But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. This comes from Romans 1, beginning with verse 20. Pharaoh brought disaster on his nation because he did not fear God. The Holy Ghost means so much to me, and He must mean much to you, too. When you love the Lord and fear Him, it is no longer a matter of what you want to do but what God wants you to do.
Galatians 1:10 Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? They are lives brave, not because the realities of life have been ignored, but because they are lives that are founded upon the solid foundation of God's grace. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. The honest answer is that my focus was on abundance rather than the fear of the Lord. He gave both to you. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? In other words, could anyone tell by how you live and what you do whether you fear God or not? You cannot keep what you do not first know.
The things God speaks come to pass because He is Lord God Almighty. All that we do in life we do for God. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion. They would rather enjoy sinning than obeying the will of their Creator, who gives them all good things to enjoy! Do you desire God to bless you? Your enemies may be your own family members if they reject God; but Jesus said, Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. You will never have real joy if you do things for the Lord begrudgingly.
A number of years ago I was looking for a publisher for my first book and was approached by a nationally known publishing house. If you fear God the right way, you will be just as angry at sin as God is; and you will hate all evil. In one way or another, the individual who absorbs the most Scripture, spiritually assimilating it into his heart, life, and very being, is the one who will know most of the fear of God. Let us tell you where in the Bible people feared God and will fear God. Who Feared God in the Bible? Students have to be careful about studying vain worldly things in school because they will appeal to the flesh and lead you astray. Indeed, the world does not fear God. Go and thanks the Lord, make offerings lest he should revoke your fortune.
When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, so God gave them their pleasure in unrighteousness. Yet you say that you will not fear God? Only true salvation makes you steadfast and unmovable in the Lord. The first important thing to discuss is the meaning of the word fear. Having this confidence, we can pray for this increase in the firm expectation that God will indeed hear and answer such prayer. The scene was so terrible that He had to turn His back on His Son to keep from coming down to save Him as Jesus cried, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me Matthew 27:46? Notice the examples of conversion in the book of Acts: Are you in this church you read about in the New Testament? After I repented, God restored that situation and eventually connected me with the right publisher, but all the trouble I went through could have been avoided had I only followed His prompting in the first place. But the other criminal rebuked him.
It surrounds us with grace and mercy and draws us with cords of love into the Father's warm embrace. God is telling you, but will you listen? But Peter stood at the door without. For the most part, America and the world does not fear God. You cannot serve God with only half of your heart. What prevents me from being baptized? For example in , Joseph wins his brothers' trust when he declares he is a God-fearing man. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths Proverbs 3:5,6.
Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? I do confess every sin! We are deeply concerned for so many who are not ready for the soon return of Jesus. Perhaps, this is one reason why so few seem to be able to get their prayers answered. Fear can be associated with terror. Thus religion which originally was perhaps a search for the creator became the oldest yet most thriving industry in the world. It is in the fear of the Lord.
So often Christians act as though God is there to serve them. And she said, Yea, for so much. They also may have lied or cheated to get the money and possessions they have, and that is sin. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast Psalm 33:8,9. What they are greatly fearing is the punishment in that place called Hell, the eternal lake of fire! We are to have total dependence upon God.
It is to those who fear God and hope in His mercy. He cannot be lightly esteemed. You will seek to learn it in great detail because you will know it contains the excellent knowledge, wisdom and safety information you need to do your job the right way. When you fear God, your hands, your eyes and your feet will be His to use. In everything that we do, we are to draw close to Him. It was the fear of God that kept me from doing many of the things my friends were doing in my teenage years. I would encourage you to do so! Once people are in hell, God will never remember them again.