Fear the Lord, Tremble at His Presence, and Depart From Evil

Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence;” -Jer 5:22 (KJV)

Do you fear God? The Hebrew for the word fear is yir’ah and the meaning is respect, reverence and terror.  In Acts 9:31, the Greek word for fear is phobos meaning fear, dread, or respect for ones husband. From these verses and many others in the OT and NT the fear of God meant great reverence and respect, but also carried a degree of dread and terror that strikes great fear in our hearts – Heb 10:31. For a moment examine yourself to see what things fill you with great fear, reverence and respect. Is it people, money, your home, car, spouse, boss, etc? Does Almighty God have a place on your list and if so, is He at the very top? Number one?

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” – Prov 3:7 (KJV)

Do you as a Christian depart from evil? What does that mean, you may ask? It is not  just a  wordsmith exercise. Nor is it a meaningless array of “religious” thought. This is a command from Almighty God to those that choose to follow Him. It means turning away from vain and profane talk and conversation, it means turning away from vile and filthy TV shows and movies, it means staying away from the R-rated moves, it means turning away from reading worthless and lifeless books that will not draw you closer into the Lord’s presence, etc. What do you do when someone at work or elsewhere tells an dirty joke or makes obscene gestures or comments?  Lord at what Jesus said in Matt 10:28…

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” -Matt 10:28 (KJV)

Do you think He was just kidding?

Today, I am convinced that we see or hear little of the fear of the Lord in our society, our churches or even our conversations. Combined with this is the lack of the knowledge of God (Hos 4:1) which I am persuaded we see much of these days with a decrease of even professing Christians that do not know their God and His word. If there should be any place on earth that should carry the importance and fear of the Lord it should be in our churches.

But do they … NO!

Years ago, as I grew up, Sunday was a time of attending church, worshiping God and businesses were closed. It was a reverent and sacred time – a time of relaxing and a time to focus on the Lord. I can remember my father reading us Bible stories as a regular part of our family life.

These days, we need to turn the cell phones off, the computers off, silence the video games, turn off the TVs and radios and spend some “alone” time with God – individually and as a family. Do you do these things? Do you really seek Him or do you just pretend  and seeking God is far from your mind?

Nowadays, Sunday is just another day of the week filled people working more and thinking of God less and less. Many churches focus on fast-paced, powerless, diluted Gospel sermonettes laced with an unspoken agenda to get people out in time so they can watch sports, go shopping, eat out, or just have fun. Most churches have become social clubs with little teaching on the Doctrine of God. In fact, even from the pulpit, God is far from their thoughts. What have we become in the eyes of God? Where is the reverence for the Lord, the fear, the desire to worship, praise, talk about Him instead of the regular nit-noid worldly meaningless chatter?

We come before Almighty God for a [whole] whopping hour or so each week to try and keep our eyes propped open and ears keen to hear even the faintest whisper of His Holy Spirit. While in reality our minds haven’t yet ceased from the whirlwind lifestyle we’ve been living throughout the week. So we dose and yawn, with our hearts and minds fighting to maintain some degree of attention on the services we attend. How pathetic! Wake up people! This is Almighty God we are talking about – the Creator of everything you see … of you and me!

Jesus Christ is not our homey. He is not our “buddy”. He is not even a beloved family member. He is God! And as such He deserves great honor, respect, reverence and Glory through our praise and fear of Him with holy living everyday. Yes, it’s a reverent fear but also the fear of His wrath. Please try and keep these things at the forefront of your mind in whatever you say and do.

Everyday we should get on our knees in fear, respect, and yes trembling before the Lord. Read His word people, get to know the God who created you and is coming again!

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,” -Prov 8:13 (KJV)

Do you hate and shun evil? Did you know that God requires this of all of us, a life 100% dedicated, committed and fully surrendered to Him (Rom 12:1)? This means in thought, word and deed. And in our everyday affairs. In how we think and in the words we choose to speak. If you are a person given over to swearing and unclean talk then your religion is worthless – James 1:26 (I know several of these kind of people). Many people watch some pretty nasty stuff on the TV and they read books and magazines that can set their minds against the teachings and commandments of God. But who takes these thing to heart?

Allowing the filth of evil in whatever media form it takes friends is in opposition to will of the God for your life (1 Th 4:1-8; Eph 5:17). When you fill your minds with worldly stuff – cares, concerns, worries, guilt – or flirt with the things not of God, you can take on the nature of those things and open your spirit and soul to evil, wickedness and lawlessness [yes, even demonic] spirits -1 Cor 6:19-20; Rom 8:5, 13:14; Col 3:2, 3:5; Eph 6:12.

If you allow evil into your life/home/family watch out for a serious decline or change in your life and home. You may even start to change what you believe and compromise with the things of this world. Peace may start to elude you both in the spiritual and physical realms. Set your mind on the things above, not on the stuff of this world – Col 3:2.

“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” -Psa 2:11 (KJV)

Where are you at with Him right now … saved or not? Do you fear Him? Do you tremble at His word? Do you shun evil? Or do you drag His precious and Holy name through the toxic poison of your speech and the manner in which you live? Remember, there is absolutely no middle of the road or lukewarmness with Almighty God. You must seek the Lord Jesus Christ for only in Him is found eternal life and the saving power to forgive your sins. If you have backslid into a sinful lifestyle or you are not living for Him at all, see the Salvation page at the top of this post to get your life turned around and to seek the free gift of forgiveness of your sins and reap eternal life with Him forever.

Fear God!

-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman


It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” -Heb 10:31 (KJV)

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The Lamb’s Book of Life — Is Your Name Written Within It’s Pages?

There is No Other Book In the Universe More Important Than This One – 

Ensure Your Name is Written Within Its Pages!

“Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” -Psa 69:28 (KJV)

Do not think yourself [eternally] secure in your deeds, your good works, in your church attendance or in trusting in anything or anyone but Jesus Christ. For if this describes your faith – if your faith is only built on what you do, you will not inherit eternal life (John 3:16; Rom 10:9; Eph 2:8-9). Each and every day we are to reassess our life in Christ to see if it meets His requirements – “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” -2 Cor 13:5 (ESV). For in this do we know that we will see our Lord and Savior when we pass from this life through the doors of death into eternity.

The world is full of books – large, small, big and tall. From children’s books to highly technical or mathematical books from academia. Books from all venues and sources fill our daily lives. In fact, I don’t think a day goes by that you don’t open at least one book to gaze or refer to its contents. Books spread information about a variety of topics. They educate and help us understand people, things and the world in vast detail. Additionally, books help us determine where we’ll vacation or visit, they help to know destination information, what it’ll be like, who’s there, living accommodations, etc. Books inform us of many things. But books also record information.

“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” -Luke 10:20(KJV)

The greatest book on earth – the Bible – informs us about Almighty God, Israel’s history, Jesus Christ our Savior and His mission (death, burial and resurrection) for us on earth. The Bible also predicts what will happen before Christ’s return to earth in the language of Bible Prophecy. However, there is one heavenly book that stands out singularly as the most important Book in the Universe – in all Creation!

This is the Book of Life and its location is in God’s home in heaven. He is the only record keeper of this Book and He keeps impeccable and highly accurate records of our lives. Our every word is recorded to the point that we will have to give an account for every careless word uttered throughout our lifetime – Matt 12:36. The Book of Life is very special for if your name is not found written in it you will not enter heaven. Your eternal destination will be in hell.

So how does your name get written in this heavenly book? Call on the name of the Lord – Rom 10:13. Calling on His name means you must also confess Him as your Lord and Savior. You must also believe in your heart that Almighty God raised Him from the dead. Finally, you must confess your sins and repent of them and turn away from the sins that easily beset us – in your attitude and ways. This is what calling on the name of the Lord means. But things can change …

You can stumble on this journey through life and sin. But He makes provision for this in that if you ask for forgiveness and again repent you will be forgiven – 1 John 1:9. I call this “spiritual breathing” but we cannot [use this as an excuse and] keep on sinning making it a habit resulting in profaning the name of the Lord – Heb 10:26-31.

Many will claim the “once saved, always saved” doctrine is scriptural. I say absolutely and positively not! Do not believe in this unBiblical doctrine.  It has positively no scriptural foundation and many people use it as an excuse to keep their sinful life going. The people, pastors, and scholars that claim this have not read and studied their Bibles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They may be pleasing men more than God with this teaching. It matters not how famous you are or how many years you have been evangelizing or how many sermons or books you have been involved in. It matters little how many academic credentials you have hanging on your walls. What matters is the truth of Sola Scriptura (the Bible only). The truth is plain and we can turn away from the Lord and turn back to the world if we so choose.

*** Read Rev 3:5, Ex 32-31-33 and Psalm 69:27-28. Friends, looking at this from an academic perspective; if your name was written in the Book it was in pencil and can be blotted out or erased. Remember, the Lord God Almighty said that your name can be blotted out, not me. The interpretation is not complicated, it’s plain and simple. ***

 

Hands down, the most important thing that you can do while in this body dwelling on the earth is to ensure your name is written in the Book of Life. And ensure throughout your journey here by faith in Christ – how you live for Him – that your name stays in His Book. Many go to church and claim to be Christians but don’t know the Lord and are not saved. Their names are not written in His book and will not enter His rest. Examine what the Lord says we are to do throughout our lives:

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” -Phil 2:12 (KJV)

Did you read this? Work out your salvation! That means it’s a daily affair with the Lord and with you. In Greek, “work out” means to bring to an exact and definite conclusion. Fear the Lord with trembling for it will help you keep on track -Prov 9:10. Then how about this verse:

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ” -Luke 13:24 (KJV)

To get our name written in the Lord’s Book of Life and have it stay there is no easy matter. It’s not just a simple prayer you pray once in your life and poof that’s it. No! You must strive daily to stay on the narrow road that leads you to eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ. In Greek, “strive” means to struggle, striving as an athlete in an event or competition; or to contend, as with an enemy or adversary. So then, you must make every effort, be aware of your sin, and examine yourselves to see whether you are still of the faith – 2 Cor 13:5.

Yes, this is tough and living for Christ is not easy. We must take a stand against sin and hold fast to the Lord’s word so as to live an acceptable life before Him – Rom 12:1.

Now don’t be deceived, there is a flip side to this. Here are some types of people that will not be in heaven and their names are not written in His Book.

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” -Rev 21:8 (KJV)

“… no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.” -1 Cor 6:10 (HCSB)

Nothing profane will ever enter it: no one who does what is vile or false, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.” -Rev 21:27 (HCSB)

Today, if you find yourself in any of these categories, take immediate steps to seek the Lord and call on His name. Believe, confess and repent for only then can you be forgiven. Death could call on any of us at any time – we have no guarantees of even our next breath.

Are you ready to stand before Him? Seek Him while He may be found and do this now. If you have sinned and fallen, get on your knees and ask for forgiveness. Then make a U-turn (I mean a serious, no kidding change of your attitudes and ways) in your life and get back on track with God, He’ll pick you back up. God is love, mercy and kindness but also understand He is also a God of judgment and accountability.

These are highly important topics for you to consider even if you are a claim to be a Christian. The biggest question you will ever face is Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Is it…?

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Grace and peace,

-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

THE KING IS COMING! ARE YOU READY TO MEET HIM?

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The Lord Knows Those That Are His. But Does He Know You?

Have You [Seriously] Confessed the Name of the Lord?

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” -2 Tim 2:19 (NASB)

There are some that say just believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is enough to get you saved and into heaven. I say not quite. You see even the demons believe but they are not saved – James 2:19. Salvation is not about works but about your faith in Christ received through His grace – Eph 2:89. Additionally, Rom 10:9 says – “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” and also to repent of your sin – change your attitude and life – Acts 3:19.
So with these things said, can you say before the Living God that you really know Him? Do you think He knows you? Friends, these are stunning questions that drive a stake in the ground of just where you are at with the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must ensure we read all Scripture to know the truth.

Confessing His name means that you name Him as your Savior and King (which BTW, many say they do in our Christian churches today) then … look what it says – for those the Lord knows – they MUST turn away from wickedness (other versions describe it as unrighteousness). Did you get that? Turn away from anything that the Lord says in His word that is not pleasing to Him. For anything that goes against His written word is sin; yes, even your (my) lack of faith – Rom 14:23.

So you like TV, well, what do you watch? What things on TV attract your attention; that you grant authorized access in through your eyes and then into your soul? Think about this… If you watch things that are anti-Biblical, vile, corrupt, evil, filthy, or even R or X-rated stuff, if you watch these things more than once, face it, you most likely enjoy them.

And … your senses – thinking, words, actions – will start to take the shape of the things you let into your heart, mind and being – the “gates” of your soul.

This is not called righteousness [living] watching. You are enjoying and focusing on worldly things and not on the things the Lord says to focus on. Yes, this is a startling picture of just what His word is saying. Now move that into what you read, etc. And how about your speech: still filled with pompous, dirty, swear words – i.e. you do not bridle your tongue. Read what God says about this and your religion in James 1:26.

Do you trust in the Lord? Do you confess Him as your Savior? If so, what occupies your time, your thoughts, your motivations?

Based on just what I’ve presented so far, do you think the Lord knows you – John 10:14? Are you one of His flock? Do you take refuge in Him? Is He your Rock upon which you will not be moved?

The flip side of this is – do you call yourself a Christian, do the church thing, sing the songs and talk the talk but when it comes down to it, your mind and direction is in and of the world. Folks, it’s time to rethink and re-chart your course back to the Lord. 

Try this verse as a wake-up call to your soul…

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.;” -1 John 2:15 (KJV)

This is a strong verse that points you toward the Lord or away from Him. Read it several times, look in the mirror and decide what side of the fence you are on. And there are only two sides – with Him or against Him. (Bet you never hear these things in the church you attend … wonder why?).

One final thought – how often you you pull out your Bible and read it? Daily, weekly, once a month, rarely? Answer truthfully and then consider if it’s not daily then there’s a problem. This of course applies to those who have ready access to Bibles like here in America. What excuses do you come up with as to why you don’t read God’s word? Too busy, too tired, not enough time, can’t understand it, there’s no priest to interpret it for me. These are all lame answers and hold zero water. If you maintain one or more of these excuses are you in fact finding the word of God contemptible? Come on … answer truthfully. Listen to what the Lord says about people like this. 

“To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.” -Jer 6:10 (NASB)

Are your ears closed to God’s word in your personal life (outside of church) so you cannot hear? Do you find no pleasure in reading His words written to us over the centuries? Words to help us daily – to trust in Him, to find strength in Him, to love Him, to know Him, to help bolster our faith in Him. Yes, these are very passionate words to a generation of Christians that have lost their first love, rationalized their  ways to please themselves and in reality do not know the Lord and by the worldly love, actions and choices they make. So, does He – the Lord God Almighty – know you? Consider His words seriously, today. Where are you at?

Bottom-line: If you have “dismissed” the Lord in your life by lack of faith, trust, reading your Bible, clinging to the world, turn around, make a “uey” (u-turn) and seek Him now this very day. Ask forgiveness for your sins, confess Him as your only Lord and Savior, then repent of your worldly lifestyle – thoughts, actions and words and turn back to Him. Do this today! Amen.

Remember, there is only one way to enter heaven and that is through belief in the Lord as your Savior, professing Him as your Lord, that God raised Him from the dead. Then repent of your sin.

Keep in the forefront of your mind these Biblical facts:  you will not enter heaven just because you lived a “good” life, focusing on knowledge, experiences and good intentions. Or practiced salvation by works as some religions teach and do. This is not scriptural and your final destination will be one separated from God … forever!

 

-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman

THE KING OF GLORY IS COMING — WILL YOU BE FOUND WORTHY AND READY?

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