Crucified in The Fear of The Lord!

“I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me.” Galatians 2:20“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24

Have you been crucified? Has your flesh been crucified? Have your desires been crucified?“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galtaians 6:14“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7One of the greatest evidences of being Crucified with Christ is an absence of the fear of man, of environment and of circumstances. You stand in fear and in awe of an almighty creator and once you fear Him: there is nothing else you should fear!

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” Luke 12:4

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
This country and the church in general has lost the fear of the Lord.

The fear of God is mentioned more in Scripture than the Love of God. Noah was moved by fear. The Apostle Paul was converted and brought to repentance through Revelation and Fear. The Fear of Christ and the Love of Christ truly go hand in hand.

Let’s look at Scripture and see what God’s Word says about walking in Love and Fearing Him.

What God’s Word says about walking in Love and Fearing Him

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 10:12 (This is a Command!)
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:7

“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

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.” Proverbs 10:27

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6

The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23

“Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” Psalm 89:7
“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 111:10

“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,In those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11

“Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing. That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.” Jeremiah 2:19
“But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Acts 10:35

Examine Yourselves

The Fear of the Lord is lost when a people no longer believe what God has said and what God commands.
We have to examine ourselves, our motives, our desires and ask ourselves have we been Crucified with Christ and do we fear the Lord?

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:18-20

“And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear” 1 Peter 1:17

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

What I do with my hands, I make Jesus do what I look at with my eyes, I make Jesus look at.

How do we look at The Cross? Do we look at it saying what do I get out of it or do we look at it as what does God get out of it? God gets the people He died for!

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. ” Titus 2:11-14

Jesus died for you are you willing to die for Him?
If you’re not willing to suffer & die for Christ: You are NOT a follower of Christ!
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
‎”….we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 PICK UP YOUR CROSS! ~ This means to deny yourself, your desires and whatever is necessary to make Jesus Christ known and glorified. Many times that will mean suffering and it definitely means sacrifice. You don’t sacrifice to earn merit or favor but out of Love for Christ.
You live not for this life or for your retirement: You live for eternity! This world is not our home!

We’re only passing through! This life is but a breathe, but a mist and we must lay down our lives for the cause of Christ! There will be no cowards in Heaven! (Rev 21:8) Our goal is eternity and our goal is to make Jesus Christ known and glorified.

We don’t live for temporary satisfaction in this breathe, this mist called life: We live to make Jesus Christ known and glorified regardless of what that costs us!

We are not called to an easy life with no suffering! We are called to suffer for Him! We may be called to endure persecution for Him! We must be ready to die for Him!

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35

This is not popular Christianity but this is Biblical Christianity!

The fate of the Apostles and the Early Church
Many were fed to Lions for Entertainment
Some used as Torches to light Roman Streets
Stephen – Stoned to Death
Paul, James, John the Baptist – Beheaded
Philip, Andrew, Jude & Simon – Crucified
Matthew – Killed by a Halberd
James – Crucified, Stoned then Beaten to Death
Matthias – Stoned and Beheaded
Mark – Drug through the Streets and Beheaded
Peter – Crucified Upside-down
Bartholomew – Flayed Alive and Crucified
Thomas – Killed by a Spear
Luke – Hung
Antipas – Roasted to Death
John – Cooked in Boiling Oil, Banished to an Island & was the only Apostle not Martyred.

American Christianity

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” ― David Platt, Radical

The Truth is: If God’s Love is measured in health, wealth, prosperity & comfort then God hated all of the disciples & the Apostle Paul!

God did not create the Gospel for the recognition of men. No man or ministry has a monopoly on Truth. Man is fallible. Man desires recognition out of pride or a failure to realize God’s call to selflessness. Man created denominations, sects & clicks out of division and discontent. God created relationship & sent His Son to die on a Cross as a means to achieve that relationship. We do not look to man’s approval of other men but we test what a man says according to God’s Word! The Gospel is not a means to profit you. It is a means to save you!

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

“We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus whois fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our own image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather together in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves.”- David Platt

This country boasts that 85% of it’s population is Christian.

Truth is this nation is everything but Christian.

It is a Carnal Nation driven by materialism and desires of the flesh and it will soon be a fallen nation unless it repents and comes back to The Cross of Christ.

Falling Away
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” 2 Thess. 2:3

The Coming Judgment

The Economy will collapse so will your marriage, your ministry and anything not built on the Foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for your sins!

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matt. 7:24-27

Noah and the Flood
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6
God then destroyed every living thing upon the Earth except for Noah and the inhabitants of the ark.God’s Judgment is coming soon!

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:36-39
Jesus Christ is coming personally in flaming fire to kill and destroy those who do not obey the Gospel.
“in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7
Like Noah, we must be prepared!
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Hebrews 11:7

Build Your Ark

Are walking in the fear of the Lord? Are we building Arks to save and share the Gospel with those around us? We may not be called to build an Ark but we are called to make disciples of men!

Do we not warn others of the righteous judgment that is coming? Our family, our friends, our neighbors or even to the people we pass by on the street?

Are we doing everything we can to Proclaim this glorious Gospel to the people God has placed in our life and to the ends of the Earth?

“If SINNERS will be DAMNED, at least let them LEAP to HELL over our BODIES, and if they PERISH, let them PERISH with our ARMS around their KNEES imploring them to STAY. If HELL must be FILLED, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our EXERTIONS, and let NO ONE go there UNWARNED or UNPRAYED for.” Charles Spurgeon
‎”The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction!” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Are we worshiping the Father in Spirit and Truth?“ But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

Are we examining ourselves to see if we are in the Faith?
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Are we deceiving ourselves that we are forgiven despite no repentance or no real change in our lives?
He is either Lord of your life and you are walking in love, in awe and in fear of Him or His Wrath abides on your life!

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” Romans 1:18
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

Radical, Fanatical, Hardcore, Extreme, Devoted, Faithful, Sold-Out, Totally Surrendered & On Fire! If these Do Not describe your faith & devotion to Jesus Christ: You are LukeWarm!”Because you are LukeWarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth!” Rev 3:16

We must remember why we exist! To glorify God and enjoy Him forever! If you don’t want God above all things: You will not escape his Wrath! God is the Gift of the Gospel!