The fear of the Lord

Fearing the Lord is something I didn’t understand for a while when I first became a Christian. I took it literally and I thought I was supposed to be afraid of God. Then I understood that I was to reverence Him and to respect Him. I was to be afraid to disappoint Him. Now, I see that we are meant to fear the Lord and it means that we are to honor Him and to respect Him at all times. Fearing the Lord is showing Him that we put Him on a pedestal and that we follow Him and His Word. Without the fear of the Lord we would run amok and just do whatever we want and then repent or not repent and do it all over again. The fear of the Lord stops us in our tracks and makes us think twice. There is power in the fear of the Lord. It guides us and it reroutes us when necessary. I have been reading Psalm 15 a lot lately and I have been studying it. Verse 4 mentions those who fear the Lord. Psalm 15 talks about those who fear the Lord and describes them as people who stay strong in their walk with the Lord and who act right and tell the truth. The fear of the Lord is not a negative thing. It is an expression of awe and adoration and it keeps us in line so to speak. When we fear the Lord, we want to please Him and to follow His lead. When you follow the Lord, you stay in faith and you keep trusting the Lord. Fear the Lord and you will defeat fear. Fear the Lord and you will do His will. Fear the Lord and you will always walk in love.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of the Lord works hand in hand with wisdom. When we fear the Lord, we have to pay attention to who He is and to what He says and we can find out more about that in His Word. The fear of the Lord leads us to the Word of God and it opens our minds to a new way of thinking. The fear of the Lord is a step toward the renewing of our minds. We learn from the Word and we grow in the Word when we fear the Lord. We spend time getting to know Him and getting closer to Him. During that process we can’t help but gain wisdom. There is so much to know and so little time. We can’t know it all but we can be on our way and we can enjoy the journey. The fear of the Lord will give us so much knowledge and so much precious information that we will become a fountain of wisdom that can quench the thirst of those who long to know Jesus. The fear of the Lord makes us be more like Jesus and it is a wonderful thing. It is the best thing that can happen to us after salvation. The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from our old ways and we develop and become the person the Lord wants us to be.

The fear of the Lord helps us turn away from evil and focus on love. God is love and when we fear Him, we walk in love so we can walk close to Him. The fear of the Lord is the motivation to love that we have inside of us. When we are saved, God is in us through His Spirit and we can choose to lean on Him or we can ignore Him. When we fear the Lord, we acknowledge the Holy Spirit in all we do and love is at the top of the list of our actions. Love is in our words, our actions and our thoughts. We can lean on love if we choose to. We can fear the Lord and be more like Him. We can be vessels of love and we can follow the wonderful lead of the Holy Spirit. He has a lot to do with the fear of the Lord. He reminds us of that fear and He encourages us to live in this holy fear. Fear the Lord and enjoy His fountain of life. The fear of the Lord is greater than any treasure in the world like the Bible says. Get to know the Lord as much as you can. You will live a life of wisdom, of love, of faith, of peace and of joy. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 15

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