One of the fears that often hits people, is fear of man. Their thoughts, their opinions, their judgment, their rebukes, etc. One hit me today about being seen by strangers with my priestly stole on. I had ended the Lord’s Supper and unknown to me, I was still wearing it, moving around to get a contained to soak and wash the pyx. The curtain was down to allow much light to come in, when suddenly I perceive a car passing by and a woman with her head visible near our balcony, looking in another direction. In an instant breath, there was this skip in me with a fear of being seen with it by others, But this time I did not run to hide in a rash impulse. Rather I took it out and put it in its place, controlling myself. As I place it inside, I sense a voice in my thoughts telling me simultaneously, “Aim only at this; to live in the Fear of the Lord, not of fear of men. Let that be your only Fear.” Sensing it is my guardian angel. I then went to get my daily rhemas and one of them made me laugh hard. It said:
“Don’t fear, trust God and Mother. She is the Mother of the House and no gates of hell prevail over this mother ;)” – Signed off with the name of my Guardian Angel.
I laughed instantly. “There’s the confirmation for you, Therese!” I said to myself over the word he told me seconds ago.
So, the only fear I should have is the fear of the Lord, not men, not of suffering, etc.
He then added more,
“And the fear of the Lord comes by doing His will, keeping His words at heart. Acting as He says.” Meaning, ‘don’t fear man’. “Whatever God says, keep it close to heart and put it into action. Be it being at peace; be it not fearing man’s opinions; be it not worrying about future outcomes; be it accepting yourself as you are. Whatever He says and tells you to do and take to heart, that cultivates the fear of the Lord. For in obeying Him, love for Him grows, and in Loving God, all these rest fears dissipate and lose their grip on you. So, love the Lord, and keep your eyes and mind on Him. We can do it! I am here to help you walk through it. Just stay strong and do not yield to discouragement when there should be a fall due to weakness. This is a work in progress, it will take time as we go onward. But as you know with each step there is progress and growth, even if it doesn’t look like it.
“Trust God! He will deliver you from all fear and set you firm in Fearing Him alone.”
Amen! Thank you, Tallen!
“He that fears the Lord, has lost the fear of the world.” He concluded.