P.E.O.P.L.E P.L.E.A.S.I.N.G is one of those things, those things I continually seem to struggle with, maybe not on the outside, but on the inside…So much so, I have Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare”, written on a little white index card taped on my bathroom mirror.
And it is not only fear of what others think (aka fear of man) that I struggle with, it unfortunately spills into other areas of my life.
I work so hard to get over it and I do for a while, but somehow I let it sneak back in!
My pastor recently suggested I do a word study on the word fear in the Bible. I think she picked up on my constant struggle with fear, fear of all kinds. I AM SO OVER YOU FEAR. I am kicking you to the curb.
It’s fear and people pleasing that seem to hunt me down! I am about to hunt them down and as Jon Acuff says, punch fear in the face.
Fear is a tactic of the enemy to get us to not trust God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you, God.” AND the second part of Proverbs 29:25 that I have tapped to my bathroom mirror says, “but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”
Why I forgot to put the second half of the verse on my mirror is beyond me! The entire verse reads, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”
Right there is my answer! TRUST instead of FEAR!
As I was doing my study on fear, I realized almost every scripture I read in the Bible said, fear GOD! I suddenly realized I feared everything else, but God. I know God doesn’t want us to be scared of Him, but rather hold Him with much reverence, KNOWING He is God, as in the God that created the universe! Fearing anything else is saying, I don’t trust that You are God, God! Then of course my prayer life and Bible reading lose their luster because I doubt God and it is this vicious little circle of destruction!
Just what the enemy would love, me to doubt God, His goodness and His love for me (and YOU)!
BUT. God IS LOVE! So let’s just remind the little enemy of THAT fact! God can’t help but love us, because HE IS LOVE!
Oh Lord, forgive me for putting others opinions above yours, how ludicrous!
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6) I might need to write this one on my arm with a sharpie.
God often reminds me that it doesn’t matter what ANYONE thinks of me. This folks, is hard to get through my thick, people-pleasing skull. BUT with Jesus, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Thankful it is a journey, don’t let the enemy condemn you! You are doing awesome and God is proud of you!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)