If you have been extorted by a business with no option but to pay the outrageous bill, you are not alone. I once witnessed first hand a brother being ripped off by two panel beaters and a tow truck company. Despite his vast reservoir of knowledge and experience in dealing with such matters, he had to pay every last cent or forfeit his car. Though he feared none of them, he paid!
It’s a wise Christian who understands that being fearless does not mean fighting every fight. If you are not discerning, you will find yourself trying to sort out one issue after another and getting nowhere for your effort. Yes, the devil is only too willing to send you people and things to fight over.
We must pray for a fearless spirit.
Our starting point must be the words of the writer of the Book of Hebrews. He tells us to:
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 135a).
And let’s face it, most of our fears of men are tied up in the worries of everyday living. He continues:
“Because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5b).
This promise of God’s continual presence in our daily activities means that we can:
“say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).
Mere mortals can take your property, reputation, health, and even your life, but they can’t take that which is most precious—your soul.
To fear man is to lay out a trap for yourself.
“People are trapped by their fear of others; those who trust the Lord are secure” (Proverbs 29:25)