Summary: Fear, respect and honor humbly shown to God will bring great blessings to our life
The Fear of The Lord
Prov 22:4¡K Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor
1. The importance of the fear of the Lord.
a. All the blessings a person hopes to find flow through a humble heart that honors the fear of the Lord.
List of Blessings:
ƒá To overcome sinful habits Proverbs 16:6
ƒá To begin learning knowledge Proverbs 1:7
ƒá To start being wise Proverbs 9:10
ƒá To have longer life Proverbs 10:27
ƒá To discover a fountain of life Proverbs 14:27
ƒá To learn contentment Proverbs 15:16
ƒá To grow wisdom Proverbs 15:33
ƒá To get riches, honor, and life Proverbs 22:44
ƒá To experience true worship Psalm 5:7
ƒá To have no wants Psalm 34:9
ƒá To Experience God¡¦s salvation Psalm 85:9
ƒá To receive daily provision Psalm 111:5
ƒá To experience strong confidence Prov 14:26
ƒá To have a satisfying life Prov19: 23
ƒá To share the secrets of the Lord Psalm 25:14
ƒá To Experience God¡¦s goodness Psalm 31:19
ƒá To have constant protection Psalm 33:18-19
ƒá To be delivered from trouble Psalm 34:7
ƒá To be looked to for truthfulness Psalm 60:4
ƒá To receive a special heritage Psalm 61:5
ƒá To be given God¡¦s mercy Psalm 103:11
ƒá To have the Lord¡¦s pity Psalm 103:13
ƒá To bring delight to the Lord Psalm 147:11
ƒá To become a special treasure of God Malachi 3: 16-17
2. Consequences of not fearing the Lord!
ƒá No restraint of Evil¡K Rom 3:10-18 "There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one. " "Their throat is an open grave, With their tongues they keep deceiving," "The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness"; "Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And the path of peace have they not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
ƒá No effective church discipline¡K Acts 5:5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it.
Also¡K 1 Tim 5:20-21 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be fearful of sinning.
ƒá No guard against wrong church members¡K Acts 5:11-13 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things. And at the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.
ƒá No perfecting of holiness¡K 2 Cor 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
ƒá No scriptural submission¡K Eph 5:21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
ƒá No maturity in salvation¡K Phil 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
ƒá No influence to unsaved family¡K 1 Peter 3:1-2 In like manner, ye wives, (be) in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behavior of their wives; beholding your chaste behavior (coupled) with fear.
ƒá No effective witnessing¡K 1 Peter 3:15-16 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
ƒá No fulfillment of Godly desires¡K Ps 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
ƒá No effective restoration¡K Jude 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
3. Definition of the fear of the Lord!
The continual awareness that I am in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God, and that every thought, word, action, and deed is open before Him and being judged by Him.
Be assured that God is paying attention to our way of living.
Prov 5:21¡Kfor the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He watches all his paths.
4. Wholesome fear vs destructive fear: