SAFE FROM THE SNARE OF FEAR

safe from the snare of fear

 

Proverb 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

 

There is a type of fear that vexes, torments, snares and binds more Christian lives perhaps more than any other fear. It’s probably the biggest fear hindering one’s usefulness in ministry. Proverb 29:25 calls it the fear of man, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” When Jesus warned us about persecution from men, He addresses fear in connection with confessing Him before men (Matthew 10:23 33). This fear hinders our testimony and witness before men. This fear thinned out Gideon’s army where it was revealed that three hundred proven warriors without fear was far better than 32,000 with fear (Judges 7:1 23). In 1 Samuel 15:22-26, Saul compromised obeying the Lord because he feared the people; as a result, his usefulness was cut short. Temptation to compromise is always related to fear.

 

In ministry, two prophets in the Old Testament were given revelation by God how that this spirit of fear often operates through people’s faces and looks:

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

 

Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

 

In the Law of Moses it was especially set as a standard for judges as a qualification of their appointment, “Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it Deuteronomy 1:17.” Being afraid of the “face” of man can cause you to compromise a stand for righteousness, truth, and justice.

 

The counter to this diabolical and intimidating fear is in the second part of the verse, “… but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” The fear of man does not have the power to usurp authority over a Believer who has made the decision to trust the Lord. We also know from the New Testament “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear …1 John 4:18.” As we trust in the Lord and walk in the love of God we can repel the fear of man. We can also make a daily profession of faith to encourage ourselves from Psalm 118:6 which says, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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