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FEAR AND TREMBLING



Posted: 03/18/08

Fear and Trembling

The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are often admonished to "fear God," and to work out our salvation with "fear and trembling". How do we obtain the commanded virtue of the fear of God?

One great key is to look at Israel. They lost sight of Moses, so they created their own image of god (the golden calf), took off their clothes and had an orgy (Exodus 32). Suddenly Moses appeared in wrath, threw the Ten Commandments at their feet, and cried, "Who is on the Lord's side?" The people decided if they wanted to serve sin or God. Those who refused to stand with Moses came under the sword. That no doubt produced the fear of the Lord.

We live in an age that has lost sight of Moses. The moral Law has been removed from the market place, from schools, and even from many churches. The result has been that America has made her own image of god, stripped off her clothes and had an orgy. Our commission is simply to cry to the world "Who is on the Lord's side?" We are to proclaim the gospel of peace. Those who refuse to make peace with God through the blood of the cross, will be cut down by the wrath of the Law. That should put the fear of God into any of us.

But that's not the only catalyst. There is something else that can help us. The book of Peter says to "pass the time of your sojourning here in fear." Why should we do that? The following verse tells us: "Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot " (1 Peter 1:18-19).

If anything should produce the fear of God in our hearts, it is the cost that God went to so that we could be forgiven. If I deliberately violated civil law and it cost my father every penny he owned to pay my fine, what sort of moron would I be to go back to crime? Rather, if I saw his incredible sacrifice, I should be humbled and filled with gratitude at such an expression of his love.

God didn't pay our fine with mere silver or gold. He paid it with the precious blood of Jesus of Nazareth. Golgotha was not only a display of love, but it was a display of how much God cares about justice. The cross of Calvary was an expression of His wrath against sin, and if and I can understand that, I will fear the Lord.

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By Ray Comfort

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"They Need to Hear a Good Old-fashioned Hellfire and Damnation Sermon
Posted On: 03/28/08 04:32:56 PM Age 33, OK
That will shake you in your shoes and tremble before the Almighty. When God thundered upon the mountain where Moses received the ten commandments the people where afraid and shook, they were afraid to speak to God and chose to hear what Moses spoke instructed from God. They are taught bible stories and precepts and traditions but do they fear God see his mighty works in the past and what can happen in the future. Do they not see the future in the Revalations anymore approaching the judgments and wrath of God? Hell is Real. Sin is the death pendulum swinging ever closer. His commandments are true those that Love the Lord and fear God will try to obey them. Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom.



Amen Ray!
Posted On: 03/21/08 08:53:37 AM Age 49, VA
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! (Psalms 111:10) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!(Heb 10:31) Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man!(Ecclesiastes 12:13) The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them!(Psalms 34:7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding!(Proverbs 9:10) Yes, yes and amen! People in this country fall into the category of Romans 3:18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes". As you so eloquently preach, people must repent and turn from their wicked ways! All this false Christianity and false conversions because of the false namby-pamby gospel being preached is an abomination to the Lord! I love your preaching, tracts, resources, and information! You have been raised up for such a time as this! If Christians had more fear, we would have much more FAITH! And we would be reaching out to the lost and changing our lives and everyone else around us because of the Fear of the Lord! Fear is a great motivator and the fear and reverence of the Lord would constrain us to live and preach for Jesus Christ in everything we say and do!!!! Praise the Lord! Keep up the good work and God Bless you and your ministry!

Exactly
Posted On: 03/19/08 05:27:19 PM Age 29, TX
It seems that a lot of people out there want to ignore the "fear" aspect of our faith, and instead really and truly believe that "Jesus is our homeboy." (I once asked a fellow if he really thought that, on Judgment Day, he'd just casually walk up to Jesus and say "'Sup, dude?" He said he surely did, and then announced to the world that he "hates" me--his word.) People who have no fear of the Lord have never known His Presence; you cannot perceive even the hem of His garment, so to speak, without that sudden wash of self-loathing and stark terror! It makes you fully aware of why it is called "grace"!--Mrs. Pilgrim



Lord AND Savior
Posted On: 03/19/08 10:50:45 AM Age 47, MO
Ray: Outstanding article, thanks! Our hope is in Christ as savior but mostly refuse Him as Lord. That is an issue with merging Christianity with Americanism. However, we can't really know Him as Savior without first knowing Him as Lord so the Savior part becomes fire insurance. John

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