Moreover, from the day that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, for twelve years, neither I nor my relatives have eaten the governor’s food allowance. But the former governors who were [in office] before me put heavy burdens on the people and took food and wine from them in addition to forty shekels of silver [as an excessive monthly salary]; even their servants assumed authority over the people. But I did not do so because of the [reverent] fear of God. I also applied myself to the work on this wall; we did not buy any land, and all my servants were gathered together there for the work. Moreover, there were at my table a hundred and fifty Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us. Now the following were prepared for each day: one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls (poultry) were prepared for me; and in intervals of ten days all sorts of wine was provided in abundance. Yet for all this, I did not demand the governor’s food allowance, because the servitude was heavy on this people. Remember me, O my God, for good, according to all I have done for this people. – Nehemiah 5:14-19
Consider that you cannot resist the evil around you unless you give yourselves to God. No man will ever for a lifetime resist and repel the domination of evil unless he is girded about with the purity of Jesus Christ, as an atmosphere in which all poisonous things fade and die, and through which no temptation can force its way. The only means for steadfast resistance is a steadfast faith in Jesus as our Saviour.
1. In Christ we have an all-sufficient pattern. The one command which contains the whole of Christian duty, the whole law of moral perfectness attainable by man, is–“Be ye imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk as Christ walked.”
2. That fear of God which is all transfused and mingled with the love of Him, gives us next an all-powerful motive. Love delights to please; fear dreads to disobey.
3. The fear of God strengthens us for resistance, because it gives us an omnipotent power within ourselves whereby we resist. “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (A. Maclaren, D. D.) – Biblical Illustrator
At the heart of the fear of God there is a driving, compelling pulsebeat. What makes men and women fear God is not first that he has absolute rights over their life, though he has. They fear God above all because he loves them and they love him. That God should love us is a wonder of all wonders. He is the thrice Holy One. He is of purer eyes than to look on sin. And yet he ‘so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son’. It is little wonder John wrote, ‘this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins’ (1 John 4:10). It is when God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5), that we begin truly to fear God, to hold him in reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). – Ian Hamilton
The Holy Spirit is therefore called “the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord”