From fear to joy in Lord Jesus

Today, I’ve prayerfully searched the scriptures on fear, with some reflections.

There is nothing wrong in fearing God, it’s a natural response. But it will bad if the fear stops you from coming to God and to understand and love God fully. More so if the fear is preventing you from fully putting your trust in Jesus as the deliverer from our sins. Search the scriptures when in doubt. Pray ever more if ever you feel so helpless because you are not able to fulfill the law, because we CAN’T! and probably NEVER WILL! We need Jesus.

But if the fear keeps you close to God and Jesus, then it is good fear, which should eventually mature into “Love God, thus keeping the commandments.”

We are all emotional creatures. And the whole bible is filled with emotions, fear, love, anger, jealous, etc. It’s perfectly alright to express your emotions to God. At the bottom line, the emotion should be justified. As long as the emotion is justified In God, it’s fine. But never ever let the emotion take control of you, for God is in control, and you should be of a sound mind. When emotion takes over, usually the mind is no longer in control. So do check. Living in constant fear of God is bad for health and soul.

Look at the apostles and disciples and the followers of Jesus when he was on earth? They know he is Lord Jesus, did they fear him? Yes and No. More often than not, it was not fear but reverential fear, respect, love and curiosity. The desire to know more about Jesus. It was probably not fear that drove them to know more about God, it was more of love and curiosity. The devils? They saw Jesus and fled. Hmm.. how about the devil that tempted Jesus? He did not fear Jesus. If he feared, he would have fled and forgotten about the temptation. We also read in the account of job, Satan was in the presence of our Heavenly Father too, challenging him.

Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Jesus did not say, “fear me, and keep my commandments.”

The work of the devil can be very subtle, the fear of God and to keep all his commandments is bad if it draws you away from Jesus, that you may lose the whole point of Salvation.

Jesus came to fulfill the law, he came that we all may be saved through him. He suffered and died for our sins. He bore it all on the cross. He rose again on the third day victorious over sin and death. Jesus conquered SIN!

Reverential Fear of God is good, as it keeps our humility and humbleness in check. Never ever let that fear rob you of Jesus Salvation.

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Westminster Confession of Faith
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QUESTION 1
Q: What is the Chief End of Man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God,and to enjoy him forever. –>> Not to FEAR HIM forever.

References:
1 Corinthians 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Psalm 73:24-26. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My

flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

John 17:22,24. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one… Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with

me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

QUESTION 2: Ah ha!! We are touching on rule here, commandments. Again is about to Glorify and Enjoy him.
Q: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A: The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. –>> Again not to FEAR HIM forever! But to Glorify God and Enjoy God!

Galatians 1:8-9. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say

I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Isaiah 8:20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Luke 16:29, 31. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them… And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

2 Timothy 3:15-17. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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What does it mean to have the fear of God?
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I think GotQuestion Site puts it pretty well.
http://www.gotquestions.org/fear-God.html

For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe. – Quote from Gotquestion site.

So what is your fear?
The fear that you cannot go to heaven unless you fulfill all the commandments? You are robbing Jesus gift of Salvation.
Reverential fear and yet fully submitted to Jesus and acknowledge that we are helpless without Jesus gift of Salvation? Good, this is the beginning of Knowledge.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7

Interestingly the word here is “beginning”. Whenever there is a beginning, there is an end. I believe the end should mature into “love for Jesus, keep my commandments”. Jn 14:15

“Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.” quote from Gotquestion site.

Romans 8:38-39 (King James Version)
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Conclusion
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1. Reverential Fear is good.
2. Love God and keep his commandments
3. Do not let the fear keep you away from Jesus
4. Keeping the commandments does not get you to heaven,
5. Only Jesus can get you to heaven.

Come to Jesus! Only Jesus can free you from the guilt and fear of sin.
If you are still depending on works and fear to get to heaven, don’t.
Come to Jesus and ask him into your heart, and be your saviour.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

Refrain

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

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~ by ymsim on 2010/01/27.

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