THE FEAR OF THE LORD

My great desire is to see men become strong in the Lord by dwelling in thesecret place, which is known to all who fear Him. Now, there are two kinds of fear. One fear involves being afraid of God. I hope you are not there. Unbelievers are there. But the believer should desire, rather, to die than to grieve God by fearing Him in this way.

Fellowship with God, peace, and power — this is God’s will for us, so don’t fear that it isn’t. No price is too great to pay to have it. It is our inheritance. Christ purchased it for us. Through Him we have the covering of the presence of the Almighty. What a covering the unfolding of His will is!

The secret place of the Lord is with those who fear Him in the second way: with respect and honor. Moses knew something about it. He feared God and said to Him, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” (Exodus 33:15 ).

Oh, to dwell in the secret place, His presence! What will this presence do? It will dare us to believe all God says; assisting us to lay hold of the promises. We will have God so indwelling us that we will become a force, a power of God’s abiding, until the time death is swallowed up in victory!

We have a great salvation filled with inspiration. It has no limitations; it makes known the immeasurable wonders of God. If you are in the experience of verse 1, here is an added substance of faith for you. (It is a fact. And you need to have facts, inward facts, instead of “fearings” or feelings, because you will be beyond anyone’s argument when you have
them.)

There are those who proclaim, “I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge andmy fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:2 ). Who will say it? He that abideth! He who abides in the Lord knows he can trust in the Lord to protect him from harm.

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