What To Fear and What Not to Fear
God, in His Word, tells us what to fear and what not to fear. We are actually instructed to fear five things as revealed by Dake in the Dake’s Annotated Study Bible:
- Man. (Mat 10:26-31)
- False God’s (Judges 6:10)
- The reproach of Men (Is 51:7
- Sudden Fear or Fear of Evil Tidings. (Proverbs 3:25 and Ps 112:7)
- We are not to fear Persecutions (Rev 2:10)
God tells us He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. As we think on and allow fear to come in from the above five things listed above, we begin to grow black negative trees, networks that are toxic, in our brain. Consequently, it takes thoughts that are good and pure and lovely, and of a good report, to wipe out and overcome these damaging toxic networks.
Keith Moore at Moore Life Ministries has excellent teachings on Overcoming Fear
A Declaration for Becoming Fearless
Last year, I composed a declaration on overcoming fear for our Women’s conference. This has helped me very much. I hope it also can be a blessing to you.
Our Mind Controls Our Brain
Our mind controls our brain. God in his great wisdom, instructed us to renew our mind to the word of God. He has told us exactly what to think on. He has told us to think about those things good and pure and lovely and of a good report.
The brain is not part of the mind. It is actually part of our body. As we control the thoughts in our mind, we begin to control our brain. It is amazing to realize, according to Dr. Caroline leaf, that as we control our mind, we also begin to control our own intelligence. We control our genes. Our potential is unlimited. There is no expiration date on potential.
Should We Fear Anything?
There are five things we are instructed to fear:
- God (Mt. 10:28)
- God’s Name (Ps 86:11)
- Parents (Leviticus 19:3)
- Hell (Prov 1:26-29)
- Evil (Prov 1:33)
Benefits of the Fear of God
If one first develops an honest, sincere fear of God, of his awesomeness, his love, and yet his justice; the other things four things below will begin to fall into place. There are benefits of developing this beautiful fear of our Almighty Creator:
- The beginning of wisdom
- Brings us a hatred of evil
- Prolongs one’s life
- Brings riches, honor, and life
- Provides freedom from evil
Two Great Snares of Humanity
The fear of man is one of the two great snares of Humanity. It traps millions. The praise of man is the other (Lk 6:26, John 5:44, Romans 2:29). However, the snare of praising man is just as powerful, even though more subtle and deceiving.
Personal Notes on This Bible
For my birthday this year, I replaced my old, worn old Dake’s Study Bible with a brand new one. This bible is bringing me so much joy, as I study the notes of this amazing man of God who lived many years ago. He must have spent his entire life writing the notes in this bible. Over the forty years I have read and studied it, I have yet to find anything that does not fully line up with what God’s word says. In fact, almost every note is another scripture.
I bought it at Mardell’s, but see now that I could have found it for less on Amazon. This is the large print version. When you are studying and reading the marvelous notes, a large print will help, because the note font is very tiny.
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My Personal Comments on the Fear of God
Today I realize how tremendously important it is to have ourselves and our children in a church that teaches the fear of God. We missed this concept as our two older children were growing up in church. Now that we see how valuable this principle is, we have a much better understanding for why things happen the way they do. I believe that the Word of God teaches that many sicknesses, and many unanswered prayers, are the result of sin. The most common sins might be the sin of unbelief or the sin of unforgiveness.