Fear of the Lord Brings Healing (100 Benefits to those who fear the Lord)

Fear of the Lord Brings Healing

Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.

HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD

God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.

100 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD

Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)

Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)

Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)

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Love, Pt. 7 – Showing Honor and Respect

In our society, in families, in many marriages, at the workplace, and even in the Body of Christ today, there is a lack of showing honor and respect to one another. The world has promoted a spirit of independence and self-will to the point where the predominant attitude is one of self-centeredness with little regard for others.

Agape love involves showing honor and respect to others. Our society is puzzled by all the broken relationships that abound. Yet how can relationships survive, or be joyful and peaceful, if we show dishonor and disrespect to one another? Honor and respect is one of the most important keys to successful, lasting relationships.

In the Webster’s Dictionary, “honor” is defined as: high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; dignity; repute; esteem; to treat with deference and courtesy.

The word “respect” is defined as: to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard; to show consideration for; courteous regard; to avoid intruding upon (such as respecting others’ boundaries and feelings).

The term “deference” is defined as: a yielding in opinion, judgment or wishes; courteous regard or respect; honor.

In certain passages of the Bible, some translators use the word “respect” while other translations use the term “reverence”. Reverence is similar to respect, except has deeper meaning. Reverence implies deep respect together with love. To revere is to have high esteem or awe for; to venerate. Reverence suggests a regarding with great respect, affection, honor and deference.

In 1 Peter 3:7, Peter said for husbands to dwell with their wives according to knowledge (know her, know what she likes and doesn’t like, know what is important to her, know her heart). Then Peter says to give honor to the wife as the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. The Greek word and definition of “honor” in this verse is timee (Strong’s New Testament #5092). It means: “honor which belongs or is shown to one; to value and esteem to the highest degree; to hold in high dignity; to esteem as very precious; of high price.”

So Peter is saying to husbands to show honor to their wives, to value and esteem them to the highest degree, to hold in high dignity, to esteem as very precious and of high price.

The word to wives in Ephesians 5:33 does not just tell wives to respect their husbands, but to reverence their husbands. Reverence implies deep respect together with love, affection, honor and deference (yieldedness, submissiveness).

The Bible commands us to honor our parents. The Greek word for “honor” in the verses that refer to honoring parents is timao (Strong’s New Testament #5091). It is defined as: “to prize; to fix a valuation upon; to revere; to venerate; to honor.”

In Matthew 15:3-7, some of the Pharisees and Scribes provoked Jesus by asking Him why His disciples transgress the tradition of the elders by not washing their hands when they eat bread. Jesus then asked them why their traditions violate the direct commandments of God. Many of the religious leaders failed to honor their parents by not caring or providing for them in their older age, when they had means to do so. Resources that should have been used to take care of their parents was instead given away to be used for other purposes.

Peter said to honor kings and those in authority (1 Peter 2:17). Romans 13:7 tells us to give honor to whom honor is due. First Timothy 5:17 says that the elders who rule well should be counted worthy to double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and doctrine.

Romans 12:10 tells believers in the Body of Christ to be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another. In the Greek, to prefer one another means to show deference to one another or to outdo one another in showing honor.

Paul said to show special honor to widows in 1 Timothy 5:3.

Peter commanded us in 1 Peter 2:17 to show honor and respect to all people.

Most importantly, we are to honor the Lord. We show Him love and honor in our personal relationship with Him – not only in words but also in our hearts and in our deeds. We also show the Lord love and honor by the way we treat other people. Jesus said, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40).

Love, Pt. 6 – Jesus and the Bride Serve One Another

The relationship between Christ and the Church is a picture of mutual servanthood and submission.

Jesus, the Bridegroom, Serves the Church

Jesus serves the Church by demonstrating His unending love, humility, mercy, goodness, kindness, graciousness and faithfulness. He leads by example. There is no selfishness in Him. He is concerned about the needs of His Bride. He laid His life down for His Bride, and He wants us to lay our lives down for one another.

Jesus is very patient. He is not harsh, sharp or easily angered. He cherishes His Bride, fostering her with tender loving care, with the implication of brooding over her like a hen would brood over her chicks keeping them warm and safe. Jesus nourishes and nurtures His Church.

Jesus speaks tenderly to His Bride and demonstrates His affection and warmth. He romances her and tells her how radiant and beautiful she is (Song of Solomon is a picture of Jesus and the Church). He washes and cleanses her by the Word (Ephesians 5:26). He takes her to the banqueting hall (Song of Solomon 2:4). He provides for her, protects her, affirms her, and ministers to her needs. He shows her honor and respect. He never overrides her will or forces her to do anything, but allows us to have free will.

Jesus leads without dominating His Church. When we call out to Him, He is not too busy to listen to us. He is there for us. He is faithful forever, even if the Church is not. Jesus’ actions of servanthood and humility provokes in His Bride the desire to follow in His footsteps.

The Bride (Church) Serves Jesus

There is a distinction between being a church-goer and being the bride of Christ. A person can be religious and not even be saved. The Bride is in love with Jesus and seeks to do His will.

The Bride serves her Bridegroom (Jesus). She finds out what pleases Him the most and then does those things.

The Bride serves her Lord by giving herself wholeheartedly to Him. When He draws her to come and spend time in His Presence and share spiritual oneness with Him in the King’s chambers, she does not reject or refuse Him. She says yes with gladness of heart not because she feels obligated, but because she loves Him and delights in her Bridegroom. She does not always wait to be beckoned to the Secret Place, but she comes to Jesus on her own because He likes to be woo’d too. Although Jesus is God, He has a need to feel and know He is loved and wanted.

The Bride serves Jesus by loving Him in the way He desires to be loved. She shows Him utmost respect and honor. She reveres Him, holding Him in high esteem. She does not say things or act in a manner which demeans or causes shame to or belittles her Lord or His Name. She waits in His Presence and ministers to Him. She tells Him how beautiful He is. She lavishes Him with praise and compliments. She obeys Him and submits to His leadership. She has a heart of submission and sensitivity to His Spirit. She chooses to relinquish control and lets Him be in the driver’s seat.

The Bride serves the Lord by dying to the flesh and self in order to live for the Spirit. She takes on His Name and her life is no longer her own. She puts Christ’s interests and plans above that of her own. She chooses to decrease, so that Christ may increase. She chooses to yield to God’s authority and leadership. The Bride adores and greatly admires her Lord. She keeps His first command – which is to love God with her whole heart and to love her neighbor as herself.

The relationship between Christ and the Church is a type and picture of the kind of relationship God desires between a husband and wife. Pride, sin, selfishness, hurts, divisions, the cares of this life, financial problems, incompatibility, sexual impurity (such as adultery and porn) and many other factors have robbed man and wife from experiencing the ideal union that God originally intended in the Garden of Eden.

The Word is full of encouraging news and truths of how to have successful relationships in marriage and with family and friends. The Word teaches that in order to have joy and peace in our relationships that it requires us to, first and foremost, walk in agape (or agapao) love. (The difference between agape and agapao is that agape is a noun and agapao is a verb – action word. Both words have the same meaning.)

Agape requires us to die to the flesh and put others first. It requires servanthood and humility. It means to treat people right and esteem others higher than ourselves. It means to consider the welfare of others and not only our own interests.

An excellent book that I would highly recommend if you are married, or would like to be married, is entitled How To Make Your Marriage Exciting by Charles and Frances Hunter. They were married for almost 40 years before Frances went to be with the Lord, and then Charles passed on a year later. They claim that in their marriage, they never had an argument or cross word. In their book they discuss some key points the Lord taught them in order to have a fulfilling marriage relationship. Everything they teach involves demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-24).

From the intimate relationship they had with the Lord, it carried over into their marriage. First John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

The chapter titles in their book are: Be honest … Be loving … Be patient … Be courteous … Be considerate … Be fun to live with … Be desirous (avoid doing things that irritate your spouse, be well pleasing to your partner) … Be forgiving … Be loyal … Be one (be a united team) … Be married (intimacy of spirit, soul and body) … Be in harmony with God’s plan (doing God’s will) … In sickness and in health, for better or for worse (commitment).

Honor, Respect, Courtesy and Consideration

Agape love and servanthood means to show honor, respect, courtesy and consideration to one another. NOT doing these things causes resentments and can spoil a relationship very quickly. Even little things which another finds to be inconsiderate can lead to heated arguments.

In family relationships, if you have been repeatedly told that something you do (even if it seems insignificant to you) is irritating or inconsiderate, then on your part it is a form of not showing courtesy.  If you continue to do it, then anger builds up for the other person/s.  The other family member/s will feel like they are not being respected or shown honor.  In one way, part of love is to overlook quirks and not let it bother you so much.  Yet another part of love is to be sensitive to the feelings of others.

What if we show love to others but they do not return that same love to us? Although it causes us pain and hurt when others don’t love us back, God wants us to follow through on our part. When we stand before Jesus someday, we will have to give an account of our own life and our own deeds. When He asks us if we loved others, then we will be able to say, with confidence and boldness, “YES”!

100 Benefits of Fearing the Lord

Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.

HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD

God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.

100 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD

Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)

Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)

Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)