I choose to fear the Lord and keep His commandments!
INTRODUCTION: GLOBAL IMPACT
- The result of a lack of the FEAR OF THE LORD!
- ALL the world is to FEAR THE LORD!
- This gospel (which includes the importance of THE FEAR OF THE LORD) is to be preached in all the world.
- JESUS is SOVEREIGN on the earth! Consider the meaning of “sovereignty” …
- FEARING GOD is acceptable to God
- The conclusion/summary – FEAR GOD!
TEACHING THE FEAR OF THE LORD
- Teaching all nations to FEAR THE LORD
- The FEAR OF THE LORD is to be taught and can be learned
- Illustration – LIONS — lesson learned…
- The KING was to read the Word of God and learn THE FEAR OF THE LORD
FEAR OF GOD / NO FEAR
- Definition of the FEAR OF GOD
- The unrighteous have NO FEAR OF GOD (Romans 3:18; 1:18-25)
- The unrighteous DO NOT FEAR, and they will receive judgment – they worship and serve the creature, rather than the CREATOR
OUR AWESOME CREATOR / HIS WONDERFUL CREATION DISPLAYS HIS HANDIWORK
- Worship Him – not ourselves – He is truly GREAT!
- Recognize His fingerprints – Psalm 8:1-4
- The uniqueness of fingerprints
- God’s mighty acts produce THE FEAR OF GOD (Centurion, Paralytic healed; etc)
- Job’s revelation of God
- Different amazing creative acts of God – (Fish, bees, water, etc..)
- Isaiah 40:15-28 – The Greatness of God our CREATOR!
- OUR ALMIGHTY CREATOR – Seeing God’s Wonderful Creation should produce in us the awesome FEAR OF THE LORD – ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! (Mark 10:27; Jeremiah 32)
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS A REQUIREMENT (for our good)
- Keeping His commandments and walking in His ways demonstrates the FEAR OF THE LORD
- Show reverence – He is AWESOME!
- HATE EVIL – (do good) – resist pride… Micah 6:8 – keep HUMBLE!
- The FEAR OF THE LORD helps keep us from sinning.
- It is by the FEAR OF THE LORD that we stay away from sin… (Illustration – famous minister fell into sin, was imprisoned, was repentant … his testimony – “he loved Jesus, but HE DIDN’T FEAR GOD – “He was not the supreme authority in my life”
BLESSINGS of FEARING THE LORD / CURSINGS OF NOT FEARING THE LORD
- The Lord will bless those that FEAR HIM!
- Those that disobey and do NOT FEAR THE LORD will be inflicted with terrible plagues!
- Satan is trying to destroy THE FEAR OF THE LORD globally!
- It Is a choice we must personally make
- The man who blasphemed
- Ananias and Sapphira
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IN THE EARLY CHURCH
- Acts 9:31 – Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
- Acts 2:43 – Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
- Acts 5:11 – So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
DEVELOPING A CLOSER, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
- Failed relationships
- God wants us to know him intimately
- The FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of an intimate relationship with Him!
NEW YEARS FAITH CONFESSION
- Like the Psalmist – Psalm 86:11 – as you teach me your ways, I will walk in your truth and FEAR YOU!
- NEW YEARS DECLARATION –
“I CHOOSE TO FEAR THE LORD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!”