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October 5, 2009

"But I Hate to Give up Those Things!"

Part 4 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"

We have to understand the importance of hating sin in order to please God and fulfill His command to fear Him, but the reward is great!

  • "The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil: pride, and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate."  Proverbs 8:13

That means having God's attitude toward sin at all times.  The more we study the holiness of God from His perspective and His Word, the more we will understand the extent of His hatred of sin.  He knows it will destroy us.  He created us for His pleasure and to have intimacy with us.  He does not want us to be destroyed, but fulfilled with abundant life.  Therefore He has no tolerance for sin.  He says, "You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy" (Lev. 19:2). 

  • "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life." Proverbs 14:27

What a paradox!  Fearing the Lord feels like a dead-end street.  There seems to be no connection to abundant life.  In our pride we feel we know what is best, and what is certainly more fun.  Even though we are created in God's image, left to ourselves our own "fountains" run dry or become stagnant and polluted.  Without the fear of the Lord we remain true to our fallen Adamic nature and never know the only Source of "Living Waters."

Now He would never command us to do anything that He does not make full provision for us to attain.  If we CHOOSE to walk in obedience to the next thing He tells us to do, His holy life will start to be seen in us.  And it can start now.  So is there a reward?

  • "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." that he might fear; and he feared me, he stood in awe of my name."  Malachi 2:5

"The Name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are safe!"  Proverbs 18:10"

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