INFEMI SOE 2015 (Day 2) – The Fear Of God: INFEMI Sermon By Bishop Mulumbi
After these events, God tested and proved Abraham and said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. [God] said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I will tell you. So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and then began the trip to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. And Abraham said to his servants, Settle down and stay here with the donkey, and I and the young man will go yonder and worship and come again to you. Then Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on [the shoulders of] Isaac his son, and he took the fire (the firepot) in his own hand, and a knife; and the two of them went on together. And Isaac said to Abraham, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. [Isaac] said, See, here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt sacrifice? Abraham said, My son, God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering. So the two went on together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there; then he laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took hold of the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham! He answered, Here I am. And He said, Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear and revere God, since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son. Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son! So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided. The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time And said, I have sworn by Myself, says the Lord, that since you have done this and have not withheld [from Me] or begrudged [giving Me] your son, your only son, In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies, And in your Seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice.Genesis 22:1-18 (AMP)
We are in the season of open doors where God is creating a passageway for His people to move them from where they are to where they need to be.
This mountain we are ascending as believers is an atmosphere that God is calling us to break through.
God will never do anything. He has already done everything. All that is yours is ordained and already there for you. All you need is to enter into an atmosphere to access what is yours.
Every time when God called men in the Bible into the mountain or into His presence, there was a voice. A voice calls you into the mountain, another voice ministers to you in the mountain and then a voice releases you from the mountain.
The voice that speaks in the mountain deals with your heart. We have a problem of the heart.
The things is, the world is looking for a good Samaritan, a man with a good heart. Not a talented man. But that heart has to be made and formed in the presence of God.
God was checking on Abraham’s heart to see if he had the fear of God. If we have the fear of God, we will never miss to become who God has ordained us to be.
The fear of God is not abstaining from things that are wrong. That is performance. The fear of God is a heart expression. It is personal like praise and worship.
You will express yourself to God (in worship or praise) according to the revelation that you have of Him. This is why it is not right to discredit someone else’s expression.
God called Abraham to a mountain that He would show him so that he may sacrifice his son. Key words: a mountain that He would show him.
There are many mountains and atmospheres but God is calling you to a particular mountain and atmosphere so that He can minister to you before He can release you into your next level and inheritance.
You can never break into an atmosphere that you do not perceive. Perceiving the atmosphere is the only way to access and break into it.
There are places where God only calls you alone. Places where He only needs you. It is personal. Serving God is too personal. If you do not personalize it, you will not be able to reach where God needs you to be.
When Abraham reached the mountain, he built an altar. An altar is a place of acknowledging God. It is a place of worship. Everywhere an altar is built becomes a gate to heaven. Everywhere an altar was built, the people were able to reach God.
Abraham killed his son and burnt him. This is because he was resolute to kill his son. God had to stop him because he knew that in Abraham’s heart, he had killed Isaac and burned him in his heart even without it happening in the natural.
It is not about the act. It is about the heart.
God does not look at the act, He looks at the heart. The heart does not lie.
There is a place on the mountain that God will test your heart. It is in an atmosphere where He will check to see if you fear Him because the promise and inheritance He has for you is at stake.
Forgetting God can only happen inside your heart. (Deuteronomy 8)
1. Fear means to give God the place or position in your heart that you cannot give to anyone else – not your possessions, not your wife/husband, or children.
This generation will succeed when they find out that God is the most important thing in their life; when there is nothing in the world that can compare to Him.
What is lacking in the house of God is a people that are sold out unto Him. A people that never compare God to anything else. A people’s hearts that are settled in giving God a position in their hearts that is irreplaceable.
If you want to see supernatural visitation in your life, if you want God to be so real to you, give Him a place in your heart that you cannot give anyone else.
We are failing because the world is fighting for our hearts. Things are fighting for your heart.
The greatest war inside your heart is not between God and the devil. It is between God and the things of the world.
Everybody wants to be famous. Everybody wants to be powerful. But we need to make a choice to give God a position in our heart that cannot be replaced. A position in our heart that will be set apart to God no matter what we have or receive.
2. Fear means to value.
What you value, you invest in.
The things one studies in their life are because of what one thinks is valuable.
Fearing God means to value Him more than anything else in the world.
People who fear God don’t need to be taught how to invest their time, energy, money, etc in God.
The struggle we have in the Church is because we don’t understand how to fear God. No one can see you fearing God. It is only God that can identify if you are fearing Him.
In God, you can be everything you wanted to be. A man can have nothing unless it is given to him by God.
We are a generation that is supposed to affect this generation and the next generation. But we need a foundation.
Religion is conformity to a discipline or belief. You can conform to something but it has no power to change you. It is a form of godliness lacking the power to change you.
True Christianity births an attitude of honour in your heart. This is important because your foundation determines how far you go.
A generation of a free people that do not know God will cause their freedom to destroy them. Freedom and liberality without control will destroy you. That is why God gave us freedom and principles to keep and maintain our freedom.
Democracy excludes God. It is for the people and by the people. This is demonic.
Liberty without control is madness. It destroys the community and church. That is why the church does not like a strict preacher.
If there is anything that will bring success in your life, it is having the fear of God.
3. Fear means to honour.
It is an attitude of respect toward God.
God is looking for hearts that honour Him. Honour is an attitude of the heart. It is not what you do. You can bow without honour.
There is a place you will not go without honour.
There are a people that God has ordained to walk you into an atmosphere. If you do not know how to walk with them, you will miss out on all that the atmosphere carries.
Those that honour God also honour the vessel of God. They do not need to be taught how to honour a vessel of God.
The ultimate position in Abraham’s heart was occupied by God. He valued God more than Isaac. If he lost God, Isaac could not give him God. But if he lost Isaac, God could give him another Isaac.
Your money, your position, your wife/husband cannot give you God. But God can give you all those things. God can give you everything you need. This is only known in a place where you have a revelation of God without being introduced to Him by anything else.
The mountain, this atmosphere, will test your heart before you walk into all that is yours (your inheritance).
Men don’t become proud or arrogant. They are already proud and arrogant but without an opportunity to express it.
You will never know people until they sit in a place of authority or power.
Every man in the Bible who sat on the throne before God worked on their heart introduced another form of worship. They brought about chaos and slavery upon their people.
Ask God to deal with you on the mountain before you access your inheritance. Ask for the anointing that consecrates you to give you a new heart.
If God seats you in the place of authority and power without working on your heart, you will destroy people that you are supposed to save.
The fear of God will give you a new heart.
God will not judge you for what people do to you but what you do to them. You are accountable to God.
Experience can never deliver anyone. It is His counsel.
What is destroying the Church is the tradition of men. Do not mix your tradition with the word of God.
When men submit to the whole counsel of God, the counsel of God will solve everything in their life.
May God deal with you in His presence so that when He blesses you, He may not lose you. Don’t like the blessing more than the blesser. What possesses you controls you.
If you think what you have is what makes you, then you do not know who you are.
There is a grace that you access on the prophetic mountain that causes you not to lack on the mountain.
The only thing that can take you into captivity and cause trouble in your life is your heart.
God is concerned about your heart. He is jealous for your heart. Allow Him to deal with your heart on the mountain so that you can be able to access your inheritance.