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What does the Bible say about fear?

Discussion in 'Bible Chat' started by Chad, Mar 22, 2010.

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  1. What does the Bible say about fear?

    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 acknowledgment of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.

    Fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace, and contentment (Proverbs 19:23). It is the fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).

    Thus, one can see how fearing God should be encouraged. However, the second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is not beneficial at all. This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God.

    However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “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). No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing throughout the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”

    For example, Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Often we fear the future and what will become of us. But Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds of the air, so how much more will He provide for His children? “So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Just these few verses cover many different types of fear. God tells us not to be afraid of being alone, of being too weak, of not being heard, and of lacking physical necessities. These admonishments continue throughout the Bible, covering the many different aspects of the “spirit of fear.”

    In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 NKJV).

    Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence “…let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11).
  2. Excellent post!

    Up until a couple days ago I wasn't aware of what Job went through until I saw the sermon posted below.

    You guys should check it out. It's extremely powerful and deals with the hardship that job had went through and also the diabolical mind of Satan.

    Go to youtube and search " The Invisible War - Steve lawson "
  3. Our flesh mind does fear God at times ?
    Our Spirit born of God does not!

    Our Spirit only wants to serve Him as perfect as it can!
    Our flesh mind has the thoughts from our old spirit[old man]

    nothing will ever be perfect 100% of the time in these bodies!
    It a daily battle , controlling them though our spirit , to some degree?

    That is why Paul said ? He died daily!
    God knows it and has mercy on us! Outwardly, We are never perfect , inwardly, we are!

    We have have problems in our flesh!

    Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
    Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

    Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

    Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
    Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
    Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
    Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
    Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
    Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
    Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
    Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

    Its always our Faith , that is under Attack!

    God wants us to know Him personal . Then we will not!
    doubt can and will cause us to fear!

    Fear and lies go hand in hand!

    Love and Faith go hand in hand!
  4. Here's one of my favorite scriptures concerning this topic.
    Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? NASB
  5. Amen Chad

    my life scripture Romans 14:8 thanks Chad.
  6. Yes, anything is possible with God. He can do anything
    and everything! So why then, shall I fear the deeds of people?
    I am so happy that God has taken away the dark memories of
    my past, and running to my Heavenly Father, has made me
    strong, and he has given me the courage to not be afraid of
    the dark days of my life. And from now on, God is the one
    I will run to in times of trouble and sorrow. My strength comes from
    God and God alone. Without Him, I would be weak and scared.
    I am so glad to have a refuge! And this has taught me so much more
    about the subject...I shall pray for those who have not found Jesus.
    I can only imagine how lonely and afraid of life these people are
    without the hope, promises, and welcoming arms of the Father!
  7. Many God-haters look at the Old Testament verses that say "Fear God" and see only the modern one-sided definition of "fear". They use that interpretation to picture Him as an evil cosmic tyrant when, in fact, He is supremely loving, patient, and generous.

  8. I've had the incident happen to me once.
    So many of those who hearts have not been opened to God
    only see small verses and use that in their testimony, but
    they fail to look at the big picture. And when I read them the whole
    chapter instead of just one of the verses, they realize how wrong they were. Good thing our job is to help people understand God, and
    what He is all about :)
  9. "The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:5-6

    His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:10-11

    The fear of the Lord is called "the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10). It is also the starting place for humility. This is not a fear that causes us to hide from God, but an awe of His power and holiness which causes us to see our lives in the right perspective (Hebrews 12:28-29).

    "Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" 1 Corinthians 7:1.
  10. How many of us as children were told, "don't throw the ball in the house, you're going to break something", only to throw the ball in the house and break something? Then you feel the fear and dread in the pit of your stomach, knowing you were going to have to tell your parents what you did. Your deep love for your parents didn't go away in the midst of your fear, your fear and shame came from the fact that you disappointed them.

    Mark 10:15
    Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

    I think this is the same type of fear that is spoken of when we're told to fear God. Jesus hits on the trust and innocence of children towards their parents - how much more should our trust and faith be in our God, especially in light of Matt: 10:28.

    Matthew 10:28
    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

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