Replacing fear, with the fear of God. Why do I write that title that way? Well, I want to explain, because fear, sometimes, can be very unhealthy. Yet, there is healthy fear.
And the fear of God, I believe is one of the healthiest fears we can partake in, because it can keep us out of trouble it can remind us, not to sin, it can remind us, that there are consequences to sin, and that God, is not mocked, and that if we fear Him, we can avoid many troubles. We can ensure our Salvation, in Christ.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE; BUT FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND INSTRUCTION. Proverbs 1:7 King James.
I have seen unhealthy fear in my lifetime, and I am older now, and if I can share this with someone, who may have fear, I would hope to help them. Because fear, can be debilitating. It can freeze you, it can stop you from making progress in life, and it can hinder you, from making a move, that might just be good for you. It weakens you, so you cannot be the best you can be.
When I was growing up, my mother, was very fearful. I see that it was contributed, by being someone who was abused by men, by people, and I see that it was contributed, by the words she spoke. She lived in fear. She was very lonely. But, she did not seek the company of a man. She was actually fearful a man would abuse me, so she did not bring a man into our household. When I was a child, I did not understand that, but now, well, I am glad she did not, and respectful to her decision in that.
I was around fear, quite a bit, so I have to admit, I absorbed some of that fear. You cannot help but not be affected by it, when others are fearful. They bring that spirit to you. She did, because she was my mother, and I learned by example.
But as I grew up, as I began to see who I am in Christ. I realized that fear, can be sin in Gods eyes. Because we take our eyes off of Him, and begin looking at circumstances, or situations, and fear. We worry. We speak negatively. These things, do have power, by the tongue, because we have power of life and death in our tongues, and we manifest things by our words. Read Proverbs 18:21 King James.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD PROLONGETH DAYS, BUT THE YEARS OF WICKED SHALL BE SHORTENED. Proverbs 10:27 King James.
I did not learn the fear of God, till a much later time in my life. I wish I had, known of it, when I was younger, because maybe I could have spared myself, my own heartache in many ways. Because I did not consider the consequences of things. I did not understand, that we reap what we sow. I did not understand, there is a price to pay, for having bad judgement.
HAVING THEREFORE THESE PROMISES, DEARLY BELOVED, LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH AND SPIRIT, PERFECTING HOLINESS IN THE FEAR OF GOD. II Corinthians 7:1 King James.
Now, I won’t debate reverence to God, and respect. Compared to the fear of God. I will reiterate, and emphasize. I FEAR GOD!
THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE WICKED SAITH WITHIN MY HEART, THAT THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE HIS EYES. Psalms 36:1 King James.
HE says it is wicked! If you don’t fear Him. So I do. Because with all my faults, I pray, He does not see wickedness in me.
God has spared me many heartaches, that could have been a lot worse, I am sure. But, it made me realize, that in order to have a peaceful spirit, I had a responsibility to watch what I did. Concerning my spirit, but in how I perceived who God is. And that scared me, because God can be ferocious. The wrath of God, can be very intimidating, to see, that you don’t mess around with God. He sees everything, He knows everything, and we cannot hide from God. I learned, not to abuse grace. Because grace is not a license to sin.
We may not pay for our sins now, (though that is questionable) but I know when we stand before God, we will all be shaking, in the sight of Him, in fear of God in His presence, knowing the book of life will be opened, and everything we did not repent for, and cover by the blood of Jesus will be revealed.
Whenever, I have done things, that affected my spirit, in bad judgment, I realize, I had a spirit of fear, that could have been avoided, if I had not done that “bad” thing.
And one needs to ask themself, am I eating fear? When I ask that, what are you eating spiritually? Are you playing with other entities? Are you, playing with Halloween, to scare yourself to be fearful? Do you read books, or see movies, that have content, to make you fear? Don’t do that, if you don’t want fear…..
When you are doing everything in your own ability, to keep Gods commandments, to walk in love, to forgive, to honor Christs sacrifice, the fear of God, naturally comes to you, so you don’t fear, other things. In fact, you may get a spirit of courage, to replace that fear.
Because I know I am on Gods side, He then is on my side.
So that gives me a boldness, and a confidence sometimes, that even amazes me…. but I trust God. I told a very wicked Pharisee spirit that, because she challenged me, and I said don’t do that! God is on my side, because I am on His side, and HE never loses a battle!
Now, I know there are some things I am courageous in, because I do fear God. And that briefly just means, there are attributes, God will give you, in the spiritual realm, that can give you courage. Because He knows, who does, and does not fear Him, and who gives lip service.
Yet, there are things, I am fearful to know with just common sense, not to play with, because there are consequences. You fear fire, you don’t jump in it, because there are consequences. You don’t dance with the devil, and then act holier than thou. Because you are wearing filthy garments…..and they stink!
The other day, a woman was trying to converse with me, concerning climate change. She had a very fearful spirit, and believes a lot of that nonsense, that I believe is a hoax, for many reasons, and mainly, because they leave God out of the equation. After all, He created the heavens and the earth. The seasons, and the climate have changed since the beginning of time. Read Genesis 8:22 King James.
But this lady, was not even understanding of that, and was frankly a voice of doom. I won’t repeat what she said, because I won’t re-plant that seed of fear, but I rebuked her. In the name of Jesus. What bothered me most about the conversation, was that she mocked the voice of my Lord, as she perceived I was a Christian.
And I just spoke up, and told her, boldly, and courageously, “Knock it off.” You’re a bully. If you really want to hear Gods voice, the voice of our Lord, Jesus, get a King James bible, and read that. So you really know Gods voice….
As you know, I support that bible because it is not changed, it is holy.
THEN SHALT THOU UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD, AND FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. Proverbs 2:5 King James.
But this is why I don’t fear, fear itself. Because I fear God, by reading His truth from my King James. And I apply His truths to my life. This keeps me in His spirit, the Holy Spirit.
FOR GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; BUT OF POWER, AND OF LOVE, AND OF A SOUND MIND. II TIMOTHY 1:7 King James.
I have learned to pray. I have learned to claim Gods promises, so I don’t fear. I would be a basket case, if I had not learned Gods ways. And sadly, as much as I loved my mother, in other things, I don’t want that fear that she had. It limited her so much in life.
Sometimes, I have been limited….. but no longer. In Christ, I am free, and free indeed. If I am limited, it is because God has put those boundaries up…. they are not meant to keep me in, but sometimes, meant to protect me. So I respect, and understand that. But I pray. I pray now, to make good decisions, and I guard my spirit in Christ, by putting on the armor of God.
BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER, AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. PHILIPPIANS 4:6 King James.
Like I said, I am older now, I look back, and see, who I was then, but so glad, I am not there any more. I believe I have a healthy out look on life, because I fear God. And if this inspires someone, then I am glad. Because you deserve happiness, but you have to see, what you are doing.
Are you contributing to your own fear, because you do not fear God?
AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. PHILIPPIANS 4:7 King James.
I truly hope, you will do your own research in this matter. Just don’t let this go in one ear, and out the other. Look up the fear of God, in a good King James bible app. Understand for yourself, how important it is to fear God. While you are at it, you will see your natural fears going away…….
Let us all remember to repent, and be humble in the sight of God. In fear of God.
Blessings, and love, in Christ,