For the last week or so, God has been running a motif in my world. People who love God and who are trying to do the right thing and help those in need being met with bullying, intimidation, harassment, slander and flat out persecution. So I thought it a good time to post this:
Fear God Only
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.
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.
The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?
Is not your fear of God your confidence and the integrity of your ways your hope?
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
1 John 4:18-19
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
We love, because He first loved us.
Exodus 1:17, 20
But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
You shall fear only the Lord your God;
And you shall worship and swear by his name.
You shall fear the Lord your God;
You shall serve Him and cling to Him and you shall swear by His name.
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.
It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.
ALL THESE ARE COMMANDMENTS
“…When we turn our hearts toward God, all our fears are consumed by one fear. We are called to Fear God Only. There is an important reason for this. What we fear is what we are subject to; our fears define our master. Where there is no fear, there is no control.
When we fear God and God only, we are not longer bound by all of the other fears that would hold us captive. The fear of death, the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, [the fear of loss], the fear of insignificance – all of the fears that know us by name and haunt us in the dark of the night become powerless when we know the fear of the Lord. And if this is not enough, we discover that perfect love casts out all fear. Not even God will hold us or control us by fear. When we fear Him we in essence begin to live a life where we are fearless.
The freedom to love and the freedom from fear make the Wonder Women an entirely different species within the whole of humanity.”
-Erwin McManus, The Barbarian Way
How then do we begin to fear God?
1. Enter His presence and worship Him!
Isaiah 6:1-8 – the loving servant Christ that serves in Philippians 2 is the same Majestic God that we see being worshipped on high in Isaiah. Let us not loose sight of the majesty and power of God shown to us in the Old Testament as we commune with Jesus who walked among us.
2. Obey Him!
John 14:21, 23-24, 26
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
3. Repeat all day, every day and live the abundant life He died to give you!
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out …
The Spirit Himself testifies with out spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
The Spirit of God
That raised Christ from the dead,
Lives in you!
Exercise of the week:
Choose one or two verses on fear that speak the loudest to your heart.
What are you afraid of?
In your personal journal, write down your fears, leaving a large margin on the bound side of the page. When you are done, tear the page out and burn it, give your fears to God, leaving the margin in the book as a reminder that you used to be afraid of some stuff. Write your memory verse on the margin.
Take as long as you need to. Some do it in a day. It took me a week and a half.