FEAR OF THE LORD
lesson toady is very important in the heart of God. It helps us to keep away from angering God. The anger of the Lord is one of the things which made the saints of God to fear God. God can be angry, especially if one has idols.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
Four Types of Fear
- The fear of man
- Demonic fear
- The fear of God
The Fear of Man
n It makes a man to be trapped by forces which limit his efficiency. It is a very dangerous trap. This kind of fear makes man to look bigger than God.
n Some people think it is respect but in the real sense it’s the devil’s trap to make man to be a threat towards a fellow man.
n Some people fear men because of the positions they occupy, others fear them because of the size of their bodies, while others fear the number of men or what they may think or say.
n The fear of man
bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)
Don’t Fear Man
n I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about. (Psalm 3:6)
Don’t Fear Man
We should not fear what men say about anything. If you know that God has said conclusively about a matter, we should not be moved by the opinions of men by any means. Some fear because they think men shall beat them or hurt them.
n And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions:
be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 2:6)
n Some even imagine that words can break their lives so they curl and shy away in fear. The devil sometimes tries to instill this kind of fear through
dreams. We should make up a quality decision that we shall never fear men words or their appearances. Look at them and speak to them, eye ball to eye ball, and declare to them the total counsel of God. Jesus told us not to fear men because they cannot kill
the body and then kill the soul in hell. Despite any man’s opposition, don’t fear men or women.
n 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. (Matthew 10:28)
n And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. (Luke 12:4)
n The second kind of fear is demonic fear. This
is another destructive force which the devil uses to bombard the souls of men. We must get so close to God, and walk with Him so closely until all fears of devils will be banished from our lives and environments completely. We must not fear the devil at all.
He is a defeated foe. If we stand in righteousness we will see this defeated foe that is always afraid of us. In Christ, the devil is completely rendered useless and powerless. We have power over the devil, Jesus gave us the power.
n Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
n And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians
n Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Hebrews 2:14)
It is Our Decision
n We should decide never to fear devils, we have power to cast them out of our lives, out of our villages, out of our cities, out of our countries
and out of our world.
n And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak
with new tongues; (Mark 16:17)
n Do not give any place to the devil. You give place to the devil if you are afraid of
Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27)
Natural fear is a kind of fear which God has put in man so that
man can be able to protect life. It is varied among people due to family and environmental upbringings. Natural fear can be greatly be reduced by our knowledge of God. Our God is so caring to the extent that we should not fear that nature could be also
fighting against us. If natural fear is exaggerated, it can become demonic. Examples of natural fears are fear of darkness, insects, thunders etc.
n And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (Matthew 14:29-30)
n Ignorance is the main cause of the above mentioned types of fears.
n My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I will also forget thy children. (Hosea 4:6)
The Fear of GOD
n The fear of God is completely different from all the above fears. It is holy, clean, building and is a God recommended fear for us. The fear of God was manifested in Christ as the
most cultivated character. It wonderful to know how Jesus feared God this was a character which made God to be so close to Him. Oh dear brethren, Jesus Christ feared God! Even His prophecies speak of Him being filled with the Spirit of knowledge and the fear
of God; and Him being quick in understanding the fear of God (Isaiah 11:1-3). Any kind of being filled with the Spirit of God which does not produce this kind of fear is a fake spirit. The Lord also was very successful in prayer. He had 100% answers to His
prayers because of the riches of the fear of God in His character and life.
What is the Fear of GOD?
n Psalm 34:11-14
ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
n Proverbs 8:13
n The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
n Proverb 14:2
n He that walketh in his uprightness feareth
the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
Jesus Christ feared God!
n Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and
was heard in that he feared; (Hebrews 5:7)
n Though he cried and shed many tears. He was heard because he feared
God. The fear of God will keep slander out of church, no lies, no late comers, no lack of prayer, no missing of sessions in church, will be experienced after this character is developed. Cornelius was heard because of his fear of God.
The Fear of GOD in the Early church
And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. (Acts 10:22)
n Peter came and said, “I perceive that God is no respect of persons but in every nation, He who fears God and works righteousness is accepted
by Him (Acts 10:34-35).” I mean in every tribe the key to access the heart of God is the character of the fear of God in Christ.
Who Feared GOD
n Job 1:1 shows clearly that Job was made prosperous and great because he was a man who feared
God and hated sin.
n Abraham feared God (Gen. 20:11). His prayer for Sodom shows how he was careful to speak before
n Solomon also knew this in Eccl. 5:1-2. He also said that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments
n David prayed for this character with desperate prayers (Psalm 86:11).
n Joshua told his fellow citizens to choose not only whom to serve but also who to fear God (Joshua 24:14).
n 1 Samuel 12:14 is the microphone of Samuel telling us to fear the Lord and serve Him.
n Nehemiah says we ought to fear God and walk in the fear of our God (Nehemiah 5:9).
Moses is quite outstanding in the admonition to fear God (Deu. 4:10): if you hear God’s word you will be warned to fear Him.
The fear of God after the rapture
n Revelation 14:7
n (The angles) Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters.
n This is their only message!
n I have never seen any human character, which brings more
blessings than the fear of God. Never! Over 100 blessings are here. God’s favor will overtake you.
n God will show Himself strong
on behalf of a man who fears God (2 Chr. 16:9).
n Psalm 128
n 1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful
vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
Oh Lord, unite my heart to fear
thy Name. Psalm 86:11