Summary: Last week we introduced RESOLVE. This week we begin with the most important resolution, a stronger relationship with God. This is part 1 of 3 parts. Here is the outline. The second part contains numerous Scriptures on the Fear of God from the ESV.
When you think of God, what action verb comes to mind?
The phrase “Thank the Lord” or “Thank God” appears approximately 8 times in Scripture. The phrase “Love the Lord” or “Love God” appears approximately 18 times in Scripture. The phrase “Serve the Lord” or “Serve God” appears approximately 29 times in Scripture. The phrase “Seek the Lord” or “Seek God” appears approximately 33 times in Scripture. The phrase “Praise the Lord” or “Praise God” appears approximately 43 times in Scripture. However, the phrase “Fear the Lord” or “Fear God” appears approximately 47 times in Scripture and “Fear of the Lord” or “Fear of God” appears an additional 30 times.
According to the facts above, what action verb seems to be most important?
“Fear” is to revere or to be humbled by awesome power.
Why should we “fear” God? Deuteronomy 6; Variety of Proverbs
1. Because God commands it.
3. It is for our good always.
5. It will bring us blessing from God. Psalm 115:13
6. Our church may grow. Acts 9:31
How should we “fear” God?
1. By learning God’s commands. Deuteronomy 17:19-20
2. By doing God’s commands.
What happens when we don’t “fear” God?
We make foolish decisions and our lives become a mess. i.e. wrong relationships, poor financial decisions, laziness, etc.
If we don't fear God, we can't serve Him or truly love Him.
Perhaps today we should RESOLVE to fear God.
Scriptures handed out:
Individuals and the “Fear of the Lord”:
What God said of Abraham with Isaac: (Genesis 22:12 ESV) He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
Jethro’s instructions to Moses: (Exodus 18:21 ESV) Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
Moses’ instructions to Israel: (Deuteronomy 6:2, 24 ESV) that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long… And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.
(Deuteronomy 10:20 ESV) You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.
(Deuteronomy 17:19-20 ESV) And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.