Understanding the fear of the Lord

Proverbs 2: 4-5 says, “If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

When we seek for understanding we seek for peace. Peace is the result of satisfaction and clarity. I can have a knowledge of what God is like and Who He is but without understanding I might find offense in my heart at His ways. The fear of the Lord must be understood rightly and interpreted through the lens of God’s love and His mercy. I desire to be a person who stands under(another way of saying understand) the word of God and what God says about Himself.

I urge you to seek out the fear of the Lord as if it were a hidden treasure.

Summer Fire in the Night 2007

This will be my fifth time core leading for the fire in the night internship. The above picture is the FITN leadership team. I love these people like my own family. God has used all of these beautiful ones to teach me how to love to God more and how to be a man of God and lead His people to the heart of the Father. I am privileged and honored to be a leader in this program and for weak people, as weak as me, to find who they are in God.

I will keep you updated with the things that God does in the next three months. Be praying for us in the night!

The Fear of the Lord in Proverbs Pt. 2

In reading Proverbs 10-15 the fear of the Lord is highlighted six out of the 14 times it is mentioned in this book. Today, I would like to look at three of these verses.

10:27 “The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.”

14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn from the snares of death.”

15:16 “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.”

The benefits of fearing the Lord are astounding. As I mentioned Proverbs 19:23 says that the fear off the Lord leads to life and gives us rest. 14:27 says that the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, along with 10:27 promising a prolonged life. The theme of life and satisfaction keeps coming up in my heart as I read and meditate on these verses. Jesus promises in John 7 that whoever believes in Him out of his heart will flow rivers of living water(7:37-38). My favorite story in the Gospels is found in John 4. It is the story of the women at the well. The women, awestruck that Jesus, a Jew, would even speak with her, finds herself in a conversation with the Son of God. Jesus tells this women who He is and what He can give her. John 4:10 says, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” First: We must know that God desires to give us good things. Second: When we know He gives good things we ask. 4:13 concludes this topic of conversation saying, “Everyone who drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” This is similar language to 7:37-38. When we fear Him we come to Him; when we come to Him we find rest and satisfaction.

Jesus delights in the fear of the Lord as Isaiah 11 states. So, the issue of life, Jesus and satisfaction is that if we delight in Jesus and His love it will lead us to a place of fearing Him. I will most likely obey His commandments without begrudging Him if I am in love with Him. Jesus tells the disciples in John that if we(the body of Christ) love Him we will obey Him. Out of an overflow of love we fear God and in fearing God we find life, rest and are satisfied with our obedience to Him. Lastly, we shall not despise the days of small beginnings. It is easy for us to become discouraged and how little we know God and how little our hearts move at His passion. Proverbs 15:16 says that if we have a little bit of the fear of the Lord we are in a far better place then temporary abundance.

How do I know if I am fearing the Lord? Many times we try to evaluate our heart before the Lord in the wrong way. We want to know what we are doing wrong so we can fix it then come to God without any problems. This is not the way of Christ. The way you know if you are fearing the Lord is by the fruit in your life. If you are finding yourself satisfied and hungry for God than you probably are fearing the Lord. If you find yourself far away from this reality than you probably should not condemn yourself but ask for a revelation of the fear of the Lord.

Hope this helps. Give me your thoughts on the fear of the Lord.

Every sports car driver has to eventually say good bye

Sports Car

The Mistubishi 3000 GT SL is going bye-bye. I am planning on selling this car by the end of the summer. I was cleaning it up the other day and recently experienced a flat tire that I need to fix. After that gets fixed I want to put it up for sell. Let me know if you are interested. This car has 161,000 miles on it, a year old clutch, and most importantly: IT JUST LOOKS GOOD AND YOU WILL GET TONS OF FRIENDS IF YOU DRIVE IT.

The pretty girl club

Crystal and Rebecca 

In the Pic: Rebecca, Myself, and Crystal. We call this picture Bluesteel.

The pretty girl club(The Lighthouse girls) are wonderful people to be around. Crystal and Rebecca are only two out of the six that have passed through the walls of the house of prayer. The lighthouse girls all have this thing about them where they just know who they are so much that you are almost afraid to tell them how pretty they are. They are absolutly not like those pretty girls that every guy wanted to date in high school. These women have class, character and are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

They are in love with Jesus and want to do everything possible to serve Him with their whole hearts. They are all very intense and passionate about life and whatever it is that they put their mind to, especially Crystal. I recently have gotten to know Amy and Annie. Amy has a very powerful singing voice and is very pretty. Annie has become my inspiration to continue in my pursuit of becoming a good writer. She has written a couple of screenplays, which is what I would like to do. I shared my first poem ever at writer’s group on Friday and she told me my poem was very staccato. I just saw her today and she asked me if I was working on my screenplay(I have been working on it for the past three months) this week, that reminder motivated me to get more done by Friday.

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Remembering Bob Ahern

The day was Friday. The weather was a typical humid day in Kansas City, MO. I had just returned from Mexico and was excited to be home. I was running errands like any other Friday. I was at Wal-Mart when the call came, it was my mom, she was in panic intercession mode telling me that Bob just stopped breathing. Why? How could this be? My brother-in-laws father had been battling lung cancer for six months. They released him from the hospital after surgery. He was resting on the couch with Alyssa and Scott and then all of sudden….he stopped breathing. The call came at this time. Five minutes after leaving the store I received another call from my mom sayingthat Bob died. It was over. Three days later I left for California for the four hardest days of the summer.

As believers we have the awareness of eternity when someone dies, we are wondering where they are spending forever and who with? Are they in Heaven or Hell. By the grace and mercy of God Bob had accepted Christ a few months prior to his death. He is in heaven now, dancing and rejoicing with Jesus. As my family and I held hands and prayed on the day he was cremated I wept. It was not out of anger and confusion but rather it was God telling me to not be afraid of death. It was timely because I had been wrestling about fear for some months and it was as if God was showing me that even in moments of someone close to you dying you still can trust that God is in control. It has been a year now, June 16, and I remember Bob Ahern. I remember that day we all cried. I remember that man. I remember the power of God that helped us through that difficult moment.