The inherent design of fear is to actually remove our comfort and security. This is true whether we fear God or any thing else. Anything else we fear other than God is from satan.
In life we may fear many things. Some people are afraid of the dark where others are afraid of the future. Some are afraid of snakes or spiders. Some people are afraid of closed-in spaces. Regardless what we are afraid of, there is something that is common to all.
1. We believe that the thing we are afraid of has the ability to decrease our comfort, or for that matter, increase our discomfort. We also believe it is capable of removing or taking away our security.
2. We believe that the thing we are afraid of has power to actually accomplish the very thing we are afraid of. We could say that our fear becomes a reality. Listen to some of the statements made along the way:
"I knew it!" "I told you so!" "My worst nightmare came true." "I saw it coming." "The thing I feared the most has come upon me." (Job 3:25)
3. The thing that we fear becomes a master and we start doing things that normally we would not do. An example would be when we stop giving because we are afraid there will not be enough.
Understanding the fear of The Lord or even just understanding fear, is essential to living a healthy well balanced Christian life.
Fear therefore is a stance or a position we take. Fear is a position we take that looks to someone or something and awaits a mandate. It expects and awaits instructions on how to proceed. Fear does not question but simply expects instruction.
If the inherent design of fear is to actually remove comfort and security, how is this true when we fear God ?
When we fear God, we will look expectantly to Him for guidance and direction for living life. His instructions are such that it removes our security in our self and finding peace outside of ourselves.
A good example is when Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 not to be concerned (could that be fear?) about what we eat, drink or be clothed with, but rather seek His kingdom.
If the inherent design of fear is to remove comfort and security, how is this true when we fear anything other than God?
When we fear anything other than God, we will look expectantly to that which we fear for guidance and direction for living life. It seeks to remove our comfort and security, which as children of God, we have in the fullness and promises of Christ Jesus.
The enemy of our soul will go to great distance and spare nothing to remove our hope, our comfort, our security, our health and our well being and he uses fear to do so.
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