When you fear God not man, you have so much more freedom! The pressure is so much lighter! Fear of man vs fear of God is an interesting dynamic, I think.
(Matthew 10:26-33 NASB)
26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
I just finished reading an excellent book that displays the tension of the concept from the fear God not man Bible verse (v28) beautifully.
Full of inspiration for courage, it makes me question my own boldness. Do I fear God not man? Do I need to be immersed in Bible verses about fear and worry? Would that give me courage?
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Fear God Not Man: A Higher Ransom
Anna is put in an impossible position, but cheerfully serves where she is at. And brings her Light for Christ with her. She’s then promptly threatened unless she rejects God.
That’s not an option for her.
Anna reminded me of Esther in the Bible. She chose to fear God not man, with her eyes wide open to the potential consequences. (in a Palace, of course!)
Then there is William and Stephen to consider. I admit to feeling frustrated, disappointed and proud of these guys at different times.
If you enjoy a more matter of fact style of writing, this is a great choice. While there are descriptions of settings and feelings, there’s not a big display of angst ridden turmoil.
This is definitely a good example of “stir one another on to love and good deeds.” If you can read this book and walk away untouched, then there’s a problem!
Inspired by the fear God not man mentality, I have had some serious self examination this past week.
My Own Fear of Man VS Fear of God
I’ve spent the past week since finishing A Higher Ransom considering my own faith. My own level of Fear of God VS Fear of Man
- Do I feed my faith by spending time with Jesus?
- How about time with other believers?
- Is my first lifeline “phone a friend” or prayer?
- Would I give up my life or freedom for someone else’s?
- How about for Jesus?
No, I don’t think we need to walk around with a Martyr Complex, but we can still practice our faith, and plan/prepare for the moments when we will be tested.
Fear God Not Man is more than a nice slogan.
For me personally, I need to work on some things. But Anna’s encouragement (a small spark can start a large fire after all!) tells me it’s possible!
A Higher Ransom – Back Cover:
Two lives so vastly different from each other… are about to be given a choice that will change the course of their lives forever.
King Raymond is ruthless. He will stop at nothing to see that every Christian is diminished.
But Anna Haddington doesn’t understand why she must keep quiet about her faith. When her plans to stay with her aunt in Carpathia go quickly awry, Anna finds it takes all that is in her to trust God with the outcome.
This is a story full of mystery and sacrifice that will leave you questioning whether you have what it takes to give up everything for Christ, even your very own life.
Discover the account of three lives, all so different from each other. And find out how one person’s decision can affect the lives of so many.
Will Anna stand strong and not waver in her faith? Or will she crumble under the rule of the heartless king?
Power in the Fear God Not Man Bible Verse
This could be called the “fear God not man bible verse” or the “fear no man but God Bible verse” but if we memorized it, God could use it. Bring it to mind when we need it most, encouraging us, and strengthening our resolve.
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
Tips for Memorizing the Fear No Man But God Bible Verse
Any scripture, including the fear no man but God Bible verse: Matthew 10:28, or even the whole passage (26-33) can be memorized as easily as the latest commercial jingle.
- Hand write it on 3-4 index cards.
- Post those cards where you will see them and be still for a minute (bathroom mirror, cabinet next to the stove, washer?)
- Read it out loud every time you’re in that spot.
- Use a dry erase board. Write the verse, and put it where you will see it. Throughout the week, randomly erase a word or two.
- Look for a YouTube video of the verse being read or sung. Watch it once a day…
- Even better, try scripture memory songs!
- There’s an app (or 5) for that!
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- Phoebe’s Light (Quaker Historical)
- Fine Print (a real Puzzler)
- Dead Letter (Keeping your Promise)
- Shelter of the Most High (Biblical Fiction)
Is There A List of 365 Do Not Fear Bible Verses?
I had heard that there was a list of 365 do not fear Bible verses, and took it for granted that it was true. Never did the research, until now.
Imagine my surprise when I did a complex search on my favorite Bible website (Blue Letter Bible). After trying several versions (which often use different words) the most I could find was 109 references, across 107 Verses.
Free 30 Day Faith Over Fear Bible Reading Plan
My friend Sarah over at The Holy Mess Blog just created a new 30 Day Bible reading plan to help us choose Faith over Fear. And it’s free! I downloaded mine and am excited to get started!
My Favorite Fear God Not Man Bible Verse
Of course, my favorite Fear God not Man Bible verse isn’t included in the list since God is technically never mentioned. It’s the Book of Esther. Specifically Esther 4:13-16:
13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.
14For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:
16“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Bible Verses About Fear and Worry
I hope you find this collection of posts useful. By gathering links to several ppsts on Bible verses about fear and worry, I hope that you will pick a few to memorize!
Remember, Fear God, Not Man!
Stop by and look at the reviews for the rest of this remarkable trilogy!
– A Dim Reflection of Christ (Book 2)
– A Marvelous Redeemer (Book 3)
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!