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No, a believer does not have to live in a continuous state of anxiety/fear. On the contrary, the typical status of a Christian is that he is not scared or afraid of God. Why? Because the believer is "in Christ" (Romans 8:1). Which means he is completely identified with Christ. For the believer, there is no more condemnation. Even though we still live in this world, before God, the believer is already like His Son (1 John 4:17), and has received the Spirit of sonship. Through Him (through the Spirit), the believer knows God as "Abba Father" (Romans 8:15). This Father-Son relationship is therefore filled with perfect love and thus free from any fear of imminent judgment (1 John 4:18).
So why is the fear of the Lord still important?
Because sin is still in us. Sin will be ever-present, until the day when our bodies will be glorified, as our Lord already is (Philippians 3:21). We are still awaiting this fulfillment of "sonship," the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23). Until then, the believer can still sin. Does that change his position before God? No, never. But there still is the terrible possibility of sinning against the Almighty God - to the point that this sin can lead to death (1 John 5:16).
However, the normal condition of a healthy Christian is that he does not sin (1 John 3:6).
Therefore, it is also the normal condition that he is not afraid.
No, but you should be afraid to sin (before you sin).
After you sin, you should know that your position before God is still perfect, because you are still "in Christ”. Your sinful act does not change this fact. But in your daily practical life, you now find yourself in the situation that you have sinned against God. The normal actions is to instantly confess our sin, as soon as we realize that we have sinned. Having done this, we can again enjoy full fellowship with God as our Father (1 John 1:9). Ignoring to do this, and choosing to go on with life without making things right and without true fellowship with the Father, would be a terrible thought for a child of God.
In fact, a child of God would never want to do that. If you, as His child, just continue in your sin, then He will, out of love, use all means possible to lead you to repentance, so that you may, once again, live in holiness and enjoying fellowship with Him (Hebrews 12:4-17).
In extreme cases, however, our sinful actions may necessitate a temporal judgment – on earth (Acts 5:5; 1 Corinthians 11:29-32; 1 John 5:16). So, even though we have sinned, our position in Christ remains eternally secure (wonderful!) and the Almighty, Holy God remains our loving Father, forever. For this very reason, who would not fear God by not confessing the sins that God has made him aware of, and choose to simply continue to live in them?
- "When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it." (Acts 5:5).
- "As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear." (1 Timothy 5:20)
- "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death…" (1 John 5:16)
- "Everyone who is born of God does* not sin." (1 John 3:9).
It is not about artificially creating a special experience, but that we get involved with the God of the Bible, take Him as He really is and then, for example, in our quiet time, experience the fear of the Lord. It is not an experience to be strived for, but a natural consequence of your life with God. (If you leave out the modern "God is only love-filter" when reading the Bible.)