A common weapon of the enemy is that of fear. Fear of missing out, fear of the unknown, so many fears. Fear is a weapon that erodes confidence, creates discontent, opens up space for mental illnesses, and even destroys relationships. Jealousy, anxiety, depression, suicide, stress, all are rooted in fear. But the enemy stole something God gave us and twisted it, so when people hear the word fear of anything, they assume something negative. With this being said, when people hear we are to fear the Lord, they say why would God want me to be “afraid” of Him, this is a great example of the enemy hijacking the word fear of…

I was reading Proverbs 19 this morning and Solomon said, “The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.” There is nothing scary about this verse and it calls for us to fear the Lord. The fear of the Lord is actually healthy for us, it carries great benefits and supplies us with things we need and desire. Solomon says, the fear of the Lord leads to life, satisfaction, and is a protector against evil. Now that sounds like God’s idea of fear.

What is the fear of the Lord? John Bevere wrote a whole book on it called The Fear of the Lord, so read that if you want a deep dive, but for a simple definition, the fear of the Lord is obedience to God. When I obey the Lord I am revealing I trust Him and it is called the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in its simplest form, trusting God. Trusting He is in charge, He knows what’s best, He is a protector, provider and promoter. There are so many benefits to the fear of the Lord and I believe as we move away from the fear of the enemy and his voices, we will find many health and wealth benefits to the fear of the Lord. Solomon also says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and we need that in our generation. My friends, I pray you repent of the enemies fear tactics and turn to the fear of the Lord, the benefits are undeniable.