In the Book of Revelation, the “One sitting on the throne” gives us a list of the types of transgressors who will not see the kingdom of heaven. By this time in scripture it is a fairly predictable list; but the very first one on the list might get our attention. Cowardly.
“But for the cowardly and faithless and detestable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars – their lot is in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Of all the things we know will interfere with our relationship with YHVH, here is a ringer. Fear. We are commanded by God NOT to be afraid. Apparently he takes this seriously. When we are afraid, we are not trusting him.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)