God does not want His children living in fear.“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3).However, God does want His children to have a proper respect and reverence for Him.We are told in many places in Scripture to “fear God.”
This Week’s Passage~“Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused.So he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, ‘Whoever does not go out with Saul and Samuel to battle, so it shall be done to his oxen.’And the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent” (1 Samuel 11:6-7).
Fearing God Results in Salvation~“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).“A wise person fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16).This does not mean the Christian is to live a fearful life—but a life which reverences God and seeks to do His will.
Fearing God Results in Fearlessness~“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).The answer is: only God.With the gift of salvation comes responsibility.
Fearing God Results in Witnessing~“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16).
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