The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). In my spiritual journey I have come to the knowledge of many types of fears. I have had fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of exposure, fear of dying and going to hell- oh but wait, that is not the fear of the Lord. That is called a Spirit of fear and condemnation which is a demon (2 Timothy 1:7). There are all kinds of demonic fears that lead us to anxiety and torment. There are religious spirits that do as we were told not to do in Galatians 3, and that is to attempt to walk out this Christian life style, that first began in faith by the Spirit, now in the flesh (Galatians 3:10-11). That is also rooted in the spirit of fear and condemnation, and it is a righteousness gained by flesh with a “self-righteous” stamp of approval on it. There is a curse that comes to those who try to gain acceptance or admittance into the Kingdom of heaven through keeping the law, because it says that those who are relying on the law for approval are under a curse, and that they must keep the entire law if they are to succeed. This is where the demonic stronghold of fear comes in, that leads to fruits contrary to the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is joy, peace, and true righteousness. Instead this person produces pride, judgment, and a yo-yo yoke of approval from the Lord because they are only in peace when they are strong in their flesh, all the while the word tells us that it isn’t until we have become weak that we are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). The truth is that our strength isn’t of us at all, and it has absolutely nothing to do with us. It has been and ever will be only found in God’s mercy and grace, because it was bought by the Christ dying on the cross. Then we have the true fear of the Lord, which in reality isn’t fear at all, making the religious fearful (1 John 4:18). This fear understands that it is free to do whatever it wants, but it knows that the only true way is God’s. That is the fear of the Lord. It doesn’t cause anxiety. It doesn’t torment us with the kingdom of hell dangling before our eyes as our lot the moment we mess us. Rather, it says that I don’t want to displease God. I want to do right by him. He will never force me to do right by him, and I have the responsibility of choice. What will I chose today? It is the understanding that only I can mess things up by making the wrong choice. The consequence being that I might miss out on the promise that was meant to be enjoyed. I don’t want to work and sweat on the land of desert and only gain a thistle. I want to enter into the green land full of milk and honey where I can find rest. That is what the fear of the Lord is. It is one that sees that we only have one life to live, and what we risk is missing out on the best. It is missing out on the opportunity to fellowship with the master of the universe, and to lose my soul in the process. It is trying to gain the world, but losing my soul. Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom. Fearing God means that we truly believe in him and that we act on it. It is our faith that will make us or break us in the end. If we know what is right and at the end of the day do not do it, then by our own conscience we will stand condemned. It is not necessarily God who will do it. We will do it to ourselves. I think the biggest punishment will be seeing the God we turned away from with complete knowledge, and understanding in fullness how bad we failed. It will be our regret. This is the fear of the Lord that is where all wisdom begins.