Many pastors have a ” Fire and Brimstone” style of preaching.
These pastors often focus on the negative aspects of sin and the consequences associated with our failure to live a “proper” christian lifestyle. Threats of damnation and hell-fire can be assumed to scare parishioners into changing their behavior out of fear of God’s wrath. You shouldn’t come to God from a position of fear, but come in fear if you must. If your afraid of God’s wrath, or of Hell and damnation, come in fear. Yes, if fear is what will get you in the door then by all means come through the door trembling… however there is a better way.
Fear is the beginning of wisdom Prov. 9:10
But it is only the beginning.
Don’t serve the poor to improve your own financial circumstances. Don’t be a good person (wife,husband,neighbor,coworker) because you fear God if you don’t. Don’t do things to escape wrath from God. Don’t let that be your reason.
serve others etc.
Out of fear of God!
Fear involves torment, suffering, dread, low self esteem, mental torture, and the like.
There is no peace when you come from that position. The road ahead is going to be harsh when you come from that position. Your path will be filled with stumbling blocks.
Why does the bible say God loves a cheerful giver? Because he knows if you give in any other manner it will be full of dread.
So if the beginning of wisdom is The fear of the Lord then what is a better path towards wisdom?
1 John 4:18 Perfect Love casts out fear
Come to God in Love or for Love.
What are we told as a child? Jesus loves you.
Why does God say come to him as a child? Think about it.
How do kids Love?
The bible says to do all in love 1 Cor. 16:14
1 John 4:17-19 He first loved us. He gave his son be cause he loves us. Jesus freely gives because he loves us. He heals because he loves us. He delivers because he loves us. So go heal someone in love. believe deliverance for someone in love. Be filled with his love, pressed down shaken together and running over. Let love overflow into the lives of everyone around you.
Graduate from fear to love and grow from love.
1 John 3:16 A sacrificial Love
1 John 4:11-16 We should live in God’s love. We will keep growing in God’s love. We are made perfect in Love.
Jesus says love your brother, love your neighbor, love your enemy.
Love is powerful!
There is no fear of judgement in Love, Judgement of others or from God.
We can come boldly before the throne of God because of love.
Fear keeps us from coming closer to God
Love gets us face to face with God.
Love is a unifying force.
1 Cor. 1:10 be of one mind in Love
1 Cor. 1:20 Man’s wisdom is contrary to God’s love. Worldly ideas of love are warped and distorted. True love is pure and comes directly from God because God is Love. They can’t understand Love. because they need God. 1 Cor. 1:21-25
But how desperately they need love and God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world That he gave His only begotten son, that we might have life.
Wisdom is revealed to us in love. 1 John 2:6-16 and we have the mind of Christ because we abide in Love. We have unity through love we have power through love. Unity fosters the anointing and that is how we move in God’s power. All of this is from the root of love.
those of us who do not yet walk in love are immature because our flesh causes us to act unloving and so we lack power.
1 John 3:1-3 The carnal man works against love .
God increases us through love.
Love never fails 1 Cor. 13:8
When that which is Perfect comes 1 Cor:13:9-10
Love covers sin. 1 Peter 4:8 so even if we fall short love will carry us to the end. We will endure to the end in love. Your healing will come in love. You will heal someone else in love.
Deliverance comes in love
Your breakthrough will come in love.
Love will break through hearts, fears, Judgement, Darkness, sickness, addiction,perversion.
You can’t fake love.
We owe our love! Roman 13:8 it is a debt
Love is the greatest power and gift. 1 Cor. 13:1-13
We are to Pursue Love. It is our Goal.
God is Love and in Love we are known by those who need God most. John 13:35