As I mentioned in the previous post, we are commanded to fear God. (You may want to read it for better understanding, as I am not going to repeat everything.) The Biblical meaning of fearing God, as a Christian, is to revere and respect God, to have an overwhelming sense of awe of God and His greatness. When we consider who God is and what great things He has done, we stand in awe of Him. Certainly, if He created the universe with a word, He can help us in our change process to be men and women of God. With God, all things are possible. If we comprehend but a little of who He is and what He has done and what He will do, especially for us personally, our natural response should be to fear God. Fearing God enriches our lives and keeps us from sinning. And I believe fearing God and loving God go together.
The fear of God and the love of God draw us near to Him. As we spend time with Him, study His Word and apply it to our lives, we become more and more like Him. We grow to love as He loves and to hate what He hates. What does He love? Well, for one, His Word! And what does He hate? Sin! “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” (Pro. 8:13). Therefore, a Christian should not be living a life of habitual sin. Through my ministry, I often hear of those who identify as homosexual, but also identify themselves as Christian! How can this be? If you, reader, are such a person, “do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). You say you love God? Jesus tells us in John 14, if we love Him we will keep His commandments.
As Christians, I really believe our motivation to do God’s will and make changes that are very difficult and deep-seeded, our main motivation must be the fear of God. For example, when we understand His greatness, certainly we can believe He will heal us from same-sex attractions and a homosexual identity we have acquired, even though it will take some time. When we respect Him as God, our Father who knows best, we can and will persevere.
If you say you are a Christian, and you can live a lifestyle of habitual sin or continually fall in and out of sin, (and this doesn’t bother you!) it’s my opinion that you certainly don’t fear God. And I wonder if you really love God above all things, even yourself. If you don’t really fear or love God so as to turn from sinful behavior, then my question to you is are you really a Christian. This I know to be true; God knows your heart.
Perhaps you are reading this and you know flat out, you are not a Christian. You have not been born again; and you have heard the gospel but continue to reject it in its entirety (perhaps you believe in God but don’t believe sin is really an issue to keep you out of heaven; or you don’t belief God’s Word when it says homosexuality or any other sinful lifestyle is sin), here is a verse I’d like you to consider. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrew 10:31) And Jesus said “…Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:5) This is a fear of God I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it. What about you?
Before I conclude this post, let’s look at fearing God from one other person’s perspective. Solomon with all his wisdom found this life without God to be vanity of vanities… emptiness. As he pondered this life before the grave, his conclusion was “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Humans are spiritual and moral beings who find their fulfillment in God’s teachings that lead to a loving relationship with Him, our all in all! Ask yourself, do you want it all? Boy, I sure do!
I believe and have experienced in my own life, the Bible is true… all of it. When it says fearing God can keep you from sin, there’s no debate. Submit to God; allow Him to work in your life. You must take the steps to depart from evil and sin, separate yourself unto God and He will enable you! He did it in my life. He can do it in yours. Christians definitely can and should live a holy life, free from bondage to sin. Fear Him! Love Him! Live for Him!!!!!!!