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Five Keys to Overcoming Fear of Man

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You know the thoughts. “I want to share my faith in Jesus with this person, but what if they get mad? I wish I had the boldness to lay hands on on that woman, but what will she think if she is not healed?  I have to do what he wants me to do, or I will lose him!” It is a rare person who has not experienced fear of man at some time.

Saul was a man who was driven by fear of man. When there was a need for a sacrifice to be offered, Saul offered it instead of waiting for the one God had appointed for this task,  Samuel, to come. The reason he gave for doing this is insightful.

I Samuel 13:11, 12 “Samuel said, What have you done? Saul said, ‘Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines were assembled at Michmash, I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.'”

He did it because he did not want the people to scatter from him!  The truth is that what you compromise to get or to keep, you will eventually lose. His actions, and others like this, cost him the kingdom.

How many pastors have refused to speak the truth of God’s Word because it would mean that people would leave his or her church? How many  people have been lost because believers were afraid of rejection if they shared their faith? How many people have not been healed because someone was afraid of failure?

Then there was David. God called him a “man after God’s own heart.” David, although not perfect, generally obeyed God regardless of the reaction of others or the cost to himself. When he could have killed Saul, and seized the kingdom, he did not.  What he refused to compromise to take, the Lord freely gave him. 

What were the things that caused David to walk free from fear of man? How can YOU walk out of this great trap to the believer?

1. Get to know God in all his wisdom, love, and power. David had an advantage over Saul. He spent many, many hours with the Lord as he watched his father’s sheep. As he got to really know God, he recorded his thoughts in the Psalms. Spend much time in worship, in the Word, and receiving ministry through the laying on of hands. As you do, you will come to know that He is GOOD. His love for you endures forever.  You can trust that He has good plans for you. You have no need to compromise or to manipulate others to get what you want. You have a FATHER.

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2. Purposely make God your protector and provider. In Psalm 46:1, David declared God to be his refuge and strength. Make a firm decision that all of your trust will be in this Father who loves you and adores you.

3. Purposely give Him your life. David chose to be completely surrendered to God, regardless of the consequences. Tell Him that you are giving Him your ALL. You can trust this One who loved you so much that He laid down His life for you. He will more than recompense you in eternity for any losses during this lifetime.

4. Recount His great works in your life. When David was faced with Goliath, he recounted what the Lord had done through him while in the wilderness watching the sheep. Hadn’t He enabled him to kill a lion and a bear? Would He not also be faithful when faced with the giant? David did not compromise with Saul’s armor. He confidently went against the enemy with what the Lord had given and taught him.

When fear seems to try to come to control your actions, remember how faithful the Lord has been in the past. Write down His marvelous works for you and in you. Read them over often.

5. Get your identity from Him, not from the opinions and reactions of others. Saul constantly wanted to be affirmed before the people. His identity came from them. David’s identity came in his relationship to God.

Let me remind you that YOU are in Christ. You are accepted in the Beloved. You are a son or daughter of God. You will rule and reign with Him through all eternity, as you are faithful. You are more than a conqueror. What does it really matter what people think????

As Saul chose to constantly protect self, he became more and more cowardly. As David chose to please God alone out of a trusting relationship with Him, there was no room for insecurity, and he was bold as a lion.  You can have the same experience. Perhaps you are not there yet. Yet, you are on a journey. DON’T STOP! 

Sherry Evans

www.FireReach.com/

 

A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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Sherry Evans has a passion to see Jesus get what He paid for! The Lord has given her a three-fold mandate: 1. To stir up and equip the church through preaching, teaching, and impartation 2. To minister healing to the sick. 3. To win the lost. She currently is a co-pastor in Jefferson, OH, as well as an evangelist. She regularly prays for the sick online, on the street, and in healing services. Sherry is available to churches and groups for healing and revival services and healing and evangelism classes. For more information, visit www.FireReach.com