Reference vs Reverence — Part 1

since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us have grace,
by which we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:28-29

LORD Jesus we praise You our God and our Maker. Forgive us whenever we neglect to stand in awe of You. Give us Grace, O God we pray. Enable us to come before You in reverence and in fear. Help us and let us bow down before You and not before any other thing or gods. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

How many times a day or during the week do we make reference to the Bible?

Where does Bible reading fit into our busy schedules? And, whenever we do read God’s Word, will we take the time to pause and dwell on what He is telling us?

While talking to others do we ever make reference to God and what He says in His Word? Why, or why not? You might say that you do not know your Bible that well (yet) and/or that you are too shy to talk with others about such serious matters. True, you could be among the ones who are not so talented when it comes to memorizing and quoting the Scriptures and/or giving a quick-witted reply to the ones who challenge you about what you believe.

Let me encourage you that you from now on move forward, diligently read your Bible, begin to memorize verses and passages of it, and make use of whatever God has given you to use — hear the Word, speak the Word, pray the Word, and use His words to sing praises back to Him.

Let me also assure you that if the LORD sends you He will surely be with you. He promised so in His Word, so do not be afraid. The Bible also makes it clear that it is because of Him that things work out and are made possible — He is able to perform.

Listen, though, it is not by our words only, but also in our actions — Does our life make reference to the One who we belong to? More on that in Friday’s post.

Serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear today.

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