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The Motive of Depravity

The Fear of the Lord

Stephen Johns

on 8 September 2015

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Transcript of The Motive of Depravity

The Motive of Depravity
Part 2

The Fear of the Lord is an awe filled reverence of His character and a deep respect for His authority.
Witness the Despise of God's Authority
Rejecting God's Authority for Their Authority
The Symptoms of Despising God's Authority
They routinely ignore the warnings of God
They do 'ministry' for themselves
They resent and reject God's control over them
2 Peter 2:14-15

“14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing”
Genesis 19:15-16

“15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.”
The Believer's Fear of God
The Believer Needs to Fear God
Hebrews 2:1-3

“1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard”
Philippians 2:12

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”
Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
The Believer is Not Fearing Eternal Judgment
Delighting in the Fear of God
Isaiah 11:3

“his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.”
The Messiah
The Servant of God
Nehemiah 1:11

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
Acts 9:31

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
The Church
Sheltered in the Power of God
The Awareness of God's Wrath
Finding Shelter in Christ
Isaiah 66:2

“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
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