We read in Psalms 111:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever." (NASB) This study is on nurturing and applying the Lord's precepts in your life and breaking down fears that aren't are God given.
Ephesians 6:5-6 speaks of a reverence towards God. "Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart." (NASB) Fear, as with other motives, is measured in terms of our heart and our intent. We are challenged not to be double sided, but to be sincere in our actions. In this passage of scripture we also see that we please God as we strive to do our best for those who are in authority over us. This is the silent witness to Christ in your life which brings the favor of the Lord to your life with no other motivation than doing your best. This fear is not one that paralyzes us, but liberates us to be a child of God.
When our actions have been wrong in the sight of the Lord is what triggers a fear that paralyzes. When we have intentionally hurt others and sinned we aren't living in the love of God. 1 John 4:18 puts it this way: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love." (NASB) Taking ownership of our actions both in prayer and steps towards reconciliation brings about a transformation which liberates fear which has been caused by sin.
The message of the cross is to come follow after Jesus and to be transformed into His likeness. As we seek the Lord in prayer, study of the Bible and fellowship with other believers we are refined into Jesus' image. During this transformation fear that keeps us in bondage and chains is removed from our lives and we grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
This transformation process prepares us for our eternal home. Romans 8:12-15 reads "So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh -- for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry, 'Abba! Father!'" (NASB) As we are renewed into the image of Jesus we are transformed and no longer held captive to sin and disobedience. The Spirit of God shows us areas in our lives to be transformed so we continue to grow more and more into the image of our Creator as time goes by.
Having a reverence for God in our lives allows the Lordship of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be active. Without a regular study of the Word of God and pray we grow cold, sin and become entangled in sin. This is where fear enters our lives. A truth encounter with Jesus --- knowing His will --- renews and prepares us for our eternal home with Him in glory.
Lord Jesus thank you for dying in my place on Calvary many years ago. Lord I lay my burdens and fear down at the foot of your cross. Holy Spirit come transform me. Renew my mind and grant me a hunger for Your Word. Amen
Contributed By: Ron Piggott
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018