The Power of Reverence
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Hebrews 5:7, 8 KJV)
I remember growing up as a child and not being born again. I recall watching television programs that were inundated with fear. Such movies programmed the thinking of my siblings and myself to function from fear and terror. I remember watching certain programs and when it was time to go to sleep as a child I would be terrified. I'd stay awake half the night and when I did get to sleep I would have nightmares.
After getting born again I had to unlearn these terrifying thoughts and memories because I had discovered that God is Love ( 1st John 4:8 ) and Love and fear can't cohabit ( 1st John 4:18 ). I found out that Fear is absolutely adverse to Love and just like when you come into a dark room and turn on the light switch darkness immediately leaves; in like manner when you and I get a revelation of Gods love the Love Light switch comes on and darkness ( Fear ) leaves immediately!
Here in these verses we see the Lord Jesus operating in this Bible Fear which is the opposite of the fear that the world programs in you and I. We actually were never meant to experience or live in fear because we were created in the Image of Love ( Genesis 1:26-28 ). The word fear used here In Greek language is the word (yoo-lab'-i-ah) meaning reverence or piety. To have reverence for someone is to be awe struck or to have great respect for. It reminds me when we meet someone of great significance such as the president or a very popular artist or athlete.
Not that any of them are the best example to use for reverence but I know you will get the point.
Jesus had a consistent lifestyle of reverence. I like to say that he was absolutely dependent upon the father. He stayed in that place of awe and respect and it kept him listening and obeying every instruction of the Holy Spirit. I love what Isaiah chapter 11 says about Jesus
" And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord : and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: (Isaiah 11:2, 3 KJV)".
Wow Jesus was of Quick understanding in the fear of God. He would instantly obey. This is what the Holy Spirit is developing in every born again child of God. He wants us to grow in reverence because reverence is a supernatural weapon that we can operate in to protect us from the enemy ( Hebrews 5:7-8 ).
Lastly, how do we develop this reverence? How do we perfect it? Well in psalms 119:38 NASB version the writer says " Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You. WOW!!, do you mean that packaged within the word of God is Reverence for him? Absolutely correct.... The more we meditate Gods word , the more we grow and develop in reverence. So get in the word today, meditate, confess, pray, muse, chew the word over and over and allow it to break down in your thinking until it converts into reverence. Make a decision to be prompt in obeying every little prompting of the Holy Spirit and remember he will lead you and prompt you with his word ( John 16:13 ).
Confession for Day 3 of our 21 Day Fast
Father in the name of Jesus I declare that I am just like Jesus, I am of quick understanding in the Fear of God. I declare today that I submit to prayer and I submit to meditating your word. I absolutely depend upon you. I obey every little prompting of the Holy Spirit. I thank you for your grace and anointing that is working in and on me. I am in awe of you and your word , and I am daily developing and growing in this supernatural principle of reverence in Jesus name , Amen.
Other scriptures to Meditate
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: (Hebrews 12:28 KJV)
Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. (Acts 9:31 KJV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalms 111:10 KJV)