Fear of THE LORD

How many of us have fully experienced the Fear of THE LORD in our lives?  Have we become complacent in our daily lives to the point where Our Heavenly Father is not at the center of our walk?  Do we only call upon Jesus when we are in a time of trouble?  Do we take The Holy Spirit for granted and devalue His ministry in our temple?

Why did Jesus have John write to the seven churches in the Book of Revelations?  Those in charge were not listening to Jesus thus their assemblies were lacking and didn’t know it.  What you don’t know that you need to know, that is your enemy! These writings are meant to focus on what we don’t know so that we will change.  Until you and I are fully mature, we need to change.  We will only change by receiving greater revelation meant to elevate us spiritually.

There is much written that tickle our eyes and much spoken that appeals to our ears.  The fundamental question is “Will what I saw and heard today truly change me?”  My soulish ambitions have sent me on many rabbit trails in the past.  The originators of those rabbit trails promoted themselves rather than Jesus Christ and sought followers to subtly do the same.  This often resulted in setting oneself above others by have superior knowledge.  Whatever happened to serving others and lifting them up?  Don’t go down the enticing rabbit trail for it is a waste of time and then causes the need for correction.

It is critical that we fully pursue “the Fear of THE LORD” and experience it individually.  What I am suggesting is not a simple thing.  For the most part, the church has removed the need for this in their services.  Overall, churches’ attendance is dwindling and there are less professed Christians according to surveys.  Only when there are catastrophic events does attendance increase.  Otherwise, entertainment has a higher priority than seeking the Fear of THE LORD.  Let us as Sons and Daughters prepare ourselves and be in full pursuit of consistently walking in the Fear of THE LORD.  Consider what happened when this occurred in Acts 9

It is written by The Holy Spirit in Acts 9:

31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.  NKJV

31 After this, the church all over Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced a season of peace. The congregations grew larger and larger, with the believers being empowered and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. They worshiped God in wonder and awe, and walked in the fear of the Lord.  TPT

The Hebraic concept of “the fear of the Lord,” means more than just dread or terror. It also includes “to worship with awe.”  The following verses speak for themselves:

Psalm 111:10 

​10 ​​The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;

​​A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.

​​His praise endures forever.

Psalm 34:

8 ​​Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;

​​Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

9 ​​Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!

​​There is no want to those who fear Him.

10 ​​The young lions lack and suffer hunger;

​​But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

​11 ​​Come, you children, listen to me;

​​I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 19:

7 ​​The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;

​​The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

8 ​​The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

​​The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

9 ​​The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

​​The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10 ​​More to be desired are they than gold,

​​Yea, than much fine gold;

​​Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 ​​Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

​​And in keeping them there is great reward.

Proverbs 2:

​1 My son, if you receive my words,

​​And treasure my commands within you,

2 ​​So that you incline your ear to wisdom,

​​And apply your heart to understanding;

3 ​​Yes, if you cry out for discernment,

​​And lift up your voice for understanding,

4 ​​If you seek her as silver,

​​And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 ​​Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,

​​And find the knowledge of God.

6 ​​For the LORD gives wisdom;

​​From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7 ​​He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

​​He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

8 ​​He guards the paths of justice,

​​And preserves the way of His saints.

9 ​​Then you will understand righteousness and justice,

​​Equity and every good path.

Proverbs 8:

12 “For I am Wisdom, and I am shrewd and intelligent.

I have at my disposal living-understanding

to devise a plan for your life.

13 Wisdom pours into you

when you begin to hate every form of evil in your life,

for that’s what worship and fearing God is all about.

Then you will discover

that your pompous pride and perverse speech

are the very ways of wickedness that I hate!”  TPT

Proverbs 10:

27 ​​The fear of the LORD prolongs days,

​​But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

Proverbs 15:

16 ​​Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,

​​Than great treasure with trouble.

Proverbs 19:

23 ​​The fear of the LORD leads to life,

​​And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;

​​He will not be visited with evil.

Isaiah 11:

​1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,

​​And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

2 ​​The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,

​​The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

​​The Spirit of counsel and might,

​​The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

​3 ​​His delight is in the fear of the LORD,

​​And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,

​​Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

4 ​​But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,

​​And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

​​He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

​​And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.  NKJV

11 The cut-off stump of Jesse will sprout,

    and a fruitful Branch will grow from his roots:

2 the Spirit of Yahweh will rest upon him,

    the Spirit of Extraordinary Wisdom,

    the Spirit of Perfect Understanding

    the Spirit of Wise Strategy,

    the Spirit of Mighty Power,

    the Spirit of Revelation,

    and the Spirit of the Fear of Yahweh.

3 He will find his delight in living

    by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

    He will neither judge by appearances

    nor make his decisions based on rumors.

4 With righteousness he will uphold justice for the poor

    and defend the lowly of the earth.

    His words will be like a scepter of power

    that conquers the world,

    and with his breath he will slay the lawless one.

5 Righteousness will be his warrior’s sash

    and faithfulness his belt.    TPT

Isaiah 33:

5 Yahweh is high and lifted up; he dwells on high!

    He lavished his justice and righteousness on Zion!

6 He will be your constant source of stability in changing times,

    and out of his abundant love he gives you

    the riches of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.

    Yes, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure!  TPT


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