Last week, we unpacked how fear can become something that controls your life and paralyzes your dreams. But what if I also told you that not all fear is bad?

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of fear cast in a positive light.

This idea is hard to grasp, especially in today’s society, because we have combined two different fears into the same thing when in reality, they are separate from one another. There is both a destructive fear and a life-giving fear.

The destructive type is the fear of the world, the kind we talked about last week (make sure to check out last week’s posts to learn more). That kind of fear should have no power over us. God has given us everything we need to fight this fear. The fear of the world will make your life small and keep you from realizing everything God has for you.

The other type of fear (the right kind) is called the fear of the Lord.

Psalms 112:1 in the NIV reads, “How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.”

When you fear something, you bend to its will. For example, if you have a fear of talking to new people, you will subconsciously—and sometimes consciously—avoid situations where you would meet new people. You have bent to the will of that “master.” But when you fear the Lord, you bend your life to God’s will—even when it’s beyond your current comprehension. Unlike the first fear, which the enemy uses to steal, kill, and destroy, the fear of the Lord draws you closer to the heart of the Father and opens your eyes to His plans for your life.

The fear of God is not being afraid of God; it’s being afraid of being away from Him. And it’s through intimacy with God that we discover hope, joy, peace, purpose, belonging, etc.—basically, everything we need to enjoy life to its fullest.

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  1. Monica Bowser

    I for one I can say I am afraid of talking to new people and talking on the phone to people who are not in my family. It sucks that I have it and I want to get rid of it because I know God has amazing things for me that involve talking to new people, besides how else am I going to help others meet God!
    Thank you!
    God bless!

    • Arden Bevere

      Hi Monica! I would encourage you to read the book breaking intimidation. Its an amazing book and will help you tons

  2. Teresa Hwangbo

    Firstly, I am so encouraged by brothers and sisters in Christ here in the Sons & Daughters blog!!!!!<3
    Secondly, I love how you expressed the fear of God as a "life-giving fear." It truly is life giving! All other fears are fueled by our distrust towards, doubts about, separation from our loving heavenly Father and it only serves to destroy us. However, the fear of the Lord comes from a place of LOVE. To love, honor, respect, trust and follow Him is what "fear of the Lord" means and in this reciprocating relationship we truly experience "perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18)." May all other fears be cast out of our minds and may the life-giving fear of the Lord empower us to live each day as victors in Christ!

  3. Thank you so much for your encouragements. Would like to learn more on how to walk in the spirit instead of carnally.

  4. Donna Swanson

    Love this

  5. Its so true!

  6. Loved the way fear of the Lord was described here! “But when you fear the Lord, you bend your life to God’s will—even when it’s beyond your current comprehension.” Wow! How amazing it is to truly fear the Lord!

  7. Amazing!! Love this!!

  8. This dream segment that you’re tackling is amazing! You’ve helped me see why I’ve held back at many points from reaching in faith for what God has called me. Also gave me clarity on what a real fear of the Lord is. I’ve heard th also gave me clarity on what real fear of the Lord is. I’ve heard that talked about a lot in church and have read about it a lot of my studies, but never really thoroughly understood what it meant. I always thought it was like a fear of Him as in respecting Him so much that we obey him. I never connected it with love and wanting to be close to Him.

  9. Tracy Campbell

    Love this teaching and the perspective that was provided. Content like this is needed in our culture, society, and generation.

  10. Wow!! Thank you so much!