Honoring and Revering the LORD Brings Blessings and Honor
Tonight at church was an interesting message about how honoring and respecting the LORD with reverent fear will bring you success, respect, and honor. When you honor, respect, and reverently fear the LORD you tend to be humble and obedient out of faith and love for God. Then life will become easier because what you are doing is pleasing to the LORD and honoring Him, and that is why He in turn will honor you, and bless you greatly with great success. Below are some verses to consider, that were mentioned in tonight’s message. I myself just re-read them and hope whoever reads this will open their Bibles or go to a Bible app/web site and read them too, and examine them closely. If reading these verses does not affect you in either way then either you are walking steadily along God’s path, or so far off it that you cannot see how much God loves you and wants to give you His best. But before God will give anyone His best, they must first love, honor, reverently fear, and obey Him.
“13 ‘Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. 17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. 18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
“11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.”
“24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
When we devote our hearts, minds, and lives to Jesus, then He will give us victory over our enemies, we can lie down and sleep soundly without any fears or worries, we will be respected and honored for respecting and honoring the LORD, and our struggles will become easier. Now these are just a few Scriptures from the Holy Bible (God’s Written Word), and in others, Jesus does tell us when we follow Him we will face opposition, persecution, and be hated…But He also promised the things mentioned above (or God did) and many other things such as restored health (Jeremiah 29:11), everlasting joy (Isaiah 61:7d), and the kind of peace the world cannot give (John 14:27) that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
If anyone thinks they have gone too far and God does not love them anymore, that is a LIE from Satan (the enemy, also known as the fallen angel Lucifer). Jeremiah 31:3 declares God has loved you with an everlasting love and that with unfailing love He has drawn you to Himself (I put emphasis on everlasting and unfailing, but it is still the truth), and also read Psalms 103 and from New Testament, read Acts 9, and maybe go back a little before then to Saul the persecutor who persecuted the people who had walked with Jesus and were teaching others about Him, but then in Acts 9, Jesus confronts Saul and asks why Saul is persecuting Him and he turns his life around and turns to the Lord and preaches God’s Word to others and wrote a few of the New Testament books. In 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Paul tells us he was the worst sinner of them all, yet God had mercy on him so that Jesus Christ (the Son of God) could use him (Paul) as a prime example of his perfect patience with even the worst sinners. So if you thought you were the worst sinner, you’re not! Isn’t that excellent news? Paul was the worst sinner, and he was saved. You can be too. God and Jesus both love you unconditionally. Give up your life of putting yourself first or money first, or others first (whatever is #1 in your life, stop putting it first) and put Jesus first in your life and watch your life change for the better. You will still face trials, but you will also see many good days, victory, prosperity (wealth), and honor. Your dreams will come true, for God promises us in Psalms 37:4 “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” To take delight in the LORD entails daily Bible Study and meditation on the verses that most speak to you about your current situation, serving the LORD by helping others in need when you can and praying for them when you cannot help them directly, loving the LORD completely with your whole being, and respecting, revering, and honoring Him in everything you do and say, in every area of your life.