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February 24, 2015

Do you fear the Lord?  For most Christians the fear of the Lord is not something that they think about very often.  The word fear having to do with the Lord is in the scriptures 300 times and is a theme that Jesus taught on in gospels on several occasions.  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  ~ Mathew 10:28.

Especially at Willow Praise where we spend a lot of time in the compassion of God’s mercy and love, but the other side of compassion is God’s accountability for what we do.  Until we understand God’s judgment and the accountability for what we do – God’s grace won’t be that amazing to our soul.

Every knee shall bow and it will bow to our conquering king in honor or it will bow as a defeated foe or an ignorant rebel.    It seems to be so contrary to His love, but the justice and judgment side.

Jesus is King of Kings, and the government is on His shoulders – His divine sovereign leadership is something to be feared. When people disobey the government laws than accountability comes, but so many do not fear God’s government and instead live as a rebel or just ignore Him as the King.

Jesus is the Lord of Lords which infers his ownership of all things.  We are merely stewards or as some have said share croppers – we make a living, but we don’t own anything. The parable of the talents where those who multiplied the talents were blessed but those who simply returned what had been given to them is a picture of the judgment and the talent that was given will be taken away.

Jesus is the only judge that serves in the eternal supreme court – That’s the one that really matters – and for each one of us needs to be reminded of the truth that everyone will stand before the judge who knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.

Do you fear the Lord? – I used to say as a youth pastor to the youth group – “God is watching you, and you can’t get away with anything”. Thank God the Father loves us like His children, and truly wants what is best for us.

Please stand with us during this winter season – the weather has been brutal – and the church finances have suffered for it – pipes froze at the church last Friday and one pipe burst – we caught it before too much water damage was done – Our furnaces has had to be serviced 4 times – and our fellowship hall furnace is in special need of serious help.