On Friday night we talked about the fear of the Lord. We
spoke about the fear of the Lord and the Glory of God, and
how as the Glory cloud followed Israel, there were blessings,
protection. Whatever they needed, God provided for them, as
long as they were operating in the fear of the Lord.
God has given me a series to preach about the fear of the
Lord. And this morning we will also talk about the fear of the
In Proverbs chapter one and verse seven, Solomon's wisdom
says to us,
7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
What type of knowledge is he referring to? Is it scientific? It
could not be scientific. Because scientists seek to exalt
themselves and to exalt men's knowledge. Can it be social or
political? No it cannot be social or political. Because the
world's ways are foolishness with God. Oh, hallelujah to
Can it be the knowledge of being able to quote the Scriptures
backwards and forwards? No, it's not the knowledge of the
Scriptures. Because the Pharisees knew how to quote the law
backwards and forwards. Glory to God. But their ways were
displeasing to the Lord.
Our answer can be found in Proverbs chapter two and verse
one. Solomon said keep His words and hide His
commandments with thee. And then in verse five, he said,
5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find
the knowledge of God.
And we will be able to come and know Him intimately. Why
is it so important that we have the fear of the Lord? In Psalm
twenty-five and verse fourteen, it says,
14. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him...
If you want God to reveal something to you, we have got to
have the holy reverence for our God. If you want God to tell
you something, you and I have got to fear Him and to walk
softly before our God.
You want to know why God doesn't speak to some of us? It's
because we don't have the fear of the Lord. You don't hear
me today. It's not because we don't desire to hear from Him.
It's that we don't wash ourselves. We don't cleanse
ourselves. We don't sanctify ourselves so that we can stand
in the hill of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord will cause us to hear from God. Do you
hear what I'm saying today? If I reverence Him as He is and
for who He is, then He's going to begin to talk to me. You
want God to talk to you today, don't you? He talks to them
that fear Him.
The fear of the Lord is the starting place of not a one-way
relationship, but a two-way relationship. Have you ever been
in a one-way relationship? When there's a one-way
relationship, it brings stress on the relationship. When there's
a one-way relationship, it won't work.
Ladies, you better find a man (you don't hear me) that doesn't
want it just his way. If you're not married, men of God, you
better find a woman (oh, you don't hear me today) that
doesn't just want it her way. It's got to be a two-way
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of intimacy, a two-way
relationship. A two-way relationship brings balance to the
relationship. Do you hear what I'm saying today? A one-way
relationship won't last. Can you look at your neighbor and
say, "Seasonal"? It'll be there for a season, and then after a
while, it's going to disappear.
We cannot even begin to know God intimately until we fear
Him, until we reverence Him. If we don't fear Him, then all
we're doing is climbing a religious ladder. Oh, you don't
hear me today. I refuse to climb a religious ladder. I refuse to
be religious. I refuse for my relationship with God to be some
sort of ritual.
I want it to be the two of us together. How can two walk
together except they be agreed? I want to agree with what His
Word says. No matter what I'm feeling on the inside, get
down in the Name of Jesus.
Intimacy. It means to be very personal. And in order to be
very personal, it involves a friendship. God called two men
of God in the Bible His friends, not saying that He didn't have
any other friends, but He made mention of these two specific
men- Moses and Abraham.
What does it mean to be a friend? It means someone whom
one knows and one likes. Proverbs eighteen and verse
24. A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and
there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
He called Abraham His friend. But when we look at that
word "friend" in the dictionary, you'll find a word, "chummy,
chummy" around them. The friendship that we have with
God when we have the fear of the Lord is not a chummy,
chummy friendship. Abraham was friends with Him, but it
wasn't a chummy, chummy relationship.
God called Abraham in Second Chronicles twenty and verse
seven. God called him His friend. Real friends communicate
with each other. Real friends reveal their hearts to each other.
Real friends are not afraid to talk to each other, because they
know what they tell in secret (you don't hear me) is going to
be held in confidence. That's a real friend. Oh, I feel the
Holy Ghost all up in here today.
He called Abraham his friend. When Abraham was seventy-five years old, God came and cut a covenant with him. How
many of you know that God is not going to come to you to cut
a covenant with you unless He knows there's something in
you, unless He knows there's something about you, unless He
knows He wants to be with you and spend time with you?
He said, "This one I can call my friend. This one I can reveal
My heart to." God promised Abraham his heart's desire over
in the book of Genesis chapter twenty-two. Abraham's
heart's desire was to have a son. Remember he was friends,
so his heart was revealed. But God wanted to reveal His heart
to Abraham also. So God gave him the desire of his heart-a
But sometimes God will give you your heart's desire, and it's
a blessing to you, and turn around and test you in that
blessing. Yes, He will. He'll give you the blessing, and then
He'll test you in the blessing. God will fulfill your dream,
and then He'll test you about the dream that He has fulfilled
He gave him his heart's desire. And he named his heart's
desire Isaac. And the Lord spoke to Abraham. Hallelujah to
Jesus today. And He told Abraham to take his son, Isaac.
Look at your Bibles in verse two of chapter twenty-two of
2. And he said, Take now thy son, (Then He made it a little
stiffer. He said,) thine only son (wait a minute) Isaac, whom
thou (Wait a minute. He's adding more to it, isn't He?
Whom thou) lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and
offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains
which I will tell thee of.
In verse three the Bible says, "And Abraham rose up early."
Somebody say, "No hesitation." You see, when you fear the
Lord, no matter what God tells you, there'll be no hesitation.
Oh, you don't hear me today. When Jehovah is your God, no
matter what He tells you, you'll be obedient to the word that
He says to you.
But don't worry. You don't have to worry today. Because
Jesus was our sacrifice, wasn't He? So all these crazy folks
trying to sacrifice children and all of this, they're wrong. And
God didn't tell them to do it.
He rose up early (tongues) with no hesitation. In verse four it
says, "Then on the third day." So that meant it was a three
day's journey to where he was going. Three days is a long
time to think about what God told him to do with his son. He
had enough time to ponder within himself wether or not he
was going to do it.
I don't care what you're going through on the inside, if God
tells you to do it, you better do it. I don't care how you're
struggling on the inside of you (you don't hear me in this
house today), if God tells you to do it, you better do it.
Three days is a long time (tongues), long enough for the devil
to step in. But Abraham knew the voice of the Lord. It says
in verse four,
4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw
the place afar off.
5. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here
with the (donkey, we'll say) ass; and I and the lad will go
yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid
it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a
knife; and they went both of them together.
Now Isaac ain't no fool, is he?
7. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My
father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold
the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt
"Wait a minute, daddy. This don't look right. Something
don't seem right about this." But Abraham, having faith in
God, in verse eight said,
8. And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a
lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
He will test you with the very thing that He blessed you with.
Before the birth of his son, Isaac, Abraham made some major
mistakes. He lied. He did a whole bunch of things. But God
still called Abraham His friend. Abraham believed and
obeyed God. And he was fully persuaded. He wasn't like
King Agrippa when he said, "Thou almost persuadeth me to
be a Christian." He was fully persuaded that what God had
said, He was able to perform.
God is looking for somebody in the house of God today that's
going to be able to say within themselves that whatever He
said He's able to perform.
He asked more than Abraham's life. He asked Abraham for
his heart, his heart's desire. There were only two options that
Abraham had-either to obey or be a covenant breaker. The
Bible says don't vow a vow to the Lord and defer to pay it.
Many times we vow vows to the Lord, but we break those
vows. We vow vows to each other. We make covenants with
each other, but we break those covenants because we don't
understand the importance and the power of a covenant.
The Indians would cut themselves on their thumb, because
you can't have a real covenant without the shedding of blood
some kind of way. Blood has got to be involved.
He wasn't a covenant breaker. We never know God is testing
us until we finally get on the other side of the test. And then
we'll say, "Oh, that was a test." And sometimes we'll pass
the test, and sometimes we'll fail the test. It's not an exam
you can cram for. You can't hear me today. You got to have
the fruit of the Spirit inside of you.
Sometimes God will ask us to give up something that we
believe that He has given to us, to make sure we are
worshiping Him and not the thing.
So he rose up early in the morning. And in verse nine and ten
9. And they came to the place which God had told him of;
and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order,
and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the
10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife
to slay his son.
And in verse eleven,
11. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven,
and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do
any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God,
seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
You don't hear me today. Abraham proved that he feared the
Lord by esteeming God's desires as more important than his
You want to prove that you fear God? Esteem God's desires
(you don't hear me in this house today) more than you esteem
your own selfish desires. And you will know that you have
the fear of the Lord.
In verse thirteen and fourteen, Abraham saw the ram in the
thicket and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his
son. And Abraham called the name of the place, "The Lord
will provide." In all of that, God was revealing the secret to
Abraham that He was Jehovah Jireh, the Lord God his
provider. He had to go through all of that so that God could
give him the revelation. He only reveals His secrets to His
You see, some of us we are saying with our mouth, "Jehovah
Jireh, the Lord God my provider," but the secret still has not
been revealed to our hearts yet. Once it's revealed to our
heart, come what may. I don't have to spit. I don't have to
scream. I don't have to holler. I don't have to lie. I can say,
"Jehovah Jireh." He sees and He is my provider.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise in here today.
God revealed His heart to His friends. Until we pass the test
of obedience, until we pass the test of being in that hard place,
He can't call us friend.
Listen. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
But those that despise wisdom (you don't hear the Lord
today) and instruction ...
Fear the Lord. When the Lord comes into the place,
acknowledge Him. Tell that old tired flesh, that old weary
flesh to get in order, for the King has arrived. Roll out the red
carpet of your heart, and let Jesus come in. Give Him the best
table inside of you. Place the scepter of your life in His
hands, and tell Him that He's in control.
In the book of James... Glory to God today. (Tongues.)
James had a powerful statement (go with me there) that he
stated in James chapter two, verse twenty-one through verse
twenty-three. It says,
21. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he
had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by
works was faith made perfect?
23. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham
believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:
and he was called the Friend of God.
Notice how Abraham was justified, not only by faith, but by
his works. Faith without works is dead. The proof of his holy
fear, his holy reverence was his obedience. To fear God is to
believe God. To believe God is to obey God. James pointed
out how Abraham's obedience was fueled by his fear of the
Lord. And because he had the fear of the Lord, he became
God only reveals His secrets to His friends. He only reveals
His heart to His friends. God may give you a word about
what's going on with you. But it's until you become His
friend that He reveals what's going on with Him. He said
He'll do nothing except He first revealeth unto His servants,
The friends of God fear Him. They reverence Him. They
don't become like Aaron's sons, too familiar with the
Presence of God, Adab and I believe Nadab, something like
that. They became to familiar with the Presence. Listen.
They became to familiar with the Presence of God.
Don't you know that when two friends become too familiar, if
they are not mature, then they'll start disrespecting each other.
They'll start saying anything to you. You don't hear me.
They'll start doing anything to you. But a real friend will
respect you. A real friend will love you for you, in spite of
When I got married, I told the Lord, I said, "Lord, I want a
woman that loves me for me." You don't hear me. You need
somebody that's going to love you for you.
He called Abraham and Moses His friends. Will you be His
friend today? Don't say it just with your tongue. The fear of
the Lord is from the heart. It's from the heart.
He reveals His secrets to them that fear Him.
Give God a handclap of praise.