Relationship Topic - Learning the Fear of the Lord
This could be one of the most important teachings in your entire life.
Without the Fear of the LORD – you cannot be fully blessed by God. Psalms 115:13 - He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. Proverbs 22:4 - Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth, honor and life. This means there is a blessing for those who fear Him.
Yes, if you live in America, you are blessed whether you believe in God or not. Matthew 5:45 - He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. But we are talking about the complete blessing of God in life – that he reserves for those who fear him: the distinction that God makes between the wicked and the righteous.
If you do not love God, and hate evil, you cannot possibly walk in his full blessing. You are un-bless-able in the deeper things of God. One Pastor said, “God cannot bless, unbless-able behavior.” There are some things that come to everybody, but God’s true and deepest blessings are reserved for those who walk in the fear of the LORD. The Bible states this multiple times and gives many examples.
Without the Fear of the LORD – you cannot have relationships that God can fully bless; your marriage cannot be fully blessed, family, friendships, peers, teammates, co-workers, neighbors. If your friends do not Fear the LORD – you have chosen the wrong friends. You are willing to sacrifice God’s blessing in your life, your calling and your destiny, even the Godly spouse He has for you to marry - to be with those who cannot be fully blessed. If you are not willing to turn them from worldliness to Godliness, and if they refuse, be willing to remove them from your life, you cannot be blessed, and their destruction will come on you.
Choose to Fear the LORD! Learn How! Make it a priority! Choose only friends who fear the LORD, only date someone who fears the LORD, only marry someone who fears the LORD, teach your children to Fear the LORD, encourage your friends to always Fear the LORD – so that you and everyone in your life can overflow with the anointing and favor and blessing of God!
To Fear the Lord means: to Love God so much that you would never do anything to displease or disappoint him.
The Fear of the LORD is the prerequisite of healthy relationships; first with God, then others. You cannot have the marriage God wants you to have - without it. You cannot train up your children, choose or develop Godly friendships, have fruit in your life, or even walk with God – without it.
The Fear Of The LORD Is To Hate Evil Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the LORDis to hate evil: pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverse speech, I despise.
Job 28:28 - And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evilis understanding. Proverbs 3:7 - Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
2 Corinthians 7:1 - Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work towardcomplete holinessbecause we fear God.
The Fear Of The LORD Is Doing What God Tells You To Do 2 Chronicles 19:7 - Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no injustice with the LORD our God, nor partiality, nor bribery.
The Fear Of The LORD Is Doing What God Tells You To Do - Completely, And With An Undivided Heart 2 Chronicles 19:9 - And he charged them, saying, “Thus you shall do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully and with an undivided heart.
The Fear Of The LORD Is Keeping His Commands Deuteronomy 6:2 - so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so you may enjoy long life.
The Fear Of The LORD Is Putting Your Hope In God Psalms 147:11 - The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his unfailing love.
The Fear Of The LORD Is: Fearing What Could Happen To You - Having Reverence For The Holiness of God Isaiah 8:13 - The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you should fear, He is the one who should make you tremble.
Psalms 90:11 - If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
1 Samuel 11:7 - And he took a yoke of oxen, and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out together as one.
Isaiah 2:10 - Crawl into caves in the rocks. Hide in the dust from the fear of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
Isaiah 2:19 - People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fear of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.
Revelation 14:7 - Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
The Fear Of The LORD Is: Something That God Brings On The Enemies Of His People 2 Chronicles 17:10 - And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.
2 Chronicles 20:29 - And the fear of God was on all kingdoms of those countries, when they heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
WHY FEAR THE LORD?
God Tells Us To Deuteronomy 10:12 - And now, Israel, what does the LORD require of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
I Samuel 12:24 - Only fear the LORD and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider what great things he has done for you.
Deuteronomy 6:13 - Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
Deuteronomy 6:24 - The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so we might always prosper and be kept alive as is the case today.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD?
It Helps You Depart From Evil – So You Get God’s Blessing Instead Of Destruction Prov 16:6 - By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. (Most people make excuses for their compromising, sinful behavior - rather than purge it from their life)
You Will Lack Nothing! Psalms 34:9 - Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
He Blesses You! Psalms 115:13 - He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
The Fear Of The LORD Is The Beginning Of Wisdom Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the LORDis the beginning of wisdom: and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Job 28:28 - And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Psalms 111:10 - The fear of the LORDis the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all those who do his commandments: his praise endures forever.
Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORDis the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Despise: to place little value on. Considering other things more interesting or attractive, or other ideas equally important.
It Teaches You Wisdom! You Can’t Understand Wisdom Without It! Proverbs 15:33 - The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor comes humility.
It Gives You Riches, Honor And Life! Proverbs 22:4 - Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth, honor and life.
Isaiah 33:6 - In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD will be your treasure.
It Makes You Pure In God's Sight Psalms 19:9 - The fear of the LORDis pure, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
You Get The Angel Of The LORD As Your Bodyguard Psalms 34:7 - For the angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
The Fear Of The LORD Makes You Dwell In Safety, So You Have No Fear Of Evil! Proverbs 1:29 - For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:... Proverbs 1:33 - But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
The Fear Of The LORD Means God Is Your Help And Shield! Psalms 115:11 - You that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD, he is their help and their shield.
You Get To Live Longer! Proverbs 10:27 - The fear of the LORD prolongs life: but the years of the wicked will be shortened.
The Fear Of The LORD Makes You Confident! Proverbs 14:26 - In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children will have a place of refuge.
The Fear Of The LORD Keeps Your Children Safe! Proverbs 14:26 - In the fear of the LORDis strong confidence: and his children will have a place of refuge.
The Fear Of The LORD Is A Fountain Of Life! Proverbs 14:27 - The fear of the LORDis a fountain of life, it offers escape from the snares of death. Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
The Fear Of The LORD Keeps You From Deadly Traps That The Devil Has Set For You Proverbs 14:27 - The fear of the LORDis a fountain of life, it offers escape from the snares of death.
The Fear Of The LORD Plus Little - Is Better Than Any Riches The World Could Offer! Proverbs 15:16 - Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Walk In The Fear Of The LORD, And In His Presence, And God Will Make Sure That It Will Be Well With You Ecclesiastes 8:12 - Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear in his presence.
The Fear Of The LORD Multiplies The Kingdom Of God! Acts 9:31 - Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the LORD and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
HOW DO YOU GET THE FEAR OF THE LORD?
Ask For It Psalms 86:11 - Teach me your ways, O LORD; I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your Name. Psalms 119:38 - Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to your fear.
Cry Out To God For It, Ask With A Loud Voice For Understanding! Proverbs 2:3 - Yes, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding;
Read God’s Word Every Day (PRISM) Deuteronomy 17:19 - It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to fear the LORD hisGod and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.
Receive His Words And Save Up His Commands In Your Heart! Always Listen For Wisdom, And Immediately Put Into Practice What You Just Learned! Seek It, Look For It Like Hidden Treasure! Proverbs 2:1 - My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commands within you, Proverbs 2:2 - turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding-- Proverbs 2:4-5 - and if you look for it as for silver, and search for it as for hidden treasure; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
Honor Him With Your Tithe! Deuteronomy 14:22-23 - Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
Assemble Yourselves Together To Hear The Word Read Deuteronomy 31:12-13 - Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns – so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
THE FEAR OF THE LORD - HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Forever Psalms 19:9 - The fear of the LORDis clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
HOW DO YOU DEMONSTRATE THE FEAR OF THE LORD?
Hate Evil, Pride, Every Evil Way, All Perverted Speech Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the LORDis to hate evil: pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverse speech, I despise.
Be Completely Honest! Always Tell The Truth, Do Not Covet Worldly Things, Or Gain Dishonestly Exodus 18:21 - Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Submit To One Another (Including Husbands Submitting To Your Wife). Wives Submit To Your Husbands, Husbands Love Your Wives. This Is Living In The Fear Of The LORD. Ephesians 5:21 - Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.
Keep Your Tongue From Evil, And Your Lips From Lying Or Deception. Turn Away From Evil, Do Good, Pursue Peace Psalms 34:11-14 - Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days? keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Be Quick To Repent From All Evil Jeremiah 26:19 - But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshipped the LORD. They begged him for mercy. Then the LORD changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had pronounced against them…
Get Rid of Other Gods (And The Other Beliefs That Do Not Align With God's Word) Joshua 24:14 - “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
Don’t Envy Sinners - But Live Constantly In The Fear Of The LORD - Being Content And Thankful For What You Have And You Will Never Envy! This Is Doing The Fear Of The LORD Psalms 34:11 - Do not let your heart envy sinners, but continue in the Fear of the LORD all day long.
If You Fear God You Will Not Take Advantage Of Any Other Person Nehemiah 5:15 - The former governors, those preceding me, placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But because I feared God, I did not act that way. Leviticus 19:14 - You shall not curse the deaf, or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. Leviticus 25:17 - Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.
Honor The Aged Leviticus 19:32 - Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly. Fear your God. I am the LORD.
Do Not Charge Interest To Your Brother Leviticus 25:35-6 - If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not charge interest or make a profit at his expense, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.
Do Not Be Harsh With Those You Have Authority Over Leviticus 25:43 - Do not rule over them harshly, but fear your God.
Say, “His Mercy Endures Forever” Psalms 118:4 - Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endures forever.
Kneel Before Him In Adoration (Erets=bless=kneel) Psalms 135:20 - Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: you that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
Bow Down Psalms 5:7 - But as for me, I will come into your house, by your great mercy and in your fear will I bow down toward your holy temple.
Praise Him Psalms 22:23 - You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him all you descendants of Israel.
Trust in Him! Psalms 115:11 - Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD, he is their help and their shield.
Associate With People That Fear The LORD, And Always Give A Testimony Of What God Is Doing In Your Life Psalms 66:16 - Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.
WHAT IF YOU DO NOT LEARN THE FEAR OF THE LORD? (you reject it) What if you live a lifestyle like some of your friends and the world around you?
Prov 1:24 - But since I have called and you refused to listen, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention Prov 1:25 - since you ignore my counsel, and do not accept my correction: Prov 1:26 - So I will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when fear comes on you; Prov 1:27 - when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Prov 1:28 - Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me diligently but will not find me. Prov 1:29 - Since they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: Prov 1:30 - Since they would not accept my counsel and paid no attention when I corrected them. Prov 1:31 - Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their ways, and have their fill of their own devices. Prov 1:32 - For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the false security of fools shall destroy them. Prov 1:33 - But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.
So what will happen if you do not fear the LORD? If you do not hate evil and turn away from wickedness, compromise, and the pleasures of the world, and the people who pursue these?
Calamity will come on your life – and God will laugh at you, you will live in fear, and God will mock you, Calamity will overtake you like a storm, disaster will sweep over you, then when you call – God will not answer, you will seek God early, but will not find him. You will be forced to eat the fruit of your wicked ways, you will choke on the sin that you pursued, and it will destroy you.
THE FINAL ANSWER Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep his commands: for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Revelation 11:18 - The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who fear your Name, both great and small.
A PRISM Topic: is God’s Word on a single subject. A Relationship Topic is a perspective from God's Word on relationships. A PRISM Topic Packet is a grouping of PRISM or Relationship Topics of similar subjects... part of the M: Meditate on theWord of PRISM – (5 Things You Can Do Daily in God’s Word) to transform the way you think. Ask God what PRISM Topic or Relationship Topic He wants you to meditate on today.Take your PRISM Topic, Relationship Topic or Packet with you! Come back to them multiple times a day! “It is to be with him, and he is to meditate on it day and night, so that he may learn to fear the LORD…” - Deuteronomy 17:19