Prov. 16:6 π Eccl. 12:13 π Jer. 32:40 π Mal. 3:16-17 π Phlp. 2:12 π 1 Pet. 1:17
“...By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” ( Prov. 16:6; top )
We have been told today that, because of the new birth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have a new freedom to do as we wish - you can, and evil forces will help you.
No great spiritual moves of God in Christian history were ever accomplished without a deep reverence and fear of God.
To fulfill God’s desire to bring to pass a move of His Spirit means that we must release a community from the strongholds of sin as preparation for it; we have erroneously - and pathetically at times - felt first a building program was in order. Lord be merciful.
A move of God’s Spirit of truth is the opposite end of a man-made revival. A move of God entails no plan of our own, except that we obey, step by step God’s plan for that move, void of our input. Our fearful obedience is to listen, fast and pray, test the spirits, and to cooperate fully with the Holy Spirit of truth until strongholds of darkness, first in ourselves, are eliminated.
Then Almighty God “...will put My (God’s) fear in their (our) hearts,” ( Jer. 32:40; top ), so that no darkness can invade the holiness necessary for the cleansing, purging, and conviction of God’s spirit to release the resident captives from all sin.
Then we learn to pass our time on earth: “...Pass the time of our sojourning here in fear,” ( 1 Pet. 1:17 ), thereby working out our salvation with fear and trembling. ( Phlp. 2:12 ) Then, as we grow in grace and holiness, we learn further to “...fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” ( Eccl. 12:13; top )
Fearing God, and the fear of disobeying Him, are alien to most churches today, as the promiscuity of actions and thoughts is encouraged worldwide. However, there is a remnant, slightly visible on the horizon, who have seen and experienced the unholy results of failing to fear God, plus the compromising of God’s holiness; who are determined to see God’s glory poured out extravagantly on a totally undeserving society whose assembly-line process of sinful practices should come to a halt.
This grass-roots crowd of the maimed, the poor, the halt and the blind have no great attributes other than the desire to be fearful and obedient to Almighty God.
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who mediate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’” ( Mal. 3:16-17; top )
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