I have seen men mightily used of the Spirit who were later put on the shelf by God. The Lord told them, “I’m sorry, son. I love you. I forgive you. My mercy will come through for you, but I can’t use you right now.”
To me, this is one of the most dreadful things that could ever happen. It happened to Saul, the king of Israel. “Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue…” (1 Samuel 13:13-14, NKJV). What sad words!
God told the king, “Saul, you could have had my blessing in your life continually. I had great plans for you, but you wouldn’t deal with your sin. You became bitter and hardhearted.” That’s the end result when you continue in sin. You become barren and fruitless.
The Word declares, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27). Those who desire to walk in the fear of God will soon be led into the full revelation of the promises and provisions that God has made available for us.
Perhaps God is dealing with you about your sin right now. He has shot his arrows of conviction in your heart. Don’t panic! That’s a gift from God. He’s planting his divine power in you, teaching you, “Only through holy fear will you depart from your sin.”
What exactly does it mean to walk in the fear of the Lord? In short, it means reminding yourself of his warnings. It means allowing the Holy Ghost to bring your sins out into the open for you to acknowledge and cast away. In doing this, he’s laying the foundation to fulfill every one of God’s promises to you.
The book of Acts tells us, “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied” (Acts 9:31). Do you see the writer’s point here? As these first-century Christians walked in the fear of God, they received the comfort of the Holy Spirit. We can know the same comfort too.