The Fear that Drives Out All Other Fears

Volume 29, Issue 2 | March 2023by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/Teacher Southern View Chapel Fear is a normal part of life. We fear many things, and some fears are baked into our DNA by God to protect us from true dangers. It is not a phobia to fear jumping into a river full of piranhas or alligators; it is a self-preservative fear. There are hundreds of such healthy fears. Entertainer Dean Martin said, “Show me a man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear, and I’ll show you a dummy who gets beat up a lot.”[i] But the concept of fearing God is largely foreign to our modern minds and culture. Our emphasis today is on the love of God and not the

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