Acts 19:17 – Fear of God Leading to Honor of God

Context: God was doing extraordinary miracles at the hands of Paul.  Several itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to cast out demons with the name of Jesus, and the demons came on them saying, “Jesus I know and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”

Acts19:17: “When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.”

Observations:

  • When this became known – story of being ill-equipped for the power and dangers involved in spiritual warfare…
  • …Fear led to the name of the Lord Jesus being held in “high honor.”
  • Proverbs 1:7 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Application:  I want to be driven by a healthy fear of the Lord.  I must be aware of the supernatural battle I am a part of and seek to stay close to the only One, Jesus, who gives victory.

How would you define a healthy fear of God?

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