Discipleship Series – Week 13 – The Fear of the Lord

 There is a part of God that is Abba Daddy, and there is a part Almighty, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

 

It is good to know God as Father, the One who protects, provides, smoothers you with kisses, and sits you on His knee. 

 

This brings intimacy, and For the most part, this is the side of Him you spend time with but just as important as seeing Him as Father is seeing Him as Lord.

 

 And “no Lord’ is an oxymoron moron. 

 

When He corrects and instructs, you say, “yes, Sir,” He is the ultimate Authority. There is no one greater, no one even compares, and the respect and honor that warrants is hard to grasp. If God says something is wrong, it’s wrong. Point blank end of discussion. 

 

When Almighty speaks, you hit your knees. 

 

If you feel the Lord tugging on you to do something and you see it as optional, you need a healthy fear of the Lord.

 

Where is your respect in that? 

 

It is not optional.

 

The highest human authority in your life has nothing on the Lord. When you give something to the Lord, if you give less than the best, then you don’t know to whom you give it. Yes, He is full of grace and mercy, but HE IS ALMIGHTY! – 

 

But truly as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. – Numbers 14:21

 

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7

 

O that there were such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! – Duet 5:29

 

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;

    pride and arrogance

    and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. – Prov 8:13

 

If we fear the Lord, we will love what He loves and hate what He hates. 

 

We will love the people He loves not the people we think are worthy of love.

 

We find joy in His ways and will walk in them. 

 

We will hate evil and be zealous of good works.

 

who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness and purify for Himself a special people, zealous of good works.- Titus 2:14

 

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate

    and a helmet of salvation on His head;

He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing

    and was clad with zeal as a cloak. – Isaiah 59:17

 

My zeal has consumed me,

    because my enemies have forgotten Your words. – Psalm 119:139

 

It will drive us to action on behalf of the Lord, like when Jesus flipped tables 

 

His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.” – John 2:17 

 

And when Phinehas, the Son of Eleazar, made an atonement for the children of Israel. 

 

“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, because he was zealous for My sake among them, so I did not exterminate the children of Israel in My zeal. Therefore say, ‘I hereby grant him My covenant of peace. And it will be for him and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God and made an atonement for the children of Israel.'”- Numbers 25:11-13

 

We don’t go to the extreme Phinehas did, but we are to take action against the works of darkness with zeal. 

 

The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and passion for God that puts everything into its proper perspective.

 

Everything pales to the Glory of God. 

 

But as He who has called you is holy, so be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15 

 

I saw heaven opened. And there was a white horse. He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written, that no one knows but He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called The Word of God. The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. – Rev 19:11-14

 

Awe, reverence, respect, honoring, trusting God. 

 

When we don’t obey the Lord because we are afraid someone will be offended, we fear men more than we fear God; we fear criticism. 

 

Trusting in God = Fearing the Lord

 

This is about knowing Him. Knowing the One who’s eyes burn like fire. When you know Him, you will love, fear, and trust Him.

 

The Gospel is a restraint to evil. A proper fear of the Lord will prompt us to apply this restraint.

 

Speaking the Word of God with boldness makes a major difference in your community.

 

We need to respect God more than we respect men’s systems, political correctness, and people’s opinions.

 

We need to speak the truth in love

 

We don’t have the right to reject the truth for another person. 

 

Share the truth, whatever the consequences. 

 

Give them a chance to choose life or death. 

 

If you don’t tell them the truth, you don’t love them. You love yourself more than others. Do not choose not to reveal the Way, the Truth, and the Life because you are trying to avoid a disapproving look. 

 

Acts 13 – You that fear the Lord listen to me ( people who put God first in their life.)

 

We should exalt God above any other person. 

 

“We must obey God rather than men.” – Acts 5:29  

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Prov 3:5-6

 

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. – Psalm 75:6

 

Trust God as your source. God has a solution to any problem you could possibly have.

 

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 118:6

 

When you have a healthy fear in God, not a corrupt fear in man, you will have peace that passes understanding. 

 

When you fear the Lord, you put your trust in Him. 

 

Knowing how much God loves you will give you confidence that all He does is for your good. Then it will be easy to put your trust in Him. 

 

But it’s not just a passive trust; it’s an active trust. I will walk on water because I don’t just trust His goodness; I know He is more than able to carry me through any situation. He is the One who walks with me through the fire and wards off even the smell of smoke.

 

Put God first in your life, and you will rise above the issues that seem so overwhelming in your life. 

 

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

 Look! He is coming with clouds,

    and every eye will see Him,

even those who pierced Him.

    And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.

Even so, Amen.

 

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

  • Revelations 1:5-8

 

In His Service, 

Abbie

Assignment:

Lesson – Fear Of The Lord