Fear of Man
Recently I tried something new. I was burned out with life so I made the decision to change a few things. Some of these changes have taken place slowly over time and have just now taken effect while a few of the changes were immediate.
The reason I started this 40-Day Journey to Find Hope in the first place was that I desperately needed to find hope for myself. Life had thrown me a few curve balls and the attacks felt like they never quit.
Several months ago, I read a book called, When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch. Initially, this book offended me so I knew that I definitely needed to reread it.
As I read through the book for the second time, the truth of why I had been slowly losing hope and joy became evident. My focus had been on the wrong things. I focused on pleasing people, that non-existent but very real – ‘they’ or ‘them’. What do they think of me? How can I please them? Do they like me? What would they think if I did this instead of that?
I lived my life wondering so much about what ‘they’ thought or what ‘they’ were doing, I had lost sight of the most important thing. I created an idol out of people. I made people big in my life and God was small. People’s opinions were more important than God’s word. Identifying this problem in my life was HUGE!
I made the decision to let go of the fear of man and stop being a people pleaser. Situations arose where I was confronted with the option to exhaust myself trying to please someone or just say ‘no’ I am not able to do that right now. What a challenge it was for me! After I said no, I kept wanting to explain myself and justify why I said no. I released it to the Lord. I said ‘no’ to the voice of guilt. I had to remind myself that I had not done anything wrong.
This went on for weeks as I began to break the yoke of people-pleasing. I noticed that slowly I had more confidence and the negative thoughts diminished. For the first time in my life, I was valuing the priorities God had given me over all other priorities. I can taste freedom from people. I also noticed hope returning. My days were more productive and I thought much less about what others thought.
The scripture in the middle of the bible is Psalm 118:8. It says “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Proverbs 29:25 says “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
Fear of man steals hope. Our living hope is Jesus, the Rock. If we continually make idols out of people, entertainment, alcohol, shopping or any other thing that pacifies us, it will eventually enslave us. We will serve it. Our living hope is Jesus, He came to serve and give His life for many (Matthew 20:28). Where is your hope? In the person of Jesus or in the people around you?
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Thank you for Jesus! Thank you for giving us a Living Hope. I want to put You above all. I want You to be big and people to be small. Show me areas where I fear the opinions of others. Help me to walk in freedom from fear of man.
Psalm 118:8. “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
- Do you fear man? Do you think about what others might think about you?
- Do you value the opinions of others over the Word of God?
- Are you afraid to talk to your friends and family about Jesus? If so, why?
- Does the fear of rejection bother you?
I would love for you to leave a comment below, thank you!
Please contact me if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression or despair and see no light at the end of your tunnel. There is hope for you!
For Further Reading:
- Introduction: A 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
- What is Occultism?
- Are you Bold?
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: My Story
Please share your testimony with me, I love testimonies! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)
If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done.
You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Jesus, I want YOU as Lord of my life! Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Romans. 5:10).
In Romans 10:9, the Word promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”