Summary: The fear of God and the fear of man are mutually exclusive. To be in the fear of man is to become a captive to the devil who set the snare of fearing man in front of me to catch my soul, to turn my will away from God.
Bible Expression # of times used (NKJV) Bible expression # of times used
The fear of the Lord 27 Fear Him 24
Fear the Lord 36 Fear of God 8
Fear God 17 Total = 112 Times
Acts 9:31 Then the churches (and each Christian)…had peace and were edified
…walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit…
What does it mean to walk in the fear of the Lord?
It means for me: (1) To regard God with my highest respect.
(2) To be yielded to Him in absolute submission.
(3) To completely trust Him with all of my life.
(4) To love Him supremely above all others.
What does it not mean to be in the fear of the Lord?
• It does not mean to be scared of God as of someone evil who means to harm me.
• But the word “fear” does mean to be afraid – but in this very specific sense:
(a) Afraid of wronging the one I dearly love and who so much has loved me, and
(b) Afraid of the danger if by disobeying God I put myself in the hands of my enemy.
What is the opposite of the fear of the Lord; the fear of man. What are its consequences?
Prov 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare…
Ps 124:7 Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers…
2 Tim 2:26 …And escape the snare of the devil…
The fear of God and the fear of man are mutually exclusive. To be in the fear of man is to become a captive to the devil who set the snare of fearing man in front of me to catch my soul, to turn my will away from God. What does it mean to be in the fear of man, it means:
(i) To be intimidated by how people may react to what God wants me to do or say.
(ii) To be in fear of offending them, making them angry, or causing an atmosphere;
(iii) To be in fear of being disliked or losing their friendship, love or financial support.
(iv) To abandon my first love for God and to be captured by the snare of the devil.
This doesn’t mean that we go out of our way to make people mad. It’s simply that the anticipation of how people might react to what God wants us to do is no longer a factor. Part of living in the fear of the Lord is to be made free from the fear of man with its snare.
What are some of the benefits, God wants me to have, by being in the fear of the Lord?
No want: Ps 34:9 …There is no want to those who fear Him.
God’s blessing: Ps 115:13 He will bless those who fear the LORD
No actual evil: Prov 19:23 The fear of the Lord… he who has it rests satisfied; he
cannot be visited with actual evil. AMP
Angel protection: Ps 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who
fear Him, And delivers them.
God’s secrets: Ps 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Just a few of the priceless benefits, God says, of learning to live in the fear of the Lord.
How do we receive the fear of the Lord in order to live in that fear all through the day?
As with all the things of God, His truths about the fear of the Lord are visible to the tender hearted, they know what God means; but these truths are hidden from the hard of heart: