The Fear of God
Psalm 25:12-14 ESV says:
“Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.”The Berean version says “the way chosen for him.” “His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.”
Friends, as believers, your path in life has been charted for a purpose. This is yet another demonstrator of the love our God has for his children. Being all-knowing, our God knows the choices of all of those who have walked, will walk, or is walking right now, on the face of his earth. He knows those that are his, and those that have named the name of Christ have the privilege of giving up their life (their own life desires) for the life that he has chosen for them. To fulfill a specific mandate in his earth. Humbly submitting to this mandate exhibits your Fear of Him. Glory be to God!
No one who has ever lived has an excuse concerning knowing God. Fearing God is a commanded posture for all men, even those who aren’t saved from the wrath to come. They must receive Christ before being able to do so, but they are without excuse as our God provides grace to them in the sense that they are still alive in his earth. His earth shows the splendor and the majesty of his power and might. His ultimate wrath is turned on those who don’t fear him. No one is without excuse.
Romans 1:18-21 NLT reads:
“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.”
All peoples of the earth are without excuse. Gods eternal power and divine nature are to be revered by all the created, believer and unbeliever. God’s wrath spoken about here, seen by those who are wicked, and those who knew God but didn’t glorify, or worship him as God, was to produce the fear of God in their hearts to turn away from sin. This isn’t the awe-inspiring reverential grace of Godly fear, no it is the fear and terror of falling into the hands of the Living God and his judgment without true repentance. What we see in creation gives us no excuse. We must fear God in every respect. It is an act of worship. We have been graced by God to be in this humble posture before him, and his Spirit is leading you to fear him. Friends, don’t choose to lead yourself; follow the leading of the Spirit thus representing your Fear of God
The hosts of your favorite podcasts asked and answered:
- What does it mean to Fear God? — 15:50
- Why must we Fear God? — 34:17
- How do you know you are fearing God? How do you demonstrate your Fear of God?— 56:30
– Do you adhere to the whole counsel of God in every area of life?
– Do you hate lifestyles, not the people in those lifestyles, that God hates?
– Do you worship God with your whole heart, laying aside your feelings to keep your
mind on things above?
– Have you yielded to his Spirit to teach you in the way chosen for you?
– Have you rested in the fact that God loves you and sent it his Son for you so that you
can be redeemed back to him?
When taking this self-inventory, remember that adhering to the whole counsel of God in this life is by faith. Don’t condemn yourself if any of your answers here are not yes. Honestly recognizing where you are in relation to the Truth of God’s Word is the first step in making a change and operating in the fear of God that his Spirit is directing you to.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP says:
“ Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].”
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