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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What is Fear of God?

Psalms‬ ‭111:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!”

Fear of God is putting Him first above all things. The problem is we think we are putting God First, but is that really the case?

The Bible says when we put God and His Word first, we will have peace, joy, prosperity, health, be the head, etc.

If we lack those signs or conditions, then perhaps, we need to ask God to search our hearts even more.

Assult into the Promise Land through instruction of your authority

Numbers‬ ‭13:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “The Lord now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.””

God uses Moses as His authority to instruct His people with a task, assignment, and/or commission. God did not directly speak to the 12 tribe leaders for this assignment. God used Moses to instruct them. Moses can represent your current pastor. One who represents authority.

Can these tribe leaders hear God? Even in those days, God spoke to some of His people. We know God spoke to Aaron and Miriam as they said to Moses, “Does The Lord only speak through Moses?”

God said to Moses, “Send out the men to explore the land of Canaan.”

The land of Canaan represents the promise land. It may represents a promise. It may represent a blessing. It may represent an answer for your prayer. It may represent healing, restoration, or deliverance. It may represent many things.

God had said that He would give you the land. A land flowing in milk and honey. But when we get near the breakthrough, God gives us instructions to explore the land. Exploration is a test. The exploration is to show the people that physically, it will look impossible. It is to test their hearts.

God wants to see how you will react. He wants to see how you will think? He wants to know what you will say? He wants to know if you will continue to follow instructions through His authority.

And how you react, speak, or think will determine how God will come through with His promise. HE is a rewarder of faith. Or HE will allow you to eat what you speak and grumble. This only delays or changes the plan.

Ten of the twelves spies came back with doubt and fear. They only focused on the negative and imperfection rather than remembering who their God is.

“So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!””
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭13:32-33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Numbers 14:11 “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?”

Numbers 14 21-23 “But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, 22 not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. 23 They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it.”
God can make many promises and prophecy. But HE can also cancel and change things
based on our failures to keep our faith and loyalty.

“They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors.”

The land may represent a calling, a promise, healing, blessing, restoration, and etc.

The people’s natural reaction is to blame Moses, Caleb, and Joshua by wanting to stone them. We can never blame anyone else thinking they gave you the wrong answer. The real culprit is the one we look in the mirror.

God is still waiting for many to humble (even in our own church) themselves and repent. Forty years can represent the time period of testing and tribulation before the next assault into the promise land. You can either die within those 40 spiritual years which represent a time period
or start again as a second generation. To die in the wilderness may also mean one who never achieved their calling or promise. It had wildered away in time.

The second generation represent a new person. One who is new and not old. They will be given another opportunity to enter the promise land when they had failed the first time.

Have you lost faith in Jesus?

Luke‬ ‭8:25‬ ‭TPT‬‬ “Then Jesus said to them, “Why are you fearful? Have you lost your faith in me?” Shocked and shaken, they said with amazement to one another, “Who is this man who has authority over winds and waves that they obey him?””

The Lord asked, “Why are you fearful?” Then He asked a second question.

When fear comes upon us, the presumption based on the Lord’s second question would mean, we may have lost faith in God and therefore we are in fear. We either lost faith or we had never grown a more mature faith in Him.

Rather than focusing on what is causing our fear, we need to realize the fear is revealing our lack of trust in God. Therefore, we need to repent for the lack of trust. We lose faith in God when we are deficient in our time with Him and His Presence through proper prayer, Word, worship, and obedience. We must realize then that we are still immature and need to spend more time to grow in Him. We need to realize when we are in fear, we are offline with Him.

The disciples had already witnessed many healings and miracles but when a violent wind arose, it showed the disciples still lacked faith. We can experience and witness miracles and power but witnessing such events does not automatically give us faith.

The Bible says His Perfect Love cast out all fear. People like to watch and experience miracles, signs, and wonders but we fail to realize their purpose. We fail to realize when a circumstance produces fear in us, we need to realize our lack of faith in Jesus rather than just trying to get God to stop the violent wind or storm in our lives. The violent wind or storms are used to reveal our lack of trust. The disciples asked Jesus in verse 24, just like many baby Christians ask in a storm, “Don’t you care about us?”

The miracles, signs, and wonders glorify God and their purpose is also to help reveal His Love for us just as violent winds and storms are used to help reveal our lack of faith in Him. They are not just to be some spectacle. Coming to realize His Love for us should strengthen our faith as we witness all the wonders walking with Him.

When miracles, signs, and wonders are in your midst, rather than boasting of your experiences out of pride to magnify oneself, perhaps, we need to see them from a deeper angle of how much God loves us.

As I experience supernatural signs and wonders in my walk with the Lord, I come to realize a greater depth of His Love for me. As I come to realize this magnitude of love, I know I am His beloved. I am much Loved by Him and I know HE will definitely save me for it is not out of my works but for His glory. As I come to know His Perfect Love, any and all fears are cast away.

Pastor Steve