Fear God Alone
This video contains: Pastor's prayer (00:00); Andy's video (01:52); Praise and Worship (03:07); Skit (12:00); Missionary video (14:38)
Lesson & Activity Introduction
Why do we do what we choose to do?
In today’s world of instant gratification, instant access and instant everything, what is found glaring on all platforms is the teaching that "you can do whatever you want/feel like, as long as you think that it's ok for you to do so, or as long as it makes you feel good." However, the downside to this is the collateral damage this has caused the world over. Take for example the number of broken homes that are found around the world as a result of substance abuse. Why do you think this is happening?
This because of a lack of fear of God, in that, a reverential fear of God.
Power and Holiness of the Creator God
Job 38:1-12(read) talks about the powerful Creator God and His control over the universe. On the other hand we find that humankind continues to live without the fear of God, either due to their ignorance (See Eph 4:17-19) or sheer arrogance (See Rom 1:20-25). 2 Tim 3:1-5(read) talks about Christians who do not fear God.
Doing what is right in God’s sight.
Josiah, the Boy-King, did not have exemplary role-models to emulate in his grandfather King Manasseh and his father King Amon who led Israel away from God. Yet, Josiah grew up and did what was right in God’s sight (See 2 Kings 23:25), with the help of the few people he intentionally surrounded himself with, people who gave him godly counsel. Josiah cleansed Judah and Jerusalem of their idolatrous ways by getting rid of high places, Asherah poles and idols. Josiah intentionally lived a life that was pleasing in the sight of God. He continued to seek the God of his father David. He also purified the land and repaired the temple.
How are we living?
Even though Josiah did not have any ideal role-models in his life, he decided to follow the Lord at a very young age. He chose the people that he surrounded himself with. These people had a godly influence on Josiah. We must be intentional in how we live in the midst of the communities that the Lord has placed us in. What kind of friendships and relationships do we maintain? Who are the people that we are influenced by? Am I living a life that reflects my reverential fear of God?
How must a believer live?
How do believers live with a reverential fear of God?
The answers are found in scripture.
Believers are to:
1. Luke 9:23 - Deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Jesus.
2. Proverbs 15:3 – Always be conscious that God is always watching.
3. Psalm 63:1 - Seek Him, thirst for Him, glorify Him for who He is to them.
4. Psalm 119:70 - Delight in His law.
5. Proverbs 8:13 - Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse speech.
6. John 12:42, 43 - Seek to please Him more than pleasing man
Take some time to reflect on what you have learnt today. What are the areas you are struggling with?
2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” We are all accountable to God for the lives that we have chosen to live. The past is past, what matters is how we choose to live going forward… Whom do you choose?
Prayer: Thank You Jesus for the joy of knowing the Creator God. Help us to surround ourselves with people who will give us godly counsel and encourage us to live lives that reflect our reverential fear of You alone. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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