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It’s easy to confuse positional holiness with behavioral holiness. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, the Lord declares our position before Him to be holy because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. However, he wants our behavior to change so that we will mature in our faith and become more like Christ.
Genuine fear of the Lord does not scare us and drive us away from God. Instead, holy fear draws us closer to God. It aligns us with Him and gives us the opportunity to experience true intimacy with the Creator of all things.
The fear of God is our natural state—it’s what God created us to experience. This means we receive many benefits when we are properly aligned with God in holy fear. Those benefits are not our primary motivation for choosing to fear God and obey Him, but they are nonetheless real. And they are sub...