08 Aug Deuteronomy 10:20 (Fear the Lord)
“The Lord, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name.” ~ Deuteronomy 10:20 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Scripture, we are told to fear the Lord. Fear of the Lord is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are provided to help sustain the moral life of Christians. These gifts provide the frame of mind that permit Christians to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Fear of the Lord ensures our awe and reverence before God. It is not a fear of punishment, but a desire not to offend God, because we love Him. Fear of the Lord is like the respect we have for our parents. We do not wish to offend them, but we also do not live in fear of them in the sense of being frightened. So how do we fear the Lord? We fear Him by having a submissive attitude towards His will; an expression of our love for the Lord. Lord I love You. Please give me the grace necessary to do Your will. Amen.
Faith Challenge: It is better to fear the Lord than to fear man. Don’t be afraid to do God’s will.
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.