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Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25).

A person who is ruled by the fear of man is one whose decisions are dictated by what other people think. Such a person is a people-pleaser. One ruled by the fear of man will repeatedly base decisions on questions like “How does this make me look?”, “Do you think they’ll like it?”, or “What if they don’t approve?”. It is certainly not wrong to ask for input from other people (indeed, it’s wise to seek feedback from others); however, it is wrong—not just wrong, but foolish—for your decisions to be guided more by feedback from others than by feedback from God.

To fear God means to take him at his word, knowing that he will follow through on all his promises. A person who fears the Lord is one whose decisions are guided by God.

There are more than a dozen verses in the Bible that make very clear the advantage of being one whose life is guided by the fear of the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord (Psalm 112:1). Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:26-27).

It’s no wonder Proverbs 31:30 gives us this nugget of wisdom: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

If you want the fear of God to guide your life, then base your actions on questions like “What does God think about this?”, “Would God approve of this?”, or “Would I do this if Jesus were right here watching me?”.

If you want your life to be blessed, let it be ruled by the fear of God.

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To You, Love God

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To: You
Today is Friday.
Think back over the events of this week as if they were a computer text document.
Has this been a really tough week?  Have there been a lot of challenges and problems that you are glad you have simply survived?
Then, in your mind, press the “delete” key and let this week go.  It’s over.  Cease to focus upon it. Empty your trash file and leave behind the events of this week.
If, however, there have been some good experiences– experiences that brought you joy and satisfaction; or, if you overcame challenges which have now given you resources to live even more fully, imagine highlighting, cutting and pasting these events into a new document titled “Next Week.”  Set your intention now to enjoy the upcoming week to the fullest.
Lastly, if this week has been extraordinary, then consider saving it as a template for your future.  Create a file for this wonderful week and let it serve as a model for what is to come.
Delete, cut and paste, or make a template. 
You choose.
Love,
God

Don’t Lose Focus

After reading New York Times Best Selling author, John Maxwell’s  book, “How Successful People Think,” I am more convinced to engage in focus thinking. In chapter 2, the topic, “Focus Thinking” explains that, “Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with. Focus thinking removes distraction and mental clutter so that you can concentrate on an issue, and think with clarity. The earlier you learn to give up something in order to focus on what has the greatest impact, the sooner you can dedicate yourself to excellence in what matters most.”

So many times you missed the mark to get your goals accomplished, meet some objectives, or to even realize your dreams, because you allow petty people to prevent you from fulfilling your purpose, and reaching your true potentials in life. Sometime ago I went out with my husband and daughter  to eat at a Chinese Restaurant, and as I finished my meal, I was given a fortune cookie by my server. Out of curiosity, I opened it to read what it says, and it read, “Life is too short to spend it hating someone.” So many times you waste your precious time on petty people who stand as the devil’s distractors in your life to cause you tribulations. However, these people obviously are not focused on the big picture, and if you allow them to distract you, you too will lose focus on the big picture, which is Jesus.

 

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