From the Pastor’s Desk

Fear… definition: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. An instance of this emotion; a state marked by this emotion; anxious concern: profound reverence and awe especially toward God; reason for alarm even danger.


Biblical definition of fear: “The Hebrew word translated into ‘awe’ in the Bible is yirah (יראה, pronounced yir-ah). It often directly translates into fear, but it can also mean respect, reverence, and worship. But, make no mistake about it, yirah is strongly connected to ‘trembling’.

Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts (laws) have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.” Fear if not properly placed can have disastrous effects. But fear well placed can have liberating results.

We have all sinned. Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” You have sinned I have sinned. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it was a casual slip-up. Whatever the case, For the Christian sin frustrates. If you have a heart for God, you desire to live for God. You desire to please Him. And if you have sinned you probably have asked Him hundreds of times for forgiveness. And then find yourself committing the same sin or sins over again. Yes, that would be frustrating. So, how can we break this vicious cycle?

The easy answers are the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and even the fellowship with other believers and they helping to keep us accountable. These are all to help us grow in our Christian journey. But may I suggest that there is a deeper root cause to the sin problem? Maybe our problem lies in how much we are in awe or not in awe of the holiness of God? We are not in awe of God enough to stop and think about how we truly live.

Culture dictates how many of us live. “If everyone lives a certain way that does not honor or live for God than it must be okay to live as the culture lives.” Media drives home the thought that “life is all about me.” And how we live tends more so in this direction than any other. If it feels good, then do it.” Life is too short to go around worrying about how we look, how we dress, what attitudes we have. Spend your time on you, being you and living life for you.

Biblical lifestyle directs us more so in helping us to understand that we are standing on holy ground. Ground that God breathed into existence and belongs to Him. We tend to forget we were created for God and for His purposes. To worship Him and when we focus upon Him fully, He is awesome in majesty, He is holy, and He is and will be always with us and in us. That ought to change everything about who we are and how we live.

Most of us will sin again. Being human and imperfect we have the tendency to do so. Yet, we do not have to live to sin, we can live not to sin. Part of the process is dealing with our sin, confession and asking for forgiveness. But 1st and foremost ought to be that we make the effort every day to focus in on God. Realize that He is holy, be aware of His holiness and be ever aware of His presence everywhere. We would do well to take captive every thought, every attitude, every circumstance of life as if God is ever-present… which He is.

This takes discipline and intentional effort. We don’t naturally live with being “in awe” of God, having a sense of His majesty, His holiness, His terrifying loving presence every day. We forget that pointing out our sins is not God’s perfect plan for us. Not at all, we are reminded every time we pick up His Word of His holiness, His power, His presence, His desire for us to be in awe of Him. Biblical fear will lead each of us to be wise in all we do.

In Him, Your Pastor,

Jeffrey Turcotte

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