February 23, 2007 print_code Print this lesson

What rules your life the fear of God or the fear of man?

(Proverbs 29:25-26) "The fear of man brings a snare: but who ever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.  Many seek the ruler's favor; but every man's judgment comes from the LORD."

Essentially there are many different ways in which we can be made ineffective in our ability to serve God, or to follow after His will and plan for our lives.

One of the greatest pitfalls we can find ourselves in is the fear of man.

When the Bible refers to the fear of man it should be understood to mean: "a concern and regard for mankind over and above a concern and regard for God".

The fear of man keeps us from fearing God and thus keeps us from His perfect will.

A person who is ruled by the fear of man is one whose decisions are dictated by what other people think.

This kind of person is what we call a people-pleaser. When one is ruled by the fear of man he or she will repeatedly base decisions on questions like "How does this make me look?", "Do you think they'll like it?", or "What if they don't approve?".

Thereís nothing wrong in asking for input from other people (as a matter of fact at times, it's wise to seek feedback from others);

But remember (Proverbs 28:21) "To have respect of persons is not good: for a piece of bread that man will transgress." Man canít be trusted but God can be.

He is faithful and unwavering. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

To fear God means to believe in him or take him at his word.  Knowing he CAN NOT LIE!  (Hebrews 6:18) "It is impossible for God to lie", 

Thereís several verses in the Bible that make very clear the advantage of being one whose life is guided by the fear of the God.

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord (Psalm 112:1).

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10).

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:26-27).

If you want your life to be blessed, let it be ruled by the fear of God and not man. This means asking questions like "What does God think about this?", "Would God approve of this?", "Would God watch or listen to this" or "Would I do this if Jesus were right here watching me?"  

What rules your life the fear of God or the fear of man?