The Fear of the Lord…What Is It Really?

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I know this is a touchy one, because many people get a little mixed up on the difference between the fear of the Lord and fearing God. So we’re going to talk a little bit about this today. I might add that I’m pretty passionate about this one, because I believe it’s so important for the times we’re living in. So let’s dive in.

I want to start by saying that “fearing” God…meaning being “afraid” of Him is unhealthy. And this is the initial misconception. He doesn’t want us to be afraid of Him, because quite frankly if we’re afraid, then we won’t go near Him, right? Right! So this is why we have to get the right estimation. He desires that we draw close to Him. Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The spirit of fear brings torment, dread, and fright; but the fear of the Lord is to show reverence, respect, awe, and acknowledgment of God.

So you see there is a definite difference. To fear Him is to reverence (respect) Him, to acknowledge that He is God, and to live like He knows all and sees all. There is nothing hidden from the Father. It’s almost like having natural parents. You know they’re there, we’re supposed to respect them, and acknowledge the fact that they are our parents. And even when we tried to hide things from them, eventually we would either get busted or sit down and have a heart to heart talk with them about it. It’s similar with God…only on a grander scale!

Personally, fearing God in my life is living “God-conscious.” It’s living knowing that He is there…no matter where I am. My response to that is constant acknowledgment. Meaning what I wear, watch, listen to, engage in, entertain myself with, my conversations, my worship, and even how I deal with my husband, children, and authority. If I know He’s there, watching over me and keeping me daily, then I surely desire to please and respect Him.

With God, there are no ceilings. Again He knows all, and sees all. Look at it this way. One time, I actually climbed on top of my countertop to get something above the cabinets, and I just happened to look down and see my kids below getting snacks in the kitchen. Now as I looked down, I thought to myself…”Wow! This is how God sees us.” And for a while, I just stood there watching them as they went along, not even really noticing me…just living life. That was a “real” moment for me. And from that day forward, I said, “With God, there are no ceilings. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden. Not even the things in my heart and mind.” And I’ve found that when I live like this, my conscious is clear and it helps me to keep iniquity checked!

Hebrews 4:13, says, “Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is God to whom we must explain all that we have done.” There it is. That’s pretty clear. I love the Scriptures, because it is truly our roadmap for life. Listen my sister, when we fear God, it means that we respect Him in every way and in every area of our lives. It’s living God-conscious. The whole point is to please Him. So let’s do that as we allow the grace of God and the power of His word to help us. Psalm, 86:11 says, “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” And Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” *Take note of these Scriptures as you draw closer to God and fear Him in a healthy way.

Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! Those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s get ready from the Inside Out.



I highly recommend that you get the book by John Bevere entitled, "The Fear of the Lord." Awesome book! Do a search for it!


*Thanks for reading! I hope and pray that you’ve been enlightened from this post. Feel absolutely free to ask a question or leave a comment. Tune in every Monday at 7:30am for new posts! And don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and share this blog with friends, family, co-workers, or your women’s group or ministry. I’d love to stay connected and help more women grow in the Lord! Thanks again and may God be with you!



About the Author:

Courtnaye Richard is a Christian blogger, author, and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye – a ministry designed to help women grow stronger in their walk with the Lord from a biblical and practical perspective, live out their life purpose, while also preparing them to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. She’s all about real life, real talk, and real faith! She reaches thousands of women through blogging, but also ministers through devotionals, videos, audio messages, social media, speaking engagements, and her monthly “LIVE” chat on 1st Tuesdays of each month entitled, “Let’s Talk.“ She resides in the Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, TX) with her husband and three children.


  1. Karina Susanto August 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Hi courtnaye
    So enlightened read your post and always be 🙂 I really love this post.

    • Inside Out with Courtnaye August 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Karina for your support! Continue to let God use you for His glory!

      ~Your Sister in Christ

      • Sunshine May 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        I lileartly jumped out of my chair and danced after reading this!

        • Courtnaye Richard June 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

          Yay!!! Praise God!!!

  2. Jenna August 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this! My family meaning my husband and I and our children have just recently been “changing” our lives. Josh and I sat down and we are ready for God to shine through us and our children! We want to know more feel more!! We are very excited that we took this step towards our Lord 🙂 I look forward reading new post from you and sharing them with my family!
    God bless

    • Inside Out with Courtnaye August 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Awesome Jenna! Praise God! This is so good to hear. I pray that God will bless you and your family for stepping out further in a deeper walk with Him, and for being a light for others. This is so needed for today’s time! I’m reminded of Matthew 5:14-15 which states, “You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (NLT) Thanks so much for reading my post and sharing it with your family! May God bless you richly!

      Your sister in Christ

      • Anonymous August 20, 2013 at 12:35 am - Reply

        Thankyou for writing this post. I definitely was a little confused about this one but you help clarify so much and it makes perfect sense He doesn’t want us to be afraid of Him, we just need to respect Him as God point blank. I stumbled across your blog (well I know it was nobody but God that brought me to it) a couple weeks ago and they have helped me tremendously in my walk with Him. You are a blessing to so many people including myself and I thank God for you! I pray that His blessings fall upon you and continue to let Him use you for His glory. I look forward to reading your next post sis 🙂

  3. Krystle August 20, 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Thankyou so much for writing this post. I was def a little confused about this one but you’ve clarified so many things and it makes perfect sense now. He doesnt want us to be afraid of Him we just need to respect Him as God point blank. I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago (well I know it was nobody but God that led me to it) and your posts have helped tremendously in my walk with Him! You have been a blessing to so many people including myself and I thank God for you. I pray that He continues to bless you and continue to let Him use you for His glory. As always I look forward to reading your next post sis 🙂

    • Inside Out with Courtnaye September 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Praise God! Thanks Krystle for sharing this beautiful comment with me. I’m so grateful that you were enlightened from this post. I’ve been there before with having an unhealthy fear of God, but after learning about it through amazing Bible teachers and God’s Word, the Lord really balanced me out with this one. I pray that you will continue growing stronger in your walk with the Lord. Be encouraged!

  4. Sharon Hilstock August 28, 2013 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Courntey,I really enjoy reading your helps me so much, with my walk with christ.Thanks so much …Sharon

    • Inside Out with Courtnaye September 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Praise the Lord! It’s such a blessing to hear this. I pray that you will continue growing stronger in the Lord sis. He’s able to keep you. 🙂 Thanks for reading them!

    • Inside Out with Courtnaye September 18, 2013 at 4:58 am - Reply

      Praise God! Thanks so much Sharon for reading them! I pray that they continue to encourage you…blessings to you!

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