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Summary: The One True Living God is a God of love, indeed, but He is also a fearsome God of Wrath to those who would rebuff Him, and a respect-worthy Father who chastens those whom He calls sons.

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The Fear of God

February 15, 2015 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: The One True Living God is a God of love, indeed, but He is also a fearsome God of Wrath to those who would rebuff Him, and a respect-worthy Father who chastens those whom He calls sons.

Focus Passage: Psalm 77:11-20

Supplemental Passage: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 NASB)

To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. (Proverbs 1:7 GNB)

Introduction: For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God. For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer's fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe. http://www.gotquestions.org/fear-God.html#ixzz3RpZaDXJr

I. Respect as the Father

a. and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." (Hebrews 12:5-6 NASB)

b. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29 NASB)

c. Too often, we can be paralyzed by the evil one with fear of disappointing God. Remember, “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for HIS good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13)

II. Regard as the Creator

a. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, "Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? "Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? "On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:1-7 NASB)

b. 'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it. (Jeremiah 5:22 NASB)

c. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. (Isaiah 40:28 NASB)


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