Monday, 5 September 2011

Fear of man, brings a snare!

I was going to post something else, which I edited and re-edited many times.  This gave me a check in my spirit, because I had no peace about it.  So, this is my final draft which after much editing has actually got a point! 

I had an epiphany a week ago.  I realised that I had been modifying my behaviour because of fear of man.  And when this thunderbolt hit me, I was so angry at myself.  I had been cheating no one but myself, out of friendships, connections and relationships with like-minded people, OUT OF FEAR of man!  

God gave me a scripture which helped me put this into words, because I now  recognized the face of the problem but could not put a name to it.  That verse is:  Prov 29 v 25:  The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.


God showed me through this verse that by fearing someone, I was modifying my behaviour and I was hurting myself, as the verse says, creating a snare for MYSELF!  I should not have done this, I should have trusted the Lord, He would have protected me from that which I feared.  This is why you now see me on Facebook :)

Ps 27 v 1:  The Lord is my light and my salvation;  whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
God released me of my fear

Lord, forgive me for hiding my life because of fear of man!  And thank you for releasing me from my own self-made snare!  Amen

My encouragement to you is to not fear man, because you trap yourself!  Trust God - He frees you.

God bless
Tracy

I'm linking with Jen at Finding Heaven for Soli Deo Gloria



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19 comments:

  1. Youve made HUGE strides in such a short time. I am very proud of you and the growth you show.

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  2. This is a wonderfully vulnerable post;) it's so refreshing to see God correcting and redirecting other people. I've felt alone in that lately! Thank you for sharing your revelation of Gods provisions with us!

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  3. This is so awesome Tracy; perfect! :)

    I think many of us are not free from ourselves, parts of ourselves that weigh us down and make us weak and fearful. Once we admit and come to terms with our weaknesses we can humble ourselves and stand in front of God and say that we recognize we need Him and let Him take the reins.

    I am so encouraged by your post; thanks for sharing this! :)

    Denise

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  4. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. For I too am guilty of modifying my behavior for men. I need to live only for God and keep my eyes focused on HIM

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  5. This is a post that hits home with so many--and sometimes we are not even aware that this is what is holding us back. Thank you for your honesty and for your wonderful example of "trust and obey"!
    Blessings!
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  6. Beautiful post ... destroying fear ... A delight to meet you today. i hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip my toes in God;s goodness.

    Be blessed bunches,
    Sarah

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  7. I so identify with this Tracy. Because of fear I hid for many years. But the Lord helped me to get out there and now I recieve so many blessings by being out there with the homeless, talking to all kinds of people and not fearing at all. So freeing to totally trust in the Lord isn't it!? :)
    Loved being here today, blessings to you!

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  8. Ah Stefanie - thank you. I truly appreciate your friendship, You are very precious to me :)

    Hi Kelli - I definitely felt corrected and redirected, and then such peace because of it. Thanks for the encouraging comments. they mean a lot to me.

    Hi Denise - thank you. I appreciate your lovely words. Its so true that when we humble ourselves, and acknowledge our need of Him, things in us change.

    Hi Shanda - amen, we should be seeking only God's approval.

    Hi Pam, you are so right, I was not aware that I was trapping myself, I thought I was protecting myself. God showed me otherwise.

    Hi Sarah, nice to meet you and you are welcome to check out everything. I'll be popping over to check your blog out too. Hope you stay around for more :)

    Hi Kristin, yes, it is freeing. Once you take that first step of faith - God just opens the doors. Your freedom you have discovered is sowing into so many lives. I think its awesome. I enjoy reading about your journey

    Thank you ladies for all your comments. They mean too much to me :) Have a blessed week ahead.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. O, Tracy ... dankie vir jou openheid. Dit is een van my struikelblokke en dit is besonder dat ek daar oor lees. Ek is tevrede met jou blog omdat dit so aansluit by wat ek lees in die Bybel en ook wat ek persoonlik ervaar. Lieve groetjes.

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  10. Ah, it is good to listen to those checks in our spirits.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. I love that verse...one of my favorites!

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  12. That is a great verse. I fear 'man' sometimes, but I have to remind myself that God mad them just like me... they are no better, and no worse.

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  13. Hi Jedidja - I'm glad that this lines us with what you're reading. Makes me feel like I'm on the right track

    Hi Glenda - amen. God knows so much better than us

    Hi Allison - yes, and now it is also one of my favourite verses :)

    Hi Kelly - Good point. And He knows their hearts, we don't

    Thank you ladies for commenting. I really appreciate it.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  14. Hi Tracy - this is a very good post and I like the scripture you shared. I too once feared Facebook, blogging, even sharing openly with others. It is through His strength that I am able to do this. His grace is sufficient...

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  15. I really like this one! Man can have such a hold on us! When you said, Lord forgive me for hiding my life, i thought; not only do we hide our life, but more importantly our light! I agree, God has set us free from man, its time to be loud and proud!
    Anon M

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  16. What can man do to me? I need to continue to reflect on that truth and let it soak in to the depth of my soul. I want to live for an audience of One!

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  17. Hi Joan - amen - His grace is sufficient. Glad I'm not the only one who felt this way.

    Hi Anon M - So true M, about hiding our light. So not what God wants, but so what the devil wants. Ouch!

    Hi Shannon - amen, It is Him and only Him that we must seek to please!

    Thank you very much for commenting. I so appreciate it and it encourages me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  18. I needed this reminder today, to not fear man. When I am in the presence of the Lord daily, I don't take man too seriously. But after several days interacting personally and professionally with people after not spending time with God has me entertaining fear of man.

    Thanks for the reminder that there if no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

    Thank you for the truth!

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  19. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a True Story" at:http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/ We know who is the author of fear and God is the one who can give us courage and boldness to step out and not "look at their faces." Others are just people like you and me, and you do have something to offer so just let the chips fly and allow God to be your voice.

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