The Fear of the Lord
I am delighted today to share a new topic with you - "the fear of the Lord." [Isa. 11:2, 3.] This subject is all throughout Scripture, but do you really know what this means? It certainly is not to fear me as one fears the lash of a slave master, for my thoughts toward you are thoughts of peace and not of evil. [Jer. 29:11.] But the kind of fear that I am referring to is the highest form of respect, for it means to revere me as your Creator and Lord. It is the basis of a relationship with me that transcends all human relationships, and means that when this attitude is in your heart, you are ready to connect with me in such a deep bond of unity and love that nothing can break us apart. You need me for life and happiness, and health of body, mind, and spirit; and I need you with the devotion of a mother who loves the child of her womb and would give her life for that child. Because I created you, you are a part of me, and an essential part of my joy. I have so much to offer you every day to complete your happiness, and when I hear your sincere prayers and requests I delight to answer them.
I want to be your friend just as I was with Abraham, Moses, and Daniel. These were outstanding men of God because they knew me as their friend, and looked to me for everything. And so may you. I am interested in everything you go through in your walk each day, and I would love to be able to whisper my secret wisdom and guidance to you throughout the day. I counsel you to strengthen the powers of your mind to hear my voice through saturating your mind with a portion of Scripture each day. This enables you to become acquainted with the way I speak, and how I feel about every aspect of your life. I especially like to speak through Psalms and Isaiah, because David and Isaiah knew me and heard my voice in ways that speak to the heart of every person, and especially in these last days.
So prime your mind to hear my voice in your heart by reading Scripture until you connect with me and feel your soul being fed and nurtured and instructed and delighted by what you are reading. Then share it during the day with others, and as you pour out your vessel to other needy souls, I will refill it to overflowing each day as you seek me and find me. Thus, you will become accustomed to my voice speaking to you all day, and will not be susceptible to the wiles of the devil. Your mind will become a fortified palace to dwell in and to live and move at the unction of my Spirit. Thus you will become in these last hours and days of earth's history, instruments of righteousness [Rom. 6:13] like Paul and Peter and Philip, and all the prophets of old who spoke for me to their generations and stayed true to the end.
Now go to the activities of your day with rejoicing in your friendship with me and understanding of my love for you and my purpose for your life, and I will be your Companion and Guide, and protect you through every temptation the devil may bring against you. I already know what he plans to bring against you, and I am prepared to save you from the fowler's snare [Ps. 124:7] if you look to me and trust in me. I will be faithful to you if you are faithful to me, and save you from a thousand snares [Ps. 38:12; 91:7] that you know nothing of. And I will bring you safely through the days ordained [Ps. 139:16 NIV] for you, and I will bring you home. Lovingly, Jesus.