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. (Matthew 10:28)
Today's Morsel: One of the biggest reasons there is not transformation in people's lives is that people don't fear God anymore. You know, when I first got saved, they preached so much about hell that people said they were scaring the people off. And so they went about using the word fear in regards to respect, reverencing, and honoring God. And that is true. But we also need to be afraid of God. We've made God out to be this loving compassionate, forgiving everybody God, and no one fears Him anymore. We just come before God any way we feel like. We look any way we want to look, we do anything that makes us feel good. We dip and dab in the things of the world as we see pleasing to us. Many people don't fear God anymore. But I do. Did you know that Jesus preached and taught more about hell than He did heaven so that you and I would transform and change. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man was to inspire change in peoples' thinking and lives. People today are somewhat like Hezekiah, thinking that they are alright and ready for heaven. Yet when God sent Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to set his house in order for he was going to die, suddenly Hezekiah feared God and turned his face to the wall, weeping and repenting; praying for God's mercy and forgiveness. When the hand came out and wrote on the wall before king Belshazzar, he feared and quaked (See Daniel 5). Jesus said we need to fear him that can cast us into hell. Fear is supposed to cause you to stay away from things that can hinder your transformation while at the same time keep you pure and holy for Christ. If you don't fear and respect God, you will never transform into His likeness. As the writer of Hebrews admonishes, "It's a fear thing to fall into the falls of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31).
Sing: Oh my brother are you ready for the call? To crown your Savior, King and Lord of all; the kingdoms of this world, shall soon before Him fall, we shall see the King when He come.
We shall see the King! We shall see the King! We shall see the King when He comes; He's coming in His Power, we'll hail the blessed hour, we shall see the King when He comes.
Thought for Today: True transformation begins with a fear of and for God.