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Spirit of Fear
For God hath not given us
the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and
of a sound mind.
You think of fear as anxiety,
dismay, despair, horror, and worry. Fear is a
feeling in the pit of your stomach which can be
little, such as “butterflies” or it could be great
terror, such that prevents us from interacting
with others and sometimes even keeps us shut up
inside of our house. The Bible calls this kind of
fear “the spirit of fear”.
The Bible actually talks of
two different kinds of fear? While “the spirit of
fear” may be harmful to us; “the fear of God” is
nothing but beneficial.
This type of fear is best explained by the
word reverence. Next time you are fearful,
remember that it could be a good thing! Choose the
fear of the Lord. Here are some Bible verses about
fear for you to study.
Psalms 111:10 The
fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all
those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!
Genesis 3:8-10 And
they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in
the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and
his wife hid themselves from the presence of the
LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the
LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in
the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked,
and I hid myself.”
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a
good word makes him glad.
Matthew 28:4 And for
fear of him the guards trembled and became like
Luke 2:8-9 And in the
same region there were shepherds out in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and
they were filled with great fear.
Romans 8:15 For you
did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back
into fear, but you have received the Spirit of
adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 There is
no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever
fears has not been perfected in love.
Revelation 11:11 But
after the three and a half days a breath of life
from God entered them, and they stood up on their
feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
Fear of God
Genesis 22:11-13 But
the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven
and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I
am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or
do anything to him, for now I know that you fear
God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your
only son, from me.”
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked,
and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a
thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took
the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering
instead of his son.
Exodus 1:16-18 “When
you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see
them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall
kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall
live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do
as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the
male children live. So the king of Egypt called
the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done
this, and let the male children live?”
Proverbs 2:1-6 My
son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver and search for
it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the
LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD
gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and
(KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to
yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to
the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto
God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in
the fear of God.
1 Peter 2:17 Honor
everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor
Blessings of the Right Fear
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be
strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread
of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with
you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
1 Samuel 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
2 Kings 17:37-39 “ …
And the statutes and the rules and the law and the
commandment that he wrote for you, you shall
always be careful to do. You shall not fear other
gods, and you shall not forget the covenant that I
have made with you. You shall not fear other gods,
but you shall fear the LORD your God, and he will
deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.”
Psalms 27:1 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?
Psalms 40:3 He put a
new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the
Psalms 56:3-4 When I
am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose
word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be
afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Psalms 61:5 For you,
O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the
heritage of those who fear your name.
Acts 10:1-2 At
Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a
centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort,
a devout man who feared God with all his
household, gave alms generously to the people, and
prayed continually to God.
My heart and mind are
flooded with fears.
Sometimes I am
paralysed, I feel unable to go on.
These fears are
overwhelming, they remain with me day and night.
Yet I hold onto your
You have told us not to
fear, for you have overcome the world.
So I cling to you, I
trust in your promises, that you will never fail
me, never forsake me.
In moments of such
I choose to hold your
I know you have
experienced the most fearful places,
I know that you have
In you all promises meet
and new life begins.
You are my Saviour,
I hide in you,
Protected by your love,
And sheltered by your
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