Are You Missing This Deeper Psychological Understanding About The Fear Of The Lord?
By: David Hopkins
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As you begin to read this eye opening article you're going to learn several secrets about the fear of the lord and I'm going to prove to you that there's way more to the concept of fear than just being afraid.
The Connection Between Fear And Desire
Pr 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
Wouldn't it be nice to be popular, rich, beautiful, and famous?
All those things are attractive and can get you far in life.
Am i right.
Or why else would everybody be pursuing those things.
You can see it for yourself, its no secret.
Having those things adds a certain satisfaction to your life because they overcome major fears as well as numerous lesser known fears.
But more importantly they can be leveraged into tools to achieve or get mostly all your worldly desires.
Or at the least, very acceptable replacements.
This even allows them to increase your self confidence and make you feel good about yourself which is ultimately everybody's goal.
And the most important factor in all that is, you'll be praised and appreciated by family, friends and strangers.
Now, as you can see the pursuit of these things are both fear based and desire based.
Because for every fear there is an underlining desire.
And vice versa.
Even when its not so easy to see.
And this is good to know because this has a major effect on your motivation.
In which I will explain to you how in a little bit.
But sometimes your fears bump heads and the determining factor of what you decide to do is left up to your underlining desire.
And this also works the other way around.
Because fear and desire is the make up of your imagination.
Or subconscious, for the subconscious people.
Fear As A Means Of Respect
Pr 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
I want to let you in on a very important little secret and I need your full attention.
Have you ever heard the saying "if you're scared go to church?"
Well, that saying annoys the heck out of me because it seems to insinuate that you're weak when you humble yourself before God.
But the truth is puffing yourself up in pride is just as fear based as humbling yourself.
But the difference is being prideful is alot easier because it feels better and it's more accepted in society, but it's very disrespectful to God and causes destruction.
I'm sure you've watched at least one police crime scene investigation television program before.
And haven't you noticed how much tragedy could easily been avoided if somebody would've humbled themselves and did what was right despite of what was done to them.
It could even be resentment from a past hurt that made a person think it was ok to rob or kill someone else.
That's why the Bible says there's riches, honor, and life in humility which comes from the fear of the lord and the fear of the lord is also to hate evil, pride and arrogancy.
Which sounds like brokeness, dishonor and death to me.
And since the fear of the lord is also the beginning of wisdom how can a person who doesn't pick up the Bible or go to church know this if they're influenced by a misguided environment.
Fear: The Ultimate Motivator
Pr 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Ok, it's time to get real.
I don't care how much pride you have.
I don't even care how tough you are.
Let's say a six foot ten inch buffed out, body building, steriod using ex-convict guy with no neck walks up to you pointing a gun at your forehead.
Screaming "give me your money or I'll kill you!".
Guess what happens next.
Then, what if he puts the gun down and beats on his chest yelling "you want a piece of me!".
Feeling any braver.
I didn't think so.
You'd be humble.
But does it feel honorable?
No it doesn't.
Because the only underlining desire that prompted you to give up your wallet was the desire to live and not get beat down.
So why would a loving, compassionate, merciful and understanding God choose to terrorize you into doing His will?
The Balancing Of Fear and Desire Through Understanding
Pr 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
So do you think God doesn't want us to have things?
No, of course He does.
But answer these two questions.
Why should you pursue things and forget about God and lose your soul then end up in hell?
Why would you want to break your back and risk it all by pursuing things when you can just do what God says, ask Him for it, then He'll give it to you, without the added hardships.
Plus countless other benefits and insurance that the other way can't even compete with.
Ok, I'll answer that for you.
Because you don't have enough word of God in you to the point of understanding enough to practice.
And because the word of God goes against the worlds way of thinking in which you were born into.
So it takes hard work, risk and commitment.
But the rewards are unmatched.
To fear the lord properly you also have to desire the lord and what He has to offer.
Of course there's also bad things that can happen to you for not fearing the lord at all, but it's perfectly balanced and fair.
The bottom line is this.
If you really want to learn to fear the lord you have to make sacrifices like not listening to certain songs, watching certain tv programs and hanging out with certain people that create images that influence your fears and desires.
Then focus that time on understanding the word of God to create images of fears and desires that allow you to practice the word of God.