Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fear The Sore Butt (Clarified)

     Got fear? I'm not talking about being fearful of everything around us. I'm talking about Fear of God.
     First of all, what is Fear of God? We can really get some varying opinions on this question! Some will say it is a reverent respect for God. That is most assuredly a big part of it, but if we think that is all there is to it, are we possibly avoiding part of what the Fear of God should be for us?
     I have a healthy dose of respect for my dad. But as I was growing up there was also, as the old saying goes, "he brought me in and he can take me out", type of fear. Yep, there was a "he can and will, if he deems necessary, punish me", expectation in my mind. When he caught me doing something wrong, "gee, I really respect you dad", is not what came to my mind first! It was more like, "oh crap, I'm in it now, how long will it be before I can sit down on my sore butt"!
     In many ways, that "fear of the sore butt", was a deterrent from doing wrong in my father's eyes.
     When should we experience the "Fear of God". I often experience the "Fear of God" after I have committed some sin. I ask Him for mercy, but I fear the "Righteous Judge".
     Proverbs says, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. James said, ask for wisdom and not doubt. I say, coming by wisdom and fear of the Lord by trial and error is no fun! I think our best option is to walk in the "Fear of the Lord" always (before sin), thereby not encountering "necessary discipline" of a loving Father.
     Proverbs 16:6: ..."through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil." Think ahead. Fear the "spiritual" sore butt!

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     This Blog appears in CREWED AWAKENING as the January 8 entry. After reading and pondering this Blog entry, I think I may come across as, or implying that, we should not sin because we should be afraid that God will get us.
     Sin is an act of disobedience and rebellion to God. It often has it's own built-in negative consequences for us and others. And I do believe that God will discipline us in love.
     "My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
     He is all knowing, Holy and Righteous. He knows what is best and right for us.
     So, I am not saying we should obey God to avoid the "Sore Butt". We should obey God because we love Him.
     “If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15) 
        “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. (John 14:23)
     P.S. It'll might keep you from a sore butt too!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


When we come to the end of ourselves,
When we are finished being in control,
When whatever we do will no longer fix it or us,
When the only way to freedom is surrender,
Then and only then, as a captive, we can be set free!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day...The Perfect Time To Surrender!

Today we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S. It's a big deal, although I believe many have lost the appreciation for the cost our country has paid to win our freedom and keep it. Many lives were lost and changed because of the willingness of soldiers and leaders to pay the ultimate price.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kitchen Flood

I have been putting down new laminate floors in my house lately. With all the stuff going on around here it has been an on again, off again process. I have completed the living room and have a little trim work yet to do in the kitchen and hallway.

Installing the kitchen floor required the disconnection and removal of our dishwasher. In retrospect, I probably should have disconnected ALL of the water lines from the dishwasher BEFORE attempting to REMOVE the dishwasher! Yea, OK, major brain fart. Stop laughing! Excessive water is fatal to laminate flooring. And it was killing a lot of my expensive flooring!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Leap Of Faith

I was thinking back to a time when some friends and I went down to this certain river bridge that we heard some guys were jumping off of into the river below. It really seemed like something cool to see and I was into that kind of thing back in the day. Maybe I viewed this kind of stuff as some right of passage into manhood, showing my courage in the face of danger instead of using wisdom to avoid the danger.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spiritual Anorexia

(Spiritual) Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction (not consuming the Word of God), and an irrational fear of weight gain (what man thinks), as well as a distorted self-perception (of who one is in Christ). It typically involves excessive weight (faith) loss.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scheming To Be Blessed

I've been praying and telling God that I want to "trust and obey Him", and I mean completely! The first area that this seems to be manifesting (or should I say "maniTESTING") is in my finances. You'd think I would be over this one, having been delivered by Him from considerable debt, yet here I am.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chillin With "The Lou"

We're having some nice days around here lately. They have followed a stretch of nasty weather, so it's kind of extra nice to sit out on the "Dock of the May" in the cool breeze at sunset. Louie seems to like the outdoors more than he used to, especially in this type weather.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spiritual Diet

A couple of years ago I went on a diet (lifestyle change in eating). I lost seventy pounds! I went from 265 down to 195. My doctor cut my BP meds, I stopped snoring, I had tons more energy, wasn't sleepy and generally felt much healthier.

Monday, February 24, 2014

You Are What You Eat

Have you ever heard this one? "You are what you eat." I'm sure most of us have run across that one! There is truth in this; that eating healthy is a big part of being healthy. We really can't argue with that statement.

The same is true with our spiritual lives, we are what we eat. In other words, what we consume is part of our inner man. We consume things in many ways. We can eat, see, and hear things, thereby consuming them into our being.