Human Fear vs. Heavenly Fear

September 2, 2016 | Tags: ,

From 90 Devotions to Encourage Your Heart:

Do not fear what they fear;
do not be terrified.
You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy.
Only He should be feared;
only He should be held in awe.

Isaiah 8:12-13

There are two types of fear–human fear and heavenly fear. Human fear equates to terror. Heavenly fear equates to awe. God is telling Isaiah (and us) that we are not to fear the way the world fears. Instead, we are to look to God and His holiness and greatness. We are not to spend unnecessary time and energy on human fear.

How do we do this? Through prayer and acknowledgement that God is bigger than any fear we have. In reality, when we allow fear to take over, we are really (falsely) pronouncing the power of Satan over God. We are saying this terror, this fear, is too impossible for God to overcome. But God says, “Is anything impossible for Me? Is anything too big for Me?”

Whatever fearful circumstance you are facing, bring it to God. Then through prayer, hand it over to Him. Proclaim God’s greatness over your fear. Ask that He replace your fear with His mighty presence and peace. Do not allow your fear to rob you of the true joy that is yours in Christ. No fear is bigger than our Great God.

By Courtney Silberman

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