Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience
-II Corinthians 5:11-
Before I speak or write on any topic, I always ask myself: do I qualify? Do I qualify to teach on this topic, meaning: have I had to experience this, or go through this, enough to say that I have been tested (I Timothy 3:10) and came out victorious? Well, although this is one topic that the Lord is still heavily dealing with me on, it is one area that I have dramatically developed in.
I have been in situations that I knew right after that the Lord was not at all proud of me for; but you know what? I dusted myself right back up, asked the Lord for forgiveness and for strength to grow so that I may do better the next time. I grow so that I do not have to make the same mistakes and because my desire is to please God and not man, it is easier for Him to correct me and for me to take heed. I have needed to take heed on things that my flesh wanted, but as I grow in Him, I realize that my flesh is NOT me, my spirit is.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.-John 3: 6 (NIV)-
Because I am born of God, I am a spirit. My spirit is my life. My flesh is only but its clothing. All of my decisions must therefore be made from this perspective: that the (God ordained) pleasures of my flesh are only but additions; the real deal is ensuring the pleasures of my spirit. I am to ensure that my spirit is fed way more than my flesh is, and that my spirit is always(!) given the command it deserves, over my flesh. I sometimes have to remind myself that: No, not this time devil! My spirit says no and therefore my flesh WILL obey!
It is not every place you are invited that you should go, not every person that calls your phone that you should answer, not every opportunity that knocks on your door that should be followed. This is why we must stay connected to the Spirit and listen to His corrections at times that we may make a mistake.
This is what the fear of the Lord is all about. It is about listening to the spirit over the flesh, at all times, so that God is proud. It is about having complete respect and honor for God, that it changes the way we live our lives.
It is impossible to say that you give your life to Jesus Christ, surrender to Him, and others see no change in your life. This is all the beginning of the fear of the Lord: making decisions that always make God proud, for His name’s sake. Revelation 15: 4 says, “Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name?” It is because it is impossible to fear the Lord and your actions not speak to the glory of His name. This fear (reverence, honor) of Him changes lives, beginning with ours. It is so pure, it has no contamination. We must crave for this grace today.
In His service,