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

Take Courage (Mark 6)

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In today’s section of Mark, Jesus sends out the twelve disciples on their first missionary journey, and performs several miracles. These miracles include feeding 5000, walking on water, and healing people.

After feeding the 5000, Jesus sent the disciples across the Sea of Galilee ahead of him. He went up into the hills in order to spend some time praying. After several hours, in the early morning, a storm come up on them yet again (Matthew 14:24). The disciples became worried then they say a figure in the night walking on the water. Jesus said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50 NASB). The account given in Matthew goes on to show that Peter also gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water. Once Peter looks down, he gets scared and begins to sink (Matthew 14:29-30).

As I said a few days ago, when life gets rough we have to trust in Jesus (Be Still). However, today’s section takes it a little bit farther. Jesus tells us to have courage. Paul shares in his letter to the Philippians “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Christ gives us the ability to overcome the challenges of the world. ¬†With the courage that Christ gives us, Peter was able to walk on the water. Peter was completely human, and yet he was able to do something supernatural because he believed that Jesus would give him the power to do it. Its not that we get superpowers, but we can overcome the odds by believing in Christ. He gives us strength, that we can take courage and do what God has called us to do.

So my encouragement for you today is to stand firm in your belief and have courage. Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33 NASB), therefore we believe in a God that can overcome anything. So be strong and take courage for God is on your side!