DO YOU FEAR THE LORD?
A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia
Isaiah 11:1–2 (NKJV): There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of His roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Something that needs to be recovered into the Church again is a healthy fear of the Lord. In Isaiah 11:2, the scriptures speak of the 7 fold Spirit of God. One of the aspects of the 7 fold Spirit of God is fear of the Lord. There is nothing wrong with the fear of the Lord. As a matter of fact, you should ask God to fill you with a healthy fear of God. The fear you desire is not one of "I am scared I am not saved", as that mindset brings torment. The Bible says that perfect love cast out fear. But the fear of the Lord is not to be confused with the perfect love casting out fear. From my perspective, I have a great fear of the Lord. The fear I speak of means reverence. I reverence Him so much, that the very thought of grieving the Holy Spirit puts a deep sadness and fear in me. That's the type of fear I am talking about. Respect, honor, and reverence. We have got to get back to those principles. The reality is that we need to stop coming to God irreverently. He is not your buddy or your bro, He is your Lord. He deserves and commands all of our honor. He is our King. Jesus is not your homeboy. He is the King of kings the Lord of lords. When we stand before His presence, we will not be able to stand. We will fall to the floor on our knees prostrate before Him. Casting our crowns upon His precious feet. That doesn’t mean He is not our Abba, or not our Heavenly Father or Friend. Of course, He is our Friend but He is a Friend that we must reverently fear. God is so Holy that He sent Christ to die and shed His blood for our sins. Sin cannot stand in the presence of the holiness of God. God is so pure, so very holy without spot or blemish. That at the very site of sin, sin is consumed.
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