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Summary: Those who fear the Lord are blessed with God’s protection. Those who hear this message will be motivated to live in the fear of the Lord because of the many promises God makes to those who will do so.

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The Benefits of Fearing the Lord (Part 2)

July 2/3, 2005

Don Jaques

MAIN IDEA: Those who fear the Lord are blessed with God’s protection.

AIM: Those who hear this message will be motivated to live in the fear of the Lord because of the many promises God makes to those who will do so.

INTRO:

Two weeks ago…blessings of WISDOM and an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

This week: GOD’S PROTECTION.

PROTECTION:

LENGTHENED LIFE

Prov. 10:27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Prov. 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Remember – Proverbs describe life the way it tends to be – they are not prescriptive for every situation. Solomon observed the way life goes and with God’s help penned these wise sayings. One can always cite exceptions to these principles – but the wisdom can be trusted nevertheless.

For example – Christian musicians Keith Green and Rich Mullins both died young – in the prime of their lives – while living lives totally sold out to God.

Nevertheless, God’s wisdom shows that people who live in the fear of the Lord can be expected to live a lengthened life.

It is interesting that not only is this found in scripture, but modern science is proving this to be true as well.

Technicianonline.com – Nov 2004 –

Religious people live longer and healthier lives than their non-religious counterparts, according to several studies released by Duke University Medical Center recently….

Koenig’s research has found that religious people spend less time in the hospital, are healthier, recover faster and avoid depression or recover from it quickly.

Research also shows that people of faith are less likely to use addictive substances.

One of the largest studies to date on the subject by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley produced similar results in a 28-year study of 5,000 people aged 21 to 65 years old.

The study found that people who attended religious services at least once a week had a 23 percent lower risk of dying over the study period than people who attended less frequently.

So… people who fear the Lord will deal with stress better than others – our priorities are lined up. We know what is really important – we have an eternal perspective on the troubles we endure, and we can laugh at the days to come because we know the end of the story (and we win!)

People who fear the Lord understand that their body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and will be spared the health consequences of substance abuse, which cuts life spans short.

The fear of the Lord leads to the blessing of a longer life.

AVOID EVIL

A second way the fear of the Lord brings protection to our lives is by keeping us from evil and the consequences of it in our lives.

Prov. 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

ILLUS: Learning to drive my instructor told me to put a yellow “turtle” under the car without the wheels hitting it. Being inexperienced I ended up hitting the turtle with the passenger side wheels. Clunk!


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