Did you ever stop to think…that the fear of man is a form of slavery?
How so? Because we are slaves to whatever controls us (2 Pet. 2:9). When we fear others, we lose our God-given freedom and allow them to control us.
Think about your life.
Ask yourself, “How am I forfeiting my God-given freedom? How am I living as a slave to others? How does the fear of people control me?” Consider relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers.
Do we fear what others think if we…
~disagree with them?
~fail to measure up to their standards?
~fail to gain their acceptance?
~refuse to walk in political correctness?
~share our testimony?
~speak an unpopular truth?
~confess our struggles out loud?
Reality is that people are like little ants crawling around on an ant hill compared to God (Ps. 8:4). We carry breath for a moment. We hold fleeting emotions and ever-changing minds. We’re alive today and dead tomorrow (James 4:14) to be judged by God (Deut. 1:17, 2 Cor. 5:10).
A sure recipe for insecurity and insanity is fearing humans.
Here’s my formula: FEAR OF MAN=INSECURITY+INSANITY
On the contrary, the fear of the Lord produces just the opposite of what the fear of man produces. The fear of the LORD grows security, stability and confidence.
The only way to defeat the fear of man is by gaining the fear of the LORD.
When we examine reality, the decision is not difficult. We certainly cannot fear man and God simultaneously. So, we need to ask ourselves, which do we want to fear:
1) A created sinful being who is forever changing, severely limited in knowledge, mortal at best, limited in time and space, bound in selfish motives and unsure of what our longterm best interest is because they don’t and can’t know the future?
2) The Loving Creator Who is Immutable, Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and forever working in our best interest?
If we lack the fear of the LORD, then we must ask God for it. There is no question that He desires for us to forsake the fear of man and walk confidently in the fear of the LORD. And God delights in giving the fear of the LORD to His children (James 1:5, Luke 11:11).
Ask Him for it today.
Psalm 8:4 What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
James 4:14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
2 Peter 2:19 For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
Psalm 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Isaiah 2:22 Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Deuteronomy 1:17 Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Proverbs 15:33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord
Proverbs 16:6 Through the fear of the Lord, evil is avoided
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life turning one from the snares of death
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence
Eph 6:6-8 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. 7 With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Luke 11:11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?