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Fear And Its Importance

"and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied" (Acts 9:31) "work out your salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil.2:12).

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for fear is "YIR-AH." It is defined in terms of fear and terror or an awesome or terrifying thing that causes fear. A fear of God included respect, reverence, and piety. In the New Testament, the Greek word is "PHOBOS." (phobia?) It is also used to describe fear, dread, or terror, and that which strikes terror. Against this backdrop, we have come to attach fear of the Lord with a reverence or an awe... The definition might not quite go far enough, because would we then connect the "fear" with a "trembling" as the apostle Paul did? (Phil.2:12)... The fear of the Lord ought to include a place for trembling, which comes from the Greek word "TROMOS." With all of this put together, a proper fear of the Lord would be an awe or reverence, which might include a trembling if one has offended God and not obtained forgiveness. To fathom the depths of the importance of this fear of the Lord, the Book of Proverbs comes to our rescue. I do not have the space today to quote all of the verses, but it might be good for us to find them and meditate upon them... The fear of the Lord will prolong life... (Prov.10:27) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge... (Prov.1:7) The fear of the Lord provides a strong confidence and is a fountain of life... (Prov.14:26-27) The fear of the Lord will hasten one to hate evil... (Prov.8:13) Along with that, the fear of the Lord will convince us to flee from evil... (Prov.16:6) The fear of the Lord provides a path to riches, honor, and life... (Prov.22:4) Lastly, the fear of the Lord will lead to a satisfying life, and spare us from much evil... (Prov.19:23) Without a fear of the Lord we cannot even hope to please God, and only the person who trembles at His Word has God's promise to receive tender mercy... "But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those that fear Him, and His righteousness with their children's children ---- with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts" (Psa.103:17-18). Tomorrow we'll take a look at how we can develop this fear...

Have a great day... Do good and give Him the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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