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Do you fear the Lord?
March 4, 2009, 11:25 am
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Everything starts from the question: Do I fear the Lord?

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding

Proverbs 10:27 – The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Proverbs 14:26-27- 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

Proverbs 15:16 – Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:33 – The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honour.

Proverbs 16:6 – Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

What is this fear of the Lord all about?

For a Christian it isn’t terror but more…

Reverence

Honour

Respect

Humility

Submission

Teachability

Obedience

It’s saying to yourself “I’m not God”, don’t believe the lie of Genesis 3

God knows me better than I know myself and hence knows what I should do.

It’s trusting God is God and you are not

In most cases there’s always an opposite so in this case the fear of the Lord can be contrast against the fear of man.

There are 2 options you can be foolish or you can be wise.

The person who is wise – Fears the Lord

The person who is foolish – Fears man

Everyone fears someone, the question is who?

Who do you fear? Who do you honour? Who do you revere? Who do you live for? Who do you cherish? Who do you listen to? Who do you want to please? Who do you want to emulate? Is it Jesus or someone else?

If it’s Jesus you’ll grow in wisdom. If it’s anyone but Jesus you’ll end up a fool.

Fear in the Biblical sense includes begin afraid of someone but it extends to holding someone in awe, being controlled or mastered by people, what they say, what they demand, what they want. Worshipping other people, this means living in such a way that everything you do is for their glory, putting your trust in people, or needing people. The fear of man can be summed up by saying we replace God with people.

Instead of Biblically guided fear of the Lord we fear others.

When you’re a teen it’s called peer pressure

When you’re older it’s called pleasing people

The Fear of man is only cured by the fear of the Lord

The fear of man is that someone is so big, so powerful, so influential, you need them so much you love them so much their approval means so much to you that they function like a God. They control what you do, what you wear, where you live, how you speak, how you work, they control your joy and sorrow, you’re living for their approval, their satisfaction, you’re heeding their commands, they’re like a God. That’s the fear of man.

The answer to the fear of man is the fear of God.

We always seek the approval of others but have we forgotten who we need approval from first and only…

Fools – stop being teachable, always have to say their opinion and isn’t considerate of others, stop reading books and the Bible. Stop talking to people who disagree with you, it’s easy to do – despise wisdom and instruction.

The key to wisdom is humility and discernment

Humility to say – “I would like to learn”

Wise people seek out people who have lived out their lives in a Godly way.

Discernment – “don’t believe everything you hear”

You need to be wise about who you listen to and gain instruction from. Is it coming from a Biblical foundation, a God foundation?

Where is the fear of man evident in your life? Where do you struggle to do what Jesus wants you to do? Do your friends or family have a bigger sway over your life than Jesus? What practical things can you do to grow in the fear of the Lord?

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