What is your greatest love? What is your greatest fear? (1 slide)
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
To fear God is to be in AWE of Him –
To honor, tremble, revere, respect, and value Him more than anything or anyone else.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil.
The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
It is a command from God.
Proverbs 23:17 RSV
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
Perceived Image – How Others See Us
Projected Image – How We Desire for Others to See Us Actual Image – Who We Really Are
1 Samuel 16:7b
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time, each will receive their praise from God.
The way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me,” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.