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Spiritual Fear *[ A Devils Footstool ]*

Fear of the Lord is a fear of awe, reverence or respect. This type of fear will result in blessings and will greatly benefit us in life unlike the spirit of fear that we may experience throughout our lives. This is the type of fear that we must look to God for help to overcome.
We can overcome fear by looking to God and receiving his Love. Scripture tells us that “perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18

If you have or have had trouble believing this it is most likely due to the devil and his schemes. Satan does not want us to embrace the love of God, instead he wants us to remain alone in our fears. He will use this to cause us to doubt God.
Many times we allow our worldly fears to get in the way of our relationship with God. The good news is that we do not have to remain in our fears. God’s Word tells us to call out to God in our times of fear. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (ESV)
This means we must first take our fears to God in prayer. This can often be difficult to do at first, but over time once you do so you will be willing to continue as you experience God calming your anxieties and fears.

Matthew 6:25 is perhaps the most quoted verse about anxiety in the Bible because it challenges us to trust God rather than falling into worry and anxiety. What we often miss when quoting verse 25 is that the teaching on anxiety is an application of verses 19–24. In verses 19–24, Jesus reminded us all that life on earth is short and we can’t take anything with us. He taught us that what we value will become what we prioritize. If we value the world’s priorities more than we value God’s priorities, we will naturally be anxious about the things of this world like food, clothing, and “stuff.”

Because our money, health, reputation, and relationships are valuable to us, we become anxious when what we love becomes threatened. Anxiety provides us a window into what our hearts find truly valuable. When our hearts align with God’s values, we will view the dangers around us differently. Death, discomfort, and dire circumstances don’t have the same sting when we have God’s eternal perspective. When God’s values and our values align, we will understand what is most important and live out the purpose we were created for.

Action step: God calls me to overcome anxiety by keeping my focus on what will last eternally.
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