Sunday, February 26, 2012

A lack of the fear of God………..

“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.”   Isaiah 11:2 NIV

The greater our knowledge of God the greater our love will be for Him and the greater our fear (awesome respect) of Him will be also. The prophet Isaiah had an encounter with God that changed his life. “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." (Isaiah 6:1-5)

 In the revelation of God’s light and glory even our slightest shortcomings are revealed which causes us to immediately repent. Notice that Isaiah even felt contaminated by the sin of the people that he had been with, when he stood before God

The fear of God is a theme that is mentioned throughout the Bible.  But it is a subject that has been neglected by many pastors and teachers of God’s Word today.  The fear of God is a very important aspect in a Christian’s life because it is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit.

 A lack of the fear of God in a person’s life means they have a lack of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Without the fear of God a person becomes unbalanced in their understanding of God and in their relationship with the Lord.  The fear of God causes His children to run to Him, and His enemies to flee from Him.

 The fear of God is a gift from God, given through the Holy Spirit, which He puts in our heart to keep us close to Him.  “They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”  (Jeremiah 32:38-40 NKJV)

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