2009-06-14 Robert - Fear of God

Sunday June 14, 2009 – Rick open our morning worship service with reference to the subject being studied in the Friday evening bible class; Temptation.  He quoted James 4:7

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 He then spelled out an acronym “RESIST”:

    R – Recognize the source

    E – Expect to win the war

    S – Search your heart

    I – Imagine the consequences

    S – Sense God’s presence

    T – Transform your thoughts

He closed his opening with prayer.

Lyndee led in praise and worship with “Hallelujah, Glory Hallelujah”, “More Power”, “Imagine” and “One Day”. 

Lyndee introduced Wade and Joe who have successfully completed the Pegasus program and would be departing for home.  Wade and Joe shared some of their experiences with the boys in attendance and encouraged them to hang in there and realize that you cannot make it without God.  Ken blessed Wade and Joe.  Lyndee led the worship service singing there request; “He is the Answer”.

She then invited a young man, Matthew, who had received Jesus Christ as his personal savior Friday evening, to share his testimony:

“All my life I have been a messed up person, raised on the streets, doing drugs and part of the gang life. Then on Friday at the bible study I fell down and cried like I had never cried before.  That day I was trying to talk to God and it was a hot day and all of a sudden a big old wind began to blow.  I knew it was God trying to tell me something,   trying to get me back up on my feet.  So I did and that day I received Christ in my life. I am really happy I did it and the bible study teacher told me there is going to be a lot of temptations and people trying to bring me down but now I know that God is going to be there all my life and that is all I have to say.”

Ms Cindy told the story of how a dear friend had lost their son in a tragic accident on the very Friday Matthew had been born again.  His name was also, Matthew!

Lyndee closed the praise and worship leading the boys in singing “Amazing Grace”.

Our morning speaker was Robert James and his subject was “The Fear of God”.  He started by reading 2 Timothy 3:1-5:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

Many believe that these are the last days and Paul is giving us warning about what to expect.  Paul emphasizes that in that time we will see a “lack of Godly fear”! This fear of God is in regard to retribution for our evil lives.  Man continues to be involved in all types of evil without any regard for a reckoning.  He has no fear of God.  Godly men fear God because they love Him and want to please Him, not unlike a child who loves his or her parents and wants to please them.  It is God himself who says “the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord”.

Robert quoted Romans 1:21-23:

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

And began to explain how man makes up his own image of God and begins to contrive his own foolish and evil behavior as acceptable unto this made up image and gets others to follow these foolish ideas.

Continuing on the theme “The Fear of God” he spoke of how those who lack this fear follow after the flesh and become disobedient to God’s natural laws.  They fail to realize that the eyes of God are everywhere seeing good and evil and one day they will have to give account of there evil ways.

He closed by asking the boys to focus on what is good and right.  Seek after wisdom and knowledge by first fearing God.  Proverbs 2:1-5:

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.
 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.
 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.
 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.

 Ken closed teaching the boys how to sing 1 John 4:7-8.