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YWAM Crossroads DTS Lordship and the Fear of God notes from lectures by Ari
The fear of the Lord
- Is standing in awe of who He is
- Is hating evil and avoiding sin
Exodus 20:20 (NASB) 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."
Proverbs 8:13(NASB) The fear of the
Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way
and the perverted mouth, I hate.
This involves word, thought and deed. Sin starts in
our thoughts. Temptation -> thought-> attitude -> action -> habit
->lifestyle -> destiny
Romans 7:15 (NASB) 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.
I need to resist evil back in the thoughts stage.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NASB)
4 The weapons of our
warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of
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
Matthew 12:34 (NASB) ... For the
mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
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.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NASB)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he
will also reap.
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
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?
Hebrews 4:15 (NASB) Jesus was tempted in every way,
just as we are, ye He was without sin.
Jesus is in me, so I can be free of sin.
Galatians 2:20 (NASB) "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.
Jesus did not come, to remove the flesh but so that we
might not be ruled by it. 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 2 Chronicles 20 and Genesis 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.
Psalms 19:14 (NASB) Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O
my rock and my Redeemer.
Philippians 4:8 (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.
1 John 4:18 (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.
To fear the Lord means to have God's attitude toward sin
and a deep understanding of His holiness.
Psalms 89:7 (NASB) A God greatly feared in the council
of the holy ones, and awesome above all those who are around Him
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,
Isaiah 6:3 (NASB) And one called out to another and
said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the
Lord of hosts, the whole
earth is full of His glory."
Revelation 4:8 (NASB) 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 is THE Lord GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO
COME." [Quotation from Isaiah 6:3]
Luke 1:35 (NASB) The angel answered and said to her,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you; and for that reason, the holy Child shall be called the Son of
Acts 4:27,30 (NASB)
"For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant
Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles
and the peoples of Israel,
You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name
of Your holy servant Jesus."
John 17:11 (NASB) I am no longer in the world; and
yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father,
keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may
be one even as We are.
Mark 1:8, 24; (NASB)
"I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy
"What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have You come to destroy us?
I know who You are the Holy One of God!"
Ezekiel 20:39 (NASB) "As for you, O house of Israel," thus
says the Lord GOD, "Go, serve everyone his idols; but later you will surely
listen to Me, and My holy name you will profane no longer with your gifts and
with your idols.
The name of the third person of the godhead is
called the Holy Spirit
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
Philippians 3:8-11 (NASB)
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,
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,
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
If you want to see life change, pursue God.
Our response to evil
Proverbs 13:5 (NASB) A righteous man hates falsehood,
But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.
Proverbs 8:13 (NASB) The fear of the
Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Proverbs 14:16 (NASB) A wise man is cautious and turns
away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
Psalm 34:13-14 (NASB)
Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from
evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 97:10 (NASB) Hate evil, you who love the
Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers
them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 101:4 (NASB) A perverse heart shall depart
from me; I will know no evil.
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.
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
Romans 12:1 (NASB) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by
the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Psalm 19:14 (NASB) Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O
Lord, my rock, and my Redeemer.
Psalm 51:10 (NASB) Create in me a clean heart, O God, And
renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Daniel chapter 5 tells of the writing on the wall, what if
God wrote your thoughts on the wall? Are there thoughts which are
critical, judgmental, jealous, envious, bitter, angry, or covetous?
Proverbs 16:6 (NASB) By lovingkindness and truth
iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the
one keeps away from evil.
Psalm 51:10 (NASB) Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
James 1:13-16 (NASB)
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God
cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his
Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is
accomplished, it brings forth death.
16 Do not be
deceived, my beloved brethren.
Psalms 32:1-9 (NASB)
1 How blessed is
he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the
does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
3 When I kept
silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained
away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.
acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will
confess my transgressions to the
Lord"; And You forgave
the guilt of my sin. Selah.
let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in
a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7 You are
my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should
go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be as
the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include
bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near
Relationships- trust can be broken, relationships
must be built on love.
3. Obedience gives evidence of the fear of the
John 14:15 (NASB) "If you love Me, you will
keep My commandments.
Loving Jesus is a whole-hearted commitment to do all He has
said. Contrast this with King Saul.
1 Samuel. 15:1-3, 7-32 (NASB)
Samuel said to Saul, "The
Lord sent me to anoint you as
king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the
"Thus says the
Lord of hosts, 'I will punish Amalek for
what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was
coming up from Egypt.
3 'Now go and
strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put
to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'"
7 So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to
Shur, which is east of Egypt.
He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed
all the people with the edge of the sword.
9 But Saul and
the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the
lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but
everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
Then the word of the
Lord came to Samuel, saying,
11 "I regret
that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not
carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the
Lord all night.
rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul
came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and
proceeded on down to Gilgal."
Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed are you of the
Lord! I have carried out the command of the
14 But Samuel
said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the
oxen which I hear?"
15 Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the
people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the
your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed."
Then Samuel said to
Saul, "Wait, and let me tell you what the
said to me last night." And he said to him, "Speak!"
17 Samuel said,
"Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made
the head of the tribes of Israel? And the
anointed you king over Israel,
18 and the
Lord sent you on a mission, and said, 'Go and
utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they
"Why then did you not obey the voice of the
Lord, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the
sight of the
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I did obey the voice of the
and went on the mission on which the
Lord sent me, and have
brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
"But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the
choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the
your God at Gilgal."
22 Samuel said,
Lord as much delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the
He has also rejected you from being king."
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the
command of the
Lord and your words,
because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the
Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word
Lord, and the
Lord has rejected you
from being king over Israel."
As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe,
and it tore.
So Samuel said to him, "The
has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor,
who is better than you.
"Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not
a man that He should change His mind."
30 Then he
said, "I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my
people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the
Lord your God."
31 So Samuel
went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the
Samuel said, "Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him
cheerfully. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past."
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
- Hardness of heart.
- Little or no spiritual growth.
- Lack of grace
Results of obedience
Leviticus. 26:12 (NASB) 'I will also walk among you
and be your God, and you shall be My people.
- Rest and peace
- Walking in His call and inheritance
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.
James 3:2-12 (NASB)
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.
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 .
For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is
tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
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
Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor
can salt water produce fresh.
Gossip- putting a negative light on others, often based on
comparison and ungratefulness.
Slander- speaking truth with the intent to hurt.
2 Corinthians 12:20 (NASB) For I am afraid that perhaps when
I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not
what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry
tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;
1 Timothy. 5:14 (NASB) Therefore, I want younger
widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy
no occasion for reproach;
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.
Philippians 2:12 (NASB) So then, my beloved, just as
you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
That is Lordship. Jesus as Lord is mentioned fifteen
times more often than Jesus as Savior.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NASB)
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing
to be grasped ,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the
likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to
the point of death, even death on a cross.
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
What 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.
Galatians 5:24 (NASB) Now those who belong to Christ
Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Romans 6:6-7 (NASB)
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order
that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be
slaves to sin;
for he who has died is freed from sin.
2. Saturday Christians know Jesus was buried but may fail
to recognize He has overcome death and overcome the Enemy.
Hebrews 2:14 (NASB) Therefore, since the children share in
flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through
death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the
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.
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.
My progress in understanding more of Him
Prayer is even more important than I thought. How I
long to know Him more.
Isaiah 26:9 (NASB) At night my soul longs for You, indeed,
my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
Psalms 63:1 (NASB) 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. As the deer pants for the water brooks,
Psalms 42:1-2 (NASB)
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before
The Enemy would have us to fear man and to fear Satan,
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.
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
Matthew 24:14 (NASB) "This gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end
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.
Psalms 33:8 (NASB)Let all the earth fear the
Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of
Malachi 2:5(NASB) 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.
I will tell of Your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will
You who fear the
Lord, praise Him; all you
descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and stand in awe of Him, all you descendants
It was an interesting take Ari had on the carnal and
spiritual Christian or the immature and mature in comparing it to the death of
Jesus 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
Additional Scripture references regarding the fear of
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NASB)
"Now, Israel, what does the
Lord your God require from you,
but to fear the
Lord your God, to walk in all
His ways and love Him, and to serve the
your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
and to keep the
Lord’s commandments and His statutes which
I am commanding you today for your good?
Psalm 2:11 (NASB) Worship the
Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 19:9 (NASB) The fear of the
Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the
Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
Psalm 25:12-14 (NASB)
Who is the man who fears the
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
will abide in prosperity, And his descendants will inherit the land.
The secret of the
Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
Psalm 34:8-16 (NASB)
8 O taste and
see that the
is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the
Lord, you His saints; For to
those who fear Him there is no want.
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the
Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you
children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the
Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days
that he may see good?
your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from
evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of
Lord are toward the righteous And His ears
are open to their cry.
The face of the
Lord is against evildoers, To cut off the
memory of them from the earth.
Psalm 86:11 (NASB) Teach me Your way, O
Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your
Psalm 103:11 (NASB) For as high as the heavens
are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
Psalm 111:10 (NASB) The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have
all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
Psalm 112 (NASB)
How blessed is the man who fears the
Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.
descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be
Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is
gracious and compassionate and righteous.
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will
maintain his cause in judgment.
For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered
He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in
His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with
satisfaction on his adversaries.
given freely to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be
exalted in honor.
The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt
away; The desire of the wicked will perish.
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
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.
When Mark from Impact World Tour 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.
I must be all the more in awe of Him, and ask often am I
walking in the flesh or in the spirit?
Romans 8:1-8 (NASB)
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law
of sin and of death.
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.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is
life and peace,
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 wants to be honored with my heart not just my lips.
Psalms 33:8 (NASB) Let all the earth fear the
Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of
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