By Faith We Do Not Fear Man

Matthew 10:26-42, 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear..."

God used Joseph to bring Jacob's household to Egypt, and when the appointed time came, He raised up Moses to bring His people out of the bondage of Egypt. God allowed a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph to afflict His people so that they might cry unto Him for help and be willing to leave Egypt. This wicked Pharaoh commanded Hebrew midwifes to kill the newborn Hebrew boys, but they feared God rather than man and preserved the children alive. Then, Pharaoh ordered all his people to cast newborn Hebrew boys into the river!

Moses was born during this perilous time, but his parents hid him for three months "because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment" (Heb 11:23). How could they do that? By their faith in the living and true God and in His Word! God the Creator is sovereign and mightier than man, but if you do not have faith in Him, you will fear man when your life is threatened.

Jesus taught His disciples: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matt 10:28). However, due to human weaknesses, the disciples still feared man and ran for their lives when Jesus was arrested. And Peter denied Jesus three times, but he repented and his faith was preserved through Jesus' prayer (Luke 22:32). That is why Jesus commanded them to wait until the Holy Spirit came upon them with His power. With the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter and the other disciples boldly said to the Jewish leaders, "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). When we are afraid of man, let us turn to the Lord, "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee" The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Ps 34:4; 56:3; 118:6). Thank God "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Tim 1:7). Amen.

THOUGHT: More faith in God will result in less fear of man.

PRAYER: Lord, help me trust in Thee and fear Thee alone.

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