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??/??/2017 ~ The Fear of the Lord


Darkness has no notice.
Respect for God regards His notice to be upright.

... Says the Lord. "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and
of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word." ~ Isaiah 66:1-2


The Lord looks to see who fears Him as it is a sign of honoring Him.
Fearing His Word is a sign of respect in accepting Him as true.


... cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, ...
~ Proverbs 2:1-3


A mortal lifetime is shy in coming to all that we can be.
It is however a ground level that we all must rise from. Will the
luster of our soul come to understand a living brilliance through God?
We all reach out for wisdom and thereby insecurities are purged. Fear lies
in the bed of the blind. Wisdom is not readily retrieved from searching
through outside knowledge, it is naturally known from within.
True wisdom is written by God on a pleading heart.


... search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand
the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. ... ~ Proverbs 2:4-6


The Lord is there for each of us, if we gain understanding, in what He has
given. Relationship comes by diligently seeking Him through His Word in
prayer. This fear of God in intermingled with great awe and unending
love which stretches timelessly across the heart of oneís devotion.
God tells us to understand fear through knowledge which will
deliver His generous wisdom and shield of strength.


"... God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you,
so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:20


Respect for the Lord is a test to see if we will commit, and to
admit, that He is. He is attempting to teach us to not ignore Him,
over preferring instead rebellious sinful ways.


... fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, ... ~ Joshua 24:14

He looks for hearts of sincerity, in truth, regarding Him and His
pronounced Word. In life one battles either serving self or God. May our
extremes draw us closer to Him rather than excusing the sins we battle.


God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to
be held in reverence by all those around Him. ~ Psalms 89:7


God is Holy and should be regarded as such with every breath.

'Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall
fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.' ~ Leviticus 25:17


Mankindís desire for possessions and others has
led him away from the Holy ordinances of decency.


... but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him,
to serve the LORD your God with all your heart ... ~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13


As the Lordís people He requires us to be loyal to His ways. He
commands for us to keep, to the best of our abilities, those things He has
declared, in the ways we should be. Sacrifice is a sign of obedience over
the selfish desires swelling from the heart of man. Mercy dwells among
all mature. To excuse sin is to deny God. Though God has the power to
destroy us, His love is greater hoping we embrace His shield of grace.
Submitting to God is what all need TO do.


God's TO DO Requirements for faithful
To fear the LORD your God
To walk in all His ways
To love Him
To serve the LORD with your all   
To keep His commandments

"Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart;
for consider what great things He has done for you." ~ 1st Samuel 12:24


In view of His majesty how can one not openly serve Him?
He is offering each of us salvation into the goodness that He is.


Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments. ~ Psalms 112:1


Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.
~ Psalms 128:1


Blessings come from acknowledging Him and following His ways.
If you want a blessing, come to the LORD and He will heal your heart.


The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy. ~ Psalms 147:11


And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.
~ Luke 1:50


Mercy is a high ideal offered to all those who love Him.
Hope for mercy co-mingles with our fear of God.


But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him, ... ~ Psalms 103:17-18


Mercy is conditional in that He expects one
to follow His will imaging the goodness He has shown us,
and keeping to His Word. Do we choose to purposely forget what
we do not want to know? Civilizations have done this throughout time.
When His knowledge is forgotten, destruction looms over the horizon.


... let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is
no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, ... ~ 2nd Chronicles 19:7


It is a command of God that fear of His greatness be upon us.
Respect has the quality of honoring that which is reverenced.
The Lord is Pure and Holy and waits for our response
to His call, to acknowledge Him and humbly return.


The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; ... ~ Psalms 19:9

By the visible great power of God, in His creation alone, demands
tremendous regard beyond measure. If one chooses not to believe
in God, do not lie against the truth in what has come to be,
as Jesus said, believe because of the works done,
which are miraculous by any standard.


Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants
of the world stand in awe of Him. ~ Psalms 33:8


Many people are just in to the earth and what it can offer,
disregarding the Lord who holds all. This world is His staging
ground for harvesting seeds that blossom in to His kingdom of glory.


Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy, ... ~ Psalms 33:18


God is not telling us just to fear Him but to include hope as
part of our salvation thoughts of heart. Fear and regard for Him
is only part of the depth He offers for souls that love Him.
A deepening spirit rises to touch eternity.


You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
~ Psalms 115:11


The Bible is more a medical book than anything else.
It instructs us what to be ďinĒ to so as to achieve peace inside spiritual
fulfillment, and the healing calm from the outside tortures of the flesh.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7


One may not realize it but consciousness is a gift of God. Through our
awakening from the infant state, knowledge is given by God, and by
understanding His presence, life in His kingdom is established.


Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, ...
~ Proverbs 1:29


... Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we
do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.' ~ Job 21:13-14


... it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, ... ~ Proverbs 19:2

For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who
increases knowledge increases sorrow. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18


One has to wonder if the world is not just filled with so many
stumbling fools. Ignorance is bliss is not what the Bible tells us.
We are told wisdom increases sorrows and who welcomes this?
Knowledge is an unavoidable purse whose weight increases over
time. It is declared that grief (pain) is an escalator in mortal life.
Under this curse, without God, how can one bear up?

We are told to pursue knowledge and that in this pursuit, suffering will
most certainly ensue. It is easier to avoid the responsibility of acquiring
knowledge with the already stated natural effects. Strong spirits are called
for in this empire of despair. No matter, knowledge refines the sharpness
of thought. The weak do not welcome the suffering that makes one
stronger. No one genuinely wants grief but for by it, the heart is humbled,
and healed from falling from His grace, if patience is employed for loveís
sake. Better to leave the world crippled than to stand proud as oblivion
consumes life. Grief is a prelude to death, a warning call from God.
The purpose of grief is to draw us closer to God.


"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.' " ~ Job 28:28


Choices define character. Many have chosen to dismiss His will,
declaring birth defects or deviant attributes as an excuse, absolving
one from accountability to Him. We are all told not to be deceived, and
the immoral have no regard for His will as they reject His knowledge
brazenly, in the face of His judgment to come. His repeated message
is to turn back to Him, and His ways over the flesh, and it is a test in
desire for Him over self. One cannot truly obtain the wealth of
wisdom if sin is not reckoned as evil and purposely purged.


Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
~ Proverbs 3:7


When we see only ourselves we miss the greatness of all else. How
short the shallow when they stand higher than God. Emphasis on self
as a finite mortal lord lacks humble awareness of His eternal presence.


The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and
the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. ~ Proverbs 8:13


God calls us to not only depart from evil but to hate itsí very existence.
Evil is the misery we all endure as we wait to arrive at eternities door.
Even for those that believe in God, if there is not fear or regard for His
ways, oneís faith is void of the works He calls out for in us, in loving
dedication to Him. Fearfully we all fall short requiring the gift of His grace.


In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. ~ Proverbs 16:6


Christ bore the burden of all of our iniquities so as to be able to
present us back to God redeemed. This redemption is found, and had,
in abiding in what God has called us out to be in, in Him. One should
fear that sins are not forgiven, with death as the final result, without His
conditional mercy offered through grace. It remains conditional for us in
that He demands we come humbly and repentfuly to Him seeking His
ways. In this reconciliation, we should hold Jesus as more valuable
than gold, for the life He sacrificed so we might ably live.


Who but God has the Power of Creation?
God looks for the contrite who tremble at His word
In wisdom one understands the fear of the LORD
Fear of God is a test in not sinning
Fear the LORD serving Him in sincerity and in truth
Fear the LORD, to walk in all His ways & to love Him
Blessed are who fear the LORD & walk in His ways
Fearing Him and hoping in His mercy pleases God
Let the fear of the LORD be upon you
The fear of the LORD is clean when trust is applied
The eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil
By the fear of the LORD one departs from evil

Peace is upon those who trust God in fear.
Darkness holds no shadow of doubt.


Fearing the Lord is to regard Him as a Father.

... 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. ... ~ Jeremiah 32:38-40


In the depths of Godly fear comes the highest love.

The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years
of the wicked will be shortened. ~ Proverbs 10:27


Time is not a luxury for the mortal. Without exercising knowledge in Him,
empty voids fill the loneliness as the years evaporate to meaningless.
If oneís anchor is found in the earth, it only leaves a taste of dust.
Fear is a result of being trapped in time.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; ... ~ Psalms 111:10

Competence in all aspects of life depends on a keen understanding
of the ways of God. One cannot be wise without the
ordinances of God buried in oneís bosom.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. ~ Proverbs 9:10


By not believing in God denies one access to all higher order
conditions of existence, including spiritual illumination in the
current state. The fear of the Lord gives us something truly
larger than life, the substance of life itself.


The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility. ~ Proverbs 15:33


For understanding to be had in itsí fullest realization,
truth must be incorporated as the essential foundation.
Lies lead to ditches where the blind claim sight. We are all
blind and only by His insights are we able to spiritually stand.


In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. ~ Proverbs 14:26


It is the fear of God that makes us safe,
not our surrounding situations or conditions.


The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one
away from the snares of death. ~ Proverbs 14:27


By the fear of the Lord life overcomes death to those who believe
and act on their faith. Holy belief is not something one shamefully
hides in a closet. The shameless pervert His true calling, to enter
through Him, adhering to the temporary mask of fleshliness.


Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble.
~ Proverbs 15:16


Coughing on the flesh, and consumption of things, cannot compare to the
release the Spirit gives in salvations promise. Without the fear of the Lord
one can only spin on troubles. The benefits the Lord delivers has no
comparison. The entire wealth of Godís treasuries opens to all faithful.


The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil. ~ Proverbs 19:23


The bond in connecting with God draws a depth
of peace surpassing the confines of this world.


He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also
will hear their cry and save them. ~ Psalms 145:19


Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.
~ Psalms 34:9


A great blessing to be satisfied in the Lord
through fear of His awesomeness.


The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant. ~ Psalms 25:14


The Lord holds the floodgates of wisdom, reserved for those
thirsty for Him. He fills those who fear His reservoir of forever.


By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.
~ Proverbs 22:4


Honor and riches rise from within where true life is had.
Love of God, family, and country are noble qualities that diminish,
to the detriment of all, as civilizations fall away from God.


Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for
the fear of the LORD all the day; ~ Proverbs 23:17


The fear of God is extremely healthy, refreshing the spirit with a focus on
all things higher. The fear and or regard for His Word brings one in to the
best mental state one can achieve. Do not envy, be thankful. Applying
these God given principles is a quest spanning an entire lifetime.
Fear is an intricate part of a larger set of values. His desire is
that we find a deepest peace in love where we are.


The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
~ Proverbs 29:25


Sadness afflicts all mankind and only by trusting in
God are we able to shed these oppressive shackles.


... let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God. ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:1


In view of the promise He has made upon our return,
is it so much to follow what He asks of us?


... walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit,
they were multiplied. ~ Acts 9:31


In fear of Him we are comforted by the notion we are in service to Him.
May it be so when we see Him for who He is.


But in every nation whoever fears Him and works
righteousness is accepted by Him. ~ Acts 10:35


God is looking for righteousness over despicableness and fits of anger.
Peace is a byproduct of true belief in God.


"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather
fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." ~ Matthew 10:28


Proper regard is to be doubly fearful of not achieving
heaven bound graces. To ignore the fear of God, in His great glory,
denies eternal life and renders hellís abyss.


... if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful
expectation of judgment, ... ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


Fury has no equal in itsí rising heat of heart.
Denying oneís love and devotion back to God is devastating.
His fury brews for those rejecting His Fatherly love.


... let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. ~ Hebrews 12:28-29


One needs to find, and secure, service in regard
to His nature, having compassion on all.


It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~ Hebrews 10:31

The Bible is instructing us to be wise and prepare for that moment
of rejoicing over regret for not being ready. To gain that key opening
eternity, one has to accept His given word and apply these numerous
noble values, to the best of ones abilities, with whatever powers
one might have. We are all prisoners with no excuse as He offers
to unlock us from bondage. God does not debate as He waits.


... conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; ...
~ 1st Peter 1:17


Fear of God is commitment to God by which true ageless
understanding comes. In fear of Him our conduct grows
for the better and our heartís love enlarges.


... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; ... ~ Philippians 2:12

Our relationship is one most personal and individual.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
~ 1st Peter 2:17


Without His truth, even the simplest of eternal pleasures are made
impossible. His sacrifice has set us free to know God and ourselves; in
the mirror of creation He reflects these truths to those that would have
Him. Blessed are those that have the true character of God in their spirit.
Fear, love, and honor, this is what hones all of His saints.


Acknowledgement for God yields reverent hearts
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life
The fear of the LORD leads to life prolonging days
Whom fear God, He will show them His covenant
The fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life
Seeing His promises we must perfect holiness in fear
Walk in the fear of the Lord comforted by the Holy Spirit
Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body
Willfully sinning = a fearful expectation of judgment
Serve God acceptably with reverence & godly fear
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

Fear of the Lord respects Him in deserving love.

Fearing the LORD honors Him for all that He is.
Anguish evaporates into the darkness.




 

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