WHO DO YOU FEAR?Sep 12, 2021 2021-09-09 10:02
WHO DO YOU FEAR?
WHO DO YOU FEAR?
Read: GALATIANS 2:11–16
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
Fear can have either a positive or negative effect on your life. On the positive side, it can help you steer clear of danger. Conversely, it can hinder your progress or cause you to do things that are contrary to who you are and what you stand for. The key lies in who and what you fear. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13). This type of fear is liberating. It is a deep reverence for a powerful God and a wholesome dread of displeasing Him. This type of fear causes you to abstain from sin so that you are always within the boundaries of God’s favour and protection.
The fear of man brings a snare. It can prevent you from becoming whom God created you to be. The fear of man can become a “Goliath” in your life and torment you. It can make you afraid to speak up when you know you should or lead you into wrong relationships. It can also cause you to lie or compromise your values and in its worst form make you deny your faith in Christ. The disciple, Peter was a man with a tendency to display this type of fear. As a result, he sometimes behaved in ways inconsistent with his faith in Christ. He denied Jesus Christ before a little maid because he feared those who were in the courtyard (Luke 22:56–57). Years later, whilst a church leader, he withdrew and separated himself from eating with the gentiles because he feared those who were of the circumcision. It took the rebuke of Paul to get him back on track.
What type of fear rules your life: the fear of God or the fear of man? Jesus said to His disciples; “do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4–5). Next time you are tempted to act in a certain way because of the fear of man, ask yourself: ‘What is the worst thing that can happen if I do not fear this person?’
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.
Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen
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