Spirit Series, Part 4 (Most Holy Place)
They are to begin very early in the morning. They must reach a suitable place for sleeping before dark. These climbers have left detailed information with loved ones regarding the flight schedules, the climbing agenda, anticipated dates of ascent and descent. The route is part of the extensive planning and has been followed, to the letter, for a number of reasons: to allow for carriage of sufficient food to last the trip, such as high energy snacks and drink (liquids are vital); layers of wick-away clothing to be added or removed, according to the time of day and height of the climb; climbing gear; and, most important, the need to be located if there are unforeseen problems. They will recheck all paraphernalia necessary for a safe climb, have a hearty breakfast, and set off after discussing, one last time, unexpected contingencies for which they must be prepared.
The sun has not yet risen and the air is still. The lead climber lies there, eyes wide, unable to sleep. It’s chilly up here on this outcropping where the group has bivouacking for the night. Before extricating himself from the sleeping bag, his mind begins to wander over the last years that he’s spent clawing and crawling his way up and, precariously lowering himself from, assorted mountainsides.
What is the spirit sense ‘Fear of God?’
The spirit sense, ‘Fear of God,’ is most similar to the body’s sense of hearing and soul’s sense, memory. It looks back.
This spirit sense drinks from the rivers of God’s testimonies, commands, and judgements. It is the gateway through which these rivers flow with God’s conviction, spiritual wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.
Those who labor to experience more of these things are encouraged to seek Adonai (the Lord) to identify and remove any devices blocking the flow of these spiritual waters. The easiest way to perceive it within us is by recognizing ‘Holy Spirit conviction.’ For it truly magnifies Yehovah.
For it is written, “The fear of the Lord [Adonai] is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.” Psalm 111:10 KJV
It is also written, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 KJV
And, “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:” Proverbs 1:29 KJV
And, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:5 KJV
And again, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13 KJV
Fear of the Lord is the spiritual teacher which moves us to stand, to walk, and, if necessary, to fight in the name of our God. Look at a very interesting verse most of you will recognize. When reading it, do so by placing it in the context of the spirit sense, ‘Fear of God.’
For it is written, “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12 KJV
When we hear, feel, or see the omnipotence of God demonstrated, something rises up within us moving our spirit and soul to act.
For we read, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7 KJV
The prophets have much to say about the spirit sense entitled, ‘Fear of God.’ Read through the list of passages we have selected from Holy Writ and see if these verses resonate. As you read, be aware of the benefits promised to those who exercise this particular sense. All of these are quoted from the KJV.
“The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” Proverbs 10:27
“In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27
“Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Proverbs 15:16
“The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23
Reading these passages begs a major question. Is the word translated as fear a correct translation?
Our next article, Part 5 in the series about the personal spirit, will address this question.