Fear of the Lord | The Strong New Me

It’s been a really long while that I haven’t updated the blog. Where did time go?

The journey through my faith is never easy. Being a follower of Jesus Christ doesn’t guarantee an easy, happy, butterflies-and-sunshine kind of moments. The exact opposite happens EVERY single day.

But one thing’s for sure… you’ll experience real, fulfilling and fruitful happiness in life.

I’m making a commitment to blog again because it helps me grow in faith, it helps me to be more accountable of my spiritual growth and what more could be timely to share about the Fear of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Psalms 111:10 (KJV)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

 

What does Fear of the Lord mean?

Fear is always associated with trembling and being afraid of something. However, Godly fear is the far opposite from worldy fear. It’s counterintuitive from what we know of.

I’m sharing the points that our dear Paster, Dr. Armie Jesalva, about what it means to have the fear of the Lord. (Disclaimer: These are not his actual words but the bullet points discussed are from this Sunday Service teaching.)

 

#1 Godly fear does not consist of dread and terror.

God is love. He love us first. God’s love is eternal and forgiving. We can never out forgive God. I need this myself.

1 John 4:19 (KJV)
19 We love him, because he first loved us.

We have fear for the Lord because He knows what’s best for us. When we are deep in the trenches of every struggle and challenges, it’s easy to forget that what we’re going through “may” be a consequences of taking our own decisions first below acknowledging our obedience to God’s plan in our life.

Our fear of the Lord comes from the understanding that our Heavenly Father knows what’s best for us. He knows what we need.

 

#2 Godly Fear is a fruit of Godly Blessing

I haven’t shared my full story yet of how I learned about God’s love and I accepted what the Lord Jesus Christ did to save a wretch like me. Long story short, I got saved after 4 years in marriage.

If you are a Christian or raised in a Christian family, the bible teaches us to not be yoked with an unbeliever.

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

As a young Christian, you shouldn’t be in a relationship with an unbeliever. If you want a relationship that will be blessed by the Lord, find a partner that loves God first. However, my husband made that mistake marrying me. We did not have the same faith in Christ.

God is still in control. By His grace and mercy, I have known that there’s love exceedingly great that no one else can fulfill. I have learned to fear the Lord in my marriage, in raising my kids and dealing with people. The understanding that bible teaches is far beyond what societal norms make you believe.

Hebrews 12:28 (KJV)
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Conforming to the norms of society = easy. Conforming to God’s plan and obedience to His words = 1000% challenging.

I don’t necessarily say that to exaggerate but because it is the truth. God’s design for us is completely the opposite of what the sinful world deceives us with.

Godly fear is a fruit of Godly blessing which leads to more blessings.

 

#3 Godly Fear is for our greater good

  1. It is our great protection against sinful, dangerous alliances with the wicked.
  2. It is our great protection agains the fear of man.
  3. It inspires boldness and confidence.
  4. It gives us freedom from wildly troubles.
  5. It’s our great protection agains sin.

 

Fear of the Lord surpasses all human understanding. It will lead to obedience of God’s words. He promised great blessing to those who work on God-given strength and talents to accomplish His plan and desire for our lives.

Remember:

The Israelites journeyed for 40 years from Egyptian bondage before they reached the promised land.
God promised Abraham a son and made his wife, Sarah, pregnant at the age of 90.
God’s timing is never early, never late but ALWAYS on time.

This is a hard lesson for me as well because I’m always impatient. 😅

 

Over to you…

What are you still struggling with fearing the Lord?  How are you applying it in your everyday nuisance?