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Tuesday, August 09, 2011 @ 10:05:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Do you know that the number two fear for most people is speaking before an audience, right behind the fear of death? It is the same fear we feel when we walk into a room of people we don't know, or the fear we felt in junior high when we didn't seem to fit in. Have you ever wondered why "caring what people think of us" is such a strong fear?

It all began in the Garden. Adam and Eve walked with God without any fear. Then they ate of the wrong tree:

"But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, 'Where are you?' He said, 'I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.'" (Genesis 3:8-10, Amplified Bible)

We have been hiding ever since, both from God and others. We are afraid that people will see us just as we are and not like what they see. So, often we pretend to be someone we are not, or at a minimum only let people see the part of us that we think will best be received by them. No wonder relationships are so hard; two people partially hiding themselves from each other.

As I have been reflecting on "why I am not Doug" I have come to the conclusion that the fear of what people think has been the largest deterrent to my fully living out the person God called me to be.

This fear hit me for a few minutes this morning. I am speaking, with a few others, at an "invitation only" conference in September. About 30 individuals or couples are coming from as far away as South Africa, Australia, and England. As I read the short outstanding bios of those attending I began to feel like I had nothing to offer and fear began to set in. Then, I remembered that it was God who supernaturally arranged for me to speak to this group. Allowing "fear of man" to control me dishonored Him. I know myself and the enemy enough to know that this won't be the last moment of fear before speaking, but my desire is to "fear God" more than "fearing man." This is difficult. Am I the only one? I doubt it!

This is good Doug. It's the fear that stops me cold at times and the main thing I don't want to control me. By my very nature I run towards many things that people feel are risky and have no fear at all but... I have my own places that trigger my fear. Most of the time it is irrational but step by step I confront it... most of the time. I remember James 3:17 (17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.) There is no true or lasting peace unless we are willing deal with the truth honestly. Thanks for the post this week.
Michael Redman @ 11:20:00 AM 8/10/2011

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