The Bible says that "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" Proverbs 29:25
As the Apostle Paul so eloquently put it:
If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
Here's what I've noticed the fear of man can do:
- Cause you to make a bad decision that you wouldn't normally have made
- Cause you to do something that you know is wrong
- Cause you to drift from God
- Cause you to lie
- Keep you from telling others about the Lord
- Cause you to flatter people
- Cause you to hang out with the wrong people
There's probably more I'm not thinking of. But you see where I'm going. This is no small matter in the eyes of God. And to be quite honest with you, I've been dealing with this fear most of my life. But I've come to understand that the Fear of Man usually stems from a poor self image. And a poor self-image usually stems from something in your childhood. For me, it was not having a father in the home and having a very unstable home life.
So what do we do about it? How can we overcome the fear of man? I believe it all comes down to love. We must believe in our value in God's eyes and be rooted and grounded in His love. Then our self-esteem rises and when that happens, our fear of man lowers. So, get into God's Word and ask Him to reveal to you just how much He loves you!
May Christ through your faith dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
Why should we be rooted deep in love? Ephesians 3 goes on to say
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of God's love; That you may really come to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge ; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
I don't know about you.. but being flooded with God Himself sounds utterly divine to me! May the God of the Universe reveal Himself to you in 2011 and flood your entire body with His mighty presence!