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Fear Has Its Place (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

18 Aug

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Fear Has Its Place
September 9
Happy is the man that feareth alway. (Proverbs 28:14)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning and the foundation of all true religion. Without a solemn awe and reverence of God there is no foothold for the more brilliant virtues. He whose soul does not worship will never live in holiness.
He is happy who feels a jealous fear of doing wrong. Holy fear looks not only before it leaps, but even before it moves. It is afraid of error, afraid of neglecting duty, afraid of committing sin. It fears ill company, loose talk, and questionable policy. This does not make a man wretched, but it brings him happiness. The watchful sentinel is happier than the soldier who sleeps at his post. He who foreseeth evil and escapes it is happier than he who walks carelessly on and is destroyed.
Fear of God is a quiet grace which leads a man along a choice road, of which it is written, “No lion shall be there, neither shall any ravenous beast go up thereon.” Fear of the very appearance of evil is a purifying principle, which enables a man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep his garments unspotted from the world. Solomon had tried both worldliness and holy fear: in the one he found vanity, in the other happiness. Let us not repeat his trial but abide by his verdict.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

To read more on the Fear of God, please check out the following blog link…

http://ising4god.com/2012/08/20/the-right-kind-of-fear/comment-page-1/#comment-357

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5 responses to “Fear Has Its Place (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

  1. terry1954

    August 19, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    fear does have its place and with me it is the fear of not going to heaven that keeps me trying harder and harder to follow god

     
    • forhisgloryandpraise

      August 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      The fear of God’s judgement on us is often what keeps us on the straight and narrow, but I also see this as the fear of being without God. Our love should be so much for him, just as it is for our children, that we can’t bare to be without them. I know that Hell will be the absence of God, which means no comfort, no hope, no peace, and especially no love. That is something we miss when our children grow up and move far away from home. We miss their love, the peace of knowing they are safe, the hope we see in their future, and the comfort of holding them close. Imagine how much God misses that from us as we move away from him. As moms we should understand that more than any. We should have the same fear of God, that our sins or denial of him will lead us to the place where we will not feel him near.

       
      • terry1954

        August 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        i don’t know truthfully if my love for god is as close as it is to my kids, but i do know that there is room for growth with me, and i also know that I love God and read my bible, pray, and try to listen to him for guidance. this is what i know

         
      • forhisgloryandpraise

        August 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Then you know as much as any of us. You will know when you can tell your children that the only one you love more than them is Jesus, and that you hope they feel the same way. Some people think that when you become a Christian that everything happens like that first moment, but the truth is that it takes time. The Bible says we need to crave God (spiritual milk) like a baby craves milk. The closer we get to him the more we want to spend time with him. Think about the first time you fell in love, and you wanted to be close to that person every moment of every single day, and you hungered for their hugs and their kisses. You hung on every word they said. That is how it is as we grow closer to God…we want to spend time with him more and more, hunger for his love and comfort, and we hang on every word from Him in the Bible. I know I’m at a point in my relationship with God that I long for Heaven, and to be able to walk and talk with Jesus, to be able to worship him face to face, and feel the comfort of his love, and his hugs telling me welcome home.

         

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