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Fear Of The Lord (3 of 5)
Series: Proverbs - Roadmap For Living
Introduction: One of the keys to all of life and a main principle in the book of Proverbs is the fear of the Lord. Most Christians have little or no understanding of the fear of the Lord. Most simply think it is a reverence, but it is much more than that. To walk in the fear of the Lord is to realize that every thought, word, action and deed is open before Him and is being judged by Him. Although we have confidence in Christ to boldly approach the throne of God, we must also maintain a humble awareness of His righteousness and holiness. The fear of the Lord opens the way for great blessing and deeper intimacy with God. A.W. Tozer said, "The greatness of God rouses fear within us, but His goodness encourages us not to be afraid of Him. To fear and not be afraid-that is the paradox of faith."
I. DEFINING THE FEAR OF THE LORD
A. THE KEY TO A BLESSED LIFE
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (New King James)
Proverbs 1:7 To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. (Good News Translation)
B. LIVING WITHOUT THE FEAR OF THE LORD
1. A people without the fear of the Lord.
a. Our present culture
b. Our present lifestyles
c. Our present beliefs
d. Our present perversions
2. Those who lack a fear of the Lord
a. Are focused on one's impulses
b. Have confusion of God's thoughts
c. Make foolish decisions
d. Have lots of horrible consequences
C. LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF THE LORD
1. Attentive listening
2. Clarity of God's thoughts
3. Makes the best decisions
4. Has an abundance of great results
D. THE FEAR OF THE LORD FOR THE CHURCH
1. Acts 9:31 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 comfor ...
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