The Fine Line Revealed: Healthy Fear of God Promotes Growth

When we fear God:

  • He will deliver you from all your unhealthy fears. Your fears that are man made, man promoted, and man driven.

    Psalm 34:4: I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

    Psalm 112:7: They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
     
  • You have peace and comfort, because God is with you.

    Psalm 23:4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
     
  • He blesses you with many good things. How amazing is this?

    Psalm 31:19: How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.
     
  • He will instruct you in all ways. You will never have to worry about what direction to go.

    Psalm 25:12: Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
     
  • He builds a relationship with you that includes private information, just between the two of you. How special is that? I mean God loves you so much that the fear, the respect of whom he is not about scaring you to death but instead about building a relationship with you.

    Psalm 25:14: The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
     
  • He will add years to your life.

    Proverbs 10:27: The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
     
  • Others will see your witness and they will come to the Lord as well.

    Exodus 14:31: And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
     
  • You will gain wisdom, you will learn.

    Psalm 111:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
     
  • His love for you is beyond measure.

    Psalm 103:11: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.

When you fear God because you are running from the responsibilities he has given you, you literally stop growing. When you fear taking the next step in ministry, relationships, work, family, your relationship with God is affected. This type of fear does not trust God. Trusting God may take you to places you do not want to go. Trusting God may take you to the mission field, have you to change jobs that take less pay, get married, or give up a dream. Don’t allow this disobedience of your own will; the lies from the enemies and others stop you. Turn to God today, ask for forgiveness, and welcome what direction he has for you. Don’t fear because what he calls you to do, he will equip you. Your fear is in man, not God. God is with you.