“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

We are made to fear the Lord! It is one of the key ingredients to the successful, fruitful, rewarding, blessed life, here on this earth, and lead us to the amazing and unimaginable life to come in eternity! No wonder David wrote the fear of the Lord is pure (Psalm 19:9). We will be accountable for what we have done in this life! And the fear of God will lead us to righteous, purposeful living and reward, both in this life and in the one to come! But the lack of the fear of the Lord will open doors that lead to the way of destruction (Proverbs 14:12). There is a day coming, and it is real, when our life will be rewarded or judged!

Isaiah told us that one of the key things God looks for in His followers is trembling at His word (Isaiah 66:2). Is there a trembling in your church? Too many believe God is pleased with us no matter what we do! They could not be more wrong!!! The Prophet Malachi told the people that they have literally worn God out with their words saying God is pleased by those who call evil good (2:17). So much of the church has lost the fear of the Lord. Attributing things to God that are contrary to His word, well, wears Him out! Where is the fear of the Lord in these assumptions?

Do you fear God, biblically and practically? What does that look like in your life? Do you read His word with trembling? Does your church preach the fear of the Lord and practice it? Or do you accept “little” sin as ok? Btw, sin, big or small, is evil and God does not delight in it. Lust, pride, self-seeking, boasting, abortion, compromise, murder, being unfaithful to one’s husband/wife, lying, cheating, coveting, not doing what is the right thing to do… yep, sin! And God is not pleased with it!

While speaking in Athens, Paul declared that there is a day set when God will judge with justice (Acts 17:30-31). We are in an era when God is calling all people everywhere to repent, or experience judgment! The message is getting out and it is strong. The hyper grace preachers do not like it at all! The lie that God is not a judge is absolutely preposterous! They say, how can a loving God also be judge? How can He send people to hell? The answer… in His love He has given us a freewill to choose Him or reject Him. Those who reject Him, or simply ignore Him will experience Him as Judge! Mercy has no value if it is not accompanied by justice! And a day is coming, perhaps very soon, when God will judge. And those who seek Him now, will be greatly rewarded (Hebrews 11:6).

Writing to the Corinthian Church, Paul was clear that we will ALL stand before Jesus Christ, the Judge and give account to our words, our deeds, our choices and our faith or lack of it. Each person will receive what is due. For some, judgment and wrath, and for others, rewards and blessing (2 Corinthians 5:10). These are not my words, but from the inspired word of God. And there are lots of scriptures about this!

John wrote that the wrath of the Lamb will be great, and asks who can stand in that day (Revelation 6:15-17). I know I don’t want to experience that. The fear of the Lord now, in this day, is the remedy! We don’t have to stand in the day of the wrath of the Lamb, but we will if we reject and/or ignore Him now! Instead, you can choose to stand in the wedding feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9).

Paul wrote to the church in Rome that wrath and fury are stored up to be poured out upon every human being who does evil, who are stubborn and unrepentant, self-seeking, who reject the truth and follow evil. But to those persistently do good, seek God’s glory and honor will be given eternal life. God will give to each person according to what he has done (Romans 2:5-8). You see, our actions and behaviors reveal what we actually believe. James said that we have actually no faith if it is not seen in our lives (James 2:26). Those we are not saved by our deeds, our actions reveal whether we truly believe or not (Ephesians 2:8-10).

May we chant, in everything we do, may we fear You, Jesus our King, Lord and Judge! Cry out for a true, biblical understanding of the fear of God. Ask Him for a fresh and accurate revelation of who He is. Cry out for God to awaken within your soul a trembling when you read, study and marinate upon His word! Cry out for your pastor and church to preach and practice the fear of God, and to no longer affirm it in any way! Pray that the Church in Athens would be characterized by the pure fear of the Lord!