The Rev. G. David Henderson: Fearing God can empower you from sinning

The Rev. G. David Henderson

"... man did eat angels' food."

-- Psalm 78:25

Romans 2:4 promises that God's goodness toward us can empower us to stop our sinning against God. Deuteronomy 6:2 equally warns that we fearing God can likewise empower us not to sin.

Deuteronomy 8:6 promises that our fearing God and keeping his commandments can also empower us to not sin.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 teaches that the whole duty of every man (every person) is to fear God when we are tempted to sin.

Matthew 10:28 warns that we are to never fear those who want to kill us, but cannot kill our souls (inner person); but rather fear him (God) who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

For those who need God's mercy because of their sins against God, Luke 1:50 promises such to those in every generation who fear God.

Jesus taught in Luke 12:5 to whom we are to fear and not fear. He warned we are to fear those, whom after they have killed us, God also has power to cast them into hell; then Jesus punctuated the same warning, "I say unto you, fear him (God)!"

Acts 10:35 promises God's mercy to every generation that fears God.

The apostle Paul, who wrote many books in the New Testament within the Bible, also warned his listeners to fear God (Acts 13:16; 26). That renowned apostle also warned his listeners to "be not high minded" (religiously and ministerially conceited with pride), but "fear!" Because of many of our worldwide religious TV and radio broadcasts, our religious generation stinks with rotten, religious pride.

That great apostle also warned his followers for them to submit to each other "fearing God" (Ephesians 5:21). The apostle Paul also commanded his converts in Philippi, to add "fear" and "trembling" to their relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Paul also commanded his converts to add "fearing God" along with their obedience to their masters (Colossians 3:22).

The writer of the Biblical book Hebrews, chapter 4:1 in the New Testament, warned his converts to "fear," lest they come short of God's promises to them.

Hebrews 5:7 reveals that the main reason God answered the prayers of Jesus is he offered up strong crying and tears, plus "fear." Maybe there would be more answered prayers in our generation if our prayers would be accompanied with "crying" and "fear!."

The apostle Peter taught his converts to fear God while they pass through our sinful world (1 Peter 2:17). Maybe the main reason our generation doesn't see the miraculous wonders as did Jesus and his apostles is we have no "fear of God" in our innumerable, combating one another's religions!

The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at

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