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YWAM DTS Notes Lordship and the Fear of God based on lectures by Ari Sloots

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matt 16:24-25 (NASB)

The cross is not a burden to bear, but rather an instrument of torture and death.  The cost of discipleship could be my very life.  Survive at all costs," is a flawed philosophy by which to live. "Be faithful to Christ no matter what the cost," is the philosophy Jesus' disciples came to live by.  Missionaries of the nineteenth century, often packed their belongings in a coffin instead of a trunk so they would have something to be buried in. They never expected to return.  Furthermore I ought to reckon myself as dead to sin daily, losing my own life in His.  "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 (NASB) The work of Christ on the cross must ever be before me as I follow Him.  Surrender and trust are the way of the disciple of Christ.   The same message is found in Luke.

 

My progress in understanding more of Him

Prayer is even more important than I thought.  How I long to know Him more.  At night my soul longs for You, indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; Isaiah 26:9

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalms 63:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalms 42:1-2 (NASB) 

Satan’s strategies

The Enemy would have us to fear man and to fear him, rather than fearing God. I was reminded again that Satan loves religion but hates relationship.  The demons believe and tremble but don’t acknowledge truly His Lordship. 

Understanding myself

It was an interesting take Ari had on the carnal and spiritual Christian or the immature and mature in comparing it to the death on Friday, the grave on Saturday, the resurrection on Sunday, and sharing with others on Monday as four types of Christians.  I have been a Monday Christian for a long time, but have also had a number of lapses into earlier types. 

 

To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him.  As we surrender, God’s purposes can be done throughout the earth.  God’s primary purpose is to see His Kingdom established on earth Matt. 24:14.  Lordship is not just relinquishment of rights but freedom and surrender.  “Jesus is Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.”  As I understand more who He is, it becomes easier to surrender and to obey Him.  

The fear of Lord is reverence for God, not because you are afraid, but because of who He is.  Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. Psalms 33:8 My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name. Mal 2:5 I will tell of Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You. 23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him; all you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. Psalms 22:22-23 (NASB)

The fear of the Lord is:

  1. Standing in awe of who He is
  2. Hating evil and avoiding sin

Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin." Ex 20:20 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. Prov 8:13 (NASB) 

This involves word, thought and deed.

Sin starts in our thoughts.  Temptation -> thought-> attitude -> action -> habit ->lifestyle -> destiny

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.

Romans 7:15 (NASB)

I need to resist evil back in the thoughts stage. …the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

2 Cor 10:4-5 (NASB) For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Matt 12:34b (NIV)

In our thoughts we make choices, “Am I going to be a servant?”  “Am I going to be kind?” 

God wants us to be clean in thoughts.  Males are tempted through the eyes. 

Sow righteousness and you will reap righteousness, sow unrighteousness and you will reap unrighteousness. 

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Gal 6:7-8 (NASB) 

When Potiphar’s wife made a move on Joseph he fled, even though it was just the two of the them in the house. Does your private life match your public life?  Do I still thing pure thoughts, and love my neighbor in private?   God will judge me according to my actions.  When tempted with my eyes, do I look again?  Do I speak against gossip or listen to it and encourage it?   Do I live out of the new man or the flesh?  Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are, ye He was without sin.  Hebrews 4:15

Jesus is in me, so I can be free of sin.  Jesus did not come, to remove the flesh but so that we might not be ruled by it, Gal. 2:20.

Lordship is doing the things God wants us to do whether we feel like it or not.  When we make choices to follow God and worship Him, often the feelings will come.

If we don’t turn from temptation, there are consequences.  Saul was rejected as king because of disobedience in not destroying the Ammonites, see II Chron. 20, and Gen. 19 for the background of the Ammonites and Moabites.

Recommended book: “Intimacy Through the Fear of the Lord” by Joy Dawson.

Accountability can help in Lordship issues, especially in struggling with sin and temptation.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalms 19:14 (NASB)

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely , whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Phil 4:8 (NASB)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18 (NASB)

To fear the Lord means to have God’s attitude toward sin and a deep understanding of His holiness. 

A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,

And awesome above all those who are around Him

Psalms 89:7 (NASB)

The greater revelation we have of His glory, the less we want to seek our own.

God is holy, there are three reasons why we should study His holiness:

1.    It is proclaimed in Heaven, And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory." Isaiah 6:3 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,  "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO  IS TO COME." Rev 4:8 (NASB)

     Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27,30; John 17:11; Mark 1:8, 24; Ezek.20:39

2.    The name of the third person of the godhead is called the Holy Spirit

3.    It is the basis of our respect for Him.  He is the One with the most perfect character.  There is security in His holiness.  If you love God, you set aside time to spend with Him, a daily quiet time.

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Phil 3:8-11 (NASB)

If you want to see life change, pursue God.

Our response to evil

Prov. 13:5; 8:13; 14:16 and Psalms 34:13-14; 97:10; 101:4

If we would truly hate sin, we wouldn’t do it.  If we sin, it may indicate we don’t hate it.

We need a hatred for sin in thought, actions, relationships, and speech.

1.    Thought life – anything that consumes your thoughts will consume your life.  Our minds should not control us, we should control our minds, we are the gatekeepers.  I need to be ruthlessly accountable in areas of past struggle.  Don’t fight battles alone.  The battle is won or lost in the heart.  Romans 12:1; Ps. 19:14; 51:10.  Daniel 5 tells of the writing on the wall, what if God wrote your thoughts on the wall?  Are they thoughts which are critical, judgmental, fantasy, jealousy, envy, bitterness, anger, covetous?   Prov. 16:6; James 1:13-16; Ps. 32:1-9.

2.    Relationships- trust can be broken, relationships must be built on love. 

3.    Obedience gives evidence of the fear of the Lord John 14:15.  Loving Jesus is a whole hearted commitment to do all He has said.  Contrast this with King Saul in I Sam. 15:1-3, 7-32.  Obedience needs to be instant, complete, and joyful (joyful doesn’t mean happy).  Results of disobedience:

·        Lack of intimacy with God, He resists the proud.

·        Missing our inheritance.

·        Deception – not doing what God wants, so we miss His counsel. 

·        Hardness of heart. 

·        Little or no spiritual growth. 

·        Frustration

·        Lack of grace

·        Tired

Results of obedience Lev. 26:12:

·        Rest and peace

·        Walking in His call and inheritance

·        Protection

·        Victory

·        Blessing

·        Intimacy

·        Trust

4.    Speech – wrong communication always indicates a lack of the fear of the Lord.  Whatever is in the heart, will come out given the circumstance.  Honor and respect leadership in heart and word.  Speak positively to others.  David still honored his son Absalom who tried to take the kingdom from him.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 3 Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life , and is set on fire by hell . 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race . 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. James 3:2-12 (NASB)   Gossip – putting a negative light others, often based on comparison and ungratefulness.  Slander – speaking truth with the intent to hurt.  II Cor. 12:20; I Tim. 5:14, and many Proverbs.  Grumbling and complaining – is negativity and ungratefulness, sometimes trying to get others to agree.   Don’t speak negatively and critically.  Often negative speech is related to perceived rights and the lack of lordship.  Sometimes disagreement can just be over preferences.  This is completely different than disagreement over violating clear biblical principles.

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” that is Lordship.  Jesus as Lord is mentioned fifteen times more often than Jesus as Savior. 

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped , 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:5-11 (NASB)

Lordship involves:

1.      God’s will and purpose

2.      Hearing His voice

3.      Obedient service

4.      Recognizing His power

5.      His will is done

There are four types of Christians

1.      Friday Christians know Jesus died but live a dualistic lifestyle.   They have one foot in the world and the other in the Church.  They are not growing, they are still on milk.  They are carnal.  Other characteristics: fearful, anxious, confused, unbelieving, depressed, closed up due to hurt, and weak at overcoming temptation.   The solution Gal. 5:24; Rom. 6:6-7

2.      Saturday Christians know Jesus was buried but may fail to recognize He has overcome death and overcome the Enemy, Heb. 2:14.

3.      Sunday Christians know Jesus rose, death was defeated.  They walk in victory, there are battles and temptations but death and sin no longer have mastery.  They live in the fear of the Lord.

4.      Monday Christians live for Jesus, they stand up and speak up.  They speak against sin.  They are world changers, sharing Christ with others with grace and truth.

You must surrender all.  The Rich Young Ruler was not willing to surrender his riches.  Am I willing to surrender desires, family, fears, food, attitudes, comforts, free time, calling, country, reputation, rights, and clothing for the Lord?

The difference between the fear of the Lord and the fear of man

Saul feared man, I Sam. 15:24-31.  The fear of man brings a snare,

but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. Prov 29:25 (NASB)

The fear of man:

  • More concerned with personal recognition, and with people’s reaction rather than God’s. 
  • More impressed with the opinion and approval of others rather than God. 
  • Seeking personal gain, what can I get out of it? 
  • Often fail to honor others because they want to be honored.
  • Often don’t tell the truth, so as to not look bad, there is a lack of openness, afraid to lose face. 
  • Driven by acceptance
  • May be over spiritual (pious)
  • They live in bondage instead of freedom
  • Ruled by the opinion of others, or the perceived opinion
  • Anxious
  • Always looking for approval
  • People pleasers
  • Does not correct or reprove
  • Easily embarrassed
  • Not teachable
  • Defensive
  • May have wrong relationships and walk in sin

The fear of the Lord

  • Concerned with God’s reaction
  • Able to honor God and others
  • Gives glory to God
  • Real and open (transparent)
  • Free
  • Obedient
  • Right relationships
  • Corrects and reproves others as needed in love
  • Deals with the roots of sin
  • No reputation, not concerned with looking good in front of others
  • Full of faith
  • Takes a stand against evil

The grace, kindness, grace, mercy, justice, generosity, and love of God are all connected.

How do we deal with the fear of man and obtain the fear of the Lord?  F.O.M. > F.O.G.

1.      Acknowledge we lack the fear of God

2.      Ask God for the fear of God and receive it in faith

3.      Walk into our fears, step out in faith

4.      Make a willful choice Prov. 1:29; Heb. 11:6

5.      Be a seeker of God  Jer. 29:13; Matt. 6:33; Is. 555:6; I Chron. 28:9;  II Chron. 7:14; and Matt. 7:7

Additional Scripture references mostly regarding the fear of God

Psalms 2:11; 19:9; 25:12-14; 34:8-16; 86:11; 103:11; 112; 111:10; 115:1; 119:63; 145:19

Proverbs 1:7; 2:1-5; 3:7-8; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 12:28; 14:26-27; 15:33; 19:23: 22:4; 23:17-18

Deut. 10:12-13; Is. 11:2-3; 33:5-6; Eccl. 12:13; Luke 1:50; Heb. 12:28; Phil. 2:1-11; 3:7-12; Matt. 16:24-26; John 12:23-26 

Truth confirmed

Jesus has been my boss, my Lord and Master for a long time.   I was reminded to take every thought captive.  I was reminded to hate sin. I was reminded not to fear man but only be concerned about what will please my Lord.     

What God is saying to me

It is amazing how many times throughout the Scripture, especially Psalms and Proverbs, the fear of the Lord is mentioned.  How very important it is. I was reminded again to die to self.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 "He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26 "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:24-26

When Mark from IWT spoke on Friday night I was reminded that the Lord’s return might indeed be very imminent, making the work of evangelism in Southern Thailand as well as everywhere else, very urgent.   

Implementation

I must be all the more in awe of Him, and ask often am I walking in the flesh or in the spirit?  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:1-8 (NASB

God wants to be honored with my heart not just my lips.  Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. Psalms 33:8 (NASB)  

 
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