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Walking in the Fear of the Lord

by Dave Everett on June 06, 2020

I know the subject of the fear of the Lord is not a popular subject. But the fear of the Lord is in dire lack today. We don't have much fear of God today.

"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes." (Ps. 36:1, KJV)

The fear of the Lord will cause people to live properly.

The dictionary defines fear as:

  1. An unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger;
  2. Instance or manifestation of such a feeling;
  3. State of dread, concern or care;
  4. Awe, reverence as in the fear of the Lord.

When we are talking about fearing the Lord, we are talking about being awe of Him, reverencing Him. When we talk of fearing the Lord we are talking about honoring the Lord and respecting Him. We are talking about trusting God.

"Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
"
(Acts 9:31)

The fear of the Lord is one of the ways to see the Gospel multiplied and people's lives changed.

Therefore, if the Church is to multiply today we need to take a closer look at this verse. We need to be edified and walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost, and then multiplication will come.

But we don't honor, reverence and fear the Lord today. Moreover we are not seeing more people drawing near to God.

"You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield." (Ps. 115:11)

The fear of the Lord is trusting in the Lord.

In other words, if you are having trouble trusting God, you don't have the fear of the Lord. Fearing the Lord is honoring Him, respecting Him and trusting Him.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil." (Prov. 3:5-7)

Each of these phrases in this passage of Scripture is how we fear the Lord.

Walking in the fear of the Lord is trusting Him with all of our hearts.

The fear of the Lord is trusting His Promises. Beloved friends, when you are walking in the fear of the Lord you should be walking in a supernatural peace and rest in your life despite the circumstances. When you are are walking in the fear of the Lord, trusting Him there is no anxiety. Now the fear of the Lord is not the absence of problems. No, the fear of the Lord is trusting the Lord in spite of the problems you may be facing.

The Word of God teaches us to cast our cares on Him (1 Pt. 5:7). That means in the fear of the Lord we cast our cares on Him and leave them there. We don't take them back. No matter what the doctor says, despite our marriage problems, despite being laid off and having bills that are choking us, we cast our cares on Him in the fear of the Lord, trusting Him. We fear Him more than we fear anything in this natural realm.

Walking in the fear of the Lord is leaning on  our own understanding.

Walking in the fear of the Lord means we have for respect for God's judgment than we do our own. Walking in the fear of the Lord means we honor His opinion above our own. Walking in the fear of the Lord means we exalt His opinion over anyone else's.

Walking in the fear of the Lord is acknowledging Him in all our ways.

"O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." (Jer. 10:23)

Now God gave us the choice to make our own decisions and to direct our own steps. But the truth is, we are not smart enough to direct our own steps. We are not God.

Walking in the fear of the Lord is not being wise in our own eyes.

Walking in the fear of the Lord is departing from evil.

Hebrews 10:16 says that our desire to live holy comes from within as born-again believers. Yet some Christians claim to love God but do not love the Word of God. Beloved friends, you cannot fear the Lord and embrace principles such as abortion that are contrary to the Word of God. Those who do evil knowing it wrong have exalted their wisdom above his.

Those who argue, "I don't care what the Word of God says, this is what I believe, this is my truth," are walking in idolatry. They have made a god in their own image. They have made a god that they want. Beloved friends, it is not up to us to choose "I'll honor and worship God if He is like this."

The Word of God is a revelation of Himself. We need to submit to the Word of God. The fear of the Lord will exalt God's opinion over our own opinion. The fear of the Lord will exalt God's opinion over societies' opinion. The fear of the Lord will exalt God's opinion over any religious group or the traditions of man, that make the Word of God of no effect.

"It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones." (Prov. 3:8)

Walking in the fear of the Lord is healthy.

Trusting God instead of worrying about your health and finances is healthy. Casting your cares on Him is healthy. Stress depresses your immune system. It is healthy to fear the Lord, trusting Him instead of worrying about your job, people, finances and your health. The fear of the Lord is healthier.

"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;" (Prov. 3:9)

Walking in the fear of the Lord is honoring the Lord with your firstfruits.

Unfortunately, some people fear their landlord more than they fear the Lord. Some people fear their electric company more than they fear the Lord.
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." (Prov. 8:13, KJV)

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride, arrogancy and the froward mouth. In other words, if you don't hate these things you don't fear the Lord. You don't honor, respect and reverence Him.

Now there is a conflict
in the church today that believes we are not suppose to hate anything. You hate the sin but love the person. Nonetheless, some people are so identified with evil that you practically have to hate everything they stand for.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil


"Do not be wise in your own eyes; f
ear the Lord and depart from evil." (Prov. 3:7)

If you are doing something that you know is wrong. It is a direct inroad to Satan working in your life. Yes there is grace and mercy. Yes He loves you. That is not the issue. But are you really going to give Satan a free shot at you?

The fear of the Lord is to hate pride


Self is so promoted in our society today. Our society has exalted self. "Well this is what I feel," "How does this make you feel," or "It does not matter what the Truth is, this is how I feel."- According to Andrew Wommack, that is immaturity to the max. We need to pull our thumbs our our mouths and grow up.

Beloved friends, many of us have exalted feelings over Truth. We have exalted feelings over the Fear of the Lord. Many of us have exalted ourselves and how we feel over others and how they feel. Honoring ourselves more than the fear of the Lord.

Personally I have feelings, but I want to be one who honors God and others more. I need to do what is right no matter how it makes me feel. Sometimes doing the right thing may make feel bad, but I need to do the right thing. 

Love has to hate whatever comes against the object of your love. Therefore, if you love God then you have to hate whatever comes against the object of your love. If you love others as you love yourself you have to hate whatever comes against the object of your love. You don't hate people but you hate evil, you hate pride.

We need to fear the Lord and love people enough to tell them the Truth. That is one of things I always admired about my friend Javier, he loved people enough to tell them the Truth. He walked in the fear of the Lord. He honored and respected God and people more than himself. Some of you may not appreciate what I am teaching here, but I am not telling you these things to condemn you and make you feel bad. I am teaching these things to help you. I am teaching these things to honor the Lord and honor you.

The fear of the Lord hates a froward mouth.


A froward mouth is a lying mouth. It is a mouth that misrepresents things. Have you ever noticed that within the 10 commandments it does not say, "You shall not lie." No it says,

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Ex. 20:16)

When Abraham was asked if Sarah was his sister, he said she was his sister. That statement was not necessarily a lie.  But it was bearing false witness. Bearing false witness includes misrepresenting things or telling half truths. Many ministers bear false witness when asked how large their congregation is.

I appreciate Andrew Wommack taking this a step further when he says, "If you say you are going to be @ church or someone's house @ 7pm and you don't even leave your house until 7pm, you are bearing false witness."

Andrew further shares how he had a gentleman come one time to give a quote about installing an alarm system at the ministry. They had an appointment at 10am and the salesman did not show up until 10:30am. When Andrew address his lateness, the man blamed the traffic but then said, "I am here now so everything is ok."

But Andrew responded and said, "No, everything is not ok, you lied to me."

Again the salesman said, "But there was traffic."

Andrew said, "You have a cell phone, you could have called. If this is how you are going to treat me before you get my business, what is it going to be like once you get my business."

The man got offended and so Andrew kicked him out.

Beloved friends, some people, when they tell you things they may or may not do it. That is not the fear of the Lord. They don't have a respect for God and they don't have a respect for other people.

Yes things can happen, but you can let the person know. But for you to just not care about people's time and respect; for you to know honor your own word and do what you say; if your own word does not mean anything, you are not a God-fearing person.

"In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change;" (Ps. 15:4)

Those who fear the Lord, will swear to his own hurt and changes not. To fear the Lord means when you tell someone you will do something, you do it, even if its to your own hurt. You don't change. That may sound harsh, but it keep you from making promises that you can't or won't keep. But if you say you are going to do something, if you fear the Lord you will do it - even to your own hurt.

My wife Sherry knows this a pet peeve of mine. If her or I make a promise and give our word we are obligated to do it, no matter what it will cost us. If we must cancel we will tell the person, we will not stand them up. We have many people in our lives whom we love dearly, but when they say they are going to do something we can never bank on it. It may or may not happen. In fact with some people we have been stood up so many times. We love them, but when they give their word we have lost trust that it will happen until it happens.

Beloved friends, I say this in love to help you not to offend you. But if this is not who you are, if your own words don't mean much, if you say and/or make promises but don't deliver on them, you don't fear God. You don't honor others.

The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness


The fear of the Lord does not take advantage of other people. If you don't honor people and their time, if you manipulate them with things you say or promise, then  don't do it, you are not a God-fearing person. Again, I don't say these things to condemn you. I am trying to help you. Some people need to hear this.

"But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." (Mt. 5:37)

"But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No,' lest you fall into judgment." (James 5:12)

Both Jesus and James emphasized this principle of keeping your word. Beloved friends, keeping your word is the Nature of God. We are born of God and God keeps His Word. God honors His Word above His Own name. All of the Promises of God are yes and amen in Him, to the glory of God by us (2 Cor. 1:20).

We need to return to the fear of the Lord.


"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
pride and arrogance and the evil way

and the perverse mouth I hate." (Prov. 8:13)

"The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." (Prov. 29:25)

To fear God means to reverence Him and honor Him. Unfortunately, many people fear and honor people more than they fear and honor God. In the Book of Daniel we witness the story of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who refused to obey the law of the land worship the image that was before them even if it cost them their lives.

"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”' (Dan. 3:16-18)

These men were unafraid to answer this ungodly king. They were bold instead of being shy and timid. In response the king was furious and threw these men into the fiery furnace with extreme measures. And as the king and the nation witnessed the the powerful demonstration of their deliverance, the entire nation may not have been converted, but the entire kingdom began to fear the Lord.

A similar powerful demonstration of deliverance happened with Daniel and king Darius.

"It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm." (Dan. 6:1-3)

Daniel had an excellent spirit and like the three Hebrew children it is hard to intimidate a person who is unafraid to die. Daniel practiced social disobedience and worshiped His God with his windows wide open.

Beloved friends, when our fear of God is greater than our fear of man causing us to stand up for what is right, it causes fear in those who witness our boldness. In fact the fear of God will cause people to fear (respect) you. This happened with David as it did with Daniel, Joseph, the three Hebrew children and many others.

"Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations." (1 Chr. 14:17)

In fact Paul says,

"Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." (2 Tim. 3:12)

Did anyone miss that?

If you are not being persecuted you are not living godly.


Some will always persecute you. But others like king Nebuchadnezzar and king Darius will respect you for standing up.

"The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." (Prov. 29:25)

Those who trust man are cursed but those who trust (fear) the Lord are blessed (Jer. 17:5-8). What is more, being more afraid of man than God is an ungodly attitude.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom


"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever."
(Ps. 111:10)

Anyone who does not fear the Lord, cannot possibly be wise by God's standard. Yet worldly wisdom will scoff at the fear of the Lord (Ps. 36:1). In fact Paul reveals that the wisdom of the world comes to nothing (1 Cor. 2:6). The foolishness of God is wiser than man (1 Cor. 1:25) and the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Cor. 3:19). Anyone who denies the existence of God is a fool (Ps. 14:1; 53:1).

What is more, those who live righteous and moral lives based on God's commandments have a good understanding. In contrast, those who do not live moral lives do not have a good understanding (Ps. 111:10). This is the opposite of the conventional wisdom of our day that calls good evil and evil good (Is. 5:20). But a day is coming when every person who has ever lived will stand before God and every wrong will be made right. In that day every knee will bow to Him. Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Phil. 2:10-11).

At that time, there won't be any "gay pride" people or those who advocate "a woman's freedom to choose." Everyone will see the wisdom of serving God and keeping His commandments. But it's only when we come to this conclusion in this life that we are granted eternal life.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Prov. 1:7)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge


Our schools were founded on the Word of God. Yale, Harvard, Princeton and others had mandatory chapels. Harvard started so people could read and understand the Word of God.

Now schools are strongholds of liberal thinking. There is no true knowledge apart from the Word of God. If it violates the Word of God it is wrong and it is anti-God.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov. 9:10)

"The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility." (Prov. 15:33)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is the instruction of wisdom.

Very few people will allow the Word of God to get in the way of what they believe.


"There is no wisdom or understanding
or counsel against the Lord." (Prov. 21:30)

Most people don't believe this. Only the fool says there is no God (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). Paul quotes this in Romans 3. Today that would be "politically incorrect." I am not interested in being politically correct, I am interested in being biblically correct.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." (Ps. 19:1)

All of creation is shouting out to us everyday. It is completely foolish not knowing there is a God.

"An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: there is no fear of God before his eyes." (Ps. 36:1)

"In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil." (Prov. 16:6)

We need the fear of God.


You can't make enough laws or take enough things away if there is no fear of God. Only by the fear of God will men depart from evil. How clear does it need to get?

"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (2 Cor. 7:1)

God loves us in spite of our sin. God still loves you. That is not the issue. God is not going to input sin to you. He inputted sin unto His Son. But sin is an inroad to Satan.

"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?" (Rom. 6:16)

We need to love the Truth of His Word more than the truth of the world. More than "your truth or "my truth" as many people decree today.

There should be something different about those who fear the Lord.


"But you shall receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

We are witnesses


We are not the judge or the jury. We are witnesses that say, "I know there is a God because He has changed my life." God will use your personal witness to change lives.

"Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied." (Acts 9:31)

"For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” (Josh. 4:23-24)

Beloved friends, when people see the supernatural power of God demonstrated in your life. It will cause the fear of the Lord to come on them. One reason there is not a greater fear of the Lord, God's people are not manifesting His power and glory. We should be glorifying God in such a way that it causes the fear of God to fall on people. So that God is magnified and being with us.

Potiphar's house was blessed because Joseph was there. Pharaoh also saw something in Joseph.

We are are the light of the world, the salt of the earth.


Yet we have not been standing out. We have been afraid of man. We have not allowed our light to shine. We have not been speaking the Truth. The Church is to be bold not timid. We should say what we believe despite if others like us.

Daniel practiced civil disobedience by praying with his windows wide open. Because he feared God more than he feared man. His light made a difference in the life of king Darius. The magicians staff could turn into snakes just like Moses'. But when the boils came, magicians could not compete causing them to fear the Lord. The same would happen today if those who knew the Truth would stand up and speak it. Truth is greater than a lie.

Everyone one of us, as born-again believers have something this world does not have. You may not understand everything. You are a witness and experience will trump and argument. What's happened to you? God will use your witness to change lives.

In Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and great fear came on the Church. Beloved friends, the demonstration of the power of God will cause the fear of the Lord to come on others.

In 1 Kings chapter 8, Solomon asked God to move among the non-Jews. The parallel for us today would be the Lord answering the prayers of those who are not Christians. I believe the Lord moves in miraculous ways for everyone who calls upon His name. He is trying to draw them to Himself by His Goodness (Rom. 2:4). That they may know Him and the fear of the Lord.

We are suppose to show the fear of the Lord to others.


In Joshua chapter 4, God told Joshua that He was going to magnify the leadership so that the fear of the Lord would come on Israel. God will cause a fear over those whom God has led you to lead. You can't lead those who will not honor or respect you. Without the fear of the Lord your influence is limited. Let God magnify you.

"Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor My righteous cause; and let them say continually, 'Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.'” (Ps. 35:27)

God has always distinguished the people He has used such as Abraham, Isaac and all of Israel throughout the ages. Unfortunately if most of us were arrested for being a Christian there would not be enough evidence to convict us. Most of us are just as sick as the world. Just as poor as the world. Just as mad as the world. Just as depressed as the world. Just as discouraged as the world.

In an auditorium full of Spirit-filled Christians, Andrew Wommack once asked, "how many were discouraged." And between 80-90% of the hands went up. Beloved friends, this should not be.

Most of us are not appropriating what God has for us. There is no manifestation of God. We should be standing out. You should be able to tell the difference between someone who is alive versus someone who is dead.

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess," (Deut. 6:1)

The Word of God will teach you the fear of the Lord. Throughout the Word of God we can learn from Daniel, Moses, Joseph, David, and the three Hebrew children.

If you struggle with fearing the Lord, you are not spending much time in the Word of God.


If you are timid versus being bold you are not spending much time in the Word of God. Some of us are spending more time watching TV and the news than in the Word of God and it shows.

"That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged...Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.(Deut. 6:2,13, KJV)

One of the benefits of fearing the Lord is prolonging your days.


Today people are looking to extend their lives. People will spend tons of money on food, diets and exercise. Yes, there is a place for this and I do not believe we should ignore all of these things entirely. Nonetheless, spiritual things are much more important.

God said that if we honor our parents that we would be blessed with long life (Ex. 20:12), and Paul echoed these words in the New Testament (Eph. 6:3). Nothing was mentioned about diets. Solomon said that a merry heart works like medicine (Prov. 17:22).

Now the Japanese are known for living long. Many through the years thought it was due to all of the fish that they ate. However, culturally, the Japanese are also known for how well they honor their parents. You will never see the Japanese looting because their culture honors their elders.

"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." (Ps. 34:11-14)

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones." (Prov. 3:7-8)

Fearing the Lord and meditating on the Word of God will prolong your life.

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