Proverbs 19:23 "The fear of the Lord tendeth to life; and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil."
God’s Word reminds us that as Christians we are no longer slaves to sin. Through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, sin has been defeated. However, many Christians wonder, “then why am I still stuck in my sin, my addiction, my anxiety, my anger, my lust?” How do I capitalize on God’s plan for my life? We must take the focus off the sin and put it on Jesus. After we are saved, we still like to look back in fear at our old sin when we should be looking up and fearing God. Fear equals focus. We focus on the things we fear. We must change our focus, by changing what we fear. We must immerse ourselves in Christ and Christ alone.
First, we must immerse ourselves in God's Word. The fear of the Lord is recognizing what God has done for you and realizing what He may very well do for you and to you! When we read His Word we recognize His character, His holiness, His magnificence and His authority in our lives. Our hearts are then drawn toward a proper fear or reverence of God.
Second, Psalm 86:11 says, "Teach me thy way, O Lord...unite my heart to fear thy name." We must ask God to connect our hearts to His and align our hearts to who He is (His character). We must cultivate a mindset that is persistently aware of His presence. Now we have a new focus!