The fear of the Lord

It’s funny… Today (friday afternoon), I went over to a friend of mine at work, and I told him, “You have to help me, I’m almost beginning to think that I’m a good person.” He said, “Uh-oh,” and we spoke about the fear of the Lord, and the understanding that we are fallen man who has been graced with this unbelievable opportunity to seek out the heart, ways and knowledge of God. (I was speaking about pride; If we have Christ dwelling within us, then the good Person will be manifest within us.)

I listened to the Friday night Encountering God Service at IHOP earlier, and I was really gripped with the fear of the Lord, and concern about what direction my life is really going.

The part that grabbed me the most was this testimony by Mike Bickle:

In my encounter in the Spirit (Oct. 78), Jesus said, “You are saved but your life was wasted.” I protested, “You have the wrong person.” The idea came to my spirit that it is impossible to manipulate Jesus. I cried, “Can I have another chance?” The idea came that is appointed unto a person to die once then comes the judgment (Heb. 9:27). I wept with a profound sense of loss and regret. Then suddenly I was awake being on my knees by my bed. What matters most about our life is what Jesus thinks when our eyes meet. I must fear “regret” more than anything else.

And this wonderful scripture:

11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
I Corinthians 3:11-15

I had to really pray about what the Lord wanted to do with my life, and align my heart with His. It was an awesome thing to think that after a life of “serving” Him, one could arrive in heaven scorched, with nothing to show for 60-70 years of life. The thing that really troubled me about Mike’s testimony was that He said that even in that point of His walk, he was very diligent about seeking the things of God and having a life of prayer — so we can see that even a person with a very sincere and real life in God is in dire danger of having all wood, hay and stubble/straw.

I pray that we all will contemplate the word of God and the fear of the Lord, and seek direction for our life as long as we have it. Another thing that he said during the service was:

Our works follow us but not all of them. Some leave no lasting value. We do not need to put off proving our work to the future. I pray, “Lord, shock me now, do not wait until then.

I hope that we will have open hearts to be able to receive a shocking command from the Lord.

The official notes from the session are here.

One thought on “The fear of the Lord

  1. “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her;
    yea, the queens and concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?” (Song of Solomon 6:9-10.)

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