Don’t be Scared of People

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Alright, let’s all take a second and freak out. Yes! I am posting again.

I came to realize I started this blog, I should probably get back to it. I don’t know if anyone is reading it, but it certainly helps me on my walk with the Lord. The Heart Man has a simple purpose, just look at the tagline, “Discovering how to be a man after God’s own heart.” My life has changed quite a bit over the past year, but one thing has honestly stayed the same, I’m still seeking to be a man after God’s own heart.

Today I was reading my devotion; the passage was on Proverbs 29:25. It reads, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (MSG). This means to us that when we fear what other people’s opinion of us is more than God’s, we are often kept from either doing the right thing or keeping in step with God. How many times do we see someone, whether it’s a complete stranger or someone you know well, and they are struggling with something. We know what their help can be. We know who can best help them, no matter the situation. But how many times do we actually speak with them about Jesus? Instead, we often tell ourselves that they would not be interested in the Gospel or they are already against it so why bother. I think this shows us more of an issue with ourselves than with the person we are not talking to. When we don’t share the gospel, we are either showing we don’t love Jesus as much as others opinions of us, or we don’t love the person as much as we think we do. If God’s opinion of us is what matters most, this entire problem is done away with. You want want to disappoint your God, so you will actively tell people about their Savior.

My hope for you today is that you can turn away from the fear of man. It keeps us from doing the very work that God put us on this earth to do. Instead turn your eyes to the one who loves you most. This will give you the strength to not only do your daily tasks, but you will also be able to win hearts and souls for Christ.

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” — Proverbs 29:25, MSG

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Don’t Be Afraid

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Today I was thinking about what holds churches, and especially leadership, from achieving their true potential. As I think about the ministries I’ve seen start and fail, and the one’s that I’ve seen limp along, there is one thing that seems to stand out to me. The leadership seems to be afraid to try something new. I’m not sure if it’s actually a fear of failure, or we are unwilling to try new things because of success in the past. We get so tangled up in doing things the way they’ve always been done, that we don’t realize that stagnant spirit may be what’s killing the ministry after all.

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “… fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT). Do you understand that friends? God has not given us the ability of fear or the need to be timid. He wants us to over come those fears and be people of courage. “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT).

I feel that there is a lot of fear in the Christian world. Fear of being ridiculed, fear of negative reactions, fear of being condemned by society for not doing the “right” thing. I’m not saying that these fears are invalid. I have these same struggles myself. However, God wants us to overcome that fear. He doesn’t want the Church to become crippled by fear or offense. So I pray that we are all able to overcome our fears; that we are able to stand on our soap-boxes and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for all to hear. If we are able to do this, maybe our ministries won’t fall apart because of a fear of change. Instead God will help us change in order to reach more people for His cause.