What is the Fear of the Lord? Listen and I will teach you the FEAR OF THE LORD! It is the beginning of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING

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 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7

All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord.  Do you want wisdom?  life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.
 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34

According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 6 keys:

  • Keeping your tongue from evil
  • Your lips from speaking deceit
  • Departing from evil
  • Doing good
  • Seeking peace and pursuing it

An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.

Am I living, walking, talking, thinking, acting in the Fear of the Lord?????

  •  Am I seeking Him? -really really seeking Him – not just an occasional sit down with coffee in the sanctuary
  • Is my heart right or have I put my “serving” and busyness in the way? Am I walking with Jesus?
  • Are my words pleasing to Him?
  • Are my thoughts in line with His Ways?
  • Is my mind stayed on Him?
  • Do I make an effort to live in peace with people around me or am I quick tempered and impatient?
  • Do I stay away from evil? What music am I listening to? Are the movies and television shows I watch righteous and pleasing to the Holy Spirit in me?
  • Do I do my best to live right? never lie, slow to anger, loving others, putting others before myself?
  • what books am I reading?
  • Am I mixing occult practices in with my walk with the Lord ?- (somebody is… you need to stop)

Sometimes the “Fear of the Lord” is put off to the side while we rush around in all our busy duties and traditions. Maybe we think we already have the fear of the Lord because we said the sinners prayer and go to church. However! As we read scripture, we see that there is an intentional effort that must take place on our part. When the bible says “Seek Him”, that means we may have to put aside our wants like tv and entertainment to truly seek Him.  We have to watch our words too, that takes an effort, or at least it does for me. How about being a peacemaker? If that comes easy to you, maybe you’re not around enough people – because, at least in my life, it takes an effort to put on my shoes of peace. There will always be a battle within us – the flesh vs. spirit, but we need to let God’s Spirit lead us into righteousness. We must begin living a life in the Fear of the the Lord. It takes a disciplined life to live right. Behave!

***NOT ONLY DO WE AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST NEED TO FEAR GOD, BUT OUR CHURCHES NEED TO FEAR GOD  – Even though many churches seem to lack this foundation – you can make a difference. Reverence His Sanctuary, Stay Silent before Him and keep His house a house of Prayer ***

I want to grow in wisdom, do you? I want to grow in understanding and knowledge just as King Solomon did. In order for us begin, we must first master the Fear of the Lord.  It is the beginning of knowledge, it is to hate evil, it is a fountain of life, it leads me away from evil, its the beginning of wisdom – it’s more precious than all the world could offer.

Let’s define  “Fear of the Lord” through scripture:

  1. is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
  2. Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
  3. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
  4. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
  5. Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
  6. Is to hate evil prov 8:13
  7. Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
  8. Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
  9. Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
  10. Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
  11. In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
  12. Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33

Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:

  • Treasure His commands
  • incline your ears to wisdom
  • apply your heart to understanding
  • cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
  • seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure

PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)

WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART  ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU   (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED    (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE   (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS  (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL  ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD ,  GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)

Proverbs 2:1-16

 My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,And lift up your voice for understanding,
 If you seek her as silver,And search for her as for hidden treasures;
 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
 He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
 When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
 Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
 To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

Hear the Word of the Lord: 

 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.  But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”” GEN 20:11-13

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,  And His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me:‘ He who rules over men must be just,Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,By clear shining after rain.’ 2 Samuel 23:1-4

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Cor 7:7

 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Acts 9:31

  Let us together revisit these life changing verses and begin a journey to gain wisdom or to continue growing in wisdom. Stop and consider your ways, decide today to make a new change that your heart would be filled with a priceless gift  – Wisdom from God.  Wisdom to make the right choices, wisdom in our words, understanding justice, new gifts and abilities, right thoughts, new ideas and knowing how to live a life pleasing to our God, our Father and our Creator.

  Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Honor His Name, Reverence His Sanctuary, Walk in the Fear of the Lord

Don’t know which way to go? Start here with the Fear of the Lord and He will fill you will wisdom as you go forward. Jeremiah 6:16 says to Stop at your crossroad, look around, ask for the old godly (ancient) way and then go! walk in it, there you will find rest for your soul.

In Deut 17:7- Moses was giving the people instructions for life and in this passage, Moses gives the rules to follow if they they decided to have a king. One of the rules for a king was that he is to read God’s laws everyday all through His life – he was to write his own copy and “read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God…..” to observe them, that his heart not be lifted up above others, that he would not turn aside from the commands and that his life would long for him and his children.

77 Don’ts from King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

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My Child:

Don’t ignore these instructions. Listen to my instruction and be wise.
 Proverbs 8:33

  1. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction and keep thy father’s commandment.(3x in Proverbs)
  2. Don’t go along with sinners and those who do harm to others! Stay far away from their paths.(refrain thy foot from their path)
  3. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil .
  4. Don’t reject the Lord’s discipline (neither be weary of his correction)
  5. Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them
  6. Don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” If you can help your neighbor now 
  7. Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
  8. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
  9. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.(and choose none of his ways)    
  10. Don’t turn away from my instructions for I am giving you good guidance (Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law)  
  11. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Get wisdom; develop good judgment (Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not)
  12. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.( she shall preserve thee)
  13. Don’t let my instructions go, take hold of my instructions. Guard them, for they are the key to life. 
  14. Don’t do as the wicked do. Don’t follow the path of evildoers  
  15. Don’t even think about sinning; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. (Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away )
  16. Don’t lose sight my words. Let them penetrate deep into your heart. (keep them in the midst of thine heart)
  17. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
  18. Don’t procrastinate and don’t be lazy. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. (Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise
  19. Don’t go to war without wise advice, Plans succeed through good counsel (with good advice make war)
  20. Don’t hang around with chatterers; gossips who go around telling secrets.(meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips)
  21. Don’t plot revenge, don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. (wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee)
  22. Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. (it is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy)
  23. Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.
  24. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.( Make no friendship with an angry man)
  25. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. 
  26. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
  27. Don’t desire all the delicacies a ruler puts before you, for he might be trying to trick you (When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not Desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.) 
  28. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. (Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom)
  29. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies They are always thinking about how much it costs “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it. You will throw up what little you’ve eaten, and your compliments will be wasted
  30. Don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you (Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning)
  31. Don’t make a show of all your knowledge: The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.(A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness)  (found 2x)
  32. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
  33. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
  34. Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them.( Withhold not correction from the child)
  35. Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.( For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief ) Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.(… but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long)  
  36. Don’t despise your mother when she is old and listen to your father, who gave you life
  37. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. Because (At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder)
  38. Don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (in multitude of counsellors there is safety.)
  39. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
  40. Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
  41. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. (Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth)
  42. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. 
  43. Don’t associate with rebels, My child, fear the Lord and the king. (My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?)
  44. Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them.
  45. Don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!” 
  46. Don’t be lazy! A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.   
  47. Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.( For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen)  (2x)
  48. Don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
  49. Don’t betray another person’s secret when arguing with your neighbor.  
  50. Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. (Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.)  (2x)
  51. Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
  52. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring  
  53. Don’t boast in yourself. “I’m so great, let me tell you about it….” Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 
  54. Don’t believe everyone! Some pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.
  55. Don’t protect a murderer.  His tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!(A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.)
  56. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. (for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few)
  57. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved (Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error)  
  58. Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.
  59. Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you. For you know well that: (oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others) .
  60. Don’t quit! If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.  ( I just texted this verse to someone who didn’t want to hear it, lol, and she just replied “What! Ugh!”)
  61. Don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts 
  62. Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.
  63. Don’t eat too much honey, or it will make you sick! (Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee)
  64. Don’t make me cut your chicken! Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.(This verse speaks this also to me: For crying out loud Lisa! How much lettuce and fruit will rot in your kitchen before you get up and cut it. Get a knife and cut it open, very simple, very simple…and yes you have to cook the chicken today, and stop waiting for someone else to cut your fruit)
  65. Don’t break your promises to God. Don’t delay in following through with a promise you made to God, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him (Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay).
  66. Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. (for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they)  God is still in charge and see’s everything
  67. Don’t desire what you don’t have, but enjoy what you have rather.Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
  68. Don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? (Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? What is he saying here? Don’t kill yourself trying so hard to be perfect ? Ms. Superclean, can you put away the Lysol for a moment, I can’t breath, Mr.ocd….. if the frame is out of place, take a deep breath and keep walking…..just thoughts, just thoughts….)
  69. Don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time? 
  70. Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants 
  71. Don’t be lazy in the kitchen. Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.  (2-3x in bible)oookay then….
  72. Don’t let your hearts be taken by an immoral woman. Don’t wander down her wayward path. (And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows…..For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death )
  73. Don’t go near her house, stay away from her! Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. (For the lips of a strange (immoral) woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.) (2+)
  74. Don’t be greedy, for it will lead you to poverty. Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty. 
  75. Don’t wait until your last breath to remember your Creator. Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well (Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it) 
  76. Don’t ignore the poor. The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.  
  77. Don’t act quickly, without thinking. Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 

       Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

With Love,
King Solomon

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
1.Proverbs 1:8 Proverbs 6:20 2.Proverbs 1:15 3 Proverbs 3:7 4. Proverbs 3:11  5 Proverbs 3:21.6Proverbs 3:28  7 Proverbs 3:29 8 Proverbs 3:30 9 Proverbs 3:31 10 Proverbs 4:2  11Proverbs 4:5. 12 Proverbs 4:6 13Proverbs 4:13 14Proverbs 4:14 15 Proverbs 4:1516 Proverbs 4:21 17 Proverbs 4:27 18 Proverbs 6:4 19 Proverbs 20:18 20 Proverbs 20:19 21Proverbs 20:22 22 Proverbs 20:25 23  Proverbs 22:22  24 Proverbs 22:24 25 Proverbs 22:26 26Proverbs 22:28 27  Proverbs 23:3 28 Proverbs 23:4 29 Proverbs 23:6 30  Proverbs 9:8 31Proverbs 12:23 32  Proverbs 23:9 33 Proverbs 23:1033  Proverbs 23:13.34Proverbs 23:17 35Proverbs 24:1 36 Proverbs 23:22  37 Proverbs 23:31 38 Proverbs 24:6 39 Proverbs 24:12 40 Proverbs 24:1541 Proverbs 24:17  42 Proverbs 24:19 43 Proverbs 24:2144 Proverbs 24:28 45 Proverbs 24:29  46 Prov 24:30 47 Proverbs 25:6 48 Proverbs 25:8 49Proverbs 25:9 50 Proverbs 25:17 51Proverbs 26:4 52  Proverbs 27:1 53 Proverbs 27:2   54. Proverbs 26:25 55.Proverbs 28:17 56. Ecclesiastes 5:2.57.Ecclesiastes 5:6  58 Ecclesiastes 7:10  59Ecclesiastes 7:21  60Ecclesiastes 10:4 61 Ecclesiastes 10:20  62  Ecclesiastes 12:1 63 Proverbs 25:16 64  Proverbs 26:15 65Ecclesiastes 5:4 66 Ecclesiastes 5:8  67Ecclesiastes 6:9 68Ecclesiastes 7:16 69Ecclesiastes 7:17 70 Ecclesiastes 8:3.71 Proverbs 12:27 Proverbs 19:24 72Proverbs 7:25 73 Proverbs 5:8 Proverbs 6:25 74Proverbs 28:22 75 Ecclesiastes 12:6 76 Proverbs 29:7 77 Proverbs 13:16 scripture taken from nlt and kjv

Gatekeepers! Watchmen! You are to speak out (The Lord has called you out to be Bold today)

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Gatekeepers have three primary roles

  1. To protect the Lord’s house.  This means they defend the gospel, the truth of the Word and Protect the holiness of God’s house. Their hearts are on fire with the Fear of the Lord. They want the Lord’s house to be a house of Prayer and they are not content until they see the Lord’s will come to place. The gatekeeper protects the House. They know the scriptures well and are full of understanding. They are bold to speak out against the sins of the church- even if it means they will be mocked, hated or even kicked out of the church. They stay close to the House of the Lord
  2. They keep the Lord’s people on the right path, keeping them from drifting from the Lord. As a staff or sheepdog would keep the sheep together from straying, so the role of gatekeeper is the same. He is responsible to oversee the people, gently guide the drifter back and keep those on the threshold of evil paths from taking another step in the wrong direction. They are bold and not afraid to tell the truth of God;s word, knowing full well they are saving many from the fires of eternal hell.They are prayer warriors and intercessors for the people
  3. They keep watch for the master’s return; ready to usher in the King of Glory


Who is a gatekeeper?

According to the Old Testament, a gatekeeper was a Levite. Gatekeepers where also watchmen on the walls.They were ministering priests from the tribe of Levi. Gatekeepers were trusted officials and high priests in the servant role of protecting the Lord’s house. They were stationed at all 4 gates (N,S, E, W). They also appointed and taught others around them to guard the gate as well. Their hearts were fully committed to the Lords will. Today’s gatekeepers hope and pray for revival and eagerly await the Lord’s return. They are always prepared and continually remind others to be ready. Gatekeepers made sure that nothing unholy entered into God’s house and nothing was allowed to leave unless it had approval. They were in charge of the Temple items and treasuries of the House of the Lord.

RUNNING AWAY FROM THIS IS NOT AN OPTION (Jonah didn’t win) You are commanded to speak out and warn them

 Pay attention : (Ez) The Lord’s Message came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people. Tell them, ‘If I bring war on this land and the people take one of their citizens and make him their watchman, and if the watchman sees war coming and blows the trumpet, warning the people, then if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet and ignores it and war comes and takes him off, it’s his own fault. He heard the alarm, he ignored it—it’s his own fault. If he had listened, he would have saved his life.
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“‘But if the watchman sees war coming and doesn’t blow the trumpet, warning the people, and war comes and takes anyone off, I’ll hold the watchman responsible for the bloodshed of any unwarned sinner.
“You, son of man, are the watchman. I’ve made you a watchman for Israel. The minute you hear a message from me, warn them. If I say to the wicked, ‘Wicked man, wicked woman, you’re on the fast track to death!’ and you don’t speak up and warn the wicked to change their ways, the wicked will die unwarned in their sins and I’ll hold you responsible for their bloodshed. But if you warn the wicked to change their ways and they don’t do it, they’ll die in their sins well-warned and at least you will have saved your own life. 
“Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault. I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin, but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.
 “And if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with evil when I step in and put them in a hard place, they’ll die. If you haven’t warned them, they’ll die because of their sins, and none of the right things they’ve done will count for anything—and I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people not to sin and they listen to you, they’ll live because they took the warning—and again, you’ll have saved your life.”

“Gatekeepers: gather the drifters and show them the right way”

Gatekeepers role of protecting the people :  The gatekeepers of these last days have been commissioned to protect the sheep. You are to devote yourselves to holiness and to protect the sheep from drifting away.

   I saw a great crowd of people and no one was going the right way. Great crowds were everywhere. Not one person was facing the same way as another. Everyone was going and looking in different directions, scattering themselves. They weren’t concerned with where they were headed and kept walking in whatever direction they turned without any consideration. There was a lot of noise, and as I looked around I heard deep within my heart and all around me “Gatekeepers for the drifting”.

 This is not a topic I would have written about nor have I ever considered the term gatekeeper of the drifters. However when I did research I found it quite interesting. If you are reading this,  it may be your time to stand up and speak in the righteousness of the Lord- not for our own self-righteousness, but for the Honor of the Lord and for the salvation of those who are about to perish. We can no longer fear what man thinks, what he may say, do, or even notice their countenance – Fear God and what lies ahead for all of us. Take your stand and don’t turn to look around to the right or left, who cares what people think- ask yourself this “What does the Lord say?”.  Will he call you “Good and faithful servant” or an “evil coward”. Yikes, I know, that sounds harsh, but that’s what the scripture says. Don’t we all wish we could be make everyone happy with our words, but that is not our job. Our duty is to speak the truth in Love, snatching up those about to perish. Amen? Amen.

Biblical examples of why some drift or fall away

  1. envy
  2. false teachings
  3. temptation
  4. wickedness
  5. laziness
  6. fear, lack of faith, no fear of the Lord
  7. love of money
  8. sitting and standing with the wrong crowd (Ps 1)
  9. unbelief

How can I help my fallen brother?

    • Remind them that we must all repent of our sins  Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
    • Teach them to listen carefully and cling tightly to the Good News : But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.  So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
    • Warn them of false teachings and doctrines: 2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    • Tell them they have to choose. Do you belong to the World or to the Lord. Warn them of the dangers of being lukewarm. Luke 8:13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
    • Continue to minister to them: Colossians 1:23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
    • Praying always for believers everywhere, without ceasing

TELL THE PEOPLE: Tell them, ‘As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel?’
TELL THE PEOPLE: There’s more, son of man. Tell your people, ‘A good person’s good life won’t save him when he decides to rebel, and a bad person’s bad life won’t prevent him from repenting of his rebellion. A good person who sins can’t expect to live when he chooses to sin. It’s true that I tell good people, “Live! Be alive!” But if they trust in their good deeds and turn to evil, that good life won’t amount to a hill of beans. They’ll die for their evil life.

TELL THE PEOPLE : On the other hand, if I tell a wicked person, “You’ll die for your wicked life,” and he repents of his sin and starts living a righteous and just life—being generous to the down-and-out, restoring what he had stolen, cultivating life-nourishing ways that don’t hurt others—he’ll live. He won’t die. None of his sins will be kept on the books. He’s doing what’s right, living a good life. He’ll live.

‘Your people say, “The Master’s way isn’t fair.” But it’s the way they’re living that isn’t fair. When good people turn back from living good lives and plunge into sin, they’ll die for it. And when a wicked person turns away from his wicked life and starts living a just and righteous life, he’ll come alive.

Do you ask yourself- Who am I?
He hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Revelation 5:10 1 Peter 2:9 Revelation 1:6 1 Peter 2:5


A gatekeeper protects the house of the Lord from corruption and worldly ideas. Stand true to the Word of God and do not waver. Protect the people from following lies, false ideas and wrong doctrine. Protect and cling tightly to the Word of God, protecting the Lord’s house and His Ways. You must keep the people from stumbling off the narrow path. Keep the Lord’s sheep safe until He comes back again, always staying ready and looking out for your master to return.  He has commanded us to watch for His return.

SCRIPTURE TO THINK ABOUT: (proof to back up what I’ve written above)

Nehemiah 7:3 I said to them, “Do not leave the gates open during the hottest part of the day. And even while the gatekeepers are on duty, have them shut and bar the doors. Appoint the residents ofJerusalem to act as guards, everyone on a regular watch. Some will serve at sentry posts and some in front of their own homes.”
Nehemiah 10:39 The people and the Levites must bring these offerings of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the storerooms and place them in the sacred containers near the ministering priests, the gatekeepers, and the singers. “We promise together not to neglect theTemple of our God.”
Psalm 84:10A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
Mark 13:34“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.
John 10:3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Colossians 1:23  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.
Hebrews 2:1[ A Warning against Drifting Away ] So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
Psalm 141:4Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.
Psalm 94:18When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
Psalm 18:36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
Job 12:5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
Hebrews 6:6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Luke 8:13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Colossians 1:23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 17:5
But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Acts 7:9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Acts 2:25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
Jeremiah 25:16And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
Proverbs 12:3A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
Psalm 121:3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Psalm 112:6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Psalm 66:9Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
Psalm 62:6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 62:2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 46:5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Psalm 30:6And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
Psalm 16:8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
1 Chronicles 17:9Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
Jude 1:24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
2 Peter 1:10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
James 5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
James 1:2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Hebrews 4:11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

      Do you have something to say? Do you know something is wrong and you haven’t sounded the alarm? Be encouraged today. Spend time with the Lord and pray about it. Ask the Lord to search your heart and make sure that pride/ haughtiness hasn’t slipped in. Meditate on Ps 131 and speak boldly for the Lord – don’t go in seeking great things for yourself, but for the glory of the Lord. Keep your focus.
        Don’t think this is for you? If you have children- you are the watchmen over them and their hearts. Do you know someone who has drifted from the faith? Then pray for them and speak to them in love warning everyone everyday.

       Peace and Shalom. May God have mercy on us.

The Fear of the Lord vs. the Fear of man. Who do you fear?

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           As I was reading the bible this week, I noticed within the stories a message:
“Fear God and not Man”.

1- Peter’s denial of Christ.  Peter feared man in this situation- He didn’t want to deny Christ; his spirit was willing and he spoke words of strength, but when evil came to sift and shake him, he temporarily fell under pressure. He felt awful, repented, and as the Lord had prophesied, Peter went out of that situation strengthened and stronger in order to encourage his brothers (and probably with a more humble and understanding heart)
2- Saul, Israel’s first King. He lost the throne because of two wrongs he did. The first wrong: Saul didn’t do as Samuel told him In 1 Sam 13-14, Saul decided to act in the way he thought was best- but he didn’t obey (he made excuses to Samuel for his doings) and it cost him the throne. The second test he failed is when Saul was told to attack Amalek in 1 Samuel 15. He was to destroy everything- but he didn’t. First he blamed the people (notice he didnt’ repent first) he only repented when he felt the pain of losing the kingdom. Notice Saul’s words to Samuel: “ I have sinned, I have feared the people and their voice“.
3-Judas– took the side of man over the Lord. I know it may seem like he liked money, but I think he liked being “popular” with the “in crowd” also . Notice how he couldn’t wait to run and tell the pharisees about what he was about to do. He treasured the approval of man over the approval of the Lord. I can just see him proudly meeting in the Temple and enjoying the new-found status in his betrayal of Christ. He had the opportunity to repent and time to think about it, but he had let it sink so deep into his heart it consumed him. The devil throws wrong thoughts, ways and ideas into our thoughts like an arrow. We can choose to obey them or disregard them.

    Sometimes we need to consider our ways,at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16, Haggai 1:5,7

We could debate more on this- Pontius pilate, the pharisees, Abraham (when he lied about his wife being his sister), and many more.  There may be times when we may fear man, but the Lord has given us the ability, the power, and the wisdom to overcome this. If we have been guilty of this, consider our ways…did we repent? make excuses? blame others? tell ourselves we were right? hmmmmm. Has fear stopped us in our tracks?

My Lesson
In my own life I have understood that to Fear the Lord is to trust Him. It means that I do not have to shake in fear when I hear a bad report – if it looks like my world is about to fall apart, if I get bad news from those around me – I will not be afraid. I stand unshakable.  I cried out to the Lord in my distress when it seemed as if my world was coming down and out of the darkness of the sky came this verse to me:

12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; Isaiah 51:12

    It didn’t immediately comfort me (I wanted a different answer) however, as the days went on I finally understood what the Lord was telling me- that I am not to fear the bad reports around me. Although it may seem like the world is falling apart around me based on words of other, this is not true! Why should I fear the words of man? Who is man that I should fear Him? O, My soul, why are you so discouraged, put your hope in God. In God alone I trust and this is the fear of the Lord.

 Expect rejection and persecution when you do the Lords work:
Remember that they are not rejecting you, but they are rejecting the Lord our God :  
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.1 Samuel 8:6-8 

What is the Fear of the Lord and is it evident in your life? Have you found yourself fearing man more than God?

He listens to us!
  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Mal 3:16

BE BOLD and courageous
  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. heb 13:16

He Watches Us and Delivers us
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Tremble in His presence! Listen!
 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Fear ye not me? saith the Lord:
will ye not tremble at my presence,
which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Neither say they in their heart,
Let us now fear the Lord our God,
that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Jeremiah 5:21-24

 The Fear of the Lord is

  1. To obey His voice
  2. The beginning of  knowledge
  3. Wisdom and knowing to depart from evil
  4. Where you find the Knowledge of God
  5. To hate evil, pride, arrogance, evil ways and filthy mouths
  6. The way to prolong our days
  7. A place of confidence in the Lord
  8. A fountain of life
  9. keeps us from the snares of death
  10. is needed before instruction and wisdom
  11. Is the instruction of wisdom
  12. Keeps us from evil
  13. Brings riches, honor and life when combined with humility
  14. Where our heart should be all day- not envying sinners
  15. One of the seven fold spirits of the Lord
  16. gives quick godly understanding
  17. Our treasure= through which we receive wisdom and understanding which results in stability and strength of salvation
  18. A Precious Key for our churches
  19. The way to increase our church family and walk in harmony together
  20. a way for our churches to walk in order to have comfort, rest and unity with the Holy Ghost
  21. what the Lord notices in your life
  22. Prepares you for the Lord’s teaching
  23. To delight in His commands
  24. rewarded with blessings
  25. Keeps you safe prov 29:25
  26. To fear God is to trust Him
  27. Our duty in Life – To fear God and keep His commands
  28. reminds us not to Trust in mans words or to be swayed by the countenance of others
  29. keeps us from fearing man
  30. the spirit of the Lord that the Lord is searching for within us
  31. To trust in His Ways, not our own ways
  32. To hope in His Mercy
  33. in that which the Lord delights to see in His people
  34. blesses us with the Mercy of the Lord and righteousness unto our children’s children
  35. The Lord taketh pleasure in those who fear Him
  36. There is no want to those who fear Him
  37. The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him! A key of our protection and deliverance in troubles because the angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them

 To Fear Man

  1. is to lack knowledge and wisdom
  2. is to be wise in your own eyes (Saul’s downfall)
  3. is a snare and a trap in your life
  4. the sign of a fool
  5. is to despise wisdom and instruction
  6. is to love evil
  7. will shorten your days
  8. is trouble
  9. envy sinners
  10. is to not honor God’s laws or commands
  11. is to despise God’s ways
  12. despise the Lord
  13. trust your own ways

 Hear the Word of the Lord:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.  In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.Prov 1:7,9:10. 8:13,2:5,10:27,14:26, 15:16, 15:33, 16:16 , 22:4. 23,17,Ps 111:10, Job28:28

  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.  Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;Is33:6, Acts 9:31, 2Kings 17:34,Job 1:8, Job 2:3 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?  Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.   So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Ps 25:12, 112:1, Prov 29:25, Eccl 12:13, Heb 13:6
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?  Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Prov 3:7, Is 50:10, Mal 1:6, 3:16

 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling Ps147:11,115:13,103:17,34:9,34:7,2:11,1

   Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Think about:   There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Ps 53:5 and 56:4

My Theory:

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.

According to scripture and what the Lord has done in my life, I believe there is an order with the 7 fold spirit. I believe we receive the Fear of the Lord first because “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom and true knowledge”. After the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, we receive the spirit Knowledge, then might, then counsel. Next gift received after this is spirit of understanding,(Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart) then the spirit of wisdom is given (a gift) – and we are always growing and growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.


May the Lord Strengthen and encourage you today. May He make you a bold witness for Christ.
Teach us your ways, O Lord, that we may walk in your truth. Unite our hearts to fear your Great name. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!