Do you fear God?
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"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." (Mat 10:28)
"Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling." (Psa 2:11)
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb 10:31)
"26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." (Pro 14:26-27)
One essential thing that is missing in the churches AND in our personal life, today, is the fear of God. This is the main reason why people are abandoning the Faith in droves, to their damnation.
And yet the Bible says that the WHOLE duty of man is to FEAR God and keep is commandments: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecc 12:13)
Why people do not fear God anymore? Because of one word: SCIENCE. Man in his personal exaltation has invented for himself a system or reasoning that enables to fool himself that with the scientific method he can explain ALL things and achieve them. But it is just a crazy illusion for man still gets sick, ages, dies, rots and is eaten by worms and becomes dust as he was at the beginning (Gen 3:19). There is nothing new under the sun. Since science has become the main creed of modern man, fuelled by that idiotic concept of evolution, religion has been put aside as useless and trillions of money is spent in the futile search of the beginning of life. Super expensive space projects are justified to search the beginning of life in space, but in vain, for the beginning of life is found in God alone, and He is a spirit, not discernable in the natural, and these fools are in the natural working in the natural, thus they will surely fail in this futile endeavour, always.
The Scientific method was originally generated by godly men out of the Bible, their motivation; was: "let us research and see how our magnificent God has made His Creation". So it started as a godly endeavour to study God’s things and to bring glory to Him for His marvellous creation. But eventually ungodly man hijacked the method and invented that satanic notion of Evolution as a convenient way to do away with the need of a Supreme Being, i.e. God, to explain life. This version of scientific method has been en force for over 100 years, but the origin of life has not been found as yet, and it will never be by it. "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," (Rom 1:19-22)
To these ungodly concoctions, man added another concept satanically inspired called "democracy" which removed all limits to the evil imaginations of mankind: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen 6:5) The imagination and thoughts of man’s heart are ALWAYS evil, but the fear of God, implemented by the Law, was a limiting factor. With the advent of democracy and the ensuing democratic secular "laws" to replace the Law of God, all restraints have thus been removed and the quenching effects of the fear of God has practically been done away with, with the dismal results we see today in the Western based societies.
Democracy is to us what the wooden horse of Ulysses was to the Trojans.
Therefore, three things (sacred cows to the West) have brought about the dismissal of the Fear of God in their minds, and not only that but the belief in God’s existence:
2. EVOLUTION and
Nevertheless, in vain will rebellious and unbelieving man cry out "God is dead" or "God does not exist" for there will come a day when ungodly men will change their tune and trembling in terrifying fear (Heb 10:31) will cry out instead: "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:" (Rev 6:15-17)
The word fear appears about 93 times in the New Testament alone with the meaning: PHOBEO, translated: 90 times "fear or be afraid", once "reverence" and 2 "misc". In the OT there are over 300 appearances with the same meaning. (Fear verses)
A sample of usage
Fear and Love of God: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and its end is love. Love is our hope, our goal, our sure destiny as believers. If we are obedient, we will get close to it while still in this world. In the meantime, we fear now, because none of us is yet without sin or perfect in love.
"17 ¶ Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love." (1Jo 4:17-18)
"Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endures for ever." (Psa 118:4)
The Terrifying Love of God: The Love of God is awesome and, yes, even terrifying considering that He is the ALMIGHTY God, high and lifted up. But we should not fear that God will let us down, or that He is not faithful, or just, or forgiving. In fact, His determination is to make us holy (so that we can be with Him forever (Heb 12:14)) and we have this right kind of godly fear: that He will NOT quit sanctifying us when, in our opinion, we think to be good enough. We need not worry that for God is indeed faithful to finish what He has started (Heb 12:2), and we are His workmanship (Eph 2:10).
"…. I saw also the LORD sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." (Isa 6:1)
"...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." (Phi 2:12-13)
Fear and God’s Sovereignty: The revelation of God’s sovereignty is an awesome thing, to know that He has our life in His hands and He can dispose of it as He wills, to His pleasure.
"But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me." (Job 23:13-16)
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb 10:31)
Fear and Sin: Sin is evil and corrupting, sin is the transgression of the Law God has imposed on mankind, His creatures, which attracts just punishment.
With promises like these made to us, dear brothers, let us wash off all that can soil either body or spirit, to reach perfection of holiness in the fear of God. 2Co 7:1
To fear the Lord is to hate evil. Pro 8:13
Fear and Punishment: One of the ways we fear God is to fear punishment. This kind of godly fear will taper off as we are perfected in love. But for now, the fear of God will keep us from evil and it gives a sense of security and comfort for if we were without chastisement we would be bastards and not sons (Heb 12:8). Praise the Lord; forever, even for ever and ever.
"You must try to appreciate both the kindness and the strict justice of God." (Rom 11:22)
"My son, do not spurn the Lord's correction, or take offence at his reproof; for those who he loves the Lord reproves, and he punishes a favourite son." (Pro 3:11-12)
"... your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psa 23:4)
Fear and Repentance: Knowing that even repentance is a gift of God, it is a humbling thing and a joy, for without Him we can do nothing.
"...the fear of the Lord makes men turn from evil." (Pro 16:6)
"…. Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life." (Act 11:18)
Fear and Wisdom: Wisdom is that good common sense ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting insight, such as the possession of the fear of God.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and they who live by it grow in understanding..." (Psa 111:10)
"The first step to wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Pro 9:10)
Fear and Blessings: To fear the Lord is doing the right thing to minimise sin, which in turn will lead us to receiveg His wonderful blessings and new mercies every day.
"He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death." (Pro 14:26-27)
"If there is any man who fears the Lord, he shall be shown the path that he should choose; he shall enjoy lasting prosperity, and his children after him shall inherit the land. The Lord confides his purposes to those who fear him, and his covenant is theirs to know." (Psa 25:12-14)
Only God is to be Feared: If we fear anything other than God, we are deceived and have no faith in God and in His promises of deliverance. Surely Satan is a fearful, evil and powerful being but he is still a created life form under the full control of God. But we are "in Christ" and have been purchased from his mastery by the precious blood of Jesus and need not fear him any longer for Christ has set us forever free and we should cut off any access that Satan may have to our minds or hearts to plant fake fears, indeed:
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." (Joh 8:36)
"You, even you, are to be feared: and who may stand in your sight when once you are angry?" (Psa 76:7)
"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." (Mat 10:28) There are many people these days that with much vehemence demand that people that use this verse (and its companion verses in Luk 12:4,5) should be banned from religion, for holding before men the fear of Hell as being a shameful thing for man is 'sovereign' and of value and cannot be belittled in front of God. They call this "Hate Speech", and, believe or not, it is not only heathen that cry this, but many also from our liberal churches.
They say that those who speak this way have no right to appeal to Jesus for He was meek and mild and gentle and sweet. We fear that this modernized description of our Lord is false; for these words were not uttered by Paul, or by Augustine, or by Calvin or by Jonathan Edwards, but these words were spoken by our Master, the Lord Jesus Himself, and He should have known for it was He that created Hell: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (Joh 1:3)
which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Here Jesus gives a decisive proof that there is a Hell for the body as well as for the soul in the eternal world. Surely this should be enough to silence those who deny the existence of Hell, by the very words of our Lord and the One who has created it. The eternal destruction of the body and soul in Hell is that torment that awaits the lost with elements of suffering adapted to the material as well as the spiritual part of our nature, both of which, we are assured, will exist for ever.
But consider, the enemies can only kill the bodies of His disciples who have souls as well as bodies; thus these evil people have no power over their souls; but He that has sent them to preach, and called them to witness the Gospel, has power over everyone’s soul as well as over their bodies, and to punish both in Hell. There is nothing so effectual to drive out of our hearts a slavish fear of man in the doing of our duty, as a right apprehension of the power of God, producing a fear of the Almighty God in our souls.
Even the Christian must fear God. But it is another kind of fear. It is a fear rather of what might have been than of what is; it is a fear of what would have faced, were we not in Christ. Without such fear there can be no true love, for love of the Saviour is proportioned to one's horror of that from which man has been saved. And how strong are the lives that are immersed in such a love! They are lives brave, not because the realities of life have been ignored, but because they are lives that are founded upon the solid foundation of God's grace. May such lives be ours! Yes Lord, here I am, command me.
Perfect love casteth out fear (1Jo 4:18). But it is not our self generated love which casts out fear, our love is only a response to the loving act of God. "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." There is the culmination and the transformation of fear in Jesus' words: “Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” (Mat 10:32)
The Church must again become a place of ‘terror’; a place where God continually has to tell us, "Fear not"; a place where our relationship with God is not a simple belief or a doctrine or theology or, I fear, these days a Discothèque, but a place where God's presence burns in our hearts and lives. The tame god of irrelevance we have created in our minds must be replaced by the ALMIGHTY GOD whose very presence shatters our egos into dust, burns our sin into ashes, and strips us naked to reveal the real person within. The Church needs to become a gloriously dangerous place where nothing is safe in God's presence except us. Nothing; including our plans, our agendas, our priorities, our politics, our money, our security, our comfort, our possessions, and our needs are NOT sacrosanct to us, but temporary necessity of no relevance to eternity (Phi 3:8).
"The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether." (Psa 19:9)
DO YOU FEAR GOD ? For He is your TREASURE:
“...... the fear of the Lord is thy treasure.” (Isa 33:6)