As you may already know, the heart is the seat of emotion. It is more important than ever to understand our emotions; one emotion that we can learn from is fear. Fear is an emotion that can get the best of us by driving us away from the presence of God. On the other hand, when used for its original intent, it can elevate you into the very throne room of God; it is the key to unlocking the spiritual wealth of heaven.
“Fear is an internal emotion even when you have external drives.”
We recognize fear is an internal emotion even when you have external drives. For example, a lion is chasing you because you look good to eat. It triggers the fight and flight response; if you did not have this fear and you did not run, there’s a good chance you will be his dinner. On the other hand, the fear of man the fear of failure, these are just to name a few of the many fears that can be crippling in our lives.
We need to recognize that fear is built into us for survival, warning us of danger. Fear is a protection mechanism for the survival of our ego, as we know our ego will do anything to protect itself.
In this modern-day, we have allowed fear to control our lives. Fear is turned into anxiety, and unmitigated anxiety has crippled us in so many ways, including destroying our health and well-being. How do we turn this emotion around from a defensive poster to the fear of the Lord? Is it possible to elevate this emotion to bring you to the very throne room of God? Let us Turn to the keys of God’s word to unlock the spiritual storehouse of the wealth of heaven!
It says in Isaiah 33:6 Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
Fear that is fallen destroys, but when you lift up fear where it belongs, this fear means Awe, fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety. You turn your fear from ego’s defense to the worship of God your salvation, and you do this with your emotions, as we spoke about earlier.
Fear has two sides, like to sides of the same coin; you need to flip it over to the good side to the Lord.
Continuing reading Isaiah 33:6, we unlock the blessings of God in our life; the context of this scripture is in trial and tribulation. Isaiah says the fear of the Lord is our treasure, meaning storehouse. You are tapping into an incredible source of your faith to be nurtured and fed as we realize faith is confidence. Let’s look at Hebrews 11:1; faith is the substance “meaning confidence” of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times; in Hebrew, “times” means experiences, fortunes. Isaiah is also saying that Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the experiences, fortunes, and the strength of our salvation; wisdom is the word of God, and experiential knowledge is the experience of knowing His love for you intimately. This is not just head knowledge but heart knowledge. It’s really important to understand this because you experience Jesus as your salvation. We can understand what the apostle John wrote about in 1 John 4:18-19. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us.
So how do we walk through the trials that Isaiah was speaking about?
Using the very fear that cripples us and the same emotions when turned over like a coin. Turning fear to Awe and worship, tapping into the storehouse that builds our confidence in Him who is our salvation.