Psalms 25:12 says, What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. What does it mean to fear Jesus? Normally when the word fear is used it is used in reference to the pain and judgment that could happen. Yes it is good to fear the judgment of God. This is part of the reason men turn from their sins and turn to Jesus is because of a fear of eternal death for sin in the lake of fire. However to fear the LORD means much more than to fear judgment for sin. Psalms 33:8 says, Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. Fear and awe go together. Fear can mean to be afraid because of pain of judgment. But fear can also mean awe for the Holiness of God. This is the kind of fear that will motivate a Christian to serve Christ. The former kind of fear is the kind of fear that should motivate a lost person to repent of their sins unto Salvation.
First John 4:15-19, Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.
Christians that have a great fear of the LORD are not people that run around paranoid that God is going to cast lightning bolts at them every time they fail. Rather is it the opposite of this. Christians that fear the LORD are people whom understand and keep a clear vision of the Holiness of the Almighty God which results in them submitting unto the will of God and serving Him out of love because He first loved us. Revelation 1:17 says, And when I saw him, I feel at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not, I am the first and the last.A person who fears God will repent of their sins and trust in Jesus. A person who fears God will hope in the mercy and grace of Christ. A person who fears God will believe Gods Word. A person who fears God will try to submit unto the will of God. A person who fears God will try to seek Christs glory and not His own.
Psalms 25:12 says, What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. When a man chooses Gods way God is going to teach him in that way. You do not need to fear your lack of knowledge regarding how to follow Christ. Christ is patient and merciful. James 1:5, If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not. The more you learn from Gods word the more you will be taught in the way God has chosen for you.
Psalms 25:13 says, His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The word ease means good. Genesis 1:4 says, And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Psalms 84:11 says, For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Trust in the good Shepherd. Let the Good Shepherd teach and guide you in the way that He has chosen. The good pleasure of His will shall direct you in every good thing because every good gift and perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights. This is the reason we strive to do what is right. We do not try to continue in sin because that is not the road which leads to good things. If you go in the way that Christ chooses then you will have all spiritual blessings in heavenly places and you will have exactly what Christ wants you to have physically which is better than having too much or too little.
Psalms 25:14 says, The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. A secret is something that is shared between two people. Another word for secret is mystery. Ephesians 1:9-10 says, Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
The secret of the LORD is the spiritual life, peace, and blessings that last throughout eternity; blessings which are based on the grace and mercy of Christ through His work on the cross when He died for the sins of the world, becoming sin for us and then rising again. Most people in the world are blind spiritual they have no hope beyond the grave because they have never repented of their sins and turned to Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore Gods will is a mystery to them. The spiritual blessings of eternity and the intimate fellowship with Christ are secrets they do not understand.
What is the secret revealed to those that fear God? It is the covenant, the everlasting covenant. How few there are in this world that even correctly understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. The everlasting covenant is the gospel of Jesus Christ. As simple as the Gospel is there seems to be so much confusion and false teaching regarding its truth. This is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is a spiritual truth and those that worship Jesus must worship him in Spirit and in truth. The everlasting covenant is based on the work of Christ on the Cross it is not based on mans works. Jesus is God. Jesus is Holy. Jesus became sin for you and paid the debt for your sins on the cross. Jesus rose from the grave. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life comes through Jesus. Eternal life and forgiveness of sins is based on the grace of Christ and His perfect work on the cross and not on your works. Jesus Christ of the Bible is Gods revelation of Himself to mankind.
Ephesians 2:4-10, But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: For by grace are ye saved through fait; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Once saved always saved. You cannot lose your salvation one you have repented of your sins and trusted in Christ because it is not based on how good you are or how much you have or have not sinned. Salvation is based on the complete work of Christ whom perfectly fulfilled the law, living a sinless life, then becoming sin for us when he hung on the cross and died. Of course Jesus did not stay dead he rose from the grave on the 3rd day. Ephesians 1:18-20, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritancein the saints And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. The covenant is a covenant of resurrection from the dead by the power of God through Jesus Christ unto eternal life. It is based on the righteousness of Jesus not on the unrighteousness of man.
There is always more to learn about Gods eternal covenant. There is always more to learn about mans own sinfulness, Gods Holiness, and the amazing tender mercies and loving kindnesses of Jesus Christ. Psalms 25:14 says, The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. The secret is all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Psalms 25:15 says, Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. One of the reasons to always trust in Jesus and let him guide you is because by doing so He will keep you from being caught in the snares of the world.
A net is something that is used for catching. In the days of Jesus and of the apostles nets were used for catching fish. Jesus wants men to turn from their sins and turn to Him and become fishers of men. This is why Jesus said to the disciples in Matthew 4:19, And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Without someone to speak the truth and to be a testimony how will other men hear of Jesus and repent of their sins. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Some men however become the opposite of what God wants for them to be and instead of fishers of men they become those whom cast nets to snare men. Psalms 31:4, Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. The secret to avoiding the snares of other men is to rely upon Jesus and to keep repenting of your sin to him because He can pluck your feet out of the net. This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith.
Psalms 25:16 says, Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. One thing that everyone in this world needs is mercy. Mercy is God doing for you things that you dont deserve including not judging you for sin. To receive the mercy of Christ all you need to do is to pray to Him and ask him for mercy. Jesus has an eternal storehouse of tender mercies and loving kindness to give unto you because He died on the cross for the sins of the world. There is no limit to the mercy of God as long as you repent to Him you can receive His infinite mercy. Psalms 145:8 says, The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
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