“4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall f ear: Fear Him, which after He has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.” Luke 12:5
The fear of man results in a terror. It is the fear of death of our flesh which overwhelms the unbeliever. Not knowing the fear of God, the unredeemed fear that which kills the physical body with no regard for He Who has the power to cast our eternal soul into a devil’s hell, Jehovah God . The devil would prefer all to believe that he holds the keys to death and hell which is a lie.
“I (Jesus) am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18
God told Moses to “…Gather Me the people together, and I will make them hear My Words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10
The Word of God teaches His Children a fear which takes into account God’s standard of Holiness and Righteousness in all that we do. Understanding this fear of the Lord results in the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
As the Believer learns the fear of the Lord, we learn of Who Jesus Christ is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever believe. Jesus is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive from God DAILY. In God’s Word we see the Statutes and Ways of how He deals with those He loves through correction, reproof and instruction in Righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
The fight of faith in which we fight is daily. The temptation to rely upon ability and intellect to achieve life and life more abundantly is great but the fear of the Lord in which we are learning is so much greater. We know that in us, in our flesh, is no great thing and the Holy Spirit will not superintend that which is born of our flesh but of the Spirit of God alone.
“8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
This fear of the Lord cannot be understood by the unredeemed. Their only fear is fear of physical death…yet they do not consider He Who Holds the key to death, He Who is alive but was dead and lives forever more, Jesus Christ.
“14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Come, gather together to hear His Word so that ye may learn the fear of the Lord. Ash Wednesday will not teach one to fear the Lord. 40 days of purpose will not teach the fear of the Lord. The Word of God teaches the fear of the Lord. Declare It. Speak It. Rightly divide It. The Word of God is quick and It is powerful and will lay waste philosophies from the vanities of man’s own mind.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you. Fear ye the Lord.
-Donna Clark Warren