Fear God and Give Glory to Him

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The first angel a heavenly messenger comes with a message to give to those who are living in the end of the world. It would be well for us to take heed of what this angel is saying.

Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The angel is declaring that the people in the end times need to fear God and give Him glory. What is the fear of God and what is His glory?

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

If the angel is saying to the people at the end, fear God, there should be some wise people living in the end of the world. What does the bible say about this time of trouble such as never was?

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

The first angel is saying fear God and give Him the glory because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The first angel’s message is the catalyst to make people wise. The people in the world will turn out wicked, unwise or wise. There are people who fear God and people who don’t fear God. Would you like to be part of the wise? If you do, then take heed, fear God, and give glory to Him. The fear of God is the beginning of the wisdom of the people in the end times who shall be saved. These are the first opening words of the first angel; to fear God. Then, and give Him glory. There is a relationship between fearing God and being able to give Him glory. Consider this glory, which needs to be here at the end of the world.

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Give God the glory, so we can be one. The unification of God’s people is the glory by which the whole world will know who belongs to Christ.

John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom is going to affect our ability to give God the glory, which is our oneness together, in the truth of Jesus Christ. Did Jesus give God the glory?

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

Jesus glorified the Father. How did he do it? In Isaiah we can see the ingredients in Jesus to give God the glory. For us to merely life up our hearts in songs and praise does not give Him glory. If our heart is not with Him, it’s an abomination and hypocrisy. Jesus says, you draw near me with your lips but your heart is far from me. The glory we’re talking about is not a verbal declaration of how great God is. It’s something from within.

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

1:2 And 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;

Jesus gave God glory. He had wisdom and the fear of the Lord. These are the ingredients within Jesus, in order for Him to do the work. The bible says we must overcome as Jesus overcame. Therefore the way which Jesus gives God glory is the same way that we must do so. Jesus had wisdom and He feared the Lord.

Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself …

5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Jesus, while on Earth, cried to God who could save Him. Jesus was totally dependant upon the Father for His life to be preserved on this earth, just as much as we are dependent on the Father. Why was Jesus so dependant? If He had wisdom, wasn’t He smart enough or strong enough?

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing:…

Jesus created the whole world. How then could He do nothing? Wasn’t He all powerful? He absolutely was. When He came to this earth, He had to glorify God. He went through that path, so that we could learn. He got wisdom and the fear of the Lord. So He came to God and said, I can do nothing. On earth, He manifested an attitude to show us how to do it.

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

Christ did not please himself. When he wanted to do something contrary to God, He didn’t do it. He couldn’t do it of Himself. He cried unto God to save Him. He fearded lest He would do something that that wasn’t right.

Jesus, the world’s Redeemer, did as He was told even if the task was not agreeable to His feelings…When tempted to have your own way in regard to the wishes of your parents, say, “No; Jesus was subject to His parents.”{OHC 264.4}

He was subject; He did what he was told even if He didn’t want to. He feared and said, of myself I can do nothing. The scripture records that Jesus was crucified in weakness.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Jesus came on this earth realising that He could of himself do nothing, 100% totally weak. That weakness made Him fear. So when He came to God, He was totally dependent and in doing this He glorified God. When we look at ourselves, we think that wisdom is being clever in what we do. That wisdom is not what Jesus wants us to have. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

How do you feel when you fall into diverse temptation. The bible says we should be happy and count it a joy. We need to learn the fear of God. Jesus had the fear of God. He did not trust himself and because of this He could glorify God. We need to learn not to trust ourselves. How do we learn this? In Romans is the description of someone who loves the Lord. The commandments come, they desire to do it and what happens?

Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

We often try to do the commands of God trusting in ourselves and we fall. When we try to do good, evil is present in us and we fail. This failure has to work something. Have you ever come face to face with your failures, where you know what God requires? Do your problems ever stare you in your face and make you feel discouraged? If you are discouraged by your failures, this is a good thing.

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…

7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

When we try to obey God with confidence in ourselves and fail, we start to get discouraged.

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Who can help me? I’m such a bad person. Right there, when we’re totally weak, is the beginning of wisdom

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” What does this mean? It means that every day you are to distrust your own human efforts and wisdom. You are to fear to speak at random, fear to follow your own impulses, fear that pride of heart and love of the world and lust of the flesh shall exclude the precious grace the Lord Jesus is longing to bestow upon you. {OHC 91.2}

We’re to become afraid of ourselves. We’re to learn that everything that we do of our own carnal way, we’re going to mess up. Then we’re going to be scared and that is the beginning of wisdom. That is what kept Jesus in a state of glorifying God. Of myself I can do nothing. Into thy hands I commend my spirit. Let this cup pass from me, but not my will, but yours. I’m afraid of what I want. When we become afraid of the human factor in us, then we can give God the glory. What was the glory of God? That we can come together as one. The pen of inspiration writes, press together, press together, press together. We cannot press together unless we’re afraid of ourselves. We will say and do things that will offend people. We’ll offend and be offended. How can the fear of the Lord, distrusting ourselves help our unification?

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The fear of the Lord is to distrust your own human efforts. You are to fear to speak at random. If we can control our tongues then social problems melt away. How many social problems arise because of saying something? Many people get offended and don’t want trust man any more. They get a hard shell over themselves. When it comes to unity in the church, they can’t do it because they’re protecting themselves. They don’t want to be hurt by people anymore. We call it wisdom when we pick and choose who we become close to, but this cleverness is not the wisdom of God.

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

What does fire do to people? Burns. Have you ever been burnt because of the way people talk and then you close up? The tongue is a fire.

James 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Are you scared of sharks or snakes? The bible says these things can be tamed. How many of you are afraid of your tongue? The bible says that the tongue cannot be tamed. The first angel’s message for the end of the world was to fear God. Fear to do your own thing. Fear to put the human factor in the way of the divine. Fear to disobey God by pleasing yourself. Fear to speak at random. If we can be afraid of the beast of a tongue that we have, perfection and unification becomes easy and we can become perfect in one and glorify God.

James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

We come to worship God. Then someone hurts our feelings and we hurt them back. Yet that person is made in the image of God. We pretend to worship God and then spit on His image. That’s the highest hypocrisy in the world – to have a bad relationship with those who are close to you.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

If we want to fear God and give Him glory, we have to be decided on how we’re going to interact together, fear ourselves, fear how much we can damage somebody else.

James 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

You can’t profess to love God and yet use your tongue to offend people. God’s truth can offend people, that’s OK, but not your tongue – you’re own human ingredient. God’s word can do the cutting, not us.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?…

Who is wise? Daniel 12 says that the wicked shall do wickedly but there shall be the wise and they shall understand. Here James says, who is a wise man amoung you? If you’re going to be wise…

James 3:13 …let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Meekness is being afraid of yourself.

James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

If someone has offended you and that bitterness is lying in your heart, get rid of it. It’s going to kill you. How can you give the glory to God if you have that in your heart? Here, James says, if you have bitterness, don’t glory.

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, …

If we are afraid of our human factor, that is the beginning of being wise. You may be bitter with someone and withdraw from them. There are some people that you just can’t get along with who offend you and you hold bitterness in your heart towards them. What does the bible says about that?

James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

To be outwardly polite and inwardly not like them, that wisdom is devilish. The wisdom of God is contrasted in the next verse.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Do you ever have partiality? Do you like some people more than others. The wisdom of God doesn’t have partiality.

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

We want to take seriously how we relate to others because it has a direct effect on whether we fear God and will give Him glory or not. When things try us, if we can be happy, then we can have bullet-proof relationships. We will all take the offense and none would give it. Imagine a company where everyone can take it and not give it. What a company! The world can give it, but they can’t take it.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

If we are can take pleasure in being reproached, and we all did it, we could never actually have a problem with each other. If we all had the ability to take an offense and were never willing to give one, then where could a problem arise? It can’t. If we could be afraid of ourselves, we would be so much better off in this world. Pray that we can take seriously this wisdom from above, that will help our unification. That we can be one. Perfect in one.

Amen.

Posted on September 27, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. we have to be aware of the evil within us, of satan himself within us so that good may prevail so that in every situation the “me” is lost and way is given to God that he take place in our lives and lead us and help us…..

  2. May God bless you for such clear cut truths to shape our lives while we prepare for His soon return.
    Maranatha

  3. God bless you.

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