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Today, I'm gonna talk about adopting the fear of the Lord & focus specifically on:
What I Like To Say?
There is also a Reflection + Ending Scripture provided at the end of the post.
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Like I mentioned in previous posts, a Christian's #1 resource should be the Bible, and of course, I will show you these specifics in the Bible.
The Fundamentals of Sin (click here to view it)!
What Does Sin Do? (click here to view it)!
Stop Compromising Your Sin! (click here to view it)!
Sin Is The Gateway For Demons! (click here to view it)!
How To Receive God's Forgiveness (click here to view it)!
What Is True Repentance? (click here to view it)!
What Does It Mean To Fear The Lord?
Psalm 34:11, "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD." KJV Version.
Let's break down "the fear of The Lord:
On blueletterbible.org, search the previous scripture into their search bar, click tools, & click the Strong's numbers (H3374). This is what you should find:
Outline of Biblical Usage for "The fear" (H3374):
I. fear, terror, fearing
A. fear, terror
B. awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear)
C. fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety
Based off these findings, the fear of the Lord is to reverence and respect Him. Many might not agree with what I say next, but so be it: I am also terrified of Him. Please understand, The I AM is a God to be highly esteemed. He is wonderful. Amazing. Awesome. Awful (full of aw). He is magnificent. He is almighty. He is powerful. He is beautiful. He is holy. He is glorious. He is honorable. He is hallowed. He is pure. He is perfect. He is sacred. He is divine. He is excellent. Wonderful. Marvelous. He is great.
There is none like The I AM THAT I AM God of Israel. He is to be revered, respected, honored, glorified, worshiped, praised, and feared. He has created everyone and everything. If He can create, He can destroy. If He can bless, He can curse. He has the ability to do all, and whenever He feels to do so. This God should not be blasphemed. It is not wise to be in opposition of such a Consuming Fire, who can save you, when you are in opposition of The Almighty God--who?
Revelation 4:8, "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." KJV Version.
Revelation 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." KJV Version.
What I Like To Say
"I fear The Most High because I know what He can do, and I also DON'T know what He can do. & I'd hate to be in opposition of Him."
"He is A Consuming Fire that controls the beats of my heart, would it not be foolish of me to play with Him?"
"If The Most High is creative with His blessings, what makes you think He isn't creative with His judgements?"
If you read each one of these statements, it probably made you sit back and think about how mighty the God you worship is. Many might say the way I think is unhealthy, but it is quite the opposite. This mindset helps me revere The Almighty God and convicts me heavily to not sin. Additionally, it helps me grow spiritually with Jesus Christ. I get to know more about His character, beauty, and essence.
What Does The Fear of God Do For You?
Proverbs 1:7, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." KJV Version.
Proverbs 8:13, "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." KJV Version.
Exodus 20:20, "And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not." KJV Version.
The fear of The Lord helps me sin not. I do not want to sin. As I mentioned in the sin series, sin is the transgression of law (1 John 3:4). Sin is to disobey God. Sin is rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). The fear of The Lord helps me not transgress against The almighty-marvelous-great God of Israel.
I fear the punishment I would receive from Him, if I was habitually sinning. Because of the bible studies, content, and blog posts I make, I have a lot of knowledge about sin. Read this scripture:
Luke 12:48, "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." KJV Version.
The saying, "To much is given, much is required" is from Luke 12:48. The Lord has given me knowledge about sin and topics pertaining to it. This is why I fear how he would decide to judge me, if I willing go do the things that I know He hates.
"God is a loving God!" Yes, I agree He is a loving God, but His love is also correcting:
Proverbs 3:12, "For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." KJV Version.
"Should I Really Fear Him Though?"
Yes, you should really fear The Lord. Fearing God makes you not want to sin.
"But we all sin!"
Yes, you are correct. We will fall short sometimes; HOWEVER, we should immediately ask for His forgiveness and repent. We should not take The I AM's grace for granted to the point we accept willful sin because "He is just going to forgive us later." I do not like to think like that because it is a dangerous mindset.
Just a heads up for the individuals that might say, "I'll just repent later!": what in your mind says The Most High will not take your life before you get a chance to do your 'repenting' later? Let's read this scripture:
Deuteronomy 6:16, "Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah." KJV Version.
News flash: The Most High knows the deceitful plan in your heart before you even know. You can neither trick, nor outsmart The Almighty Creator:
Hebrews 4:13, "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." KJV Version.
Psalm 94:11, "The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity." KJV Version.
"How Do I Fear God?"
What made me fear The Most High was simply reading about Him in The Old Testament and seeing how He treated people that tempted, blasphemed, cursed, and provoked Him to anger. The I AM does not play. I say once again, He is to be feared and respected. Go read about Him! Go study the character of God, under the influence of The Holy Spirit!
A lot of people LACK the fear of God, and this is why their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ isn't as prospering.
Read these scriptures about the benefits of the fear of the Lord:
Psalm 128:4, "Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD." KJV Version.
Proverbs19:23, "The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he hall not be visited with evil." KJV Version.
Proverbs 15:33, "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." KJV Version.
Proverbs 10:27, "The fear of LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." KJV Version.
Proverbs 14:27, "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." KJV Version.
Reflection + Ending Scripture
I thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray you use this information for the edification of yourself and others. I do pray that you fear the Lord with all your heart.
What I am saying is not a new concept. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, "And 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." KJV Version.
"him" is The I AM.
Remind yourself of this scripture, whenever you are about to transgress against the laws of God (sin). The fear of God will make you NOT give into temptation.
Be blessed, family!
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