Sunday, January 26, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
When the world does not fear God then sin becomes more rapid in society. As humanity progresses in technology and other advances; their need or desire for God becomes less. Henceforth, the idea is that gods don't worship God. Many in the world see themselves as a god due to their proposed state of self-evolution.
The fear of the Lord is quickly leaving the church pews which has vaporized the thought for those on the outside looking in. We need the fear of the Lord to be a topic again within the church. I need the fear of the Lord to be a greater force in my life because in some cases; it has not.
What is the fear of the Lord? The fear of the Lord is the thought of living a life of respect, awe, and submission to the Living God. It is recognizing that there is a true and living God who has created all things and who has wisdom greater than ours. Fearing God means recognizing his true Deity and power over all things. This thought or idea has escaped the human conscience and the church of the living God needs to bring it back. I am convinced that this year. (2014) The church needs to re-harvest the idea and show it to the world.
Below is a scripture study on the fear of the Lord. Let the study give you some thoughts for this year and years to come. We desperately need the Ananias and Sapphira experiences in our churches again.
Fear of the Lord.
1. The fear of the Lord needs to be demonstrated for all to see and hear.
a. 2 Chronicles 20:29 The fear of the LORD came over the kingdoms in that area when they heard how the LORD waged war against Israel's enemies.
2. The fear of the Lord gives wisdom and shows the evil of the world.
a. Job_28:28 So he told humans, 'The fear of the Lord is wisdom! To stay away from evil is understanding.'"
3. The Fear of the Lord creates our relationship with the Lord.
a. Psalm_25:14 The LORD advises those who fear him. He reveals to them the intent of his promise.
4. The lack of the Fear of the Lord breeds contempt,stupidity and lack of discipline.
a. Proverbs_1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline.
5. The fear of the Lord brings true life to those who seek it.
a. Pro_19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, and such a person will rest easy without suffering harm.
6. The fear of the Lord comes through a relationship with Jesus who bears it all.
a. Isaiah_11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of advice and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.
Isaiah_11:3 He will gladly bear the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear.
7. More people come to the faith and follow the Lord when the fear of the Lord is present within our camps.
a. Acts_9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace. The number of people increased as people lived in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.