How do we fear God?

In searching the Scripture for the meaning of the word "fear", one would find that there are twenty-one definitions presented in the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible for just the Hebrew definition alone. And there are only seven definitions defining the word "fear" as understood by the Greek. Out of the seven definitions used from the Greek to define the word "Fear", the one meaning selected for this word is labeled "5399" in the Strong's Concordance of The Bible, with the root definition in 5401. From these definitions, the word "Fear" is defined as...

Greek: -5399 phobeo {fob-eh'-o}
from 5401; to frighten, i.e. (passive or passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, i.e. revere:-be (+sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), to reverence.

Greek: -5401 phobos {fob'-os}
from a primary phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright:- be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.

From these definitions, it would appear that the response we must have towards God is fear, or to be afraid of HIM. But is this the response HE wants from us?

From the Word of the LORD through HIS servant Isaiah, it was revealed that the prophets, the rulers and the seers of the people were drunk from a spirit of deep sleep, which came over them.   They drew near to the LORD with their mouth, and with their lips they did honor HIM, but their hearts were removed far from HIM, and their fear toward HIM was taught by the precepts of men. It was Paul who said to the church at Corinth, eye have not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But to those who love HIM, God has revealed these things by HIS Spirit, Whom HE has sent.

It was HIS Word, Who revealed to His servants how it was that the people heard, but understood not.   HE revealed how they saw, but perceived not, because their hearts were waxed gross, and their ears were dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed by a spirit of deep sleep.

The problem
They heard, but understood not.
They saw, but perceived not.

The cause of the problem
Their hearts were waxed gross
Their ears were dull of hearing
And their eyes they have closed
They could not receive into their
hearts the things of God,
not even HIS Word

The root cause of the problem is the lack of faith, which is given as a Gift from God through HIS Word. For faith is the door through which the grace of God is given, that we might be saved. And without this gift of Faith it is impossible for us to please God and worship HIM. It was for this very reason that John testified of seeing an angel fly in the midst of heaven with the everlasting gospel to preach with a loud voice to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. But without faith they cannot perceive and understand the everlasting gospel. Yet, the message from the angel is given to all nations, that they might worship God and give HIM glory.

To all, who's heart is far from the LORD, HE says through HIS Word, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:7-9).

Man's way verses God's Way

From the Word of the LORD through HIS servant Isaiah, the will of the LORD is made clear, to make it possible for the wicked to forsake his way, and the unrighteous man to forsake his thoughts. The LORD also expressed HIS will through HIS Word to make it possible for the wicked and the unrighteous man to return unto the LORD that HE might have Mercy upon him to abundantly pardon him. It is through the Word of the LORD that the will of God is accomplished that the Father might be glorified. If we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, then it means that we will forsake our ways and our thoughts in order to accept HIS Way and HIS Thoughts, that we might follow the LORD by HIS Word in us.

We must forsake
False Worship -
(Which is to adore evil)
Man's way
Wicked way
Unrighteous Thoughts
Low ways
In order to Accept
True Worship -
(Which is to adore Good)
God's Way
Mercyfull Way
Righteous Thoughts
High ways

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Throughout the Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, the phrase "Fear God" is recorded only ten times in the Scripture. To accomplish the Father's will, we must rely on HIS Word to defind the meaning of the phrase "Fear God". Is it the will of God that we should be afraid of HIM?" or "That our hearts remain far from HIM?" What does the Word say?

How do we fear God?
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From these ten verses recorded in Scripture, only seven verses were transcribed with the phrase "fear God" in the giving of instructions. Six of theses verses were of instructions given by men to men. The one remaining verse, from the seven verses of instructions, was recorded in Revelation in the giving of instructions to the world by the angel.

From the ten verses recorded in Scripture, three remaining verses were transcribed different from the other seven. Two verses were recorded with the phrase "Fear God" in the midst of asking a question. One of these questions was from the thief on the right side of Christ as he rebuked the other thief on the left side. The other verse of record was from Satan in his question to God about Job. The last verse using this phrase was recorded from a preacher in his statement of God's Mercy to those who assemble before HIM.

These ten verses did not appear to make any change in the meaning of the phrase "fear God" as given by the angel in the instructions to the world. However, throughout the Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, the phrase "Fear not" is recorded sixty three times. Most of these verses focus our attention on the point of (1) not being afraid of doing something we were instructed to do, or (2) to do something opposite of that which we are doing i.e. to have no fear.

Example (1) "And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here [am] I. And he said, I [am] God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation." (Genesis 46:2-3)

Example (2) "And he said, Peace [be] to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them." (Genesis 43:23)

From the sixty-three verses recorded in Scripture with the phrase "Fear not", fifteen of these verses were direct instructions to the person or persons to whom it was directed that he or she might not be afraid of God.

Respond to God's Way
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"Fear not" and "fear of God".

After studying the phrases recorded in the Word, we understand more clearly the desire of the LORD to bring us into fellowship with HIMSELF, without our hearts being afraid of HIM. Yet, our behavior towards HIM should be based on a heart that is willing and obedient to HIS Word, to please HIM by doing HIS will.

Having a willing heart to please the LORD, Moses testified to the children of Israel of what the LORD said to him about them. He said, "And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

"Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens [is] the LORD'S thy God, the earth [also], with all that therein [is]. Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, [even] you above all people, as [it is] this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

"For the LORD your God [is] God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

"He [is] thy praise, and he [is] thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude" (Deuteronomy 10:12-22).

Having understood the Truth about the fear of God, Timothy said, "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy 1:6-10).

John testified also and revealed the Truth about the fear of God when he said, "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also" (1 John 4:17-21).

The fear of God
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in Revelation is saying to the world.

Through out History, the Word has been revealing to the world through men and Angels the fear of the LORD, that by receiving Wisdom and Understanding in them, they might be a blessing from God to all men. Understanding the fear of the LORD can be summarized best in the Word by His servant Solomon, Who said, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverb 3:5,6).

What the angel is saying in this important message to the world is this, To trust the LORD with all our heart and rely not on the wisdom of men, or even on our own understanding, but in all that we say and do, we must acknowledge the LORD for HIS Guidence to direct our path. After we have acknowledged the LORD, the angel said that we must give glory to HIM. The Question we must ask the LORD is ths, "How do we give glory to HIM?"

Notice: To fully understand the concept of True Worship, read each section in the order presented.

1. Introduction   2. Fear God   3. Give Him Glory  
4. His Judgement   5. Worship God   6. True Worship  

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