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Encouraging daddies in the holy fear of God!

Psalms 34
11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.


Psalms 103
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

If we were to look the role of a father from the Bible, we see it has to do with leading his children to trust in God and fear Him. This fear the Bible teaches us is holy fear, a reverential fear by which a person understands his/her life is accountable to God and he/she is therefore moved to find their rest in Christ from all anxiety while fervently pursuing the righteousness of God in their lives, and in the families they head and raise.

Proverbs 9
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


Proverbs 16
16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

This world compels parents today to give their children a good education to do well in life. Yes, a good education is a must for your children but as Jesus says in Mat 4:4… the believer does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Therefore, I would urge and encourage you brethren, to instill in your children the fear of God by teaching it to them and living it out by example. I have come across many parents, who say they have given all they could give to their children but their children are useless. Having known these parents of theirs over time I have noticed that these parents have been poor examples of bearing the likeness of Christ, which is the very nature of God as revealed in the Moral Law. These parents fed their children with only material good while living out their lives without the fear of God. Hence, Luke 6:38, comes into play and these parents get a taste of the indifference they showed God, from their own children.

John 9
31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

Remember Daddies, when you teach your children the fear of God, you are helping them mature in spirit so that they may grow from relying on you to relying on the Lord. From the Bible, we ought to understand that there are two types of fear: holy fear & unholy fear. Unholy fear comes from the fear of punishment because deep within a person feels the oncoming of God’s good justice, which he/she must escape out of their dearness for nothing more than their own lives. Holy fear on the other hand comes from being trained in godly discipline (from which we get the word Disciple), where we who were once sinners and now saved in Christ are taught how to man up before the ungodly in standing up for the righteousness of God (Mat 10:28 & 13:45-46).

So, it is we see that the role of any good father, is to teach his children the holy fear of God, that in His time Christ may welcome you into His abode saying… well done good and faithful servant and you may rest in peace knowing, your children shall keep up the good fight and be conduits of Jesus’s blessing upon the earth.

God exalted & man humbled: The Canaanite woman’s story!

Just the other day, I heard a humanist preacher expressing his dissatisfaction over having to preach about the Canaanite woman, who admitted of her lowly spiritual state before the Lord, mentioned in Matthew 15.

Matthew 15
22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”
23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

For those who try to preach the Bible with themselves rather than God at the center of what was recorded, we then happen to encounter statements like: the woman didn’t care what Jesus had to say, she had her eyes set on what she wanted! This from a Biblical point of view is appalling but such is all preaching which chooses to be ‘man centered’ as opposed to being ‘God centered’.

Isaiah 64
6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

There is truth in saying: ‘A person does not know the nature of trash he/she is living in unless he/she is brought out of it’. The trash I am talking about is our nature to sin, which we received from Adam who in falling received unto himself, his own standard of righteousness that was separate from God. This, Adam passed on to all his posterity through Original Sin, a nature absent of the righteousness of God… a sinful nature! This sinful nature is seen as something so dastardly that it is referred to something as soiled as filthy garments in Isaiah 64:6. This, we neither see nor realize because this is our very nature of life, with each their own standard of righteous.

If we were to consider truth for the sake of truth, we ought to understand that man’s blessed estate is in man’s humility… why? Because, man’s purpose was that he be subject to the will of God espoused in His grace and mercy. But the truth concerning God is that He is the perfect standard, He is good in all that He does and He does as He pleases because He is the lone true standard of righteousness, which we men in our fallen nature fail to see. This implies that just as humility is the right state for man, exaltation is the right state for God. So as it is appropriate for man to humble himself and exalt God, this follows after it being proper for God to exalt Himself and humble man. This precisely is the great faith story of the Canaanite woman recorded in Matthew 15:26-28.

Psalm 116 (God humbles man)
6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Jeremiah 9 (man called to humble himself and exalt only God)
23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

In looking upon the Second Person of the Trinity, we ought to know the duality of Jesus’ nature. When the Son of God came to earth, He took upon Himself the complete nature of man but without sin. His virgin birth indicated that unlike us all, Christ is not affected by Original Sin. Nowhere in the Bible (KJV, NASB, ESV) will you find a term concerning Jesus as ‘became man’ but theologically He ADDED unto Himself the nature of man as over replacing or emptying himself of this Deity.

Phil 2 (ESV)
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

The Bible teaches that Jesus bears two natures absolutely i.e. the complete nature of man and the complete nature of God. His human nature is what substituted His Church in paying the wages of sin i.e. death, while His nature of God is how He stands in perfection before ‘God the Father’ advocating the case of every elect, just as ‘God the Father’ has willed. The nature of Moses in Ex 32:11-14 in pleading the case of the Israelites before God was a shadow Him (Christ Jesus) who was to come as mediator between God and men (1Timothy 2:5).

Deut 18 (Moses points the Israelites to the human nature of Jesus)
15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Hence we see in the human nature of Jesus (Phil 2:7), the very person we are called to be as ‘people of God’ in our standing before God. The humility of Christ is seen right from Him taking upon Himself total human form (Phil 2:8), being questioned on His righteousness concerning His own Law (Mat 12:1-14), remaining sinless but still subject to every human temptation (Heb 4:15) and to die a humiliating death on the cross (Gal 3:13) and then suffer in hell 3 days with damned souls (Acts 2:31); in all this his human nature made himself nothing before God.

Hebrews 2 (speaking about Jesus’ human nature)
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

1 John 2 (speaking about Jesus)
6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Col 1 (speaking about Jesus)
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Such a nature of subjection, God gives His Church through Christ (1Cor 8:5-6) who is head over the Church (Eph 5:23-24). This precisely is the nature we see in the Canaanite woman as faith is neither the work nor efforts of men but a gift of God (Eph 2:8) unto His salvation. Salvation, where:
• ‘God the Father’ chooses a people unto Himself from eternity past according to His purposes i.e. by His Sovereign ordination (Eph 1:11)
• ‘God the Son’ accomplishes Salvation by his righteous obedience and sin-atoning death for these people His Father has given Him (Gal 1:3-4).
• ‘God the Holy Spirit’ applies what the Father ordained and the Son accomplished in all God’s elect (Jn 15:26) counting even the Canaanite woman.

The Purpose of His Salvation!

There are many who feel that Salvation is just about God loving them and nothing more. Well, God loves His people, I agree but when people think of their “Christ given Salvation” purely as a reason to love and pamper themselves all the more, it makes me feel like I smell a rat. I have heard people pitch the Gospel saying to just about anyone that “God values them so much that He offered His Son to die in place of them and some go to the extent of adding that God loves you more than Jesus”. Well I don’t question the Salvation of such people because that is between them and God but I do question their knowledge of scripture.

Do you know what was foreordained that the people of God would carry with them? They carry His Name!

Numbers 6:27 (Old Testament)
“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

John 17:12 (New Testament)
While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

Now these are only a few scripture among many to show you that the people of God carry with them the name of God. You must understand now that any harm that comes against the people of God or anything that soils God’s own people, this comes against God Himself and God therefore acts against that primarily because it tarnishes His Name, which His people bear.

Ezek 36:22
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.

If the above scripture makes you feel less important than God, then I have hit the nail on the head. God wants us to love Him more than we individually love ourselves and it is in this light that we need to look at the scripture below.

Matthew 19:29
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 24:9-10
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.

Mark 13:13
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Mat 19:29, shows us what kind of love God is asking from us, for those who like to loll and lavish in God’s love I wonder how they will do if they are exposed to the test of Mat 24:9-10. Human nature is such that it likes flattery and we like to get mushy with people who we feel are honestly appreciating us, the funny thing is, we want that even from God and His Gospel too. God has no reason to flatter man and the Gospel seen in the right light is God centered, not man centered. I am a little cautious when I come across people who say they are lavishing in their blessing, because though I don’t question their salvation, I don’t exactly agree with their picture of God. I feel people like these will only see God as He is, when they get over themselves.

From the scripture I have shown you, are you able to tell that God loves Himself more than He loves man? Do you think I am blaspheming? Well if I was blaspheming, I would be blaspheming you not God because I am showing God in His exalted state and you and me in our pitiful state.

Isaiah 33:10
“Now I will arise,” says the LORD, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.

Ezek 38:23
So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

From the above two scriptures, would you see God tolerating such statements if it came from men? A few of the many examples showing God punishing man’s pride and any form of man’s self exaltation are mentioned below. Yet we see God making these same statements Himself

Isaiah 10:12
12 So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness.”

Jeremiah 48:29
29 “We have heard of the pride of Moab–he is very proud– Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation.

If you say that God has every right to exalt himself then I too will agree, so considering the facts that God exalts Himself and expects His people to love Him more than they love themselves, then can we not safely conclude that God loves Himself beyond everything, especially when you consider the extent He goes to for His own namesake?

Frankly, I am not being Galileo in 1611 telling you that the world is round. The idea of a Sovereign, Almighty and All-Sufficient God, my dear friend is what the believing Church has held on to right from the beginning.

We therefore need to remember that unlike the world religions where it is the people themselves who are highlighted by their religious works more than their god/gods, we Christians are called to know that we are a God centered people, where we don’t even matter and our Salvation and Perseverance is assured only because He chose us as a people before the foundation of the world to glorify His name.

1Chronicles 16:35
Say also: “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

1Samuel 12:22
For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.

John 1:12-13
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

So remember the next time you worship, it is not about you or me, it all about God: Father, Son and Spirit.

John 4:23
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

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