Sunday we were blessed to have Pastor Jonny Johnson and his wife Debbie with us. Pastor Jonny is the pastor of Gadsden Christian Fellowship and one of the board members of The Well Family Worship Center. His sermon was entitled " Living in the Fear of the Lord". Often times people associate the fear of the Lord as being something terrible,when in reality the fear of the Lord produces wisdom and safety in ones life. In Proverbs 1:7 scripture records that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
When we live in the fear of the Lord, we are living in reverence of who He is, for in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). When there is an absence of the fear of the Lord in our lives, or lack thereof, we can find ourselves in danger and in harms way. Pastor Jonny shared how his trip to the Grand Canyon opened his eyes to a healthy fear and how some people " live on the edge". While he and his wife were there some of the people would get very close to the edge to take a picture or look at the amazing view below, when ultimately they were in grave danger. He even shared that in the past some people had gotten to close to the edge and accidentally fallen off and died. In our lives is there something that is causing us to live too close to the edge to where we could fall?
He also shared how the enemy can deceive us into fearing man or other things to keep us from our destiny. Sometimes when the Lord calls or leads us to do something we allow fear to set in and don't realize that God is for us and not against us. The only way we can accomplish what He has called us to do is to know that through Him we can do all things, for without Him we can do nothing.
Here are 4 "take always" from Sunday's message that I found very powerful.
1. Living in the fear of the Lord brings safety and blessings, but living on the edge brings trouble and destruction.
2. Fear the Lord not people (Proverbs says the fear of man is a snare)
3. Fear the Lord not Failure
4. Fear the Lord not the unknown.