The Fear that Fuels Faith

“…here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”— Ecclesiastes 12:13

This is the whole duty of man. Fear God and keep His commandments. Is that a great verse or what?! After all his exasperated venting in Ecclesiastes, Solomon summed it up with the sane unbiased truth. Our duty as human beings is simply to fear the Lord. If we do this, we will experience God’s best all the days of our lives. We’ll have heaven on earth (Deuteronomy 11:21). This fear fuels our faith. I want to take you on a journey through the Word and show you some of the benefits offered to Christians for doing their duty of fearing the Lord. Some you will be familiar with, and some you may learn for the first time. Take hold of them all and renew your mind; reject the fear that attempts to hold you captive and cling to the fear that makes you free!

The fear of the Lord gives men wisdom and causes them to prosper. No lack is a result of possessing it. Godly fear provides protection for your children and lengthens your days. So why are so many people, Christians in particular, living with the debilitating tormenting fear caused by the evil one? I answered that question in part one of this series, Fear's Worst Enemy,—they do not trust God. Furthermore, Christians lack the proper form of Godly reverence and awe (fear) required to successfully live the Christian life. Coupled with complete trust in God, the fear of the Lord will bring you to a perfect place.

This is what God has always wanted for His people. Study the Old Testament and note the instances where people actually confessed they were afraid of men because God was with them. The following chapters are references of individuals and/or nations fearing God’s people: Genesis 20, 26 and 50; Exodus 1; Joshua 2; 2 Chronicles 17. Micah wrote, “they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee (v. 17:7).”

It is our duty to fear the Lord. If I fear the Lord I automatically follow His commands. In my mind, the two can’t be separated. Disobedience is an indication that I do not fear God. Dread and anxiety in my life imply that I doubt the truth of God’s Word—I don’t trust Him or fear (stand in awe and revere) Him. It’s a tough pill to swallow. Fearing God means that I obey Him. When I obey Him, He is OBLIGATED (yes, you can obligate God) to perform all the good things He promised (Deuteronomy 28). It’s a chain reaction. Fear God. Obey His commands. Live in the Blessing. Fuel my faith.

Below I’ve listed 21 benefits of fearing the Lord. Each promise is accompanied by its verse. Meditate on these and confess them over your life. This fear will not only fuel your faith, but it will eradicate anxiety and dread from your life.

  1. Length of Days (Deuteronomy 6:2)

  2. Helps you lead and make godly decisions (2 Chronicles 19:7)

  3. Brings honor from the Lord (Psalm 15:4)

  4. Causes you to worship (Psalm 33:8)

  5. You will lack nothing (Psalm 34:9)

  6. Releases you from the fear of man (Psalm 56:4)

  7. You will be Blessed by God (Psalm 115:13)

  8. Is Clean (Psalm 19:9)

  9. You will be blessed in your labor (Psalm 128:2)

  10. Your spouse and children will be blessed (Psalm 128:3)

  11. Is the Beginning of Wisdom (Psalm 111:10) *wisdom is the proper application of knowledge

  12. Is the Beginning of Knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) *knowledge is the information you know

  13. Causes hate for evil (Proverbs 8:13)

  14. Brings confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

  15. Is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27)

  16. Delivers from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

  17. Brings riches, honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

  18. It will be well with you (Ecc 8:12)

  19. Is the key to your treasure (Isaiah 33:6)

  20. The Lord hears and remembers you (Malachi 3:16)

  21. Causes you to witness (2 Corinthians 5:11)
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.—Psalm 33:8

What a list! Now go on in faith and do your duty! Fear God. Obey His commands. Live in the Blessing. Fuel your faith.

Be blessed friends, and have the perfect day everyday!

--Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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