Read Matthew 10:28. What does fearing God
really mean? It is defined this way in Psalms 119:120, “My flesh
trembles for fear of you. I am afraid of your judgments.” Moses
warned the Israelites about what would happen if they stopped
fearing God. Deuteronomy 6:10-15 So fear includes both a deep
reverence and respect as well as being afraid and frightened at
I. Examples of Fearing God
Adam and Eve feared God after they sinned.
Ananias and Sapphira’s actions brought
great fear to the congregation. Acts 5:1-11
Rebuke publicly so that others may fear.
I Timothy 5:19-20
Fear is found throughout Revelation.
There was fear in every soul after
Pentecost. Acts 2:42
II. Where a Lack of Fear Leads
III. What Proper Fear Produces
Fear produces a turning away from evil.
Without fear, we won’t turn away. Proverbs 16:
“The fear of the Lord is clean.” This
produces a clean heart. It is a source of motivation to make us
what we ought to be. Psalms 19:9
The fear of God will lead to holiness.
II Corinthians 7:1
Fear is a motivation to teach the lost.
II Corinthians 5:10-11
Maybe if we had more fear of God, we would
have more saved. Philippians 2:12
Fear God and keep His commandments.
Serve the Lord with fear and trembling.
Work out your salvation with fear and
trembling Philippian 2:12
Let us take to heart the words of Hebrews
12:25-29. Serve God with reverence and fear. If you want to enter
the kingdom, be born of water and the spirit. Tell the truth and
then the hearer decides whether to obey. The fear of the Lord
February 27, 2011