One of the characteristics that will mark this fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit is a revival of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is vital in order to live a successful and vibrant Christian life. It doesn’t rob the joy out of your life. In fact, it causes you to live your life to its fullest potential in God and releases supernatural joy, peace and prosperity! There are many benefits to living a life filled with a healthy and holy fear of God. The true fear of the Lord is to hate all evil. It is to love everything that God loves and to hate everything that He hates. This standard and plumb line of righteousness and truth will keep you strong when you are tempted to compromise what is right. It will cause you to overcome in life and fulfill everything God has for you to be and to do. As we allow the Holy Spirit to do His deep work in each of our lives, we will experience every blessing that comes along with embracing the fear of the Lord.
Psalm 34: 9-15 declares “O fear the Lord, you His saints (revere and worship Him)! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear. The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek the Lord, none of them shall lack any beneficial thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to revere and worshipfully fear the Lord. What man is he who desires life and longs for many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue it! The eyes of the Lord are toward the (uncompromisingly) righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” (AMP)
What a promise! During a time of economic uncertainty and financial strain, we can experience God’s provision and blessing and not lack any beneficial thing. Those who fear the Lord and depart from evil, they will live long, healthy, good lives. They will be filled with peace and will never lack or suffer hunger. The fear of the Lord releases supernatural provision and blessing during times of want.
Eccl 12: 13 also declares “All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man (the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun) and the whole duty of every man.” (AMP)
The fear of the Lord will cause you to keep God’s word and will be the root of character in your life. It is actually the foundation for your happiness, as seen in the Amplified translation. It will bring a divine adjustment to every inharmonious circumstance you could ever encounter. It brings peace where there is chaos, joy where there is depression, and blessing and provision where there is lack. The fear of the Lord will bring a holy alignment into every area of your life. Anything that is out of order that could bring pain and discomfort will be put back into right order. The root of the fear of the Lord will produce the abundant fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.
In this hour where many are filled with fear and uncertainty, you can rejoice and rest in peace as you embrace the fear of the Lord and allow His provision, righteousness, truth and joy to fill your life.