HOLINESS AND THE FEAR OF GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 8:13. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Man is a creature of fear. Fear naturally emanates from man because, man is a fallen being and has a great sense of insecurity. The sad truth is that man naturally does not fear God. The basic fear of man is the fear of evil but God does not in any way symbolize evil. He is a manifestation of good and love. Fear is a deep sense of emotional insecurity.

Whatever you fear has control over you. The Lord says in Isaiah 8:12, “Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid”. We are told not to fear the fear of the world or the devil and all that he claims he is. We must rather Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be our fear, and let him be our dread.(Isaiah 8:13).Our key scripture says ,the fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride and arrogance and the evil way. This is what holiness is also all about. Indeed, there cannot be holiness without the fear of God. Fearing God is wisdom. Job 28:28

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. The scriptures declare that the man who has no fear of God is not wise.

Fear for God is not a product of the mind, but a response of the spirit of man to the word. It is a sense of acknowledging the awesomeness of God with the understanding that failure to please Him would spell your eternal damnation (Matt 10:28). Just as we grow our faith through knowledge of the word and practice of what the word says, fear for God comes through the knowledge of God and acting on his word. The more a man knows God the more he or she trembles at the word of God. One sure sign of a man who knows God is humility. It is this visible demonstration of meekness that also reveals that hidden inner virtue of Holiness. Such a man exudes or manifests beauty of spirit that communicates the presence of God and causes the ungodly man to be convicted of his sins. On many occasions such a man may not even talk to sinners yet a great conviction of sin falls on them.

CONFESSION

I have a great fear for God. This fear of GOD causes me to forsake every action, thought or feeling that opposes God. I reverentially do what the Lord asks me to do. This makes me live in peace and power.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 111:10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.

Proverbs 1:7. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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