Sinful fear is similar to anxiety and worry in that it is a troubling of our soul. Sinful fear leads to disobedience of God’s commands because it can paralyze us to inaction or cause us to seek our own solutions outside of God’s ways. Contrary to fear are confidence and trust in the person of God that leads to obedience to His Word.
Fear in the heart says things such as: "God let things get out of control." "I have to escape this situation." "I can't obey God because I have to protect myself."