For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment… It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-27, 31
(6) Godly fear will keep you from abandoning the faith
There was great pressure on these believers to abandon their faith in Jesus. This letter offers robust encouragement: “You have faced great pressure on account of your faith, but if you abandon Jesus, you will have something much worse to face.”
“Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin. If you walk away from faith in Him, you have no other way of finding peace with God. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. So don’t even think about abandoning your faith in Jesus.”
(7) Godly fear will deliver you from other fears
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD… His heart is steady; he will not be afraid (Psa. 112:1, 8).
Godly fear will put strength into you. It will enable you to face and overcome other fears. But if we continue losing the fear of God, we will be overwhelmed by an epidemic of other fears—fears about health, fears about money, fears about the future, fears about not measuring up, and fears about what other people think.
Lose the fear of God and other fears run rampant. Learn the fear of the Lord, and you will find strength to face your other fears.
Do you see what a marvelous gift this fear of the Lord is? It is the gift of God. It will keep you from sinning. It will foster your pursuit of holiness. It will sustain you in faithful service. It will keep you from abandoning the faith. It will deliver you from other fears.
Where do you most need the fear of the Lord? If this fear is a gift, it means you can ask God for more of it in your life.