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John Bevere

The Astounding Way a Healthy Fear of God Transforms Your Life

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    The fear of God is constructive.

    First things first: it’s too easy to misunderstand what it means to fear God or a higher power. It’s all in the word “fear” – It can be tricky to wrap our heads around it. After all, fear is usually associated with being scared, right? It’s no wonder we often perceive fear as a negative emotion we should avoid or conquer. 

    But the truth is, the fear of God is a particular kind of fear that, contrary to popular belief, can transform and empower our lives. This fear can inspire reverence, awe, and a deep, intimate relationship with the divine.

    To harness this profound emotion for personal and spiritual growth, we first need to understand the difference between two types of fear: constructive fear and destructive fear.

    Constructive fear catalyzes positive change, urging us to revere a higher power. This reverence helps us develop a solid moral compass, guiding our actions and decisions. Think about the individuals you know who have turned their lives around by fostering a genuine respect for the divine. More often than not, they have discovered that they can find meaning and purpose in their lives.

    What’s the opposite of constructive fear? Simple: destructive fear. This fear stifles progress and incites anxiety, causing us to shrink away from challenges and growth opportunities. For example, a person consumed by the fear of failure may never take the necessary risks to pursue their dreams, and regret it later.

    By recognizing the distinction between these two types of fear in life contexts, we can avoid unnecessary pitfalls, develop lasting positive traits such as self-awareness, wisdom and emotional intelligence and live a fulfilling life.

    So, let’s dive deeper. We’ll start by looking into one of the many powerful offshoots of holy fear: reverence.

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    What is The Awe of God about?

    The Awe of God (2023) is an exploration into how a healthy fear of God can unlock a deeper relationship with Him. From fostering reverence and humility to grounding a strong moral compass, it shows how holy fear can inspire you to live a fuller, more inspiring life.  

    Who should read The Awe of God?

    • Anyone who is struggling to find intimacy with God
    • Christians who want to deepen their understanding of Scripture
    • People who think that fear is bad 

    About the Author

    John Bevere is an international minister, speaker and best-selling author of dozens of books on the Word of God. He is co-founder – along with his wife Lisa – of Messenger International, an organization whose mission it is to provide resources for discipleship around the world. His books have been translated into several languages. 

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