God gave me this important word to share with you today. This is a much needed message for the church in this hour. I believe we are in God’s exposing season. We see the sad news of musicians, pastors and leaders that preach the gospel now being exposed for living double lives. You see, we might claim to love God and even have faith, but do we have the fear of the Lord?
The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -psalm 147:11
A heart that is soft, humble, teachable, and allows the holy spirits sweet conviction is evidence of living with the fear of the Lord. It’s not living a perfect, flawless life where you never make a mistake but instead when you do, you are quick to admit wrong, repent and do better. Without that sensitivity to the voice of the holy spirit, we start to become desensitized and then justify our actions. Ultimately, we will live separated from God if we continue to live in sin.
The fear of the Lord that is driven by love means you desire to live a life that pleases the father. You don’t want to break his heart and live separated from him. You will do whatever it takes to keep your heart right.
That means you can’t just listen to any music, watch any show, hang out with anybody, and not feel convicted. We must captivate our thoughts, keep our tongue from slander and keep our heart free of offense. No one is perfect at this, but when our desire is to live holy then we make choices that reflect the heart of Jesus.
Intimacy is the Key
At the end of the day, God is after our heart, not our performance. But our performance changes when our heart does. We must be closely connected to the vine in order to have life and lasting fruit. We can do no good thing apart from him. He is calling us close friends.