Fear of the Lord


~Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

When we begin to see our life, our sin and its repercussions, and pleasing God, we are at the beginning of wisdom. Holy understanding cannot possibly include compromise, “little sins,” childish behavior, etc., can it? There is nothing holy about those things. The Apostle Paul addressed these things with the most carnal church, the Corinthian church:

~1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Are you easily offended? Are you childish? You may have been saved for many years but that does not make you spiritually mature. Spiritual maturity takes submitting one’s self to the Word of God.

~Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

If the preaching of God’s Word offends you and you find yourself complaining about the preacher, it is time for a spiritual check. Paul told the Corinthian church that he put away childish things. That takes daily feeding in God’s Word – loving God’s Word in such a way that when you hear/read something that rubs you the wrong way, be mature and try to look at your offense/sin in the same way God sees it.

Become a spiritual adult – not a spiritual baby in diapers always needing attention and changing!

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One Response to Fear of the Lord

  1. Vicky Albert says:

    Well said my precious sister!!! How easily one is offended today when they hear the Word of God preached. Today’s devotional brings to my mind several scripture passages.

    Timothy 4:2-4
    Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    Hebrews 5:12-14
    For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

    For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

    But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    1 Samuel 12:24
    Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

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