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  1. Marie Schryver

    Brett and I were wondering what we would share tomorrow at our home fellowship and this couldn’t be better timing. Thank you, Kevin.
    We also read the link ‘there are consequences if I don’t’.
    Well, I don’t mean to over compliment but …. drop the mic!

  2. Naomi V Snider

    Every time I see a phrase about our love of God, my mind immediately goes to the human concept of love and I get a bit discombobulated inside, until I then realize that that’s not the love being discussed. I used to think that because I didn’t get all flustered and warm-fuzzied about God, I must not love Him, and this was hugely distressing to me. I am only recently growing to see that concept differently, as per the teaching here – alongside the holy fear. I absolutely loved reading this article, including all the comments following. And I am eternally grateful that the Father has placed in my heart a strong desire to come to knowledge of truth and to be obedient. Your writings are very much appreciated and my heart’s prayer is for you to be continually encouraged and equipped to do the work you are now doing. It is truly edifying to the body of Yeshua.

    As an aside: I find myself longing for the time when I will stop listening to the voices of old teaching of man and search for more of truth. I am a truth-seeker now and a critical thinker, but I still catch myself falling for the lines being dropped on me such as that in this article. Loving what God is doing!

  3. Brandi

    This is more than a good read! If we are willing to self examine and get our toes stepped on (so to speak) this article can be very life changing while building intimacy between the reader and Our Heavenly Father.

  4. Joanne

    Thank you Kevin. I used to have teaching like this. It’s so good to have a hearty meal in the Word of God once again. 🍽. More please. Seriously, thank you very much for the depth and richness of this life changing Word. God bless you and plz continue to break the bread of life for us.
    Joanne Lane

  5. Christine A.

    I have so been dwelling on this idea…I am learning that the boundaries are put in place to “fear him so that we would not sin” (see Exodus 20:20) until our “perfect love casts out fear”. The fact that we as believers still sin in certain areas shows us that we need boundaries, like braces for the teeth…to help us to grow straight. We see Paul giving the new Corinthian believers all these boundaries that they formerly did not have once they became believers–because they were unaware of their uncleaness before the Lord! But we say “we are free in Christ”– yes! But free FROM SIN not free TO SIN. The fear of the Lord enables us to learn not to sin until living that life becomes a natural part of our walk. Then we are free from that law (not because it doesn’t exist but because it had turned into a place of obedience and perfect love). Until then…FATHER! Thank You for the fear! It keeps me walking the Straight and Narrow Path! And keep training us til the fear turns into perfect love and obedience.

  6. Amy Shute

    This was excellent. Very well-written. Thank you, Kevin for being YHWH’s mouthpiece! May we be found blameless in holiness on the Day of His appearing. BaShem Yeshua. Amen.

  7. Awesome Kevin. I feel and teach exactly the same thing. It frustrates me that so many people teach that “fear of the LORD” means reverential respect. They are watering it down and giving people a false perspective and understanding of God. I think that these teaching that fear of the LORD is reverential respect is largely responsible for the decline of many congregations and society as a whole. I fear for those who taught this reverential respect nonsense, when they face judgment. It’s good that God will wipe away every tear, it’ll be needed. Anyway, if you care to see how I explained this very topic, take a look here. https://torahrocker.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/fear-of-the-lord/

  8. Robert Franklin

    Awesome post! Like I said in another post I did not really know the fear of the Lord till about a week ago. It took along time for me to come to the knowledge of the truth. I am so thankful to Kevin for connecting the dots as he says. I loved Wayne’s comment as well. I honestly could not see these truths before.

  9. seventeen

    it is such an honor to have HIM built into us so much that we fear HIM – we KNOW Him – sadly, many people know about Him but have never gotten to KNOW Him – there is a difference – He is worth the relationship – never lets you down – never puts you down – never tells you that you are not worthy –
    i use to fear loosing Him, but there was a crossover when i KNOW Him and know that i will not – He won’t let me go —
    John 17:1 – eternal life is to KNOW YOU! (Yeshua praying to Our Father)

  10. Cat Pat

    Look @ scriptural when The Glory of the LORD appeared to men… They were terrified…example mount of transfiguration, road to Damascus. Isaiah, Daniel… The Glory of the LORD will scare the sin right out of you. You fall on your face & beg for mercy, you have no strength… You are terrified!!! I experienced “His Glory” once!!! You’ll be a believer in every sense of the Word afterwards… It’s a game changer for sure!!! HOLY TERROR IS REAL

  11. Wayne

    The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. If it is the beginning, would there also be a middle and an end?

    I would suggest that the middle is:

    Prov. 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

    and I would suggest the end would be:

    Eccl 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

    Also

    Rev. 14:6-7 And I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come…

    Interesting how the Eternal Gospel is to Fear God and give Him glory. As we know, eternal means forever. We will never stop walking in His Fear and giving Him glory.

    just a few thoughts.

  12. Rhonda Archer

    Amen!

    “ ‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is the [reverent] fear and respect due Me?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise My name. But you say, ‘How and in what way have we despised Your name?’ Malachi 1″6 AMP

    • Tracie

      That does help! I did read the scriptures before and after to put it in the right context. Your explanation is simple yet enlightening. Thanks! I will continue to meditate on this as I seek to know our Father and His perfect will.

    • Wonderful catch Tracie! Let’s take a look at the scriptures before and after v18 along WITH v18:

      1 John 4:17-19
      Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

      If we have boldness in the Day of Judgment, we will not fear. It is the fear of being judged that will torment us. If we walk in perfect love towards the Father by obeying His commands (1 John 5:1-3), we will not have the tormenting fear of being judged. Hope that helps?

      • Samual Yoder

        When we deliberately break his commandments we ought to fear! No fear in judgement simply mean we are in obedience and therefore have no need to fear his wrath. My son knew that as long as he kept the rules of the house he had no fear of me physically correcting him. But if he broke those rules correction would be applied. I did not throw him out of the house nor did I tell him I no longer loved him I corrected him (spanked) to get him back into line with the rules of the house. It was always his choice to obey the house rules or not, and he always knew there would be consequences if he did not obey. The fear of Yahweh is both reverential & terror just as explain. Fear of reprisals & fear out of respect. Blessings & curses; blessings if we keep the house rules curses if we do not. If Yahweh does not correct you, you are either very very obedient or you are a bastard not one of his. Every believer gets correction from Yahweh now & then, it is part of becoming mature in the Master.

        • Samual, I think I’m building upon what you’re saying … correction occurs when the child is young and within the “trial period.” Did you spank your son when he was 18? Probably not. My point is there is a time for correction, and a time for decision. If you continued to have your children in your house after a certain point, and if they were disobedient, rebellious children (I’m not saying they are, just hypothetically), then your house would be in chaos.

          Pro 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

      • sonja

        Thanks for that Kevin!! Your explanation of the Scripture 1 John 4:17-19 [18] is very enlightening . . .

        God is Love. Replacing the word ‘love’ with the word ‘Father God’, helped me to see the perspective being stated 🙂

    • Faith B

      Tracie, in order to truly understand the difference of the word “fear” used in these two passages (Psalm 111:10 and 1John 4:18), you have to get behind our very limited English and look at the Greek.

      In Psalm 111:10, the word “fear” in the Greek is, as Kevin says, “yir-aw’ ” which means to “morally reverence” (in part). Now, when you look up the word “fear” in 1 John 4:18, the Greek is a completely DIFFERENT word with a completely different meaning – “fob’-os” which means “(to be put in fear); alarm or fright: – be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.” {Note: definitions are taken from Strong’s}

      So as you can see, it is easy to become confused when we read the Word with only our own very limited English understanding. The difference between the two words “fear” becomes abundantly clear when our understanding is expanded to what was really meant by the writers. If you can learn to look beyond the English and dig into the Greek or Hebrew, I think you’ll find your understanding grow exponentially.

  13. Michael Garza

    What an great post. I’m tired of hearing ad nauseum the modern definition of who God is . Thanks for returning to the very basics of who our loving heavenly Father is. By HIs Spirit he described Himself through various writer in the biblical text that he’s a jealous God just the same way we would be if someone was trying to deceive and seduce someone in our family. He’s an all consuming fire that describes Himself as just that ……even Yeshua in the book of Revelations is described as having eyes of fire …..If a believer is passionate and believes that you prove your love for the Father through obedience then something like fire should be normal to you such as the 3 Hebrew boys who were walking or standing untouched by it and having conversation with the 4th person …liken to the son of God. If our lives are like the world then the same fire that the 3 Hebrews embraced will be the fire that oh well ! might consume you ! just sayin !

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