King Herod’s Reasons to Worship
Fear-based Worship – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Jude 1:17-21
Key Verses: Jude 1:24-25
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
It’s not wrong or crazy to fear going to hell. The Bible describes it as an awful place of eternal punishment. I have never felt that it is a wrong reason to come to Jesus and ask His forgiveness as some people suggest. After we walk with God and grow in His grace, fear of hell loses its grip on our lives. If the fear of hell doesn’t lessen in its intensity in a believer’s life, it is a good indicator that proper spiritual growth is lacking.
Our worship must not come from a heart full of fear of eternal punishment. Today’s printed key verse reminds us that God is able to keep us from falling and will someday present us blameless before God. This is not only an encouraging word to us, but it is also another reason for our worship. Here is the paradox: We feel very weak and needy of God to help us, but in fact, God’s Spirit works powerfully in every believer to gain victory over the schemes of the evil one. It is a good thing to feel this neediness because it keeps us praying and seeking God’s presence. The Apostle Paul wrote that in our weakness we are strong. But fear not, we are indeed strong. Say that out loud: “I am strong in the Lord.” Again, this is not a statement to express a feeling you may or may not have at the moment. It is a faith statement with its foundation in God’s Word! God said it; I believe it; that settles it!
Father, thanks for the victory I am going to enjoy today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.