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  • Kunle 9:12 pm on March 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    THE FEAR OF THE LORD (PART 2) 

    The fear of the lord makes a difference in all facets of life; Absence of it in a man’s life will lead to disaster. All the men that fell in history lost this attribute along the way. Let me take you down memory lane. Why do you think anyone would want to fight the king of kings, the creator of the universe? The fear of the lord was absent when the devil declared war and wanted to topple the government of God. He wanted to be the boss of his creator, it led to his end.

    Adam respected the opinion of his wife than that of God, it led to the spiritual death of man. From time to time, I get to meditate on the power God entrusted with the first man. Adam named all the animals in the world without a PhD in Zoology. Where were the names coming from? Naming 10 Pets would be difficult for the ordinary man, but there was nothing ordinary about the first man before the fall. He lived perpetually in the supernatural. He had so much power I can only help but marvel. Perhaps you are wondering the power I am referring to, you may be having thoughts such as Adam never brought down fire from heaven life Elijah or Part the Red Sea like Moses.

    Please oblige me to take you into the world of the first man; After God created all the animals, he had to put Adam through a test to verify whether indeed his product was in his image and likeness. Do you know God never taught Adam anything? Oh yes, Adam was that powerful. God didn’t need to teach him a thing because he was operating with the same frequency as God; he had access to everything God had access to. He had direct access to the mind of God, thinking like him and behaving like him. Adam named all the animals in the world with God affirming it was the same thing he had in mind.

    When God brought the woman to Adam, immediately he performed an Adult naming ceremony for her. He didn’t need 5seconds to do that, Immediately, Adam saw the woman he named her and gave the reason for her name. I can wax rhetorical about Adam because it’s such a beauty to see the manifestation of the power of God. But Adam lost everything to sin, God gave him an express instruction not to eat the fruit but he disobeyed God. The Painful part is that the bible makes it clear the woman was deceived but Adam was not deceived. He knew exactly what he was doing; the implication is that he valued the opinion of another than that of God. The fear of God called the reverential fear was lacking, otherwise Adam would have reacted like Joseph when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, the young man ran away because of the fear of God. Remember what Joseph told her, ‘how can I do this great wickedness and sin against God.’(Genesis 39:9). Friends that’s the fear of God in action which Adam lacked, he should have rebuked the wife and throw the fruit away.

    Let me give you another example from the manual of life; the Jews had to wait for an additional 40 years before they could possess the land which God gave them. Perhaps you’re wondering how that has got anything to do with the fear of God. It has everything to do with it; when Moses sent the spies to go and spy the land, 10 of them came back with a bad report with the exception of Caleb and Joshua. They feared the inhabitants of the land than God who sent then and had won several battles for them. God was angry and they spent an additional 40 years in the wilderness. There are more examples i,m sure you can relate with in practical terms today. There would be no corruption, theft, assassination and other evil deeds today with the fear of the lord. The fear of the lord is not a spiritual gift that can be imparted; It’s by studying and obeying the word with the help of the Spirit of God that we develop this attribute. Hallelujah!

     
  • Kunle 4:51 pm on March 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    THE FEAR OF THE LORD (PART 1) 

    Sequel to the last post, I will be discussing today the fear of the lord which is a requirement for access into the kingdom of God. I shall be taking some practical examples from the manual of life to show us the benefit of this attribute. What exactly is the fear of the lord? The fear of the lord is not the same thing as been afraid of God. Please don’t get it twisted, God wants you to fear him but he doesn’t want you to be afraid of him. To be afraid is bad, and God admonishes us not to be afraid or scared because it is from the devil.

    The bible declares in Psalm 111:10,’’ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Good sense is shown by everyone who follows [God’s guiding principles]. His praise continues forever.’’ The fear of the lord is a reverential fear; it talks about respect for God, his commandment, and doing everything possible not to offend him. I want to show you from a passage the distinction between the two.

    “When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and  said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”  (Exodus 20:18-20)

    The Glory of God came down and the children of God became afraid seeing the manifold works of God. But Moses was quick to tell them, do not be afraid because the motive of the glory of God is not to make people afraid but to enable men have a healthy fear or reverence for the Almighty God. One of the lessons we can learn from the passage is that the fear of God keeps men from Sin. I will cover it in detail later.

    Joseph had the fear of the lord, when his master’s wife wanted to sleep with him, he retorted,’’ No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). No wonder God promoted him to become the Prime minister.

    People who don’t know your secret become your critic; it is my desire to reveal to us the secret of some of the great in the kingdom. Another example is Daniel; he was an unusual man in Babylon, a slave who also rose to become the prime minister in the kingdom. When Nebuchadnezzar instructed the slaves to be fed with meat, Daniel refused to eat because the animals were usually sacrificed to their gods.

    The fear of the lord is obedience to the statutes of the lord. When the Glory of God came down and the Jews told Moses to speak on their behalf because they were scared, God made a profound statement after Moses had explained to them about the motive of the glory. ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.’’(Exodus 20:22-23)

    So we can realize from above Daniel had the fear of the lord, that’s why he abstained from food offered to idols. When Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and instructed everyone to bow before it, the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow before the image because it contravenes the laws of God which states, we should not bow to any other god apart from him. The three Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace but God rescued them because the lord is our Saviour. We can see that God is committed to his own people. The three Hebrew boys were promoted after the trial because after the trial comes the testimony. (TO BE CONTINUED)

     
  • Kunle 3:27 pm on March 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Keys of the Kingdom 

     

    You have probably heard ministers of God echo God is no respecter of persons when they try to buttress the point that God can bless you in the same vein. But I must state here categorically, some of those teachings have been very misleading and injurious to a lot of Christians out there. A lot of times people have not taken the time to really expatiate on the text carefully perhaps due to lack of insight or the desire to preach cosmetic messages that will not offend the congregation. Please let me state here succinctly, you will not partake of any blessing unless you do what is required. It is true that God is no respecter of persons but there are requirements.

    The house of Cornelius has set the stage for access into the blessings and riches of God. Until that memorable day at the house of Cornelius, the Jews saw it as a taboo to associate with the gentiles because they considered them inferior.

    Apostle Peter was summoned to the house of Cornelius and was instructed by God to go; suffice it to say, Peter wouldn’t have gone to the house of Cornelius without the vision he saw mandating him to go. When Peter got to the house of Cornelius, he heard from Cornelius how an angel of the lord appeared to him while he was fasting and praying directing him to send for him.  Prior to that visitation no Jew ever considered a gentile worthy of the attention of God not to talk of a supernatural experience. It will be an understatement to say the Jews considered the gentiles from another planet. While Peter listened to the narration by Cornelius, he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to release the keys to the kingdom culled from Acts 10:34, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that FEARETH him, and WORKETH righteousness, is accepted with him.’’

    It’s quite unfortunate that when people echo the phrase God is no respecter of persons they omit the last part of the statement which is the clause that activates the sentence. There is a but in the God is no respecter clause which I intend to expatiate on.

    The teaching will be centered on two themes, the fear of the lord and righteousness culled from the text above as a pre-requisite for access into the kingdom of God where blessings abound.  I will start with the man Cornelius; what really
    gave Cornelius access into the supernatural and the privilege to have Apostle Peter at his residence? Please read carefully what the bible says about the man Cornelius, ‘And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a JUST man, and one that FEARETH God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews.’ (Acts 10:22). So we can see that Cornelius possessed some of the qualities needed for the blessings of the lord.

    Before I go into the fear of the lord in the next post, I want you to have a practical understanding of the modus operandi of God.  Psalm 18:25-27,’  To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. (To be continued)

     

     

     
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