A Life Ablaze: Week 7

 
 
 
 
A Life Ablaze: Week 7  
 
 
 
 
 

A Life Ablaze

FUEL 10: The Fear of the Lord
 
 

SCRIPTURES

 
  1. 2 Timothy 1:6 — Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:13 — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
  3. Psalm 31:19 — Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee….
  4. Psalm 112:1 — Those who fear the Lord will be greatly blessed.
  5. Psalm 115:11 — Those who fear the Lord will find Him to be their
  6. Proverbs 14:26,27 — Those who fear the Lord will have confidence, find a place of refuge, and they will have a fountain of life.
  7. Proverbs 22:4 — Those who fear the Lord will experience riches, honor, and life
  8. Psalm 147:10,11 — His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
  9. 1 Peter 1:15-17 — But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear….
  10. Psalm 34:11 — Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  11. Proverbs 9:10 — The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
  12. Psalm 111:10 — The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.
  13. Proverbs 1:7 — The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  14. Acts 2:42,43 — And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
  15. Acts 5:1 — But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
  16. Acts 5:3,4 — …Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
  17. Acts 5:5-6 — And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
  18. Acts 5:7 — And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
  19. Acts 5:9 — Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agree together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
  20. Acts 5:10 — Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
  21. Acts 5:11 — And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things
  22. Acts 5:12 — …Many signs and wonders wrought among the people….
  23. Acts 5:16 — …They brought forth the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter pass- ing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
 

GREEK WORDS

  1. “stir up” — ἀναζωπυρέω (anadzopureo): to be enthusiastic, fervent, passionate, vigorous; to do something wholeheartedly or zealously; to rekindle or to stir back to life again
  2. “conversation” — ναστροφή (anastrophe): depicts lifestyle; a person’s rising up and sitting down; pictures how a person conducts life and how he behaves in every situation; a person’s total conduct and life- style — his rising up, sitting down, etc.
 

Emphasis of this lesson:

      • Maintaining a healthy fear of the Lord is our duty
      • Understanding the fear of the Lord is vital to our spiritual fire
      • Mishandling God brings on negative consequences
      • Blessing and promises are to follow those who have the fear of the Lord

 

      • Fearing God is Man’s Duty
        • Ecclesiastes 12:13 — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
        • Psalm 31:19 — Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee….
        • We are instructed 300 times to have a fear of the Lord.
        • Respectfully fearing God is good and healthy thing.

 

      • Understanding Fear
        • This fear is NOT the fear one feels when one is in a “tormenting imminent danger.”
        • “The Fear of the Lord” is NOT just respect.
        • The “Fear of the Lord” is upholding his holiness and therefore there should be an intense desire and conviction to abide in holiness.
        • “When people lose their fear of the Lord, the power of God begins go diminish; the fire of the Holy Spirit dwindles as well. People who are casual no longer see God both loving and holy.” ~Rick Renner
          • These people live casually in sin and without conviction.
          • They are not mindful of the consequences of their sin.
          • These people solely rely on the mercy of God.
          • God is merciful – and he is loving- but He Holy.
          • Grace and mercy is abused when we want God to be ok with our mess.
        • 1 Peter 1:15-17, But as he, which hath called you, is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
        • The word, “conversation” is not merely talking with your mouth. It is from the Greek word, anastrophe, and it depicts lifestyle or whole manner of lifestyle — a person’s rising up and sitting down; coming in and going out —how he conducts his total lifestyle.
        • We are sojourners and just passing by, however are commanded to live our lives seriously, with a fear of God.
        • Do not get confused with First John 4:18, which says, “…Perfect love casteth out fear….” God is love (see 1 John 4:8).
          • Since that God, kind of love is of God, the reverential fear of God is of God too. They both come from true love.
          • Personal knowledge of His perfect love — and of His perfect, reverential fear — casts out tormenting, torturing fear.
      • Mishandling God brings on Negative Consequences
        • Taking for granted all his goodness, e.g., power, deliverance, healing, favor provision and all his benefits will result in negative results.
        • If we violate spiritual principles, we incur negative consequences.
        • We must be very careful to not mishandle holy things.
        • The fear of the Lord is foundational to our life, meaning the fear of the Lord comes first, and everything else is built on the foundation of that.
        • Consider the following two passages:
          • Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….
          • Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge….
        • “When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone. ~A.W. Tozer
        • Acts 5, illustrates the motives of Ananias and Sapphira who knowingly mishandled the power of God.
      • Blessings and Promises Follow Those Who Have the Fear of The Lord
        • When handled correctly, the power of God brings great blessings to the Church and to the people.
        • Healing the sick.
        • Raising the dead.
        • Casting out demons and more.

STUDY QUESTIONS: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.— 2 Timothy 2:15

  1. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. What are some of the many blessings, noted in Scripture, that we receive when we walk in the reverential fear of God?
  2. Name a few things that the power of God does. For example, what are some of the blessings? What in Scripture are some of the consequences of the improper handling of His power due to a wrong, sinful, casual attitude toward Him?
  3. Ananias and Sapphira brought judgment upon themselves. What did they do to cause this? Why did God consider it blasphemous? What do their actions show us about the importance of the reverential fear of the Lord?
 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.— James 1:22

  1. The apostles changed Joses name to Barnabas (“encourager”) when he gave sacrificially to the work of the ministry from his heart. Reflect on similar instances in which God gave you seed to sow into His Kingdom, and you acted on that from your heart, with a right motive.
  2. Have you ever become conscious by the power of the Holy Spirit of a time you did something with a dishonest, impure motive? Did you quickly repent and turn from that action? The Holy Spirit is faithful to lovingly correct and reprove us when we miss it. Write about the importance of staying in His fear and in tune with Him so we can sensitively and responsibly respond to Him when He deals with us.