A Lack of Ambassadorship and Testimony Pt.3

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heavens-749570The Fear of the Lord

Our appreciation for the grace, mercy, power and holiness of our Lord brings our hearts to a position of great admiration of His person. There is joy in the heart of a believer who has seen and appreciated the majesty of the greatness of His perfection. With this retrospect comes a great humility! When we view God in such a light we begin our road to reverencing His glorious majesty. This reverence is what the bible reveals to us as the fear of the Lord.  It is the pinnacle of a heart that is truly faithful to its master and leads to the desire of Ambasadorship and a consistent testimony. There used to be a time when people who were believers would be consistently referred to as “God-fearers” (Gen.20:11) They were followers who were willing and eager to reverently bow the knee to their God. They had understood the words of wisdom from the book of proverbs as to: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7) and the ability to discover the knowledge from God flowed from it. (Proverbs 2:5) They were a people who “trembled at my word” (Isaiah 66:2) and had as their confidence this Godly fear (Job 4:6)

We feel that much of this special fear that is to be directed towards God has been lost and replaced by the desire to please men. Much of the Christian testimony has been taken much too lightly simply because we do not live in the fear of the Lord. This is exactly the way the unbeliever lives in light of his rebellion against the Majesty of Jehovah. (Psalm 36:1; Romans 3:18). These men unfortunately hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD. (Prov. 1:29). What do I mean that we fear men rather than fearing God? Let’s face it, there are times when we are more occupied with how to bring people in to hear the gospel rather than the substance of the message itself. We live in a generation where we find pleasure in doing things that the unbeliever feels tremendously comfortable in associating with. There is the tendency to take something of the world and give it a “Christian” twist. We are, in essence, sugar-coating the pleasures of those who are not reverent towards the Lord. Some have spoken of this as our churches essentially feeding the goats rather than providing food for the sheep with a desire that the goats become sheep! This, in effect, brings much less relevance to the message of the Gospel and to the testimony of the believer. In order to live a life that is pleasing to God and continue to retain our testimony, we must pursue to cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1) The gathering of Christians should always be striving to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) When our testimony becomes “soft” and our desire for holiness becomes “trivial” then we have not understood that it isn’t only the unbeliever who needs to “fear the Lord” but especially the believer. The fear of the Lord causes us to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13) and to “keep away from evil” (Proverbs 16:6; Nehemiah 5:15). Why? Because it results in being conscientious and careful not to offend God! It is walking with respect and reverence to His character and person with the mindset that He can be affronted even by His children. We are to place God as supreme in our reverence rather than fall in the trap of fearing men over Him. (Matthew 10:28)

There is another issue that arises from the lack of a true fear of God. There are exhortations in scripture that are taken much too lightly. This seems, in our experience, to be some unfortunate cause of concern. We read certain “warning” passages as if they are to be taken without true consideration. The attitude seemingly expressed is that we should try our best to accommodate these scriptures but because we are now redeemed by the blood that there is nothing to truly have any real concern. We forget that God blesses those who take Him seriously! It is to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2) and that there is judgment for those who do not take His words seriously. (Revelation 2 & 3)


Written by shawnkjmcgrath

August 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

Posted in Discipleship

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