There is a misconstruing of the meaning or interpretation of this statement. Many people have been overwhelmed with fear to the extent of becoming entangled or enslaving oneself in fear. I have come to let you know that the fear of God has nothing to do with being frightening of God, fear of getting in trouble, fear of harm, fear of being punished or even, fear of death.
However, the fear of God means to reverence and respect God. You wouldn’t like to offend someone who loves you or someone you love. It is a fear that comes out of love for the Father of all earthly fathers and your love towards the Father who loves you more than your own earthly father. It is a respect for the Lord our creator whom we offend everyday and never cease to forgive us. Why should we not fear to offend such benevolence God? You want to fear Him so that you will continue to enjoy His goodness for your life.
“If You Lord should mark iniquities o Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared” (Ps. 130:3-4).

How do we fear God

We fear God when we His children submit totally to His will, by observing, respecting and doing all that is written in the word of God:
• obeying His commandments,
• departing from all forms of evil
• doing according to His will.
• walk in the spirit (walking in His ways) and
• allowing Him dictate the path we should follow in life.
The reason we need to diligently adhere to the above requirements is that, He is our creator and the creator of the universe where we exist. Since He is the supreme ruler over all that exists, our fear of Him is to surrender our total being to Him.
Joseph refused the offer of a free enjoyment of fornication with his master’s wife; he knew his master would not know if he consented to his mistress’ request. However, he realized that even though his master was not around, an Eye that sees the whole universe is watching him. The invisible eye of the omniscient and omnipresent God is watching him. Joseph sees this offense as not against his master but against God (Gen. 39).
Note that nothing is hidden from the Lord God who loves us and at the same time, He has judgment in his hand (2Cor. 5:10).
Any evil mete out for another human being shows lack of love and disrespect and this is against the will of God. Anything against the will of God is an offense against God. Hence Joseph said “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen.39:9). No wonder, the Lord was with Joseph.

The fear of God requires us to give high regard for the word of God

David, when he had the opportunity to kill his greatest enemy, King Saul, he refused to do it for conscience sake. He had a high regard for the Lord’s anointed king, and would not want to disrespect God’s representative, even though, Saul was seeking to take David’s life (1Sam. 24:4-7; 26:9). But David knew that vengeance belongs to God and not to man and would not avenge for himself. The scripture stated,
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:17-21)
He respected the word of God. Hence, David was more preferred as king than Saul.

Faithfulness is required of every human being as a mark of fear of God

We are steward to one thing or the other in this world. No one is sovereign; we are responsible to one another. God expects us to be faithful in our responsibilities. Faithfulness in whatever position you find yourself amounts to doing your work in the fear God.
• The President or Prime Minister is a steward to his country
• The Governor is a steward to his state
• The chairman or mayor of locality is a steward to his locality
• The church overseer is a steward of God over His congregation
• A worker is a steward to his/her employer
• Subordinates are stewards to their superiors
All in all, human being are steward to the Almighty God; the only way we can fear Him is to be faithful in whatever is committed to our care, knowing and doing all things in the will of God as we have seen in the life of Joseph and Daniel. The empowering presence of God in our lives helps us to overcome sin and to resists temptation if we yield our heart to the directive of the Holy Spirit. Hence, Joseph and David were exalted
• Joseph became the prime Minister in a foreign land of Egypt (Gen. 41: 37-45)
• David became the greatest earthly human King
Be you a president of a country or the lowest of human status; discharge your duty in the fear of God.
The fear of God exalts a man.

To be continued

By Lawrence Abitogun
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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).

The will of the Father is to do what the word says. The will of the Father is revealed in His word. The life of our Lord Jesus and His teaching also revealed the will of God to us. The word empowers and helps us to develop our faith. It is necessary for Christians to pray for ears to hear, the heart to understand and spiritual empowerment to act the word.
The book of James speaks mostly on how to put the word of God into practice. In this James stated.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty (Love) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does” (Jas. 1:22-25).
Who is the doer of the word except the one who does the will of the Father. It is not the one who memorized the whole Bible; not the one who preaches the word all the time; not the one who backed a Ph.D. in theology; not the one who speak in tongue; not the one who displayed outward or inward appearance justifying their faith: but the one who does the will of the Father. The parable of the god Samaritan explains it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b] And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25- 37 NKJV)

The man who came to test Jesus was a lawyer, that is, one who is expert in the law or the word of God. Just like many of us claimed to know the word of God today and probably have a title that distinguish us to be man or woman of God. May be our appearance in person or on social media or the size of our church or the miracle we see on television tells the world that you are expert in the word of God. But this man came to test Jesus; likewise, we Christians of nowadays are testing the Lord. We know the truth, but we always want to justify our own contrary action.
The man asks Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life”. The Bible states that no one can mock God. He knows the intents of our heart because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. He answered the man’s question with a question “what is written in the law”

Brethren, please let us study the word of God thoroughly and meditate on it thoroughly; many people will question your faith, situations will question your faith. For example, poverty will test you whether to take what does not belong to you or not; lust may question you whether to fornicate or not because your spouse did not satisfy you sexually and so on. At the cross road of taking decision, you better be filled with the spirit of God to prompt you to apply the right application of the word.
Many times we Christians know what the word of God says but lack the correct application and the spiritual meaning of the word. If we don’t meditate on the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, we will lose the right application of the word.
In another instance, we know the word and the correct application of it, but because of our unwillingness to adhere because of unrighteous benefit and selfish motives, we pretend not to know. Sometimes, we try to justify our deliberate wrong action by claiming ignorance of the word; know this, you cannot mock God.
Furthermore, we know the word but we do not act the word; human nature in the absence of the spirit always gives excuse for disobedience or not willing to do the will of God.
The man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho definitely in one of their own or liken him to be a Christian to a Christian. The priest is his spiritual father, the Levite is one of those that the man is looking up to emulate in the church; and it is within the power of these two to rescue their fellow, but they ignored him. They put aside the Law; they fail to do what they have being preaching to the people to do.
That is the situation with many Christians nowadays; they find it difficult to help one another. They have all sorts of strategy to extort from those in need. We know those who are in need, but we pretend not to see them. The priest and the Levite preached hospitality, mercy, help etc. but would not act it. All Christians are priests and Levites and we must show the world how to act the word by being an example.
The Good Samaritan’s action shows the following fruits of the spirit that must be revealed in the life of every Christian as the evidence of their faith and acting the word.
• Love
• Compassion
• Hospitality
• Help
• Mercy
• Care
• Longsuffering
• Kindness
• Faithfulness
Hence, Jesus said,

‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, … And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’(Matt. 25:34-40)

As Apostle Paul said, that we need to examine ourselves; you need to examine yourself if indeed you act the word. You need to put the word into action. Just like David said, “I delight to do your will, O my God, and Your law (word) is within my heart (Ps. 40:8)

Christian edification message

The word is the will of God and is all about love; love for God and love for others. Love for others is not revealed in others unless we obey the word. The evidence of our obedience is seen in acting the word. Acting the word results to the manifestation of the good that others (your neighbor) derive from it. As Christians, if you don’t obey and act the word, you will not be able to show love to others, neither will you be able to bear with others.
The totality of acting the word is to love God and others. Showing your love to others is obedience to the word of God; when you obey the word of God, you have shown your love to the father.
Today, pray for grace, spiritual empowerment and strength to act the word so that you will be able to show your love for others.

By Lawrence Abitogun

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body… And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (Jas. 3:2-6).

Do you know how many times you have been advised or being warned about what you say? Either you have seen or heard about someone who has put him or herself in trouble because of the wrong thing he/she says. Many lives have been troubled, many destinies have been altered or destroyed, and many lives have been cut short because they cannot control what they say.
The result of uncontrolled mouth and unguided utterances causes the body to be unbridled. By default, their whole body is activated to doing wickedly, thus putting their lives at risk against all kinds of onslaught of the devil.
If you have a running mouth that cannot be controlled, you are prone and vulnerable to any attack of the enemy. An attack of this sort is spiritual and not physical (Eph.6:12). It is not that someone will slap you to short you up, but there is always a payback later in life; by running your mouth anyhow, you are planting a seed, and whatever you sow, you shall reap.
What you say can shape your life or alter your destiny positively or negatively. Your utterance can shape you positively and save you in the day of adversity if it talks of the truth all the time. Contrary wise, it can shape your life negatively, destroy or kill you; especially, if all that your mouth speaks is falsehood and despising others.
Let your thought be aligned with the word of God, and then what you speak will be in line with the will of God. If you read and meditate on the word of God all the time, you will be guided by the Holy Spirit. What you say will flow out of your mouth in line with the will of God. You will be blessed because your mouth is guided and it speaks what commands blessing.
Contrary wise again, if you read and meditate all the time on magazines, books, movies, media shows and discusses of the ungodly, the sinners and the scornful of this world, your mouth becomes a pipe line running with ungodly talks, despising words, costly jokes, cursing, derogatory words, insulting and slur words (Ps 10:7). In this regard, what you say becomes a seed you have planted which you will reap in due season. If you despise, you will be despised; if you curse, you will be cursed; if you cast a costly joke, you will be satirized in a painful way, and so on; it never ends until you break that habit by being born again and rid yourself of the old habit.

How do I watch what I say?

• Be born again. Be not a Christian by mouth, but a changed person; riding yourself of the adamic nature which you have piled up from your parents, peers and the society (Rom. 12:2)
• Read and meditate on the word of God always; the word of God becomes the issue that flows out of your good heart, guided by the Spirit of God (Ps. 1:1-3; Lk. 6:45)
• Think before you talk so that you don’t commit a grievous error (Jas. 1:19)
• Avoid the seat of the scornful, that is the training ground for ungodly talks (Eph. 5:4)
• Dissociate from ungodly associates (relations, friends or co-workers) (2Cor, 6:14-18).
• Avoid any argument that can result to dissension; the shock absorber (degree of tolerance) in every human being varies. Always empathies with others, what you will not tolerate, don’t throw it at anybody (1Tim.6:3-5).

Watch what you say so that you don’t regret later that you have said it. Once the content is voiced out to the hearing of others it becomes pieces that cannot be put together again. What is done cannot be undone. It is better to think before you talk to avoid unprecedented trouble than to say something that will bring a lingering bitterness into your life; a repercussion of a careless talk that will continue to make you live a life of regret; “had I known I would have not said it”

By Lawrence Abitogun

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