To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.”
Any other fear is unhealthy and unnecessary. If our faith and our confidence is in God alone, every other fear is diminished.
The enemy of our souls uses fear to control, manipulate, divide, and conquer. Fear outside of God brings insecurity, mistrust, suspicion, and paranoia. Even within our churches, the enemy uses fear to stir up false prophecies, and as a means of controlling people.
There have been so many prophetic words about this year of 2015 and the dreadful things that are supposed to unfold, that many are fearful. Allowing this fear to take over our thoughts and behavior is a means of taking away our confidence in God and His divine involvement in our lives, and His divine protection.
The Lord has given me specific instructions about September, 2015 for my own life and began to speak to me over a year ago regarding a time of transition in the earth and in the United States. Although I have a dread about hardships that will come at some point in the future, that is not the same as fear.
What has happened in me is a desire to spend more time studying the things of God, listening to sound preaching, less television, more LISTENING TIME where I hope to hear from God. I’m less insecure about stupid things like how I look or trinkets I’d like to own. My priorities continue to shift, but NOT out of fear.
In the very near future I have seen by the Spirit things that will affect the United States and the world, but I am not the only one seeing these eventualities. Earthquakes, flooding, barren fields, famine, a tsunami unlike anything recorded by man before, military rule in our streets, curfews enforced, illness, isolation, military attacks inside the US, financial collapse, and even the appearance of an entity CLAIMING to be an extraterrestrial who will influence governments and people.
The Bible says that in the last days, men’s hearts will fail them because of fear. Many nominal Christians will fall into the melee of fearful madness. Not having time to have developed relationship with God, they will embrace world events as if they are proof that there is no God or that God has abandoned us.
Fear of hunger. Fear of death. Fear of losing finances or material goods. Fear of suffering. Fear of disease. Fear of being abandoned or alone. Fear of fear. All of these things are weapons in the hands of our enemies. All of these are tools of control.
If our confidence is in men, there is much to fear. If our confidence is in God, we shall be delivered into His hands and nothing else matters. I believe I will not leave this life one day early or one day late. My steps and my purpose have been established by the Lord. I will live long enough to fulfill my divine destiny. To me, that’s all that matters in the big picture. I am thankful for the blessings, joys, people, opportunities, and wonderful life I have along the way. I will not let fear of the future or the unknown rob me of the gifts God has given me each day.
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Matthew 10: 28 – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.
Proverbs 14: 26 – In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Job 28:28 – And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.
Psalms 33:8 – Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Deuteronomy 10:12 – And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Proverbs 14: 27 – The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 3:7 – Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Psalms 25:14 – The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Luke 1:50 – And his mercy [is] on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Psalms 111:10 -The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Psalms 86: 11 – Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Isaiah 41: 10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Philippians 12: 12 – 13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Proverbs 16: 6 – By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
Psalms 34: 9 – O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him.