THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE

Today, lets continue on the subject of fearing God. On Monday, we will begin to look at the “Fear not” scriptures.

Revelation 19:5 – KJV – And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

The Greek word for praise means to extol, to sing praise to God. The word fear is phobeo, where we get our word phobia. This word means all that it implies: To put to flight by terrifying, to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, to fear exceedingly. So we are to sing praises because we are struck with fear? Yes, we are. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe. It means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives.

2 Corinthians 7:1 – KJV – Having  therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting  holiness in the fear of God.

Sometimes, I think we look at the promises in the Bible like they are put there to make us comfortable. This verse makes it clear that we are to use these to cleanse ourselves from sin to perfect holiness. We do this, because we fear God.

I have seen so many Christians who disregard this fear and think that it is not important. They feel that they can live however they wish and still get up and minister on Sunday morning. Now, that is a different attitude than someone who falls, repents, and has his sin covered.

1 John 1:9 –  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is not what I am talking about. I am talking about those who live in perpetual practice of sin and think it is alright to do so. This is not the fear of God. God has a name for those people:  Fools

Proverbs 1:7 – KJV – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

What I am telling you here is the beginning of knowledge. This is the very basics of serving God. The word despise means to hold in contempt, to hold as insignificant. I am amazed at how many Christians, and even church leaders, who hold the view that we should not fear God. Since this is the beginning of knowledge, it shows you why these churches are not making an impact on the lost world. Sure, they may have their social programs where they feed the poor and minister to the homeless etc. I am not minimizing these. But the fact remains: the population of the world is growing faster than the church of Jesus Christ. We are losing the battle for men’s’ souls. We are afraid to preach that there is a hell and it burns hot. We do not want to talk about fearing God and the consequences for not serving Him.   But it is understanding the terror of the Lord that drives us to persuade people to turn to Him:

2 Corinthians 5:11 – KJV – Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

 When the church gets back to a healthy fear of our awesome God, we will accelerate our efforts to preach the gospel and get the world into His grace. Outside of it is a fearful place to be.

Hebrews 10:31 – KJV – It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 Let us magnify our God to all people. Talk about His love and mercy. He is so loving that He provided a way for us to escape His wrath. We must take that route or we see how fearful it is to fall into His hands.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – KJV – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

I will be blogging again on Monday, 9/9. We will balance this with the “fear not” Scriptures. Walk in the fear of God today. If we do what pleases Him, He will pour blessings on you that you cannot even imagine.

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