August 7, 2009
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THE FEAR OF THE LORD
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
It was a beautiful clear day. The sky was a deep blue with fluffy clouds like cotton balls that hovered near the earth. But something was not right. Instead of sensing the glory of the Lord as I peered into heaven, I felt fear in the spiritual atmosphere! Instead of the wonderful peace and joy that I was accustomed to, the doorway to heaven was closed and in its place was a sense of holy terror that gripped the spirit of my mind. It was the fear of the Lord!
This was not the fear that I knew while fighting the war in Vietnam. As a watchman I thought perhaps I was picking up God’s judgment upon America! But then I noticed as I focused on the Lord, the spirit of my mind became anointed and peaceful again! But when my thoughts began to dwell on the things that were anxious and not pure, a shift took place in the spirit of my mind. Instead of peace there was the presence of the spirit of fear – Holy fear.
As it is written in scripture, the word of God divides between soul and spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart! The Holy Spirit was making me keenly aware of the results of my thought patterns. The holy terror I felt was the opposite that I feel when the Lord renews the spirit of my mind,
If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. (22) That you put off the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4: 21-23).
There is life in Christ. As I daily receive the manna of heaven, I am strengthened by the life that is in His Word. Jesus is the Word of God and it is His life that renews the spirit of the mind. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that quickens (make alive); for the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you they are Spirit and they are life” (John 6:63).
The mere words of men without the Spirit have no life giving qualities. It is His word that brings understanding to the heart and renews the spirit of the mind. It is not just by reading the scripture that renews the spirit of the mind, but hearing His voice. I therefore seek to hear the Word Himself knowing that the “Truth is in Jesus.”
The Fear of the Lord
Now, instead of experiencing mental clarity that is free from anxiety, a spirit of fear gripped my mind. I could actually discern when my thoughts were pure and when they were not by the very peace of God for “He keeps those in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because He trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3). “What brought this upon me” I wondered? Then I remembered, a few days earlier I had asked the Lord to judge me.
I asked the Lord to do this as I am privy to my own heart. Because of the veils that exist, I am not always able to see myself clearly. However, asking God to judge you is like asking God for patience. You will get it! The difference is instead of the Lord teaching you patience by means of trials and tribulations, the Holy Spirit was performing skillfully the work of circumcism, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword” (He. 4:12).
God had my attention. He was not speaking specifically to America, the Obama administration, my neighbor, or even that “religious” church down the road, but to me! Naturally, I needed the interpretation as to why the fear of the Lord was upon me. It wasn’t until our recent prayer/watchmen meeting that I understood.
While we were waiting on the Lord, John Moro received a revelation of a person wearing shoulder pads, much like that which a football player would wear as part of their uniform. The word came to John “protection.” The shoulder pads represent the protection that guards our shoulders from injury, especially when we are engaged in close combat with the enemy. Shoulders prophetically represent the government that rest upon Christ shoulders. (Is. 11:6.)
Now to tie all of this in, the fear of the Lord it is one of the six spirits of God that rest upon Christ “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord“ (Is. 11: 2).
These six Spirits are the different aspects of the nature of Christ. If you will notice, these Spirits of the Lord come in pairs, such as the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might and the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Thus, the fear of the Lord is one of the divine natures of God. He has different attributes such as His love, peace and joy. The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord are two gifts of Christ that are available to the Church for the asking. Christ has risen and He gave gifts to the church to empower His bride to govern with apostolic authority.
The fear of the Lord is not the same as the reverence we show when we ascribe honor to the Lord because we fear Him, but an aspect of the divine nature of the Holiness of God. The fear of God pierces deep into the marrow of your heart “even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit” (Hebrews 4:12). It is the fear of the Lord that is our protection when we heed the Spirits correction that keeps us on the path of life.
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The spirit of the fear of the Lord is the sword of the Spirit that discerns every thought and intent of the heart. It is the fear of the Lord that brings “quick understanding” as noted in Isaiah 11:3, And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, nor reprove after the hearing of His ears.”
The sword of the Lord is swift to bring quick understanding of His ways that we may know when His holiness prevails and when it doesn’t. His understanding enables us to know the consequences of our action and motives. We are cautioned in scripture to know both the goodness of God and the severity of God. King Solomon tells us to,
“Incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding. (3) Cry after knowledge and life up your voice for understanding. (5) Then you shall understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (6) For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:2, 3, 5-6). российское порно девушка трахает парня
It is out of His mouth that we receive knowledge and understanding. It is His knowledge and understanding that imparts the fear of the Lord. Those who have the fear of the Lord will not judge from their perspective, but through the eyes of the Spirit with the heart of the Father. Nor will they judge by what they see in the natural but what they see in the spiritual. Nor will they reprove because of gossip, hearsay, or words that they hear, but that which comes from the Spirit of Truth. We are not to judge wrongly or presumptuously. Like Jesus, we are to do the things that we see the Father doing, speaking the words that we hear the Father saying.
No matter what we hear or see that is taking place in the earth, we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. All the governments of the world may fail and all else shaken, but His Kingdom is everlasting and cannot be shaken. As King David declared,
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God: in Him will I trust (Ps. 91:1-2)
The prayer of Jesus is for “Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” There is no greater time than now to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. It was because of the fear of the Lord that I began to understand the wisdom in keeping my thoughts pure and on the Lord. Christ sits in the heavenly realm as King of Kings and Lord of Lords far above all principalities and powers. Rather than fearing for our financial security or becoming anxious because of the times, if we are to fear anything, we are to fear the Lord. As King David declared,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: those who understand this are wise and they obey His commandments: His praise endures forever” (Psalms 111:10).
саратов порно студент We thus must incline our ears to receive His understanding that our hearts may be enlightened in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:18) To know what is the hope of His calling and the riches of His glory and the greatness of His power to those who believe. Then we shall have true understanding of His ways with the fear of the Lord that makes one wise.
Prove What the Will of God Is
Those who truly walk in the Kingdom live by faith with their hope placed in Christ. Our hope is not in this world’s economy, the national health care plan, or stimulus package, but the economy of heaven. When our hope lies in this world and its promises, we have fallen from grace. We are thus exhorted, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
The result of our minds being renewed is to “prove what the will of God is.” There is no greater freedom than knowing we are doing God’s will, doing that which is good, acceptable and perfect. When we are living in His will we can see with His eyes, hear His voice and comprehend with His heart. By this we can live by His power.
For example in the natural, when you know the rules of the road and you obey them, you have implemented the wisdom that will not only preserve your life and health, but your passengers as well. To play the fool and take risk by becoming a negligent driver, will most likely lead to injury and disaster. True understanding leads to wisdom.
The Path of the Righteous
It is obvious that we are living in one of the most significant times in history. Whether the outcome of the present situations is good or bad, does not determine the path that we are to walk on. Those who are on the right path will find increasing clarity and divine direction, for the path of the righteousness leads to more light,
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).
Those who have fellowship with God will walk in the light as He is the light. Those who are true Disciples of Christ will walk in increasing faith, love and light. With each passing day, their lives should be getting brighter regardless of what is taking place in the world. In doing so, their path will become clearer each day that will enable them to walk forward in faith with ever increasing confidence and boldness.
The fear of the Lord that rest upon me is God’s mercy to me. It is God’s mercy because it highlights those things that I need to turn from that robs me of the more abundant life that is ours in Christ. The fear of the Lord is God’s mercy when He reveals the path of life to me. His ways are the “higher way,” the highway of life that leads to His presence. As King David declared, “You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalms 16:110).
You too can ask the Lord to judge you but please beware for the Lord will answer this prayer. He might even use someone to help you, such as your spouse, boss or children! God forbid it could be that person that is giving you the fits, or that job situation that is revealing what is in your heart. The glorious call of every believer in every trial and tribulation, every circumstance and situation is to,
Arise and shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you (Is. 60: 1-2).