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Monday’s Blog: Ignite The Fire In Your Spirit – Fear God

But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

—Jeremiah 20:9

We continue our series on igniting the fire in our spirits. Follow this link if you missed any messages in this series. I am using this series in my next book: Escaping Boredom in Christianity. I am also using some of your comments in my book. I ask a couple questions at the end of each post. Feel free to answer whatever the Lord puts on your heart. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Last week I talked about guarding our hearts against sin. I believe one reason many Christians don’t guard their hearts against sin is because they don’t fear the Lord. I heard a preacher recently say that God loves us and He is our friend, but we can’t forget that He’s also God. We will all stand before God and give an account of our lives (Romans 14:12). That’s not something we should take lightly.

One time, while reading the Bible, I came across several verses that said to fear the Lord. At the time, I hadn’t heard anything about the fear of the Lord, so it intrigued me to look up all the verses I could find that talked about it. I was amazed how many verses I found that instructed us to fear God, and even more amazed at all the blessings that followed.

As I learned the importance of fearing the Lord, I was eager to find out how to fear Him.

God showed me through Proverbs 2:1-5:

  • VERSE 1: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,”

To accept God’s Words we need to believe EVERYTHING in the Bible is TRUE. I believe the reason I’ve had a fire in my spirit for the Lord, from the moment I started following Him, is because I have never read a verse and doubted it was true. Even when I am struggling with doubt in a situation, I never doubt God’s Word and His faithfulness. My doubt is always about my ability to receive God’s Truths and knowing how to apply them to my life.

When we read God’s Word, and accept it as Truth, we store up His commands in our hearts. Then, when a temptation or trial comes, the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance the Truth we have stored in our hearts, and we are equipped to overcome it (John 14:26).

  • VERSE 2: “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,”

We need to listen and take heed to the training and instruction of the Lord. Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” The Bible warns us not to merely listen to the Word, and so deceive ourselves. We are to DO what it says (James 1:22). God can do a wonderful work in us when He has our full undivided attention.

  •  VERSE 3: “and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,”

Do you have trouble understanding the Bible and applying it to your life?

God says, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Proverbs 1:6-7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. And it is the only way to understanding the proverbs and parables and the sayings of the wise. God is the only One Who can reveal His Word to us and give us understanding.

I am not book smart. I don’t have any degrees. I am not a Bible scholar. The things I learn in His Word don’t come from my own wisdom. Even as I write these blogs, I am amazed how God gives me His wisdom to share His Word.

  •  VERSE 4: “and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,”

I read a wonderful message recently by Lori Hatcher, author of the blog: “Be Not Weary.” She shared how at one time she wasn’t sure she really loved God. As she searched her heart, she discovered she was grateful to God. She feared and respected God. And she even desired to please and serve God. But she said, “I thought about the people I love and the warm, affectionate, and sometimes almost painful intensity of emotion that I feel toward them, and I had to admit that I did not feel that level of intense emotion toward God.

She thought back to her dating years and what made her fall in love with her husband. She decided to apply some of those principles to God and seek out His love.

She expressed, “I started spending time with Him in prayer (speaking and listening). I became a student of Him in order to learn all about Him. I began reading the Bible, often called God’s Love Letter to the world, looking for aspects of His character. I started a list in the front of my Bible of every adjective I found that described God.

I read about what made Him laugh and what made Him cry. I started spending time with His family–the church, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I saw His family traits demonstrated through them. I learned what motivates Him, which ultimately boils down to one word:

LOVE

and I fell madly in love with Him.

She hungered to love God. She looked for His love as for silver and searched for it as for hidden treasure. And she found what she was looking for. She fell madly in love with God.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

—Jeremiah 29:13

  • VERSE 5: “THEN you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (emphasis mine).

When we accept God’s Words as Truth, and store up His commands in our hearts, and listen to His instructions, and when we cry out for insight and understanding of His Word and His will, and we seek Him and search for Him with all our hearts, we will find Him and understand what it truly means to fear the Lord.

Fearing God isn’t about walking on pins and needles before Him, feeling like we have to do everything right. The verses following those in Proverbs 2 explain how the wisdom of God, found only through the fear of the Lord, protects us, preserves us, and keeps us from following the wrong path.

Verses 9-10 say, “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”

When we revere God, He gives us His wisdom and understanding. Then, we begin to see life through His eyes. We begin to see the reasons behind God’s instructions. We begin to see why God tells us to do and not to do certain things. We begin to see that all God’s instructions are for our own benefit.

I once heard a preacher say, “The law was given for two reasons: 1) to fear God’s punishment so we don’t let Satan get an inroad in our lives 2) to show us we can never follow it and save ourselves.”

God wants us to fear Him because He loves us and wants to protect us. How great is our God that He wants us to fear Him for our own good! His love is more amazing than we can even imagine. How much our lives would change if we would learn to truly fear the Lord and walk in His wisdom.

The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers. O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.

—Psalm 34:7-8

 

Heavenly Father,

We praise You for loving us more than we can imagine. Teach us to always walk in reverence to You. Unite our hearts with Yours so we can truly fear You. Give us wisdom and knowledge of Your Word and Your will for our lives. Help us to walk humbly before You so our spirits are continually on fire for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 

 Questions for my book:

Do you think many Christians today don’t fear God?

If so, what do you believe hinders them from fearing God?

Is there anything you would like to share about the fear of the Lord that I didn’t address?

 

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11 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Ignite The Fire In Your Spirit – Fear God

  1. Glen Adams on said:

    Beth,
    I am not sure what your experience has been related to living out the truth of God’s word,but I can tell you something of my own experience. There are more people who do not like the true word. I remember some time ago when a friend quoted Job36:11 “If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.” The verse was used to support a principle that is not based on the true wisdom of God. If you go back and look at chapter 32 you will find this is where Elihu is angry with Job and Elihu gives counsel to Job. If you look at Chapter 38 we find that God rebukes the counsel of Elihu and his two friends. I have learned from the story of Job that we can’t always take one scripture out of context, put a bit of a spin on it to change the meaning of the verse. I seldom pull out pet scriptures any longer, I try to pull the entire thought from the passage I am reading.
    I have found this not to the most popular approach in the world. The truth of scripture is offensive, and some get upset when presented with the true word. You, Beth, are right when you say we do not need a degree to understand scripture. Theologians teach denominational understanding, and theories. Jesus warns us about relying on such teachings. When we are focused on God, seeking his wisdom, he is faithful to give us understanding. Fear has arisen among church goers to share the good news of Jesus because they feel an inadequacy when it comes to the simple principles of scripture. Scripture becomes more difficult when we read between the lines, and we spin it to support our own worldly desires. Understanding scripture is simplified when we take if for what it says. All that to say this. Love God, live by the scriptures to the best of our abilities, seek God’s wisdom, don’t add to or take away from what God has ordained in the scriptures. Pray daily for understanding, seek Him always.

  2. Julie L. Cannon on said:

    I enjoyed your post today, Amanda!
    Currently I’m taking a course called Exodus from Kay Arthur, and boy, reading how the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of Egypt is helping me learn to fear (respect, reverence) Him, and to beward of the things I allow in my life – i.e. grumbling, etc… and just giving those things up (leaven) is not only honoring Him, it’s good for me! I am blessed.
    Bless you.
    Truly, Julie

  3. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Julie! You are blessed:) I love how the Lord teaches us. Thanks so much for sharing that. Blessings on your study. I pray the Lord would reveal Himself to you through it in a marvelous way. God bless:)

  4. Amanda Beth on said:

    Wonderful point, Glen! I just heard a preacher talk about how many people quote the verse “Resist the devil and he will flee” but leave out the beginning of the verse “Submit yourselves, then, to God.” (James 4:7)
    We can’t resist the devil without first submitting ourselves to God.

    This is why we should always do as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

    If I learn something new from a preacher, that I am not sure is correct, I ask God and examine the Scriptures myself. I think the problem today is we just listen to what people say and don’t read the Bible and seek God’s wisdom. When we rely on human wisdom we will fall into deception.

    Thanks for the great comment, Glen. Blessings to you:)

  5. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Amanda,

    This is so good, and meaty. I agree wholeheartedly with Glen. I’m so grateful we found a Calvary Chapel to attend near our home, because they teach expositionally (through each book of the bible) instead of topically (pulling out verses to teach on one issue). It’s like a college bible course, and Trevor and I have learned so much about God’s word without having a “let’s make everyone happy” spin on it.

    I believe fearing the Lord is having an awed reverance of Him, accepting that as the created, we cannot understand the mind of our Creator. This is so hard for many. It’s trusting God’s (entire) word and praying for wisdom to understand it so His word can guide our lives. I’ve definitely become a lot more skeptical with “experts” on God’s word. I read a lot and ask God to help me discern pastors/preachers who are “tickling ears” verses speaking God’s word in truth and love.

    As I read this, I thought of the divergent mindset on creation vs. evolution, even among Christians. Accepting Christ as Savior but not accepting all of God’s WORD is a commonplace occurance, and I believe shows a lack of fear of the Lord. I have a good friend (who is a Chemistry teacher, very smart and well-read) who claims faith in Christ, but believes 6 days to God really means million (billions) of years (something along the lines of, each “day” was a billion years). That is how she reads the bible’s story of creation, because of all the knowledge she’s ‘gained’ through science. She and I have talked and debated and almost argued the evolution vs. creation issue a few times but it’s not worth the risk to our friendship over this issue. I’ve struggled with the fact of – is she really saved through her half-faith? (There are other major issues we differ on, which to me are clearly shown i the bible.) How can she fear the Lord if she doesn’t believe in His entire word? It bothers me a lot. Recently I went to the Lord about it and He instructed me to pray for her, and leave it alone (not debate).

    I really appreciate this post. I love your humble attitude but at the same time your faithful trust in the Lord’s (great) work in and through your writing.

    Hugs,
    Kerry

  6. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Kerry:) Thanks for the great comment. The best thing I have learned to do is ask God for His wisdom when reading the Bible and interpreting scripture. There have been times when I’ve misunderstood scripture, but God always finds a way to show me the Truth. God knows your friend’s heart. If she’s truly seeking His wisdom, He will show her the Truth. Staying close to God and relying fully on Him will keep us from false teachings. I’ll be praying for your friend. She’s lucky to have you:)
    Thanks for your encouragement. God bless you:)

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  8. Steve Sawyer on said:

    Great post.
    Amanda, the most important thing I learned in my walk with Jesus is that “fear the Lord” does not mean to be afraid of the Lord, but to hold him in awe and reverence. That made such a difference in my walk. You have included some of my favorite verses in this post, for example: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him; and all of Proverbs 2:1-5.

  9. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Steve:) Thanks for your comment. I agree, fear of the Lord does not mean to be afraid of God, but to be in awe and live in reverence to Him, trusting His ways are higher than ours. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. God bless you!:)

  10. Mary Lou Roche on said:

    Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness toward us!

  11. Amanda Beth on said:

    Yes, He is so good toward us! Thanks for stopping by Mary:) God bless you dear!

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