~Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge..

Noah Webster defines fear as:

In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.

Before salvation, I did not possess this type of fear. In fact, I mocked God with my actions.  I did not consider God in this light because I did not love Him as I should. I did not have a reverence for His laws. I knew they existed but I did not feel compelled to obey them.

After salvation, however, the Holy Spirit placed this fear in my heart. Now I strive for perfect obedience. I fail miserably but the key is that I am striving to be obedient. When I do fail, I know:

~1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today. A. W. Tozer

~Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

When the Christian is in the middle of a crisis, as Job was, he must ask himself this question:

Am I where I should be in my walk with God?

There’s no sense asking this question if the believer is living his life in rebellion and does not want to know the answer. The Christian who truly wants to know will seek God’s face and will search His Word to find out the answers.  (II Timothy 2:15)

The Lord spoke and said that the fear of God is wisdom and departing from evil is understanding.  (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 15:33) When a believer rightly fears God and has a moral reverence for God, he will desire the things of God – and the one who does not fear God won’t desire the things of God. (Job 13:3, Galatians 4:9) The one who desires to walk more closely with God will have the need to be in the Word, studying and learning, and applying it to his spiritual walk. The results produce a Christian who receives understanding from His God.

Are there areas in your life where you do not acknowledge God’s words?  Do you pick and choose what you will obey? To obey only in certain areas is quenching the Holy Spirit’s work in your spiritual life. (I Thessalonians 5:19) Are you in the midst of a trial and it is due to neglecting God’s Word and His instruction? You will not receive wisdom and understanding if you are in direction contradiction to what God is saying and the word of God says that is rebellion. (Nehemiah 9:17, Proverbs 17:11)  Repent of this rebellion and fix your eyes on God’s word. Let His Holy Spirit instruct you in the way you should go. (Psalm 119:105)

Seeing your God with the reverential awe He deserves will humble you and will open your heart to His instruction. Departing from known sin is a start. You know in your heart when you have sinned – admit that and turn away from it. It is then that you will receive that wisdom and understanding.

Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

The chastening of the Lord is not an easy pill to swallow. But praise the Lord that He loves us enough to correct us! But we must remember that the same God who corrects us is the same God that binds our wounds and makes us whole! His correction is loving, holy and always serves a purpose – to benefit the Christian! His desire is that we live holy lives. (I Peter 1:16) His chastisement and guidance is done with this in mind.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I love the six words of this verse: “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”! I dare say that this is the problem with churches today. The people are not encouraged to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we all looked at our sin in this light and would strive to live godly lives, what an influence we would have on this world!

Psalm 51:6-7 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Do we desire the truth in our inward parts? Or are we simply living our lives and walking our walk with just enough scriptural truths to get by? Wisdom and knowledge from the scriptures is what will increase our fear (reverence of God and His holiness) of the Lord. Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 all support this statement. How can we become more like the Lord? Get in His word and live by it! It is His word that cleanses us and points to our vile sin. Little scriptures, more sin – more scriptures, little sin!

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

Yes, the word teaches us how to live in this godless world. It teaches us how we can make a difference and how to shed light in darkness! When we depart from what the word of God teaches, we lose our power of effectiveness to a dying world. Does it surprise us then why the Lord chastises us? Not only is it for our own good but for the good of those watching us!

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Good works do not earn us salvation. But after salvation, our good works ought to represent what is in our hearts – the love of Christ! A desire to serve Him and do His work is a result of the precious salvation that He purchased!

How can our children learn what is right in this world if we do not discipline and teach them? It is no different with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He teaches us, disciplines us, and molds us into His likeness. Along with His word, we are being taught how to live holy lives so we can help others. His word perfects us!

Ephesians 4:12-13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledege of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

Is it any wonder that Christians today are weak? They have a diluted corruption of God’s holy word! We who have the true word of God in the King James Bible need to spend the time reading it, absorbing what God wants us to know, and growing spiritually! Then, and only then, can we make a difference to a dying world.