ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,   John 3:16-17

FEAR.    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   3/13/20, by Ken Smith
Today’s Scripture   (Across my desk this morning.)
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Ps. 40:2-3

Be a Pit Praiser
When God sees you praising Him in the pit, praising Him in the storm, praising Him in the loss, that’s what He calls “a sacrifice of praise.” He knows it’s not easy and you feel like quitting. When you praise Him in the pit, that moves Him in a greater way. It’s one thing to be grateful when things are going your way, but when you have a song of praise in your heart when every circumstance says you should be depressed, get ready for God to show out in your life. David said in today’s Scripture that praise brings you out of the pit. Praise when it’s sunny, and praise when it’s rainy. Praise when business is up, and praise when it’s down. David said in Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be in my mouth.” God is looking for some pit praisers, people who praise no matter what happens.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that the pits I find myself in are only temporary stops along the way to my final destination. Thank You that I can offer You a sacrifice of praise because You hold victory in store for the upright. I believe that You’ll get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Notes:
In this the story of Job comes to mind.  He was a perfect man before God who loved good but hated evil and yet God let lucifer sift him as wheat in destroying his children, his wealth and his health.  Many look at this story and go away with many questions. 

So what was the key for that story being retained for so many thousands of years?  It is the oldest story written down that found it way into our Bible.  The key is found in Job 3:25-26.

“For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me,  And that of which I am afraid has come upon me. 26  “I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,  And I am not at rest, and yet trouble still comes [upon me].”

So we see here that Job with the blessings of God was greatly fearful of loosing them.  Even to the point of offering sin offerings for his children just in case that they may have sinned.  So it appears that it came to a point of where the only way to deal with Job’s fear was to allow him to loose it all.

In Job 1:21 when the house fell on his many boys Job still knew to worship God and not to throw a big pity party but to maintain his trust in saying:  20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.  22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

But out of this experience Job began to have heart faith instead of head faith and to let go of his fear. So we turn to Job 42:  Then Job answered the Lord and said,  2  “I know that You can do all things,  And that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained.  3“[You said to me] ‘Who is this that darkens and obscures counsel [by words] without knowledge?’Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, please, and I will speak;I will ask You, and You instruct [and answer] me.’  5 “I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, But now my [spiritual] eye sees You.  6 “Therefore I retract [my words and hate myself]  And I repent in dust and ashes.”

And as the story ends.  Job 42:10-15,   “God Restores Job’s Fortunes
10 The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him over all the [distressing] adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him a piece of money, and each a ring of gold. 12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first [daughter] Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15 In all the land there were found no women so fair as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

But now Job was able to enjoy God’s Blessings without fear.  Fear is our enemy.  Fear is faith going backwards What we fear is what we will be bringing to pass in our lives.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4: 17-19

So where did fear come from?  6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Tim.1:6-8

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  
Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org

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