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February 14th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Fear, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

The concept of fear is very prevalent in scripture. The word fear appears 385 times, while the word joy appears only 155 times. This life is very difficult, and often frightening. Hopefully this study on fear will shed some light on what fear is and how we are to deal with it.

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The concept of fear is very prevalent in scripture. The word fear appears 385 times, while the word joy appears only 155 times. This life is very difficult, and often frightening. Hopefully this study on fear will shed some light on what fear is and how we are to deal with it.

There are two different kinds of fear that are discussed in scripture.
The first is best understood as “reverence, or respect”. This is the fear that we are commanded to have towards God. The second kind is being afraid, frightened or scared, basically fear of something bad happening to us.

H3374

yir’âh – Reverence

Pro 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.

Pro 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The Fear of the Lord is the first step in learning his ways and becoming more like him. We first have to respect God and hate evil, before we can desire good and begin to grow in knowledge of Godly things.

H3372

yârê’– Fright, afraid, scared

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Exo 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear (be afraid) not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear (respect) may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

This is a great contrast between not being afraid, but rather respecting God so we do not sin (disobey him).

New Testament:
G5401
phobos
fob’-os- From a primary φέβομαι phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: – be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.

Fear:

Mat 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

Luk 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Reverence:

Act 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

G5399
phobeō
fob-eh’-o -From G5401; to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.

Fear:

Mat 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Reverence:

Act 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

G2124
eulabeia
yoo-lab’-i-ah- From G2126; properly caution, that is, (religiously) reverence (piety); by implication dread (concretely): – fear (-ed).

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Heb 5:7 who in the days of His flesh was offering both petitions and entreaties to Him being able to save Him from death, with strong crying and tears, and being heard from His godly fear;

God commands us not to be afraid, but to revere and respect him which leads to us having faith in him and departing from evil.

Commands about fear:

Jos 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psa 56:11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Pro 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Psa 27:1 Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

1Sa 12:14 If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well.

Being fearful is actually sin, it is disobeying God’s commands to respect him and have faith that he will protect and provide. So when you are afraid, wage war with it as any other evil spirit in your heavens.

Here is a study about how to wage spiritual warfare.

http://aionios.com/2011-06/how-to-wage-spiritual-warfare

This is what God will work in us in due time.

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Fear is the result of the lack of faith

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δειλός
deilos
di-los’
From δέος deos (dread); timid, that is, (by implication) faithless: – fearful.

Mat 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Mat 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

The disciples did not yet have faith that Christ could calm the storm, so they were rebuked for lacking faith.
What are you fearful about in your life?
Do you believe that Christ is in the boat with you and can calm the storms in your life?

Mar 4:37 NKJV And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
Mar 4:38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Mar 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Do you think that Christ does not care about you?
The truth is that we are very valuable to him, and he does care. He will calm the storms for us.

Mat 10:29 NKJV Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
Mat 10:30 NKJV But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31 NKJV Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

We all must be fearful and lacking faith, before we are given faith and the peace and boldness that accompanies it.

Mat 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Deu 8:3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

We are also commanded not to worry.

G3309
μεριμνάω
merimnaō
mer-im-nah’-o

From G3308; to be anxious about: – (be, have) care (-ful), take thought. – Worry.

Mat 6:25 ESV “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of morevalue than they?
Mat 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?

Mat 6:31 ESV Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Mat 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Mat 10:19 ESV When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

God knows that we will worry because he sends the fear upon us.

Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Jdg 9:23 And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem, and the leaders of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,

This is how the Lord seeks an occasion against us to destroy our flesh and create the new man within us.

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See this study for more on this topic.
http://aionios.com/2012-10/how-the-lord-seeks-an-occasion-against-us

For more on Fears and Phobias please read Mike Vinson’s articles below.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Receive_power.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Receive_power_Part_2.php

And Victor Torres’ article:

I Will Teach You the Fear of the LORD

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