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The Fear of Man (5 of 7)
Series: God's Answer for Your Fears
Pastor Jeff Schreve
And tonight, we want to talk about "The Fear of Man." Now in that movie, "Rocky 3," Rocky was afraid of Clubber Lang, he was afraid of Mr. T. who played the character Clubber Lang. And he was a scary-looking guy and just kind of always in a bad mood and beat up Rocky really badly in the first fight they had. And he was afraid of that man, the fear of man. It's a big, big problem. I imagine there is not a person in this room who has not had a struggle with the fear of man. It's a huge problem in our community. So many people are so concerned about what others think of them even more so than what God thinks of them. And that's when the fear of man can wreck and ruin your life.
The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 25, "The fear of man brings a snare but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. The fear of man brings a snare…" It traps you. "…but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted." And God will lift that person up, and God will keep that person safe.
Now Joy Dawson has written a book called, "Intimate Friendship with God: Through Understanding the Fear of the Lord." A long title but she has some good things to say in this book. And one of her quotes is this: "The fear of man is being more impressed with man's reaction to our actions than with God's reaction." It's when you value what man thinks more than you value what God thinks. Now any time you start to value man's opinion over God's opinion, you fall into bondage and you start having trouble in your life. Freedom comes when you don't care what man thinks. You live your life to please God. So we're going to talk today about "The Fear of Man." What can you and I do about the fear of man? I want to give you three steps to breaking free from the fear of man.
Step number one: Recognize that the fear of man is a real issue. It's a real issue. It's something that we all have to deal with. It' ...
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