The Wisdom of the Fear of the LORD

The Scriptures tell us that the “Fear of Yahuwah [the LORD]” is the beginning of wisdom:

“The fear of Yahuwah [the LORD] is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever.” (Psalms 111:10; see also Job 28:28)

The phrases ‘the fear of the LORD’ and ‘fear the LORD’ and ‘fear God’ and ‘fear Him [God]’ appear at least 90 times throughout the Scriptures. This frequency tells us that this topic of the fear of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] is a foundational principle for the children of Yahuwah.

Acquiring ‘the fear of Yahuwah’ is the very first step we must take on our pathway to acquiring wisdom! We cannot even come close to having true wisdom, unless we have the fear of Yahuwah.

But what is the Fear of Yahuwah [the LORD]? And why is it important?

For Our Well-Being

There is something mysterious about the ‘Fear of Yahuwah’ that makes it seem elusive and difficult to understand. Why is that? Because to ‘fear’ someone usually means we are afraid of that person, wanting to avoid them, and not have anything to do with the one whom we fear.

Yet, Yahuwah tells us many times, in His Word, of the great importance for His children to ‘Fear God’:

“… it shall be well with them that fear God!” (Ecclesiastes 8:12b; see also Ecclesiastes 12:13; Leviticus 19:14, 32; 25:17; Deuteronomy 4:10; 6:2, 13, 24; 8:6).

We all would surely like things to be well with us! So having the fear of Yahuwah is a major ingredient for our well-being!

Yahuwah, who created us and loves us immensely, knows it is for our good that we learn to ‘Fear God!’

Let us therefore ‘be of good courage’ and pursue this wonderful characteristic of the ‘Fear of the LORD!’

The Hebrew Word ‘Fear’

As we look further into the Fear of the LORD, it will be helpful to take a quick look at the Hebrew word for ‘fear’, from the above verse of Psalms 111:10.

The English word ‘fear’ in this verse, is the Hebrew word “yir’ah” <Strong’s #3374>, the root word being “yar’ey” <Strong’s #3372>, which can be traced to the primitve root word being “ya-rah” <Strong’s #3384>.

The meaning of the root word ‘yar’ey’ has the primary meaning of ‘fearing, fearful, to be afraid exceedingly, honourable reverence, and to be had in reverence’.

The meaning of the primitive root word ‘ya-rah’ has the primary meaning of ‘to flow as water, as well as to point out, to teach’.

Therefore, when we study this Hebrew word for ‘fear’ we can see that it means reverence to the point of fearing, and when you are seriously afraid, then you feel like your insides are ‘flowing’.

This gives us a better understanding of what the fear of Yahuwah is all about. We can see that our fear of Yahuwah is to be with great reverence to the point that our insides might be “flowing.”

Or, as King David describes it:

My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments” (Psalm 119:120).

King David was a king with vast authority, and who also greatly loved Yahuwah. And yet, David trembled in fear [and alarm] of Yahuwah Elohim, the King of all kings.

At times, King David probably felt like his insides were trembling or ‘flowing’ from fear of the Great King who is above all kings, the Great God, creator of all things — Yahuwah Elohim!

The fear of Yahuwah means having the same heart attitude toward the heavenly Father as King David did! And though King David had his flaws, weaknesses, and sins, just as we all do, David maintained his fear of Yahuwah by always repenting, and returning to walking according to Yah’s truth!

Before we go further, let’s point out that the kind of fear we are exhorted to have toward God is not one of slavish dread or punishment! Rather, it is the kind of fear that is good and healthy, because it springs from a genuine respect for Yahuwah, because we have a confident conviction of His great love and care for His children.

A Man After My Own Heart

There is a special quality of King David’s heart attitude that helps us understand the fear of God.

King David wanted the WORD of Yahuwah as his guide and counsellor on every level of his life, as Psalms 119 reveals over and over.

King David had a heart to receive Yahuwah’s Word personally, as his most intimate companion and comfort, and his most supreme authority!

David’s passion for Yahuwah’s Word gave him a very unique and distinct honour from Yahuwah:

“I [Yahuwah] have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” (Act 13:22b)

Oh that we would have such a heart as David’s — to love Yahuwah’s WORD passionately and personally, and thereby enable us to fulfill Yahuwah’s wishes for us!

Notice how the prophet Isaiah put it:

But to this man will I look [saith the LORD], even to him that is poor [humble] and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word (Isaiah 66:2b).

Father tells us from the above verse, that He looks for those who are poor [humble], contrite [sorrowful for sins], and those who tremble at His Word!

To “tremble at His Word” is to reverence Yah’s Word, in a humble and obedient manner.

To “tremble at His Word” is to be obedient to Yahuwah, and to all of His Words, just as our Saviour did!

Notice what Father tells us:

Ye shall walk after Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God], and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him. (Deuteronomy 13:4)

From the above passage and many others, we see that obedience to His WORD is the key to learning the fear of Yahuwah.

Do we have this kind of fear?

Do we tremble in fear at the WORD of Yahuwah, so that we desire to obey all of His Words? This is a good, healthy, and proper kind of fear for the children of Yahuwah to have!

The WORD of God is Alive

Many of us need to adjust our attitude toward God’s Word!!

God’s Word is to be our guide, our companion, in everything we do! We need to accept His Word as it is — accept it completely, passionately, honouring it with all our heart, and making sure we are receiving it personally, without any twistings from man-made ideas or deceptions!

God’s Word reveals who He is, and therefore it is in no way common or trivial, and especially, it is not debatable!

May it be that we will seriously embrace the TRUTH as revealed in Hebrews 4:12:

  • The Word of God is alive.
  • The Word of God is powerful.
  • The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.
  • The Word of God pierces, dividing between the soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow.
  • The Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Walking in the Fear of Yahuwah

There are at least fourteen verses found in Deuteronomy where Yahuwah’s children are exhorted to LEARN to “fear Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]” (Deuteronomy 4:10; 5:29; 6:2,13,24; 8:6; 10:12,20; 13:4; 14:23; 17:19; 28:58; 31:12,13).

Rather than list all these verses here, it is clear from these fourteen verses, that the following points reveal the steps we need to take in order to learn the fear of Yahuwah:

  • Hearken to [hear and obey] all of Yahuwah’s Words;
  • Carefully obey the instructions of Yahuwah;
  • Have a copy of Yahuwah’s Torah [Old Testament writings] and read it regularly — Torah is God’s instructions and teachings for all of His children [the word ‘Torah’ is often translated as ‘law’];
  • Hearken to [hear and obey] all the Words of this Torah.

These are clues to help us know if we are seeking to learn and walk in the fear of Yahuwah.

When we are truly walking in the fear of Yahuwah, then we will behave and speak with great reverence and loyalty about Yahuwah’s Truth — His Character and His WORD! Our heart’s desire will be to obey Father’s Word, beginning with His Torah, just as our Saviour did! We will want to honour God in everything we do (Psalms 119:35, 47, 59-60, 97, 142; John 8:29; 1Corinthians 10:31)!

When we have the proper fear of Yahuwah, then we will earnestly seek to avoid any sort of evil actions or practices, as explained in His Word. We will want to avoid the things that Yahuwah hates, and we will begin to love the things that delight our Abba Father!

When we have the proper fear of Yahuwah, then we will know how exceptional and immense the love of Yahuwah is!! Why? Because as we study and become a “DO-er” of His Word, He continually reminds us of His intimate and loving care for His children! (Psalms 91:14; Proverbs 8:17; Song of Songs 1:2b; Isaiah 38:17; Jeremiah 31:3; John 14:21).

And because we are hiding God’s Word in our heart, spending one-on-one time with Him in our prayer closet, then we will be sensitive to His leading, wanting to be careful to not offend Him, or sin against Him (Psalms 119:11).

When we are truly walking in the fear of Yahuwah, then we are delivered from the bondage and snare of the fear of man (Proverbs 29:25). The genuine fear of God helps us to confidently trust Father’s power and grace and goodness to strengthen us in the face of man’s opposition!

All the above characteristics show us what it means to ‘tremble at His Word!’ This is how we show our honour, respect, and obedience to our heavenly Father.

Walking in the fear of Yahuwah brings us great comfort, as He reminds us that He is our Father — our supreme and highest authority, and we belong to Him!

All parents want their children to honour and respect them. Our heavenly Father desires the same thing — to be honoured, respected, obeyed, and loved (Malachi 1:6)!

Those That Fear Yahuwah

Let us conclude with a brief look at this phrase: “them that fear Him”.

As we can see from the following verses, the rewards for walking in the ‘fear of the LORD’ ought to inspire us and motivate us to pursue a closer, more intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, with all our heart:

The angel of Yahuwah [the LORD] encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalms 34:7)

O fear Yahuwah [the LORD], you His saints: for there is no lack to them that fear Him. (Psalms 34:9)

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. (Psalms 103:11)

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them. (Psalms 145:19)

Yahuwah [The LORD] takes pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy. (Psalms 147:11)

Do you see the awesome rewards?

  • The angel of Yahuwah surrounds those who fear Yahuwah!
  • Those who fear Yahuwah have no lack!
  • Those who fear Yahuwah have His great mercy!
  • Yahuwah fulfills the desires of those who fear Him!
  • Yahuwah delights in those who fear Him!

Not only are there great rewards for walking in the fear of Yahuwah, but let us also remember:  the fear of Yahuwah is the Beginning of Wisdom — the very FIRST step for acquiring wisdom!

When we have the fear of Yahuwah, then we are entering into the hidden treasures of wisdom (Colossians 2:3)!

Wisdom — the price of it being far above rubies — is truly a treasure! [See Job 28:12-28.]

Let us draw nearer to our heavenly Father and begin to cultivate this amazing quality — ‘the fear of the LORD!’

We will then be on the pathway to gaining Yahuwah’s true, enduring, and priceless wisdom!

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Taste and See the Goodness of Our Heavenly Father

Who are the sons [the children] of God?

And how can His children come to know Him as their heavenly Father?

The Scriptures give us the answers! First let’s see who the children [sons and daughters] of God are:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim (God), they are the sons [children] of Elohim (God). 15) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15)

In the above passage, we see that those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children [sons and daughters] of God.

Through Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus], the children of God are the adopted children of the Most High God, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], walking according to His Word.

When we believe on Yahushua Messiah as our Saviour, we come into Yahuwah’s family by adoption. We receive the Spirit of adoption, whereby we are then accepted by God and can talk with God as our Father. It is then that we naturally and freely desire to talk to God as our “Abba” Fatherour “Daddy”.

‘Abba’ refers to the Aramaic word for father, which comes from the Hebrew word for father. Sometimes ‘Abba’ is referred to as ‘Daddy.’

King David knew Yahuwah as a father, as we see in Psalms 89:26 – “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

King David often expressed the Father’s heart of mercy and compassion toward His children:

Yahuwah [the LORD] is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9) He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever…. 13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so Yahuwah pitieth [has compassion on] them that fear Him. 14) For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust. (Psalms 103:8-14)

King David had “tasted” of the goodness, the lovingkindness and mercy of the heavenly Father, and therefore he wanted more: “O taste and see that Yahuwah is good!” (Psalms 34:8; see also Ps 36:7-10)

David wanted to know his heavenly Father better by asking Him for understanding, good judgment and knowledge according to God’s Word (Psalms 119:66,73, 116).

The Prophet Hosea

The prophet Hosea tells more about wanting to know Yahuwah better. Hosea gives us a principle of Biblical truth:

Come, and let us return unto Yahuwah [the LORD] . . . . 3) Then shall we know, IF we follow on to know Yahuwah. . . . (Hosea 6:1-3).

In the above passage, notice the word “if.”

Hosea tells us IF we will turn back to Yahuwah, IF we will follow, run after, and pursue walking in Yahuwah’s ways — THEN we will come to truly know our Heavenly Father! We will then begin to discover how refreshing and rewarding it is to follow Him, as refreshing as a gentle rain!

If we follow after Him, seeking to know Yahuwah, by obeying His Word and walking in His ways — this is what it means to “taste” of Father’s goodnessthen we will begin to know Him more and more; then we will learn . . . that He truly is a good and loving Father, and we will want to call Him our Abba – our “Daddy.”

But how can we begin to truly know Yahuwah?

The prophet Hosea’s exhortation to ‘follow on to know Yahuwah’ is an expression of the heavenly Father’s desire for us — that we would stay close to Him, and ‘follow’ Him, in order to ‘know’ Him!

Let’s now look at some practical ways we can come to know our Abba Father.

To Obey is Better

Following Yahuwah, and knowing Him, can be summed up in one simple phrase: To obey is better. . . ! (1Samuel 15:22)

Every parent desires obedient children, including our Abba Father. Obeying our heavenly Father is easy when we come to Him as His little child.

Yahuwah has given us every provision needed and necessary to be obedient to Him. He loves us, and He would not ask us to do something that is beyond our ability!

Abba Father has given us clearly, in many places in the Scriptures, the ‘house rules’ for His family. Here is just one passage:

Who shall ascend into the hill of Yahuwah [the LORD]? or who shall stand in His holy place? 4) He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5) He shall receive the blessing from Yahuwah [the LORD], and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalms 24:3-5)

Verse four gives us three ‘house rules’ within Father’s family. Let’s look at these three.

He who has clean hands and a pure heart” speaks of our actions and our motives. If we love Yahuwah, and want to follow in His ways, then we will seek to do what is right and good in His sight. We will want to maintain our honesty and integrity in all we do so that we may be pleasing unto our Abba Father (1John 3:22).

He who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity” speaks of walking according to Yahuwah’s Word. This includes not only doing what the Scriptures call us to do, but also avoiding what we are called to avoid. We are to avoid all forms of idolatry, which includes indulging in pagan religious traditions known in Scripture as ‘the way of the heathen.’ Some popular examples of these heathen religious practices are known today as Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, astrology, yoga, and a host of others.

If we desire to follow Messiah, we will want to honour Yahuwah, by making sure our daily walk and lifestyle are in line with His ‘house rules’ written in the Bible. We will desire to refrain from participating in the world’s traditions of ‘vain’ pagan practices forbidden by our Abba Father (See Jeremiah 10:1-5; Leviticus 18:3; 20:23; Deuteronomy 12:30-31; Ezekiel 20:32; Isaiah 47:8-15; and link below).

He who does not swear deceitfully” speaks of maintaining our integrity, by being true to our word, and by speaking words that show forth honour unto Yahuwah. We will want to be honest to ourselves, as well as to Yahuwah and to others, always being sensitive to have pure motives and a right spirit, avoiding any false practices or motives (Psalms 51).

These three ‘house rules’ for Abba’s family are easy to walk in because of our love for Abba Father, and because of His abundant grace to help us and lead us according to His Word! Also notice that we receive His blessing when we walk according to these ‘house rules’ (verse 5).

But even more basic than these three ‘house rules’ is that we simply maintain a humble heart, always coming before Him with child-like faith, as Yahushua tells us:

And Yahushua [Jesus] called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, 3) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4; see also Micah 6:8)

As His adopted sons and daughters, we come to Yahuwah in humility and reverence to learn of Him, just as Yahushua urges us:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

We sit at His feet, and begin to learn His Word, His character, His ways, and His instructions. And as we learn to be a “DO-er” of His Word, we then begin to trust Him, because He truly is of a character that we can trust:

“. . .Yahuwah Elohim – merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7) keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. . .” (Exodus 34:6-7)

“. . .and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Yahuwah, and keep His commandments” (Exodus 20:6).

As we learn of Him, studying His WORD, learning of His greatness, His goodness, and His mercy, we also learn to obey Him. Then more and more, the sensitive love [agape love] of the Holy Spirit will be shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5).

As the self-less love of the Holy Spirit grows stronger in our heart, He gives us more grace for further obedience. It is our obedience to the pure truth of Yahuwah’s Word that edifies us, as the Holy Spirit guides us into the way of Truth, into the pathway of the upright (Proverbs 16:17; John 16:13). Our obedience in this manner is the essence of abiding in Him (John 15:10; 1John 2:6).

Willing and Obedient

If we have committed our life to Messiah, and if we are seeking Him with all our heart, willing to be obedient to Father’s WORD [obedience to Messiah], then we will be able to follow on, to know Yahuwah. If we are to walk with Him by faith, then we must trust that coming into the knowledge of His truth is possible and attainable!

Here are some essential steps, that will enable us to follow Messiah, and to press in to know Yahuwah as our Abba, our Daddy:

  • Learn and obey Father’s WORD [both Old and New Testament writings, with no twisted deceptions, and no man-made additions or eliminations];
  • Cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit;
  • Maintain an on-going repentant heart;
  • Learn to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit, which will always be in agreement with His written Word.

Our Abba Father is a ‘very present help’ in all our efforts to follow Him (Psalms 46:1)!! And the more we seek Him, follow Him, and obey Him, the easier it is, and the more joyful it is, to stay on His pathway and keep His ‘house rules’ (Proverbs 13:6)!

And even though it often happens that we experience trials and testings in our walk with Yahuwah, He has promised to be WITH US through the difficulties, holding us by His righteous right hand:

  • When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me (Psalms 56:9).
  • Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me: You shall stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Your right hand shall save me. (Psalms 138:7; see also Psalms 23).

Let Us Therefore. . .

Let us therefore be diligent to walk in the ways of our heavenly Abba Father, walking according to His Word.

Let us keep the ‘house rules’ for His family by keeping our motives pure before Him, avoiding all pagan religious practices and traditions, and maintaining our words and speech with honesty and integrity.

Let us to be watchful, carefully considering all ‘spiritual knowledge’ as something to be examined, making sure that it pure, truth-FULL, strictly according to Yah’s Word, and edifying to the saving of our souls!

Let us be on our guard against the utter foolishness of :

… ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy 3:7).

Those who continue to gain knowledge of the Scriptures without obeying it, are those who never come to the knowledge of the Truth!

“There are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul. He who concerns himself about things other than those things which lead to salvation is very unwise. Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul.” —Thomas à Kempis

Following On to Know Yahuwah

Up to this point we have looked at heart attitudes and generalities of following Messiah, and of coming to know Abba Father. Let us now look briefly at two Scripture passages that give us two vital steps we must take in our journey of following on to know Yahuwah:

1.  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

This passage reminds us that knowing Yahushua Messiah is the First Key Step in knowing the Father Yahuwah!

2.  “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahuwah [the LORD] that sanctify them. . . 19) I am Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God]; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20) And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God].” (Ezekiel 20:12, 19-20)

The above passage reminds us that the keeping of Yahuwah’s Sabbaths is the Second Key Step in knowing Yahuwah Elohim!

These two initial steps are merely a glimpse of what it takes to come to know the goodness of the Living God, Creator of all things — yet they are vital steps in our ongoing quest to “taste” and thereby know Yahuwah as our Abba Father.

There is None Like unto Yahuwah Elohim

Over and over, we find in the Scriptures the declaration that “There is NONE like unto Yahuwah Elohim!” (Exodus 8:10; 9:14; Deuteronomy 33:26; 2Samuel 7:22; 1Chronicles 17:20; Psalms 86:8; Isaiah 46:9; Jeremiah 10:6-7)

Oh may it be firmly planted in our heart and mind that there is none like unto our heavenly Father: There is none like unto the God of Yeshurun, who rides through the heavens to our help!” (Deuteronomy 33:26)

Yeshurun [Jeshurun], which means the “upright one” or the “beloved one,” is a symbolic name for Israel [including all those grafted-in by faith through Messiah], describing her ideal character.

When we are needing help and rescue of any kind, we can call upon Yahuwah Elohim, the God of Yeshurun, who rides through the heavens to our help — to help us, His upright and beloved children!! That describes the loving heart of our Abba Father!

A Remembrance

Let us remember therefore that just as any loving, earthly father does all he can to help his children to follow in his ways, and to be obedient his ‘house rules,’ so also our loving, heavenly Father does the same thing!

May it be that you and I will determine to read, study, and obey His Word, for this is the only way we can begin to truly know our Creator and the desires of His heart. This is the start. This is how we taste and see‘ (Psalms 34:8) how good and wonderful Yahuwah Elohim is . . . as our loving, heavenly Father!

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No Good Thing Will He Withhold

“No good thing will He withhold” is a phrase in the Scripture that refers to God’s generosity.

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is exceedingly generous in many ways! But this phrase – “no good thing will He withhold” – has a condition attached to it.

Here is the entire verse:

For Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is a sun and shield: Yahuwah will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalms 84:11)

The condition for being a recipient of Yahuwah’s good and abundant provisions is to be among them that walk “uprightly”.

In other words, when we are living and behaving in a way that is ‘upright’ in God’s eyes, then we can expect this wonderful promise to be ours — that Yahuwah will not withhold any good thing — from those who walk uprightly!

But what does it mean to walk uprightly, according to the Scriptures?

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. (Psalms 19:13)

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. (Proverbs 13:6)

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. (Proverbs 16:17)

As these verses teach us, walking uprightly means we will separate ourselves from evil, and we will walk according to Yahuwah’s righteous standards. It means we will avoid sinning (1John 3:4), and learn how to work righteousness (Isaiah 26:7-10), as required by Yahuwah.

Yahuwah will be good to those who are “upright” — those who are following after the Righteous One, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] (Jeremiah 23:5-6). Those who walk uprightly, and work righteousness, and speak the truth in their heart are on The Pathway to dwelling in Yahuwah’s holy hill (Psalms 15:2; Acts 10:35).

If our focus is turned toward Yahuwah, seeking the heavenly Father with a fervent desire to honour Him by keeping His Word, living before Him in honesty and integrity, then we will know the reward of His goodness.

An Open Book

Do we not realize that our life is an ‘open book’ before God? We cannot hide anything from God. He sees what we do in our behaviour toward our family and friends. He sees what we do in the seclusion of our home or car.

God is always with us, watching and following us each moment! This should inspire us to live before Him ‘uprightly’ and have a real concern for what He desires of us.

It makes a huge difference in our behaviour to remember that Yahuwah Elohim is always beholding the things we do and say. He knows our thoughts and actions every minute of the day.

Yahuwah Elohim’s character of purity, lovingkindness, truthfulness, and power is the reason for seeking to live in such a way that we would never offend Him, that we would not violate His Word. He is worthy of all our attempts to seek to please Him, both in the small, intimate ways, and in the big, great ways.

He loves each one of us. We are precious to Him! And He wants to help us be as He is — true and good, and living according to His Word: Be ye holy, as I am holy” (1Peter 1:13-16).

When we are seeking to walk uprightly, following Yahushua Messiah’s [Jesus Christ’s] example, for He always did what pleased the Father (John 8:29), then we can expect to receive blessings from Yahuwah that result in great enrichment to our life, blessings that have no sorrows:

The blessing of Yahuwah [the LORD], it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22)

He Is Watching Us

As we seek Yahuwah’s guidance and strength and grace, asking His help to order our affairs and behaviour in a proper and honest way, then Father God opens up salvation and rescue for us, delivering us out of our troubles! (See Psalms 50:23)

May it be that you and I will walk in the ways of Yahuwah, clinging to His good and right ways revealed in His WORD, sometimes referred to as The Ancient Paths.

By Father’s great love and mercy, one of the ‘good things’ Father will give us is the ability to maintain our integrity before Him, and the help we need to go from strength to strength (Psalms 84:5-7).

Let us therefore remember — God is watching us, as well as all those within the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1-2).

When we are walking ‘uprightly’, seeking to live according to the purity of His WORD, then His wonderful promise is ours: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly!

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“Those who were ready (the wise virgins), went in with Him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.”
— Matthew 25:10

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Are you satisfied? Or do you want to go further? If you would like to go further, then begin to understand and obey the 2nd Commandment.

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Boundaries:
Boundaries are like the lines running down the middle of the highway. Staying on our side of the boundary line keeps us safe, and keeps us alive. Wandering across the boundary line can lead to collision and destruction. God has given His Word [the Bible], which clearly outlines His boundaries, given to us for our benefit! Let us be thankful for the restraint and the protection of God’s boundaries. They may well be the one thing that protects us from destruction!

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