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IS YOUR FEAR OF THE LORD INTACT?

25 Jul

We all know about the event called ‘The Transfiguration’, during which the Lord Jesus was revealed to Peter, James and John in a higher dimension. We read in Matthew 17:1-8:

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us[a]make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (KJV)

The crucial thing to understand about this event is the reason for which it took place. And that reason is found in the very preceding chapter, Matthew 16, towards the end of which we have the story of the time when Peter dared to rebuke the Lord after the Latter had told His disciples of His upcoming suffering and death on the cross (see Matthew 16:21-23).

The fact that Peter could dare talk this way to the Master made the Latter realize something: His disciples were getting too familiar with Him, and were beginning to lack the level of respect that He deserved from them. So the Lord had to do something about restoring the appropriate level of reverence that His disciples were to have for Him, and what He decided to do was to reveal to His top three disciples who He truly is in the spiritual realm.

Witnessing the Transfiguration – seeing the Lord  in the spiritual realm wearing a garment that was whiter than white, and conversing with spiritual giants like Moses and Elijah – did the trick alright! After that kind of divine encounter with the Lord’s true image, Peter’s fear of, and respect for the Lord were solidly reestablished!

Has the wrong attitude toward the Lord been hindering you from truly worshipping Him in spirit and in truth? Has it kept you from seeing Him as your all-and-all Master and from giving your all to Him? Have religiousity and denominational doctrines blinded you from understanding His words in the proper light? Have political correctness and the fear of offending people kept you from seeing Him as a sovereign God whose sometimes unpopular laws must absolutely be kept by His true followers?

Before the Apostle Paul found Jesus, he was highly zealous in the ‘things of God’. He was as zealous as a man can be in the service of ‘the God of Israel’. Except, he was serving God under the wrong terms. But then came the day the Lord decided to reveal Himself to Paul, as narrated in acts 9. Verses 1 to 6 say:

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”” (KJV)

And verses 17  and 18 say:

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”  (KJV)

When the Lord shone His light on Paul, the light blinded him; and in order for Paul to see again, scales fell off his eyes. Though this happened in the physical, there’s a more significant spiritual dimension to it, in that as the scales fell off his eyes, he began to see and understand ‘the things of God’ differently.

It took a divine encounter between Paul and the Lord for Paul’s eyes to be literally opened to see Jesus in His glory, and for him to fall in love with Jesus with a passion that led him to declare that his most earnest desire is that he “…may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10, KJV)

So I ask you again, what is dimming your sight of the Lord??? What scales have covered your eyes and are preventing you from being in a constant state of awe and utter reverence towards Him?

I plead with you to cry out to God and beg Him to bless you with the kind of spiritual encounter with Him that will produce in you the right kind of attitude towards Him – an attitude of total awe, love and deep devotion and commitment.

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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