Fear of the Lord

“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin!”

Exodus 20:20

What does it mean to fear the Lord? I mean it’s not like kids dress up as the Holy Ghost for Halloween and run around and scare their friends by quoting verses from the book of Nahum. It means to honor, value, and respect the Lord. It doesn’t mean that whenever you read your bible your knees start knocking and you collapse in fright. In Exodus 20:20 Moses clearly differentiates between the two meanings. I believe when you truly fear the Lord you are constantly looking for ways to honor Jesus. Whether in thought or in action you look forward to giving God complete prominence and preeminence in your life.

John Bevere says, “Fearing the Lord is to love what He loves and hate what He hates. What is important to Him is important to you.” I always talk about the importance of the word of God. Devouring the word of God is something I look forward to every day. However, it’s one thing to read the holy scriptures. It’s a whole other thing to actually obey what they say. When the fear of the Lord goes before you, it gets easier to obey what God says.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Proverbs 9:10

When you have a healthy fear of the Lord you find yourself not sinning as much as you did before. When you really value the Holy Spirit and desire to honor him in every area of your life you’ll take a bold stand against sin. Many Christians struggle with inconsistency because they don’t know what it means to fear the Lord. If we had the fear of the Lord we wouldn’t be lackadaisical in our devotion to Christ. We wouldn’t take His word for granted or treat it casually. We wouldn’t flirt with sin. We would know we’d be accountable to what is done and spoken in secret.

They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. 

Jeremiah 32:38-40

The fear of the Lord gives us staying power. It keeps us consistently obedient to God’s word. Remember, the key to life is a vibrant and dynamic relationship with Jesus. Let us be a people that truly fear the Lord in every area and aspect of our lives.

I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.


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