Monday, April 23, 2012

Choose to Fear the Lord, Part 1

Scripture: Joshua 24:14a
Now, therefore, fear the LORD

Insights:  For some time now we have been on a journey regarding the subject of unity.  The lack of unity within a local church is the number one reason floodwaters of revival do not fall on that congregation.  I believe this statement is also true nationally as well.  If a church is not experiencing the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit, then they will also not be evangelistic either.  At the Alabama Baptist Evangelism Conference in February of this year they shared with us that only 5% of all Southern Baptist even attempt to share the gospel with lost people.  They further went on to tell us that in 2011 there were over 10,000 Southern Baptist churches that baptized zero converts.  It is my belief a lack of unity is the major problem.  In Jesus high priestly prayer found in John 17, Jesus asks the Father to make us one as He and the Father are one.  Having established the significance of unity and also having looked at a significant number of sins that cause disunity within the Body, we now move to the next step.  In other words, if we have truly repented of our sins which caused disunity, what does the Father require next for unity to take root within the DNA of a church?  Over the next several weeks, we are going to attempt to answer that question.  Even more specifically, over the next two weeks we are going to unpack Joshua 24:14-25, because the first step regarding unity, is CHOICE.  Do we choose to pursue unity or not?  This passage found in the book of Joshua really lays that question on the table.  In today’s passage Joshua tells us the first step regarding choice is to fear the Lord.  We are going to talk even more about this subject tomorrow, but the first thing I want you to understand about fearing the Lord is in reference to Proverbs 1:7 which states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  Solomon is pointing his son to the nature of God as Creator.  In other words, God is the One who placed ALL the stars in the heavens and named each one of them.  He holds the power of life and death within His hands.  He orchestrates events in human history for His glory and no others.  He IS God and you and I are NOT!  It would do us good to pause this day and reflectively think about God’s omnipotence and then give Him the proper fear and praise!

  1. Do you recognize God as the supreme sovereign of all creation?
  2. Do you have proper fear of such power and greatness?                              
Prayer: O Great Elohim, Creator of all things.  I am thankful You are God and I am not.  Help me to have the proper perspective of Your majesty and may I not just flippantly take for granted Your immense mercy and grace.  Amen.  

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