Fear of God or Fear of Man

So who do we fear? Well I think this is an easy answer in the culture we live in today. We all fear man more than we fear God. This week I met a man who has had a struggle with pornography for years. He has had some recovery but never total freedom from this addition.

But recently he has decided to live in a “fear relationship” with God. He doesn’t mean the fear that we all think of where the God of heaven is looking down and pointing a finger. He is talking about the fear where we understand that we are in His presence and have reverence for His glory. Remember when Moses met God at the burning bush? He was in awe of His glory and when he came down with the Commandments his face glowed—and he never even saw God face to face!

My point is that we need to fear God in a good way. He loves us and will only extend love when we put Him in a place of honor and respect. Today we say we fear God but in reality we have more fear for what people think of us. Most of us hide our secrets from each other and we confess them to God but nothing changes because we have not fully surrendered our sin. We continue to live in shame, guilt and fear that we will be viewed less than perfect so we don’t expose our sin.

This last week I was at a men’s group where we discussed the struggle with pornography openly. It was a very open discussion about the struggles each of us face in the culture today as it pertains to lust and pornography. One of the men stayed after and spoke with the leader about his struggle. They prayed and sought God on this issue. The man began to see the hold this sin had on this life. So he was bold enough to start the conversation towards his freedom. He overcame the fear of man and trusted God that He would be there for him.

Your struggle may be pornography or it may be something else that is holding you from true intimacy with Christ. One of the first steps we need to take is to ask ourselves the question, whom do we fear? Do we fear God in a way that we hide like Adam and Eve or do we come to God and face our sin like David did so often?

These are important issues that we need to face. Living a transparent life first starts with determining who are we master to, God or Man? Who do we submit to, God or Man? My thoughts are we need to be less concerned about man’s perception of us than we are about God’s view of us. When we come clean with Him, there is a freedom that comes only through the Holy Spirit.

So who are you going to FEAR?




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