The fear of man

One aspect that many people battle with is what we call the ‘fear of man’.  It is fear that causes people to draw back and not step forward.  Other people intimidate and make them feel threatened.  
I was recently watching an investigative television program on gangs. It was interesting to see how the entire community was intimidated and as a result the whole area had degenerated into anarchy. The gangs did exactly as they liked and everyone else was too scared and did nothing.  
This is what happens when fear is allowed to rule our lives – we do nothing.

 Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare.

A snare is something that holds you back BUT also eventually kills you!         

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psalm 56:4 I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

 What man can do to you’ can include almost anything that human beings can do to one another.
I have seen the fear of crime cause people to become anti-social.  I have seen the fear of abuse cause people to live in intolerable situations and circumstances.   The issue is what does God tell us?  This is very clear; we should not fear what man can do to us!
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