Following Other Gods (Fear Not #20)

Judges 6:10  And I said unto you, I AM the LORD your  GOD, Fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.  (KJV)

This fear not makes me want to crawl under a bed and hide!  I tried to hide when I was in trouble as a little girl because I had failed to do what I was told to do–it didn’t work then to avoid “what was coming” and the LORD sees more than my Mamma with eyes in the back of her head and bionic ears that could hear a sarcastic under my breath grumble three rooms removed.  Geez.

I AM is saying,  “The gods of the Amorites are the LEAST of your worries when you disobey ME!  I am a loving Father who disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6).”

One God vs. many gods?   No contest. Our God reigns.  Whether He is fighting my battles for me or dishing out discipline.  NOTICE:  There is no anger here.  Just.  Cold. Hard.  Facts.  My people, my rules, my way.  P-E-R-I-O-D.  Not up for debate.  He expects obedience.  In His Word, He spells out the blessings for obedience and the repercussions of disobedience. (Deuteronomy 28)  It is translated a curse in the King James Version.  That seems a bit cold hearted to our politically, socially correct society, but it is the Word of a HOLY God.  The love of a Father setting boundaries for His children.  It is LOVE that says “no.”  Not everything is in our best interest.

Consequences is a law of physics:  For every action I choose there is a resulting reaction:


 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Blessings, Rewards, Pleasures<<<<<<<<<


  <<<<<<<<<<<Curses, Consequences, Repercussions<<<<<<<<<<<<

Like a boomerang! (Proverbs 26:27)

I NEED Him to fight for me.  I desire His  blessings.  I owe Him my obedience.  He is my Father God.  He is my provider, healer, helper, comforter, friend, defender, and banner.

At my house it was always better if I just “fessed” up that I had chosen to do wrong.  It rarely lessened the discipline I faced but at least it did not add to it with lies, cover ups, and more poor choices.   So, if you will excuse me, I have some soul searching I need to do and see if I have any “fessing up” to do.  I am sure I do:  Yesterday was a tough day (burned a hand, car trouble, problem at work, silence from one I love, no answer to a prayer, fatigue, you fill in the blank, I know you have been there too). Sigh…………….can you tell as my friend Ellyn says, “I do not want to go around this mountain again!”

Treading a bit hard today,


(Mercy Said No by CeCe Winans)

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

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