Live As Though God Is Sitting On Your Shoulder!

Series: #OWP - Obsessed With Proverbs

March 12, 2017 | Tom Dunham
Passage: Proverbs 1:7

Live As Though God Is Sitting On Your Shoulder!


The fear of the LORD is beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

We make mistakes and have regrets when we act as though no one sees.

The fear of the Lord: The continual awareness that I am in the presence of a holy, just, and almighty God, and that every thought, word, and deed is open before Him. Or, more simply: “God sees me!”

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

To live as though God is sitting on my shoulder is to listen to my conscience – which is quickened as I read read/memorize the Bible.

  • Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
  • But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

Benefits of living as though God is sitting on my shoulder:

  • Longer life – The fear of the LORD prolongs day … 10:27
  • Less sin - … by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. 16:6

Þ In fact, we will actually grow to hate sin: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil … 8:13

  • Abundant living – The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death. 14:27
  • Confidence & protection in life – In the FOTL there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. 14:26
  • Blessing for our children – The righteous man walks in his integrity (FOTL); his children are blessed after him. 20:7
  • Riches, honor, and life – By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life. 22:4
  • Praise for the godly wife - … a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 31:30

The importance for a thorough education … … see also Romans 1:21-23

He feared man so little because he feared God so much.

Inscription at the grave of John Lawrence – Westminster Abbey

“That one day I will have to give account of myself to God.”

Daniel Webster, when asked, “What is the greatest single thought that ever occupied your mind?”


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