The Fear Of The Lord Is Missing

Deuteronomy 5:29. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Deuteronomy 5:29.Was said about God’s people.

Psalm 34:9. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Luke 12:4-5. 4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

The gravity of Biblical Fear has largely been lost sight of. We are faced with a generation of people who, to their detriment, have absolutely no fear of God and, as a result, will face disastrous consequences. The balance has to be restored… Mushy, sentimental Christianity has to give way to an understanding that God is a God of love, but is also a God of wrath, fury and terror as well as Holiness and Righteousness.

The Biblical accounts of God’s wrath are not out-of-date, antiquated fairy stories, nor has His wrath dissipated, or even lessened, over time.
On the contrary all evidence seems to point to the fact that the terrible plagues and judgments in the book of Revelation are the accumulation of God’s wrath over the history of mankind.

Unfortunately (for us) we, in the 21st century, have seriously downplayed the fear of God. I am not sure whether this is done because modern Christians believe that we no longer need to fear Him because we live under the New Covenant and are justified by faith, because the term “fear” is considered to be too harsh or blunt, or simply because “fear” does not fit in with the popular modern vision of God as a kindly, white haired, grandfather in the sky.
Even those who believe that His wrath is to be greatly feared, believe that anyone who has made a one time profession of faith has absolutely nothing to worry about.

Whatever the reason, we have substituted milder terms such as respect, reverence, or awe, for the Biblical “fear”. I have even read that the unbeliever’s fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and punishment for sin, but the believer’s fear is “reverence of God”. I do not have the slightest idea how this is possible considering that the Bible uses the same word in regard to both believer and unbeliever. Euphemisms such as reverence and awe do a very good job of concealing the full meaning of the word “fear”.
This comfortable God of ours is no God at all. He can do nothing for you. But we like him because he can also do nothing to you.”
“Now this word fear in Hebrew means fear. If it meant anything else, they would have translated another word. It doesn’t mean reverence.
It means the kind of things that makes your knees knock together and your teeth chatter. His name is awesome. It strikes terror into the heart of man and don’t you ever forget it.

Proverbs 16:6. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
What if we made a determination that we would no longer permit the Name Above All Names to be dis-respected in our churches or gatherings or our presentations, be they formal means such as preaching or giving testimony etc., or they be informal
methods such as social media or while sitting having coffee ?
Malachi 3:16. Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

Proverbs 1:22-32. 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Ecclesiastes 12:13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

Mark Cowan

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