The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9
Fear is an excellent barometer for revealing the God or god we serve, whether the LORD God or some other god of this world.
The LORD God uses fear to draw and correct His people, while Satan uses fear to control and manipulate those in bondage to sin.
There is no person, power or force greater than Almighty God. He controls everything within this universe, including weather, earthquakes, famines and pestilence. No force, whether human or spirit is without the control of God.
Yet, the people of this world fear events, disasters, terrorism, and political unrest more than they fear God. As a result fear itself has become a god of this world. Sadly, people fear calamitous events, or created beings more than they fear God, in whose power everything exists.
The fear of the LORD, on the other hand is clean and beautiful because it comes as the result of actually knowing God. At the moment one becomes “born again” he or she meets God for the first time. Not literally or physically, but spiritually. When God’s Spirit enters the soul of one of His elect people, He forever remains present within them. Just as man and woman become one flesh in marriage, so too has Christ and His bride become one. Proof of one’s election is the presence of the Holy Spirit within. God speaks of the “…the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” in II Corinthians 1 verse 21&22
When one becomes “born again” one tastes the goodness of the LORD and he or she begins to witness the actual power and beauty of God, who was formerly a complete mystery. As one begins to learn the power of and majesty of God, all other gods lose their power and dominance over them.
Our fears change from the things, events or people of this world to a proper fear and admiration of the One in whom we should worship, Almighty God.
Just as David possessed courage to face Goliath, so too will all Christ’s people learn to be courageous in the face of all our fears. We will learn that there is no other power in this universe of whom we should be afraid.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
As Christ’s people daily face a world of fears and unknown events, they can do so knowing the God who dwells within them will never leave them nor forsake them.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? Psalm 139: 5-7
We need to honestly examine ourselves and be honest about those things we fear. If God’s Spirit dwells within us there is nothing to fear.