Luke 12:4-5 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. 5“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! 6“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.â€¦
Whom do you fear this Halloween? There is a house on my street my kids avoid every year because things in the yard move and jump out at them. Is it the monsters under the bed, or the person that sucks the life out of you because they are harsh and abusive in words or deed?
Real or imagined we all have fears. I’m afraid of heights and being trapped in small spaces. I battle the fear ofÂ losing the rest of my family because of Jonathan’s death. All of these are earthly fears, and theyÂ will one day, literally, pass away. These fears often cause us to avoid God, hurt others, or hurt ourselves. Some of you live in the most painful of realities. But there is one fear that is life changing, one fear that should be more tangible than what torture life may put us through.
It is the fear of the Lord.
Unlike earthly fears, we are transformed by this relationship founded upon fear! “He is not a tame lion, but he is good.” (Mr. Beaver, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe)
Take a look at these verses:
2 Chronicles 19:7… Fear the LORD and judge with integrity, for the LORD our God does not tolerate
perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.” …
Job 28:28… He has commanded mankind: ‘To fear the Lordâ€”that is wisdom; to move away from evilâ€”that is understanding.'” …
Amos 3:8 … The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy …
Proverbs 14:27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. …
WhatÂ are the results ofÂ fearing God?
fear = strong confidence
fear = worship
fear = wisdom
fear = pure, enduring forever
fear = integrity
fear = prophesy
fear = life
Fear of God releases us from the fear of man or anything else that may intend us harm on this earth!