03) “FEAR OF GOD”

       Psalm 112:1 “Blessed is the man who Fears the Lord.”

 

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Exodus 19:16-19

                             16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick

                                  cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp

                                   trembled ( they were afraid).

                            17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at

                                  the foot of the mountain.

                            18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire.

                                 The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain

                                 trembled violently,

 

       Hebrews 12:28-29

                        Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be

                        thankful, So worship God acceptably with reverence and godly Fear, for our

                      “God is a consuming fire." 

 

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Psalm 147:11

          “The Lord takes pleasure in those who Fear Him.”

 

The teaching on the Fear of God has been avoided, neglected and rejected all because of one scripture found

 in 2Timothy 1:7 which says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  There is no disputing what this scripture says but many interpret it in a way as to negate the more than three dozen other scriptures that teach us that we are to Fear God. The spirit of fear that we have not been given is to be afraid of the unknown future, afraid of what man can do to us, afraid of the darkness because we don’t know what is out there,  afraid of failure,  afraid of rejection, this list can go on and on. We are not told to be afraid of God, we are told to Fear Him. This is a reverential fear, it is an attitude of deep honor, respect and love. It is to be in awe and wonder of His Omnipotence, His Omnipresence and His Omniscience and His Majesty. The Fear of God is something we have to learn and absorb. Finally we are told not to be afraid of those who can only kill the body but Fear Him who can kill both body and soul.     

 

Luke 12:4-5

     4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those

        who kill the body and after that can do no more.

     5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear

        Him who, after the killing of the body, has power

        to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, Fear Him.

 

The Bible tells us that many deceivers have entered into the world, the ones who declare that Jesus did not come in the flesh. We know this has happened because it is quite evident that many in the organized church and in the world at large have been deceived. As a result of this we see an absence of the Fear of God even among professing believers, so much so that many in the church who once walked in truth have become as skeptical as the unbelievers in the world. They are filled with doubt and the wrong kind of fear, questioning much of what they once believed. Because of this we have to step back, and with open minds and hearts, examine not only others but ourselves. We want to be sure we are still walking in the Way and that our lives are still grounded in the Word and we are standing firmly on the solid rock which is Jesus Christ. For the foundation of our relationship with God is the Love of His Son and our Reverential Fear of Him. When we truly Fear God we will always place His interests and desires above our own. A healthy Fear of the Lord will always lead to obedience which proves our love for Him and will lead to a renewed focus on Him and Him alone.

 

Romans 3:18

         “There is no Fear of God before their eyes."

 

Isaiah 33:6                                                                                                                                                                                           

        Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability

         of your times, and the strength of your salvation:

         the Fear of the LORD is His treasure.

 

The church of today appears to be turning into the kind of a church that Jesus said it would be like in the last days. A church deceiving itself into thinking all is well, a church with no Fear of God. God says in His word that the fear of Him is taught by ‘the commandments of men.’ This means that the people have reduced the Glory of the Lord to the glory of corruptible man. They serve God in the image they have created – not by His true image, but by their own standards. Their spiritual anchor has lost its hold and has come loose and like a ship with no anchor they are drifting with the tide of life, this is a picture of the present day church. The first church turned the world up-side down and if we compare the first church to the present day church we would have to admit it is as nothing. Today’s church may have more resources but it seems it has less of the Source. They have many of the modern means to reach out to people such as TV – tapes – computers – books – satellite technology –power point and so many other ways but these do not and can not compare with the Breathed Upon Source of the ever present Holy  Spirit. God is and always will be the churches Source for all the resources she will ever need.

 

Isaiah 29:13

            Wherefore the Lord said, Inasmuch as these

              people draw near Me with their mouths, and

              honor Me with their lips, but have removed

              their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward

              Me is taught by the commandment of men.

 

Haggai 2:3

            Who of you is left who saw this house in its

             former glory? How does it look to you now?

             Does it not seem to you like nothing?

 

Acts 17:6

           They dragged Jason and some brethren to

            the rulers of the city, crying out,” These

            who have turned the world upside down

            have come here too.

 

Hebrews 2:1

            Therefore we must give the more earnest

             heed to the things we have heard, lest we

             drift away.

 

Romans 1:23

           And they changed the glory of the incorruptible

           God into an image made like to corruptible man, 

 

The Word of God teaches that we His people must serve and approach this awesome and holy God in an acceptable way. How do we do this? We do it with our whole heart, humbly, with reverence and godly fear, not with lip service and false humility. It is a reverential state or condition of the mind and heart that results in a Reverential Fear or genuine wonder which produces a fearful and wonderful Awe, a Reverential Awe. The Word tells us that God actually confides in us, He communicates freely with us, He trusts us. Those who Fear Him are drawn towards Him and those who are afraid of Him will draw back from Him. This is due to our lack of understanding, for Gods ways are perfect and are meant only for our best. “The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable. And if the moral order (God’s) does not change, then it imposes on us obligations toward God and man. Duty then requires the willingness to accept responsibility and to sacrifice ones desires to a higher law..” Patrick Henry

 

Psalm 25:14

           The Lord confides in those who Fear Him,

            He makes His covenant known to them.

 

                                                        THREE KINDS OF FEAR”

 

There are three kinds of fear we will discuss, the Fear of God, the Spirit of fear and the Fear of man. In the Body of Christ today there are very few signs of the Fear of God. But this is not unique for our generation, it goes back a long way in time. Let’s look at examples of those types of fear, the following is one I’m sure many of you are familiar with. God gives a command to Moses to send men into the land of Canaan to spy out the land. We will examine the response of the people to this command and to the outcome that shows a Fear of man.

 

FEAR OF MAN

 

Numbers 13:2

             "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan,

               which I am giving to the children of Israel;

 

In an act of obedience twelve men went to spy out the land that God had promised to give them. Remember, He said, “I am giving it to you.” They came back a divided group with two different reports concerning the same incident. Two of the twelve Feared God and remembered what He had said, the other ten forgot and Feared man

 

Numbers 13:30-33

30        Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses,

         and said, "Let us go up at once and take

         possession, for we are well able to overcome it."

31        But the men who had gone up with him said, "We

        are not able to go up against the people, for they

        are stronger than we are."

32        They gave the children of Israel a bad report of the

         land which they had spied out,

 

Two different reports, brought back from the same mission. One was positive, expressing a Fear of God and believing what He had said, the other was negative, expressing a fear of man and what they had seen. Joshua and Caleb, never forgot that it was God who sent them and had promised to give them that land. They were deeply disturbed by the bad report given by the other ten men who had gone on the same mission with them. They tore their clothes publicly as an act of sorrow and began to speak and proceeded to give a good report. They tried to admonish the people not to fear man but to Fear Almighty God and to remember that He was always with them.

 

Numbers 14:7-9

7   They spoke to all the congregation of the

      children of Israel, saying: "The land we

       passed through to spy out is an exceedingly

       good land.

8   "If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring

       us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land

       which flows with milk and honey.’

9         "Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear

        the people of the land, for they are our bread;

        their protection has departed from them, and

        the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."

 

Psalm 89:7

God is greatly to be Feared in the assembly

of the saints, and to be held in reverence by

all those who are around Him.

 

Psalm 33:8

            Let all the earth Fear the LORD; Let all the

             inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him.

 

 

THE FEAR OF GOD vs. A SPIRIT OF FEAR.”

 

Genesis 3:8-11

       8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking

          in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his

          wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God

          among the trees of the garden.

      9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"

    10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I

was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

 

Up to this time God’s first human creation Adam and Eve had a beautiful, personal relationship with Him. They communed with Him everyday and had a fellowship to be desired by us today. But, there always seems to be a But, but something happened to break this fellowship and communion between God and His first human creations. Man for the first time used the gift of free will to make a decision that would break this fellowship. They gave in to temptation and disobeyed God and this act of disobedience brought sin into the world for the first time. Because of this an emotion that they had never felt before came over them and this is what made them to try and hide from God. It was fear of the wrong kind. It was a spirit of fear which caused them to be afraid of God for the first time and so they hid from Him. This is a form of fear that comes in many ways and makes us afraid. Our love for our Lord does not allow this kind of fear to overwhelm us and make us afraid of He who loves us with an everlasting love.

 

I John 4:18

           There is no fear in love; but perfect love

            casts out fear (fear of man), because fear

             involves torment.

 

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Exodus 20:18-21

       18 And all the people heard the thunder, saw

             the lightning flashes, heard the noise of

             the trumpet, and witnessed the mountain

            smoking: and when the people saw it, they

             trembled, and stood afar off.

       19 Then they said to Moses, You speak with us,

              and we will hear: but let not God speak with

               us, lest we die.

         20 And Moses said to the people, do not fear: for

              God has come to test you, and that His Fear

               may be before your faces, that you sin not.

          21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew

                near the thick darkness where God was.

 

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The Fear of God and the spirit of fear are two distinct, separate kinds of fear. The Fear of God is an act of absolute Reverence and Profound Respect, of being in Awe of the Creator of the Universe and the wonder of His Majesty, His Glory and His Omnipotence. The spirit of fear is when we are afraid of God and man, this is the same kind of fear one has for the darkness, for the unknown, of someone or something that is going to harm them. In the previous verses we read that the people reacted to what they saw and heard by trembling in fear. A spirit of fear  came upon them and they drew back from God. They were afraid of God. They did not want to hear God’s voice nor did they want to look upon or be in the presence of His glory; they could not deal with it. This shows a clear distinction between being afraid of God and Fearing Him. Moses Feared God and drew near, the people were afraid of God and stood afar off, this displayed a spirit of fear.  If we do not reverentially Fear God we will be afraid of Him.

 

Psalm 25:12

            Who is the man that Fears the Lord? Him

             shall He teach in the way he chooses.

 

 In our own lives the biggest obstacles to belief and enduring faith are physical obstacles. They are not the imagined giants that seemingly stand in our path, blocking our way; such as fear of the future, disappointments in life, lack of money or employment, setbacks in personal relationships, sickness, etc. Rather, the biggest obstacles are of a spiritual nature, having no Fear of God and disbelieving what He has said. Fear of what we think man can do to us can paralyze the strongest of hearts. If we fear man we will serve man – for we serve what we fear. The Israelites were led down the wrong path because they chose to believe the bad report given by faint-hearted men, men who feared what man might do to them instead of Fearing God. Even though they too had heard what God had said, they chose to listen to the wrong voices and allowed the fear of man to grip their hearts.

 

Jeremiah 2:19

            Your own wickedness will correct you, and your

             backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and

             see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have

             forsaken the LORD your God, and the Fear of Me

             is not in you," Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

 

Psalm 56:11

            In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid.

             What can man do to me?

 

The spirit of fear creates what we call ‘Worry Warts’ these are those who have a chronic case of the ‘What Ifs.’ They worry about things that may or may not happen, they cross bridges before they get to them, ‘what if I lose my job, get sick, get in a car accident, get robbed, etc. These are the unknown factor but their fear of them, the ‘Ifs’ overwhelm them and prevents them from believing what God has said and from living their lives to the fullest in and through Him. The spirit of fear is like an unwanted relative that has come uninvited to live with us; they move in with bag and baggage, unpack and plan to stay for a while. Except for the reverential Fear of God, you learn that you cannot be joyful and fearful at the same time for they are incompatible and cannot exist in harmony or agreement within you. It is at times like this that you need to ask yourself if your Faith is Fear Based or Faith Based for a spirit of fear will constantly rob a person of the joy and blessings that should be theirs on a daily basis.

 

You may have heard someone say, or you may have said it yourself, “If I could have been there and seen with my own eyes the awesome things God had done for the people of Israel, I would never doubt Him.” History has proven this statement to be untrue. Those ten men and the entire nation of Israel were present when God displayed His awesome power through mighty miracles: miracles that finally made a hardhearted Pharaoh relent and agree to let the children of Israel go free and leave Egypt. However in spite of all they saw and personally experienced, they still failed when they were tested because the spirit of the fear of man was in their hearts and minds and because of this fear they sinned by the evil of disobedience.

 

Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and

by the Fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

 

 

TWO SIDES OF FEAR – ONE RIGHT – ONE WRONG

Proverbs 1:7                                                                                                                      

       The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

 

Proverbs 9:10

        The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,

 

The Bible makes it very clear that we are to Fear God, but it is to be a healthy fear based on trust, respect, awe and reverence. We are to obey His commands without doubting and without questioning. We are not to question God for He knows what He is doing, He does not make mistakes, His ways are perfect. God will never ask us to do anything without first equipping us to be able to complete the task. We should fear not obeying rather than what will happen if we do. We can choose to disobey, but we can not choose the consequences for our disobedience. The nation of Israel found this out the hard way. They chose to fear what man could do to them and did not concern themselves with what God could do. It was the wrong kind of fear and a very grave mistake on their part.

 

Numbers 14:28-30

   28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares

       the LORD, I will do to you the very things

        I heard you say:  

   29 In this desert your bodies will fall–every

        one of you twenty years old or more who

         was counted in the census and who has

         grumbled against Me.

   30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with

         uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb

         son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun

 

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                                                                                                         ‘GOD’S PRESENCE AMONGST HIS PEOPLE

 

God keeps His word. What He has said, that will He do! His wrath will come, it will be just, and it will be triggered by disobedience. The entire Jewish nation knew what God had said, but only two of them chose to believe and chose to obey. The others groveled in the fear of man instead of Fearing their God. Remember it was their choice to disobey but they did not have a choice in the consequences that came from that decision and they paid a heavy price for their choice. They had to wander in the desert for forty years, and eventually die there. As for the ten men who   brought back the negative report, God dealt with them immediately.

 

Numbers 14:36-37

36    And the men whom Moses sent to spy out

        the land, who returned and made all the

        congregation complain against him by

         bringing a bad report of the land,

37        those very men who brought the evil report

        about the land, died by a plague before the LORD.

 

Another example of man’s lack of the Fear of God is seen in the story of Ananias and his wife Sapphira who owned a piece of land which they were going to sell and give what they received to the church to help those in need who worshipped among them. They received a certain amount for their land but both of them conspired to lie about what they received and so they held back some of it and lied to the Apostles as to what they had received. But they were told that they had lied to God and not to men and the consequence for this act was very tragic. There was no Fear of God.

 

Acts 5:4-5

4         Why have you conceived this thing in your

       heart? You have not lied to men, but to God.

5         Then Ananias, hearing these words fell down

       and breathed his last: and great fear came

       upon all those that heard these things.

 

The wrong kind of fear, fear of man, always brings a condemnation and a punishment from God. We just read two striking example of this. Consequently the right kind of fear, Fear of God, brings about the very opposite. It brings praise, reward and protection from a loving Heavenly Father to all those who are obedient and reverently Fear Him. We God’s children need to be taught the Fear of God if we are to serve Him faithfully in this world.

 

Psalm 34:7

            The angel of the LORD encamps all around

             those who Fear Him, and delivers them.

 

Psalm 34:9

             O Fear the LORD, you His saints: for there

             is no want to them that Fear Him.

 

Psalm 34:11

            Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach

             you the Fear of the LORD.

 

 

                                                           THE FEAR OF GOD and  WHAT IT MEANS.

 

Psalm 103:11

            For as the heavens are high above the earth,

             so great is His mercy toward those who Fear Him;

 

Psalm 103:17

            But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting

             to everlasting on those who Fear Him, and His

            righteousness.

 

The Fear of God plays a very important role in the lives of His people. Throughout the Bible we read of this Fear. Many don’t understand what it means and many don’t give it much thought. Because of this, the church is in the condition spoken of by Jesus. The world is influencing the church instead of the church influencing the world. Almost anything can be justified today and the reason for this is the absence of Godly Fear.

 

Romans 3:18

            “There is no Fear of God before their eyes."

 

Fear of God; this is an act of deep reverence and awe, brought about by our considering and thinking about His Holiness, His Majesty and Glory. It is a feeling of profound respect accompanied by reverential fear. It is a reverential fear of future events and of the one who holds the future in His hands. It suggests a feeling of helplessness at the approach of something that cannot be avoided and cannot be changed. Let me try in a very finite way to give an illustration that might explain and clarify this a little better and help you see what the Fear of God means. I want to use as an example ordinary fire. Have you ever sat around a campfire at night with family or friends, comfortable, warm, chatting and roasting marshmallows? A beautiful setting and the glow of the fire makes you feel at peace with the world, it is like an old friend. Fire warms homes, cooks meals, heats water for a bath or a good cup of tea or coffee. It creates steam to turn huge turbines that produce electricity to light up homes and cities. Fire is a friend to man, there are many uses for it. But, there is always that but - but if it gets out of control everything changes. This once friendly fire now becomes a deadly force which can destroy anything and everything in its path, homes, cities, forests, people, animals, anything and everything. It shows no mercy, has no favorites and punishes severely those who mistakenly take it for granted. 

     Fire can be a friend, a helper, or it can be a destroying force. We have to respect it, know how to use it and to fear it. So it is with God. He is our friend, our deliverer, our comforter, our healer, the one who provides for us and protects us. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and a friend who willingly gave His life for us. But, there it is again, but, if we have no fear of Him, if we disobey His commandments, if we choose to walk in our own rebellious way, then things will change. This loving Heavenly Father becomes our judge and jury and because He is a just God, He must chastise us, punish us, and sometimes severely when we sin and rebel.

 

Deuteronomy 4:24

          For the LORD your God is a consuming

           fire, a jealous God.

 

Hebrews 12:28-29

     28 Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom

            which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

             by which we may serve God acceptably with

             reverence and godly fear.

       29 For our God is a consuming fire.

                          

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Hebrews 10:30-31

     30    For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine;

             I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord

             will judge His people."

31        It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God

 

THE GOD WE ARE TO FEAR

 

Psalm 66:16

          Come and hear, all you who Fear God, and

           I will declare what He has done for my soul.

 

God is our loving Heavenly Father and His love cannot be measured. We find it very difficult to comprehend a love such as the one described for us in the Scriptures, a love that would cause our Lord, the awesome Creator of the Universe, to have His Son take upon Himself the sins of an uncaring world and to die in our place. The Grace of God goes beyond our human comprehension and exceeds our greatest needs. Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve and Mercy is receiving what we do deserve.

 

Romans 5:8

            But God demonstrates His own love toward us in

            that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Romans 8:38-39

       38 For I am convinced that neither death nor

        life, neither angels nor demons, neither

        the present nor the future, nor any powers,

  39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else

        in all creation, will be able to separate us from

       the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God has torn down forever the curtain that separated us from His presence. He now allows us to come boldly before His throne and when we do He knows who we are and what we need. All of this was accomplished by His willingness to allow His only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, to be nailed to a cruel cross, to suffer and die for a lost world. This was the ultimate expression of love and we must never forget that, He is the Sovereign ruler of the universe, the ultimate authority. He is the creator of all that exists or ever will exist, the one whom no finite human being can look upon and live. He is the God we are to Fear with Reverential Fear and Awe.

 

Exodus 33:2

            But He said, "You cannot see My face;

            for no man shall see Me, and live."

 

Matthew 27:51

            At that moment the curtain of the temple

            was torn in two from top to bottom. Then

            earth shook and the rocks split.

 

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This is our God, our Creator, the Alpha and Omega, the Great I Am, the Ancient of Days, the Everlasting Father, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, All Mighty God, this is the one and the only one who we are to Fear.

 

1Timothy 6:15-16

      15   He who is the blessed and only Potentate,

              the King of kings and Lord of lords,

16      who alone has immortality, dwelling in

       unapproachable light, whom no man has

       seen or can see, to whom be honor and

        everlasting power. Amen.

 

Many have never Feared God and many who once did have lost that Fear, a Fear that is essential to life. They have made Him into a cuddly, kind old man, someone like Santa Claus, who lets us sit on His lap and ask for all the things we would like to have, a kind, gentle person who will never hurt anyone. It is no wonder the church has so little power and authority in this present age and why the unsaved look at us and ask, “Where is your God?” We need to once again learn that;

Proverbs 1:7

         The fear of God is the beginning of Knowledge.

Proverbs 9:10
          
The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.

Hosea 4:6

         My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

          Because you have rejected knowledge (Fear of

         God), I will also reject you from being priests for Me;

 

This is the God we should love and have a righteous fear of. A God who loved us and sent His Son to die for us and yet this same God will one day be our judge and jury. Remember and never forget, God is not mocked.

 

Galatians 6:7

           Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.

           A man reaps what he sows.


Psalm 33:8

             Let all the earth Fear the LORD; Let all the

             inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him.

                                               

FEAR OF MAN [SATAN]

Matthew 10:28

           "And do not fear those who can kill the body but

             cannot kill the soul. But rather Fear Him who is

             able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

 We as believers do not wake up each morning, and deliberately with rebellion in our hearts say, “I choose this day to disbelieve and to disobey God.” When things do not turn out the way we want them to, when hurts and frustrations come our way, we begin to doubt and then fear sets in. We tend to focus on the obstacles, they become giants and this in turn blurs our vision of God’s reality and causes the problems to become threatening and insurmountable. We become as grasshoppers to them. The attributes of this kind of fear are many and they are all damaging to our faith. They are, terror, torment, panic, fright, alarm, apprehension, disappointment, depression, confusion, and the list goes on and on. These things come from the father of all liars, Satan and they get a hold on us because we choose to fear man rather than God. The Bible tells us;

 

1 Corinthians 14:31 Corinthians

              For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,

 

Oswald Chambers once said,

           “Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His Presence.”

    

We become, “grasshoppers” to ourselves and our problems, we tend to let them drag us down and overwhelm us. Remember, this kind of fear comes from the enemy of our souls not from God. We need to reaffirm in our minds every time this happens that our God is more than able to handle our fears, confusions, doubts, the unknown future, and anything else that may come into our lives.

 

Numbers 13:33

           We seemed like grasshoppers in our own

            eyes, and we looked the same to them."

 

I John 4:4

            You are of God, little children, and have

             overcome them, because He who is in

             you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

I John 4:18

           There is no fear in love; but perfect love

            casts out fear (fear of man), because fear

             involves torment.

 

 The enemy will never cease in his efforts to try and get us to believe it is no use to pray, to give up, to stop trying, that God doesn’t care. This is a lie. Even when we make mistakes, when we fail, God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. God does not condemn us for trying and failing! It is only those who never try, never try do anything, they bury all their talents so they won’t lose them. These are the ones God condemns. We need to confirm within our spirits the truth that bravery is a virtue; and we must be brave in spite of what the negative report says. For our God has given us something that can overcome this negative outlook, this spirit of fear of what man can do to us. He has given us a Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

 

2 Timothy 1:7

             For God has not given us a spirit of fear

            (fear of man), but of power and of love

              and of a sound mind.

 

                                                                WHY FEAR GOD?

 

First of all, we are told to. Secondly it shows much wisdom. When we do Fear God we are more apt to obey Him and the benefits are outstanding and when we please Him we are rewarded by His presence in our daily lives. To Fear God is to believe God, to believe God is to obey Him.

 

Deuteronomy 5:29

            Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to

            fear Me and keep all My commands always,

            so that it might go well with them and their

             children forever!

 

Deuteronomy 4:29

           "But from there you will seek the LORD your

            God, and you will find Him if you seek Him

            with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

Seek Him from where, from your fears, anger, doubts, pain, confusions and disappointments are. He will be there, make no mistake. He is just waiting for us to sincerely recognize our need of Him and with all our heart and soul to seek Him. Sometimes our circumstances so overwhelm us that we can see no light at the end of the tunnel or we feel like we are drowning in them. But never forget, God’s word is true and He will never fail you. He will raise up a Banner, a Standard, to fly over us. Who or what is that Banner?

 

Exodus 17:15

            The LORD is my Banner.

 

Isaiah 11:10

             In that day there shall be a Root of Jesse

           (Jesus), who shall stand as a Banner to the

             people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him:

             and His resting place shall be glorious.

 

Isaiah 59:19

            So shall they Fear the name of the LORD

             from the west, and His glory from the rising

             of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a

             flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a

              standard (a banner) against him.

 

Song of Solomon 2:4

             He has taken me to the banquet hall, and His

             banner over me is love.

 

We are prone to build our “Safety Zones” and to withdraw into them. The fear that comes from Satan will materialize in us when we are unwilling to trust God and leave those safety zones. He has given us His Word and when we stand and rely on this Word we find the way and the strength to refute what Satan is saying to us.

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Joshua 1:9

          "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and

            of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be

            dismayed, for the LORD your God is with

             you wherever you go."

 

Proverbs 14:26-27

      26 In the Fear of the LORD there is strong

           confidence, and His children will have

           a place of refuge.

      27 The Fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,                                                                                                                   

           to turn one away from the snares of death.

 

We must not let the fear of what Satan can do through man, break our trust in the One who will never leave us or forsake us. If you desire the praise of man, you will fear man. If you fear man, you will serve him, for you will serve what you fear.

 

Psalm 27:1

            The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom

            shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life;

            of whom shall I be afraid?

 

 Some of us fail to fully trust God because of confusion and doubt. We question if He truly directs our lives and if He does, how is He doing it. Remember God does not hide Himself in confusion or indecision. Believing that God will direct our lives according to His good purpose and pleasure begins with a firm commitment to Fear and to Trust Him. When we choose to trust Him as a child, unquestioningly, without worrying about what might be the consequences, we leave our future in His capable hands.

 

 Mark 10:15

             I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the

             Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

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 Luke 1:50

            His mercy extends to those who fear Him,

             from generation to generation.

 

  TO FEAR IS TO TRUST

Proverbs 3:5-6

        5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and

            lean not on your own understanding;

        6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He

           shall direct your paths.

 

The lesson here is that we are not to fear man, but we must learn to reverentially Fear God. When we lean on our own understanding it becomes our enemy and we fear it not God. We can never truly trust God when we are leaning on our own understanding. Remember, by trusting in His Son we can all have victory over any fear that Satan may try to lay on us. The greater God’s glory is revealed, the more intense and sudden the judgment for irreverence!

 

Malachi 1:6

            A son honors his father, and a servant his

             master. “If then I am the Father, where is

             My honor? And if I am a Master, where is

             My reverence? Says the Lord of Hosts

 

Matthew 10:28

            Fear not them which kill the body, but are not                                                                                                             

            able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which

            is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Proverbs 14:27

           The Fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,

            to turn one away from the snares of death.

 

Let us read from God’s Word about the one we are told to fear. We need to get a vivid picture in our minds of the Majesty and Awesomeness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the one and the only one we are to fear.

 

Revelation 1:12-18

      12   Then I turned to see the voice that spoke

             with me. And having turned I saw seven

             golden lamp stands,

      13   and in the midst of the seven lamp stands

              One like the Son of Man, clothed with a

              garment down to the feet and girded about

              the chest with a golden band.

        14 His head and hair were white like wool, as

              white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

        15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a

              furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

        16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His

              mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His

              countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

        17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He

              laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be

              afraid; I am the First and the Last.

         18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am

              alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of

              Hades and of Death.

 

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Revelation 4:10-11

          10 The twenty-four elders fall down before

                Him who sits on the throne and worship

                Him who lives forever and ever, and cast

                 their crowns before the throne, saying:

  11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory

                and honor and power; for You created

                all things, and by Your will they exist and

                were created."

Revelation 19:5-6

          5  Then a voice came from the throne, saying,

            "Praise our God, all you His servants and

              those who fear Him, both small and great!"

          6  And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great

             multitude, as the sound of many waters and

              as the sound of mighty thundering, saying,

             Alleluia for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

 

Numbers 14:21

            But truly, as I (the Lord) live, all the earth

            shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

 

END RESULT FOR THOSE WHO FEAR GOD AND FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT

 

This is our God! The one we love and serve. The one we fear and adore. The one to whom all praise, honor, adoration and worship belong, and we continually want to do what the Psalmist admonishes us to do.

 

Psalm 95:6, 7

        6  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

             let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

        7  For He is our God, and we are the people

             of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12-13

12     And now, Israel, what does the LORD your

       God require of you, but to Fear the LORD

your God, to walk in all His ways and to love

Him, to serve the LORD your God with all

your heart and with all your soul,

  13 to keep the commandments of the LORD and

       His statutes which I command you to keep for

       your own good?

 

That is what we who are His children are required to do, Fear the Lord, walk in His ways, love Him and obey His commandments. The three are synonymous, they go together and you can’t have one without the other. Those who do not fear Him will not obey Him and if we do not obey Him He says we do not love Him. Those who do not Fear Him will one day face His judgment. We cannot fully comprehend what that will involve but we know it will be a time filled with fear, the wrong kind of fear and apprehension.

 

John 14:15

            If you love Me, you will obey what I command.

 

John 14:23-24

        23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will obey

              My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will

            come to him and make our home with him.

        24 He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.

 

Hebrews 10:30-31

       30 Vengeance is Mine; I will repay," says the

             Lord. "The Lord will judge His people."

        31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands

            of the living God.

 

There is a terrible time coming for those who refuse to bow their knee to Him now and have no Fear of Him or of what it will be like to fall into His hands in an unrepentant state. It will truly be a terrifying time such as no living person has ever experienced. Either you bow now, willingly, or you will bow later. Today you have a choice. Later, there will be no choice, you will bow but it will be to late to matter.

 

Isaiah 45:23

            I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone

             out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall

             not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow,

             every tongue shall swear.

 

Romans 14:11

             As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall

             bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess

             to God.

 

The good news is this; the door of God’s mercy is still wide open. How long? Only God knows the answer to that question. That is why we who know His love and forgiveness must be faithful in proclaiming this love, and telling the lost that Jesus saves. We must be the Salt of the Earth and proclaim the Whole Council of God.  When we delight in the Fear of the Lord, out of a heart of love, He takes pleasure in us and will not condemn us. He gives us life and writes our names in His Scroll of Remembrance. The Fear of the Lord will keep us from compromising His Truth for the pursuit of personal gain and the person who Fears God trembles at His Word and in His Presence.

 

Malachi 3:16

            Then those who Feared the LORD talked

             with each other, and the LORD listened

             and heard. A scroll of remembrance was

             written in His presence concerning those

             who Feared the LORD and honored His name.

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GOD’S SCROLL of REMEMBRANCE

Isaiah 11:2,3

      2 The Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord    

      3 His delight is in the Fear of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 2:1-5

   1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

   2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,

   3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

   4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

   5 then you will understand the Fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

 

For those who Fear the Lord it is quite a different story, a story with a wonderful ending. The blessings that are promised are numerous and beyond measure and come from the heart of our God who delights in those who reverently Fear Him. Those blessings are as follows:


Psalm 34:7      His angels will camp around us.

Psalm 60:4      He gives a banner of love to us.

Psalm 103:11   His love for us is as high as the Heavens.

Psalm 103:13   He has compassion on us.

Psalm 103:17   His love for us is from everlasting to everlasting.

Psalm 112:1     We will be blessed.

Psalm 147:11   He takes pleasure in us.

Proverbs 1:7    It is the beginning of knowledge

Proverbs 2:1-5 We will understand the meaning of the Fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 9:10   It is the beginning of wisdom.

Proverbs 10:27 It adds length to our lives.

Proverbs 14:26 He gives us a strong confidence.

Proverbs 14:27 He gives us a fountain of life.

Ecclesiastes 8:12 It will be well with us.

Hebrews 12:28 We are receiving His Kingdom.

 

These are some of the blessings reserved for those who Love and Fear their God. Godly fear brings happiness. True happiness comes from honoring the standards God has established for our lives and following them. Obedience for those who love Him is a joy not a burden and it is also an indication that we truly love Him and that we are maturing in our faith. King Solomon who according to the Bible was the wisest man who ever lived summed up what life is all about by saying, "Fear God and Keep His Commandments." This to some may sound like an oversimplification of life, but it is words of wisdom that we would do well to meditate on. The Hebrew word for fear is not the type of fear we are used to when we are afraid of the darkness or afraid of height. It literally means to be in awe, in reverence. That should always be our attitude towards Almighty God, awe and reverence of His Majesty, His Glory. Keeping His commandments simply means we are to obey His Word at all times. If we can do this throughout our lifetime, Fear God and keep (obey) His commandments, then we have solved the mystery as to what life is all about since this is the whole duty of man.as the Bible tells us and the Bible is our final authority. We will sum it all up with this final verse from Ecclesiastes found in the Word of God.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13

      Let us hear the conclusion of this whole matter:

     Fear God and keep (Obey) His commandments: For this is the whole duty of man!   Amen!

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