Fear Factor Part 3 of 3
Fear: a painful and unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by expectation or an awareness of danger; to be anxious; to be afraid.
When we speak words of fear, we are speaking words of death: death to our health, death to our emotional state of mind, death to our spiritual well-being…
Fear of the Lord
Psalms 89:7 NKJV
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
The word “reverence” means to regard with awe or great admiration, mingled with respect and affection, or a feeling of deep respect. To have a genuine fear or reverence for God means, when we have a choice to cuddlea spirit of fear or turn to God, we choose to turn to God.
Psalms 115:13 NKJV
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord , Both small and great.
Psalms 147:11 NKJV
11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
Psalms 34:7 NKJV
7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
Psalms 34:9 NKJV
9 Oh, fear the Lord , you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.
Acts 10:2 NKJV
2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.
1. We are devout or devoted to God.
2. We have a godly influence on those around us.
3. We are givers.
4. We will pray a lot.
II Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Fear of Death
Hebrews 2:15 NKJV
15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
It’s interesting that the word of God tells us fear and bondage go hand-in-hand. There is no such thing as having a fear that does not result in bondage. Fear leads to bondage in relationships. It leads to bondage in our personal life. It leads to bondage in our spiritual life. It leads to bondage in our minds.
Can you picture God waiting expectantly for us and even excitedly for us, while on this side we are crying out, “Why God? This isn’t fair!” We’re crying out words of fear.
The Bible says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
Man rightly fears death apart from Christ. It is a just and certain punishment and it is the entrance into a life of separation from God for all who are not born again.
Men who do not have faith in God fear death. They dread it. They live their lives in the bondage of this fear of death.
Christians no longer fear death because of their faith in Christ Jesus. Death is a defeated foe. Paul looked at death as deliverance—as a promotion.
Rick Warren says, “Death, for Christians, is a transfer, a promotion. It’s on to better things. No more problems. You’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die. You don’t know how to live until you’re ready to die. Only a fool would go all through life totally unprepared for something that everybody knows is inevitable. You’re going to die—someday. If you have accepted Christ, then you’re going to go to heaven. You’ll be released from pain, from sorrow, from suffering, from depression, from fear.”
Revelation 21:4 NKJV
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
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