All The Day Long

Proverb 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

There was a time in our country, America, when the general custom to speak of a Christian Believer as a “God fearing man (or woman).” The fear of the Lord is the main characteristic lacking in the unsaved as described in both the Old Testament (Psalm 36:1) and the New Testament (Romans 3:18).

The sin ruled human heart longs for self sovereignty. It values independence and refuses to accept the position of dependency upon God. It takes courage and humility to admit dependence and to acknowledge the existence of God as Supreme. The fear of the Lord on the other hand holds God in high regard and has humility to admit that God has a claim on their life, that they are a dependent, and are willing to give God His proper claim.

The fear of the Lord is not a phobic fear or tormenting fear but conveys positive tones of respect, honor, and obedience to a God Who deserves recognition and reverence all day long. It is not an intermittent, occasional, or temporary attitude. It is a consciousness and constant awareness of always living before Him in complete submission to His gracious rule.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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