I realize that there is a difference on how the word “fear” is used in certain passages.
EX: “Perfect love cast out all fear“ 1John 4:18 vs.“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Hebrews 11:7
This passage from Corey Russell’s book really provoked me in finding out what it means to live in a “fear of the Lord” reality.
“The fear of the Lord exposes our false ideas of a god made in our own image, instead of the reality of the eternal, living God. Whether we admit it or not, most of us have created a God that suits us-we select the passages that we like from the Bible and disregard those we don’t; we choose to discuss spiritual matters with only those people who will agree with us and tell us what we want to hear; we readily accept the mercy, forgiveness and grace of God, but convince ourselves that God’s call to holiness, righteous living and self-sacrafice doesn’t apply to us. The fear of the Lord is the cure for our false views of God.” – Corey Russell PURSUIT OF THE HOLY p. 118
Prov. 2:1 My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you,
Prov. 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
Prov. 2:3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
Prov. 2:4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Prov. 2:5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God.
IF YOU #1:
- Receive my sayings
- Treasure my commands
- Make your ear attentive to wisdom
- Incline your heart to understanding
IF YOU #2:
- Cry for discernment
- Lift your voice for understanding
IF YOU #3:
- Seek her as silver
- Search for her as hidden treasures
- Will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God
••• I think this is pretty important stuff, what do you thing???
If you want to learn more about this subject, then read Corey Russell’s book, PURSUIT OF THE HOLY.
Here’s my review on it: Corey Russell’s book, PURSUIT OF THE HOLY.