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90LHCD8-3 – Gene Moody – RESPECT, FEAR & NERVOUSNESS
Bro. Moody makes clear the difference between two types of fear. The first type is actually something that the Christian should desire: a respect or reverence for God and His covenants, commandments, statutes, and ways. The second type is not of God. It is destructive, leading to dread, anxiety, and nervous habits, rather than the peace and calm that result from the fear of the Lord. Extensive prayer for deliverance from fear and many related spirits follows this teaching. Excellent for group study.
90LHCD12-11 Gene Moody – FEAR
God will not force us into anything; we must be receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. God will help us balance our work, our ministry, and our family life. If we trust Him, we have no reason to be fearful. Fear indicates that we do not have a perfect love for God. We must recognize its source and refuse to encourage it. Deliverance prayers conclude the service.
RESPECT, FEAR AND NERVOUSNESS
Gen. 43:23 – Peace be to you, fear not.
Ex. 9:20 – He that feared the Word of the Lord.
15:11 – Fearful in praises, doing wonders.
Lev. 19:3 – Fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my Sabbaths.
Deut. 1:21 – Fear not, neither be discouraged.
6:24 – And the Lord commanded us to do these statutes, to fear the Lord.
8:6 – To walk in his ways, and to fear him.
28:67 – For the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear.
31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them.
31:12 – Fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all words of this law.
Jos. 24:14 – Therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth.
Jud. 6:23 – Peace be unto thee; fear not.
II Ki. 17:35 – Ye shall not fear other gods.
II Chron. 19:9 – He charged them, thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord.
Job 3:25 – For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.
21:9 – Their houses are safe from fear.
28:28 – Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.
Psa. 15:4 – But he honoureth them that fear the Lord.
23:4 – I will fear no evil.
25:14 – The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him.
74:20 – Have respect unto the covenant.
89:7 – God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints.
96:4 – He is to be feared above all gods.
96:9 – Fear before him , all the earth.
119:6 – When I have respect unto all thy commandments.
119:15 – And have respect unto thy ways.
119:117 – And I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
147:11 – The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him.
Prov. 8:13 – The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.
10:24 – The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him.
14:26 – In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence.
14:27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.
15:33 – The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom.
23:17 – But be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
28:14 – Happy is the man that feareth always.
29:25 – The fear of man bringeth a snare.
Ecc. 12:13 – Fear God, keep his commandments: this is the whole duty of man.
Isa. 8:13 – And let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14:3 – The Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear.
17:7 – And his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
41:14 – Fear not, thou worm Jacob. (Fear not preachers to tell the truth.)
44:8 – Fear ye not, neither be afraid.
Dan. 5:19 – All people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him.
Mal. 1:6 – And if I be a master, where is my fear?
3:16 – Book of remembrance was written for them that feared the Lord.
Matt. 6:30 – Shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
8:26 – Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
10:28 – Fear not them which kill the body, are not able to kill the soul.
Luke 12:5 – Fear him, which after he hath killed hadth power to cast into hell.
21:26 – Men’s hearts failing them for fear.
Rom. 8:15 – For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear.
II Cor. 7:1 – Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Eph. 5:21 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
5:33 – And the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Phil. 2:12 – Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
II Tim. 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear.
I Pe. 2:18 – Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear.
3:2 – While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
I Jo. 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
Rev. 21:8 – Fearful shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire.
WHAT IS FEAR? – Fear: an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, an instance of this emotion, a state marked by this emotion, anxious concern, solicitude, PROFOUND REVERENCE AND AWE ESPECIALLY TOWARD GOD, reason for alarm, danger. Do you have profound reverence and awe towards God?
FEAR, DREAD, FRIGHT, ALARM, PANIC, TERROR, TREPIDATION mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. FEAR is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage; DREAD usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety; FRIGHT implies the shock of sudden, startling fear; ALARM suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger; PANIC implies unreasoning and over-mastering fear causing hysterical activity; TERROR implies the most extreme degree of fear; TREPIDATION adds to DREAD the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation.
FEARFUL, APPREHENSIVE, AFRAID mean disturbed by fear. FEARFUL implies often a timorous or worrying temperament (the child is fearful of loud noises) APPREHENSIVE suggests a state of mind and implies a premonition of evil or danger (apprehensive that war would break out) AFRAID often suggests weakness or cowardice and regularly implies inhibition of action or utterance (afraid to speak the truth). (How about that preachers, are you afraid to preach the truth? Are you more afraid of man than of God?)
HOW ABOUT FEAR MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE? – Fear is used frequently in the Word of God. Some definitions of fear are terror, sorrow, tremble, fright, REVERENCE, dread, rage, anger, timid, afraid, pain, caution and horror.
Reverential fear means fear, fearful, dread, terrible, terror, that ought to be feared, be afraid, reverence, be feared, be had in reverence, terrible acts, terrible things, affright, make afraid and put in fear. The number of times that reverence means fear is significant.
SHOULD WE RESPECT AND/OR FEAR THE LORD? – In recent years, I have told people not to fear the Lord or to be deathly afraid of Him but to have enough respect for God that they would obey His Word. Satan causes many Christians to fear lost salvation and implies that God is a harsh God that wants to hit people with a big stick as soon as they do anything wrong. Instead of respecting God, they fear God. We need to fear the judgements of God. God is holy and righteous, and will not compromise His Word. Do you fear the judgements of God?
We should respect God’s Covenant, Commandments, Ways, Statutes, and Being. Psa. 74:20 – Have respect unto the covenant. 119:6 – When I have respect unto all thy commandments. 119:15 – And have respect unto thy ways. 119:117 – And I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Isa. 17:7 – And his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
Some of the Body of Christ want to dwell on the God of Love and not the God of Judgement. God’s Love is balanced with God’s Judgement. Most people do not want to think about God’s Judgement. We want to think about God’s Love and what He will do for us. We do not want to think about what is our part of the Covenant with God and what we are supposed to do for the Lord.
This study has indicated to me that we need to have a very healthy respect and fear for God and His Holiness. We actually need to have somewhat of a fear for God so that we don’t take Him and His Word lightly and casually. We should fear God in the manner indicated in the Bible. Do not take God for granted! Do you?
ARE THERE BENEFITS FROM FEARING GOD? – Is there a positive side to fearing God? Absolutely, there are many benefits that accrue to the person that fears God. That person will work at keeping God’s commandments and will be blessed rather than cursed.
The list of selected scriptures used above indicate that we can have peace, be encouraged, be strong and of good courage, fear not nor be afraid, not fear other gods, houses are safe from fear, be instructed in wisdom, will be honored by God, fear no evil, receive the secret of the Lord, takes pleasure in those that fear Him, have strong confidence, drink at the fountain of life, be happy, have rest, be written in the Book of Remembrance, perfecting holiness through fear of God, and work out our salvation.
We can have rest, peace, calmness, sleep and quietness that comes from God. To obtain these benefits, we must respect and reverence God; and dread His Judgements. Do you have the peace of God that passes understanding?
WHAT DOES IT TAKE OTHER THAN MENTALLY FEARING GOD? – Fear is an emotion or state of mind. We need to do more than just think about God in this manner. We need to put feet to our thoughts and walk the Christian walk not just talk the Christian talk.
The verses that we used above tell us to keep the Sabbath and His Statutes, walk in His Ways, observe all the Words of the Law, serve God in sincerity and truth, hate evil, keep His Commandments, perfect holiness towards God, submit ourselves one to another, wives reverence their husbands, work out our salvation, be subject to our masters, have a chaste conversation, and love God and man.
SHOULD WE FEAR DEATH? – Death is the ultimate fear for most people. Should a Christian fear death? For a Christian, death is leaving this life on earth for a better life in Heaven. It is walking into eternal life with God. It is leaving an imperfect body for a perfect body.
We should not fear death. What should we do? We should walk out our salvation with fear and trembling, and prepare to die. We should love God, trust in God and relax in His Peace. If we can’t trust God for the here-and-now, how are we going to trust God for the here-and-after? Do you fear death?
NERVOUS HABITS – Let’s look at several definitions: Nervous: originating in or affected by the nerves; easily excited or irritated; JUMPY, TIMID, APPREHENSIVE; tending to produce nervousness or agitation; UNEASY; appearing or acting unsteady, erratic, or irregular. Nervous breakdown: an attack of mental or emotional disorder of sufficient severity to be incapacitation especially when requiring hospitalization. Nervous Nellie: a timid or worrisome person. Do you have nervous habits or characteristics that other people would notice?
Habit: manner of conducting oneself; BEARING; bodily appearance or makeup especially as indicative of one’ capacities and condition; the prevailing disposition or character of a person’ thoughts and feelings; mental makeup; a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior; a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance; an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary; ADDICTION.
HABIT, PRACTICE, USAGE, CUSTOM, WONT mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. HABIT implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively; PRACTICE suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice; USAGE suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm; CUSTOM applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law; WONT usually applies to an habitual manner, method, or practice distinguishing an individual or group.
FAITH, TRUST AND LOVE OF GOD – We need to be fearless: free from fear. We do not need to be fearful, apprehensive or afraid. Perfect love casts out fear, I Jo. 4:18. Perfect love of God drives away fear of man and fear of what will happen to you. For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, II Tim. 4:8. (Try singing this verse over and over again to dispel fear.) Demonic fear comes from Satan, not God. Shall He not much more clothe you, Matt. 6:30. Do not be fearful about what you shall eat or drink, or how you will be clothed. Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith, Matt. 8:26. Have faith in God and get rid of your fear.
Nervous habits stem from the emotion of fear. For the Christian, nervous habits stem from the lack of faith and trust in God and His Provisions. They stem from trusting in yourself or man rather than God.
What are you hiding from? What are you afraid of? Did your parents abuse you as a child? Does your husband or wife mistreat you? What have people done to you to cause you to fear others or things?
SHOULD WIVES FEAR THEIR HUSBANDS? – Eph. 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. In this verse, reverence (phobe) means to be terrified, affrighted, afraid. Here is a good verse for you women to ponder; are you reverencing your husband? If not, what are the consequences to your marriage and family? Earline-Erma-Patti do you fear your husbands: Gene-Glen-Kevin?
SHOULD HUSBANDS LOVE THEIR WIVES? – Col. 3:18-21 Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. These four little verses are the keys to a perfect family in God. For you husbands, this love (agapao) is the Love of Christ. Eph. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. This verse spells it out clearly for you men; you know what Christ gave for the church – his life. Gene-Glen-Kevin do you love your wives: Earline-Erma-Patti?
REFERENCES – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible.
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