Fear of God Fear of Death Fear of Man Fear of Lack Fear does not matter Globe for Jesus Thirstday Group invites you to Mar 6 Mar13 Mar 27 Apr 3 Apr 10 3/F GT2 DCM Conference Room 12nn-1pm For details, contact Sarah at local 4322 A talk series on man’s greatest fears, and how to overcome them by faith
What are you afraid of? An awareness or respect of what is dangerous in life HEALTHY FEAR
What are you afraid of? <ul><li>Fears that control and consume us </li></ul>UNHEALTHY FEAR
What is Fear? <ul><li>Fear is what activates our minds and bodies to deal with a threat </li></ul><ul><li>Fear is a double-edged sword, it can save us (healthy) or destroy us (unhealthy) </li></ul>
Unhealthy Fear of God <ul><li>View that God as a “power-tripping puppeteer” </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, God is unapproachable, someone to run away from </li></ul>Romans 5:1-2 1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God." Distorted view of the fear of God Because of the love of God found in Jesus Christ, we find that we are welcomed into God's presence
Unhealthy Fear of God <ul><li>Concept of the love of God is an over-patronizing image which only affirms and never chastises </li></ul><ul><li>Because we interpret fear of God to mean “bully” instead of “awesome” </li></ul>Distorted view of the love of God Hebrews 12:6 Because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and he punishes everyone He accepts as a son Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell." God is the only One worth of fear and sovereignty
What is a healthy fear of God? <ul><li>The awesome reverence of God deriving from being sensitive to His glorious, holy and majestic Person resulting in respect and obedience. </li></ul><ul><li>Reverence is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe (dictionary.com) </li></ul>
A healthy fear of God keeps us from sinning <ul><li>Exodus 20:20 </li></ul><ul><li>20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." </li></ul><ul><li>Job 33:16-18 </li></ul><ul><li>16 he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, 17 to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword. </li></ul>When we revere God, we wouldn’t want to grieve Him with sin because it separates us from Him
A healthy fear of God drives out all other fears <ul><li>1 John 4:16,18,19 </li></ul><ul><li>16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. </li></ul><ul><li>Sin is the root of all fear (Genesis 3:9-10) </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of God keeps us from sinning, thus the root of fear is taken away and we are freed from the guilt that comes with it </li></ul>Fear is taken away because we are secure in God’s love through Christ’s death and resurrection
A healthy fear of God brings blessing <ul><li>Proverbs 9: 10 </li></ul><ul><li>The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 14:26-27 </li></ul><ul><li>He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 10:27a </li></ul><ul><li>The fear of the LORD adds length to life.. </li></ul>
A healthy fear of God brings blessing Obedience allows us to enjoy an uninterrupted relationship with Him who is the source of all blessing.
Philippians 2:12-13 ...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Exodus 15:11 Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you-majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?