fear

I'm not talking about the fear that holds us back from so many opportunities (which God can set you free from by the way), but today I'm talking about the fear of God.

Now you may say, "Why do we need to fear God? Didn't you say that we are suppose to run to him with open arms? Why are we suppose to fear the one who supposedly loves us unconditionally?"

You are correct. "Fear not" is repeated many times in the Bible because God knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories.

But think of fear in this way. You love your parents right? And they love you. But you want to please them and don't want to upset them, so you do the things they ask of you. You fear what they might do if you don't do your chores or don't help them out in the way you were asked to. You're afraid of the punishment that may come whether it's being grounded, getting something taken away, or just the lash of anger that may come over them when they find out what you have done or didn't do.

That's how it is with God. He simply asks us to stay away from sin and remain pure. However, if we do sin we are subject to the wrath of God.

I know it seems kinda harsh, but just hang in there with me.

Unlike humans, "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power" but as it should be,

"the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished."

As a parent, you can't let your child get away with the things they aren't suppose to do. As God's children, he isn't okay with us sinning, and has the right to be upset.

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Fear in this sense is referring to the amount of respect, awe, and submission that we should have towards him. We should fear him because he is the ultimate judge on the day that we die.

I'm simply saying that we need to be aware of our sins and try to stay away from sinning as much as possible.

Easier said than done, right?

The Bible says that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and wisdom is to depart from evil.

We've been told that God hates sin our whole lives, and we also know that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins.

But just sit back and think about that for a second.

God is the only Being in this world who is good, and he sets the standards for us to live by. He hates sin and has to punish those guilty of sin. It's so easy for us to just dismiss this fact because "everyone sins." But just because everyone does it doesn't mean that it is okay.

In the book Crazy Loveby Francis Chan (definitely recommend!!), Chan states:

"God never excuses sin. And He is always consistent with that ethic. Whenever we start to question whether God really hates sin, we have only to think of the cross, where His Son was tortured, mocked, and beaten because of sin. Oursin."

I don't know about y'all, but that hit me hard. Can you imagine watching the one you love the most being tortured, mocked, and beaten because of the terrible things someone else did? Because of the sin that people who hadn't even been born yet would commit?

That's crazy.

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I know this may have been a little hard to read, but it's so important to know these things and come to this realization within ourselves.

No, I'm not perfect, and I'm not trying to be. I'll probably sin multiple times just today even after knowing this truth, but I can work on being better. I can admit all of the things that I have done wrong. I can forgive others quicker, I can not give into temptation, I can be persistent in loving people, and I can do his will, not my own.

My challenge for you today is to dig deeper into his word. Read about his love for you, and all of the things that you can do to avoid sin in this crazy world of ours. Know that change takes time and that it's hard to quit doing the things that God doesn't approve of. No one is perfect and its okay to struggle with things. God loves you no matter what you are going through, and just wants to help.

Your life will be forever changed when you make the decision to let him in!!!

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Feel free to message me if you ever need any one to talk to! Thank you for taking the time to read this!! Now, go out there and have an amazing day!!!!!

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“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." Romans 1:18

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” 1 Timothy 1:15

"It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:26