Righteous Fear

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Mark 5:15

When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.


Earlier in this chapter, Jesus had delivered the demoniac of Gadara. The Bible says he was filled with a “legion of demons.” They tormented him day and night. He lived in caves, ran naked, and beat himself with chains. But when Jesus set him free, he was seen shortly thereafter, totally clothed and normal. That scared the town’s people.


It’s amazing that a man could live in a community and be so crazy, be known by everyone, and instead of being frightened of him they were at peace. However, when Jesus set him free and he was finally normal, the people of the community were filled with fear! What is the meaning of such a story? There is a “demonic fear” and a “Righteous Fear.” Those who live with “Righteous Fear” never fear demonic fear. But those who are filled with demonic fear always fear the righteous, because the “Righteous Fear” of God silences all of hell. Even the people of the town, though somewhat normal, were driven by the same fear of the demoniac. When they refused Jesus, they knew they would be bound by hell forever. The question will always be … “What fear will drive you?” The fear that comes from hell, or the “Righteous Fear” of God?


Dear Jesus,

As always, I am asking You this AM to reveal Your glory and Your power to me. Never, never, never do I ever want to lose sight of my great and Almighty Savior! I choose “Righteous Fear” again today. Amen

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  • Yanick L. Lacroix Reply

    Wow! Great insight on Godly fear! It is true that when you do someone good instead bad, as retribution, you can see the fear on that person’s face. God is our avenger and the fear of the Lord brings righteousness!

    February 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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