Are You Living Fearing God?
One area where there is much misunderstanding is the concept of the fear of the Lord. Fear is an unhealthy thing when we're talking about relationships. It is a good thing to fear or respect a raging storm or a forest fire, but fear is not helpful in the context of relationships, especially where emotional intimacy is involved. Could you freely enjoy an intimate relationship with your earthly father if you feared him? It's impossible! Intimacy requires trust, which is the polar opposite of fear. Fear makes it impossible to trust, therefore it's like throwing water on a fire, it will eliminate intimacy, because intimacy is built on trust.
Many teach that the fear of the Lord is a respect and reverence of Him, but that teaching quickly turns religious and cause people to feel like God is so high and lofty that He's almost unapproachable. Again, this kind of thinking is what wages war against our intimacy with our loving heavenly Father. God is very approachable, and desires personal intimacy with us. He put His Spirit within us that cries out Abba Father! Approaching God should not feel like you're standing beside a sky scraper, it should feel more like having fellowship with a best friend.
"Well"...you may say, "what about Deuteronomy 6:13?"
“Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.” Did you know that Jesus quoted this very passage, but interpreted it much differently in Luke 4:8.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Isn't that enlightening? Yet so many teachings have been written on the importance of fearing God, all based on translation error. Satan wants God's children to fear their heavenly Father, so that they will never experience true and freeing intimacy with Him to keep them in the bondage of religion. Without that intimacy and genuine relationship in place, we won't break free from man-made philosophies to be transformed by His love.
1 John 4:18. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
There NO FEAR in love...love expels fear...he who fears has not been made perfect in love. Knowing God's love for us which is impossible to know if we are in fear of Him, is crucial to our ability to experience the fullness of relationship with Him.
Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
People who fear God, see Him as a dictator. Fear is the very thing that Adam and Eve experienced once they broke fellowship with God in the garden. They knew no fear before they knew sin. So if God's plan for Adam and Eve was not for them to fear Him, then why do so many believe today that God's will for His people is to fear Him?