The Fear Of God
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To fear the Lord is to recognize Him for who He.  God is holy, almighty, righteous, pure, all-knowing, all powerful and all wise. When we see God in this light, we also see ourselves for who we are; sinful, weak, fail and needy. When we recognize God for who He is and ourselves for who we are, we will fall at His feet in humble respect. Only then can He teach us how to choose His way, Ps. 25.12. BIBLE TEXTs: Joshua 24:14A; Eccl. 12:1

You say you belong to the Lord, but do you fear, that is reverence Him? To fear the Lord also means to show deep respect and honour to Him we demonstrate true reverence by our humble attitude and genuine worship, Ps. 86:11. “To fear thy name” means to give reverence to God, whole hearted reverence means appreciating God and honouring Him in all areas of life. We need to show our loyalty to Him in every part of our lives, not just in going to church. If we reverence God with our whole heart, then our work, relationships, use of money and desires will be in keeping His will.

In Genesis 22; 12, we see Abraham ready to sacrifice his only son in obeying God as God had commanded him; he had this in obedience through the fear of God. Instead of taking Abraham’s son, God gave him a whole nation of descendants through Isaac. It is our fear (reverence) and hope that God desires. When He has those, then He will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we can imagine.

Prov. 14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” In Prov. 14:26, “In the fear of the Lord is a strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Christians are here being encouraged to live their lives in the fear of the Lord, because therein lies their confidence.

An input and output situation, a honourable practice producing a precious result. Where this is practiced, there is spiritual security and peaceful co-existence. Whatever happens, such a man has a testimony before God and before man. Job 13:18 ‘Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.” None of these challenges of life move me, such is the language and attitude of this confidence .with such a man, there is an overflow of God’s blessings unto his seed “And his children shall have a place of refuge.” -Psalm 22:4. “Our fathers trusted in thee They trusted and thou didst deliver them. “You’ that saved our fathers from all their fears, you will also save us from a!! our fears. V. 27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life – which Christ our Lord and Saviour has promised to give to every believer freely. And he that overcome shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he will be my son, and he is saved from the trap of death and destruction.

IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD, THERE IS REST

After the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, the apostles faced many persecutions which made them to flee to different lands even as far as Asia. As with every storm, comes a period of calm. Acts 9:31 “They had the churches rest throughout all Judea, and Galilee and Samaria and were edified; walking in the fear the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, we’re multiplied.

Here, a breathing space was provided for the church to prepare them against the next challenge. The churches used this period positively for the growth of the kingdom of God. Rather than they become reckless in the day of their prosperity, they used the period to abound more in their duty to Christ. In all the lands of Judea, Galilee and Samaria, they were edified. They were built up in their most holy duties. and faith. The more free of persecutions they were, the more they used the time to increase in knowledge end grace. They walked in the fear of the Lord. They reverence God in all that they were doing. They were in themselves examples of Christ in their conversations and conducts such-that those who had interactions with them can see that the fear of the Lord is in this place.

They also enjoyed the comfort of the Holy Ghost. They were not only faithful, but also very cheerful in their religion. They stuck only to the ways of the Lord and the Holy Ghost became their consolation. They had the benefit of the Holy Ghost with them, not only in the days of their troubles and afflictions, but He was also there for them in the day of their rest and prosperity.

Observe the outcome of these two; when they walked in the fear of the Lord, then they walked in the comfort of the Holy Ghost and God blessed them and they were multiplied. Sometimes, afflictions brings about an increase in the church, the more they were being afflicted in Egypt, the more they multiplied. At other times, its rest contributes to its growth. At such times, it enlarges the opportunities for ministerial  works, for the church to reach out to meet the needs of others within and outside he church, to bring in others to become partakers of the churches prosperity, to showcase Christ-like examples for others to see and be come partakers of His heavenly glory.

CONCLUSION

In Eccl. 12:13, Solomon concludes that Year God, and keep His commandment.” Those who lack purpose and direction in life should respect God and follow His principles for living.

  • If you want knowledge, fear God.
  • If you want greatness without limitation, fear God.
  • If you want understanding and success in life, fear God
  • If you want to excel and lead others, fear God.

QUESTIONS

  1. Why do people nowadays often give more honours to men of titles and the rich than hey give to God?
  2. Is prosperity and rest of the individual and the church an avenue and call to do h more or an avenue for rest and enjoyment? Lk. 12:19

 

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