In the message, Don’t Be Afraid, Know Jesus Well, we saw why we have no reason to fear our loving Father. Now, Jesus wants you to know that not only is there no reason to fear Him, when you abide in Him, He makes your enemies fear you.

“Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 112:1

And why exactly is that?

“His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 112:2-3

This is the ‘holy grail’ of modern society, is it not; rich, powerful and upright? The first two, many have attained. In fact, it seems that the two are inextricably linked; but the third? Righteousness is not always the quality one would associate with wealth and influence. After all, Aristotle Onassis said, “If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

And Christopher Marlowe did leave us with these words, “Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.”

So now to have promised to us a righteous standing with God that will come with our power and wealth; surely it can only come from our Father.

But it gets better.

“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever;
His horn will be exalted with honor.
The wicked will see it and be grieved;
He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
The desire of the wicked shall perish.” Psalm 112:9-10

The world is always cynical of good people; those goody-two-shoes who are always giving to charity. Indeed, some of them have used such giving to either forward ulterior motives or launder money. But when the world levels such baseless accusations at us, we can stand firm knowing that those who will be jealous of the blessings our Father has given us, will only see and be grieved, gnashing their teeth and melt away.

But beloved, this is not the only time that we are assured of our Father’s favor if we abide in His love and are in mindful reverence of His love for us,

“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.” Psalm 128:1

And this is what you will be blessed with.

“When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.” Psalm 128:2-4

And this is a blessing because you will remember that when Adam fell, this was your just reward.

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19

And to the woman, this was the consequence,

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16

But that was Adam’s problem, not ours, you say. Well, this verse aside,

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12

Remember that because you actually have sinned in your life, these curses were supposed to have fallen on you.

“The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.” Deuteronomy 28:20

“You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.” Deuteronomy 28:30

“You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.” Deuteronomy 28:41

So you will be overjoyed when you look back over your blessings and realize that even though you should have been cursed, you have been utterly and thoroughly blessed.

But why is that? This is why.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

And so, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” Hebrews 7:25 [AMPC]

So because we now know that Jesus has made us eternally right with our Father, and is always interceding for us when we slip up, and is intervening in our lives to prevent evil from befalling us, that is why our lives can be so filled with His love and blessings that it overflows and we are able to do these,

“A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is established;
He will not be afraid,
Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.” Psalm 112:5-8

We deal well with others because He has dealt well with us. We do not fear because we know that we are well protected. So then that is why

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” Proverbs 1:7

For true wisdom is knowing that God our Father is for us and not against us. And when we know this,

“Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:5

For what is the knowledge of God?

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

Beloved, always remember that no matter how much you see your sin in your life,

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 [AMPC]

And when He is finally done with you, done making you into the perfect person He originally created you to be,

“No man shall be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.” Deuteronomy 11:25

So trust Jesus and do not be afraid of Him.

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

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