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Fear of Man ©Donna Reiners
Fearing God is wisdom…

Isa 8:13-14 The Lord of hosts–regard Him as holy and honor His holy name [by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him]. And He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him]; but He shall be a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

The Hope in Fear

God was supposed to be my only hope of safety but instead; my fear became my hope and safety. I was more afraid of my dad than I was of anything or anyone when I was a child. He terrified me right down to the souls of my feet. Why? To be honest, I am not certain why I feared him. He mellowed out when I was born – stopped drinking heavily and quit being so mad all the time. My sisters on the other hand experienced his fits of temper and paid a price for his anger. They saw the side of Daddy, which I can honestly say, I am grateful to have missed. If I had only walked with God, then He could have been my sanctuary instead of my fear of man!

All I knew was fear and self-confidence and self-reliance and independence. I truly needed no one and I made that clear to those around me. Years later of course, I came to know the Only Truth Giver and was able to reach a change of mind regarding all the lies I had believed.Without meeting the Lord, I would have continued living life for myself until I was gray and would still be miserable living in my own sin of the fear of man.

Do you know the Lord my friend? Have you made Him your sanctuary? Your Safe Place? Your Confidence? Have you lived your life with the fear of man? Do you rely solely on your own strength to go through your day-to-day life? If so, would you consider giving yourself over to the Lord and making Him your Refuge? Let God turn your victim days into days of VICTORY!

Pray With Me

I admit that I have let others dictate the way I live my life simply because I have been afraid to defy them. I desire to trust myself and trust You with my decisions. I come out of agreement in letting others control and manipulate me. I have a change of mind this day about how I have responded to other people’s wants. I will, from this point on, seek You first and Your opinion before being so quick to say yes to those around me. Let me no longer be consumed with the fear of man. I love You and need You to direct me and heal me deep in the core of my being. Show me how to honor in the midst of living life with those who have no clue what honor means. In Jesus name Amen.

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The Bible talks about being not afraid of man but instead to be afraid of Him! Yet, I did not grow up in a home that magnified the fear of God. Instead all I knew was the fear of man.

Prov 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.

I was afraid to ask for a little thing!

I even remember once, when I was a young teenager, wanting an increase in my allowance. When I was a kid, I got 50 cents each week. It was just enough to go to the skating rink on Friday nights. One year, the skating rink price increased from 50 cents to 75 cents and I went into a royal panic. What was I going to do? I cried and cried and cried. I loved skating – it was my one social outlet. Momma did not have much money. She got an allowance as well. So, we decided I would have to ask Dad for an increase. Oh, the fear I had just to ask my dad for a 25 cent raise in my weekly allowance. Shaking in my boots, I actually verbalized my desire to my dad. I began by telling him how afraid I was to even ask him a little question and how I hated being afraid of my own dad. Surprisingly enough, he told me that he never wanted me to be afraid of him. I explained my need and all he said was no problem. It was probably one of those rare occasions when mom has said something in private and paved the way for me. If I had known how easy it would be to get it, I would have asked for a whole dollar but instead I had the fear of man!

Can you see how I was ruled by fear? How very very sad to be THAT afraid of one of your parents! Being afraid of my dad came early on in life and it definitely was a snare for me. I was afraid when I was young and I grew into a fearful adult. I did not lean on or trust in the Lord. I leaned on and trusted in fear! I put my confidence into fearing others! I encourage you today to lean on and trust in NOT fear but lean in and trust in God! HE will never steer you wrong!

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