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Fear

What is the most freeing action that you could ever do? What could also cause you peace, satisfaction, and contentment in your life? You may think it is money, but it is a treasure of a different kind, fear or respect of God. Solomon said, "The fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death." (Proverbs 14:27) This is not a fear of man, or a fear of circumstances, it is a fear of the Lord. We can explain it from two different angles: one, it really is fearfulness of God, who He is and what He can do; and two, a respect and reverence for God, knowing that we are but dust and He is the eternal King of the Universe. This fear is gained by reading His Word, gathering wisdom from its stories, and also watching God interact with those around us. He rules no matter what is happening. Joseph found it to be so, and so did Moses. The disciples, even Paul in later years, found it to be so, too. This fear gives us life perpetually. It is a fountain of…

Payback

Have you ever wanted to pay someone back for the wrong they have done to you? Did you spend time thinking about it and planning? What was the result of your actions? How did you feel? Your answer might have been, "It created bitterness inside me, and although sweet for a moment, it left a bad taste in my mouth." The end result was not satisfying. That is the case in payback, otherwise known as revenge. One of the best examples of revenge is the story of Samson in Judges 13-16. He wanted a wife from the Philistine city of Timnah and got her but her father thought by the actions of Samson that he didn't want her so he gave her to the best man. So Samson went home to live with his parents. Later, he went back to her father's house to be with her again but she was already married to the best man. So Samson gathered 300 foxes and tied their tails together in pairs and added a torch to them. These foxes ran through the fields of all the grain, vineyards, and olive groves. A…

Standards

David had learned many things while being a shepherd and had plenty of time to decide on who he was and what he would and would not do. No cell phone, radio, TV, or company caused him to think through the kind of life that he wanted. He wrote down these things while king but they were certainly developed in the earlier days of his life. (Psalm 101:1-7) They are not necessarily in order I will sing of your love and justice.I will praise you with songs.I will be careful to live a blameless lifeI will lead a life of integrity in my own home.I will refuse to look at anything vile or vulgarI will have nothing to do with those who deal crookedlyI will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil. I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors.I will not endure conceit and pride.I will search for faithful people to be my companions.I will only allow those who are above reproach to serve me.I will not allow deceivers to serv…