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2021/11/17 Growing In the Fear of the Lord

Ron Sawka Ministries

November 17, 2021; Kislev 13, 5782

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isa. 11:2, emphasis added).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7, emphasis added).

Growing In the Fear of the Lord

Yesterday while reading Hebrews 5:7, the final phrase jumped out at me: “Was heard because of His [Jesus’s] godly fear.” I know this is something the Lord wants to hold before us and which He requires us to grow in, especially during these times of shaking.

I was then reminded of Isaiah 8, which describes how all the people of Judah were so afraid of a conspiracy against their nation. The Lord told them to not to fear or worry about any conspiracy, but instead to fear Him. We read: “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary” (Isa. 8:12–14).

I think one of the main reasons the Holy Spirit led us to hold those three online Fire of God conferences (March, May, July) was to help us grow in the “fear of the Lord.” I have come to see that when Elijah called down the fire of God at Mount Carmel, it not only burned up the physical sacrifice but also began to burn in him. It began to expose wrong things in his life (i.e., fear of Jezebel, depression, feeling he was alone in being faithful to God). It resulted in Elijah meeting the Lord on Mount Horeb, and from then on relating to Him in a completely different way—and with a deeper fear of the Lord (see 1 Kings 18–19). Elijah’s relationship with the Lord changed and deepened, and his ministry went to a much higher level (see 2 Kings 1). I feel what happened to Elijah is a picture/model for us and is one of the main things the Lord wants to do in our lives so we are free from fear and can move confidently and powerfully in Him.

How can we grow in this reverential fear of the Lord? Below are several points that may help us:

1. Fear of the Lord is a main component in the anointing of the Holy Spirit that God wants to increase on our lives. Without it, the anointing will not grow. “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isa. 11:2). This is also emphasized and reiterated in Proverbs 1:7, which states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

2. It’s our choice whether we have fear of the Lord and grow in it or not. “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord” (Prov. 1:29).

3. We have to ask and choose to listen. “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps. 34:11).

4. If you are full of fear and lack confidence, it is probably rooted in not having fear of the Lord. “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge” (Prov. 14:26). Many of us have fears that greatly hinder us. Fear of the Lord will remove them.

5. Fear of the Lord becomes a covering and shield of protection for us. “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Prov. 19:23). What an incredible promise. Fear of end times is cancelled by the reverential fear of the Lord.

6. We should be zealous for it. It will keep us from envy and other distractions. “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day” (Prov. 23:17).

7. This fear of the Lord is connected to success in business and finances. “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4). Again, we have nothing to fear—not even lack—if the fear of the Lord is prominent in our lives.

8. Fear of the Lord brings growth, evangelism, and advances the kingdom of God. “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied” (Acts 9:31).

Make no mistake about it, we are all entering uncharted waters. There is a shaking going on in the world like we never could have imagined just a few years ago. But God is in charge and knows His own plans. It is for incredible harvest. He is preparing us by teaching us that reverential fear of the Lord. It will carry us through anything and everything. Harvest is coming.

Thanks for praying,

Ron and Teddy

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