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Throughout the scriptures when an angel appeared it would say to the person “fear not”. When the shepherds were abiding in the fields and the heavenly host appeared the scripture said in Luke 2: 8-10 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore (very) afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” When the glory of God comes, men fear. Yet, God does not want us to fear, he wants us to embrace his glory. Moses had a very close relationship with God. God called him his friend. He was not afraid to get into the presence of God, in fact he asked God to show him his glory. He could not look at the face of God, but he could see the rest of him. Because of this, the glory of God was on Moses so brightly that he had to wear a veil when he came down from the mountain. It caused fear to come upon all of the people. That fear was different from being scared. It was a reverential fear. This is revering God and all that he is.

Fear (scared) of God has kept many people from having a close personal relationship with the Father, and Holy Spirit. Many have no problem with Jesus, but they fear the wrath of the Father, and the uncertainty of “a spirit” talking to them. God sees us differently than we see ourselves my friends. He sees us in Jesus. We are in Jesus at the moment of salvation, and will stay there. God cannot look at us any other way. When we come to him “through” Jesus, we should remember the love he had for us to even give us salvation. Father wants to be “abba” to us, which means “daddy”. I mean no disrespect to him in saying this at all. Can you have a relationship with a natural father and only call him “father”. Anyone can be a natural father, but only those that are “daddy” have a true relationship with their children.

Fear paralyzes us. Faith releases us. If you are bound up in fear then ask God to forgive you, and ask Him to reveal himself to you. Reverential fear is necessary, but being afraid of God will destroy you. By the way, God does not have a big stick waiting for you to mess up so He can beat you. Many have heard the words “God will get you for that”. I say yes, he will. He will get you and hold you and love you with all the love a Father can give! Fear not! 

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