2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Stanley’s college roommate was a campus pastor who didn’t fear the Lord. It was evident in his conduct and character. Stanley was not a pentecostal like his pastor friend, but he was brought up by his parents to fear the Lord. There were many things his pastor friend did that he could not do because the fear of the Lord had stripped him of such sinful courage. As time passed and Stanley became baptized in the Holy Ghost, he walked in so much power that his pastor friend became jealous. Demons were afraid of Stanley but the same demons despised his pastor friend.
Stanley was powerful and had authority because he walked in the holiness of God. This was possible because he feared the Lord. His pastor friend was not a man of spiritual authority even though he regularly prayed for long hours in tongues.
From today’s Bible text, we see that in order for us to walk in God’s promise of sonship (see 2Cor 6:18) and the power that accrues to it, there is the need to perfect holiness. But this is not possible for the person that does not fear the Lord. It says “perfecting holiness in the fear of God”. It is only those who fear God that can truly walk in His holiness and the attendant authority.
Go into today remembering that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fact that certain modern teachers do not want to talk about it does not change the truth of God’s word.
Prayer: Father, help me walk in Wisdom and Favour. Help walk in the fear of the Lord.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Bible Reading: Matthew 26-28
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