Fear and Trembling

In 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (read it now… if possible), Paul is speaking of Israel’s salvation and pursuit to enter the promise land. He describes their journey as a shadow of our journey. It is a picture of our salvation of faith and the race we run to inherit the promise of salvation. These things became our examples and were written for our caution and warning (verse 11). In reading this example we need to carefully examine ourselves because they were all in the same Spirit, “but with most of them God was not well pleased for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.” The Israelites that were saved from Egypt didn’t all make it to the promise land… that’s scripture (Hebrews 3:16-19).

Philippians 2:12-13 says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.” Salvation starts from the inside, He works “in you,” and our outward response is VITAL.  If disobedience is alive in you, then so is unbelief (Heb. 3:18-19). If we sin, it is not owed to us to be forgiven. God owes no man anything, but in His mercy, He works repentance in us. God works that repentance in you and then you outwardly respond, like John the Baptist says, “produce fruit meet for repentance.” The outward response is the fruit that shows a genuine heart of repentance before the Lord. Romans 9:16 says, “It is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” Again, this starts inwardly and is demonstrated outwardly. In God’s mercy, He graces you with Godly sorrow that leads you to repentance. But there is a place that I wish to never know, of not being able to find repentance. Hebrews 12:17 says, “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” …It’s “your own salvation,” don’t play with it.

Romans 11:20,22 says, “Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty but fear… Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness. If you continue in His goodness, otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Isaiah 33:6 says the fear of the Lord will be your treasure. In Isaiah 11:2, the fear of the Lord is a gift from the Spirit, and in verse 3 it is delighted in. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I pray that God would release the fear of the Lord into your heart, and you will not push away the uncomfortable feeling, but embrace it, until change is made and humility is produced. Recognize your need for Jesus, and humble yourself, He’s the only one that saves.

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