Storm Strong Families – Study #2

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Storm Strong Families Fear the Lord
The blessing of an aligned family
Let’s get STARTED –
The word “fear” can be variously translated. How many synonyms can you list together as a group? {someone may want to consult a Thesaurus just for fun…but have a long sheet of paper handy. J
How many of these synonyms would you say fits with what our attitude should be toward the Lord? And, do you think we should be “afraid” of the Lord?
Let’s EXPLORE in the WORD
This week’s study is simple. Discuss the passages below. You may want to look them up and understand the context in which they fall. Discover wat you can about the importance (and benefits) of fearing the Lord:
1.        Proverbs 1:7          The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
2.        Proverbs 1:29        Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
3.        Proverbs 2:5          then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
4.        Proverbs 3:7          Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
5.        Proverbs 8:13        The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
6.        Proverbs 9:10        The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
7.        Proverbs 10:27      The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
8.        Proverbs 14:2        Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
9.        Proverbs 14:26      In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
10.     Proverbs 14:27      The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
11.     Proverbs 15:16      Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
12.     Proverbs 15:33      The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
13.     Proverbs 16:6        By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
14.     Proverbs 19:23      The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
15.     Proverbs 22:4        The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
16.     Proverbs 23:17      Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
17.     Proverbs 24:21      My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,
18.     Proverbs 28:14      Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
19.     Proverbs 29:25      The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
20.     Proverbs 31:10, 30     An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels…. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Now, have each group member pick out three you think are particularly important. With whom would you like to share your discoveries?
Let’s Prioritize APPLICATION – 
What have you learned about “fearing the Lord”? In this week’s teaching, Pastor David offered 5 aspects of fearing the Lord. Review these. What are you taking away from this study that will shape your living?

Possess a deeply seated conviction that there is a Sovereign God who holds both the universe together by the word of His power and our very lives moment by moment—along with the continuing existence of all things—are immediately in His hands. (Heb. 1:3; Acts 17:25)
His passion for holiness and righteousness is a consuming fire. His love for what He has created knows no limit. He has purposed to redeem, to reconcile, and reclaim through His Son what has been lost and destroyed by sin. (Heb. 12:28-29, 2 Cor. 5:18-21)
Realize that the full expression of His presence is terrifying, overwhelming, something which no creature could survive without God’s protective grace. (Dan. 7:28, 10:17; Neh. 1:5, 4:14, 9:32: Job 37:22)
Someone who truly fears Him has taken the first, correct step toward all true knowledge. (Prov. 1:7, 29)
One who fears is dependent on a God who gives him everything; that obeying in faith is the pathway of life, and aware disobeying Him is foolishness is the pathway unto destruction. (Ps. 1, Prov. 14:28)