Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The FEAR of the Lord prolongs life

Today's memory verse is in Proverbs 10:27. The Bible says "The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." We can relate the previous memory verse which is in Proverbs 8:13 in this verse. In Proverbs 8:13, the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. When we say evil, this are things which do not glorify God. What are the simple examples of these things? Lie, stealing, inflicting pain with other people, gossips and all of the bad things that you can think of. Let us take stealing as in illustration. When we say stealing, we get other people's property without permission. If we steal, what are the possible result? The owner of the thing we steal will definitely get mad and if he/she discovered who stole his/her thing, the natural tendency of man is to get angry to that person. His reaction will depend on the importance of thing stole from him and on his/her self-control. If he is the type of person who has a very lousy self-control, a petty stealing can result to physical injury, imprisonment or worst, killing.

In short, doing bad things due to lack of fear of God puts one's life to danger. In this verse, the Bible simply state the obvious and reminds us the results if we fear God.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fear of the Lord is to hate evil

It is been so long since I post the last memory verse. I've been busy with my fulltime work and helping out with our church camp. Thank God, our camp was a success. Many souls got saved and the messages were really challenging. Though the camp site is not really convenient (shortage of water, mosquitos, uncomfortable and dirty quarter), it cannot be compared to the spiritual blessings showered during the entire duration of the camp.

Now I am back and hopefully, I'll have a little time every day to post a new verse for us to memorize. To continue the "Fear of the Lord" series in the book of Proverbs, today's memory verse can be found in Proverbs 8:13. The Scriptures says "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. "

In this verse, it is declared that if we fear God, we should not hate evil things, including pride and arrogancy and we will not be delighted in any evil way. Are we aware that if we delight on evil things or we patronize, admire, applaud people who commit unlawful act in the sight of God, though we are not the actual doer of these evil actions, we are partakers of their sin? Godly and heavenly things cannot be united with evil things. Hence, if we cultivate Godly fear in us, our heart will be furious with any amount of sin.

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