We are currently going through the Gospel According to John. You can view and download our notes (.pdf file) via the link below. The notes are updated every few weeks - sometimes slower, depending upon progress of the work. [Study of John - at studyOfJohn.com]

Fear of God vs Fear of Man

Psalm 25 tells us friendship with God belongs to those who fear Him. Fearing God vs fearing man, that is. See Psalms 118:8. On Facebook, many post claims about their feelings for God and their friendship with Him. But when the world defames God, they are scarce to defend Him and when their friends diss God they are silent. Not that God needs our defense. But this life is a war: God vs evil, or Satan, and where we send our voice is our declaration of whose side we are on. When you neglect to stand for God because of your fear of man, you are no friend of God – no matter how much you feel about Him.

In chapter 22 of Psalms, the description of the suffering Christ, we are told God is holy and sits enthroned on the praises of men. We know when Christ was crucified, He was rejected by Israel – they preferred the state over God. Where do our praises go? to our achievements – or the goals of man – or to God. Will we give Him enough praise and glory to sit upon?

What say you, friend: are we going to be friends of the world? or friends of God? Does friendship with God belong to you?

About the author: cominus

Cominus is the pen-name for Dean Isaacson. He was chairman of the Snohomish County Republican Central Committee (Washington) 1990 to 1992. He conducted legal research for the late Supreme Court Justice William C. Goodloe for several years and led Judicial Forum for many years. Now, he is a crazy kinda guy who spends most his time doing cold calls. He plays his harmonica in the truck because people don't want to listen to him practice - but his dog, Miles (black dachshund), loves to sing along. He is passionate about being passionate because everyone is really into passionate these days but tires easily and hides behind emails. His core belief is you will choose to serve God or you will serve the state - tyrants, as William Penn called it.

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I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
[Psa 45:17 NIV 1984]

O Lord, I have heard of your fame and stand in awe of your works. Revive them in our time; even now, make Yourself known - but in Your wrath remember mercy.
[Hab 3:3]

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