Excerpt from Desert Armor by our Mother Foundress

“The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the Lord are true, all of them just” (Ps 19:10)

I’d like to talk about a gift of the armor that God has given us. The gift is called Fear of the Lord. Do you remember the seven gifts you received at Confirmation? We don’t hear them talked about a lot, do we? Fear of the Lord – fear of displeasing God. And do you know what part of the armor this gift is? The Breastplate of Righteousness (Eph 6:14). It is making things right with God because if we have this holy fear, this gift working within us, then we are striving to please Him. We are trying to get away from being self-righteous to being God-righteous and to have the Breastplate of Righteousness on and to have my heart right with God.

There’s a beautiful picture of the hands of God. It makes me think of the Scripture, “Come, now, let us set things right” (Is 1:18). Peter said that God’s kindness is an invitation to us to repent (2 Pt 3:9). We’re not going to change unless we know that we’re loved. But when we begin to know that we’re loved, then we will start to want to please that person who loves us.

I just love dear little Zaccheus. You know, the little guy who climbed up the tree. He was little, just like us, and he wanted to see Jesus, just like we do. And Jesus said, “Zaccheus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5). What an invitation! Zaccheus was pretty much an outcast, and now Jesus says, “Come on down. I want to be friends with you. I want to stay at your house today.” Then Zaccheus started to change.

We’ll start to change when we begin to experience God’s love for us personally. The conversion process is so beautiful because Jesus said, “I want you to change and become like a little child” (Mt 18:3). That’s a real nice way to change – to become little.

“Put on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of Truth.” (Eph 4:24)

 

 

 

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