The Fear of God is Essential

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”
Proverbs 9:10

One of the tenets that is often lacking in most doctrine today is the teaching of the fear of God. We have somehow glossed over it. In fact, many say that God does not really want us to fear Him, but that He only wants us to revere Him. Although we do need to admire and respect Him, there is something clean and holy about fearing the Lord.

We need to realize that one day we are going to be face-to-face with the eternal self-existent God – whom has no beginning, and no end. It is not just that He created reality; He is reality. We will actually stand before the One with no boundaries, no limits, and no constraints. Beloved, I believe, at that moment, we will certainly know what it means to have the fear of the Lord. Let us not wait until then to humble ourselves.

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever.”
Psalm 19:9

God balances the need for us to fear Him by generously imparting the revelation that He is compassionate and by nature a God full of lovingkindness. When we fear Him and put ourselves in proper alignment with Him, Father comes to us and immeasurably pours out His grace, mercy, and love upon us.

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love” (1 John 4:16).

We are called upon to fear the Lord. It is the catalyst that releases the depth of God’s love that He wants to impart into our lives. There are different elements that are all part of our same relationship with Him. Fearing God and receiving His entire blessings are connected and interdependent. We need to have both aspects working continually in our lives to experience Father at His fullness.

Beloved, let us not forsake the fear of the Lord. It truly is the beginning of wisdom and our relationship with God. Yes, we are brought into the love of God, but we need to be convicted of our sin.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.”
Proverbs 1:7

We need to understand that without God’s love and forgiveness we are destined to an eternity apart from Him. There is a healthy and beautiful balance to our relationship with Father. It is like a fine diamond. There are many different facets.

“Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; I take refuge in You. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. And in Your lovingkindness, cut off my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant” (Psalms 143:8-12). -NASB1995

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