Psalm 119:120 “My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.”….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.
Fear of God is a combination of awe an fear that one may have in the presence of an angel, deep reverence, honor, and respect.! It is also defined in the world system as A painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. Fear expresses less apprehension than dread, and dread less than terror and fright. The force of this passion, beginning with the most moderate degree, may be thus expressed, fear, dread, terror, fright. Fear is accompanied with a desire to avoid or ward off the expected evil. Fear is an uneasiness of mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us.
In first Samuel 11:7 when the spirit of God came upon Saul he spoke to his people to go into battle at which time the “FEAR” of the Lord fell upon the people….that is likened unto today when the Spirit of God enters into our Atmosphere and overwhelms us with the power of His presence through the Holy Spirit. In 2 Samuel we read that the Fear of the Lord comes over rulers….23:3…. He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
God spoke through Moses to the Israelite,; as they were encamped along the Jordon river preparing to cross over in Deuteronomy 6:1-2…. Now this is the commandment, and these are the statues and judgments which the Lord you God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may FEAR the LORD your GOD, to keep all His statues and His commandments which I command you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged…....10:12………You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.
In the Psalms there is much scripture written about FEAR……..Psalms 2:11…….Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.…..Psalms 19:9..….The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;…..25:14……The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him…..27:1…… The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear;……34:9..…..Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him…..37:1…… An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked:…”There is no fear of God before his eyes” [Speaking of the transgressor];…….60: 7…….You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth…….67:7……God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him…….146: 19……….He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.
The words of Wisdom from Proverbs give advice regarding Fear………..Proverbs 1:7……… The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction……..Proverbs 3:7…… Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil……10:27……The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened…….15:33……The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility……24:17……Do not let your heart envy sinners, But in the the fear of the Lord continue all day long……29:25…….The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
In the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes he tells the assembly.……Ecclsesiastes: 8:12…….Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolong, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 12:13…...Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is the whole duty of man.
The Prophet Isaiah spoke the words of God to the people regarding Fear ……..Isaiah 33:6………Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure……35:4…...Say to those who are fearful-hearted, Be strong, do not fear! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you……...59:19…….. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun: When the enemy comes in like a flood, The spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Our Lord Jesus The Christ spoke these words about FEAR!……..Matthew:10:26…..Do not fear them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known….10:28….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…..Luke 12:5……But I will show you whom you should fear. Fear Him who, after He has killed has power to cast into hell; I say to you, fear him…..12:32….Do not fear, little flock for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Speaking of the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria it is stated in……Acts 9:31…….The churches had peace and were edified walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
1Timothy 5:17….. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all , that the rest also may fear….. 2Timothy 1:7…….For God has not given us a spirit of Fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
1 John 5:18….There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment, But he who fears has not been made perfect in love!
Psalms; 139:14 …. For I am fearfully and Wonderfully made!
I pray that the revelation of the word “Fear of the Lord”…..rightfully, and richly settles in your spirit & heart…..that you shall live in the fullness of that revelation……..That His goodness, kindness & righteousness is with us because of our FEAR [reverence] of his ways, because His ways or not our Ways; for His ways are much higher, broader and eternal! Praise the Lord for all that He IS! May this message bless you, give you greater knowledge & revelation of HIS word!…..
Reverend Lenna Cooke-Carpentier