The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts inProverbs 29:25, The Passion Translation
the Lord shall be safe.
If we engage in the Fear of Man, we give it power. We allow it to bind us up and need to be set free. Satan loves to use the Fear of Man to keep us in bondage. He has worked a very long time to trip us up and he’s good at it. Remember, he wants to kill, steal and destroy us. If he can effectively get our eyes off Jesus, he will succeed.
We are often worried about what others think about us. Some of us are even detrimentally obsessive about it. We are worried about what we’ll wear in order to look good around various groups of people or situations. We omit information even to our family or best friends because we don’t want to be embarrassed or judged. We think we must have the right material objects to fit in. And on it goes.
We can really get into spiritual trouble when we authorize those thoughts to repeat themselves over-and-over in our minds. When we do this, we are not thinking about God and we are opening ourselves up for suffering.
We can also feel we are not good enough or worthy. We engage in people-pleasing, codependency, and every other way we Actualize Death in our lives. We can take on the role of a predator or a victim. And we can try to please God by joining every ministry we are interested in and some we aren’t. These dead works get us nowhere. But we can learn from our mistakes.
Excerpt from my new book, Hardwired to Fear God: Overcoming the Fear of Man.