5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
Today’s Inspiration: Fearing God should be our focus today as it is one of the basic pillars of our devotion to God. Jesus advised us to fear God who holds the power to heaven and hell and it’s in His sovereignty to choose to do what He desires after our body’s life span is over. Luke 12:5. Now Jesus is given all the authority over heaven and hell. Matthew 28:18.
Hence do not rejoice because the demons are subject to you in His name but rejoice that your name is written in heaven. V20. This statement truly requires us to pay priority to a holy, godly and righteous life. We will be accountable for every idle word we speak, every action, every thought and the way we treat our body on the Day of judgement as our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19.
To be totally devoted to God is the key but unfortunately there are people who are very talented and very busy in the Lord’s work or even apparently successful in certain avenue of Christian service and yet are not godly. The reasons lies in their lack of priority of giving their first devotion to God. Their devotion to serve is only a devotion to their vision or to a ministry or to their own reputation and glory but not to God. Today the fear of God no longer takes first place in a Christian Life as in ancient days.
According to Isaiah, Jesus delight in the fear of God. Isaiah 11:3. If Jesus in his humanity delight in the fear of God, surely this attitude of Jesus should also permeate our spirit. We should not judge by what we see nor make decisions by what we hear. Apostle Paul classified the wicked and ungodly as having no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:18.
We may be delivered from sin because Jesus took them at cavalry on the day of our response to Him to acknowledge Him as our Savior and God. But we have yet been delivered from the discipline of God against our sinful conduct. This is why Apostle Paul tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling in Philippians 2:12.
The fear of God must influence and regulate our conduct. Obedience is an indication of our love for God so it is also a proof of our fear of God. God always reminds us the people of God to obey the laws and statutes in the fear of God. Deuteronomy 6:2. This obedience flows out of reverence and fear of the Lord. There are people who fear men and demons more than fearing God and hence cannot be free.
When you encounter God, His light in you shine in His transcendent glory that you will not be able to withstand but to have reverent fear and awe of Him. Adam failed in this respect by not honoring the one commandment God has given him generously. There is a tendency for man to grab everything for personal gain leaving no room for God to work on their lives. A fully surrendered life to God is one who truly have reverent fear of Him that arose an obedient heart. Good examples of reverent fear of God is in Isaiah’s encounter with God Isaiah 6:1-6 and Peter’s encounter in the transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-8 and John’s encounter in Revelation 15:3-4 for he expressed all Nations will come and worship before Him. A reverent fear of the Lord is to see God in His majestic Holiness, awesomeness in glory and magnificence in working wonders.
In conclusion fearing God is to see Him in His majesty, Holiness, awesomeness, glory and power. We will know that we have fear of God in us only in times of trial. We need to be in constant awareness of our obligation to Him, and that nothing belong to us but everything belongs to God and it is Him we should fear and worship Him in reverent awe.
Even the redeemed in heaven fear the Lord. It’s time to pray for God’s awesomeness to be in this land that all may fear Him and have reverent awe of Him. Our proof of our love and fear of God Lord is our obedience to every word He speaks. It will not fail to accomplish whatever He desires for God is a consuming fire Hebrews 12:28-29 and every word He speaks through His word will never return to Him void. Isaiah 55:11. So let us have the fear of the Lord and see Him in His majesty, Holiness and godliness. God be praised!