“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe” (PV 29:25)
In Hebrew the word ‘fear’ means to be so full of anxiety until you become restless and impatient. It means to become frustrated, confused and embarrassed because of defeat in battle. Fear of man produces a coward and a loser. This fear is a snare, something deceptively attractive that traps its victims. Fear of men is a snare. The believer is captured by the devil as a prisoner of war. Fearing what men can do to you is something you must confront. You cannot ignore this fear. You must defeat it! Many believers are in bondage to the evil spirit of intimidation. They need deliverance but they are not ready to fight for it. They try to keep safe by (over-) investing in relationships. But that idea is a snare. For no man or woman can save, protect you or promote you! Only God can do that!
By contrast, faith in God keeps you truly ‘safe’. In Hebrew, the word ‘faith’ means to be confident in God’s promises and to be sure of His Word. Faith is His covering makes you bold as a lion. All your hope is in God. To be ‘safe’ it means to be strong, totally inaccessible from the attacks of the strongest men, exalted on high and promoted above all your enemies. In Christ, God is your unfailing defense. You need to choose: who do you fear? Is it God or men? God protects you from your enemies but men cannot protect you from the judgment of God!
Child of God, please listen! To fear men more than you fear God it means that something is wrong somewhere. As a coward you do not completely trust God and His promises. You may be deceived to say ‘I trust God’ but in reality your faith is damaged and you are ignorant of it. You need help from God. Selah!
For example, in Genesis 12 you see that the great Abraham became afraid that Pharaoh will kill him and take away his beautiful Sarah. To protect himself he convinced her to lie that she is not his wife but his sister. Here you see that fear of man makes a man a partner with the devil who is a liar and a deceiver. Abraham forgot that when God called him He promised total protection and safety.
Jehovah God said to him:
“And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,
And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.
And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.” (Gen 12:3; AMP)
It is possible that Abraham believed the promise of blessings. But he did not completely believe that God will fight and judge his enemies, those who will reject, dishonor or slander him. This snare is very common in the lives of many Christians. They trust God to make them wealthy but they do not trust God enough to protect them from their enemies who are jealous of their blessings. Fear of man produces the snare of doubt in God’s protection.
Child of God, please pray that God will open your eyes to see if your feet are already caught in the snare called ‘the fear of men’. Pray that God will deliver you from it! If not, you will not be able to stop lying and deceiving others; you will not be able to move forward and make progress; you will not be free to serve God well. May the entrance of God’s Word bring light in your heart and your situation! Praise God who is able to save you and to protect you always! The truth sets free indeed!
As for me and my household, in Christ, we declare:
We fear God too much to fear what men can do to us!
The snare of intimidation is totally broken!
We are like the eagles that fly high above all troubles!
God is our Savior!
We trust God for total protection!
We believe that all the promises in Christ are yes and amen!
Truth has set us free indeed!
We shall worship God forever!
In Jesus name