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When A Man Fears God (7 of 7)
Series: KNOW FEAR
Today we are going to do the last in a series of lessons on "Know Fear". Today we are talking about the fear of the Lord. And we are talking about those who fear God, "When A Man Fears God". What kind of person will they be? Will they be a person who will come to know God personally? In Proverbs 1:7 the Bible says, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." So regardless of how much college we may have or university training we may have, we don't have wisdom unless we fear God.
Now, we need to understand what the fear of the Lord is and what the fear of the Lord is not. The fear of the Lord is not a cringing kind of fear. It is not being afraid of God. That is not what we mean when we say the fear of the Lord. We are not talking about being afraid of God. We are not talking about being afraid of what God may do to us. Or believing that God is a policeman who is waiting for us to break one of the laws so that He can pounce on us and punish us. We are not talking about that kind of fear. God doesn't want that kind of fear from us.
When we talk about the fear of the Lord we are not talking about the kind of fear that causes anxiety or the kind of fear that causes us to shy away from God. This is not the fear of the Lord. The Bible talks about the bondage of fear. There is a fear that comes from Satan and he would like us to believe that God is not a good God. God is a vengeful God. God is out to get us, He is out to hurt us, and Satan would like for us to believe that God is not a person in whom we can trust, but He is someone that we truly have to be afraid of in a negative sense.
But the fear of the Lord is not a negative term. It is a positive term. To fear the Lord means to take God seriously. It means to believe in Him. It means to believe that God is who He says He is. That God will do what He says He will do. And That God means what He say ...
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