And 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 (Isaiah 11:2 KJV)
Isaiah listed the fear of the LORD as one of the influences of the Holy Spirit in our lives alongside wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge. Wisdom, for example, can be the working of the Spirit in our lives. The same is true of power, which is what many of us are most familiar with when it comes to the Spirit. The fear of the LORD is a product of the Spirit’s operations in our lives as much as power or wisdom.
There are two types of fear when it comes to God. The first is seen in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned. They were afraid of God and hid themselves. This is the servile fear which is unhealthy and often makes us run away or detach from God. God has not given us the spirit of servile fear but of love, power and a sound mind ( 2 Timothy 1:7).
But God has given us the spirit of the fear of the LORD, that is, a healthy fear. This fear is distinct from the servile fear of 2 Tim. 1:7. It is a feeling of profound respect and reverence for God. This fear keeps us from evil, as His fear in our hearts makes us have high regard and reverence for His commandments.
This generation of believers is running the risks of losing the fear of the LORD. God is our Father, but not our “age mates”. I heard a believer called God the “guy upstairs” one day. This is not cool. It is a deplorable state of complete loss of our reverence for God. He is our Father, and loves us but we must maintain a healthy perception of who He is and never allow our hearts to slide into such callousness. Allow the Spirit of God to not only fill you with the spirit of power or wisdom but also with the fear of the LORD.
What are the two different types of fear as discussed above?
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Do you have this reverential fear of God? The intimacy with God produced by the Spirit will never lead us to take God for granted. Rather, the more intimate with get with Him, the deeper our fear and reverence for Him. Familiarity or the loss of the fear of God results from fleshly or carnal intimacy. Guard the fear of the Lord in your heart.
Ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of the spirit to fat fear of the Lord upon you.