Fear God and You Need Fear Nothing Else

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Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. He will keep you safe .” Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).

There are many fears that rob us of our peace of mind: Fear of not measuring up. Fear of failure.  Fear of the future. Fear of death.

If you fear God you need fear nothing else,” the Bible says. These words were a great comfort to me during a very difficult time when fear threatened to overwhelm me.

What does it mean to fear God? I asked. I discovered two things:

1. The command to fear God is a call to worship Him in awe and reverence.
“When we consider Who God is and who we are, we have reason to fear Him. The fear attached to this understanding is simply: ‘Danger. High voltage.’ Big, big God little tiny me. This part of the fear of God involves a holy and humble acceptance of our little spot in the universe,” writes John Fischer. It encourages us to give God his rightful place in our lives.

God is too holy to excuse sinful living. Justice demands that sin be punished. That’s why Jesus came to die for our sins. He bridged the gulf between a holy God and sinful persons and now it is possible for us to have a personal relationship with holy God. How awesome is that!

2. The fear of God teaches us how to live our lives so God is honored and He can bless us.  It keeps us out of trouble. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:11-14).

If you are struggling with fear join me in saying out loud:

God is eternal and He orchestrates all of my life–past, present and future.
God is omnipresent therefore He is with me. I don’t have to face my challenges alone.
God is all powerful and nothing is too hard for him. Nobody can frustrate His plans.
God is love and He wants the absolute best for me–always. Therefore I can trust Him.
God is faithful and, because Christ lives in me, I have all the resources I need.

Father, I thank you that I have nothing to fear. You will keep me safe. Isaiah 8:13 (NLT).

by Helen Grace Lescheid

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He is Sovereign

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, we should study what He Himself has said.

When we speak of God’s attributes, we are talking about those characteristics that helps us to understand who He truly is. The list is long because He is the “Great I Am,” but the one I keep being drawn to is His sovereignty.

The Sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are under God’s rule and control, and that nothing happens without His direction or permission. God works not just some things, but all things according to the counsel of His own will. His purposes are all-inclusive and never thwarted; nothing takes Him by surprise. The sovereignty of God is not merely that God has the power and right to govern all things, but that He does so, always and without exception. In other words, God is not merely sovereign in principle, but sovereign in practice.

God’s sovereignty is simply to say, “God is in control.” There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. As King of Kings and Lord of Lords, God has no limitations and by His grace, I am what I am. He is in control of all things in all places and He lives within my heart.

REFLECTION: Take time to contemplate what God is to you and who you are because of Him. Imagine His sovereignty and dominion, far greater and bigger that anything the human mind can imagine.

PRAYER: Father God, you are sovereign in all things. I praise you and thank you for living in my heart and making me what and who I am. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you.

By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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