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Fearing Rightly--Coach Cattrell (August 22)

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6

You know Coach Cattrell. Do you see and experience him as a man characterized by fear? Probably not, at least not how the world thinks of fear.

Fear, in its traditional context, is seen as having negative influence. However, that fear is born out of sin rather than from rightly understanding something beyond ourselves,

So, what then is fear?

Fear is an acknowledgement of:

1) Something having significant influence and impact outside of your control,

2) Something possessing great power to change the course of your life, and

3) Something that awes and amazes.

Given this perspective on fear, how is God connected to it? Isaiah 33:6 describes God as a sure foundation. As our foundation, He is outside of our control, but possesses tremendous control on our stability and longevity. The verse also displays God as a rich salvation that can only be accomplished through intervention by a power that changes the essence of who we are. Finally, God’s wisdom and knowledge is far beyond anything that we can think, dream, or imagine. Consequently, awe and amazement is a right response.

A biblical man is one whose life demonstrates that God has a significant influence with great power and worthy of awe. Is your life and are your actions showing

God in these ways? Ask God to show you His influence and control, His great power, and His worthiness of awe and amazement. Live this way and you can rightly be known as a man who fears and treasures God.

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