Who are the ones you fear? These are the people who feel powerful with authority over you, and the enemy of our souls is the chief among them. As children of God versus children of the wold, they have no authority over you – if Christ is your Lord, He takes authority over everyone else – because He is in control. When you feel fearful, you need to have a reincheck to ensure that you have not allowed your life to be controlled by any other.
Fear thrives in the dark alleys of the mind. It hides in the corners and the shadows. It’s always there feeding at the trough of anger, resentment, jealousy, self-doubt, criticism, comparison and complaint. Fear increases you stress – it frazzles (exhausts) you. (Source unknown)
Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding or freezing from traumatic events. Fear may occur in response to a specific stimulus happening in the present, or tosituation, which is perceived as risk to health or life, status, power, security, or in the case of humans wealth or anything held valuable. The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to confrontation with or escape from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis. (Wikipedia)
The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean to be afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverential awe of God; a reverence for His power and glory. However, it is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.
“Fear of the Lord” in ancient times means “respect” but merely being “fearful” COULD be respect OR could be actual fear, which comes from finally realizing you messed up and are fearing the consequences.
IF you are justified then you shouldn’t be fearful because you will not endure the second death. However, if you realize at some point, towards the end of the world OR when you die..that you “missed the boat” so to speak THEN you have reason to be fearful. So in this this context we have . fearful , actually fearing for your soul. as opposed to having respect for God. God MAY try to comfort them and/or be nice about it, who knows. BUT no matter how nice he is about it.. at some point..they know where they are headed..so this is where the fear might set in.
How far you allow fear to grip you will affect the quality of your life. God never intended for you to be fearful. He gave man the authority over all the earth He had created and saw it as good… until man sinned and the penalty of sin gripped man at every turn. He was asked to atone for his sin and Christ’s atonement for our sins was that requirement met. Till then fear of plagues, famines, earthquakes, storms and every kind of danger forced man to see the feared face of death.
Was there disobedience, covetousness, jealousy, anger, dis appointment they were reflections of the fear of imperfect relationships, bringing fear, murder, slander, brokenness, abuse and slavery to the fearful and the feared.
Do you face fear at every turn in life from morning to night?
Fear that you will not wake up and life will end before you are ready for the end?
Fear that you will not perform on the job or in the home so that you disappoint your boss, your family and those you love – with these producing less than maximum returns in income, in wholesome family relationships with spouse, children and extended family?
Fear that you will lose your job?
Fear that you will have not enough to pay your next bill?
Fear that you will not be able to look after yourself in your senior years, alone and hungry?
Fear that you will lose the roof over your head?
What does the Word of God say about fear and the cause of fear?
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8
Who are the fearful here?
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. The “fearful” is the one who failed to “overcome” (out of fear). It is not speaking of everyone who has ever been afraid of something: but, rather, those whose fear has led them to reject Jesus (as did Peter after Gethsemane). Revelation is full of opportunity – during the “tribulation” – for fear to cause the fearful to reject their faith and their salvation and to serve evil instead.
” If we practice sin willfully after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left, but there is a certain fearful expectation of judgment and there is a fiery jealousy that is going to consume those in opposition.”—Heb. 10:26, 27
It is essential that justice be carried out in the universe for the sake of peace and order in behalf of those who want to do what is right.—Ps. 145:20.
Jehovah is not a ruler who is going to let crime and criminals continue to run rampant, taking away all peace and joy of living from law-abiding people. Neither is God harsh, so that there is no help for those who want to change their ways. (1 Tim. 2:3, 4) He allows full and fair opportunity for all. Those who go into the “lake of fire,” which is the “second death,” actually choose everlasting death rather than life, of their own free will and accord, because they selfishly violate the laws of the Universal Sovereign.
He rightly requires respect and exclusive devotion. This cleaning out of such hardened rebels is the only way the universe can have peace. May all who want life learn about Jehovah’s ways so as to have their names written in the “book of life” for everlasting happiness is essential that justice be carried out in the universe for the sake of peace and order in behalf of those who want to do what is right.—Ps. 145:20.
Courage is standing up in the presence of fear, the list is describing the heart of an unbeliever and fear of comitting to God is one of the most common excuses people have for not chosing to follow Christ. The outline is not condemning the emotion of fear; it is describing those who have rejected God.It takes a lot of courage to stand up for God. It takes a lot of courage to come TO God. Some people are fearful because they think their life is going to change and they won’t like it. They won’t get to party it up anymore, no more sleeping around…all the things that the un-churched finds “fun”…well, God may not think it’s so cool.
To be continued in Parts 2 and 3