What is the Fear of the Lord? Listen and I will teach you the FEAR OF THE LORD! It is the beginning of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING

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 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7

All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord.  Do you want wisdom?  life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.
 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34

According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 6 keys:

  • Keeping your tongue from evil
  • Your lips from speaking deceit
  • Departing from evil
  • Doing good
  • Seeking peace and pursuing it

An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.

Am I living, walking, talking, thinking, acting in the Fear of the Lord?????

  •  Am I seeking Him? -really really seeking Him – not just an occasional sit down with coffee in the sanctuary
  • Is my heart right or have I put my “serving” and busyness in the way? Am I walking with Jesus?
  • Are my words pleasing to Him?
  • Are my thoughts in line with His Ways?
  • Is my mind stayed on Him?
  • Do I make an effort to live in peace with people around me or am I quick tempered and impatient?
  • Do I stay away from evil? What music am I listening to? Are the movies and television shows I watch righteous and pleasing to the Holy Spirit in me?
  • Do I do my best to live right? never lie, slow to anger, loving others, putting others before myself?
  • what books am I reading?
  • Am I mixing occult practices in with my walk with the Lord ?- (somebody is… you need to stop)

Sometimes the “Fear of the Lord” is put off to the side while we rush around in all our busy duties and traditions. Maybe we think we already have the fear of the Lord because we said the sinners prayer and go to church. However! As we read scripture, we see that there is an intentional effort that must take place on our part. When the bible says “Seek Him”, that means we may have to put aside our wants like tv and entertainment to truly seek Him.  We have to watch our words too, that takes an effort, or at least it does for me. How about being a peacemaker? If that comes easy to you, maybe you’re not around enough people – because, at least in my life, it takes an effort to put on my shoes of peace. There will always be a battle within us – the flesh vs. spirit, but we need to let God’s Spirit lead us into righteousness. We must begin living a life in the Fear of the the Lord. It takes a disciplined life to live right. Behave!

***NOT ONLY DO WE AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST NEED TO FEAR GOD, BUT OUR CHURCHES NEED TO FEAR GOD  – Even though many churches seem to lack this foundation – you can make a difference. Reverence His Sanctuary, Stay Silent before Him and keep His house a house of Prayer ***

I want to grow in wisdom, do you? I want to grow in understanding and knowledge just as King Solomon did. In order for us begin, we must first master the Fear of the Lord.  It is the beginning of knowledge, it is to hate evil, it is a fountain of life, it leads me away from evil, its the beginning of wisdom – it’s more precious than all the world could offer.

Let’s define  “Fear of the Lord” through scripture:

  1. is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
  2. Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
  3. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
  4. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
  5. Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
  6. Is to hate evil prov 8:13
  7. Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
  8. Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
  9. Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
  10. Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
  11. In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
  12. Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33

Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:

  • Treasure His commands
  • incline your ears to wisdom
  • apply your heart to understanding
  • cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
  • seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure

PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)

WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART  ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU   (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED    (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE   (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS  (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL  ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD ,  GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)

Proverbs 2:1-16

 My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,And lift up your voice for understanding,
 If you seek her as silver,And search for her as for hidden treasures;
 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
 He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
 When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
 Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
 To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

Hear the Word of the Lord: 

 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.  But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”” GEN 20:11-13

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,  And His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me:‘ He who rules over men must be just,Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,By clear shining after rain.’ 2 Samuel 23:1-4

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Cor 7:7

 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Acts 9:31

  Let us together revisit these life changing verses and begin a journey to gain wisdom or to continue growing in wisdom. Stop and consider your ways, decide today to make a new change that your heart would be filled with a priceless gift  – Wisdom from God.  Wisdom to make the right choices, wisdom in our words, understanding justice, new gifts and abilities, right thoughts, new ideas and knowing how to live a life pleasing to our God, our Father and our Creator.

  Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Honor His Name, Reverence His Sanctuary, Walk in the Fear of the Lord

Don’t know which way to go? Start here with the Fear of the Lord and He will fill you will wisdom as you go forward. Jeremiah 6:16 says to Stop at your crossroad, look around, ask for the old godly (ancient) way and then go! walk in it, there you will find rest for your soul.

In Deut 17:7- Moses was giving the people instructions for life and in this passage, Moses gives the rules to follow if they they decided to have a king. One of the rules for a king was that he is to read God’s laws everyday all through His life – he was to write his own copy and “read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God…..” to observe them, that his heart not be lifted up above others, that he would not turn aside from the commands and that his life would long for him and his children.

77 Don’ts from King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

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My Child:

Don’t ignore these instructions. Listen to my instruction and be wise.
 Proverbs 8:33

  1. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction and keep thy father’s commandment.(3x in Proverbs)
  2. Don’t go along with sinners and those who do harm to others! Stay far away from their paths.(refrain thy foot from their path)
  3. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil .
  4. Don’t reject the Lord’s discipline (neither be weary of his correction)
  5. Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them
  6. Don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” If you can help your neighbor now 
  7. Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
  8. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
  9. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.(and choose none of his ways)    
  10. Don’t turn away from my instructions for I am giving you good guidance (Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law)  
  11. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Get wisdom; develop good judgment (Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not)
  12. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.( she shall preserve thee)
  13. Don’t let my instructions go, take hold of my instructions. Guard them, for they are the key to life. 
  14. Don’t do as the wicked do. Don’t follow the path of evildoers  
  15. Don’t even think about sinning; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. (Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away )
  16. Don’t lose sight my words. Let them penetrate deep into your heart. (keep them in the midst of thine heart)
  17. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
  18. Don’t procrastinate and don’t be lazy. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. (Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise
  19. Don’t go to war without wise advice, Plans succeed through good counsel (with good advice make war)
  20. Don’t hang around with chatterers; gossips who go around telling secrets.(meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips)
  21. Don’t plot revenge, don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. (wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee)
  22. Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. (it is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy)
  23. Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court.
  24. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.( Make no friendship with an angry man)
  25. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. 
  26. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
  27. Don’t desire all the delicacies a ruler puts before you, for he might be trying to trick you (When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not Desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.) 
  28. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. (Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom)
  29. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies They are always thinking about how much it costs “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it. You will throw up what little you’ve eaten, and your compliments will be wasted
  30. Don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you (Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning)
  31. Don’t make a show of all your knowledge: The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.(A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness)  (found 2x)
  32. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
  33. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
  34. Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them.( Withhold not correction from the child)
  35. Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.( For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief ) Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.(… but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long)  
  36. Don’t despise your mother when she is old and listen to your father, who gave you life
  37. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. Because (At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder)
  38. Don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (in multitude of counsellors there is safety.)
  39. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
  40. Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
  41. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. (Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth)
  42. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. 
  43. Don’t associate with rebels, My child, fear the Lord and the king. (My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?)
  44. Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them.
  45. Don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!” 
  46. Don’t be lazy! A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.   
  47. Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.( For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen)  (2x)
  48. Don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
  49. Don’t betray another person’s secret when arguing with your neighbor.  
  50. Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. (Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.)  (2x)
  51. Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
  52. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring  
  53. Don’t boast in yourself. “I’m so great, let me tell you about it….” Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 
  54. Don’t believe everyone! Some pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.
  55. Don’t protect a murderer.  His tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!(A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.)
  56. Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. (for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few)
  57. Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved (Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error)  
  58. Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.
  59. Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you. For you know well that: (oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others) .
  60. Don’t quit! If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.  ( I just texted this verse to someone who didn’t want to hear it, lol, and she just replied “What! Ugh!”)
  61. Don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts 
  62. Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.
  63. Don’t eat too much honey, or it will make you sick! (Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee)
  64. Don’t make me cut your chicken! Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.(This verse speaks this also to me: For crying out loud Lisa! How much lettuce and fruit will rot in your kitchen before you get up and cut it. Get a knife and cut it open, very simple, very simple…and yes you have to cook the chicken today, and stop waiting for someone else to cut your fruit)
  65. Don’t break your promises to God. Don’t delay in following through with a promise you made to God, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him (Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay).
  66. Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. (for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they)  God is still in charge and see’s everything
  67. Don’t desire what you don’t have, but enjoy what you have rather.Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
  68. Don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? (Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? What is he saying here? Don’t kill yourself trying so hard to be perfect ? Ms. Superclean, can you put away the Lysol for a moment, I can’t breath, Mr.ocd….. if the frame is out of place, take a deep breath and keep walking…..just thoughts, just thoughts….)
  69. Don’t be too wicked either. Don’t be a fool! Why die before your time? 
  70. Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants 
  71. Don’t be lazy in the kitchen. Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.  (2-3x in bible)oookay then….
  72. Don’t let your hearts be taken by an immoral woman. Don’t wander down her wayward path. (And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows…..For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death )
  73. Don’t go near her house, stay away from her! Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. (For the lips of a strange (immoral) woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.) (2+)
  74. Don’t be greedy, for it will lead you to poverty. Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty. 
  75. Don’t wait until your last breath to remember your Creator. Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well (Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it) 
  76. Don’t ignore the poor. The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.  
  77. Don’t act quickly, without thinking. Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 

       Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

With Love,
King Solomon

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
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