Pastor Bob Lehn from Martinez, Georgia, was our guest speaker. It was his father, also Bob Lehn, who pastored FBT from the mid-60s, to the mid 70’s and built our present auditorium.
Pastor Lehn spoke about numerous blessings that come when a person fears the Lord.
The following is a summary of the points that Pastor Bob Lehn as he preached his message on the Blessings of Fearing God...
What Does "Fearing God" Mean?
Fearing God is to have reverence for God; having a deep respect and awe of Him. Fearing God cleanses out love of sin:
Psalm 19:9: The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether.
Fearing God is a biblical command:
Deuteronomy 10:12: And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
It is sin and disobedience if you do not fear God
Jeremiah 2:19: Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
God blesses those who fear Him.
Psalm 112:1: Praise ye the LORD. Blessed [is] the man [that] feareth the LORD, [that] delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Psalm 128:1: A Song of degrees. Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
Psalm 128:4: Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
Deuteronomy 6:24: And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as [it is] at this day.
17 Blessings for Fearing God
There are at least 17 specific Bible promises/blessings that come to those who fear God.
1. Fearing God means that we do not fear man:
Deuteronomy 3:22: Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.
2. Fearing God prolongs our days. We live longer and fuller lives when we fear God:
Proverbs 10:27: The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
3. Fearing God means God fights for us, which means He gives us deliverance from our enemies:
Isaiah 59:19: So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Psalm 34:7: The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
2 Kings 17:39: But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
4. God does not forsake those who fear Him
Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
5. God hears the prayers of those who fear Him
Nehemiah 1:11: O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.
6. God gives wisdom, knowledge, and truth to those who fear Him.
Job 28:28: And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.
Psalm 25:14: The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Psalm 111:10: The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Proverbs 1:7: The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:5: Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.
7. The heart of man that fears God is teachable
Psalm 25:12: What man [is] he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose.
8. God watches over them who fear Him.
Psalm 33:18: Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
9. God shows mercy to those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13: Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Psalm 103:17: But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
10. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him.
Psalm 147:11: The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
11. Those who fear the Lord depart from evil.
Proverbs 3:7: Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 16:6: By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
12. Families are protected who fear the Lord
Proverbs 14:26: In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
13. Fearing God breeds life.
Proverbs 14:27: The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 19:23: The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
14. Financial blessings come to those who fear the Lord.
Proverbs 22:4: By humility [and] the fear of the LORD [are] riches, and honour, and life
15. Praise comes to those who fear the Lord.
Proverbs 31:30: Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
16. Eternal rewards come to those who fear the Lord
Malachi 3:16: Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
17. Peace, rest, and growth come to those who fear the Lord
Acts 9:31: Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Salvation is a free gift of God. The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. All have sinned, but all can be saved. This salvation is available for any who puts their trust in Christ as Savior and follows Him (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16).