Wisdom and the Fear of God
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
Wisdom is the ability to know what is the right thing to do. Obviously before we can do the right thing, we have to know what it is. From God's point of view, if He sees that someone really wants to do the right thing, He will let him understand (John 7:17). If someone wants to know wisdom just for the sake of intellectual curiosity or pride, then God has no interest in revealing to him what the right thing is (Matthew 11:25).
If we do want to do the right thing and don't know what it is, then we are invited by God to ask Him; He will be delighted to show us (Ephesians 1:17, James 1:5).
The first part of seeking wisdom goes a bit against our natural inclinations:
"The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom." (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7) Fear of YHVH is knowing that God punishes sin and that we have all sinned.
It's as if someone is travelling on a road, and then checks the map and realizes he is heading in the wrong direction. He has to stop, reevaluate and turn around. That is not easy. It is called "repentance". Repentance is the first step to obeying God.
Fear of God can also be defined as "moral courage". Yeshua defined the fear of YHVH as fearing the punishment of hell after death (Luke 12:5). That is the bottom line in the fear of God.
Yet in that same passage, Yeshua spoke 7 times of not fearing any man, need or circumstances (Luke 12:4, 7, 11, 22, 26, 29, 32). The fear of God eliminates every other kind of fear in life. To have the fear of God is to be totally fearless of every danger.
The Bible describes the fear of God as the "beginning" of wisdom. Yet sometimes the first becomes the last. It seems that for many, the true fear of God is the very last part of wisdom to be understood. Let us diligently seek for the fear of YHVH (Jeremiah 5:24, Job 28:28). Yeshua had a regular habit of seeking the fear of God in early morning prayer through tears and groaning (Mark 1:35, Hebrews 5:7).
When we realize that God punishes evil, then we can:
Thus the fear of the Lord gives us the moral courage to stand up against evil even though it is scary to do so (and of course after having repented ourselves.)
"The fear of YHVH is to hate evil." (Proverbs 8:13)
Unfortunately, most of us are active in being selfish and passive in standing against evil. However, the fear of God gives us an active power to fight against evil - first in ourselves and then in others. It is said that all that is needed for evil to triumph is for the good to do nothing. The fear of YHVH provides the moral courage to fight evil.
Wisdom and the Fear of God
by Eddie Santoro, , Revive Israel
It was to save the lost that Yeshua left His home in heaven to come to this earth, and it was to this "Great Commission" that He called us, His Body and His representatives before He ascended to heaven. We at Congregation Ahavat Yeshua have taken this to heart and are endeavoring to reach the lost in our area.
It was a beautiful summer evening in the hills of Ein Kerem, the very town where John the Baptist came from. Rachel and Gilad, two very gifted evangelists in our congregation, opened their beautiful home for an evening of delicious food, wonderful music and warm fellowship. Over sixty non-believing Israelis showed up, along with almost twenty people from our congregation. The evening was special in every way. Rachel opened with a bold declaration of her faith in Yeshua the Messiah of Israel, and then this Jewish crowd enjoyed a "Kabalat Shabbat" (the welcoming of the Shabbat) with the traditional blessing of bread and wine. Following this short ceremony, the evening naturally led into personal connections between believers and non-believers. Testimonies were shared. The sick were prayed for. Local musicians played Israeli music. One woman prayed to receive Yeshua. We are planning a follow up event.
We believe that NOW is the time for people in Jerusalem to receive Yeshua as their Messiah. We are baptizing one new believer this week and passionately desire that he would be the first of many new believers in our congregation. Please join us in praying for fresh boldness in the members of Ahavat Yeshua as we live our life in the midst of this very dry and thirsty land. Pray that we who have the waters of life to share, would freely give what we have been freely given.
Wisdom and the Fear of God
by Simcha, , Revive Israel
For the last couple of years I have had the pleasure of working in the donations department at Revive Israel. I get to see the smile on people's faces or hear the tears they cry when they receive a donation. One check at a time we help strengthen the body of believers in Israel.
Our vision at Revive Israel is to strategically give 1/3 of all of our donations away through sowing good seed into fertile indigenous ground. We
Some of the needs that we donate to are medical bills, house payments, newly married couples, students, non-profit organizations etc. We also support marketplace ministry, Arab Christians and those who serve in their congregations.
Please stand with us as we invest into lives, help further the kingdom of God and strengthen the body of believers in Israel. Simply put, we can't do it without you. For information on how to donate, please visit reviveisrael.org.
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