Fear of God should not feel bad, it should bring comfort.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

A friend sent me a meme that is very truthful. It stated “Bible prophecy is not to scare, it’s to prepare. If you are scared your not prepared. “ That is absolutely true, also if you are scared you may have chose the wrong side in this spiritual battle that started in the Garden of Eden. We are seeing some of the final prophesies being fulfilled very rapidly. Those who have prepared find joy in this because it shows them that better times are very very near. Those who have not prepared or who chose the wrong side in this spiritual battle will be in fear. Those who chose God’s side live in reverential fear which does not come with all the negative thoughts or negative health effects that the fear of retribution or the fear of not having God’s protection comes with. Reverential fear gives you comfort from the sense of trust and the faith it imparts a person with. I am going to discuss fear and how reverential fear protects us from the fear those who do not know God or have not built their relationship with him have. The bible tells us prophesy was not written for the unbeliever but for the believer.

There are different types of fear in the bible, reverential fear which means we have such a deep love and trust of God that we fear not listening to him, because we know that he has the foresight we lack. We also realize he has the power and authority to do as he promises. We also know if we do the things he would require of us he will protect and guide us. So it would be similar to the fear a child would have of disobeying a parent. The fear a child may have of losing the parents love and protection. This type of fear would drive us to trust God to guide us in all areas of our life and to not go through life without seeking wisdom in his word from him, praying to him and meditating on things and putting his word on our hearts by not only reading it, remembering it but we also let it guide our lives so much that we do not have to think about what to do we, would automatically know what God would want us to do. If we are uncertain what to do we would approach him in prayer, search his world and not lean on our own understanding or put our confidence in man. We are seeing the end results of man trusting in man or themselves. Man has tried every form of government, ma has tried developing many types of charities to try and prevent bad things. None of these things have succeeded it has only gotten worse. It has become very clear man needs God’s guidance and protection. Chronic illness is rampant on the earth showing we need him to remain healthy and happy. God is the source of life so we cannot live without him.

There is fear of retribution for errors or for opposing God. Fear also of losing favor with God. Fear of losing the future promises. These fears can drive us to correct certain behavior so that we can develop a reverential fear of God. Those who refuse to listen to God will live in constant fear of retribution. Not only that, because of the times we are in, things are getting very confusing and uncertain. Those who have a reverential fear of God may get distressed and hurt at their hearts at what is happening but the uncertainty of the times do not overwhelm them and confuse them. If you watch the news people are living in such fear that they are giving up rights, hoping in doing so this will give them protection and safety. That rarely ever happens because the bible says the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one and it also warns how easily man is corrupted, deceived or how often man makes errors when we rely on our own understanding. Those who trust God and his word and seek him out in prayer have freedoms others who ignore his word and reject his world do not have. Those who trust God’s word also have hope in the future promises God has given us. Hitler promised a safer and healthier nation but in order to do so a certain group of people had to have their rights took away, and look what he did. Even those who have good intentions can make decisions that harm others. Man does not have the foresight or wisdom God has. Not only that man dies, so even if they did do many good things they are usually undone by the next person that follows their leadership. God cannot die, God is perfect and cannot lie. So any promises he makes we know he will fulfill. All promises God has made in the bible has been fulfilled, there are only a few that have not and we can be sure he will fulfill them. For example he promised a new earth that would be a paradise. There would no longer be suffering , illness, death, violence, wars or any other thing that causes suffering. This would be brought about during Jesus thousand year reign. God would choose 144,000 to rule as kings with Jesus in heaven. These would be ones chosen from the earth. The bible indicates those who will dwell on the earth and those who will go through the great tribulation during Jesus 1000 year reign would live forever on the restored earth.

Reverential fear leaves you with a good feeling and puts you in more awe of God and drives you to trust him and have faith in him. Fear of retribution or fear of the consequences of sin could drive those who seek God with their whole heart and whole soul to develop a reverential fear. Those who have no desire to change will feel fear of retribution when they read certain scriptures and because of this could even get angry or confused because it may hurt their conscience. If we are reading the bible and a certain fear comes up we may ask ourselves why we felt fear. Has this scripture identified an area in my life or my beliefs I need to work on? Has the scripture identified an area that I need to build my faith and trust in God and Jesus? If so how can I correct this what actions will I need to take to develop a reverential fear of God.

God often times says “fear not” in the bible. He does not want us to live life with the type of fear that paralyzes us and takes from our health. God often times offers comfort. The two main issues that have been brought up by Satan is he accused God of not having man’s best interest at heart by accusing him of hiding things from man. He also lied and told man they would not die. We still see this lie being told when people state that you do not die you go to heaven or hell. Satan also accused man, by saying man only loves God because he blesses and protects them. This has resulted in many living in fear of death. If man died and went somewhere else there would be no need for a resurrections. Also if the unrighteous went to hell why would the bible state they would be resurrected? They would have no need for a resurrection because they would be alive in the supposed hell or in heaven. There are many who have been deceived by the false hell fire teaching. It is used to induce the wrong type of fear in man. The original word used in the bible meant pit or common grave. The teaching of someone burning and suffering in an eternal fire came from Babylonian religion and was not a bible teaching. The bible speak often of the destruction of the wicked. It even says Satan and the demons will be destroyed. Sadly those who have been taught the false hell fire teaching actually live in fear of Satan and the demons. In Jeremiah Israel was sacrificing their children in fire to Baal. God was asking them to stop doing that, he stated a thought like that has never crossed his mind. Those who know that death means you return to the earth you have come from and during the resurrection God will remember those who obeyed loved and trusted him will have a resurrection of life so do not fear death , demons or Satan because they realize they will all be gone some day. Jesus defeated death so it will be the final enemy destroyed. Satan and the demons will die in the second death mentioned in the bible. There are so many false teaching now days that many live their lives in fear of retribution instead of having a reverential fear.

Most have a reverential fear of their parents when they are a child because they realize how vulnerable they are and how they rely on them for food , clothing, shelter and protection. Children also know their parents have more knowledge then they have so count on their parents to guide and teach them. This is the type of fear God wants us to have of him not a fear of retribution or fear of what happens because we made a bad decision. We are imperfect humans and will make bad decisions. If we were perfect God would not have , had to have the bible written for us. It is a guide on how to draw closer to him and his son. It teaches how to prevent making errors and when we do how we should respond. Because man is getting farther and farther away from God we are seeing the end results of man putting their trust in themselves. If all people read God’s word , applied it in their lives we would not have the problems we have today.

Many lost their trust in God because of so many religions practicing hypocrisy or teaching about God’s retribution of the wicked. They induce fear in members to have more control over them. They do not practice what they teach which causes God’s good name to be spoken of in bad ways and causing people to doubt the truth in the bible. This was prophesied and said this would occur on a large scale in the last days. So much so that it said the love of the greater number would cool off. Meaning they would appear to love others but would not know how to practice love in the way God would want us to do. This means they would appear to have a sense of Godly devotion but when presented with certain situations they will rely on their own understanding or even let their emotions or feelings to guide them. I remember once someone told me their minister told them to follow their heart. The bible warns against doing that because it said the heart is deceptive and desperate. If we follow our hearts we will false reason and deceive ourselves and we could do something we should not do that harms ourselves or others out of desperation. We may even do something out of desperation that harms ourselves and others. To prevent this from happening we can write God’s word on our hearts , this means we take in his word and let it guide all we do , so much so that it becomes a habit for us and we do not have to think about what to do but we will automatically know what we should do.

Things are rapidly winding down. There is going to be some things that will occur very soon that will be frightful to many. Those who put their trust in man, in their own understanding or listen to their hearts will not fair well. Those who write God’s word on their hearts will be protected because it will guide them through the great tribulation. These ones will prepare as they see the final prophesies being fulfilled and will not be in constant panic and fear because they know they have God on their side. It makes me sad to think when the collapse of this system comes and all the material things of this world and wealth are gone those people will have nothing because they did not choose to make God a key part of their lives. When this occurs those who put their trust in God have the confidence he is with them and will get them through it and things will get much better when the new system is here very very soon. As these final prophesies are being fulfilled they will get excited knowing better times are very very near. So wouldn’t it be better to develop a reverential fear of God? If we fear the things that are happening , or fear bible prophecy , or fear retribution we should not let that deter us from studying God’s word but it should inspire us to take a deeper look at Gods word so we can make the changes needed to have the faith, security , and peace that the reverential fear gives us. Much of the prophesies in the bible are written in signs. The bible tells us what those signs mean. It takes looking into God’s word deeply to understand those signs. Once you do it becomes very clear what to expect and what God would want us to do. This removes the fear of uncertainty that many have as things rapidly wind down and it gives us the confidence that God is on our side and he will protect and guide us through the great tribulation into the new earth where righteous will dwell. As the world is in a constant state of confusion, frustration and fear those who have written God’s word on their hearts find encouragement from God’s word because they are seeing prophesies fulfilled that were given thousands of years ago and because of this they become more confident in God’s wisdom and foresight and put their trust in him and realize it is man removing God from their lives that have brought us to this point and that God appointed Jesus as our king and he is going to bring an end to all the bad happening now days very very soon. By writing God’s word on our hearts and trusting it, it will protect us. The bible says many would pay no attention to the warnings in the bible and by the time they realized what was happening it would be too late and destruction would suddenly be upon them. Many of them would be people who believed they were doing what God required. We need to search God’s word and do our best to do all he requires so we will know the signs and know how to prepare and what God requires so the destruction will not be suddenly upon us and we can escape by being excepted into the heavenly kingdom.

Bible prophesy as in times past prophets spokento God’s people was not to induce fear but to incite them to do all God would require so they would not be harmed. This includes being harmed by their bad decisions or harming others by their bad decisions. It was to incite them to draw closer to God and to prepare for the things that were about to occur. Those who did not trust God or who disobeyed him where the ones who became afraid and would persecute and kill the prophets delivering the messages from God. If bible prophesies incite any negative emotions we should access why and not react the way Israel did in the past by persecuting and killing those delivering the messages. The prophets were trying to warn Israel so they would survive and not come to harm. If we are in fear of retribution or in fear of the things occurring and the bible says will occur then we may have chosen the wrong side. As for me I choose God’s side because all of this will be gone soon and when it is those who do not have God will have nothing. Those who cling tight to Jehovah will have him and Jesus and will be rewarded for trusting them and putting their faith in them. Bible prophesy is to warn us and tell us how to prepare and what to expect so we can make it safely through what is about to occur. It does not say we will not suffer tribulation but it does promise much better times and , life that will not end for those who endure. This endurance comes from trusting God and Jesus. Whether a person fears God and trust him or not they will experience tribulation. Those who do not have God to guide and protect them will not survive. Knowing we will suffer tribulation no matter what, wouldn’t it be much more comforting to know we had God on our side? As we learn God’s word we need to reach out to others so they have the hope we have towards the future promises that faith in Jesus and God gives us. We first heard God’s word from others. How could others learn to trust God and to fear him in a reverential way if they do not get to hear God’s world in truth. Most of all if we find areas we need to work on whether it be a short coming we need to overcome , or areas in our faith we need to work on we should do our best so we have a reverential fear of God instead of one of retribution.

(1 Corinthians 14:20-22) 20 Brothers, do not become young children in your understanding, but be young children as to badness; and become full-grown in your understanding. 21 In the Law it is written: “‘With the tongues of foreigners and with the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even then they will refuse to listen to me,’ says Jehovah.” 22 Therefore, tongues are not a sign for the believers but for the unbelievers, whereas prophecy is not for the unbelievers but for the believers.

(Isaiah 35:3, 4)  3 Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the knees that are shaking.  4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! Your own God will come with vengeance, God will come with retribution. He will come and save you.”

(John 14:25-27) 25 “I have spoken these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you. 27 I leave you peace; I give you my peace. I do not give it to you the way that the world gives it. Do not let your hearts be troubled nor let them shrink out of fear.

(Ezekiel 5:11-13) 11 “‘Therefore as surely as I am alive,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘because it was my sanctuary that you defiled with all your disgusting idols and with all your detestable practices, I will also reject you; my eye will not feel sorry, and I will show no compassion. 12 A third of you will die by the pestilence or perish in your midst by famine. Another third will fall all around you by the sword. And I will scatter the last third in every direction, and I will draw a sword to chase after them. 13 Then my anger will come to an end, and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be satisfied. And they will have to know that I, Jehovah, have spoken in my insistence on exclusive devotion, when I have finished unleashing my wrath against them.

(2 Thessalonians 3:1-5) 3 Finally, brothers, carry on prayer for us, that the word of Jehovah may keep spreading rapidly and being glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be rescued from harmful and wicked men, for faith is not a possession of all people. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the wicked one. 4 Moreover, we have confidence in the Lord regarding you, that you are carrying out and will go on carrying out our instructions. 5 May the Lord continue to guide your hearts successfully to the love of God and to the endurance for the Christ.

(Genesis 3:3-5) . . .” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.”

(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.

(Micah 7:3-5)  3 Their hands are expert at doing what is bad; The prince is making demands, The judge asks for a reward, The prominent one makes known his desires, And they work it out together.  4 Their best one is like thorns, Their most upright one is worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen and of your reckoning will come. Now they will panic.  5 Do not put faith in your companion Or trust a close friend. Guard what you say to the one who lies in your embrace.

(Jeremiah 19:3-5) . . .“‘“I am about to bring a calamity on this place, and the ears of anyone who hears about it will tingle. 4 It is because they abandoned me and made this place unrecognizable. In it they are sacrificing to other gods, whom they and their forefathers and the kings of Judah had not known, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent ones. 5 They built the high places of Baʹal in order to burn their sons in the fire as whole burnt offerings to Baʹal, something that I had not commanded or spoken of and that had never even come into my heart.”’

(Jeremiah 10:23-25) 23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step. 24 Correct me, O Jehovah, with judgment, But not in your anger, that you may not reduce me to nothing. 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations who ignore you And on the families who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob, Yes, they have devoured him to the point of extermination, And they have desolated his homeland.

(Jeremiah 17:9, 10)  9 The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it? 10 I, Jehovah, am searching the heart, Examining the innermost thoughts, To give to each one according to his ways, According to the fruitage of his works.

(Revelation 20:4-6) 4 And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.

(2 Peter 3:5-10) 5 For they deliberately ignore this fact, that long ago there were heavens and an earth standing firmly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and that by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was flooded with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are reserved for fire and are being kept until the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly people. 8 However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. 10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.

(Matthew 7:21-27) 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and lashed against that house, but it did not cave in, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and struck against that house, and it caved in, and its collapse was great.”

(Revelation 7:9) 9 After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.

(Isaiah 2:4)  4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Isaiah 11:6-9)  6 The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them.  7 The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull.  8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra, And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.  9 They will not cause any harm Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea.

(Proverbs 3:25, 26) 25 You will not fear any sudden terror Nor the storm that is coming on the wicked. 26 For Jehovah will prove to be your source of confidence; He will keep your foot from being caught.

(Hebrews 4:14-16) 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold on to our public declaration of him. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tested in all respects as we have, but without sin. 16 Let us, then, approach the throne of undeserved kindness with freeness of speech, so that we may receive mercy and find undeserved kindness to help us at the right time.

(Zephaniah 2:3)  3 Seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth, Who observe his righteous decrees. Seek righteousness, seek meekness. Probably you will be concealed on the day of Jehovah’s anger.

(Revelation 2:9-11) . . .. 10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’

(Revelation 20:13-15) 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the Grave gave up the dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. 14 And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

(John 5:27-30) . . .. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

(Psalm 13:3)  3 Look upon me and answer me, O Jehovah my God. Give light to my eyes, so that I may not fall asleep in death,

(Daniel 12:1, 2) 12 “During that time Miʹcha·el will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book. 2 And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt.

(John 11:11-14) 11 After he said these things, he added: “Lazʹa·rus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples then said to him: “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get well.” 13 Jesus, however, had spoken about his death. But they imagined he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly: “Lazʹa·rus has died,

(2 Timothy 3:1-7) 3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

(Matthew 24:15-22) 15 “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), 16 then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains. 17 Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house, 18 and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment. 19 Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! 20 Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

(Isaiah 44:22) I will blot out your transgressions as with a cloud And your sins as with a thick cloud. Return to me, for I will repurchase you.

(Isaiah 55:6, 7) Search for Jehovah while he may be found. Call to him while he is near.  7 Let the wicked man leave his way And the evil man his thoughts; Let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him, To our God, for he will forgive in a large way.

(Proverbs 3:5-8)  5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding.  6 In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.  8 It will be a healing to your body And refreshment for your bones.

(John 17:1-5) 17 Jesus spoke these things, and raising his eyes to heaven, he said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son so that your son may glorify you, 2 just as you have given him authority over all flesh, so that he may give everlasting life to all those whom you have given to him. 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified you on the earth, having finished the work you have given me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me at your side with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.

(Matthew 24:9-14) 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Hebrews 10:35-39) 35 Therefore, do not throw away your boldness, which will be richly rewarded. 36 For you need endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the fulfillment of the promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “the one who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and “if he shrinks back, I have no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.

Now more then ever we need proper fear to preserve our lives.

How to use.

Written by Lee stevenson sorry I do not edit very well. I broke this down into two sections. 

Things are winding down, now more then ever we need to let God’s word guide what we do and not fear. Fear of God is good fear because it will keep us focused and we will let his word guide us. Fear of man or of what we could lose in this world could blind us not only to danger but to what God requires and could cost us our life. 

Fear of man instead of God can get us into bad situations. If we continue in that fear then it only gets worse. Man can try and put us in a situation that may induce fear. The reason for this is when in a state of fear our thinking becomes clouded and we will be more open to solution even if it is from the person causing the fear. The solutions could benefit them but be harmful to us, but they may act like they have your best interest at heart. Studies have shown once fear is induced and sustained long enough a person may start to believe things that are not true even if solid evidence is presented to prove things otherwise. This is why fear of man can cause us to be easily fooled or even manipulated. 

(Proverbs 29:25) 25Trembling at men is what lays a snare, but he that is trusting in Jehovah will be protected.

We have many examples of how faith in Jehovah has been rewarded. No matter what the odds were. Noah is a good example, even though there had never been a flood because a mist used to water the earth he believed God when God had told Noah that there would be a great flood that would consume the earth and built the ark. He and his family were saved.

Abraham was wealthy he was told to leave everything he knew in order to be a part of a promise that he would not see because it would be fulfilled centuries later.

Moses mother displayed faith and did what she could to preserve Moses life. What she did could have meant she would never see Moses again but she had faith in God. In the end she was blessed by Jehovah because she was permitted to help raise him.

Rahab the harlot had faith and knew Jehovah's power so she hid God's people and was blessed in the end with her life being preserved.

The thing that almost all of them had in common is they had to leave the lives they once knew behind and start a  new life one that was led by their faith in Jehovah and not fear of man. They were all rewarded for their faith.

God felt so strongly about their loyalty and trust that he inspired it to be written that “the world wasn't worthy of them” . Isn't this how you would want to be remembered in the time of the resurrection or even in our times because the new system is very near. It is not going to be easy and things are going to be very difficult but keep in mind the time we may suffer is very short compared to living in a peaceful new paradise earth forever. 

(Hebrews 10:32-11:38) 32However, keep on remembering the former days in which, after YOU were enlightened, YOU endured a great contest under sufferings, 33sometimes while YOU were being exposed as in a theater both to reproaches and tribulations, and sometimes while YOU became sharers with those who were having such an experience. 34For YOU both expressed sympathy for those in prison and joyfully took the plundering of YOUR belongings, knowing YOU yourselves have a better and an abiding possession. 35Do not, therefore, throw away YOUR freeness of speech, which has a great reward to be paid it. 36For YOU have need of endurance, in order that, after YOU have done the will of God, YOU may receive the [fulfillment of the] promise. 37For yet “a very little while,” and “he who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38“But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and, “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul. 11 Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld. 2For by means of this the men of old times had witness borne to them. 3By faith we perceive that the systems of things were put in order by God’s word, so that what is beheld has come to be out of things that do not appear. 4By faith Abel offered God a sacrifice of greater worth than Cain, through which [faith] he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness respecting his gifts; and through it he, although he died, yet speaks. 5By faith E′noch was transferred so as not to see death, and he was nowhere to be found because God had transferred him; for before his transference he had the witness that he had pleased God well. 6Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please [him] well, for he that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him. 7By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; and through this [faith] he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness that is according to faith. 8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed in going out into a place he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, although not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he resided as an alien in the land of the promise as in a foreign land, and dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the very same promise. 10For he was awaiting the city having real foundations, the builder and maker of which [city] is God. 11By faith also Sarah herself received power to conceive seed, even when she was past the age limit, since she esteemed him faithful who had promised. 12Hence also from one [man], and him as good as dead, there were born [children] just as the stars of heaven for multitude and as the sands that are by the seaside, innumerable. 13In faith all these died, although they did not get the [fulfillment of the] promises, but they saw them afar off and welcomed them and publicly declared that they were strangers and temporary residents in the land. 14For those who say such things give evidence that they are earnestly seeking a place of their own. 15 And yet, if they had indeed kept remembering that [place] from which they had gone forth, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But now they are reaching out for a better [place], that is, one belonging to heaven. Hence God is not ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God, for he has made a city ready for them. 17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, as good as offered up Isaac, and the man that had gladly received the promises attempted to offer up [his] only-begotten [son], 18although it had been said to him: “What will be called ‘your seed’ will be through Isaac.” 19But he reckoned that God was able to raise him up even from the dead; and from there he did receive him also in an illustrative way. 20By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and E′sau concerning things to come. 21By faith Jacob, when about to die, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped leaning upon the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, nearing his end, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel; and he gave a command concerning his bones. 23By faith Moses was hid for three months by his parents after his birth, because they saw the young child was beautiful and they did not fear the order of the king. 24By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Phar′aoh, 25choosing to be ill-treated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin, 26because he esteemed the reproach of the Christ as riches greater than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked intently toward the payment of the reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, but not fearing the anger of the king, for he continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible. 28By faith he had celebrated the passover and the splashing of the blood, that the destroyer might not touch their firstborn ones. 29By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land, but on venturing out upon it the Egyptians were swallowed up. 30By faith the walls of Jer′i·cho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Ra′hab the harlot did not perish with those who acted disobediently, because she received the spies in a peaceable way. 32And what more shall I say? For the time will fail me if I go on to relate about Gid′e·on, Ba′rak, Samson, Jeph′thah, David as well as Samuel and the [other] prophets, 3who through faith defeated kingdoms in conflict, effected righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34stayed the force of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from a weak state were made powerful, became valiant in war, routed the armies of foreigners. 35Women received their dead by resurrection; but other [men] were tortured because they would not accept release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better resurrection. 3Yes, others received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by bonds and prisons. 37
They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn asunder, they died by slaughter with the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while they were in want, in tribulation, under ill-treatment; 38and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.

Man may be able to take our material possession but this is all temporary. These things will be done away with, so clinging to them will only bring us misery of constantly worrying about losing them. Put faith in Jehovah and look towards the things that will be permanent. Fear of losing wealth and our belongings can give us a fear of man. Fear of God will give us life. No matter what man does to us God can fix it. But if a person is destroyed by God it is forever. This system will be gone and there will be a new system one that will not end. All the misery and troubles will be gone. No matter how miserable our lives are wouldn't it be better to live our brief lives having faith in Jehovah then to have no faith and lose out on the future blessings which will last forever. Any suffering we go through in this system will be gone. If we stay strong, hold on to our faith we can reap a blessing that will last forever. We must fear God and not man if we want God's protection. If we do not know God how can we have faith. We must read his word and apply it or we will not learn and develop our faith and we will shrink back to destruction.

We do not have to fear because very soon God will set matters straight and all God’s enemies will be gone. Only those who had faith and loved the one true God will remain forever.

How can we have real faith if we put our faith in the things we can see. Human rulers will die. They lack the foresight and wisdom God has. We have had thousands of years trying every form of government and many advancements in science and still things are only getting worse. Only God can correct the mess man has made. Man can be easily corrupted and influenced. God cannot be deceived but man can be. So putting our faith is man is futile. Money, and precious metals will be worthless soon so if we put our money in those when they perish what will happen to those who put their faith in them? God does not die and does not change. There is no one wiser. He gave us a king Jesus Christ who will make sure God’s will is fulfilled. Very soon he will give his son the command to redeem those who have been loyal and faithful but those who opposed God or shrunk back in fear will be destroyed. We have no reason to be afraid even if our life may end. God will remember those who were loyal and faithful in the time of the resurrections so we do not have to fear death.

No matter how tough things get God will give us the strength to endure. Why worry about wealth we cannot take it with us when we die. All these things will perish soon. Why put our faith in things that will perish? God and the heavenly kingdom will exist forever wouldn’t it be better to put our faith in things they are forever rather then things that will perish soon? We may have to endure some pretty severe things very soon but God will help us to endure just as he did in times past. He will also protect us and help us get through things that would kill most others. For example when Daniel and his friends were thrown into the furnace and they made the furnace so hot that when someone opened it to look into the furnace they died. Yet Daniel and his friends walked out of the furnace and didn’t even have smoke on them from the furnace.

We must put on the complete suit of armor from God to keep fear of man from ensnaring us. This involves praying, studying God’s word, applying what we have learned and letting it guide us.

All these things will be gone soon. We know we are in the last days, chances are many of us will lose things we have worked hard for. We need to decide are we going to fear man and gain the world which results in death or fear God and live. This is all temporary but the treasures in heaven no one can take from us. Don’t be afraid to enter the narrow gate that leads to life. God will repay each of us for our work. We are in the last days. Many of us will suffer just as the apostles did, but God will guard our hearts and give us real peace through it all.

(Luke 12:3-7) .. 4Moreover, I say to YOU, my friends, Do not fear those who kill the body and after this are not able to do anything more. 5But I will indicate to YOU whom to fear: Fear him who after killing has authority to throw into Ge·hen′na. Yes, I tell YOU, fear this One. 6Five sparrows sell for two coins of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them goes forgotten before God. 7But even the hairs of YOUR heads are all numbered. Have no fear; YOU are worth more than many sparrows.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.

(Isaiah 65:17-25) 17“For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. 18But exult, YOU people, and be joyful forever in what I am creating. For here I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joyfulness and her people a cause for exultation. 19And I will be joyful in Jerusalem and exult in my people; and no more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or the sound of a plaintive cry.” 20“No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred years of age he will have evil called down upon him. 21And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. 22They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. 23They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance; because they are the offspring made up of the blessed ones of Jehovah, and their descendants with them. 24And it will actually occur that before they call out I myself shall answer; while they are yet speaking, I myself shall hear. 25“The wolf and the lamb themselves will feed as one, and the lion will eat straw just like the bull; and as for the serpent, his food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” Jehovah has said.

(2 Peter 3:11-13) 11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought YOU to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which [the] heavens being on fire will be dissolved and [the] elements being intensely hot will melt! 13But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.

(Psalm 37:27-31) 27Turn away from what is bad and do what is good, And so reside to time indefinite. 28For Jehovah is a lover of justice, And he will not leave his loyal ones. ע [‛A′yin] To time indefinite they will certainly be guarded; But as for the offspring of the wicked ones, they will indeed be cut off. 29The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it. פ [Pe’] 30The mouth of the righteous is the one that utters wisdom in an undertone, And his is the tongue that speaks justly. 31The law of his God is in his heart; His steps will not wobble.

(Proverbs 22:1-5) 22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth; To be respected is better than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor have this in common: Jehovah made them both. 3The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.  4 The result of humility and the fear of Jehovah Is riches and glory and life. 5Thorns and traps are in the crooked man’s path, But whoever values his life keeps far away from them.

(Proverbs 29:25) 25Trembling at men is a snare, But the one trusting in Jehovah will be protected..

(Matthew 10:28) And do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Ge·hen′na

(John 5:25-29) 25“Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. 28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

(Hebrews 10:35-39) 35Therefore, do not throw away your boldness, which will be richly rewarded. 36For you need endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the fulfillment of the promise. 37For yet “a very little while,” and “the one who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38“But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and “if he shrinks back, I have no pleasure in him.” 39Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.

(Philippians 4:10-13) 10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you have renewed your concern for me. Though you were concerned about me, you lacked opportunity to show it. 11Not that I am saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be self-sufficient regardless of my circumstances. 12I know how to be low on provisions and how to have an abundance. In everything and in all circumstances I have learned the secret of both how to be full and how to hunger, both how to have an abundance and how to do without. 13For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power..

(1 Timothy 6:. 6To be sure, there is great gain in godly devotion along with contentment. 7For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. 8So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things..

(Acts 20:31-35) 31Therefore keep awake, and bear in mind that for three years, night and day, I never stopped admonishing each one of you with tears. 32And now I entrust you to God and to the word of his undeserved kindness, which word can build you up and give you the inheritance among all the sanctified ones. 33I have desired no man’s silver or gold or clothing. 34You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my own needs and the needs of those with me. 35I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way, you must assist those who are weak and must keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, when he himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.’”

(Ephesians 6:10-20) 10Finally, go on acquiring power in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. 11Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; 12because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places. 13For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God, so that you may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace. 16Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows. 17Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, 18while with every form of prayer and supplication you carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit. And to that end stay awake, constantly making supplication in behalf of all the holy ones. 19Pray also for me, that the words may be given to me when I open my mouth, so that I may be able to speak boldly in making known the sacred secret of the good news, 20for which I am acting as an ambassador in chains, and that I may speak about it with boldness, as I ought to speak.

Wealth cannot protect us the way God can. We have the example of Daniel when he was thrown into the fiery furnace.

(Daniel 6:18-22) 18The king then went to his palace. He passed the night fasting and refused any entertainment, and he could not sleep. 19Finally at the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ pit. 20As he got near the pit, he called out to Daniel with a sad voice. The king asked Daniel: “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you are continually serving been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21Daniel immediately said to the king: “O king, may you live on forever. 22My God sent his angel and shut the mouth of the lions, and they have not harmed me, for I was found innocent before him; nor have I done any wrong to you, O king.” 23The king was overjoyed, and he commanded that Daniel be lifted up out of the pit. When Daniel was lifted up out of the pit, he was completely unharmed, because he had trusted in his God..

(Acts 7:54-60) 54Well, at hearing these things, they were infuriated in their hearts and began to grind their teeth at him. 55But he, being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of God’s glory and of Jesus standing at God’s right hand, 56and he said: “Look! I see the heavens opened up and the Son of man standing at God’s right hand.” 57At this they cried out at the top of their voices and put their hands over their ears and rushed at him all together. 58After throwing him outside the city, they began stoning him. The witnesses laid down their outer garments at the feet of a young man called Saul. 59As they were stoning Stephen, he made this appeal: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then, kneeling down, he cried out with a strong voice: “Jehovah, do not charge this sin against them.” And after saying this, he fell asleep in death.

(John 5:25-29) 25“Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. 28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

(2 Corinthians 5:6-10) 6So we are always of good courage and know that while we have our home in the body, we are absent from the Lord, 7for we are walking by faith, not by sight. 8But we are of good courage and would prefer to be absent from the body and to make our home with the Lord. 9So whether at home with him or absent from him, we make it our aim to be acceptable to him. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of the Christ, so that each one may be repaid according to the things he has practiced while in the body, whether good or bad.

(Isaiah 2:2-4) 2In the final part of the days, The mountain of the house of Jehovah Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, And it will be raised up above the hills, And to it all the nations will stream. 3And many peoples will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, To the house of the God of Jacob. He will instruct us about his ways, And we will walk in his paths.” For law will go out of Zion, And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem. 4He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Matthew 5:5) 5“Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth

.(Psalm 37:27-29) 27Turn away from bad and do what is good, And you will remain forever. 28For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones. ע [Ayin] They will always be guarded; But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with. 29The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

(Revelation 2:6, 7) 7Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

(Matthew 6:19-24) 19“Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22“The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. 23But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is! 24“No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches..

(Matthew 7:13, 14) 13“Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.

(2 Thessalonians 1:6-12) 6This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you. 7But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10at the time when he comes to be glorified in connection with his holy ones and to be regarded in that day with wonder among all those who exercised faith, because the witness we gave met with faith among you. 11To that very end we always pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and with his power perform completely all the good that he pleases and every work of faith. 12This is so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in union with him, according to the undeserved kindness of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ..

(Matthew 6:33, 34) 33“Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.

(Philippians 4:4-9) 4Always rejoice in the Lord. Again I will say, Rejoice! 5Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; 7and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well-spoken-of, whatever things are virtuous, and whatever things are praiseworthy, continue considering these things. 9The things that you learned as well as accepted and heard and saw in connection with me, practice these, and the God of peace will be with you.

(2 Peter 3:8-13) 8However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. 10But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed. 11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt in the intense heat! 13But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.