Living in Healthy Fear

Have you ever seen a child get to close to the waters edge. To them it is a cool place to see and experience new things as they live on the edge. To the parents its a nightmare because they understand the dangers that can happen.

Fear is not always a bad thing. You can have to much fear that paralyze you can keep you from living. The right amount of fear can keep you save and secure.

So it is with our fear of God. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 1:7 that ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love, and self control.’ But we are also commanded to fear the Lord in the Old and New Testament. So, what is the proper balance of fear in a person’s life.

My Dad and I had a great relationship growing up. Being the oldest of his boys I would go to work and play with him. We had a great time together. But I never forgot the position of authority he held in my life. If I was going to be accountable to someone, I was going to answer to my Dad.

You relationship with your heavenly Father should be much the same. He wants to be with you in work and play. I wants to be your closest friend but you must not forget the place of authority he holds in your life.

“There is no fear of God before their eyes” is the commentary of people who don’t know God in Romans 3:18.  I’m afraid this same problem has carried into the church with God’s children.  God is a merciful, caring, and forgiving God that wants to see you succeed in every area of your life. But as a loving Father he will also hold you accountable for your actions to keep you on a good path.

Love the Lord and fear him at the same time. He is not out to hurt you but he does desire to protect you. When he tell you to quit playing on the edge its not because he wants to steal your since of adventure. He just knows the dangers and wants to protect you.

A healthy fear of God will keep you safe and secure along life’s journey.

If there is a topic you would like me to cover in a blog just leave it in the comments below and I will add it to the list.

Published by Bill Sizemore

Bill is a pastor, coach, author, and public speaker. His discipleship training materials are used internationally to grow people in their walk with God. He currently serves as the Pastor of Reliant Ministries in Dallas, GA., and is a John Maxwell certified coach and trainer. Bill also has the privilege of serving as coach and trainer for the Send Network of Atlanta. Bill's life mission is to bring glory to God by helping others reach their full potential in Christ. He has pastored churches for over 30 years with his wife, Kim. They raised two beautiful daughters that serve the Lord and have recently become grandparents. Bill is the author of "180° Discipleship" and his soon-released book "The Potter's Clay." For more information or to book an event, visit his website and youtube channel.

One thought on “Living in Healthy Fear

  1. Great blog. Thank you very much. I would like you to blog about Romans 15:1. The strong bearing the failings of the weak in everyday life.


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