Monday, September 26, 2011

Fear of the Lord #8

He who walks in his uprightness fear the LORD, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. Proverbs 14:2

A man’s conduct is a reflection of his attitude toward the LORD. The righteous man is guided by what he knows will please God. His deep desire is to walk closer and closer to his God no manner how long he has been walking with the LORD. The apostle Paul had been walking with the Lord for about 30 years, but he wasn’t content with his past. His desire was to walk with Him closer and to know Him in a much deeper way (Phil. 3:7-10).

We can not walk with God and walk with sin (Proverbs 3:7, 8:13, 14:16,1 Jn. 1:5-10).

We can not walk with God and walk with pride (Proverbs. 22:4, James. 4:6-10).

We can not walk with God and walk with the world (Proverbs. 23:17, James. 4:3-4, 1 Jn. 2:15-17). In Psalm 73 we have recorded for us a man was doing just what John warns us about. He looked at the world with envy. He thought he was missing out. He saw them seeming to get away with so much and it almost cost him his faith. He almost compromised himself with the world he envied. It would seem that he might have even tried to get as close to it as he could without crossing that line! But what was the antidote for Asaph? What is the antidote for us? Psalm. 73:17 tells us that Asaph went into the presence of the Lord. This helps us clean lenses of our spiritual eyes.

I would suggest that Asaph began to fear the Lord! Getting into the presence of the Lord helps us realign our thinking to be in tune with God’s thoughts. We begin to see things from His point of view! When we begin to fear the Lord, hate what he hates and love what He loves, we realize what Asaph realized in Psalm. 73:25-28, that He is enough the heart and mind to fill! But it all begins with whether or not I fear the Lord!

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