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What Does It Mean To Fear The Lord?

To download the Bible Study Preparation Materials for January 05, 2011, please click here.

Happy New Year!  I hope that all of you started off your New Year feeling blessed and looking forward to what God has in store for you in 2011.

While I was down in Atlanta, Georgia on vacation with my family, I attended a Watch Night Service at a local area church in Fairburn, GA.  At the time I was feeling very tired and exhausted from 2010.  But little did I know the pastor had a word for me!

The pastor preached from Matthew 14:22-33.  I believe that this is a passage that many of you had read before.  It is passage about Jesus walking on water and following dialog taking place between Jesus and the disciples:

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”   “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The theme for the night as well as the year at the church in Fairburn, GA was :  ”Regaining Your Focus (on Jesus Christ) in 2011!”

Maybe 2010 was a tough year for you.  Perhaps there were times when you stumbled.  Maybe you were disappointed with yourself.  Well take courage and don’t be afraid.  2011 is a new year!  Whatever happened in 2010 is in the past!  Leave it in the past!  This is a new year in which I believe Jesus is calling the body of Christ to a greater and more powerful witness.  What do you believe Jesus is requiring of you in 2011?  What new ministry do you believe Jesus Christ would like to give birth through you?  What is your passion?  What makes you tick?  What brings you joy?  What opportunity to disciple and witness has Jesus placed upon your heart?  Is there anywhere within your local church that you can see an opportunity for you to serve?  What are your spiritual gifts?  Perhaps Jesus is calling you to use those gifts in some capacity for the Kingdom of God in 2011?  Jesus Christ will be right there with you, calling you to do great and marvelous things for Him in 2011.  Hallelujah!

So with that, I am excited and focused in 2011 on the Kingdom!

I cannot wait to witness what Jesus has in store for the body of Christ in 2011!  I do not know precisely what will happen to me in 2011, but I hope when Jesus Christ beckons me to “Come!,” I will obediently heed the call no matter what it may require!

As you prepare for tomorrow’s Bible Study, please read Job 28:1-28 and consider the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to fear God?
  2. Should Christians fear God and why?
  3. What is the difference between wise fear and faithless fear of God?

Please feel free to submit your answers with a post (below) on this blog:)

If possible please use scripture to support your answers:)

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  1. Edwin says

    28:28, “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom…” is not an isolated admonition; the chapter in which it appears offers some explanation of its meaning.

    In Verses 1-11, man’s powers over nature (the physical realm) are expounded. He takes precious and useful metals and jewels from the earth – something that none of the other creatures can do; he smelts the copper, shapes the flint into tools, and puts an end to darkness with torches; he cuts shafts, tunnels through rock, and transforms the earth; he brings hidden things to light.

    In Verses 12-19, the value of wisdom is extolled and all of man’s powers over the physical realm which were spoken about in the previous verses are diminished. None of them can be compared to the value of wisdom, which is presented as a gift greater than any of man’s possessions or powers.

    In Verses 20-28, it is made clear that wisdom is not known by Destruction or Death but is known by God alone. He then offers man a path to wisdom; that path is the fear of the Lord.

    Thus, we can gain knowledge by using our gifts but that knowledge, while valuable, is as nothing compared to the value of the wisdom we can acquire by fearing God. By its aid, we will be able to put our knowledge to good purpose and gain the understanding that will help us to shun evil.

    Everyone (not just Christians) should fear God because it is a sure defense against evil and a safe stronghold against doubt and ignorance. It is both a shield and a compass.

    Wise fear of God is based on understanding of who God is and what our relationship to Him is. It is also based on the degree of our love for Him and the anguish we feel when we find ourselves apart from Him. Faithless fear of God is fear of a shadow, not a reality. It is a superstitious state that causes the ignorant to perform meaningless invented rituals that are not to be found in what God actually revealed to us in His Holy Book.

  2. Edwin says

    There is another dimension to “fear of God,” and that is, “fear only God.” This important principle is brought forth in the passage that Charles was so taken with – Matthew 14:28-30.

    But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

    The Lord, and only the Lord, is our salvation. If we put our whole trust in Him, we need not fear anything or anyone but Him. Peter’s fear and trust of God was not complete; he feared the wind. There was no need for him to fear the wind because he was under the Lord’s protection. When we diminish our appreciation of the Lord’s protection we look elsewhere for protection, such as physical shelter, and are overwhelmed by fear when it is taken away. If we fear only God, then the wind (or anything else) holds no sway over us.

  3. Min. Hightower says

    When we say fear the God, are we using fear in the same sense that we normally use fear? Read 1 John 4:7-21. After reading this passage, do you have the same perspective or one that is different?

    Also would you please check out the following scriptures and tell me what you think about fear of God:)
    1 Samuel 12:13-15
    Psalm 31:18-20
    Psalm 111:9-10
    Ecclesiastes 7:17-19
    Isaiah 41:22-24
    Jeremiah 10:4-6
    Jeremiah 32:39-41
    1 Peter 2:17-19

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