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Fear and What the Bible teaches

September 1, 2009

Gen_9:2; Gen_14:23; Gen_15:1; Gen_20:11; Gen_21:17; Gen_22:12; Gen_26:24; Gen_31:42; Gen_31:53; Gen_32:11; Gen_35:17; Gen_42:18; Gen_44:34; Exo_9:30; Exo_14:13; Exo_18:21; Exo_20:20; Lev_25:17; Num_14:9; Num_21:34; Num_22:3; Deu_1:17; Deu_1:21; Deu_1:29; Deu_2:25; Deu_3:2; Deu_3:22; Deu_4:10; Deu_5:29; Deu_6:2; Deu_6:13; Deu_6:24; Deu_8:6; Deu_10:12; Deu_10:20; Deu_11:25; Deu_13:4; Deu_14:23; Deu_17:19; Deu_21:21; Deu_25:18; Deu_28:58; Deu_31:8; Deu_31:12; Deu_31:13; Jos_4:24; Jos_8:1; Jos_10:8; Jos_10:25; Jos_14:8; Jos_24:14; Jdg_6:10; Jdg_6:23; Rth_3:11; 1Sa_12:14; 1Sa_12:20; 1Sa_12:24; 2Sa_9:7; 2Sa_13:28; 2Sa_23:3; 1Ki_8:40; 1Ki_8:43; 1Ki_17:13; 2Ki_6:16; 2Ki_17:25; 2Ki_17:28; 2Ki_17:34; 2Ki_17:35; 2Ki_17:36; 2Ki_17:37; 2Ki_17:38; 2Ki_17:39; 1Ch_14:17; 1Ch_22:13; 1Ch_28:20; 2Ch_6:31; 2Ch_6:33; 2Ch_19:7; 2Ch_19:9; 2Ch_20:15; 2Ch_20:17; 2Ch_32:7; Neh_4:14; Neh_5:9; Neh_5:15; Job_1:9; Job_3:25; Job_4:6; Job_5:24; Job_6:14; Job_9:35; Job_11:15; Job_21:9; Job_28:28; Job_33:7; Job_37:24; Job_39:22; Job_41:25; Job_41:33; Psa_9:20; Psa_15:4; Psa_19:9; Psa_22:23; Psa_22:25; Psa_23:4; Psa_25:14; Psa_27:1; Psa_27:3; Psa_31:19; Psa_33:8; Psa_33:18; Psa_34:7; Psa_34:9; Psa_34:11; Psa_36:1; Psa_40:3; Psa_46:2; Psa_49:5; Psa_52:6; Psa_53:5; Psa_55:5; Psa_55:19; Psa_60:4; Psa_61:5; Psa_64:4; Psa_64:9; Psa_66:16; Psa_67:7; Psa_72:5; Psa_78:53; Psa_85:9; Psa_86:11; Psa_90:11; Psa_102:15; Psa_103:11; Psa_103:13; Psa_103:17; Psa_111:5; Psa_111:10; Psa_112:7; Psa_112:8; Psa_115:11; Psa_115:13; Psa_118:4; Psa_118:6; Psa_119:63; Psa_119:74; Psa_119:79; Psa_119:120; Psa_145:19; Psa_147:11; Pro_1:7; Pro_1:29; Pro_2:5; Pro_3:7; Pro_3:25; Pro_8:13; Pro_9:10; Pro_10:27; Pro_14:26; Pro_14:27; Pro_15:16; Pro_15:33; Pro_16:6; Pro_19:23; Pro_22:4; Pro_23:17; Pro_24:21; Pro_29:25; Ecc_3:14; Ecc_5:7; Ecc_8:12; Ecc_8:13; Ecc_12:13; Isa_7:4; Isa_7:25; Isa_8:12; Isa_8:13; Isa_10:24; Isa_11:2; Isa_11:3; Isa_33:6; Isa_35:4; Isa_40:9; Isa_41:10; Isa_41:13; Isa_41:14; Isa_41:23; Isa_43:1; Isa_43:5; Isa_44:2; Isa_51:7; Isa_51:13; Isa_54:4; Isa_54:14; Isa_57:11; Isa_59:19; Jer_3:8; Jer_5:22; Jer_5:24; Jer_10:5; Jer_10:7; Jer_17:8; Jer_26:19; Jer_30:10; Jer_32:39; Jer_32:40; Jer_33:9; Jer_36:16; Jer_46:27; Jer_46:28; Lam_3:57; Eze_2:6; Eze_30:13; Dan_6:26; Hos_10:5; Joe_2:21; Joe_2:22; Amo_3:8; Jon_1:9; Mic_6:9; Hab_3:2; Zep_3:15; Hag_2:5; Zec_8:13; Zec_8:15; Mal_3:5; Mal_3:16; Mal_4:2; Mat_10:26; Mat_10:28; Mat_10:31; Mat_14:26; Mat_21:26; Mat_28:4; Mat_28:8; Luk_1:12; Luk_1:50; Luk_1:65; Luk_1:74; Luk_5:10; Luk_5:26; Luk_7:16; Luk_8:37; Luk_12:5; Luk_12:7; Luk_18:2; Luk_18:4; Luk_21:26; Luk_23:40; Joh_3:20; Joh_7:13; Joh_12:15; Joh_12:42; Joh_19:38; Joh_20:19; Act_5:5; Act_5:11; Act_7:32; Act_9:31; Act_13:16; Act_13:26; Act_16:29; Act_19:17; Rom_3:18; Rom_8:15; Rom_11:20; Rom_13:3; Rom_13:7; 1Co_2:3; 2Co_5:11; 2Co_7:1; 2Co_7:11; 2Co_7:15; Gal_2:2; Gal_4:11; Eph_5:21; Eph_6:5; Phi_1:14; Phi_2:12; 1Th_3:5; Heb_2:15; Heb_4:1; Heb_12:21; 1Pe_1:17; 1Pe_2:17; 1Pe_3:6; 1Pe_3:14; 1Jo_4:18; Jud_1:12; Jud_1:23; Rev_2:10; Rev_11:11; Rev_11:18; Rev_14:7; Rev_15:4; Rev_18:10; Rev_18:15; Rev_19:5;

The above bible verses have the word fear mentioned (NASB translation).

There are two types of fear,  a good summary is contained here and excerpted ”

“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 acknowledgement 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 and life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).”

In my 51 years of life,  I have made too much of the the spirit of fear that comes from the enemy.  This has led to brokeness in my relationships,  poor decision making,  and turning away from God for most of my life.

When at age 42 I answered Jesus call and accepted his forgiveness,  my life started changing for the better,  more joy,  a good purpose.  Yet I still resisted and still listened to much to the spirits of fear.


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