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The Benefits of Fearing God and Keeping His Commandments
Psalm 112:1-112:2 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV)


How to Fear God and Keep His Commands (Psa 112:1,2)

"Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commands. He will not fear when the evil day comes. Because his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord."

Fear of God - A reverential trust in God with a hatred for evil.

Illustration: submitting to one another in the fear of God. óEphesians 5:21

A mild-mannered man was reading a book on being self-assertive and decided to start at home. So he stormed into his house, pointed a finger in his wifeís face, and said, "From now on Iím boss around here and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal and draw my bath. Then, when Iíve eaten and finished my bath, guess whoís going to dress me and comb my hair." "The mortician," replied his wife.

King Rehoboam tried that kind of self-assertiveness and it turned Israel against him. When he came to the throne, the people pleaded for less oppressive taxation. His older advisors urged him to heed their request, but his young friends told him to be even more demanding than his father. As a result of listening to his peers, 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel seceded and formed a new kingdom (2 Chronicles 10:16-17).

Good leaders donít rely on domineering self-assertionónot at home, nor in church, nor in business. Rather, they balance self-assertiveness (which isnít wrong in itself) with the principle of submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21). They listen respectfully, admit when theyíre wrong, show a willingness to change, and mix gentleness with firmness. Thatís submissive leadershipóand it works! óHerb Vander Lugt


Submissive leadership requires
A kind and gentle honesty
That will attend to othersí needs
And win their love and loyalty. óD. De Haan

The only leaders qualified to lead are those who have learned to serve. (Our Daily Bread)

Illustration: Be Encouraged
Author Unknown

The next time you feel like God canít use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate locusts.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
Mary Magdalene was, well you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small.
Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer...
Lazarus was dead!

And God isnít finished with you yet. You are a vessel He will and can use, if you make yourself available as each of the above did. Fear the Lord and He will bless