The fear of the Lord isn’t about dodging lightning bolts. It’s about letting your heart be overwhelmed by His glorious light. Too many people want God’s approval, but the fear of the Lord makes us realize that what we really need is His mercy and forgiveness. Embracing the fear of the Lord fills you with His stupefying love that casts out the fears that have been tormenting you.
Our society doesn’t need more church attendance. We need more people greatly impacted by the fear of the Lord. Hiding and pretending you have nothing to fear from God is cruelly self-deceptive. Hope comes by surrendering to His love and mercy.
The fear of the Lord is like the fear of meeting a celebrity you admire. It’s the awe you feel when you open your heart to God’s greatness. It’s like spending time interacting with a human hero you greatly admire. You overflow with respect and awe. The fear of the Lord is the good and healthy fear that calls us to flee our bondage and to fully surrender to His love.
Without the fear of the Lord, human beings are easily influenced and ensnared by evil. The fear of the Lord frees us from the extremes of open rebellion and self-righteous religion so we can find true peace with God.
We say we want to be loved, but receiving intense love is scary because it will strongly bind us to someone. We can run or surrender. Face the fear of the Lord and embrace God’s love!
The closer I get to God’s holiness the more I sense a wholesome respect, awe, and fear for Him and the more I want His mercy. The justice of God is frightening. It means that the judgment I’ve earned must be carried out. I’m undone that Christ bore my judgment.
The fear of the Lord is like the fear you feel when truth that you’re uncomfortable with and/or ashamed of is exposed. It’s the fear of God’s complete honesty. Without the fear of the Lord, we humans try to rationalize away our great need for mercy, forgiveness, and deliverance.
The fear of the Lord is to be deeply moved by His majesty, shaken by His splendor, and gripped by His greatness. It’s the awareness that there’s nowhere to hide. God is truth and light. He knows and sees everything about you. The fear of the Lord shows us that it’s useless to run from Him and invites us to surrender our rebellion to His mercy and grace.
The fear of the Lord is the awareness of accountability–the knowledge that truth, light, and justice will ultimately prevail. It makes us conscious of His holiness and our sinfulness. It reveals out great need to receive His love, mercy, and forgiveness.
The most courageous people in the world are those who have surrendered to the fear of the Lord. They fear nothing else.
Christians today focus too much on church mechanics and not enough Holy Spirit dynamics and the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord helps us realize that earth has already been invaded by God incarnate (Jesus) and is currently being colonized by the kingdom of God. Jesus told his disciples “The kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus tells us to make seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness our number one priority in life! Our life on earth is supposed to be about surrendering to the living God and letting Him bring us from glory to glory into ever greater obedience to His direct inner rule, authority, and dominion.
God wants to overflow you with so much inspiration from within you that you don’t feel the need to depend on outward inspiration. If you’re not reading the Bible every day with an open heart and praying, going to church can easily become a mere religious exercise.
To preach without passion, excitement, and enthusiasm is to disrespect history’s greatest news! If a preacher isn’t deeply moved and personally stirred by what he’s preaching the congregation won’t be either. I’ve found few churches that make people who are continuously and visibly thrilled about Jesus feel welcome.
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