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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

My son-in-law and daughter live with their children in China, a truly intimidating culture. For years Ric would end his emails with this quote: "nothing to prove, nothing to lose, nothing to fear!" This is a statement of truth that is directed against the "fear of man" which hinders us from becoming all God created us to be. Fear, especially fear of man, is a major tactic of the enemy to ensnare us.

"The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high." (Proverbs 29:25, Amplified Bible)

Stop and think for a moment. What would life be like if you were able to approach every relationship and situation not trying to prove anything, not overly concerned with the consequences, and without fear?

How often do we interact with people in such a way that we are attempting to prove something, or we are responding from our fears? In public speaking we fear what people will think of us, and consciously or unconsciously want to prove our worth as an individual and as a speaker.

Several practical things have helped me with my fears. Many years ago I memorized 5 or 6 Bible verses related to fear which I still often quote to myself when facing fears.

An additional help has been realizing most fears are not based on fact. A comforting acronym has been "FEAR = False Expectations Appearing Real." The truth is that most fears never materialize, especially those related to fearing what people will think of us.

Another help has been to specifically identify my fears and the potential consequences. Public speaking became less fearful once I explored all the things that could go wrong, most of which were unimportant. Years ago I found comfort in the fact that probably the worst that could happen while speaking is that I would pass out and flop on the stage. That led me to reflect on why I was speaking, to bring attention to myself or bring glory to God? He can be honored and exalted regardless of how I look, and the truth is that I am dependent upon the Holy Spirit for any significant impact on the listener.

Fear is a natural human emotion and healthy fears are a powerful protective device. But unreasonable fears, especially the fear of man, can cripple us. My next blog will discuss the most powerful antidote we have to control the fear of man.

Thanks for the reminder! Perfect timing. :)
keli schoon @ 4:53:00 PM 8/30/2011

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