Don’t be afraid. Fear is an enemy. Give fear walking papers–get rid of it. Don’t allow fear to live in your house or in your life. To overcome fear we must 1. acknowledge that it is present. 2. Confront it. We cannot conquer what we agree with. Don’t agree with the negative word of the enemy or even your own mind. Agree with what God says about you.
- Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version – 10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
There is another type of fear that we should have and that is–the fear of God. This type of fear is a reverence or respect for God. We should be afraid to disobey God or disrespect Him. People are doing things in the broad daylight that they should be afraid to do. We must always realize that He is the Creator and it is He who has provided our gifts and blessings. He can see everything we do and we will have to give an account for everything we have done and said.
- Matthew 10:28 New King James Version – 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.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If we are not careful, we can fear people more than we fear God. God doesn’t want us to be men pleasers. It is better to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). Hold your standard in Christ even if it causes you to be an outcast.
When we truly fear God, we can’t just sin and not be convicted. If we can sin and it doesn’t bother us, it means we don’t have the Holy Spirit with us.
- Hebrews 11:24-26 New King James Version – 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Nothing on earth is worth giving up our heavenly reward. When we fear God, we will do what God wants us to do.
- Hebrews 11:7 New King James Version – By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Heaven is coming. We don’t see it yet. But everything God said is coming to pass. When Noah heard God, he moved with reverential fear. Even the animals had the fear of God. The animals were obedient, while the people were mocking. But all the people died in the flood except Noah and his family. God closed the door to the ark, and no one could open it–not even Noah who built the ark.
- Genesis 7:13 New King James Version – On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.
We must side with God, not man. Don’t follow the majority–follow the Lord. The majority of the people in Noah’s day didn’t believe the message. They were wrong and perished in the flood. But if we have a healthy fear of the Lord, we can be saved.