Daily Bread - February 19, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:57
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the churches had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria; being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit, multiplied.

Part 2 ~ Moving in the Fear of the Lord

The Old Testament teaches us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). The Psalmist taught that through the
fear of the Lord, we would learn to keep our tongue form evil and our lips
from speaking guile. The fear of the Lord causes a person to depart from
evil and pursue peace (Psalms 34:11-14). The fear of the Lord is the hating
of evil, arrogance, and pride (Proverbs 8:13).

The expression, "the fear of the Lord" is only found this one time in the
New Testament, but an equivalent expression, "the fear of God", is found
three times: 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:17. Peter also
quotes Psalms 34:12-14 in the context of inheriting a blessing. The most
common characteristic of the fear of the Lord is the hating of evil and the
loving of righteousness.

Jesus, above all others, models this consecration to the life and ways of
the Father and was given this testimony: "You have loved righteousness and
hated iniquity; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of
extreme joy above Your fellows." (Hebrews 1:9; Psalms 45:6-7).
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