Express His Glory in Your Life

Posts tagged ‘reverence’

Let’s Look Like Jesus: Holy Fear

This series of articles, “Let’s Look Like Jesus” complement the perpetual prayer list for Christian Character.

Holy Fear is actually the antidote to the horrible fear immobilizing so many in the world today.  Fear is a common part of our world; in fact, sometimes it seems fear makes the world go round.

Proverbs 28:14 challenges us though:  ‘happy is the man who is never without fear.’ The words stop me as all of the foolish fears of life eddy through my mind: the fear of aging and infirmity, the fear of disappointing or offending others, the fear of failing, and the fear of shame. The list is endless of those things that we can fear. Yet, those are the fears of evil which destroy life.   Dr. Caroline Leaf explains the deadly impact of fear-based thinking in this brief video:

 

Clearly the wise writer of Proverbs spoke of fears which lead to blessing and life.  There is a reverent fear…an awe…which protects from evil and leads to life.   There are earthly things which inspire a reverent fear. Electricity is one. We often take its power for granted but unleashed electricity is indeed a fearsome, deadly force. The wind is another. At times it is a gentle, refreshing breeze and others a destructive force beyond the control of our best efforts.

The only fear, though, that leads to happiness is awe of our eternal Creator. As a Christian, holy fear is that aspect of our character which flattens us before our mighty God. It is the reverent awe of lying prostrate before the King of Kings which transforms a child of God. It is an attribute of great value in the character of a child of God.

With reverence and fear as an integral trait, we will not only read the Word of God, we will seek to see it become alive in our relationships with others. We will take His Word not only as our standard but as the reality in which we long to live. Our choices will never become completely perfect…our humanity is not eliminated as the character of Christ controls us more fully.  Less of us and more of Him is a life-time process.

Fear of God, though, will lead us to trust in His design, to obedience to His ways. His blessings will overflow into the details of our days. Our lives, and the impact of our lives, will reap eternal rewards with a heart that is humbly reverent. Rejoice today in trusting submission to the Creator…in laying before Him every worry and care knowing that He can and will bring good!

The Key to a GREAT LIFE!

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  One thing that assures a life of security, bounty and fruitfulness.  I believe it is true, and I am in good company.  Look at what Solomon–the wisest man who ever lived said after his various attempts at figuring out life:

Let us hear the conclusion of the matter.  Fear God and keep his commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man.  Ecclesiastes 12:13

It is often said that Scripture says ‘fear not’ 365 times–once for every day of the year.  I can’t document that for you, but I can tell you–thanks to my precious E-Sword–that the KJV of the Bible has the word fear in 385 verses.  The bulk of the usage is in the Old Testament but 84 verses mention fear in the New Testament.

The gist of all that is this:  we have two choices in life:  fear God or fear everything else.  I’m not even going to bother with talking about the other fears, I want to share some of the awesome things I found about FEARING GOD!

By the way, the roots of the word for fear in the Bible

speak of reverence, awe and trembling.  

That helps us understand how in Scripture FEAR OF GOD is all of these things:

  • Governing force for actions.
  • Foundation for life and leadership.
  • Purpose of testing.
  • Source of deliverance and power. Man in awe
  • Command of God.
  • Desire of God.
  • For our good.
  • Purpose of ordinances, studying of law, obedience, rebuke.
  • To be taught, learned and lived.
  • Response to seeing God.
  • Aspect of worship.
  • Counter to fear.
  • Source of life, knowledge, wisdom, provision, protection, courage, identity, mercy and worship.
  • Foundation for serving and pursuing holiness.
  • Equivalent to hating evil.
  • Basis for unity.
  • Impacts others.
  • Strong force in the early Church.

Fear of God is reverence for who God is–it is thankfulness for all He does and how He loves us.  Fear of God cancels out all other fears and comes from a right relationship with the Father.  Fear of God is the key that produces an awesome life!

There are only two paths in life…choose the one that leads to all goodness:  

Fear of God!

 

 

 

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: