Ruled by Love, Justin Abraham

The fear of the Lord

The is a strange connection between love and the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2 & Revelation 1:4 talk about the seven spirits of God. Isaiah 11:3 prophesied that Jesus would delight in the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

That spirit is the one that tethers us to the will of God. Without the fear of the Lord we cannot know the precise will of the Lord. We may be doing the opposite of what He wants.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
and He will delight in the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2-3a (emphasis mine).

Isaiah 11 is prophesying about Jesus. The word translated “fear” can be puzzling. This is what the Life Hope & Truth website says about the subject:

The main Hebrew and Greek words translated fear in the Bible can have several shades of meaning, but in the context of the fear of the Lord, they convey a positive reverence.

The Hebrew verb yare can mean “to fear, to respect, to reverence” and the Hebrew noun yirah “usually refers to the fear of God and is viewed as a positive quality. This fear acknowledges God’s good intentions (Ex. 20:20). … This fear is produced by God’s Word (Ps. 119:38Prov. 2:5) and makes a person receptive to wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 1:79:10)” (Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, 2003, pp. 470-471).

The Greek noun phobos can mean “reverential fear” of God, “not a merelove‘fear’ of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him”.

Justin Abraham made a podcast called Ruled by Love. He talks about the fear of the Lord in the video below.



Love & the Greater Works

God is releasing a capacity to love like never before. It will escort us into the greater works. (Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12)

However, we will never walk in the greater works unless we walk in the greater love.



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