“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12
It is a requirement of God that we fear Him. One of the greatest needs in the Body of Christ today is the “fear of God.” It is terribly lacking.
We often describe this fear to be reverential and respectful. But, I believe that it has become so watered down that people are careless in their walk with God. “God will forgive me anyway. His grace abounds to me. After all, He is a merciful God.”
Where is the true “fear of God” in a statement like that? Yes, God will forgive, but what about the consequences of one’s actions?
When I was growing up, I feared my mother. I loved her and respected her, but I feared her. And I want you to know that I am really happy that I did. It kept me from many wrong things. I only had to think of the whip in her hand. Suddenly, I am walking on the straight and narrow.
I believe that the Body of Christ needs to come back to really fearing God like we ought to. The wages of sin is still death! Romans 6:23. Paul also cautions us when he said we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Fear whom? And tremble before whom? Was Paul speaking about himself? Absolutely not! He was speaking about no other than the Lord our God. And he warned us to fear the Lord and tremble before Him.
The Psalmist also admonishes us to fear the Lord.
“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11
“Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them; Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.” Psalm 76:11
“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” Psalm 89:7
Here is an example of people having the “fear of God” in them.
“Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, ‘When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?’”
When you fear God, you will do the right thing even if it means losing your own life. Take a look at your life. Does your life; words, actions, reactions demonstrate having the fear of God?
The secret to living victoriously
“Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: why should you die before your time? It is good that you grasp this, and also not remove your hand from the other; for he who fears God will escape them all. Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.” Ecclesiastes 7:17-19
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
In Christ and in His service,
Pastor David Ramiah
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