There was this brother who could not bring himself to stop sleeping with sisters. This was a very vibrant brother, scripture quoting, tongues blasting, demon chasing, prophecy releasing, powerpacked singing, word dissecting…brother. He cried about it, prayed about it, confessed it to God and others, and even fasted about it; but nothing changed. So he called it his weakness.
His name was Aderopo.
Anyway, one day he was with a sister in her house. This sister was not his wife. This sister loved God. In fact her devotion to God was what attracted him to her in the first place. Although she was also quite attractive. They attended the same church and were both in the same department. They had been getting closer and closer. And closer. Today, they decided to get closest, or to enter into the closet. In fact she was already lying on the bed.
Her name was Bibanke.
As Aderopo loosened his tie and trousers, his trousers and was getting onto the bed, his eyes on Bibanke; he was wondering how he could ever stop doing something so ‘heavenly’ and gratifying.
She suddenly said “Aderopo, I just think I should tell you that I have had HIV for 2 years now”
He jumped off the bed and stared at Bibanke……”You ….you what?!”
She said “Come now, what did I say again? I’m just telling you this because I love you. It doesn’t change anything. I’m fine. I’ve been getting treatment for….”
Our brother Aderopo had already zipped up and was putting on his tie.
That self-control that had been entering voicemail in outer-space somewhere around Jupiter had suddenly zoomed into this our earth like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, straight into that room and jumped into Aderopo’s spirit, soul and body.
All the so-called uncontrollable urges and surges, had died completely. In fact, at the moment, he felt very anti-sexual and asexual. He was already on his way out of the house. He said to our dear sister…
“See you at the prayer meeting on Friday”
Well…Where did he get the sudden self control from?
The fear of HIV was the beginning of wisdom.
For him, he had more fear of HIV than he had of God.
But Jesus said
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Bro Aderopo knew the terror of HIV but he had no idea of the terror of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest prayers a believer can pray is to pray for the fear of the Lord to consume your heart.
Forget all those people who don’t know what the fear of God is; who say “How can a son be afraid of his father?”
That is called the NONSENSE epistle according to Poloma. Not Paul. Poloma is the covid -19 version of Paul. Yeah, just kidding.
Jesus – THE very SON of God, walked in the FEAR OF GOD.
Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His GODLY FEAR though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered (See Isaiah 11:2 below).
Who is talking about being afraid?
The fear of God is not trembling and shaking because of God. Demons do that and they don’t have the fear of God.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble!
They are just afraid of Him.
Those who fear God are NOT AFRAID of Him
Those who are afraid of Him DO NOT fear Him
To fear God and not be afraid of Him; that is true faith .
To fear God and not be afraid of Him; that is what it means to love God
To fear God means to tremble at His word
For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
It means if God says sit down. No matter what you feel – you will sit down! You have no other choice
It means if God says this is wrong. No matter how you like it, you will stop! And that’s that. No questions.
Some people can tremble like earthquake and still disobey God stubbornly and persistently – that is NOT the fear of God. For instance, a lot of prayer happened during the lockdown because people thought the world was ending. After a few months, many went back to life as usual. That was NOT the fear of God.
To fear God means to yield your whole perspective to His word
To fear God means to submit your whole life to His will.
To fear God means once He has spoken; you have no other choice
To fear God means to put Him first in all things and in every way
It is not a Sunday thing. It is a once for all time posture
To fear God is for your eyes to be open enough to see God as He is and how small everything else is compared to Him. It
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
How little your ambition is
How little your desires are
How small your preferences are
How small your plans are
How small your personality is
How small your likes and dislikes are
How small your lack is
How small that hurt is
How small that insult is
How tiny the enemy is
How tiny the witches are
How tiny the challenges are
How tiny the mountains are
How tiny the bill is
How tiny men are
How tiny the whole world is
Compared to Him.
To fear God is to submit yourself
I can of Myself do nothing
Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord!
Because you have seen the Ultimate
The fear of the Lord is a compulsory course in the school of the Spirit. It is not a struggle. It is not a performance. It is not acting. It is revelation. It is a grace. It is the anointing. It is one of the seven manifestations of the full Anointing of Jesus. It is a one of the graces we receive of His fullness. It is part of the unction from the Holy One
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
It is impossible to live for God without it
2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.
It is impossible to serve God acceptably without it
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Therefore, if you are tired of telling lies – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you are struggling with wrong thoughts – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you find it difficult to fast and to pray – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you find it hard to forgive others – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you find it easy to take advantage of others – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you cannot give up a bad habit or you are envious of someone – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you have one life outside and another when no one is watching – pray for the fear of the Lord
If you are always afraid – just like you pray for wisdom or power or understanding or direction or help
PRAY FOR THE FEAR OF THE LORD.