Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Winsome Wednesday - Fear of Man

When I started blogging a few years ago I started out very anonymously!  I didn't show my name, only initials.  I didn't speak about my life, which I don't really do now either except to highlight a point about God's grace and mercy.  I wasn't on facebook, twitter or any other online forum unless you count having an email, lol!

And the reason for that was we were going through a very hard time being attacked from within shall we say.  I felt I had to protect my heart and my words and not let "those" people know I was here.  I was scared of giving the enemy any information about my life or my family's life.

Then my husband needed a facebook page for his business, which required him to have facebook.  So as I figured these things out I did a little "who is out there?" investigation and discovered that my enemies were living their lives.  Carrying on as if nothing of what was going on, was going on.  I was livid!!!  To say the very least.

But I was not angry at them.  No, I was angry at me for allowing them to "fear" me into hiding who I am, who God created me to be.  I was angry that I could not be me because of fear of them.  And in that same day I came across this scripture out of the blue (we all know God loves to do that!) Prov 29 v 25:  The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.



So, immediately, I opened my own facebook page, and gradually I became me online.  I have strict terms for myself.  For example, only positive stuff and Godly and encouraging stuff on facebook.  My twitter account and who I follow, only Christian women and organisations and real family and real friends.  I felt a huge release and relief in that I was able to be me.

Funny thing though, once my enemies discovered me there, they started hiding themselves and their stuff.  Interesting!

My encouragement to you is to be who God created you to be and don't let someone else intimidate you or their opinion of you stop you from doing what God has put in your heart.  Mentally take that person out of the equation and then decide if you would then do it and if the answer is yes, you know its fear of man and not something else.

Looking forward to you linking up below.
(Next week, my Word for 2014...)

God bless
Tracy

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23 comments:

  1. I for one and am delighted at your online presence.
    Love your in person presence too though.

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    1. Hi Stefanie, thank you my friend. The feeling is mutual :)
      God bless

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  2. Amen to fearless Tracy!! I have all too often allowed myself to be *hidden* by others, and it's not what God calls us to. Yes, be discerning, but always be bold enough to let your light shine!

    Looking forward to your words on your *word* for 2014!! And no, there's no "official" Acrostic Dictionary. Just a little fictional book that makes its appearance on my blog. Actually, I looked up Tracy - here's what I found:

    T rusting
    R eady
    A ble
    C hristian
    Y earound!!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, wow, that is a great acrostic of my name. I shall definitely hang on to that, thank you! You are one of those people out there who definitely help me focus on joy, the joy of the Lord and I am very grateful for that :)
      God bless

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  3. Letting go of the fear of man releases you to experience more of God. Oh how much I needed to hear that!

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    1. HI Holly, I'm so glad you came on over and got encouraged. That encourages me. God bless and thank you for always tweeting Winsome Wednesday. You bless big
      God bless

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  4. Great wisdom in refreshingly honest blog! I remembered the Scripture from Proverbs but felt I should write it in my journal today, along with your quote about letting go of the fear of man and experiencing MORE of GOD. Thank you and God bless you abundantly in 2014!

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    1. Hi Kim, so glad you found encouragement here today. And I pray for your abundant blessing in 2014 through the Lord
      God bless

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  5. To reach for the lost, we must be seen and be an example, we must reach those in the World like Jesus. Going out from our comfort zone and share the word not only to the godly, but most of all to the ungodly. Mine is open for public to reach more People for God.

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    1. HI Joy, it is great that you use your blog to point others to Christ. It is one of the most important functions of this blog and hiding myself away certainly didn't promote that. Great thoughts on getting out of our comfort zone :)
      God bless

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  6. I love this, Tracy!! It goes side by side with my word for 2014 - courage!! With God, we don't need to be afraid... I think it says volumes that when you went "live" on the internet, those who you had feared, tried to hide! As for us...let's be that light that shines for Him!!
    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan, amen, it was interesting to me the swop over of behaviours :) The second part of that scripture - but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high - gave me the confidence to do so for He says He will protect us. Love your word for this year, Courage!
      God bless

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  7. Yes, yes, yes, Tracy. Our most vicious enemy is usually ourselves. The others are more interested in their own lives than in ours. When we have something positive to share, let's do it. So glad you do. Being vulnerable is one of our gifts to the world. The Lord always has our back.

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    1. Hi Lisa, it is so true that those we think are focused on us, are infact focused on themselves and how to benefit. So glad I took that step of faith as I have met so many more wonderful believers that have encouraged and brought joy into my life. God bless

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  8. What an encouraging verse! It blessed me today. It's easy to be pulled down by others who don't have your best interest at heart. So thankful God always has the best for us. : )

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    1. Hi Cathy, I too am grateful that the Lord always had our best interests at heart to the point that what others mean for our harm, He turns and uses for our good. Thanks for visiting and linking up
      God bless

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  9. L.O.V.E this post!!!!! And I am so happy that you became you online and even more blessed that I am a friend!! Continue to be all God has called you to be, as you bless so many by who you are!!!
    xoxox
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey, it is I who are blessed by YOU my friend. I love and appreciate your enthusiasm in the Lord
      God bless

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  10. So glad you stopped hiding that "little light of yours" and that not only are you letting it shine - but your are blooming so beautifully! - and I loved. loved the point at the end - when you lived your life outloud - the enemy went into hiding! AWESOME!!!!! It makes me want to go get my tiger on! LOL

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    1. Hi Maryleigh, haha, you made me laugh with the whole get your tiger on! Yes, it was very interesting to me how, when I chose to live openly trusting the Lord for His protection, my enemies covered up and hid. They too can come out into the light and find healing and joy in the Lord, but it is their choice to do so.
      God bless

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  11. This post was of great encouragement to me, because fear of man is something I still struggle with. We have to be that light though don't we, if we don't who will

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    1. Hi Maryann, I can relate completely to still fearing man but I am so grateful for God's mercy and immense patience with me, to uncover the light He has put in me. Praying for you too, to walk in faith
      God bless

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  12. FEAR: So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes.....( Franklin Rooseveld in his inaugural speech)- I too, like many human beings am occasionally experience a feeling of fear. Fleetingly as though it may be. A well written and I think for many a recognisable emotion.Thank You Tracey- for shining your light in dark corners where fear can't hide.

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