Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:11-14.

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and His children will have refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:26-27.

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD, and He will delight in the fear of the LORD.” Isaiah 11:1-3.

Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:

Under the Old Covenant you will find when I speak of the “fear of the LORD,” it is in conjunction with being careful to keep My Words as written in the Torah. Torah means instruction that is sure to make you successful, it refers to the first five books of the Bible, for those were the first written form of My Words for mankind, but all of My Words are instruction sure to make you successful in life if you will take them to heart and do them. Joshua 1:8. And today you have much more than the first five books, you have both the Old and the New Testaments. “And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:10. “ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7. If you desire to live in the flow of Heaven upon the earth, the fear of the LORD is key to doing so, for you need wisdom, knowledge, and understanding from on High to see and know the things of Heaven.

“My child, if you will receive My Words and treasure My commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-7.

So you see “fear of the LORD” comes from treasuring My Word and going deeper into My Word which reveals to you the deep thoughts that are in Me which give you the wisdom, knowledge, insight, discernment, and understanding that is from above. And this is what will change your days from the toil of the curse to the flow of the blessing. “Fear of the LORD” means in the midst of the hustle and cares of the world you do not forget My teaching, that you but by your heart (your spirit, your inner man, your faith) you sanctify Me by keeping my Word, that is, My commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Seek My Kingdom and My righteousness and all the things you seek are added to you in the flow of the Blessing.

My servant Paul explained that fear of the LORD is having as your ambition, whether on earth or in Heaven, to be pleasing to Me. 2 Corinthians 5:6-11. And I am well pleased when you keep My Word because I desire above all for you to prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers. And your soul prospers when you are walking in the truth, and walking in the truth is walking in My Word which gives you wisdom, knowledge and understanding from above, that is, from Me, and all good things given and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from Me, the Father who lights all your lamps (spirits) and anoints you for good works prepared for you in advance. “Fear of the LORD,” simply put, means you love Me and have found that My Word is good and there is great reward in keeping My Word, now and forever.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8.

And today’s Life Lesson in My instructions on living days of Heaven on earth is “Fear of the LORD.” “Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.” Psalm 25:12-14. Sounds like days of Heaven on earth.

“How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast. The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up and the skies drip with dew. My son, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:14-26.

The “fear of the LORD,” which My Son spoke of as worship of the LORD, Matthew 4:10, is a profound respect and honor for Me that is born out of a relationship of love and gratitude for who I am to you and what I have done for you in Christ Jesus your Lord. It is reverence for and awe of My Person and My attributes and power. But most of all it is a fervent desire on your part to keep yourself faithful and pure in order that our relationship will be unhindered so that we can enjoy sweet uninterrupted fellowship. My secrets, the depths of My heart, are shared with those who fear Me. Honor Me and I honor you.

I told Moses that when My people settled in the land I was giving them, they would ask for and take a king to rule over them. In order for the king to keep his heart right so that he could rule the people in a beneficial manner and not for his own glory and self-indulgence and gain, I directed that the king, when he was established on the throne, was to write for himself a copy of the Torah on a scroll from the one in the presence of the Levitical priests. This scroll was to be with him and he was to read it all the days of his life, that he would learn to fear Me, the LORD his God, by carefully observing all the words of this Torah and My statutes, that his heart would not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he would not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons would continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel. Deuteronomy 17:18-20. I did not tell the king to read books everyday on how to govern wisely or on war strategies because the answer to all those is in My Word and in My prophets which I sent to the kings. And by His blood My Son has released you from your sins and made you kings and priests unto Me. And I have given you the Holy Spirit that you may prophesy among other gifts and revelations.

My eye is on those who fear Me, on those who hope for My lovingkindness. Psalm 33:18.

Fear of the LORD is keeping My commands and Words and living to please Me rather than people. It is not wrong to please people, in fact, all My commandments are about living and releasing My goodness into the earth, but if pleasing people, such as was the case with Daniel and the three Hebrews who were captured with Him, would demand them to bow to another “god,” they refused to do so. Loyalty is part of fear of the LORD.

There are many heavenly and earthly benefits to living the “fear of the LORD,” I extend My lovingkindness upon those who fear the LORD and their children, Psalm 103:17. I shower those with blessings who fear Me. Psalm 128:1. It prolongs your life and gives you strong confidence. Proverbs 10:27; Proverbs 14:26. It is a fountain of life that one may avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27. It leads to life so that you may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil. Proverbs 19:23. And the reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life. Proverbs 22:4. Days of Heaven on earth.

Psalm 34 is an entire teaching on how to live the “fear of the LORD,” and reap all the benefits thereof. And within that psalm there lies specific instructions on how to practice the fear of the LORD: “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:11-14.

Here again you see the elements of staying in the flow of Heaven on earth, stay in peace (seek it and pursue it), keep on the path of the good deeds I prepared for you in advance in Christ Jesus (depart from evil and do good), and give thanks (keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit). Do not call good evil and evil good, as has become the worldly norm today. When you call murder (whether under the banner of “choice” or “death with dignity”) good and life giving, and you call pure living free from perversion and sexual immorality restrictive and not allowing for personal preference you are far out of fear of the LORD and totally out of the heavenly flow. If you do these things the devil will be sure to make your life becomes hell on earth as you advance in years in these things which I call evil even if your laws call them good and persecute those who try to oppose such legislation. Be careful about what you hear and agree with, it could stop you from finishing the plan I have for your life on earth and losing your reward. It would also rob you of living days of Heaven on the earth. You must understand the devil is the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy, no matter how many slogans and beautiful words that mimic Mine he wraps his package in. He is a liar and he deceives the whole world, but I expect you who know Me and walk in fear of the LORD to have wisdom in these things. Wisdom from on High.
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and strife (from selfish, worldly based, ambition) in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and strife exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:14-18.

Consider again the counsel I give through My psalmist David in Psalm 34: “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:11-14.

First you see that “fear of the LORD” can only be taught to those who are My children, those who are in Covenant with Me. And it fulfills the desire to have a good life, a long satisfying life filled with good that just keeps going into eternity (length of days) where you see the good fruit of a life well lived and enjoy it even now. You eat the fruit of your lips. So you see the first step is to put a curb on your mouth, “keep our tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” And to do this you must guard your heart as to your thoughts for your mouth will speak from the abundance of your heart. You must check your thoughts and take every wayward thought that is harming your heavenly flow captive and shut it out. Fire that employee, so to speak. Do not let that thought remain to dwell in your house by keeping your attention on it, whether it be fear of pain, disease, financial harm or anxiety or lust or perversion, whatever Satan has aimed at your mind with his fiery darts, for you are My house and a temple of the Holy Spirit. When you guard and keep My Words that means to Me you love Me, and I come and make My home with you and so does My Son. John 14:23. That is a promise. And that makes the devil stay out. He cannot dwell with Me, you cannot open your heart to his words and Mine, you must serve one or the other.

And speaking evil means lies, slander, gossip, impurity, complaining, lack of gratitude, insults, angry words, rude speech, demeaning remarks, and the like, but it also means speaking worry and saying things are okay that I say are not. What you bind on earth has been bound in Heaven and what you loose on earth has been loosed in Heaven. The Israelites just thought they were telling it like it was when they spied out the land I had PROMISED to give them but they spoke contrary to My promise to give them the land. At first they said the land was filled with beauty, fruitfulness and abundance as I had told them and that there were giants in the land with large walled cities, both of which I had told them and were true, but I had promised to give them the cities and the houses and the vineyards that they did not build or furnish or plant. But then they gave what I called an evil report. They said they would not be able to conquer the people for they saw themselves as grasshoppers before them and concluded that My Words were not true that I had deceived them to bring them into the land to kill them. The declared they would rather have died in the desert or gone back to the slavery of Egypt than enter the land I gave them and die.

My Will was to give it to them, their Will was not to receive it and their Will won over Mine. By YOUR words you acquitted and by YOUR words you are condemned. Death and life are in the power (hand) of the tongue. What do you want to take with the hand of your tongue? Before you is good and evil, life and death, the blessing and the curse, which will you declare over yourself and your loved ones? Be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise if you want days of Heaven on earth. It is not all up to Me, for My Will is to give you the Kingdom. But not everyone is receiving it.

Next I counsel you, “Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Often in the day you will have choices before you whether to be offended or forgive, whether to respond in a calm way or go into a dramatic presentation of such emotions as anger, fear, strife, worry or woe. This is often called “venting” to another or giving yourself a release, but it is not a release, it will put you into further bondage to your emotions and give the devil a foothold into your life. Be careful about this. A calm answer stops an angry dispute. Also be careful about what people call little “white” lies, all lying is from the devil and if you want the flow of Heaven in your life keep such out of your mouth. Be careful about misleading statements as well, which are not really lies but get the person hearing to believe other than what is the truth. And if you are involved in addictive behaviors, immorality, cheating, stealing, or any other thing contrary to My Word you must cut it out of your life with My help and grace or you will NEVER have days of Heaven on earth. Remember, if you desire to change I can help you to do so. I am present as your helper.

Be a person of peace. Not of compromise with the world but with a mission to save the world. I give you instruction on this, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19. And again, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” Hebrews 12:14-15.

But I do tell you if another will not receive your message or live with you in peace, shake the dust from your feet and move on. But always ask Me about it and I will give you the solution of what to do that will turn out good for you and for all. There are often many ways you could go in any given situation but only one is the best and that is the way I will show you, for there are ways that look right to a man but will end in death. Be careful how you live, not as foolish men but as wise. You need to walk in the fear of the LORD for that is the beginning of wisdom. And the path of the righteous is like the rising dawn that keeps getting brighter and brighter until the perfect day as you walk the Way.

And one more very important point. I have given you the provision to live the great benefits of the “fear of the LORD.” I provide it for you as a gift of My Spirit: “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD, and He will delight in the fear of the LORD.” Isaiah 11:1-3. I have given you this gift in Jesus, the same Spirit is resting on you. Receive.

I love you. And please look back to the solution given in Psalm 34: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:1-4. And that will be our next Life Lesson: Worship.