February 23, 2019 Leviticus 5,6; Matthew 23

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Always zealous | guest post

S~ Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 23:17 (NIV)

O/A~ This action step of ‘always be zealous for the fear of the Lord’ has me thinking.  I’ve heard preachers say the ‘fear of the Lord’ is great awe and amazement of God.  I’ve also heard that it means I need to genuinely fear Him because of His great might and power.

Regardless of what ‘fear of the Lord’ means, I am to be zealous in that.  Zealous is one-focus pursuit of that thing, whatever it is.  Life is driven and revolves around whatever that person is zealous for.

In my distracting, busy world – how do I pursue/maintain/achieve being zealous for the Lord?  That’s a great question, and I have no idea!  The author paired envy as opposite to zealousness.  Maybe envy (of anything) will push out zealousness for the Lord?

Also, for me; “always being” something is impossible.  I’m distracted, my attention hops from one thing to another, people come into my happy bubble and steal joy; so how in the world is ‘always be zealous for fear of the Lord’ maintained?

P~ Abba, I always have more questions than answers.  I know that You carry most of the burden in our relationship and Your yoke is light.  How do I live this way?  Of being always zealous for the fear of the Lord.  Reveal any envy that I have, known or unknown, please uproot that out of my life!

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S~ For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12 (NIV)

O~ The context here is Jesus is furious with the Pharisees, who by their burdensome rulemaking and blatant hypocrisy, were actually leading people away from God. What may have started as earnestly seeking and then teaching the Word of God had turned into arrogance, self-righteousness and showmanship, where they relished the power and the spotlight rather than pointing it toward the Father and Creator. Jesus is vehement in pointing out how wrong these men had gotten it.

Jesus could just as easily be criticizing American culture in 2019. People are obsessed with self-promotion, from babies all the way up to the elderly, with all the avenues which now exist to exalt oneself: television, radio, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SnapChat and on and on. When did what we’re eating for breakfast become a matter of general public interest?! It’s utterly absurd.

A~ I think the way I keep my own ego in check is to open God’s Word on a consistent basis. In it, He reminds me who I am, His dearly loved child regardless of who else knows me or what they think of me. He also reminds me it’s all about Him, throughout all history and all the world, and, in that relation, I am but a fleeting vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.

P~ Jesus, Thank You for impressing upon my heart that though I am really weak and small in comparison to Your Greatness, You love me infinitely and call me Your daughter.

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