Proper Fear

Deuteronomy 28:9-10 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.”

Fear has been a tool of the enemy for centuries. He has held God’s people in a state of inactivity and indecision using fear as a formidable weapon. Most often, we fear because we are ignorant of the truth that refutes the lies that Satan tells us. When we don’t know the promises given to us or the truth that dispels the lies, we begin to fear.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

It is easy to live off of the faith of others.

We follow someone who we believe has faith, and we follow them; trusting they will always lead us in the right path. God never intended us to follow anyone blindly – including Himself. He places authority over us and tells us how to follow.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

That last phrase “…considering the end of their conversation.” means for us to look diligently and compare to what they say and the fruit of what they say. If what they say comes to fruition, will it honor God, or will I be in opposition?

Many do not read the Word of God enough to know what it says, let alone judge what our authority is telling us. Satan uses our ignorance to generate fear. He will use lies told by good meaning people to create a spirit of fear as well. Paul admonished a young pastor, Timothy with these words:

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

The three things to combat fear are God’s power, His love, and a mind wholly immersed in His Word. When we lack in any of these areas, Satan will use it to his advantage. You may have heard the phrase:

“What you don’t know CAN kill you.”

The verse in Hosea confirms that.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”

When fear comes, we must prepare to do battle. God has not saved us to fail. Nor will He leave us without the necessary tools to not only do battle but win!

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Not only are these promises a declaration of the battle’s outcome, but the promises given to every child of God.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”

When fear comes, we must be ready. When we can stand against it, others will see and be afraid of us. The opportunities available for us to reveal Christ to others come in ways that aren’t necessarily comfortable or easy. But we are told that we can make it through.

Israel was called upon to fear God.

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,”

God is our strength when we are weak.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

He values us highly.

Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

When fear comes, we have weapons that will see us through. God tells us to have the right fear, a reverential fear that begets obedience. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

When we battle fear rightly, we gain confidence in God. That confidence is not a hollow promise against fear but silences the noise and the voices that cause us to fear. Learn, believe, and know that you can stand against any fear that is presented. 

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

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