THEME: FEAR OF THE LORD; BEGINNING OF WISDOM.
TEXT: Deuteronomy 4:31, Joshua 24:20, Isaiah 1:28
4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
1:28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
â€œBlessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.â€ (Psalm 128:2)
Those that fear the Lord are usually blessed because the Lord is favourably disposed towards them and things naturally work out for them. When they labour, they are rewarded and are happy and it is well with them. The family lives an organized life as the glory of God radiates upon them. Long life is their inheritance as they are assured of seeing their childrenâ€™s children. Generally, the peace and blessing of the Lord are upon it, Little wonder, the bible insists that the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom â€” talking about the numerous benefits derivable from having the fear of God.
What is the fear here? It is to walk strictly according to commandment of God; being afraid to any one of them and to have the conscience to rue mistakes and violations. That is to say, someone has the fear of God, he strives very hard to keep the Word of God and his conscience condemns him/her when there is any error. Every believer is supposed to be ruled by that type of fear â€” not the fear of the devil, his demons and human agents. So, do you have the fear of God? Remember, it is not a gift. It is something that you must work out by reading, hearing the Word of God and keeping them, But if you do not have the fear of God, it means you are not yet His child. So, there is much work to be done as you stand to lose a lot.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. Any spirit responsible for the lack of fear of God in my life, I bind you; I bind your powers. I paralyze all your activities in my life, in Jesusâ€™ name.
2. O God, uproot the stony heart out of my life and give me a new heart; the heart that will serve you in spirit and in truth, the heart that will be obedient to your will and commandments, in Jesusâ€™ name.
3. Father, sprinkle clean water upon me and rid me of every contamination, pollution and defilement, in Jesusâ€™ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA