead. I deny you the privilledge of ruling and ruining what I have and will have in Christ. Satan, you aren't welcome here either. You can take your fillthy lies an deceit and leave. In Jesus' name.

My heart is breaking over my foolish pride. Father, cleans me and make me new. I want Your authority and Lordship to rule this life. . .I give you my heart and my life. Thank you for showing me my sin and being ever patient with me. Thank you for your grace, mercy, faithfulness and the cross. I chose to live under your authority and denying myself. I know I cannot do this without You.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I will bless the LORD at ALL times!

 

Why is this so hard to do? 
 
It is so much easier to speak our mind,
rather than take every thought captive
and control our tongue.
 
Salt and fresh water cannot come out of the same source.
It is impossible.
So, why is it so hard to bless the LORD at all times?
 
What is your source of life?
Where do you go what do you plug into?
Should we not go to the source of Life.
The Author and giver of life?
 
Jesus would only speak and do what Father God told him to do.
Should we not do the same? 
Abide in Christ and let our praise bubble up
 for all the things God is doing in us and through us?
Should we not make our boast in the Lord?
 
Oh, come, magnify the LORD with me,
let us exalt His name together.

If you abide...., then

I am rereading John 8 and this jumped out:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (John 8)



Would it be true that if you do NOT abide (dwell, live) in My word (Bible), then you are not my disciples indeed? (Abide is found also in John 15.)

Questions that comes to mind is:

Where do we dwell and spend our life/time?
What consumes us?
If not God, then should we turn and abstain from it?
What about Jesus, what was he occupied or consumed with?
What were some of Jesus' final instructions to his disciples (hint Mat. 28 18-20)


Monday, December 28, 2015

Do you trust Me?

Once again God asks me the same question and I feel like Peter at the water when he was asked three times if he loved Jesus.

"Do you trust Me?"

"Yes....Lord, You know my heart. What do You see?"

He gently replies, "Frustration. You desire to please others, yourself; please Me. Be single-minded, whole hearted, be Mine.

I cry that I am sorry and ask for forgiveness, once again.

Again He questions, "Do you trust Me?" 

"Yes, you are God and know and see all."

"I see all futures (possible paths). I want you to stay on the path and follow Me. Trust Me."

"Yes, Lord."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Trust -Do Not Doubt

Many reminders today to trust God.

'John 10' reminded me:

1.  Trust Him  
2. We will have abundant life in Christ (not material blessings, but life) 
3. Just as Jesus abided in Father and obeyed (v.38) so should I (Jn 15)
4. Jesus escaped even though they sought to kill him.
5. Depend on Him.




My life is in His hands. I can and choose to trust my Creator, the Author of life. I do not need to fear, for He is the good Shepherd and He tends to His sheep. I only need to abide, trust and obey. 


While looking for a picture to add to this post, I found this at Today's Promises:


In today’s promise, we are reminded that we are God’s people, the sheep of His pasture. There are many references to us being sheep in the Bible. Jesus said in John 10:27 that His sheep hear His voice and will not follow a stranger. In Psalm 23 we read one of the most celebrated passages that tells us that the Lord is our shepherd.
I am not an expert on sheep, but from what I do know about these animals, they are pretty dependent upon their shepherd to lead them and to protect them. All they have to do is to listen for his voice and follow wherever he goes. They are not required to make decisions for themselves or manage their life. They simply live under the watchful care of a shepherd that they know would lay down his life for them if it came to that.
In a world system that celebrates independence and self-sufficiency at every turn, this might be a thought that offends our mind. We don’t want to be led …we want to lead! Yet in Romans 8:14, we read that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the very sons of God.
We were never created to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We have a Great Shepherd and Lord and Savior who has already done that for us. All we have to do is listen for His voice and follow Him wherever He goes.

Monday, December 21, 2015

So that nothing is lost.

John 6:12 b (NKJV)
...Jesus said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
John 12:40-50
He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”[g]
41 These things Isaiah said when[h] he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

I was lead to read all of John 6 and 12. These are the verses that stood out this time.
God is still using His people to gather. What started off as a few men has grown to many disciples of Christ. But there are still many who are blind to the truth and have hard hearts. When reading John 12:40-41, I saw a prayer for the lost:
LORD,

Unblind the eyes of the lost and soften their hearts; so that they may see Your truth with their eyes and understand it in their hearts. Let their hearts become fertile ground and let them see that Jesus is the only way. May they boldly confess you as their Lord and Savior and get into Your Word. Lord, heal them. So that nothing is lost. In Jesus' name.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Disciple, go make disciples.




Go and make disciples (Mt. 28:19)

Jesus spoke, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. (Jn 8:31-32).

"If anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. (Jn 8:51) -never be seperated from Him.

Questions:

     *Where do you abide (dwell, live - where is your heart, your life)?

     *Is your life in Christ or are you of the world? It IS about Who you know and Who knows you. (Mt. 7:23)

     *Are you intimate with God? Do you have a close relationship?


You can be intimate with God through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and spending time with him by talking to him and reading his word, the Bible.

The choice is yours. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be add unto you. (Mt 6:33).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

....'Do you trust me?'....

God whispered to me again this morning, 'Do you trust me?'

Mentally I replied, "Yes."

Later after I sang a spontaneous worship song ("Take me into the holy of holies, take me in by the blood of the lamb....") I sat to pray, overwhelmed by Him and the things going on, conversations on FB with my dad, mom's surgery is coming, still waiting for God to fulfill a promise... I started to pray and petition God about what was on my heart.

Once again, 'Do you trust me?'......I replied with scripture but personalized, I will trust in You, Lord, with all my heart, I will not lean on my own understanding, in all my ways I will acknowledge You and You will make my path straight. You will keep me in perfect peace because my mind is stayed upon You, because I trust in You. I will not fret because of him who prospers in his way, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. I will trust in You and do good, I will dwell in the land and feed on Your faithfulness. I will delight myself in You and You will give me the desires of my heart. I will commit my way to You, trusting You, and You will bring it to pass. You will make your righteousness shine forth like a light and Your justice as the noonday.....  (Prov. 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:3-4,  Ps 34:1-)

I felt completely at peace in His presence.... (light bulb moment)

All scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (II Tim 3:16)

Looking back I see that I was anxious some and trying to trust God, but not admitting this to Him or myself. Now I see how I can pray the Word of God that is hidden in my  heart. No one can take it away from me. I am thankful that He has been encouraging me and directing me to specific Scripture to hide His word in my heart. :) 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Trusting Me or God?


Going back through my journal and I am humbled once again and reminded of what I have learned and need to work on. I hope this doesn’t come across as boasting or anything of that nature. That is not what I want, I mainly want to boast in God. He is awesome and loves us….too much to leave us in the mess we get ourselves in when we don’t totally trust and depend on him.

 

I am still working through the “trusting God” with life.  I know He is the Author and Creator, He sees and knows everything that will happen to me and my family. So, why can’t I rest in this?  Why do I constantly want control of what I do and when, what I buy, where I buy, and the biggest one -how I spend my time?

Sometime in the past two months I prayed I prayed like David one morning  and asked God to search my heart and show me if there was any wickedness or sin in me. In time He addressed the issue at the beginning of last month and told me to bow my heart to Him; that I am full of pride.  –ouch! He also mentioned gluttony. I sadly recognized that I was guilty of wanting and  doing things My way. Then He reminded me of an old lesson Stop And Pray (S.A.P.) before doing anything. I am to WAIT and LISTEN for direction from Him; also, I need to get in the habit of doing this. Then he showed me this is how Jesus lived the last years of his life (see where he’s shown me a few examples of this below in the gospel of John). 

 

After sharing with me about my pride, he asked once again, “Do you fear Me?”  . .  (sigh)

If I feared God I would walk in total submission, not doing things MY way, and Not ignoring any of His promptings. Should I fear God….?

 

He lead me to 'Hebrews 5:6-8' The author is speaking of Jesus:

…“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”;

who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement  cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

 

What stuck out to me in this passage:

vehement (‘earnestly’ -strong passion, heart felt, sincere, intense convictions)

godly fear ( reverence towards God –deep respect, admire, appreciation)

learned obedience by the things which He suffered

Jesus prayed earnestly and feared Father God. – Father God’s own Son, feared Him!  –wow. Shouldn’t I have a godly fear of our Creator? Does it also imply that the things I suffer in this life are to teach me obedience?

 

Next we went to Hebrews 6:7-8 I am going to reword it but please read it at the blue hyperlink and then read what I took from it:

 

The fertile soil or heart which drinks in the Holy Spirit (Word of God) that often comes upon it, bears fruit that is useful for the one who tends (takes care of) their heart, and receives a blessing from God;    (-that is good stuff!)

 

BUT if the heart is choked out with the cares of this life (taking our eyes off of God), it is rejected and near being cursed. Even so the evil (unbelieving and unfaithful) heart* –the heart that does not trust God, the Creator of life. If this heart continues to dwell in such a state in the end it will be burned.

         *Hebrews 3:12

 


 

(See Duet 8:2-6) -Remember that the LORD your God led the Israelites 4o years in the wilderness to HUMBLE and TEST them, to know what was in their heart. He allowed hunger and provided manna. God wanted them to be dependent on Him –teaching them that you can’t live in the past and serve God too. It is a contradiction. We are to be dependent on God and EVERY word of the LORD; not desiring the old life, but pressing on to the better things God has for us.

 
You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.
“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.”

 

Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. He became eternal salvation for all who obey and abide in Him.  (John 14:23 –if you love me, you WILL____? _____ and Abide).  Jesus often withdrew to pray and seek Father, but now I believe that he walked with Father through the Spirit. By his own words we see that he walked under the influence/guidance of Father. “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” ( John 12: 49-50) and also, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works (14:10)  I don’t know about you, but I want to be that close. It may not be convenient, it may be awkward at times, but to abide that close to God… I think that is what he wants for us too, a life completely surrendered and trusting Him.

 

Steps to Extravagant living –Doing what God wants….

1.    Hearing God leads you to

2.    Excitement, then

3.    Fear, is that really Him? Next, we turn to

4.    Logic and try to reason out why it was not God. Which can lead to

5.    Doubt... but ultimately we must have

6.    Faith to act, move and TRUST Yahh  (Totally Relying Undone Surrendered Trusting in Yahh

 

God will reward those who obey.

 

Another thing is “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13. I’ve heard that it is a model prayer, an example for the way to pray, even to pray the prayer itself. Last time I read it I was looking to see what was in the prayer that I haven’t seen or heard before.

 

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Humbly I come –I am speaking to GOD, the Creator and Author of life
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Totally submitting – Your will and not mine, Lord
Give us this day our daily bread  
Totally dependent –My God shall supply ALL my needs and I WILL live by the Words of my God, not food alone.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Grace    - I will walk in Grace and be gracious to those who have sinned against me.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
Totally trusting  -nothing is coming my way that God doesn’t already know about. So, why not trust him to lead me and keep me from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Worshiping God – it is all about His kingdom, power, and glory. We were created for His glory and that He may be glorified in and through us….forever

 

The choice is ours. . . It is a leap of faith. You know that you can trust God, but still you have to walk the path that He has laid before you. Not turning to the right or left (Isaiah 30:21) and trusting Him with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). We are not to walk in fear (John 20:18-21) but perfect peace. And we will have perfect peace when we keep our mind on Him, because we trust Him…forever (Isaiah 26:3-4). Remember that God is faithful to the promises He has made (Hebrews 11): Joseph’s dreams did come true, Abraham and the stars (promised descendants), Gabriel’s visit to Mary and also Zachariah, I am sure each one pondered what God shared with them as they waited. It all boils down to T.R.U.S.T. in Yahh**

 

Friday, I heard  John McArthur on the radio and  I also read something that stuck out during my quiet time that morning in a book I am re-reading (“PrayerStreaming”) . It encouraged me in dealing with all of this.

 

First John was talking about indifference (pride) and familiarity keeps us away from God. Pride because we are too full of our self to need God. Familiarity because we think we already know and are close to God, but are we really?

 

PrayerStreaming:  

 

Sin is the filth of this world that keeps us from God. It is an obstacle between us and God. We might feel like giving up because we are drawn to other things and feel filled with defeat because we aren’t “drawn to God”. However we have a power greater than our own:

 

“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us….We always carry around in our bodies the death of Christ, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body…Therefore, we do not lose hear (2 Corinth 4:7, 10-11, 16)

 

Often we don’t take time out to pour out this treasure with in us –God’s power released through prayer and meditation on His Word. – so we fail again and again. Instead, we remember Jesus prayed and that he continues to pray for us and that he left us with the power to overcome sin in our lives.  IF we want to be so drawn to God that the connection to him in prayer feels as necessary as breathing, we MUST claim God’s power step by step.

 

We must remove the hindrances that keep us from connecting with him – (see Heb 11:1)

 

What is keeping me from God’s presence? What keeps me from communing with God all day? If we are not doing this, we should ask ourselves why? 

 

I have become a broken vessel and am daily choosing to live a life surrendered to Him.

 

 

** Totally Relying Undone Surrendered Trusting in Yahh  (TRUST in Yahh)

                                                                                                                                       ~humbly dwelling at His feet~

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Recap

I have decided to start posting what I am learning on line again. Maybe it will help you and me both. I seem to learn things and forget what I learn. I need to meditate on the lessons, I reckon:

God has been dealing with me for quite some time on trusting Him.

This year He told me, “Trust me or die.”

That was scary. I have been pressing in and He has been faithful to me.  Trust is not just being bold and confident in the Lord. It is knowing the Lord is faithful, true, and trusting who He is –His character and attributes. He confirmed this with the evangelist at our church Sunday morning. He even gave me the list of His attributes. I almost laughed because two days prior God was teaching me not to test His character and power. But, I didn’t know "all" the character of God are. All I could name off the top of my head is that He is faithful, True, Provider, Deliverer, Savior, Friend.  That is more of who he is, but was that his character?  Almost everything listed was what I knew, but had not put together as the character of God: Independent (doesn’t need us), unchanging, eternal, unified/trinity, omniscient, omnipotent, wise, truthful, faithful to his own character/nature, standard of good, love, mercy, grace, patient, holy, jealous, wrath, infinitude (no boundaries), justice, unchanging.

 I realize that I had the head knowledge and trusted God some, but not the heart that fully trusted God. I had a unbelief and doubt in my heart (Hebrews 3:12).
I have been un-yielded to following His whole plan for my life, my every day. I start my day with Him and in a sense leave Him to do what needed to be done (school or whatever is on the agenda). I would talk to Him when and if I needed assistance or to thank Him for something.  He told me I that I was full of pride and I needed to stop and pray AND listen; I am to wait for instructions. I am to make it a habit like the air I breathe.

One morning God asked me, “Do you fear me?”. I stumbled over my answer, "Yes, no….yes?"  Then, I looked the word/phrase in Greek. One of the meanings was “reverence for one’s husband” This is what jumped out to me. It made me excited to think of him that way. He made husbands different than wives –as you know.  But to think of God this way….and with what I knew of His character: He makes no mistakes (ever), He supplies all my needs, He is always here, He corrects me when I need it, He loves me with an everlasting love, He is trustworthy, faithful, righteous, merciful, just…..(should be) head of this house (me) and has final say on all matters….He died for me, because He loved me and so that we could be together forEVER and enjoy each other for all of eternity. How could I not trust and fear him? How could I not admire and stand in awe of Him and His love for me?

 Last Sunday, He told me, 'Serve'. So, I was asking if I needed to go help in the nursery or children’s church. 'No.' Confused I asked him to show me what He means. The next morning He lead me on a treasure hunt. He told me I am His possession, His treasured possession through Gen 5:10 and Ex 19:5.(I looked up the names because, I didn’t understand why he sent me Genesis.)

            “…if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

When I looked up covenant I saw that it is between God and man and alliance (friendship) and divine an ordinance with signs or pledges (which lead me to think of Jesus’ death and the words before he died in John 15:10-16)

 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

Then to Romans 6 which reminds us obedience leads to righteousness and being set free from sin. We are to reckon (count, consider, meditate, decide on) ourselves dead to sin. Then we are to be slaves of righteousness if we have surrendered our life to Christ.

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Something I’ve read about recently is that faith always resists acting in fear and waits for God to work. Faith is  never willing to make something happen by going ahead of God. Faith waits for God. I John  5:4 tells us, “Whatever is born from God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has over the world (our) Faith.” In Jude we see:

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in  the Holy Spirit,  

21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.                                                                                                                    

22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Someone else penned:

Every minute I send away from my Savior hardens my heart.

But I am reminded that we are not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is the good, the acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2) Also, that many will be offended in the last days. Offended means to stumble, cease to believe, distrust One who is worthy of complete trust. Jesus was talking with the disciples privately about the end times when he said:

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Mathew 24:10-12: (and blessed is he who is not offended because of Me (Mt. 11:7. lk 7:24)

However, like Jesus, we can pray that the saints that their faith would remain; that they would stand firm in Christ and not stumble or be offended (Lk 22:31-32 Jesus told Peter he had prayed for him).

So, today I’ve asked God to forgive me for being proud and doing things in my own strength. Once again, I’ve laid my life down at his feet and put on Christ. Not my will be done, but His. I trust him with all that I am and will walk in the way he leads me.
                                                                                               

Monday, September 21, 2015

Serve

You are good, You are good when there is nothing good in me....
I woke up to this song today. We sang it yesterday in church. God also whispered to me several times, 'Serve'. At first I was wanting to know, now? where? Then I asked Him what He meant.... silence.

This morning when I sat down to read, "I don't know where to read..." I wanted to spend time with God.... 'Gen 5:10' ??
Not knowing why, I was there  I looked up the meaning of the names:
Enosh = man
Kenan = possession

'You are my possession' - :) sweet

Exodus 19:5 Therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and kee my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine. :) so, sweet!

So, I am your possession - a servant
    a treasured possession if I obey....

Covenant: between God and man & alliance (friendship & divine ordinance with signs and pledges ((Jesus)) :)

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love....I have spoken to you...that your joy may be full....My commandment --love one another as I have loved you. No greater love has no one than this, that he lay down  his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servant...for all that I've heard from my Father I've made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.

Romans 6 obedience leads to righteousness...being set free from sin
You have become a slave (servant) of righteousness.

God is so awesome! Thank you for the "treasure hunt" this morning and helping me learn what Serve meant. If there is more or please lead me to it. I just remembered that I've been frustrated and struggling with Wiersby's comment that we don't hear from God except through scripture. You minister to us and speak to us in different ways. Just because I hear you, doesn't mean every single person hears you. You are God and you speak to us the way you see best and what works best for us...?


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trust...

Good morning!

I wanted to share two things with you. One is a devotion that I started yesterday, I read three days because it was so good. It was dealing with trust. The other thing is what I got in my quiet time with God yesterday. You may want to grab your Bible.

The key verse:(They) had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. (Acts 9:31b)

What stuck out was that they were walking in the fear of the Lord. Do you fear the Lord? No, really, stop and think about it........do you fear the Lord.......If you are like me I stumbled around that question. Yes.... no.... well....yes..... Just a minute, Lord, let me look up "fear the Lord" using blb.org's tools. There are three definitions, but the one that stood out was, "reverance for one's husband". So, do you reverance the Lord (as the perfect) husband, your husband? He never makes mistakes, he supplies all our needs, he is always there, he will correct you when you need it, loves you with an everlasting love, he is trustworthy, faithful, righteous, merciful, just... He is the head of our house and has the final say in all matters...and there is so much more. When I think of him that way, not only do I trust him, but I admire him and stand in awe of him. :) 

God has been working with me on trusting him and this is another dimension to the word and a reminder that we can fear and trust God no matter what we are facing or going through. One time when my hubby was preaching he told the youth, "True love is willing to die for the person you love," and that he would do that for me if it was necessary. I remember thinking that was sweet and I treasured that thought in my heart. God not only did that, but he made a way for us to be together with him forever and to enjoy each other for all eternity!! We serve an awesome God! 

This is the book I mentioned: Trust Without Borders

The first two days were dealing with losing faith. I didn't realize John the Baptist lost faith, did you? Jesus encouraged him not to stumble(be offended - depending on your translation)... Which reminded me of another verse/passage found in Matthew 24:9-14. "Many will be offended," I now think He is talking about Christians will cease to believe or distrust the One who is worthy of complete trust and obedience: God.

So, how are you doing? Anything you want to share with me :)