Does Your Fear of God Represent a Lack of Faith?

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Fear god!
For a Christian this can at times cause us to doubt this very thing. Satan loves to scheme and will use doubt as a weapon in trying to make us think perhaps we aren’t even a Christian at all because we ARE fearful of God. I know because I’ve been down that path many times and I’m sure you have been too.

You say or do something, or perhaps think something that doesn’t quite align biblically with how the Bible says a Christian should present themself. After all you claim to be a born again believer and witness as a living Christ-like example? 2 Corinthians 5:17

So why at times don’t we always feel like a Christian much less act like one?

Before we get to that uncomfortable “area of doubt” that we’ve all experienced at one time or another, allow me to first tell you a bit about my own story and how finally the fear of God played a significant role in coming to terms with my own sinful nature.

I would have to say there were many years I didn’t act or think like a Christian at all in growing up and into early adulthood. The FEAR of GOD was not even remotely on my mind for the most part. You see I was brought up Roman Catholic but I only had a religion not a relationship with Christ and even Roman Catholicism was not instrumental in really making me fearful of God. I pretty much went along with what the RCC said, received the sacraments, attended the Mass and ALL the holy days of obligation, and if I did commit a mortal and venial sin as a Catholic I always had a “get out of jail card” as long as I confessed my sins to a priest, and did my prescribed penance….usually that involved one Our Father, three Hail Mary’s ….yep I was covered. Just follow man’s path to redemption.

….Yet the problem remained it wasn’t the Father’s prescribed salvation plan through His Son Jesus Christ. Somehow that got overlooked or trumped for me (at least for a good time) by the Roman Catholic Church. I didn’t know any better at the time. My mother and father were both brought up RC and I just didn’t ever question it until much later into my adult years.

Just be a good Catholic I was told. Don’t analyze or test anything your hear or even attempt to read the Bible, it would be WAY over your head anyhow to even try to understand it…..the Roman Catholic Church will interpret it for you, 2 Peter 1:20 just stay on course….you might eventually get there and if you don’t, well you only have yourself to blame.

You know they were actually right to some extent. I only DID have myself to blame. Because at that point and time I was NOT for all extensive purposes a Christian period. I was spiritually dead and blind and ignorant to the truth. The world and everything in it seemed to hold much more appeal to me.

Back then I had little to no fear of God as I said. Why? Because I wasn’t trusting in my Savior’s finished work on the cross. I was trusting in my works and following a path designed of a man-made religion rather than following the narrow path that Jesus said to follow instead.

But through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I am not where I was back then. Praise Jesus! It took a humbling that came from within by the Holy Spirit to cause me to repent and realize I was truly a sinner in need of a Savior because I was failing miserably in trying to justify myself before God at the time and did not want to face eternal damnation.

I want to be clear I am not a perfect Christian by ANY means. I struggle daily. Often I have bouts of fear, depression and intense anxiety that overcome me in my ministry and daily life in general. I sometimes doubt I’m reaching anyone at all or if they’re even listening.

And I know there are many “Christians” without question who certainly must lead godlier lives than I do. When I say godlier I would say perhaps they do more to draw others to Christ than what this Christian blog’s ministry does, our Facebook Group under the same name, or in our handing out of bible tracts etc. I look at missionaries in the field and often wonder why that wasn’t my calling? Why was I such a late-comer to the truth? What can I do with the little time I have left on this earth before God calls me home to draw people unto Himself when so much of the world wants to reject that truth? I still to this day feel a tremendous guilt over all the time I wasted in living for the world instead of Christ.

I disgress when I think of all the years I barely had a relationship with Christ. The guilt of this is another area in which Satan uses to his full advantage. You see Satan’s weapon is in trying to remind us how we all fail miserably at times in being a Christian so we might give up trying to stay on the narrow path period. Satan untmost desire is that we have no hope or go on to feel like a failure.

So back again to that uncomfortable subject of fear. Do we FEAR God because we LACK faith or because we want to please Him yet know at times we continue to fail Him miserably? I guess for me personally it’s not due to lack of faith but just knowing that I want to PLEASE Him but always seem to struggle with sin due to our inherent adamic nature. That being said, I can assure you that I fear the Lord greatly. I think apostle Paul said it best in Romans 7:15, just as the Christians of today also question in “Why we continue to struggle and do the things we know aren’t pleasing to God?” But let us remember too that the Holy Spirit that lives within us is also there to remind us of our sinful nature before God to draw us again to daily place of repentance.

Unfortunately we will always have two sides, good and evil fighting against one another. Satan on the other hand wants to confuse us when we sin in trying to make us think we are not a Christian because we do sin on a daily basis. Yes our God indeed HATES sin, He would very much like us to turn from ALL that He hates. But it’s because God knew we would fail miserably under the Mosaic law and loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to bear the punishment for our sin. Knowing that without believing on Him, whom the Father sent and accepting His redemptive one time sacrifice never to be offered again, we would have no hope in appearing justified before Him on Judgment Day. 1 Corinthians 6:11

To fear the Lord is indeed a good thing. Take for example Proverbs 28:14, Psalm 112:1, John 8:24, 2 Cor 5:11, Deuteronomy 10:12, Deuteronomy 10:20-21, Hebrews 10:26-27

We should rather be more concerned if we start to get complacent and DON’T feel any guilt or conviction from the Holy Spirit when we do sin to draw us to repentance once again. I know none of us will be perfect in our walk with God. But Christ did not set up His followers for failure. He came here to give us HOPE! If you don’t know Jesus Christ today you too can have assurance of your salvation in spite of your sin.

John 3:16-17 (KJV)16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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My name is Brenda and I am the Editor / Publisher of DEFENDING GOD'S WORD, a Biblical and Spiritual discernment ministry here to help you in rightly dividing the Word of God when contending for the faith. Our mission for this blog is to reach others with the Gospel message of our Savior Jesus Christ and to alert those caught up in the growing apostacy & deception infiltrating His Church in these last days so they are not deceived. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

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  1. Debbie Pembleton says:

    Thank you Brenda! Once again you have allowed the Holy Spirit to minister through your words. This is what I needed to “hear” at this moment. God Bless!

Romans 10:17 KJV

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