GODLY FEAR AND REVERANCE
Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 3/20/22 – Morning Message
When I was a child, my grandmother taught me (as well as my parents) how to have Godly Fear and Reverence for the things of God and God Himself.
She taught me that God’s House was a House of prayer and a place where we received the instructions to live by. She taught me not to run around the house of God, put my feet up on the furniture, but to treat it with great respect and honor because it was dedicated for the Lord our God.
She also taught me to have Godly fear for the Bible, His Holy Word. Not to tear it up, pile things on top of it, but to treat it with great care. It is not just another book it is the Word of God.
We are to hide His Word in our hearts, so we do not sin against God.
Psalm 34:8-10 AMPC
“O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.
10 The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
“And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.”
Now this expression, Yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all [that can be] shaken—that is, of that which has been created—in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue.
28 Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe;
29 For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.
GODLY FEAR IS TO:
Revere the Lord – Deep respect and admiration for the Lord.
Worship the Lord – to show honor to the Lord.
I. GODLY FEAR EAMPLE ONE: THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD
Exodus 19:9-13 NLT
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will come to you in a thick cloud, Moses, so the people themselves can hear me when I speak with you. Then they will always trust you.” Moses told the Lord what the people had said.
10 Then the Lord told Moses, “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow and have them wash their clothing.
11 Be sure they are ready on the third day, for on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai as all the people watch.
12 Mark off a boundary all around the mountain. Warn the people, ‘Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Anyone who touches the mountain will certainly be put to death.
13 No hand may touch the person or animal that crosses the boundary; instead, stone them or shoot them with arrows.
They must be put to death.’ However, when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, then the people may go up on the mountain.
II. GODLY FEAR EXAMPLE TWO: THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
1 Samuel 6:19-20
The Ark of the Covenant- represented the Lords presence.
But the Lord killed seventy men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark of the Lord. And the people mourned greatly because of what the Lord had done.
20 “Who is able to stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God?” they cried out. “Where can we send the Ark from here?”
2 Samuel 6:3-7
They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart
4 That carried the Ark of God. Ahio walked in front of the Ark.
5 David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs, and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God.
7 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.
III. GODLY FEAR EXAMPLE THREE: ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA
Ananias and Sapphira Lied to the Holy Spirit – God.
But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.
2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself.
4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified.
6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?” “Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”
9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”
10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
If the things, places, and the Holy Spirit can bring physical death at times then this shows us that we should have Godly Fear and Reverence towards them all.
Showing Godly Fear and Reverence also shows others that God is God and that He is Lord of your life.
Thank God for His mercy and Grace that He has given us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We don’t have to have the fear of the world but the Godly fear (reverence) to the one who was, is , and is to come. The Great I AM.