|Proverbs 2:1-5 |
1 My son, if you will hear [not read] and accept my words, and treasure my commands [that you hear] within your memory;
2 So that you incline your ear [listen] to wisdom and apply your heart and mind to understanding, [wisdom is spoken from the mouth of God to heard by your inclined ear, not read from a book];
3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her [wisdom] as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then shall you understand the reverential and obedient fear of the LORD,1 and find the knowledge of God.
1 The reverential and obedient fear of the Lord is not to be afraid of him punishing you, but rather to be afraid of disappointing him; for as you become acquainted with and dedicated to God, you will trust his judgment of you as totally perfect. Therefore you are obedient to all of His commands, without regard to yourself. Whatever His judgment and commands, you know they will be true and right; and always for your best interest.
However, in the beginning of your seeking God, you must understand that: 1) his fury will be inflicted on those who do not listen to him and remain in sin, and 2) walking after the selfish imagination of a man's own hearts is worse than worshipping wood or stone idols. Jer 16:11-12. Whatever you may have heard from the blind guides of Christendom, God does not tolerate sin; and God sees every thought, word, and deed of every man on the earth. There is nothing hidden from his eyes and ears.
So, woe to those who call themselves Christians who have no fear of God; who continue to sin throughout their lives, thinking Christ is their excuse to sin; who have no fear of God's wrath and punishment for continuing to sin; who fear those who kill the body, but do not fear him who can destroy the body and soul, casting them into Hell. It is not too late to wake up. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14
You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6. It is not too late to wake up.
The acts of the sinful nature include sexual immorality, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, [greed], sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, rage, selfish ambitions, pride, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries [partying], etc.
...those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21. It is not too late to wake up.
After the Lord has shown you the evil in your heart and life, and after you have departed from evil, and hate evil, and shun evil, you will eventually be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, including God's love. Then love will have been perfected in you. Then you will know no fear, because perfect love expels all fear; and your conscience will be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, purging even the memory of your guilt, so you can serve the living God. You will have boldness in the day of judgment. But you will still reverence God with awe of his power and glory; as George Fox said in his Doctrinal Book regarding godly fear - "To fear God, is not to grieve nor offend Him, but to be subject to Him and reverence Him." And that he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Luke 1:74-5