Fear is a huge problem, and for many a stumbling block. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. However, that was BEFORE the blessed promise and arrival of the grace of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Not a contradiction, just context. We are now inspired, motivated, and powered by the love of Jesus AND by His love! OK. So, where does the “wrong” type of fear enter in?
Generally, fear, per se, is a satanic tool, technique, strategy for control! Many Christians out there in the world are, with wonderful intentions, living under their own power, so to speak. This usually results in poor or mixed results, and sooner or later, frustration.
2 Timothy 1:7 gives the key to understanding this:
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, and love, and a sound mind. . . ”
If we are spectators, we sit back and watch prophecy unfold revealing the end of the world. If we are active participants through Grace, we are cooperative, synergistic participants – “doers” vs hearers.
Therefore, a life that shares or enters into the victory of Jesus Christ is one marked by spiritual fruit, the greatest of which is love.
The source of our power is the fullness of the Holy Spirit. DYNAMIS: the Greek root for dynamite in English, is a Supranatural power that comes from renewing the mind of our new creation via a diet rich in the Word of God!
Since Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; that Holy Spirit power is exactly what we need to do ANYTHING according to His will, for His glory. All else is “natural” human will power/effort that falls flat. Be encouraged!
Peace & Maranatha