Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"The Fear Factor" Series: "Life Giving Fear"

Spoken on 10/14/07
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In The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, there’s a scene where he has the two girls, Susan and Lucy, getting ready to meet Aslan the lion, who represents Jesus. I want to start this morning by reading you that from scene because it contains an important truth.

Two animals, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, get the girls ready to meet Aslan. "Ooh," said Susan, "I thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."

"That you will, dearie." said Mrs. Beaver. "And make no mistake, if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knee's knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."

"Then isn't he safe?" said Lucy. "Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Of course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the king, I tell you!"

In the Bible “Fear of God” is a positive thing. It was a way to describe someone who knew God and walked with him. To say that you have no “Fear of God” was a negative thing back then. It was the way non-believers were described.

Nowadays it’s the opposite! We’ve emphasized “The Love Of God”, “God as our father”, “God as our friend” so much that we have no fear of God left! In fact we think of “fear of God” now as a negative thing!

“Good… but not safe.” is a description of God that we all need to have and know again. It’s the place where wisdom, life and success all begin.

Many of us misunderstand what it means to fear God.

Today, I want to help us have a Biblical view of the fear of God. Today I’m going to talk to your about what I’m calling “Life Giving Fear”.

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You can read the book I mention at the end of my talk called, "The Judgment Seat Of Christ" by Rick Howard online, for free by clicking here!

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