The Fear of the Lord: Part 3

August 21, 2001 PM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

Moses' face was unveiled, for he feared God. He didn't wear a veil over his face. God spoke to him face to face. He was in an intimate relationship with God. God was able to trust Moses with His secrets. Therefore, Moses was able to talk to God on an intimate level.

In Psalm 103 and verse seven, He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. There's a difference in God making known His ways to someone, and His acts to someone else. His ways are His secrets to His covenants. And they were revealed to Abraham. And they were revealed to Moses. But He only revealed His acts to the children of Israel.

In these last days, God wants to reveal His ways to the body of Christ, and not only His acts. It's easy to see the acts or the miracles that God is performing and God is able to perform. But it's another thing to be in the Throne room of God. It's another thing to be able to see the heart of God for God's people. Glory to God.

Because Israel did not fear the Lord, they were denied intimacy with Him. You see, when we don't fear the Lord, we are denied intimacy with Him.

But Moses feared God, so Moses was able to come into the secret place of His pavilion. And God hid him. And God talked to him. And God began to show him His hinder parts. God wanted to know that this relationship was a divine relationship. It was a covenant relationship. He made known His secrets to Moses, but only His acts to the children of Israel.

It's kind of like us knowing the President. You see, we can only know the President's accomplishments and his provisions. But it's those that are around him all the time that know his ways.

You see, you can see somebody and how they act, but until (glory to God) they reveal themselves to you, you won't know their ways. I don't know about you, but I don't want to just be a Christian that goes to church, a Christian that knows the Word of God, and a Christian (glory to God) that knows, you know, line upon line and precept upon precept.

I want to know Him in the fellowship of His suffering. I want to know Him in the power of His resurrection. I want to know Him (glory to God) intimately. I want to know Him. I want to know Him like Moses knew Him. I want God to be able to say, "You know, I trust you. I can't show you My face, but I'll show you My Glory." You don't hear me tonight. I want to see the Glory of the Lord. And in His Glory, His secrets will be revealed to me. You don't hear me tonight.

When the Glory of the Lord fills the place, He reveals His secrets to His friends. When the Glory of the Lord fills a place, He reveals His heart to His people, so they will know that what's going on in the earth and what He's about to do, they won't be in the dark; they won't be in the closet. They'll know what's coming down from the Throne room of God. Hallelujah. Jesus.

The Israelites did not know the whys of God's covenant. They did not understand God's motives. See, if you don't understand God's motives, then you'll believe that God is unfair. God said, "I'm more than the world against you, if I be for you."

But if I don't understand His motives, then I'll always have a problem with what He does. I'll always have a problem with His intentions. Oh, you don't hear me today. I'll always have a problem with the things that He desires for my life, because they won't line up with what I desire.

But see, when I fear the Lord, I will understand His motives, Elder Bernie, I'll understand His intentions. Elder Harris, when I fear the Lord, I'll understand His desires. And I can make His desires my desires. I can make His will my will. And it won't bother me at all. Hallelujah. Because I understand and I know that He wants the best for me.

Israel only perceived God's character as it is displayed in the natural world. They often mistook His message for taking and withholding when they did not precisely get what they wanted.

You see, in the body of Christ, we take God as, you know, always taking from us and always withholding from us, when we don't understand what God is doing. But God is trying to prepare a way for us that the canker worm don't know nothing about, that the fowl of the air don't know nothing about. You don't hear me. He's trying to take us down a path that no man knows about (glory to God), that it'll be between me and Him alone. Hallelujah to Jesus.

When I fear the Lord, I don't worry about Him taking anything from me. I don't worry about Him withholding anything from me, because I know that He's going to work it out for my good. Yes, He is. Hallelujah. Jesus. It's going to work out for my good. Hallelujah. No matter what it looks like, it's going to work out for my good.

It is possible to know God by just observing what He does in the natural world. But the Bible says in Luke and four that God is a Spirit. And His ways are hidden from the natural world. So that's why I don't just want to know Him in a carnal way.

When we look at Lot, Lot was counted as a righteous man, because God delivered him out of Sodom and Gomorrah. But if Lot had been in tune with God, if Lot had been the friend of God, God could have talked to Lot himself. He wouldn't have had to talk to Abraham. You don't hear me today. If Lot really feared the Lord, God would have talked to him intimately about himself. And he would have got out of Sodom and Gomorrah a long time ago.

He talks to them that fear Him. His secrets are with them that fear Him. Lot was like a carnal Christian of today. We still have a worldly mentality, but we believe in Jesus. But our actions and our ways show forth (glory to God) that we are still on the milk and not on the meat.

But it's when I fear the Lord, whenever there's going to be something different in the land, whether it be blessings or whether it be judgment, my God is going to come and sit down and talk to me. He's going to converse with me. He's going to speak to me from the Throne room and tell me all about it. God is a Spirit. And His ways are hidden from the natural world.

In First Corinthians chapter two, verse six through verse eight, it says,

6. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

That wisdom is ordained and is laid over for them that fear Him. We know the mysteries (you don't hear me today) that are in the Spirit, because we are of the Spirit. And we're not of the flesh. The Bible said that they had known that He was the King of Glory, they would not have crucified Him. But their wisdom was of the world. It wasn't of God.

God will only reveal intimacy to those that fear Him. The children of Israel did not see the wisdom or understand it, behind all that He was doing, being God. So they were constantly out of step with Him. You see, if we can't get an understanding and if we can't get wisdom about what God is doing, we will always be out of step.

Have you ever seen soldiers in line, and they start marching? Have you ever seen a soldier out of step? It just don't look right. And it begins to mess up everybody that's behind them. It just don't just them up, but it starts to mess everybody else up also. Those that don't fear Him will never get an understanding of Him.

Moses quite often knew why God did the things that He did. This is what we call understanding, when you understand why God does the things that He does. Moses often knew what God would do before He did it. This is called wisdom. The Bible says in Psalm 111, verse ten,

10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

When we fear Him, He calls us friends, and He reveals His heart to us. He reveals the why of His covenant. He reveals His intentions and His desires of His heart. We come to know Him not by His acts, like Israel did. But we come to know Him by His ways. He said, "My ways are not your ways, and My thoughts are not your thoughts."

He was telling them that, "My ways and My thoughts are much higher than you, but you can get in a place with Me where My ways will be your ways and My thoughts will be your thoughts." And you won't know exactly why you're doing the things you're doing. All you'll know is that you got an unction from the Holy One; and you know all things. And God is moving on you to do whatever it is that you're doing, and you're going to do it.

After Jesus departed in John fifteen, verse fourteen through fifteen, Jesus said,

14. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

He said, "No longer do I call you servants." Now listen at this. "For a servant does not know." Let me say it again. "A servant does not know." Let me say it again. We need to just stop trying to be servants all the time, and we need to get into the realm where we become a friend. Because a servant does not know. A servant does not know. He can try to know, but he does not know what his master is doing.

But I have called you friends; for all things I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Friendship with God is conditional. It's conditional upon whether or not we do His commandments. It's conditional upon whether or not we fear Him or reverence Him in the way that we're supposed to reverence Him.

There was a season that the disciples walked with him. Three and a half years they walked with Him. And all that time He called them servants.

There may be a season in your walk with God where He's only calling you a servant. But after a while there should come a time in your walk where He should say, "This is My friend. And I'm going to tell him the things that I'm doing." They had to prove themselves worthy of being called friends. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost.

Peter in all of his carnal ways made it to be a friend. You don't hear me. Every time he turned around, Peter was doing something. Peter was rebuking the Lord. But at the end of the thing, God was able to call him His friend. They proved themselves, that they feared the Lord.

In John six and sixty-six, there were other disciples, but they left Jesus. But these stayed, causing them to go to another realm, and causing them to go to another dimension in God.

People of God, God is speak to us. He's saying, it's time for us to go to another realm and a new dimension in Him. You see, when He can call you His friend, it doesn't matter what enemy tries to stand in your way. Your friend has got your back, your side, you front, your overhead, your underneath, whatever it is, your friend got it.

It doesn't matter what anybody says. It doesn't matter, Sister Tasha, about what anybody does, if He's your friend. My God, my God, my God. If He's your friend, you don't have anything to worry about. But He won't call us friend until we fear Him.

Three and a half years the disciples walked with Him, three and a half years, being rebuked, being chastened, being ridiculed by family, ridiculed and persecuted by the world. But all of a sudden, Brother Stuart, they came to a place of maturity.

See, He won't call you His friend until you mature. Because He's liable to do something that you don't understand. And if you're not mature enough to handle it, you'll fall out of friendship with Him. You'll begin to say, "He ain't right." And just like the friends that used to be with us, when they did something that we didn't understand or we didn't like, we cut them off, didn't we?

So many Christians in the body of Christ are cutting God off. The Bible says that there'll be a great falling away. So many Christians are falling away from the faith, because they don't have an understanding of God's ways.

I want to know His ways. I want to know why He does the things that He does. I want to get into His heart. I have the mind of Christ. He told me that already. But I want to get into the heart of God. I want to know when He's pleased. For He told Jesus, "This is My beloved Son," when he was being baptized of John, "In whom I'm well pleased."

I want to know when He's pleased with me. I want to know when He's angry with me. I want to know when He's upset with me. I want to know when He's at pleasure with me. I want to know. I want to know. I want to know.

Tonight you may be in a position that you don't even know your own ways. Everybody else can see your ways, but you always think it's somebody else. The Bible says consider your ways.

Once I learn how to consider my ways, and I began to fear the Lord, then He'll begin to reveal His ways to me. But if I can't consider my own ways, how can He tell me and reveal to me His ways? For His ways are holy. His ways are righteous. His ways are full of integrity. I have to make my ways line up with His ways.

Tonight consider your ways. You know how you are.

The fear of the Lord.

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