Not long ago, I posted this picture on Instagram, of Proverbs 8:13, and someone commented something like, “I’ve had trouble dealing with fear in my life. I’m almost over it and now you tell me that I need to fear God?”
I responded by telling him that it’s not the same type of fear.
Having grown up Catholic, “God Fearing” was not in my religious up-bringing. I heard it in movies and on TV, but never really understood what it meant.
Then, I heard it meant to respect God and His power.
As it turns out, the Hebrew translation of the word fear is really “awe.” We call God, Awesome, Almighty, All-Powerful, Creator, Ever-Present and Eternal.
When you read the Psalms and Proverbs — which I encourage you to do — you see the phrase “fear of God”, “fear of the Lord”, God-fearing, etc.
Respecting God is a show of humility. It confirms that He is greater than we’ll ever be. By the way, God hates pride.
We Respect God’s Word by Obeying it.
“God resists the proud,James 4:6 NKJV
But gives grace to the humble.”
The reader of the Scriptures should be a humble person, who shows reverence and fear [awe] toward the Word of God, who constantly says, “Teach me, teach me, teach me.” The Spirit resist the proud, even though they are zealous and preach Christ for a time without fault…Therefore it is humility that we need in the study of God’s Word.Martin Luther
Some “scholars” have studied God’s Word and have decided that this or that event or Scripture is erroneous. Interestingly, quite often the parts of the Bible they want to eliminate are the ones that strike closest to home. If they can deem the passage not inspired, then they no longer are accountable to is truth. Those who, in humility, hear God speak through all of Scripture will profit–both now and in eternity–by their willingness to be held to its standard. If we ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” we need look no further than the Gospels to discover what our attitude should be regarding the Scriptures. Jesus often quoted the Old Testament as fact. He believed their accuracy.
So should we.WWJD 365
Besides the scholars deciding that some Scripture is erroneous, we have preachers and readers of the Bible who pick and choose what to believe and what to obey. That, my friends, is not an option. Watering down or twisting the Word of God is wrong.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
I remember when President Obama quoted the Bible when he declared that he accepted Gay Marriage. He said that Jesus told us to “love one another.” But yet, he ignores all other scripture that says that sexual immorality is a sin.
Love the sinner, Hate the sin
Even if a sin is culturally acceptable like sex outside of marriage (adultery or fornication), or with partners of the same gender, it doesn’t make it right in the eyes of God.
Just as we respect God, we must respect other people who are sinners just like we are. It’s all a matter of allowing Satan and our sinful nature to rule our lives or let Jesus and the Holy Spirit guide us. (Romans 8:8-11)
And check out what Jesus said to the Jews. He called them “Children of the Devil” (John 8:42-47) that’s who we are outside of Jesus Christ.
Had President Obama asked, “What Would Jesus Do?” before he made his statement, I believe he would have not done it. He had no respect for God.
Remember what Jesus said to the adulteress in the Gospel of John after all her accusers walked away — “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:1-11)
Though we may not like or condone someone’s lifestyle choice, it’s not up to us to judge them. That’s up to God. We can only keep speaking the truth and God willing, if they truly fear God — revere Him — they will respect God’s Word and “leave their life of sin.”
A Fair Warning from God….
10 Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”
12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. 15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.Revelation 22:10-19 NLT
If that doesn’t put the fear of God in you, I don’t know what will!
What God Wants of Us…
God doesn’t want any of us to perish. He sent Jesus to save us, to show us how to live. Moreover, He gave us the Bible to teach us how to live. We need to study it and obey it — even if it means dying to our old selves and rising to a new life with Christ. That’s what Christianity is all about. You have to…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180 in your life and surrender your life to Him.
- Be Baptized — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the Holy Spirit in your heart.
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, this is what you have to do…